What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (1/11-1/17)

Music, fitness, sports, and movies – you can find them all right here in Tenleytown this week. Plus Mayor Bowser visits our fair neighborhood to discuss her priorities for the District in 2016. Here are some of the events that should be on your calendar this week:

Monday, January 11

  • 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 January 11 and 25 and February 1 and 8. Space is limited, so email the library to register. Attendees are requested to bring their own yoga mat.

Tuesday, January 12

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its January lecture series this week with Pantomime, Music and Movement: Theater Beyond Words. With the assistance of several performers from the Synetic company, Paata Tsikurishvili will demonstrate how he combines the traditions of the Caucasus with distinctly American styles to tell classic stories through movement, mime, music, technology, and visual arts. The lecture will be held at the Katzen Arts Center.

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.

  • American University invites its neighbors to its annual Town Hall meeting with President Neil Kerwin, followed by a New Year’s reception. The Town Hall will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Room 201 of the Katzen Arts Center. Parking for the event will be available in the Katzen garage. The New Year’s reception will begin at 8 p.m. on the 2nd floor rotunda of the Katzen Arts Center. Both events are open to the public.

Wednesday, January 13

  • The OLLI lecture series continues its focus on the arts this week with Life is Polyrhythmic. Ysaye Barnwell  will share experiences from her varied career, which has included classical violin, speech pathology, teaching at Howard University, performing and composing with Sweet Honey in the Rock, public health, world travel, building vocal communities, and writing requiems. She will also share her workshop techniques in the African-American singing tradition. Come to the Temple Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. prepared to sing!
  • Cheer on the American University Eagles as the men’s basketball team takes on Boston University at 7:30 p.m. at the Bender Arena. Tickets are available for purchase online.

Thursday, January 14

  • OLLI rounds out this week’s lectures with a discussion on Politics 2016 — What’s Happening and Why with veteran journalist Steve Roberts, who currently is the Chief Political Analyst for ABC Radio and a weekly syndicated columnist. As the primary season kicks into gear, Roberts will analyze the candidates, the issues, and the underlying trends that will be making news in the months ahead. Join the conversation at 10:00 a.m. at the Katzen Arts Center.
  • Put on your most comfortable PJs and take the whole family to the Tenley-Friendship Library for Pajama Movie Night. When Disney’s beloved gang of toys is mistakenly delivered to a day-care center, 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.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Mayor Muriel Bowser will attend the meeting to discuss priority issues in the District, while Councilmember Elissa Silverman will present current campaign finance reform bills. The agenda also includes: discussion of and a possible vote on a resolution to add a raised crosswalk and related pedestrian safety improvements near Chesapeake and 40th Streets; and discussion of and a possible vote on a resolution urging DDOT and the Office of Zoning to review possible illegal or unsafe curb cuts and parking spaces along Wisconsin Avenue. In addition, the Second District Police will provide an update on crime trends and public safety issues in AU Park, Friendship Heights, and Tenleytown. The meeting will take place in the Tenleytown Room of the Embassy Suites in the Chevy Chase Pavilion.

Saturday, January 16

  • Looking for a job is often frustrating. Career coach Blair Goins will guide you through the process to Design a Career You’ll Love and help you manage the stress with better decision making. His workshop, which runs from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library, will help job seekers identify their strengths and interests before jumping into the job market.
  • The American University Eagles women’s basketball team battles the U.S. Military Academy at 2:00 p.m. in the Bender Arena. Purchase your tickets online and cheer on the Eagles.

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.


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