What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (4/13-4/19)

Chat with an artist, explore a new outdoor market, learn about opera, or just take in a classic film – it’s all possible this week right here in our neighborhood. Take a look at what’s happening in Tenleytown:

  • Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on Tuesday, April 14 for the latest in its Spring Lecture Series. Schools for girls expanded in the early 19th century, but few career paths were open to women, resulting in frustration. Natalie Wexler will explore this theme through the experience of one highly educated woman who provoked outrage when she founded a satirical periodical in Baltimore in 1807. Wexler spent ten years as an editor of a documentary history of the early Supreme Court and currently blogs about local Washington-area education. Each week, through May 5, OLLI will offer a thought-provoking lecture on current affairs, world politics, history, arts or science. The hour-long lectures take place at Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, and are free and open to the public. A full schedule is available online.
  • On Tuesday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. Iona Senior Services partners with the DC Office of Aging for a DCOA Ambassador Training workshop. Participants will learn about the programs and services that DCOA offers to the community and how to access other resources, and receive guidance on being an effective advocate. The workshop is the first in Iona’s new free community education series that will provide resources and training for participants to Take Charge of their Aging and become effective advocates.
  • Also on Tuesday, starting at 3:30 p.m. Iona presents Opera Gems 101, an introduction to key dramatic and musical scenes from a variety of operas. Audio and video clips will help attendees learn how best to appreciate opera. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children 18 years or younger – a great opportunity to introduce youth to the joys of opera! Refreshments will be provided. To reserve a seat, call Patricia Dubroof at (202) 895-9407.

  • The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority and Councilmember Mary Cheh will hold a community town hall on water projects and issues in Ward 3 on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Room 2 of the Ward Circle Building at American University.
  • On Wednesday, April 15, Friendship Hospital for Animals will host the latest in its Client Education Series. The free session on Hyperthyroidism will be held in the hospital’s second floor reception area at 4105 Brandywine Street at 7:00 p.m. Poor hair coat, periodic vomiting and even a cranky attitude can all be signs of hyperthyroidism in cats. Though relatively common in cats age 12 and up, hyperthyroidism shares a number of clinical signs with several other common cat diseases. Join Dr. Mike Dugan to learn the signs and treatment options for kitties living with hyperthyroidism.
  • Friendship Place, which empowers men and women experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives with the involvement of the community, will host a community discussion on homelessness on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. Open Doors at Friendship Place is an informal, free, 45-minute gathering for individuals and groups who want to learn how the community is creating lasting and permanent solutions to homelessness in innovative ways. The discussion will take place at Friendship Place’s Welcome Center, 4713 Wisconsin Avenue. If you plan to attend, please contact Jayme Aronberg at [email protected] or 202-503-2963 to reserve your seat.
  • On Saturday, April 18, Whole Foods Market will hold the inaugural Tenley Outdoor Market from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The market will spotlight unique, local, artisan, first-to-market suppliers directly in front of the store in a farmers market-like setting. The Tenley Outdoor Market will take place biweekly until October.
  • Join artist Walter Kravitz for a discussion on his practice and the work in his solo-exhibition on Saturday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. at the American University Museum in the Katzen Arts Center.
  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library for a Golden Sunday Movie showing of The Apartment (unrated, 1960) on April 19 at 2:00 p.m. Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray, the film portrays a young executive’s attempt to climb the corporate ladder by letting his bosses use his apartment as a secret love nest. Tea, cookies, and popcorn will be served!

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.
  • On Wednesdays, enjoy yoga in the galleries at the Katzen Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. Sessions 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 AU Farmers Market continues this spring. 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.
  • 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 Tenley Gastropub where teams compete for a chance at a $5,000 cash prize in the CSN Trivia Challenge. Trivia begins at 7:00 p.m., but arrive early to reserve a seat.
  • Through May 22, the American University Museum will offer docent led tours each Friday at 12:30 p.m. Learn about the current exhibitions and discuss your favorite works of art. The tours are free and open to the public. Visit american.edu/museum for more information.
  • 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.
  • Coffee Nature, our neighborhood coffee shop, has a weekly live music and stand-up comedy show on Saturdays. Stop by between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and enjoy some entertainment with your weekend coffee, pastry, or lunch. Coffee Nature is located at 4224 Fessenden Street. You can read more about it in our review.


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