- The Washington Times - Friday, December 31, 1999

PRESIDENT CLINTON

11 a.m. Addresses the opening ceremony of "America's Millennium on the Mall" with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Main Street Millennium Stage, 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

1:45 p.m. Addresses the "Millennium Around the World" opening ceremony with the first lady, atrium, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

6:30 p.m. Attends with the first lady the "White House Millennium Dinner" for the "300 Most Creative People In America," the White House.

9 p.m. Attends "America's Millennium Gala" with the first lady.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

Federal holiday no events are listed.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

Federal holiday no events are listed.

SUPREME COURT

Federal holiday no oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211

GENERAL AGENDA

Third World debt vigil 7 a.m. Christian Peacemaker teams and New Call to Peacemaking continue a vigil on Third World debt through Jan. 1. Location: International Monetary Fund, 700 19th St. NW. Contact: 312/455-1199 or 312/399-6990.

Millennium program 10 a.m. The White House Millennium Council, the World Bank, and the International Child Art Foundation open the "Millennium Around the World Children's Program."

Highlights 10 a.m. Performances by children from around the world on a special children's stage and exhibits by the World Bank, the International Child Art Foundation and a millennial tapestry and mural.

Location: Amphitheater, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/456-2960.

Millennium celebration 11 a.m. Millennium Washington and Capital Bicentennial Inc. hold a "Main Street Millennium" celebration featuring five stages of live music, food and an America Online Technology Pavilion.

Highlight 11 a.m. Opening ceremony, President Clinton; first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton; Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat; House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican; and D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams.

Location: Constitution Avenue NW, between 10th and 14th streets. Contact: 202/727-5011 or 202/442-4008.

Millennium program 11:30 a.m. The White House Millennium Council and the National Museum of Natural History present "American Voices" in conjunction with "America's Millennium on The Mall."

Highlights 11:30 a.m. Basketball stars Bill Russell, Chamique Holdsclaw and Nikki McCray, "Basketball: We Come to Play."

1 p.m. William J. Ivey, National Endowment for the Arts chairman; and musician Ricky Skaggs, "Bluegrass: America's Roots Music."

2:30 p.m. Julian Bond, civil rights activist, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Board of Trustees, "The Paradox of Thomas Jefferson."

4 p.m. "Sunflower: The Life and Loves of Elizabeth Cady Stanton."

Location: Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/357-2627, Exts. 108 or 111, or 202/456-2960.

Year-2000 vigil noon The Washington Action Group, the D.C. Proposition One Committee; the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Committee and Pastors for Peace hold a vigil to raise awareness about a potential year-2000-related accidental nuclear missile launch in Russia or the United States.

Highlight 1 p.m. News briefing. Location: Lafayette Park, in front of the White House. Contact: 202/635-3739 or 202/462-0757.

Millennium program noon The White House Millennium Council and the National Museum of American History present "Story Circle" in conjunction with "America's Millennium on The Mall."

Highlights noon Bernice Johnson Reagon, singer and cultural historian, "I Remember, I Believe."

1:30 p.m. David Wisniewski, writer and illustrator, "Words and Pictures."

3 p.m. Yumi Heo, children's author, "A Heritage in Pictures and Words."

Location: National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/357-2627, Exts. 108 or 111, or 202/456-2960.

Millennium program noon The White House Millennium Council and the Hirshhorn Museum present "Future Visions" in conjunction with "America's Millennium on The Mall."

Highlights noon Neil Gershenfeld, Physics and Media Labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Glimpsing the Future: Technologies for the Millennium."

1:15 p.m. "Searching for Extraterrestrial Life in the New Millennium."

2:30 p.m. Ray Kurzwell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "The Age of Spiritual Machines."

3:45 p.m. "Are Humans Endangered?"

Location: Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/357-2627, Exts. 108 or 111, or 202/456-2960.

Millennium program 1:45 p.m. The White House Millennium Council, the World Bank, and the International Child Art Foundation open the "Millennium Around the World" program.

Highlight 1:45 p.m. President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton address the opening ceremony.

Location: Amphitheater, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/456-2960.

Defense Department briefing 2 p.m. The Defense Department holds a news briefing to update its status during the year-2000 rollover. Location: Pentagon Briefing Room 2E781, the Pentagon. Contact: 703/697-5131.

Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority news conference 4 p.m. The Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority holds a news conference on the Federal Aviation Administration administrator's New Year's Eve flight to demonstrate the year-2000 preparedness of the air-traffic-control system.

Highlights 4 p.m. News conference, Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater and FAA Administrator Jane F. Garvey

5:10 p.m. FAA chief Garvey's flight departs Ronald Reagan National Airport for Dallas/Fort Worth.

Location: Terminal B Conference Room, Reagan National Airport.

Contact: 703/417-8370 or 703/417-8744.

Conference call 7 p.m. The Transportation Department holds a conference call between Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Jane F. Garvey and John Koskinen, President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion chairman. Location: Herndon air-traffic-control center, 13600 EDS Drive, Herndon. Contact: 202/366-5580.

Concert and interfaith vigil 7:30 p.m. The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington and the Washington National Cathedral present a concert and interfaith vigil titled "Celebrations of the Millennium."

Highlights 7:30 p.m. Concert, symphonic brass, choirs, guest soprano, and African heritage dancers and drummers.

10:30 p.m. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, "An Interfaith Vigil of Hope."

11:30 p.m. "Procession of Lights."

Location: Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Contact: 202/234-6300.

Millennium gala 9 p.m. The White House Millennium Council, the National Park Service and America's Millennium Committee present the "America's Millennium" gala. The participants include: Will Smith, host; and entertainers Don McLean, Kathy Mattea, Bobby McFerrin, Tricia Yearwood, Sam Waterston, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Luke Cresswell and the 25-member company of "Stomp."

Highlights 10 a.m. Public concert, U.S. Marine Corps Band, Main Street Millennium Stage, Constitution Avenue and 12th Street NW.

11 a.m. Opening ceremony, Main Street Millennium Stage.

9 p.m. "America's Millennium Gala," Lincoln Memorial.

11:25 p.m. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, delivers an address honoring America's military men and women, Lincoln Memorial. Contact: 202/456-2960.

Millennium celebration 10 p.m. The U.S. Naval Observatory celebrates the "Millennial Year 2000" with an open house featuring music, displays, telescopic viewing of celestial objects (weather permitting) and a concluding celebration at midnight. Location: 3450 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/762-1467.

Concert and mass 10:30 p.m. The Archdiocese of Washington holds a concert and mass and midnight ceremony celebrating the New Year. Cardinal James A. Hickey, archbishop of Washington, participates.

Highlights 10:30 p.m. Concert.

11 p.m. Mass.

Midnight Chanting of "Te Deum Laudumus."

Location: St. Matthew's Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Contact: 301/853-4516 or 301/758-7901.

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