What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (5/18-5/24)

Artists of all ages can find plenty to enjoy in Tenleytown this week from free choral concerts to an arts festival to sidewalk chalk art. Celebrate spring and find your inspiration with these and many other great events happening in the neighborhood:

  • On Monday, May 18, the Ward Circle chapter of AARP invites you to attend a program on fall prevention given by Nancy Weinberg, a physical therapist at Sibley Memorial Hospital. The meeting will take place in the vestry of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, at the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico avenues. Parking is available, and refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 1:00 p.m.
  • Are you interested in starting a small business in the District? Do you know about the necessary regulations to get started? The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has partnered with DC Public Library to educate prospective business owners on how to start a new business in the District of Columbia. On Monday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. come to the Tenley-Friendship Library to learn about: business licensing, corporate registration, certificates of occupancy, home occupancy permits, grant opportunities, vending, farmer markets, certified business enterprises, and more.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Library is breaking out the big chalk for this month’s In the Zone on Tuesday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. Channel your inner artist and help pretty up the sidewalk around the library. In the Zone is held the third Tuesday of each month for kids to kick back and enjoy games, crafts or other fun.  In the event of rain, an alternative activity will take place.
  • The Friends of Friendship Park will hold a board meeting on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. The board will provide an update on the renovation of the park, and hopes to showcase revised architectural drawings of the building and playground. The meeting will take place in the recreation center and is open to the public.

  • On Wednesday, Friendship Hospital for Animals will host the latest in its Client Education Series. The free session on the Top 5 Causes of Neurologic Episodes in Pets will be held in the hospital’s second floor reception area at 4105 Brandywine Street at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Lindsay Boozer will discuss seizures, balance problems, fainting and other neurologic episodes that can happen suddenly to your pet. Learn the causes and find out what you can do at home.
  • Looking to relax and refocus? Then come to the Tenley-Friendship Library at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday for a free, introductory T’ai Chi class given by Susan Lowell of Tenleytown T’ai Chi.  All ages are welcome and should wear comfortable clothing. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before the class begins.
  • Wilson High School celebrates the arts on Thursday, May 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the annual ArtsFest. Enjoy poetry readings; choral and jazz performances; and excerpts from “Into the Woods,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Laramie Project,” and Wilson’s One-Act Plays. Let your inspiration flow as you take part in hands-on art projects, including photo paper silhouettes, watercolor painting, and melted crayon art. And don’t forget to bring your appetite – there will be food trucks, including Rocklands BBQ and “The Big Cheese.”
  • The Pomona College Glee Club, a chamber ensemble of 33 singers, is coming to the east coast this spring, and you can enjoy them right here in Tenleytown. The club will perform a free concert at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church on Friday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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.


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