What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (2/22-2/28)

Book lovers, basketball fans, and history buffs will rejoice this week as Tenleytown has another excellent slate of community events. Plus don’t miss the neighborhood’s weekly wine tasting, trivia, live music, and art offerings. Here’s what should be on your calendar:

Tuesday, February 23

  • In celebration of Black History Month, American University’s Books That Shaped America series features a discussion of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Theresa Runstedtler, Associate Professor of History, will explore this classic American autobiography that expressed for many African-Americans what the mainstream civil rights movement did not – their anger and frustration with the intractability of racial injustice. The conversation begins at noon in room 115 of the Bender Library. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.

Wednesday, February 24

  • 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 the steps being taken to address crime citywide. Residents can ask questions and raise concerns with 2nd District Commander Melvin Gresham during the open forum.

  • The American University Eagles men’s basketball team takes on the U.S. Naval Academy at 7:30 p.m. in the Bender Arena. Purchase your tickets online to cheer for our local college team.

Thursday, February 25

  • Tenleytown Main Street wants to know what your vision is for the future of the commercial district along Wisconsin Avenue, from Tenley Circle to Fessenden Street. Share your ideas at 6:30 p.m. at St. Columba’s church during a public visioning forum on what the district should look like and offer to residents and visitors. Through this visioning session, Tenleytown Main Street hopes to identify common themes for the future of the commercial district that can help the area thrive.
  • The Tenleytown Historical Society presents Reno City: Post Civil War to WWII – Early Residents, Growth of Surrounding Community and Eradication of Reno Community at 7:00 p.m. Little trace remains of Reno City, the community that grew around Fort Reno during and after the Civil War. This special talk will highlight two Reno City families, the Dover family (African American) and Bangerter family (white). Alcione Amos, Curator of the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum will also discuss the destruction of the neighborhood that coincided with the building of the reservoir, schools, and finally the demolition of houses that were still standing after World War II. The talk will take place at the recently restored Reno School wing of Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive. Please reserve your seat by emailing tenleytownhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com.

Saturday, February 27

  • Janney Elementary will host a used book sale from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Thousands of great books for kids and adults, as well as DVDs and CDs, will be available for purchase. Come early for the best selection and come back for the end-of-sale deals! All proceeds benefit the school.
  • The annual Wilson Book Fair at Politics and Prose kicks off on Saturday and continues through Sunday. Let the cashier know that you support Wilson High School, and Politics and Prose will donate 20% of your book purchases to sustain Parent-Teacher-Student Organization sponsored programs. Keep an eye out for the Wilson table at the store, where you can find “wishlists” prepared by teachers and the library. Consider buying a wishlist book and donating it to the school. Politics and Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW.
  • And if you need to make room on your shelves for all your new and used book purchases, the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church is holding a Book Drive from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Collected books will support the Metropolitan Book & Bake Sale on March 5 benefiting the DC Diaper Bank and Bright Beginnings. On Saturday, drive into the church parking lot at 3401 Nebraska Avenue with your book donations, and volunteers will unload your car and give you a receipt.
  • The American University Eagles men’s basketball team returns to the court at noon to battle Loyola Maryland University in the Bender Arena. The women’s basketball team also takes on Loyola at 4:00 p.m. Purchase your tickets online for this double header.
  • The AU Chamber and Symphony Orchestras present Mainly Mozart, featuring Mozart’s masterpiece Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. Performances will be offered at the Katzen Arts Center on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. followed by a Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $5 for students, seniors, and members of the AU community, and can be purchased online.

Sunday, February 28

  • The weather outside may be frightful, but come to Middle C Music on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. for heartwarming movies. Our local music store – and the city’s only full service music store – invites the community to a weekly showing of fun, family friendly films. Check the store’s website for more details.

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.