- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 14, 2009

President-elect Barack Obama is known for his love of text messaging, and that figures in plans for his inaugural.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee made it clear Wednesday that it expects large crowds for the inaugural ceremony, and it strongly encouraged those who plan to attend to keep in touch with its Web site for updates on transportation and pedestrian notices. Even those who stay in their own cities and town should tune in to learn “ways you can participate,” it said.

The site is www.pic2009.org and it can be accessed by texting the word “open” to 56333.

Inaugural events include:

• Sunday: Opening public ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial, 2:30 p.m.

• Monday: “Renew America Together: A Call to Service: Mr. Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will participate in activities intended to serve others.” To find a service event near you in your city or town, visit www.USAservice.org.

• Monday: Community Service Day Lunch, invitation only.

• Monday: Kids’ Inaugural: We Are the Future: The Verizon Center, 7 p.m.

• Monday: Bipartisan dinners honoring retired Gen. Colin Powell, National Building Museum, 5 p.m.; Sen. John McCain, Hilton Washington hotel, 5 p.m.; Mr. Biden, Union Station, 6:30 p.m. By invitation only.

• Tuesday: Swearing-in ceremony, National Mall, 11:30 a.m.

• Tuesday: Inaugural luncheon, Capitol building. Private.

• Tuesday: Inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House, about 2:30 p.m.

• Tuesday: Inaugural balls, tickets required. They include: Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, Convention Center, Hall D, 7 p.m.; President Obama States Ball, Convention Center, Hall E 7 p.m.; Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, National Building Museum, 7 p.m.; Vice President Biden Home States Ball, Convention Center, Ballroom, 8 p.m.; Mid-Atlantic Ball, Convention Center, Hall A, 8 p.m.; Midwestern Ball, Hall C, 8 p.m.; Western Ball, Convention Center, Hall B, 8 p.m.; Youth Ball, Hilton Washington, 9 p.m.; Eastern Ball, Union Station, 10 p.m.; Southern Ball, DC Armory, 10 p.m.

• Wednesday: National Prayer Service, National Cathedral, tickets required, 8:30 a.m.