What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (9/29-10/5)

Tenleytown puts a spotlight on the diversity of its cultural offerings this week with a new lecture series, Armenian food festival, wine tasting, and candidates forum. Don’t miss out on all the neighborhood has to offer:

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) kicks off its fall lecture series this week with a discussion of Development Aid: The Consequences of Failure presented by Ambassador Robert Pearson, former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and current president of the international organization IREX. Each Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. OLLI will offer an hour-long, thought-provoking lecture on world politics, history, arts or science. Lectures will be given at the Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, NW and are free and open to the public. A full schedule for the series can be found online. 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.
  • American University, as part of its Social Justice Lecture series, will host Sister Helen Prejean on Tuesday, September 30 for a discussion of her experiences working with death row inmates, as well as her role in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. The discussion will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Abramson Family Founders Room of the School of International Service. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to reserve their spot by emailing LibEvents@american.edu or calling 202-885-3847. A brief reception will follow the event.
  • Consider stopping by Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza for dinner on Tuesday. Let your server know that you are a “Deal family,” and 25 percent of your purchase will go to support the Alice Deal Middle School PTA. The fundraiser runs from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the 4940 Wisconsin Avenue location.
  • Also on Tuesday evening, the Ward 3 Democratic Committee will host a forum for candidates for D.C. Attorney General. Candidates Lorie Masters, Karl A. Racine, Edward “Smitty” Smith, Lateefah Williams, and Paul Zukerberg are confirmed to attend. Robert Brandon, a public interest attorney and former Ward 3 Democrats chair, will moderate the forum, along with panelists Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of the National Consumers League, and Brian Lederer, former D.C. People’s Counsel and Chair of the D.C. Office of Employee Appeals. The forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Forest Hills Home of DC, located at 4901 Connecticut Avenue, NW, and will be followed by the Ward 3 Democrats business meeting at 8:45 p.m.

  • St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church brings traditional Armenian food to Tenleytown with its fall festival starting Wednesday, October 1. Sample a veritable feast of shish kabob, rice pilaf, lahmajoon, kufta, cheese boureg, and yalanchi dolma stuffed grape leaves, and then indulge in authentic Armenian beer, pomegranate, and grape wine. Thankfully the festival runs for four days, so there’s ample opportunity to taste everything on offer. You can stop by from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and again 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. St. Mary is located at 4125 Fessenden Street, NW.
  • Enjoy a complementary wine tasting in Le Chat Noir’s upstairs wine lounge on Thursday, October 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Located at 4907 Wisconsin Avenue, the French restaurant hosts a wine tasting on the first Thursday of every month.
  • In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Tenley-Friendship Library will host a special story time, featuring a bilingual presentation of The Three Billy Goats Gruff / Los Tres Chivitos Gruff in English and Spanish. Don’t miss this new spin on an old classic on Friday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m.

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 fvalente@pcrm.org 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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