What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (5/11-5/17)

Tenleytown gives back this week with a day of service projects, discussions on homelessness and aging, and a meal in honor of military service members and their families. Take part in these and many other great events happening in the neighborhood:

  • On Tuesday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. Iona Senior Services will hold a workshop on Elder Financial Abuse, Fraud, and Neglect. Carolyn Nicholas, President of Advocates for Elder Justice, will discuss elder neglect, abuse, and financial exploitation, including guardianship and conservatorship abuse, and strategies to prevent victimization. The workshop is the second 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.
  • MEETING POSTPONED The Friends of Tenley-Friendship Library will hold their annual meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 in the large conference room of the library. The agenda includes a report from Branch Manager Karen Blackman-Mills; discussion of the summer reading program sponsored by the D.C. Public Library and the summer book sale at the library; and introduction of new board members and election of officers. All members are invited to attend.
  • Join the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library as they host author David Grimm for a discussion of his book Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs on Wednesday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the library. In this fascinating exploration of the social evolution of dogs and cats in society, pet lover and award-winning journalist David Grimm chronicles the rich and surprising history of our favorite companion animals. He also looks at the pros and cons of granting citizenship to our pets, an idea that is gaining traction with some on the fringe of the animal rights movement. A book sale and signing will follow the event.
  • Put on your most comfortable PJs and take the whole family to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Thursday, May 14, for Pajama Movie Night. When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement. The animated film 101 Dalmatians (G, 1961) begins at 6:00 p.m.
  • 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, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Open Doors at Friendship Place is an informal, free, 60-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.

  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 14 starting at 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes, among other items: Georgetown Day School’s preliminary plans for an expanded Tenleytown campus and mixed-use project; discussion of liquor license renewals for Paul’s Discount Liquors, Tenley Wine & Liquors, and Tenley Market/Liquor, as well as a proposal by AMC Entertainment, Inc. to serve alcohol in all Mazza Gallerie theaters; potential safety improvements at the intersection of 39th Street and Reno Road; and a special exception for installation of a HVAC unit on top of Janney Elementary. The meeting will take place in room 603 of the Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
  • St. Columba’s Episcopal Church hosts its annual “New to You” yard sale on Friday, May 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 16 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Shop new and gently used clothes, toys, tools, housewares, sporting goods, furniture, collectibles, books, and more. There will also be an “upscale boutique” featuring designer clothing, jewelry, and other fine goods. If you stop by on Saturday, you can also purchase items from the Community Craft Collective, a group of women who have experienced homelessness and have joined together with a broader community, building a creative outlet to experience healing. The artisans will be selling jewelry, knitted and crocheted goods, artisan cards, painted jewelry boxes and more. The sales are strictly cash only, and shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags. St. Columba’s is located at 4201 Albemarle Street, NW.
  • On Saturday, May 16, the National Presbyterian Church invites the whole community to take part in a day of family-friendly service projects, including food packaging for the hungry, sorting clothing and housewares donations for the homeless, working in a community garden that provides food for a local homeless shelter, and more! Detailed project locations, times, information, and registration can be found at: http://www.nationalpres.org/greatdayofservice. Donations of new and gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing will also be accepted at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. National Presbyterian is located at 4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW.
  • In honor of Armed Forces Day, Whole Foods Market Tenley invites the community to join them in showing gratitude to United States Military service members and veterans—along with their families. Whole Foods is hosting a free spaghetti dinner on Saturday, May 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and everyone is invited. They hope the community will come together and say a collective ‘thank you’ to those who are serving or have served. Whole Foods is located at 4530 40th Street, NW.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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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