What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (11/16-11/22)

Hoops, Hair, and Hasbro – just some of what’s happening in the neighborhood this week. Here are the sports, arts, and community events that should be on your calendar:

Monday, November 16

  • Start your week off with a free yoga class at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Robin Glantz presents another four-week series of free Viniyoga classes. Viniyoga is a relaxing form of gentle yoga. The 75-minute class will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on November 16 and 23 and December 14 and 21. Space is limited, so email the library to register. Attendees are requested to bring their own yoga mat.
  • The Ward Circle chapter of AARP invites you to learn more about brain health at their November meeting. Marti Bailey, Director of the Sibley Hospital Senior Association, will discuss The Brain: What’s Normal? What’s Not? The meeting begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, at the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico avenues.

Tuesday, November 17

  • The Tenley-Friendship Library kicks off its Tenley Kids’ Garden Project at 4:00 p.m. Kids ages 6 to 12 years can help beautify the library garden by planting daffodils and violas. Start inside with a story and warm drink before heading outside to cultivate the soil. The library will supply the plants, soil, and garden tools. Kids are asked to bring a coat and a pair of gloves that they don’t mind getting a little dirty.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3F will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Of interest to the Tenleytown community, the agenda includes a presentation by Tim Cox, CEO of the Washington Home, regarding the sale of the property to the Sidwell Friends School and discussion of plans for a Chick-fil-A on Connecticut Avenue. The meeting will take place at Forest Hills of DC, 4901 Connecticut Avenue, NW. The meeting will also be Livestreamed online at http://livestream.anc3f.us.
  • Cheer on the American University Eagles as the men’s basketball team takes on Hampton University at 7:30 p.m. at the Bender Arena. Just for AU neighbors, purchase your tickets online and use the promo code “NOV15” to receive a $5 discount at checkout.

Wednesday, November 18

  • 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. The police will also provide tips and suggestions for residents to help prevent package theft during the upcoming holiday season.
  • Looking to relax and refocus? Then come to the Tenley-Friendship Library at 7:15 p.m. for a free T’ai Chi class given by Susan Lowell of Tenleytown T’ai Chi. All ages are welcome and should wear comfortable clothing. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before the class begins.

Thursday, November 19

  • Give the gift of life this holiday season. Register online to give blood at the Wilson High School blood drive; enter keyword WOODROW or zip code 20016 to find available times. The blood drive will take place in the auxiliary gym from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
  • Join Micheline Klagsbrun at 5:30 p.m. for a discussion of the exhibit Free Fall Flow at the American University Museum.
  • Put on your most comfortable PJs and take the whole family to the Tenley-Friendship Library for Pajama Movie Night. Hotshot rookie race car Lightning McQueen is living life in the fast lane until he hits a detour on his way to the most important race of his life. Stranded in Radiator Springs, a forgotten town on the old Route 66, he meets Sally, Mater, Doc Hudson, and a variety of quirky characters who help him discover that there’s more to life than trophies and fame. The animated film Cars (G, 2006) begins at 6:00 p.m.
  • The American University Eagles women’s basketball team battles Hofstra at 7:00 p.m. in the Bender Arena. Just for AU neighbors, purchase your tickets online and use the promo code “NOV15” to receive a $3 discount at checkout.

Friday, November 20

  • Don’t miss your chance to see the Wilson High School Theater Arts production of the rock musical Hair. The musical concludes its two-weekend run with shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee performance on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Hair follows a group of hopeful and free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War as they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, and burn draft cards. Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash or check only) and are $15 for adults; $5 for students and Wilson faculty and staff. You may also email [email protected] to reserve tickets in advance. Include your full name, the date and time of the performances you wish to attend and the number of tickets you’d like to reserve.
  • The American University Jazz Orchestra presents Fall for Jazz at 8:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening of big band swing, bebop, and blues that is sure to get your toes tapping. The concert will be given in the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center. Tickets are $10, $5 for the American University community and seniors, and can be purchased online.

Saturday, November 21

  • Celebrate International Games Day at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Enter the Mario Cart tournament or enjoy a bevy of board games. Board games – from Connect Four to Qwirkle – will be available starting at 11:00 a.m., while the green flag falls on the Mario Kart video game racing tournament at noon. Prizes will be awarded to the top racers. All ages are welcome at this family friendly event.
  • Join lil omm yoga for a donation-based vinyasa yoga class to raise money for the studio’s after school yoga program at Wilson High School. Money raised goes directly into the program, which offers free yoga to Wilson students and teachers each week. Practice yoga while gifting yoga to others! Beginners to experts welcome. Cash and check donations will be accepted at the door, but online registration is requested in advance. Donations can also be made online.
  • Join curator Aneta Georgievska-Shine for a Gallery Talk with artist Beverly Ress on her latest work featured in The World is a Narrow Bridge at the American University Museum at 4:00 p.m.
  • The American University Chorus presents Through Tempests and Trials – a performance of three pieces from the past 75 years of choral music, including Norman Dello Joio’s Song of the Open Road; Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year; and Georgy Sviridov’s a cappella setting of Pushkin’s Garland. Performances will be given at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Katzen Arts Center. Tickets are $10, $5 for the American University community and seniors, and can be purchased online.

Sunday, November 22

  • The American University Eagles women’s basketball team battles Elon College at 7:00 p.m. in the Bender Arena. Just for AU neighbors, purchase your tickets online and use the promo code “NOV15” to receive a $3 discount at checkout.

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.
  • Shop the Farmer’s Market at Janney Elementary School on Thursdays for fresh vegetables, many of which are harvested right from the school garden; eggs from the chickens who live in the garden coupe; and individual cuts of beef and lamb available from the Tenleytown Meat Company. The market takes place from 3:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. rain or shine. If the weather is inclement, head inside the main school entrance on Albemarle Street and turn right down the main hall to find the market indoors.
  • 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 [email protected].