What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (6/16-6/22)

Tenleytown is welcoming summer with farmers’ markets, Shakespeare in the park, and yoga amid great works of art – plus a whole lot more. Check out what’s happening around the neighborhood this week:

  • On Monday, June 16 Friendship Hospital for Animals will host the latest in its Client Education Series. The free session on Pet Allergies and Common Skin Conditions will be held at the Tenley-Friendship Library at 7:00 p.m. Drs. Nicole Cohen and Schuyler Matthiesen will discuss common pet allergies and how to care for them.
  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) concludes its June lecture series this week with discussions on the United States’ global role, American folk music, and conflict in Sudan. All events begin at 10:00 a.m. and take place in the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center across from the American University. This week’s schedule includes:

    • Tuesday, June 17: Edmund Rice, Senior Professional Staff for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, will discuss the U.S. global role in addressing international crises.
    • Wednesday, June 18: American folk musician and scholar Stephen Wade will explore through live music-making, projected images, and spoken narrative the stories behind The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience. Wade’s award-winning book explores 13 iconic folksong performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942.
    • Thursday, June 19: Dr. Linda Bishal, Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace, will explore the obstacles to peace, stability, and political transformation in Sudan and South Sudan.

full schedule for the series can be found online; each lecture is open to the public and free to attend. OLLI, a non-profit organization associated with the American University, provides continuing education for members of the community through lecture series and peer-led study groups.

  • The Garden Market returns to Janney Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Purchase fresh produce grown in the Janney garden, as well as farm fresh eggs and beeswax candles made by students. You better hurry, though. The Garden Market only runs through this Thursday, June 19th.
  • On Wednesday, June 18 enjoy yoga in the galleries at the Katzen Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. The free session will be led by a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Participants are asked to bring a mat.
  • On Thursday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! kicks off the line up of summer performances at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Young children can come sing, shake, and sound out rhythms while trying regional Latin dances and practicing Spanish words. Dance to La Bamba, discover the colors in Spanish, and meet friends of all kinds, including an iguana named Juana! This performance is perfect for children up to 5 years of age.
  • Also on Thursday, Iona Senior Services will host a screening of “Ten More Good Years.” This film follows four LGBT elders and explores the reasons why so many in this community age alone, without financial stability, and often return to the closet. After the screening, participate in a discussion of what has changed since the 2008 film, and how Iona can meet the needs of the LGBT community today. The screening begins at 7:00 p.m., and while the event is free, reservations are recommended. Email registration@iona.org or call (202) 895-9448 to reserve your seat.
  • On Saturday, June 21 join the Katzen Arts Center and artist William Newman for a discussion of the photographs, photo-realist paintings, and sculptures that make up the Syzygy exhibit. The Gallery Talk will begin at 4:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
  • The Lean & Hungry Theater will present William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors on Sunday, June 22 in the Woods Brown Amphitheater of American University. Set in the Wild West, The Comedy of Errors features a shipwreck, mistaken identities, and a family reunion 30 years in the making. Directed by Megan Behm and adapted for the airwaves by Lean & Hungry’s resident dramaturge, Isabel Smith-Bernstein, the one-hour radio adaptation will also be broadcast live on WAMU. Tickets are $15 and children 12 years old and younger are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online. The performance begins at 6:00 p.m. and families are invited to arrive an hour early to picnic and take part in pre-show entertainment provided by Carbone Entertainment.

And don’t forget these great weekly events:

  • Play a few friendly hands of bridge at the Iona Senior Services Bridge Group on Mondays. New members are always welcome to join for a few rubbers from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 202-895-9448.
  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Friendship Heights is offering a weekly free yoga class on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. The classes are open to the public and all skill levels. Call 202-686-2210 or email fvalente@pcrm.org to sign up. Classes will be held at the PCRM offices at 5100 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400.
  • Visit the farmers’ market at American University each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Located in front of the Mary Graydon Building on the university campus, Agora Farms and Upper Crust Bakery bring to the farmers’ market farm fresh vegetables, homemade breads and desserts.
  • Test your knowledge with Trivia Wednesday at Public Tenley where teams compete for a chance at a $5,000 cash prize in the CSN Trivia Challenge. Trivia begins at 7:00 p.m., but arrive early to reserve a seat.
  • Start your weekend off with Family Story Time at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Enjoy songs, rhymes and good books on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome.


Know of an event in the neighborhood? Want to let others know, too? Send us an email at tenleytowndc@gmail.com.