- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 20, 2008

Easter Monday at the zoo

• The African-American Family Celebration. A Washington tradition since the early 1890s, in the days when black children were not allowed to participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll. First lady Mamie Eisenhower opened the White House event to all in the 1950s, but Washington’s African-Americans still flock to the zoo on Easter Monday. Family activities, egg hunts, egg rolling, live entertainment, talks with Smithsonian scientists, more. National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Easter Monday, March 24. Free and open to the public. 202/633-4800, nationalzoo.si.edu

Rolling on the lawn

• The annual White House Easter Egg Roll, a Washington tradition since 1878. South Lawn of the White House. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Easter Monday, March 24. Free, timed-entry tickets distributed, first-come, first-served, at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion (southwest corner of 15th and E Streets) on two dates: the bulk of the tickets beginning at 7:30 a.m. March 22, and a smaller number of tickets beginning at 7:30 a.m. March 24. Maximum five tickets per person. Tickets are required for every attendee, including small children. For information call the White House Visitors’ Office, 202/456-7041 or see www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/02/20080225-12.html.

THEARC open house

• Arts Day at THEARC. Community festival features a concert by Levine School of Music’s faculty artist Jeff Chappell, continuous performances by the students of The Washington Ballet, The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ArtReach Program and other student musicians from the Levine School of Music. Balloon artists, face painting, musical petting zoo, art and dance classes, refreshments. THEARC (Town Hall Education, Arts and Recreation Campus), 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 2-5 p.m. March 30. Free and open to the public. 202/484-3272, www.thearcdc.org

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