What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (10/26-11/1)

As October comes to a close, Tenleytown celebrates community with charitable events benefiting local organizations, a neighborhood fun day, and meetings on development and public safety in the area. And for those interested in some Halloween revelry, check out our special Halloween edition of What’s on Tap highlighting all the spooky fun. Here’s what should be on your calendar:

Monday, October 26

  • Take a mid-day break with a free yoga class at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Robin Glantz presents the final class in the current series that focuses on asana (poses) and pranayama (breath). The 75-minute class will be offered at 11:00 a.m. Space is limited, so email the library to register. Attendees are requested to bring their own yoga mat.
  • Stop by Cava Grill between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and support Phi Mu Fraternity’s campaign to raise funds for the Children’s National Medical Center. Ten percent of your purchase will be donated to critical funding for medical care, research, and support for patients and their families at Children’s National hospital. Just say “Phi Mu!” when you pay at the register. Cava Grill is located at 4237 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • Join Friendship Terrace for this month’s Terrace Talk featuring a discussion of the Georgetown Day School’s proposed development plans. In addition to consolidating all of the GDS programs on one campus, the plan also creates additional park, residential, and commercial spaces. Phil Esocoff, Project Architect; Rahel Rosner, Director of Finance and Operations and Master Planning Director at Georgetown Day School; Lauren Dickert, the Georgetown Day School Project Manager; and Claire Bloch, Consultant with DC Strategy Group will provide an update on the school’s current plans.  The October Terrace Talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. at 4201 Butterworth Place, NW.

Tuesday, October 27

  • American University’s Books That Shaped America series returns with a discussion of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, a masterwork considered to have paved the way for younger black writers such as Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. Daniel Whitman, Assistant Professor of Foreign Policy at the Washington Semester Program, will lead the conversation at 12:00 p.m. in room 115 of the Bender Library. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.
  • Georgetown Day School continues its October Parent Education series with a discussion by Rob Lieber on The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money. Children are hyper-aware of money, with scores of questions about its nuances that we often don’t answer or answer well. Join GDS at 7:00 p.m. for a practical look at how to use conversations about money to imprint good values, from the best ways to handle the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, and college to how to instill a set of virtues and character traits like modesty, patience, generosity, and perspective. The discussion, which will take place at the GDS High School at 4200 Davenport Street, is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 28

  • Want to know more about future development at the former Super Fresh site at Yuma and 48th streets? Join Valor Development for their second community meeting on the project, which will feature updated drawings and building plans reflecting feedback from the previous meeting. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Bread & Salt, 4619 41st Street. Those interested in attending are asked to contact Valor Development by emailing markdesimone@gmail.com. Refreshments will be provided.
  • The Citizens Advisory Council for the 2nd Police District (CAC 2D) will meet at 7:00 p.m. at the 2nd District Station, 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW. Police officials will discuss crime trends in our area, and steps being taken to address crime citywide. The meeting will also include a Community Justice Advisory Network session, which serves as an advisory committee for the Court Service and Offender Supervision Agency for DC. CJAN identifies major public safety concerns and community assets to build community capacity, and develops and facilitates strategies for community crime education, prevention, and intervention activities. Residents of the 2nd District are encouraged to attend and participate in the CJAN session.
  • Tenley Bar & Grill is hosting a Republican Primary Debate Watch Party starting at 8:00 p.m. Cheer or jeer on the candidates – depending on your political persuasion – while enjoying drink specials. The debate will air on big screens on the first floor. Tenley Bar & Grill is located at 4611 41st Street.

Thursday, October 29

  • Join Friendship Place for the Benjamin E. Cooper Awards recognizing outstanding contributions by members of our community to the cause of ending homelessness. Tickets for the awards ceremony, which begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church on Nebraska Avenue, are complimentary. Reserve your tickets online.

Friday, October 30

  • The American University Symphony Orchestra presents Modern Times this weekend with performances on Friday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. The AUSO celebrates the 150th birthday of Jean Sibelius by performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Jess Bauer, winner of the 2015 AU Concerto & Aria Competition. The orchestra will also perform Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Concerts will be given in the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center. Tickets are $10 regular admission, $5 for American University community and seniors, and can be purchased online.

Saturday, October 31 – Happy Halloween! Click here for special Halloween events in the neighborhood.

  • On Saturday, October 31 Saint Ann’s Catholic Church will host a pancake breakfast served by Boy Scout Troop 100 from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The menu features pancakes, fruit, sausage, ham, juice and coffee. The breakfast will be held in the Saint Ann’s gymnasium. You may purchase ticket at the door – $6 per child, $10 per adult – or in advance by emailing ​BSATroop100.DC@gmail.com.
  • The Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home will host its always fun Community Zoo Day from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Home opens its doors once a year to the neighborhood for fun-filled activities for children, including pony rides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, a moon bounce, face painting, a juggler, a magician, and clowns. The fire truck will also be there. Hot dogs, pizza, ice cream and popcorn will be available for sale. There is no admission fee, just a small cost for ride tickets and food. The Home is located at 5425 Western Avenue, across from the Chevy Chase Shopping Center.
  • Get a head start on your holiday shopping and support Alice Deal Middle School at the Politics & Prose Book Fair this weekend. Twenty percent of the money received from your purchases, including books, magazines, CDs, gift wrap, cards, and stationary, will go to support the Deal library. Make sure to let them know at checkout that you want your purchase to benefit Deal. The book fair runs from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31 and 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 1. Politics and Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW.

And don’t forget these great weekly events:  

  • 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.
  • 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.