What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (1/12-1/18)

The weather outside might be frightful, but Tenleytown has many delightful events to choose from to brighten your mood. Enjoy a lecture, take in a ball game, help clean up Rock Creek park, or find your center in a class for yogis of all ages – and this is just a sampling of what’s happening around the neighborhood. Here’s the full rundown:

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its January lecture series this week with discussions on the U.S. financial system, broadcast journalism, and international atrocity prevention. Each week in January, Tuesday through Thursday, OLLI is offering a thought-provoking lecture on world politics, history, arts or science. All events begin at 10:00 a.m. and take place at either the Temple Baptist Church or the Katzen Arts Center. This week’s schedule includes:
    • Tuesday, January 13 (Katzen): Former Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Donald Kohn will discuss How the Federal Reserve System Prevented a Deep Depression. Kohn will share how the Fed developed policies that prevented another great depression in the 2000s and the underlying economic theory.
    • Wednesday, January 14 (Temple Baptist Church): Renee Poussaint will discuss how she came from New York’s Spanish Harlem to the rarefied atmosphere of television news. She will explore her journey as a young black woman, some of her unique experiences as a network correspondent and local anchor, as well as her thoughts on where television news seems headed.
    • Thursday, January 15 (Katzen): Mark Schneider, a former State Department official and senior vice president of the International Crisis Group, will explore the question of why the United States has failed to stop global mass atrocities. He will also assess why international norms and the White House Atrocity Prevention Board have had limited impact.

The lectures are open to the public and free to attend. A complete schedule is available 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.

  • Looking for a babysitter so you can attend all of Tenleytown’s great events? Join UrbanSitter for an Open House Meet and Greet on Wednesday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m. and connect with potential babysitters. UrbanSitter is a free online resource that helps parents find sitters they can trust through people they know. lil omm yoga is hosting this free event at its studio located at 4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Please register for the event on the lil omm website under workshops.
  • The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will host former Interpretive Park Ranger Scott Einberger on Wednesday, January 14 for a discussion of his book A History of Rock Creek Park: Wilderness and Washington, DC. Einberger traces the history of the park – from 4,500 years ago when Native Americans quarried stone in the Rock Creek Valley, through the era of early mills and mansions, the area’s links to the Civil War and the park’s establishment by Congress in the late 1800s. A book sale and signing will follow the event, which begins at 7:00 p.m.

  • Cheer on the American University Eagles this week as the men’s basketball team takes on Lehigh University on Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bender Arena, followed by the women’s basketball team battling Lafayette College on Saturday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m.
  • The Washington Home and Community Hospices will host a discussion on caring for bedbound and mobility-challenged adults on Thursday, January 15. Caring for an aging parent with Alzheimer’s or a loved one struggling with cancer or a life-challenging illness can take an emotional, physical, and financial toll on a family. This interactive program will empower caregivers with information and tips to help them provide the best possible care for a loved one who is homebound or bedbound. The discussion is free and open to the public, and begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library.
  • Learn more about academic and extracurricular programs at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School at an open house on Friday, January 16 at 9:15 a.m. Hearst is located at 3950 37th Street, NW.
  • What could be better than combining books and yoga? On Friday, children, ages three to six years, can engage in an Eric Carle warm-up and then play their way through a few classics of children’s literature with time at the end for crafts based on their favorite stories. Costumes are welcomed at Storytime Family Yoga, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per family and can be purchased on the lil omm yoga website.
  • The January 16 session of Yin Yoga at lil omm yoga focuses on turning inward to cultivate a personal oasis of calm. Register online for the class which costs $30 to attend.
  • Join the Rock Creek Conservancy on Saturday, January 17 to clean up the headwaters of the Soapstone tributary, located right in our neighborhood. Register online for the event, which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meet up with other volunteers at the Fort Drive driveway of the Wilson Aquatic Center, across from Whole Foods. Tools, gloves, bags and training will be provided – so all you need to bring is yourself!
  • It’s Family Game Time! The Tenley-Friendship Library invites friends and families to join them for a Saturday of gaming starting at noon. Play board games, video games and collectible card games perfect for children ages 11 to 19 years.
  • Explore inversions in a supportive and curvy-accessible way, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at lil omm yoga. The Curvy Yoga Inversions Workshop will offer variations on a shoulder stand that is completely supported and restorative and teach participants how to work with partners, props, and the wall to explore this exciting and energizing family of poses. Tickets are $20 per person, and can be purchased on the lil omm yoga website.

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.
  • 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.


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