What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (9/15-9/21)

An art festival, jazz jam, sock hop, and ice cream socials are just some of the family friendly fun happening in Tenleytown this week. But it’s not all fun and games – D.C.’s mayoral candidates also stop by our neighborhood for a debate hosted by American University. Here’s what you should be putting on your calendar this week:

  • On Monday, September 15 Seabury at Friendship Terrace will offer a free seminar on Successful Aging led by Seabury Care Management’s Stephanie Chong. Starting at 11:00 a.m. Chong will explore how we can age gracefully, with value and richness. Seabury at Friendship Terrace Retirement Community is located at 4201 Butterworth Place, NW.
  • Join the Ward Circle chapter of AARP on Monday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. Attorney Barbara Betsock will speak on issues of aging, including wills and other documents, public benefits, special needs, probate, and guardianship. The meeting will take place in the vestry of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, at the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues. Parking is available, and refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m.
  • The occasional jazz jam session at Guapo’s returns on Monday. The DC Federation of Musicians presents Dave Jernigan and a showcase of top local jazz players from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Admission to the jam session on the second floor is just $10. Guapo’s is located at 4515 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • On Monday, Friendship Hospital for Animals will host the latest in its Client Education Series. The free session on Caring for Your Senior Pet will be held at the Tenley-Friendship Library at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Lynn Logan will discuss how to care for your pets as they enter their senior years. She will cover topics that range from managing mobility to altering lifestyle and diet.
  • Bring the kids, ages 6 to 12 years, to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Tuesday, September 16 for some Bingo fun and a chance to win Chipotle kid’s meal gift certificates. The games begin at 4:00 p.m.

  • Join Iona on Tuesday evening for Opera Gems, a wonderful lecture by Peter Russell on the Washington Concert Opera’s upcoming presentation of Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi.” Admission for the lecture, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is $10, and reservations can be made by calling 202-895-9448.
  • American University will host a meeting on its East Campus construction project on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 4 of the Mary Graydon Center. The meeting will include an overall update on the project including the construction schedule and approved trucking routes.
  • Take a break from your busy week and come to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. for a free, introductory T’ai Chi class given by Susan Lowell of Tenleytown T’ai Chi.  All ages are welcome and should wear comfortable clothing.  Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before the class begins.
  • Dog lovers and patrons of the Newark Street Dog Park are invited to show their support this Thursday, September 18, at a happy hour at Jake’s American Grille, 5018 Connecticut Avenue, from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. Enjoy happy hour drinks, free snacks, and games in the “Boiler Room” downstairs, or relax on the dog-friendly patio with your canine pals. This event is organized by the Newark Street Park K-9 Friends, an all-volunteer group that maintains the dog park at the corner of Newark and 39th streets. Join or renew your membership and learn more about volunteer opportunities!
  • Whole Foods Markey Tenley will host a lecture on Improving Diabetes through Food on Thursday, September 18 at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Neal Barnard, a leading expert on improving and/or reversing diabetes through food and simple diet changes, will discuss his research and the changes that can be made to potentially reduce the need for medication and to live more easily with diabetes. Register for this free event online.
  • American University, in collaboration with the Palisades Citizens Association, Ward 3 Vision, and the Kennedy Political Union, will host a mayoral candidates debate on Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center’s Abramson Recital Hall. The debate will be moderated by NBC4’s Tom Sherwood and feature WAMU’s Patrick Madden and Kavitha Cardoza and The Washington Post’s Clinton Yates as panelists. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event outside of the Abramson Recital Hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Kick off your shoes, pull up your socks, and get ready to dance at the 50’s/60’s Rock n’ Roll – Ice Cream Social – Sock Hop on Friday, September 19 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Friendship Terrace. Professional DJ Tony Contino will keep the music going as attendees enjoy a grand buffet of ice cream treats and shakes. Admission is free and open to the public. Seabury at Friendship Terrace Retirement Community is located at 4201 Butterworth Place, NW.
  • Join American University on Saturday, September 20 for the annual Fall for the Arts, a unique celebration of the visual and performing arts including courses, workshops, and surprise performances from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A reception and art auction, featuring works from the H. Marc Moyens Collection, cap off the day, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center. Learn more and register for events at the Fall for the Arts webpage.
  • The Friends of Friendship Park invite you to a free ice cream social on Saturday, September 20 at Turtle Park located at 45th and Van Ness streets. From 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. enjoy Carmen’s Italian Ice and a “Things That Go Boom!” performance by Mad Science.

And don’t forget these great weekly events:

  • Play a few friendly hands of bridge at the Iona Senior Services Bridge Group on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. New members are welcome, but as many of the foursomes have been playing together for years, you may want to recruit your own foursome to play a few rubbers. 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 [email protected] to sign up. Classes will be held at the PCRM offices at 5100 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400.
  • The AU Farmers Market has returned! Each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Agora Farms and Upper Crust Bakery bring to the farmers market fresh vegetables, homemade breads, and desserts. The market is located in front of the Mary Graydon Building on the university campus and runs through November 19.
  • Bring your little LEGO architects and builders to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Wednesdays to join the LEGO Construction Crew. Each Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., the library will provide all the bricks a child’s imagination can handle. Ages 6 to 12 years welcome.
  • 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 8:00 p.m., but arrive early to reserve a seat. (Read about Tenleytown, D.C.’s experience with Trivia Wednesday here.)
  • Join Paul’s Wine and Spirits on Friday evening for the weekly Friday Night Wine Tasting from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The complimentary tastings are set up to allow guests to arrive at any point during the event and are meant to be a fun, social, educational, and tasty experience. Paul’s is located at 5205 Wisconsin Avenue.
  • 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.


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