- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 17, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

In Crawford, Texas. No public events scheduled.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10:30 a.m. Energy Information Administrationreleases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

5 p.m. —American Petroleum Institutereleases the brief summary of its weekly report on petroleum inventories. Location: 1220 L St. NW. Contact: 202/682-8114.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Environmental Protection Agencyholds a meeting by teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Regulatory Environmental Modeling Guidance Review Panel to discuss its draft peer-review report of the agency’s draft guidance on the development, evaluation and application of regulatory environmental models. Location: None given. Contact: 202/343-9984.

10 a.m. —Internal Revenue Serviceholds a public hearing on proposed amendments to the regulations under Section 415 of the Internal Revenue Code regarding limitations on benefits and contributions under qualified plans. Location: IRS, auditorium, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-6060.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In recess. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

In recess. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Space studies meeting — all day National Academies’ Space Studies Board holds a meeting, “NASA Astronomy Science Centers: An Assessment of Best Practices and Guiding Principles for the Future.” Events begin at 10:45 a.m. Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-3477.

Vigil — all day The Gwich’in Nation continues a six-week vigil and demonstration of traditional Gwich’in drumming, song and dance, “Drum! Sing! Dance! Protect the Arctic Refuge,” to call attention to the threat they say drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge poses to tribe members’ lives and livelihoods. Events begin at 10 a.m. Location: The park at the intersections of Independence Avenue, Third Street and Maryland Avenue Southwest. Contact: 907/458-8264 or 907/378-8640; 415/901-0111 or 415/548-5377.

County fair — all day Montgomery County Agricultural Center hosts the 57th Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Events begin at 7 a.m.

Highlight — 8 a.m. 4-H pet show judging, cattle show pavilion, Building 16

Location: Montgomery County Agricultural Center and Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/926-3100.

Seminar — all day National Center for Continuing Education holds a seminar, “Understanding Sarbanes-Oxley and SAS 99 for Financial Professionals.” Events begin at 9 a.m. Location: Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. Contact: 800/635-9615.

Drug-free schools — 8 a.m. Education Department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools hold its 2005 National Conference, “Tying it All Together: Comprehensive Strategies for Safe and Drug-Free Schools.” Topics include crisis response and contingency planning; evidence-based decision-making; science-based programs; health, mental health and physical education — components of a safer school; effective prevention strategies; and positive youth development. Location: Marriott Wardman Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/401-1576.

Organic standards — 8 a.m. Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Marketing Service holds a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board. Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hillwood Room, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/205-7808.

Africa “megaflyover” — 10:30 a.m. The National Geographic Society holds a press conference on an exhibition of aerial photographs, “Africa Megaflyover,” by biologist J. Michael Fay of the Wildlife Conservation Society and National Geographic Society. J. Michael Fay; Chris Johns, National Geographic magazine; and Eric Sanderson, Wildlife Conservation Society, participate. Location: National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Contact: 202/857-7756, 202/857-5814.

Conference-call briefing — 11 a.m. “TeamConnecticut” holds a conference-call briefing on the Base Realignment and Closure Committee’s possible approval of the Defense Department’s recommendation to close Naval Submarine Base New London. Connecticut Democratic Sens. Joe Lieberman and Christopher J. Dodd; Rep. Rob Simmons, Connecticut Republican; and Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, participate. Location: None given. Contact: 202/835-9473 or 703/403-3327.

No Child Left Behind Act — 1:30 p.m. Civil Society Institute holds a conference-call briefing to detail what it says is the widespread grass-roots rebellion against the No Child Left Behind Act. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal; Utah state Rep. Margaret Dayton; and Minnesota state Rep. Mindy Greiling, participate. Location: None given. Contact: 703/276-3265.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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