What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (6/1-6/7)

Summer is off to a great start in Tenleytown! A neighborhood block party, film festival, and battle of the bands are just some of the exciting events happening around town. Check out what should be on your calendar this week:

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) kicks off its June lecture series this week with discussions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, renewable energy, and police use of force. Each week in June, Tuesday through Thursday, OLLI will offer thought-provoking lectures on world politics, history, arts or science. All events begin at 10:00 a.m. and take place in the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. This week’s schedule includes:
    • Tuesday, June 2: Ori Nir, Director of Communications and Public Engagement at Americans for Peace Now, will discuss approaches to Overcoming the Obstacles to a Two-State Solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The presentation will acknowledge the “core issues” that negotiators on both sides need to tackle, but will focus on attitudinal and political obstacles that block the way to the negotiating table.
    • Wednesday, June 3: Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, will discuss the rapidly evolving global shift toward cleaner sources of energy, driven by economics, policy, and the hard realities of accelerating climate change.
    • Thursday, June 4: Carlos Acosta, Inspector General of the Prince George’s County Police Department, will discuss Police Use of Force, reviewing what courts have ruled to be legitimate use of force by police and the context of recent civil disturbances arising from police actions. He will discuss how the use of force affects police interaction with the communities they serve, and what changes, if any, can improve this interaction.

full schedule for the series can be found online; each lecture is open to the public and free to attend. 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.

  • The quarterly meeting of the American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will take place on Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Abramson Family Founders’ Room of the School of International Service. The CLC, which is comprised of university and community representatives, seeks to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. The agenda includes an update on the university’s construction projects, student conduct, and opportunities for campus and community engagement. The meeting is open to the public.
  • Join author Rhoda Trooboff for a discussion of her novel Correspondence Course: The Bathsua Project on Wednesday, June 3 at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Correspondence Course: The Bathsua Project is the story of newly widowed Dee Young, who finds herself conducting two secret correspondences: one-way emails to her deceased husband and two-way letters with Bathsua Reginald Makin, a 17th-century Londoner. From Dee’s annus horribilis comes a celebration of the endurance of love, the evolution of grief, and the healing power of work. The discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor meeting room.

  • Every Thursday in June, the Tenley-Friendship Library hosts a LGBT Book and Film Festival. The festival begins this week with an exploration of the controversial theme of conversion therapy. Join the library on June 4 at 6:30 p.m. for a showing of But I’m a Cheerleader (2000, R) a comedy that centers on a typical American girl cheerleader who is stunned when her parents decide she’s gay and send her to a boot camp meant to alter her sexual orientation. To complement the film, the library recommends the book The Miseducation of Cameron PostThe rest of the festival includes:
  • Join lil omm yoga for Superhero Yoga on Friday, June 5 at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a super fun time with your kiddo, ages 3 to 6 years, discovering your own super powers, building strength and flexibility to bring peace to the bad guys and of course, learning to fly! Snack included and costumes encouraged. Registration, which can be completed online, is $30 per parent-child couple and $15 for each additional sibling
  • This Friday, June 5, enjoy great live music and help support Alice Deal Middle School at the same time. The Deal Battle of the Bands begins at 8:00 p.m. at Clyde’s in Chevy Chase. The lineup includes favorite local bands Swamp Donkey, Growler, Cheaper Than Therapy, and Princess. Just $20 at the door gives you entrance to the concert and happy hour prices all evening long – and admission fees go directly to support Deal Middle School. There will be a tip jar for each of the four bands; you vote with your cash and the proceeds go to Deal. Great music, good food and beverage specials, and support for a wonderful school? How can you go wrong?
  • Show some love for Friendship (Turtle) Park on Saturday, June 6 and lend a hand to clean up the beloved neighborhood park. The Friends of Friendship Park will hold the annual park clean-up day from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Help pick up trash, spread sand in the sandbox, spruce up the landscaping, and neaten the playground toys.
  • To celebrate the completion of their second floor expansion, the Friendship Hospital for Animals is throwing a Tenleytown Block Party and the whole neighborhood is invited. On Sunday, June 7, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., stop by the parking lot at Tenley Gastropub for free, family- and pet-friendly fun including a moon bounce, photo booth, Zumba class, cotton candy and popcorn, as well as treats for four-legged friends. Additional light fare and refreshments will be available for purchase. Just steps away at Friendship Hospital for Animals, neighbors can tour the new facilities, and the Washington Humane Society’s Adopt Force One mobile adoption center will be on-site for pet-lovers looking to bring home a new furry friend.

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.
  • 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.