What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (9/7-9/13)

Happy Labor Day! The fun doesn’t end after the long weekend. Film screenings, art shows, dance classes, a concert, and even a community picnic – just some of what you can enjoy in Tenleytown this week. Here’s what should be on your calendar:

Wednesday, September 9

  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes, among other items: Georgetown Day School’s plans for an expanded Tenleytown campus and mixed-use project; redevelopment of the former Superfresh site; relief to District Taco from chain store restrictions on commercial tenants at Tenley View; and several grant applications from local organizations. In addition, the Second District Police will provide an update on crime trends and public safety issues in AU Park, Friendship Heights, and Tenleytown. The meeting will take place in the Tenleytown Room of the Embassy Suites in the Chevy Chase Pavilion.
  • Friendship Place will host a special screening of 99 Homes at Mazza Gallerie at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online; all proceeds go to benefit Friendship Place’s programs to end homelessness. In 99 Homes (R, 2015) ruthless businessman Rick Carver makes a killing by repossessing homes – gaming the real estate market, Wall Street banks, and the U.S. government. When he evicts Dennis Nash, a single father trying to care for his mother and young son, Nash becomes so desperate to provide for his family that he goes to work for Carver, who promises Nash a way to regain his home and earn security for his family. It is a deal-with-the-devil that comes with an increasingly high cost. Starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, and Laura Dern.

Thursday, September 10

  • Join Coffee Nature and lil omm yoga for a special community cafe and story time from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Alexis Dionne of Usborne Books will share stories and crafts for little ones, and all customers who mention lil omm yoga will receive a 10% discount on their food and beverage order. Stories for kids, coffee for grown-ups? Sounds like a win-win!
  • Cristina Amoruso, DC Main Streets Coordinator for the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development, will host an informational meeting on the Main Streets program opportunity in Tenleytown at 2:00 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library. The meeting is open to the public and free to attend. For more on the Main Streets program, read Tenleytown, D.C.‘s recent coverage.
  • Hera Hub DC and Latela DC will host an opening reception for local artist Meg Schaap’s exhibit Collages at 6:00 p.m. Meet the artist, and enjoy some refreshments as you take in Schaap’s work. The reception is open to the public. Collages will be on display at Hera Hub DC, 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, through November 11.
  • Spend an evening with Leonard Downie, Jr., vice president at-large and former executive editor of The Washington Post, who will discuss his work and the current state of the news media at the Tenley-Friendship Library at 7:00 p.m. During his 44 years in the newsroom, Downie was an investigative reporter who worked local, national, and international beats. As deputy Metro editor, he helped supervise the newspaper’s Watergate coverage, and for seven years he was managing editor under Ben Bradlee. He oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of every national election from 1984 through 2008. During his 17 years as executive editor, The Washington Post news staff won 25 Pulitzer prizes. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Flamenco con Magdalena offers an introductory class on the art of Flamenco Dance on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Baptist Church, 5671 Western Avenue. Taught by experienced performer and choreographer Magdalena, this class is for absolute beginners, and no partner is required. Classes are $20 each, or $180 for a 10-class pass. Students who bring in this flyer can receive a 10% discount.

Saturday, September 12

  • The Tenley-Friendship Library will host a free Family Showcase at 11:00 a.m. as part of the DC Shorts Film Festival. DC Shorts Film Festival brings the best films under 20 minutes from around the globe to audiences throughout Washington, D.C. The family showcase runs approximately 50 minutes and the films are appropriate for children aged eight years and older. A list of the films and their descriptions is available at dcshorts.com/family.
  • Mix and mingle with artists, curators, and museum guests at the Early Fall Reception at the Katzen Museum starting at 5:00 p.m. Early fall exhibitions include: Pulse of the Future, contemporary Chinese art; Let the Games Begin!, interactive works by Gerhardt Knodel; Blood Mirror, organized by artist Jordan Eagles; Reflections & Contradictions: Five Decades, glass work by Mary Shaffer; and Itinerant Edens: Of Fable and Facsimile, sculptural scenes in unfired clay by Walter McConnell. Meet artists Knodel (5:00 p.m.) and Shaffer (6:00 p.m.) as they discuss their work. The reception and artists talks are free and open to the public.
  • Local band Cheaper Than Therapy will play your favorite songs from the ’80s and ’90s starting at 8:00 p.m. at Tenley Bar & Grill, 4611 41st Street. Shake off the back-to-school blues and let loose with your neighbors!

Sunday, September 13

  • American University’s Office of Community Relations and the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church invite neighbors and students to attend a back-to-school picnic from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Honorary grillmasters will include AU President Dr. Neil Kerwin, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Spence Spencer, and Metropolitan’s Senior Pastor Charlie Parker. The picnic is open to the public, and lunch and kids activities will be provided. Come out and meet your neighbors and AU students at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW.
  • lil omm yoga will hold a special workshop Address Stress: Massage Techniques for Back-to-School at 1:00 p.m. Going back to school is a time of new challenges and new stresses for kids and parents alike. Gentle massage can help support the transition to a new school year and create the time needed to relax and wordlessly connect at the end of the day. This class will target stress reduction by teaching: receptive touch; a five-minute abdominal massage; and breathing techniques and imagery exercises to do with your child. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased online. Tenleytown residents can get $5 off the workshop fee by entering promo code “5workshop”.
  • Join Seabury at Friendship Terrace as grandchildren and grandparents share in “Read to Me” as part of Grandparents Day.  Starting at 3:00 p.m., grandchildren of Friendship Terrace residents are invited to come and read stories with their grandparents…and “adopted” grandparents. They will be enjoying children’s books from the nearby Friendship-Tenley Library. This event is free and open to the public. Seabury at Friendship Terrace Retirement Community is located at 4201 Butterworth Place, 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.
  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library and some adorable pups each Tuesday for 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.
  • 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.
  • Every Friday, Paul’s Wine and Spirits hosts a free wine tasting, opening 10 to 15 wines from around the world to let customers sample new and exciting vintages. Wines are announced during the week via Paul’s Facebook page. Sip and learn from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Paul’s Friendship Heights location, 5205 Wisconsin Avenue.
  • 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.
  • Adorable cats and kittens are available for adoption each Saturday at PetMAC DC from noon to 2:00 p.m. during Homeward Trails’ pet adoption events. Who knows, you might just meet the newest member of your family. PetMAC is located at 4914 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.


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