What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (9/21-9/27)

Tenleytown has special events for gardeners, writers, and history buffs this week, plus important community meetings. It’s also a great week to check out some of the neighborhood’s regular weekly events from farmers markets to trivia nights to wine tastings, and more. Here’s what should be on your calendar:

Monday, September 21

  • Georgetown Day School hosts a community meeting on its campus expansion and mixed-use development plans at 7:00 p.m. Head of School Russell Shaw and other members of the planning team will present designs, information, and updates. The meeting will take place at the GDS high school, 4200 Davenport Street, NW.L

Thursday, September 24

  • CANCELED Put on your most comfortable PJs and take the whole family to the Tenley-Friendship Library for Pajama Movie Night. The Toy Story gang is mistakenly delivered to a day-care center and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home before Andy heads to college. The animated film Toy Story 3 (G, 2010) begins at 6:00 p.m.
  • The quarterly meeting of the American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will take place 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, traffic and parking, and opportunities for campus and community engagement. The meeting is open to the public.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Library hosts an informational session on the new Tenleytown Memoir & Essay Writing Club at 7:00 p.m. Maura Policelli, a communications expert who has extensive professional experience with writing and editing, will teach and facilitate the club which will meet at the library this autumn. Policelli will answer questions about and share plans of the club.

Saturday, September 26

  • Want to learn more about composting? The Friendship Community Garden, 44th and Warren streets, has an active community compost system. If you would like to compost your kitchen scraps and don’t know how, or don’t have the space, then Friendship Community Garden can help you out. Members of the compost committee will hold a compost work day from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. They will be available to show you how their system works and how you can participate. For more information on the Friendship Community Garden, read about Tenleytown, D.C.’s visit.
  • Take a walking tour of Tenleytown, and trace its development from a country village to the vibrant city neighborhood that now flourishes in D.C. Conducted by the Tenleytown Historical Society as part of Cultural Tourism DC‘s week of walking tours throughout the city, the tour will include hidden gems such as the Methodist Cemetery, an early estate house, and a charming 19th century country lane. Walkers will also get a taste of Civil War history with a visit to Fort Reno Park, the highest natural point in D.C. The tour takes place from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is free, but participants are required to register online.
  • Starting at 5:30 p.m., lil omm yoga hosts Planning a Mindful Return, a workshop for those returning to work following maternity leave. Learn practical and effective strategies for planning your return to work so you can ease your concerns and fears about the transition, focus on your baby, and make calm, thoughtful choices. Registration is $25 per person and can be completed online.

Sunday, September 27

  • Looking to reconnect with your partner? Join lil omm yoga for a special workshop on Partner Yoga & Thai Massage at 1:00 p.m. Learn the basics of giving and receiving Thai massage, and specific techniques to improve your communication, deepen your connection, and inspire creativity within your relationship. Registration is $50 per couple and can be completed online. Sign up by September 25 to take part. Childcare is also available for the class; contact info@lilomm.com for more details.

And don’t forget these great weekly events:  

  • CANCELED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION 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.
  • 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; $10 for non-members.
  • Stop by the AU Farmers Market every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Agora Farms and Upper Crust Bakery offer 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.
  • On Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Tenley Bar & Grill hosts a weekly trivia competition run by Stump! Trivia Quiz. 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.
  • Each Friday, the American University Museum offers docent-led tours 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.
  • 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.
  • Warm up those vocal chords, Tenleytown – karaoke is in 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 event strictly for those 21 years of age and older.
  • 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 tenleytowndc@gmail.com.