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


Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival. Centered at Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street, NW.

10 a.m. National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Location: Constitution Avenue - From 7th to 17th Streets, NW (map) Cost: Starting at $20 for Grandstand Seating. Standing along the Parade route from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW is FREE and open to the public. Contact: 877-442-5666 Email:

April 7 - 12. 108TH ASIL ANNUAL MEETING — The American Society of International Law holds their 108th ASIL Annual Meeting and 76th International Law Association Biennial Conference. Speakers will include: former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Singaporean Supreme Court Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, U.K. Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Mance, International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Peter Tomka, former Liberal Party of Canada Leader Michael Ignatieff, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth, and former UN Under-Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict and Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Radhika Coomaraswamy.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Atrium Ballroom.

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.


International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) Plenary. IMF HQ2, Conference Hall 1. Time still TBA.

9:45 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. FC Family Photograph. TV pool / limited space for photographers. Location: IMF HQ2 Atrium.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. IMF Press Briefing: African Finance Ministers . Location: TBD.

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Press Briefing: IMFC Chair Tharman Shanmugaratnam and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. IMF HQ2, Conference Hall 2 (Press Briefing Room).

1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Press Briefing: IMFC Chair Tharman Shanmugaratnam and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Location: IMF HQ2, Conference Hall 2 (Press Briefing Room).

3:45 p.m. IMF Seminar: IMF 70 Years Later: Reflections and Looking Ahead. Panelist: Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director; Robert Gordon, Northwestern University; Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State; Andrew McAfee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Peter Ho, Center for Strategic Futures. Moderator: Ali Velshi, Al Jazeera. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium.

3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. IMF Seminar: "IMF 70 Years Later: Reflections and Looking Ahead." Panel includes Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director; Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium.

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Development Committee Press Briefing: Marek Belka, Development Committee Chair; Jim Yong Kim, World Bank President; Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director. Location: IMF HQ2, Conference Hall 2 (Press Briefing Room).

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Development Committee Press Briefing: Marek Belka, Development Committee Chair; Jim Yong Kim, World Bank President; Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director.

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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 9 - 12. NYLC CONFERENCE — The National Youth Leadership Council's service-learning conference has convened over 48,000 youth and adults.

The culminating event of MONUMENTAL, sponsored by The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, is Saturday, April 12 where an estimated 1,000 volunteers will provide 3,000 hours of service to the community during a MONUMENTAL Day of Service: A Celebration of Global Youth Service Day. CONTACT: Amy Meuers, Marketing and Communications Director, National Youth Leadership Council, (651) 999-7363,; For more information:\_information/general\_info.php

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

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

8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT — OWN IT: The Inaugural GU Women in Leadership Summit, hosted by Georgetown University Women in Leadership in partnership with Bloomberg, will bring together prominent female figures from the worlds of policy, business, media and STEM. Keynote interviews: Steve and Jean Case, Revolution LLC and the Case Foundation; Dee Dee Myers, Former White House Press Secretary. Notable speakers include: Maria Shriver, NBC News Special Anchor; Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor of Re/Code; Anne Finucane, Global Strategy and Marketing Officer at Bank of America; Ambassador Melanne Verveer, the first US Ambassador for Global Women's Issues; Norah O'Donnell, Co-host of "CBS This Morning."

Location: Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik B. Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th & O Streets, NW.

Notes: Media interested in attending must RSVP to McKenzie Stough at 202-687-4328 or Press will need to present valid credentials on campus.

9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY — Youth around the world will serve and celebrate this weekend as part of the 26th annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), April 11 to 13. "As the largest service event in the world, GYSD recognizes the contributions that young people make to their communities 365 days a year". Fourteen-hundred registered events are displayed and searchable online through the GYSD Map at On Saturday: A Celebration of Global Youth Service Day on the National Mall - At least 1,000 children, teens and adults are expected to participate in Global Youth Service Day on the National Mall.\_on\_the\_national\_mall

Location: National Mall.



10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. AFRICA'S POWER CRISIS — Africare assembles panel of experts to address Africa's power crisis. With Darius Mans, President, Africare; Joseph Makoju, Special Advisor to the President and CEO, Dangote Group; Jay Ireland, President and CEO GE Africa; Scott Eisner, Vice President for African Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank.

Location: The Willard Hotel, Peacock Lounge, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

Contacts: Nicole Miles, 301-807-9085



1 p.m. - 5 p.m. CRIME AUTHORS BOOK FAIR — Crime Museum in downtown Washington, DC will present its first ever Crime Authors Book Fair, featuring six writers: Austin S. Camacho, Matt Iden, Dan Morse, D.A. Spruzen, Andy Straka and John B. Wren.

Location: 575 7th Street, NW.

Contacts: Kerry Lynn Bohen, 703-533-4823

1 p.m. - 5 p.m. NAVY MEMORIAL - BLESSING OF THE FLEETS — 23rd Annual Blessing of the Fleets.

Location: United States Navy Memorial. All Rights Reserved, 701 Pennsylvania Ave.

3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL - FLASH MOB — Over 600 attendees expected in flash mob-like Mp3 Experiment for Demand Success 2014 pre-conference event Who - Hosted by Improv Everywhere and Vocus as a countdown to its Demand Success 2014 conference. Mp3 Experiment (a participatory performance where attendees follow instructions via headphones and engage in simultaneous activities like dancing, giving high fives, and freeze tag).

Location: National Mall between 6th and 7th Streets.

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7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. MARIAN ANDERSON TRIBUTE — Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) brings together an all-star line-up of performers for "Of Thee We Sing: The Marian Anderson 75th Anniversary Celebration." Hosted by soprano Jessye Norman, who will be joined by, among others, Dionne Warwick, the vocal group 3WB, composer Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, journalist Wolf Blitzer, opera singers Soloman Howard and Alyson Cambridge, American Idol winner Candice Glover, vocalist Annisse Murillo, and a choir of nearly 300 voices led by WPAS Gospel Choir Artistic Director Stanley Thurston.

Location: DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D Sts. NW.

Contacts: Brenda Kean Tabor,, 202-533-1886

8 p.m. FASHION FOR PAWS — Benefit gala for the Washington Humane Society.\_id=1240

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW.


Notes: VIP reception at 7p.m.

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