What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (1/26-2/1)

Tenleytown has something for residents of all ages and stages to enjoy this week. From expectant mothers to history buffs, local sports fans to literature lovers, LEGO builders to trivia gurus – the neighborhood has you covered! Here’s what’s happening around town:

  • The Wilson High School wrestling team will hold a fundraiser Monday, January 26 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Cava Grill, 4237 Wisconsin Avenue. Let your server know you support Wilson Wrestling when you place your order.
  • Cheer on the American University Eagles this week as the men’s basketball team takes on the U.S. Military Academy on Monday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bender Arena. You then have two opportunities to root for the women’s basketball team, which will compete against the U.S. Naval Academy on Tuesday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. and the College of the Holy Cross on Saturday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m.
  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) concludes its January lecture series this week with discussions on economic inequality, presidential assassination attempts, and the intersection of race and music in America. 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 27 (Katzen): Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, will discuss the causes, societal implications, and potential solutions for economic inequality.
    • Wednesday, January 28 (Temple Baptist Church): Dr. Joseph Giordano, who led the trauma team that saved President Ronald Reagan’s life following a 1981 assassination attempt, will discuss the medical care given to presidents who were targets of such attempts.
    • Thursday, January 29 (Katzen): Noted civil rights leader and professor Julian Bond will present a multi-media examination of the birth of rock and roll through the lens of the history of American music. Using image and song, Mr. Bond will trace the melding of jazz, blues, country music, and pop into rock & roll, stopping along the way to examine the influences of race, demographics, war, immigration, and technology in this transformation.

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. 

  • On Tuesday, American University’s Books That Shaped America series continues with a discussion of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense at 7:00 p.m. Richard Wilson, Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the Washington College of Law, will lead the conversation in room 115 of the Bender Library. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.
  • Also on Tuesday, the Tenleytown Historical Society will host a discussion with architectural historian Kim Prothro Williams on her project Rural Remnants of Washington County: an Architectural Survey of Washington’s Historic Farms and Estates. The area outside the original city limits but within the boundaries of the District of Columbia was, during the nineteenth century, rural in character and dotted with small and large farmsteads, gentleman farms, and estates built as second homes by prominent city residents. The survey focuses on documenting the remnants of buildings associated with these properties. The presentation will explain the survey methodology and findings to date, including sites in old Tenleytown. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place, and is free to attend. Reservations, however, are required by emailing tenleytownhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com.
  • On Wednesday, January 28 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 Tenley Library Book Discussion Group will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28 to discuss this month’s selection The Girls of Atomic City. All are welcome to join the discussion.
  • The Citizens Advisory Council for the 2nd Police District (CAC 2D) will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28 at the 2nd District Station at 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW. The 2nd District commander will meet with residents to discuss crime trends in the district, police responses, and other public safety issues.
  • The Sunlight Foundation will host a discussion on Orwellian America: Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age at the Tenley-Friendship Library on Thursday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m. Learn about the value of government transparency and how you can access government information online.
  • Alice Deal Middle School welcomes the community to explore the new Reno Wing of the school on Thursday, January 29. The recently completed addition includes 15 classrooms, offices, an art space, and a multi-purpose room. The wing is comprised, in part, of the historic Reno School. Learn more about its history through an installation provided by the Tenleytown Historical Society, and see how Deal has incorporated the Reno School into its 21st century campus. The open house begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • lil omm yoga has two events this week for expectant mothers. On Friday, January 30 take part in the Yogini’s Guide to Birth. Learn ways to be an active participant in your labor and birth with the power of yoga. The class runs from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and costs $70 to attend. Then on Sunday, February 1, lil omm will offer a prenatal breastfeeding workshop, which is slated to be a lively, hands-on workshop for expectant mothers and partners who are planning to breastfeed. This workshop runs from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is $60 to attend; a partner can join at no additional charge. Sign up for these classes on the lil omm website. lil omm yoga is located at 4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
  • Learn more about academic and extracurricular programs at Alice Deal Middle School at the school’s Visiting Day on Saturday, January 31 at 9:00 a.m. Take a tour, meet the staff, and learn what makes Deal special. Deal is located at 3815 Fort Drive, NW.
  • On Saturday, January 31 join Katzen Museum Director and Photoworks: Presence of Place curator, Jack Rasmussen, for a discussion on the juried exhibition and the collaboration, creative dialogue, and informal mentoring that led Photoworks artists to successful careers as fine art and commercial photographers. The gallery talk begins at 4:00 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center.
  • Learn how to introduce energy work into your yoga practice on Sunday, February 1 at 6:15 p.m. at lil omm yoga. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of energy work and how to incorporate it in your yoga and/or meditation practice. Register online for the class which costs $20 to attend.

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.


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