What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (1/4-1/10)

Whether your New Year’s resolution was to explore new ideas, find a new fitness routine, or simply have a little more fun, Tenleytown is here to help you start the year off right. Here are some of the events that should be on your calendar this week:

Tuesday, January 5

  • Ever wonder what happens inside Iona Senior Services on Albemarle Street? Iona invites you to join them at 8:30 a.m. for The Heart of Iona Tour and learn firsthand how Iona works to meet basic needs, provide connection and support, and offer fitness and creative engagement opportunities to older adults and caregivers in metropolitan Washington. Call Susan Messina at (202) 895-9401 to join Iona for this special tour. Iona will also offer a tour on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) kicks off its January lecture series this week with a discussion on The C&O Canal National Historical Park: A Gem of History and Nature in Our Own Backyard. For nearly 190 years the C&O Canal has been important to communities along the Potomac River. Michael Mitchell, Chair of the Board of the C&O Canal Trust, will discuss the history of the canal, including the 1954 walk by a Supreme Court justice that saved the canal and ultimately led to its designation as a National Historical Park. Mitchell will also discuss current educational and community programs centered on the canal and the surrounding community.

Each week in January, Tuesday through Thursday, OLLI offers a thought-provoking lecture on world politics, history, arts, or science. All events begin at 10:00 a.m. and take place at either the Temple Baptist Church or the Katzen Arts Center. The lectures are open to the public and free to attend. A complete schedule is available online.

Wednesday, January 6

  • The OLLI lecture series continues with Global Climate Change: Considering the Way Forward. Professor Theresa Sabonis-Helf will discuss the 21st UN conference held in December to address climate change, including key issues, outcomes, and how its results will improve the prospects for dealing with a problem that has engaged voices from Pope Francis to the Pentagon. The lecture begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Temple Baptist Church.

Thursday, January 7

  • The Thursday OLLI lecture focuses on The Middle East: How We Got to Where We Are. Noted author and Middle East expert Thomas W. Lippman will chart the historical roots of the current chaos in Iraq and Syria, starting in 1979 with the Iranian Revolution and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The lecture begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Temple Baptist Church.
  • 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! Appropriate for ages 11 to 19 years.

Saturday, January 9

  • Learn the basic techniques of belly dancing, as well as a bit of the history behind this dance tradition, during Sahara Dance’s Introduction to Belly Dance class. No prior experience is necessary. Class begins at 10 a.m. at the studio at 4433 Wisconsin Avenue. Registration is $20, and those interested can sign up online.

  • Break out your best pajamas, robes, and furry slippers – lil omm wants you to join them for a Family Yoga and PJ Party at 5:30 p.m.! No yoga experience is necessary for this fun event for all ages. Sign up online by Monday, January 4. Registration is $25 per family.

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.
  •  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.
  • 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.