What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (8/17-8/23)

August might be slow in D.C., but Tenleytown has more than enough to keep kids and adults busy and entertained this week. Get fit, take in a movie or two, or learn from a seasoned artist – and you won’t even have to spend a dime at these fantastic FREE events! Here’s what should be on your calendar this week:

Monday, August 17

  • Enjoy a free viniyoga class at the Tenley-Friendship library given by certified instructor Robin Glantz. Relax and stretch during this gentle form of yoga suitable for all levels of experience and fitness. Class begins at 11:00 a.m. Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat. Space is limited, so please register by emailing megan.mcnitt@dc.gov. And don’t forget to sign up for additional free, introductory sessions on Sunday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, August 18

  • This month’s In the Zone at the library is all about getting ready to go back to school. Make a cool pencil topper; give new school notebooks a makeover; and customize other school supplies. Limited amounts of pencils and notebooks will be provided, but kids ages 6 to 12 years should feel free to bring their own new school supplies to liven up with their own designs. The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. In the Zone is held the third Tuesday of each month for kids to kick back and enjoy games, crafts, or other fun.
  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library and some adorable pups for the weekly Happy Tails Story Time at 6:30 p.m. Story time begins with a book, some songs and then it is your turn. Bring your own book, make up a story, or grab a book in the library to read to a lovable doggie! Dogs are provided by volunteers with People Animals Love.

Wednesday, August 19

  • Get set to sweat with CityDance POP! which is offering three free Zumba classes this month at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Zumba is a fun, high-octane dance workout, and dance lovers of all ages will have a chance to get moving.  The first one-hour class for adults begins Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Classes for kids will be offered on August 26, followed by another adults only class on September 2. Space is limited; email megan.mcnitt@dc.gov to register. All participants must sign a liability waiver and are required to wear appropriate athletic attire and sneakers.
  • Stop by the Second District police’s crime prevention table, which will be located at 5300 Wisconsin Avenue in Friendship Heights, at 6:00 p.m. Officers from police service area (PSA) 202, which includes AU Park, Friendship Heights, and Tenleytown, will be available to answer questions about preventing theft from autos, burglaries, Identify Theft, and much more.

Thursday, August 20

  • Put on your most comfortable PJs and take the whole family to the Tenley-Friendship Library for Pajama Movie Night. Former super-villain and now super-dad, Gru, is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to save the world with the help of his daughters and tons of yellow minions. The animated film  Despicable Me 2 (PG, 2013) begins at 6:30 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, 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. If you plan to attend, please contact Jayme Aronberg at jaronberg@friendshipplace.org or 202-503-2963 to reserve your seat and receive location information.

Friday, August 21

  • Join Iona Senior Services for a special book signing and reading with former Artist-in-Residence Marilee Shapiro Asher on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In her charming and witty autobiography, co-authored with her cousin Linda Hansell, Marilee chronicles and recounts memories of growing up in an influential family in the Hyde Park area of Chicago; her involvement with pivotal historical events and prominent individuals of the 20th century; her career as an artist and sculptor; and her life-long interest in esoteric ideas. Her vignettes and the accompanying photographs beautifully evoke the traditions and cultural touchstones of a bygone era. Register online for this free event, or call 202-895-9407 for more information
  • Pack a picnic and take the whole family to the Woods-Brown Amphiteatre for an al fresco screening of Monsters University (G,2013). The prequel to the popular Monsters, Inc., Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided – don’t forget to bring a blanket. The film begins at 8:00 p.m. The 2015 AU Neighborhood Movie Night is sponsored by American University and the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church.

Saturday, August 22

  • The Heroic Summer Film Series wraps up on Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. showing of Kick-Ass (R, 2010) at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Starring Aaron Johnson. Nicholas Cage, and Chloe Grace Moretz, this dark comedy based on the comic book of the same name showcases unconventional superheroes, including an 11-year-old vigilante, and puts a decidedly modern, campy spin on the themes of reinvention and good versus evil.

Sunday, August 23

  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library on Sunday, August 23, for a Golden Sunday Movie showing of Adam’s Rib (unrated, 1949) at 2:00 p.m. Starring real life couple Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, the film pits husband and wife lawyers on opposite sides of the courtroom as they argue gender politics in the name of their clients. Enjoy the power struggle that occurs when professional couples clash in a film the American Film Institute considers one of the top rated romantic comedies of all time. Come enjoy lemonade, cookies, popcorn and a free film!

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.
  • 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.


  • FYI there was no District 2 crime table Wednesday evening at 6 pm at 5300 Wisconsin Ave (Mazza Gallery)

    • We’re sorry you missed the officers on Wednesday. We checked in with MPD, and they were in front of the AT&T store. However, there will be another table on 8/22 at 3400 Wisconsin Avenue in Cleveland Park for those who weren’t able to stop by on Wednesday.