- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More than 1,000 free tickets will be distributed Wednesday to people living in the Washington area for the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball on Tuesday night, a signature event of the inauguration activities, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced.

A similar number of tickets will be distributed free to Washington-area residents and thousands more to military families for the Kids’ Inaugural: We Are the Future concert to be held at the Verizon Center on Monday at 7 p.m., the PIC said. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Several local organizations working with the PIC will distribute the tickets to the concert and the neighborhood ball, one of 10 to be held to celebrate the new president’s inauguration. The ball will be held in Hall D of the Washington Convention Center and begins at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Mr. Obama will make the neighborhood ball his first stop of the evening, the PIC said.

“The Neighborhood Inaugural Ball is the premier event of the night, during which these D.C.-area residents, along with people from neighborhoods across the country, can celebrate with newly sworn-in President Barack Obama at his first ball appearance of the evening, the committee said.

ABC-TV will air the ball live from 8 to 10 p.m. The Disney Channel will air the Kids’ Inaugural from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

“We are really excited about this,” Angela Byrd, the executive director of the D.C. Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, said in a PIC statement. “This is really a special opportunity for people in the metro area to be able to participate.”

The free tickets for military members to the Monday-night concert were being issued by the military services, with the majority of them allocated to families of enlisted personnel and junior officers, the PIC said.

Tickets to that event for the public were being distributed through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington to children and their families in the District, Maryland and Virginia, it said.

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