- The Washington Times - Friday, March 30, 2007

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Washington’s whiskey — 10:30 a.m. — George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill holds a ceremony to celebrate its grand opening, including tours of the distillery, special appearances by “George Washington” and his Scottish distiller “James Anderson,” and tastings of Washington’s corn and rye whiskey recipes. Location: George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill, 3 miles south of the Mount Vernon Estate on Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Contact: 703/799-8607.

Cherry Blossom Festival — 11 a.m. — The National Park Service, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association hold a press conference to announce details of new and enhanced visitor services for the 2007 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Location: National Cherry Blossom Festival Information Center on the Washington Monument grounds (located immediately east of the Ranger Station), 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/619-7222.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Abrams Hall and main hospital. Makes a statement to medical personnel at Walter Reed’s Red Cross building center. Overnights at Camp David.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Economic Analysis releases its report on personal income and outlays for February. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

10 a.m. — Census Bureau releases its report on construction put in place for February. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Health and Human Services Department holds a meeting of the advisory committee on human research protections. Location: Sheraton National Hotel, 900 S. Orme St., Arlington. Contact: 240/453-8139.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Appropriations legislative branch subcommittee holds hearing on the fiscal 2008 budget for the Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper, and the U.S. Capitol Police. Witnesses include Terrance Gainer, Senate sergeant at arms and chairman of the U.S. Capitol Police Board; and Phillip Morse, chief of the U.S. Capitol Police. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. in a pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

Noon — Judiciary immigration, citizenship, refugees, border security and international law subcommittee holds field hearing on “Past, Present and Future: A Historic and Personal Reflection on American Immigration.” Location: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Monuments, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Ellis Island, New York. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Republican lawyers — all day — The Republican National Lawyers Association holds a national policy conference. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:45 a.m. — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, “The Challenge Facing Republicans in the Senate”

9:15 a.m. — Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican, “Issues Facing the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform”

10:30 a.m. — Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, “The Senate Judiciary Committee”

11 a.m. — Michael S. Steele, GOPAC chairman and former Maryland lieutenant governor, delivers remarks.

4:15 p.m. — John R. Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, delivers remarks as the winner of the Edwin Meese Award.

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, ballroom. Contact: 703/719-6335.

Epilepsy conference — all day — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) holds a meeting on “Curing Epilepsy 2007: Translating Discoveries Into Therapeutics.” Events begin at 7:30 a.m. Location: NIH, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-4000.

Peru military — 8:30 a.m. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) holds a discussion with Peruvian Defense Minister Allan Wagner Tizon on the recent efforts to overhaul the Peruvian armed forces. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Kosovo discussion — 9 a.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) holds a discussion on “Kosovo: Finally Status?” Sabine Freizer of the International Crisis Group participates. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Pet food recall — 10 a.m. — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) holds a press conference to provide an update on recall of pet foods manufactured by Menu Foods Inc. Location: FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, conference rooms D and E. Contact: 202/690-6343.

PETA on pet food — noon — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) holds a press conference to call on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to “immediately expand the pet food recall” to include all dry varieties subject to complaints until they are chemically tested for safety. PETA will also ask the FDA to investigate Iams in order to find out whether the company knew about the contaminated food before calling for a recall. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 757/622-7382, Ext. 8325 or 757/622-7382, Ext. 8342.

Film screening — 12:30 p.m. — Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a film screening of “Banker to the Poor: The Story of Muhammad Yunus and the Founding of the Grameen Bank and Grameen Family Companies.” Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Amnesty International — 3 p.m. — Amnesty International USA holds a rally to urge China, the leading foreign investor in Sudan, to increase its efforts to confront the crisis in the Darfur region. Location: Chinese Embassy, 2300 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 212/633-4150.

Chao speech — 7 p.m. — Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao delivers remarks to a Chinese Institute of Engineers USA reception. Location: Hotel Washington, 15th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 866/422-1630.

Concert — 8 p.m. — The Library of Congress (LOC) holds a concert featuring Cantus, an a capella, nine-member, all-male chamber chorus from Minneapolis. Preceding the performance, there will be a presentation on “Men, Let’s Sing: Choral Music for Men’s Voices,” at 6:15 p.m., in the Whittall Pavilion. Location: LOC, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 202/707-7302.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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