What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (1/18-1/24)

There is plenty of fun for all ages in Tenleytown this week – from crafts to sports, karaoke to wine tastings, and farmers markets to thought-provoking lectures. Here are some of the events that should be on your calendar:

Tuesday, January 19

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its January lecture series this week as Dr. R. Scott Turner answers How Can I Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? Dr. Turner, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center, will address what you can do now to lower your risk of cognitive decline with aging, the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and the prevention and treatment strategies for the disease that are currently in the pipeline. 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.

  • Tenleytown Main Street will hold its January board meeting at 12:15 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library. The meeting, which is open to the public, will include a presentation by the Department of Small and Local Business Development.
  • Get those creative juices flowing with a fun sock snowman project at this month’s In the Zone at the library. Kids ages 6 to 12 years can make their very own snowman – no snow needed! Bring your kids and their creativity to the library at 4:00 p.m. In the Zone is held the third Tuesday of each month for kids to kick back and enjoy games, crafts, or other fun.

Wednesday, January 20

  • The OLLI lecture series continues with an exploration of Justice William Brennan and the Progressive Supreme Court. Brennan biographer and Washington College of Law professor Steve Wermiel will discuss Justice Brennan’s 34-year career on the Supreme Court, much of which took place during the most progressive era in Supreme Court history when a majority of justices took an expansive view of civil liberties and a forceful approach to protecting civil rights. The lecture begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Temple Baptist Church.
  • The AU Farmers Market returns this week! Visit the campus every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade breads, and desserts from Agora Farms and Upper Crust Bakery. The market is located in front of the Mary Graydon Building.
  • Cheer on the American University Eagles as the women’s basketball team takes on Lafayette College at 7:00 p.m. at the Bender Arena. Tickets are available for purchase online.
  • Join Susan Lowell from Tenleytown T’ai Chi and learn about the flowing movements of this time-honored Chinese martial art which weaves together meditation and relaxation with the wisdom of Chinese medicine. The free T’ai Chi class will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library. All ages are welcome and should wear comfortable clothing. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before the class begins.

Thursday, January 21

  • OLLI rounds out this week’s lectures with a discussion on the Federal Reserve. Marc Lackritz, former President and CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and current Adjunct Professor of Finance at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, will focus on the “long, strange trip” of the Federal Reserve – its creation, a brief history of its successes and failures, relevant policy issues, and why and how it matters today. He also will touch on the Fed’s primary role in both creating the recent financial crisis and then resolving it, the Fed’s recent efforts to become more transparent, and Congress’ perpetual initiative to make the Fed more accountable. Join the conversation at 10:00 a.m. at the Katzen Arts Center.
  • Ever wonder what happens inside Iona Senior Services on Albemarle Street? Iona invites you to join them at 1:00 p.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.
  • The D.C. Departments of General Services and Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. to provide an update on construction and the playground design for Turtle Park. The meeting will be held at the Tenley-Friendship Library.

Saturday, January 23

  • RESCHEDULED FOR 1/31 lil omm yoga invites mothers and daughters to a special morning of yoga, relaxation, crafts, and connection. This Mother-Daughter Playdate, suitable for children 5 to 9 years of age and their caregivers, begins at 10:00 a.m. at 4708 Wisconsin Avenue. Register online; tuition is $40 per pair, $20 for each additional family member.

Sunday, January 24

  • The American University Eagles men’s basketball team battles Holy Cross at 1:00 p.m. in the Bender Arena. Purchase your tickets online and cheer on the Eagles.
  • RESCHEDULED FOR 1/31 Say farewell to the lil omm yoga studio – or at least its physical space – with a Goodbye Party and Potluck starting at 4:00 p.m. Join this community of students, teachers, and friends for an afternoon of dinner, drinks, and dancing! Sign up online – and don’t forget to wear any love or heart shirt you might have! And read more about lil omm’s evolution here.

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.
  • UPDATE: Due to the snow storm, Paul’s will host the weekly wine tasting on THURSDAY night this week. 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.
  • CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER 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.