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March 20 - April 13. NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL — National Cherry Blossom Festival.

April 8 - 13. INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND / WORLD BANK MEETINGS — Thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, and invited participants from the academia and private sectors, are expected to gather in Washington DC for the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group.


1:30 p.m. Governor Jeremy C. Stein, "Incorporating Financial-Stability Considerations into a Monetary-Policy Framework." Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21st Street, N.W. Media must RSVP: Olga Stankova, International Monetary Fund, (202) 623-4917 or

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Notes: Official meeting dates are April 11- 13, with a number of related events leading up to those meetings. There will be additions to the schedule as the event gets closer, particularly final press conferences by the delegations. The full schedule can be found at:

April 11 - 13. TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION — The TIA holds its Spring Policy Summit, bringing together ICT industry executives, influential members of Congress and policymakers from the FCC, State Department and other federal agencies.

Location: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, 100 Heron Boulevard, Cambridge, MD.

Contacts: Farrah Kim,, 202-568-8986

BLESSING OF THE PALMS - ST. JOHN'S — Blessing of the Palms. Services at 7:45 am, 9:00 am, and 11:00 am and at 1:00 pm en Espaqol

Location: St. Johns Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H Streets NW.

Contacts: 202-347-8766

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April 13 - 20. 8 a.m. NATIONAL CATHEDRAL - HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE — Washington National Cathedral hosts events Holy Week and Easter weekend, including a presentation of the St. John Passion, J.S. Bachs most poignant choral drama of the trial and crucifixion (or Passion) of Jesus. CONTACT: Meredith MacKenzie, West End Strategy, (202) 776-7700,


Palm Sunday Liturgy with Palm Procession and Passion Narrative 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Live webcast is available.

4 p.m. J. S. Bachs St. John Passion. Ticketed event.

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Notes: Members of the press should RSVP to Meredith MacKenzie at West End Strategy Team by sending an email to at least two days in advance with the event they are interested in covering and details of the crew and equipment.



10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EXPO VILLAGE AWARDS — Award ceremony recognizing the finalists of the "Expo Village 2017: Innovation in Energy Efficiency and Saving" contest.

Location: The Marvin Center - Grand Ballroom, 800 21st St. NW. ermattend&\_sourceeb\_email&utm\_mediumemail&utm\_campaigninviteformalv2&utm\_termattend&https://www.even




12 p.m. SIKH AMERICANS - WISCONSIN POLICE OFFICER — Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, an active Sikh organization based in Washington, will honor Oak Creek Police Officer Brian Murphy with a Sewa (service) Award. (On Aug. 5, 2012, Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist, opened fire at a Sikh temple, killing six worshippers; Murphy was wounded as he responded to the scene, where Page killed himself.)

Location: Guru Gobind Singh Foundation Gurdwara Sahib, 13814 Travilah Road, Rockville, MD.

Contacts: 202 460 0630

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5 p.m. EMANCIPATION DAY DEBATE — Emancipation Day Town Hall Meetting: The Great Debate. Internationally known artists Rapper/Activist/Co-founder of the group Public Enemy Chuck D., Rapper/Entrepreneur/Activist MC Hammer, President of Michael Skolnik, US Hip Hop Ambassador with the US Department of State/Activist Toni Blackman and Artist/Activist Moni Love will participate in a live Lincoln Theatre Town Hall meeting on education, employment, and violence. Sponsored by the DC Government and BET/Centric Networks.

Location: 1215 U Street NW.

Notes: To schedule interviews and to obtain a backstage press pass contact Joia Jefferson Nuri, In The Public Eye Communications, or 240-603-7905.

6 p.m. - 10 p.m. BLUE JEANS BALL — 11th Annual Blue Jeans Ball.

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Park Rd. Washington.

7 p.m. GEORGETOWN LAW - WHISTLEBLOWERS — The National Lawyers Guild at Georgetown University Law Center presents "Defending Democracy: Fighting Government Secrecy in the Digital Age." With Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, Legal Counsel for Chelsea Manning; Mike German, FBI Whistleblower; Thomas Drake, NSA Whistleblower.

Location: Georgetown University Law Center, Room 201, McDonough Hall, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW.

Notes: Media interested in attending should e-mail

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