- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 20, 2006


Participates in an arrival ceremony for Chinese President Hu Jintao and Madam Liu Yongqing, South Lawn of the White House, followed by an Oval Office meeting and a social luncheon in the East Room. 2:50 p.m. — Delivers remarks to the recipients of the President’s Environmental Youth Awards, Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building, Room 450.


4 p.m. Economic Research Service releases the vegetables and melons outlook report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/694-5050.


10 a.m. Securities and Exchange Commission holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies to discuss the adoption of the committee’s final report to the commission. The advisory committee may also discuss written statements received and other matters of concern. Location: SEC, 100 F St. NE. Contact: 202/551-3260 [Note: The meeting will be audio Webcast on the commission’s Web site at www.sec.gov.]


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


Not in session. Easter recess. The Senate next meets at 2 p.m. on Monday. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


Not in session. Easter recess. The House next meets at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


Infrastructure seminar — all day The Inter-American Development Bank holds a seminar, “Financing Private and Public Sector Infrastructure Projects.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9:50 a.m. — Carlos Guimaraes, IDB private sector coordinator, “Infrastructure Trends in Latin America”

Noon — Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the IDB, delivers the keynote address.

Location: IDB, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Contact: 202/623-2407.

Craft show — all day The Smithsonian Women’s Committee hosts the Smithsonian Crafts Show. The craft show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American crafts, including jewelry, leather, metal, basketry, furniture, glass, mixed media, ceramics, decorative fiber, paper, wearable art and wood. Events begin at 10 a.m. Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 202/357-4000.

Agricultural address — 7:30 a.m. The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology hosts an address by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns to its Executive Committee and Board of Governors meeting. Location: Washington Plaza hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Contact: 515/292-2125.

IMF briefing — 9:30 a.m. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank hold press briefings related to the IMF and World Bank 2006 spring meetings.

Highlight — 9:30 a.m. — IMF Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato

11 a.m. — World Bank Group President Paul Wolfowitz

3 p.m. — World Bank Chief Economist Francois Bourguignon and lead author Mark Sundberg, briefing on the Global Monitoring Report

Location: IMF, 700 19th St. NW, Main Press Briefing Room, Room B-702. Contact: 202/623-7000.

Stamp ceremony — 10 a.m. Acting Interior Secretary Lynn Scarlett opens the 2006 Junior Duck Stamp contest. The festivities will commence with the introduction of the 2006-2007 Federal Duck Stamp. After the awards event, D.C. school students will be taken across the street to Constitution Gardens to sketch waterfowl. 2005 Federal Duck Stamp winner Sherrie Russell Meline; Scott Russell, winner of the 1997 Junior Duck Stamp Contest; Jaye Boswell, a founder of the Junior Duck Stamp program; and Paul Schmidt, assistant director for migratory birds, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, participate. Location: South Interior Building, Auditorium, 1951 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/501-4633.

Book event — 10:15 a.m. First Book and the Abundant Forest Alliance hold a book reading party and tree planting, with Academy Award-nominated actress Joan Allen. Location: Robert R. Gray Elementary School, 4949 Addison Road, Capitol Heights. Contact: 240/601-5562.

Dry-eye briefing — 11 a.m. The Society for Women’s Health Research and the American Academy of Ophthalmology hold a conference call briefing, beginning at 11 a.m., to release the results of a new survey on the connection between dry eye and menopause. Phyllis Greenberger of the Society for Women’s Health Research; Peggy Kraus of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; and Laurie Barber of the University of Arkansas Medical School participate. Location: None given. Contact: 310/309-1019.

Lebanon discussion — 11 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a discussion with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Abdul Basset Siniora on “A Year After the Cedar Revolution, March 14, 2005: Achievements and Challenges Ahead.” Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4016.

Investment policy discussion — 3:30 p.m. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development holds a discussion on “Investment Policy Reforms in the Middle East North Africa Region.” Donald Johnston, OECD; Egyptian Investment Minister Mahmoud Mohieldin; and Jordanian Ambassador Karim Kawar participate. Location: Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, theater. Contact: 202/785-6323.

Sri Lanka — 4 p.m. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a discussion with Visaka Dharmadasa, founder and chairman of the Association of War-Affected Women, on “Negotiating for Peace in Sri Lanka.” Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Trade seminar — 4:30 p.m. The Washington International Trade Association holds a seminar on “Policy Monitoring and Enforcement Abroad.” Deputy Assistant Commerce Secretary for Trade Agreements and Compliance Stephen Jacobs and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Christopher Moore participate. Location: WITA, Meridian Suites, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.

Hu address — 6 p.m. The U.S.-China Business Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Brookings Institution host an address by Chinese President Hu Jintao. Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 212/935-6577.

Victims’ ceremony — 6:30 p.m. The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs sponsors a National Observance and Candlelight Ceremony as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales; Regina Schofield, assistant attorney general, OJP; John Gillis, director, Office for Victims of Crime, OJP; and Sharon Rocha, mother of Laci Peterson and grandmother of Conner and author of “For Laci: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss and Justice,” participate. Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/307-0703.

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