What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (9/14-9/20)

Tenleytown has more fun events than you can shake a stick at this week. A jazz jam, outdoor film, art tours, petting zoo, karaoke, pub trivia, author’s talk, and the list goes on. If you can’t find something to do right here in the ‘hood, then you just aren’t looking hard enough. That’s where we come in. Here’s our list of what should be on your calendar:

Monday, September 14

  • The DC Federation of Musicians will swing away those Monday blues with a Jazz Jam Session from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Guapo’s Restaurant, 4515 Wisconsin Avenue. Follow the music up the stairs to the second level where Kent Miller, Darius Scott, Michael Thomas, and Frank Williams – plus some special guests – will perform. The event is open to all with a $10 cover charge (cash only).

Tuesday, September 15

  • This month’s In the Zone at the library is all about the art of painting on canvas. Bring your kids and their creativity to the library 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.
  • Need a reason to enjoy a burrito for dinner? We’ve got one. Stop by the Tenleytown Chipotle, 4301 Wisconsin Avenue, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and 50% of the proceeds from your purchase will benefit the Wilson High School Track and Field Team. Just be sure to let them know you are a Wilson supporter.

Wednesday, September 16

  • Yoga in the Galleries is back! Each Wednesday, bring your yoga mat to the Katzen Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. for a gentle Kripalu Yoga class taught by a certified instructor. Free for museum members; $10 for non-members.
  •  Everyone loves a summer’s day on the farm, and starting at 1:00 p.m. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community brings the farm to Tenleytown. The Leesburg Animal Park and DC 4-H Clubs will host a petting zoo of ducks, chicks, bunnies, lambs, and even a pony. Friendship Terrace will also offer a special lunch of hot dogs, chips, drinks, and ice cream with the proceeds benefiting the Friendship Terrace Resident Services Fund. Put on your straw hat, pull on your jeans, and mark your calendar for a “Day on the Farm” at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place.
  • Tenleytown resident Martha Ertman will discuss her recent book Love’s Promises: How Formal and Informal Contracts Shape All Kinds of Families at 7:00 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library. In Love’s Promises, law professor Martha Ertman delves into the legal cases, anecdotes, and history of family law to show that love comes in different packages – each shaped by different contracts – which family law should and sometimes does recognize. Copies of Ertman’s book will be available for purchase after the talk.
  • Samantha Nolan, a citywide neighborhood watch trainer and at-large member of the Citizens Advisory Council, will offer a Neighborhood Watch crime prevention training starting at 7:00 p.m. Attendees will learn steps they can take to reduce crime in their community, improve their safety at home, and avoid becoming a victim. The training will take place at the 2nd District Police Station, 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW. Reserve your space for the free training by emailing Ms. Nolan at [email protected].
  • There’s a new trivia game in town. Tenley Bar & Grill kicks off its new weekly trivia competition hosted by Stump! Trivia Quiz at 7:30 p.m. Gift cards, prizes, and other swag will be award to the top teams. Plus all trivia participants (21 years of age or older) can enjoy half price wine bottles – which may or may not help your trivia game.

Thursday, September 17

  • Looking for a babysitter so you can attend all of Tenleytown’s great events? Join UrbanSitter for an Open House Meet and Greet at 2:30 p.m. and connect with potential babysitters. UrbanSitter is a free online resource that helps parents find sitters they can trust through people they know. lil omm yoga is hosting this free event at its studio located at 4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Register online.
  • American University will update the community on its East Campus construction at 7:00 p.m. Project leaders will discuss current construction, project milestones, and provide an updated schedule. The meeting will take place in Room 200 of the Mary Graydon Center on the AU campus.

Friday, September 18

  • Docent-led tours of the American University Museum are back, too! Each Friday, visitors can participate in a guided tour at 12:30 p.m. to learn about current exhibitions and discuss their favorite works of art. The tours are free and open to the public.
  • Join your neighbors and Hearst Elementary School for a family friendly Screen on the Green. The slapstick comedy of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (PG, 2015) is sure to give the kids some belly laughs. Bring your own picnic or order pizza on site – whole or by the slice – just leave the lawn chairs at home. Showtime is 7:00 p.m.
  • Start warming up those vocal chords, Tenleytown – karaoke is coming to town. Tenley Bar & Grill will let you be the star every Friday night starting at 9:00 p.m. Plenty of drink specials will be on offer for those needing a little liquid courage to take the mic. DC Sing King Ra.Free hosts this fun new event strictly for those 21 years of age and older.

Saturday, September 19

  • Calling all active imaginations, creative spirits, story lovers, and kiddos who say “read it AGAIN!” Join lil omm yoga at 6:00 p.m. for a Story Time Family Yoga & Pajama Party – a fun, interactive yoga class that will add a little magic to your story time routine. Read a story and use your bodies and your breath to bring it to life through yoga and dance. All ages are welcome and encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal or lovey. Registration is $25 per family and can be completed online.

Sunday, September 20

  •  As part of their 10th anniversary celebration, the Katzen Museum is offering a special family edition of their popular [email protected] program. The September [email protected] will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., and include an engaging art project for the whole family inspired by one of the museum’s current exhibitions. [email protected] is appropriate for children ages 4 to 12 years. Registration is $15 per family of four, and $5 for each additional member; advanced registration online is recommended.
  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library on Sunday for a Golden Sunday Movie showing of In the Heat of the Night (G, 1965) at 2:00 p.m. Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger star in an acclaimed drama about a murder investigation in a small southern town. Philadelphia homicide detective Virgil Tibbs is passing through Sparta, Mississippi, and is wrongly accused of murder. He finds himself more prepared than Sherriff Bill Gillespie to deal with the crime. See what happens when the two must work together to catch the real murderer. Come enjoy lemonade, cookies, popcorn and a free film!
  • Enter into a deep meditative space with Yin Yoga: Energize, Balance & Restore at lil omm yoga. This two hour practice starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes yin postures, pranayama, meditation, and restorative poses. All levels are welcome. Registration is $35 per person, and can be completed online.

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 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.


Know of an event in the neighborhood? Want to let others know, too? Send us an email at [email protected].