- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 21, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Vietnam Veterans Memorial decoration event 10 a.m. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund holds an event during which the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be decorated with thousands of holiday greetings honoring those who served with the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War. Location: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Mall. Contact: 202/393-0090, Ext. 19.

Menorah lighting ceremony 5 p.m. The White House hosts a menorah lighting ceremony. The speaker is Deputy Treasury Secretary Stuart E. Eizenstat. Location: Northwest corner of the Ellipse. Contact: 202/622-2960.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

1:20 p.m. Makes remarks at a bill-signing for the Consolidated Appropriations Act, Presidential Hall, Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

5:30 p.m. Lighting of the menorah, Oval Office of the White House.

VICE PRESIDENT GORE

No public events are scheduled.

PRESIDENT-ELECT BUSH

Meets with a bipartisan group of members of Congress on his education-reform agenda.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases report on the Gross Domestic Product for third quarter 2000 (final estimate). Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases report on unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

1 p.m. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation releases weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

No events are listed.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Adjourned sine die. The 107th Congress convenes Jan. 3. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Adjourned sine die. The 107th Congress convenes Jan. 3. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Training 8:30 a.m. The Dearbon Financial Institute Inc. presents its Securities Licensing Training Program for mutual funds representatives. Location: Suite 410, American Institute of Banking Mid-Atlantic, 8120 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. Contact: 800/521-3395 or 301/907-3433.

Commencement ceremony 9 a.m. The University of Maryland holds its December commencement ceremony for 3,782 graduating students. The commencement speaker is John Hendricks, founder/chairman/ CEO of Discovery Communications Inc.

Highlights 11 a.m. Reception for students and families, Stamp Student Union.

Location: Cole Student Activities Building, University of Maryland, College Park. Contact: 301/405-4076.

Communications skills seminar 9 a.m. CareerTrack presents a one-day seminar, "High-Impact Communication Skills for Women: What Makes You Clam Up, Shut Down or Fall Apart?" Location: Conference Center at Cedar Ridge, 2410 Spencerville Road, Spencerville. Contact: 800/315-5854.

American Automobile Association news conference 10 a.m. The American Automobile Association (AAA) holds a news conference to release the "AAA New Car and Truck Buying Guide." Location: Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/942-2082.

Brookings Institution briefing 10 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds a conference-call briefing on a report ranking the government's most and least successful endeavors of the last 50 years. Paul Light, author of the report and vice president and director of government studies at the Brookings Institution, participates. Media dial in: 800/450-0785. Contact: 202/797-6310.

Abortion rights briefing 11 a.m. Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League hold a conference call urging a close watch on Bush cabinet appointments. The participants include Gloria Feldt, Planned Parenthood president, and Kate Michelman, NARAL president. Media call-in: 888/747-3446. Contact: 202/973-4048.

Justice Action Movement news conference 11 a.m. The Justice Action Movement holds a news conference on plans for nonviolent public protests, workshops and other events during the week leading up to the inauguration of President-elect George W. Bush. Location: The Stewart Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave. NE. Contact: 202/986-6186.

Building site sale news conference 11 a.m. Freedom Forum and the District of Columbia hold a news conference to close the sale of the Department of Employment Services Building site at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street NW. The participants include Charles Overby, Freedom Forum chairman; Mayor Anthony A. Williams; Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, New York Democrat; D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Democrat; and Linda Cropp, D.C. Council chairman. Location: Department of Employment Services Building site. Contact: 703/284-3722 or 202/727-5011.

Oxfam news conference 11:30 a.m. Oxfam holds a news conference briefing to review year-end progress on granting debt relief to poor countries and present the Oxfam Education Now Award to Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/393-3544.

Handel's "Messiah" performance 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Northeast Performing Arts Group of the Northeast Outreach Youth Center presents performances of Handel's "Messiah." Location: Patricia R. Harris Educational Center, 4600 Livingston Road SE. Contact: 202/388-1274.

Middle East Christmas news conference 2 p.m. The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah holds a holiday news conference on "Violence in the Middle East: Christmas Should Not Be Canceled in Bethlehem/ Children Should Not Be Used as Weapons." Rep. Peter Deutsch, Florida Democrat, participates. Location: 121 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 703/276-1604.

Property restitution negotiations briefing 4 p.m. Deputy Treasury Secretary Stuart Eizenstat holds a news briefing on the property restitution negotiations. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Individual rights seminar 7 p.m. The National Lawyers Guild of Georgetown University Law Center holds a seminar on "Individual Rights and Police Accountability." Location: Zacchaeus Free Clinic, 1527 Seventh St. Contact: 202/662-9519 or 202/662-9037.

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