What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (10/6-10/12)

The leaves are turning, and Tenleytown is becoming contemplative this week with a lecture series, book discussions, human rights film festival, and yoga amid works of art. But don’t worry, there’s also plenty of revelry to enjoy as well:

  • On Monday evening, join the American University chapter of Students Helping Honduras at Bloo Moo to help raise funds to end poverty and violence in Honduras through education and youth empowerment. From 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., 20 percent of your frozen yogurt purchase will go to support Students Helping Honduras’ programs, including school construction and college scholarships. Bloo Moo is located at 4530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its fall lecture series this week with a discussion of the recent vote on independence in Scotland and its political and economic implications, led by Michelle Egan, Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at the School of International Service at American University. 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.
  • On Tuesday, October 7, American University’s Books That Shaped America series continues with a discussion of Gwendolyn Brooks’ collection of poetry A Street In Bronzeville at 7:00 p.m. Timothy Staples, Assistant Director of Training and Leadership Development, Housing and Dining Programs, will lead the conversation in room 115 of the Bender Library. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book. A preview of the discussion is available online.
  • On Wednesday, October 8 enjoy yoga in the galleries at the Katzen Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. The session will be led by a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Participants are asked to bring a mat. Free for museum members; $5 for non-members.

  • The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library invite you to join author Daniel Pink for a discussion of his book To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others on Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the library. Pink’s book offers a fresh look at the art and science of selling, which involves a new approach to moving people. Pink lays out the science for his insights, offers examples and stories, and provides tools to put his ideas into action. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.
  • Put on your most comfortable P.J.s and bring the whole family to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Thursday for a special Pajama Movie Night. Join Gru, an evil genius with a hidden heart of gold, his wacky minions, and three precocious orphans as they take on a criminal mastermind and rival for the heist of the century. Despicable Me (PG, 2010) begins at 6:00 p.m.
  • The 15th Annual Human Rights Film Series continues on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. at American University with a screening of 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story. The hour-long documentary explores the juvenile justice system and whether youth should serve life sentences intended for dangerous criminals. Following the screening, there will be a discussion of the film and its issues. The film will be shown in the Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater at the School of Communication, and is free and open to the public.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, October 9 starting at 7:30 p.m. On the agenda are consideration of development plans for the Steak ‘n Egg property, an update by PEPCO on undergrounding projects, consideration of alcoholic beverage licenses for Rodman’s and Capital Wine School, and votes on grant requests from the Lisner Home and the Children’s Art Studio. The Second District police will also provide an update on public safety issues in the Tenleytown area. The meeting will take place at Woodrow Wilson High School in the black box theater.

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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