What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (11/30-12/6)

Happy Tenley WinterFest! Our annual neighborhood festival is upon us, replete with seasonal cheer, yeti hunters, restaurant specials, a winter market, live music, and fun events for all ages. The weather may be gray, but there’s no brighter time to be in Tenleytown. Here’s what should be on your calendar this week:

Tuesday, December 1

  • Meet former and future Artists in Residence and purchase unique pieces from them during a special Iona Art Show and Sale. Part of the Tenley WinterFest, the show is a great way to kick off your holiday shopping, while also supporting positive aging through the arts. Featured works include paintings, sculpture, jewelry, prints, and quilts. A portion of all sales will be donated to Iona. The show and sale takes place from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at 4125 Albemarle Street, NW.
  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library for a special showing of the 1967 animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ famous book How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The half-hour film begins at 4:00 p.m.
  • Tenley Gets Lit – with twinkling lights, that is! Celebrate the season with a special lighting of the garden at Janney Elementary, featuring a performance by the Janney Chorus and light refreshments. Tenley WinterFest will flip the switch at 5:00 p.m., as will local businesses as they light up the Avenue. Afterwards, CityDance POP! will add some sparkle with an outdoor Glow Zumba class at 6:30 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 the future of the former AU law school on Massachusetts Avenue. The meeting is open to the public.

Wednesday, December 2

  • The Tenley-Friendship Library hosts author Jay Winik for a discussion of his book 1944: FDR And The Year That Changed History. It was not inevitable that World War II would end as it did, or that it would even end well. 1944 was a year that could have stymied the Allies and cemented Hitler’s waning power. Instead, it saved those democracies, but with a fateful cost. Jay Winik, the acclaimed author of April 1865 and The Great Upheaval, captures the epic images and extraordinary history as never before. Hear him discuss his book at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 3

  • Interested in manga, anime, and everything Japanese? Join the Tenley-Friendship Library on the first Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. for Manga Madness. Read manga, watch anime, and have fun! This month the library explores the Japanese winter holidays. Appropriate for ages 11 to 19 years.
  • Looking to makeover your wardrobe in the New Year? Get a head start as Ketura Persellin, style consultant and owner of The Joyful Closet, shares her three rules for developing great style. Get tips on defining your personal style at 6:30 p.m.
  • The American University at the Katzen Arts Center hosts the second installment of the concert series Connected: Music in the Museum at 7:30 p.m. The INTERFERENCE ensemble presents “French American Collaboration” in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France. The concert will feature French composer Philippe Manoury’s Jupiter for solo flute and computer, as well as Lobotomy for oboe by Washington composer David Plylar. The concert is free and open to the public.

Saturday, December 5

  • Browse a great selection of gently used children’s books on Saturday morning during the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library annual WinterFest book sale. Books will be on sale in the library atrium. Selections for adults will also be available on the bookcart upstairs, as well as in the medium meeting room. The sale runs from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., but come early for the best selection.
  • Shop the 11th Annual Winter Market at Janney Elementary from noon to 4:00 p.m. The market features hand-made crafts, art, decor, collectibles, jewelry, accessories, and baked goods. More than 90 vendors will offer great gifts at every price point and for everyone on your holiday list. Enjoy live music and dance performances while you shop, as well as lunch items from local chefs.
  • Meet author Ruben Castaneda at the Tenley-Friendship Library for a discussion of his book S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C., which recounts his life as a Washington Post journalist covering the District’s violent crack era while struggling with his own addiction. The discussion begins at 2:00 p.m.
  • As part of Tenley WinterFest, the Singleton Masonic Lodge will host a holiday open house. Join them for cocoa, cookies, and kids crafts from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The lodge is located at 4441 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • The St. Ann’s Families Group and Parish Council presents a free screening of The Polar Express (2004, G) at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Ann’s Church Undercroft at the intersection of Yuma Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The movie is offered free of charge, but please consider bringing a new toy, a new piece of children’s clothing, or a gift card to benefit families in need at the Spanish Catholic Center in Mt. Pleasant.
  • And the WinterFest fun continues right into the night. Capping off Tenleytown’s annual neighborhood celebration is a special performance by local band Cheaper Than Therapy at Tenley Bar & Grill, 4611 41st Street. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 6

  • Stress, being busy, and lack of self-confidence can all be barriers to a mother’s powerful creative flow. Learn how to overcome these barriers and nourish your creative spirit during lil omm yoga’s Mom’s Up! Creative Flow Workshop at 1:00 p.m. Registration is $40.
  • Tenleytown Main Street invites residents and merchants to a community meeting at 1:00 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson High School. Hear more about TTMS and learn how you can participate in and contribute toward strengthening the neighborhood’s commercial district.

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.