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Julio Iglesias to Perform at Strathmore

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Julio Iglesias ignites the Music Center stage for the 2014 Spring Gala at Strathmore on Saturday, April 26, 2014. With hits like "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," "All of You" and "Hey," Iglesias is a passionate advocate for music and an ideal headliner for the fundraising event. In the 45 years of his unstoppable career, Julio Iglesias has sold more than 300 million copies of his 80 albums released worldwide, including original versions in various languages, compilations and live albums. He has been formally recognized as the top-selling Latin artist in history. He is also the recipient of a Grammy Award, American Music Awards, and the prestigious ASCAP Pied Piper Award, the highest award of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Proceeds from the event directly support Strathmore's programming initiatives such as the Visual Art Exhibitions program and Music in the Mansion; performances from world-class artists and musicians; education and artistic programs such as the Artists in Residence program and free community events and festivals. Tickets (for concert only) $58-$125 (limited single tickets still available for purchase) Dinner tickets are $600 and up. Read more about Strathmore Music Center.

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  • DC Emancipation Day

    Tuesday April 15, 2014
    On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, granting freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. DC Emancipation Day is an official public holiday and the city celebrates it with a variety of activities. The annual celebration began in 1866 and continued until 1901, when a lack of organizational and financial support ceased the annual tradition. Recognition of Emancipation Day gained new life just over 100 years later, in 2002 when the DC Council commemorated April 16th as a private holiday, recognizing the historical significance of the Act. Councilmember Vincent Orange Sr.'s proposed legislation on July 9th, 2004 made the holiday a public one the following year, giving city employees a free day off, and marking 2005 the first year that DC Emancipation Day was celebrated as an official city holiday in the nation's capital. Enjoy this year's parade, concert, fireworks and more. See the schedule of Emancipation Day events in Washington DC.
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    Natural History Museum to Expand its Dinosaur Hall

    Monday April 14, 2014
    The National Museum of Natural History is set to exhibit one of the most complete T. rex specimens ever discovered! The Smithsonian museum has made a 50-year loan agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to transfer a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton for eventual display in the museum's new dinosaur hall. Known as the "Wankel T. rex," the rare fossil was found in 1988 by Kathy Wankel, a rancher from Angela, Montana on federal land near the Fort Peck Reservoir in eastern Montana. It was loaned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana from 1990 to 2011. The T rex skeleton will arrive in Washington, DC on April 15, 2014 and will be the centerpiece of the museum's new 31,000-square-foot national fossil hall, which will open in 2019.

    The Smithsonian will create a new hall of prehistoric life in the National Museum of Natural History in what will be the largest and most complex renovation in the museum's history. The new hall will feature specimens from the museum's unrivaled collection of 46 million fossils and present the latest scientific research in paleobiology. The current hall will close to the public April 28, 2014 in order to begin the complete redesign and renovation of the exhibition space. The museum will launch three interim dinosaur-focused exhibitions this year that will give visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the ancient world of dinosaurs and cutting-edge paleontological research. The museum is planning additional exhibitions and programs for 2015-2019.

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  • When Will the Metro Silver Line Open?

    Monday April 14, 2014
    The Metro Silver Line has had several construction delays, but the first phase is now expected to open sometime this summer (2014). An exact date will be announced at a later date. The Silver Line (also known as the Dulles Metrorail) is a 23-mile extension of the existing Washington Metrorail system in Northern Virginia, which will stretch from East Falls Church to Dulles International Airport, continuing west to Ashburn. The second phase is expected to be completed in 2018. The opening of this Metrorail line is greatly anticipated with the hope that it will vastly improve the congested traffic in this busy area. See a map and read more about the Metro Silver Line.



    Phase one of the construction of the Silver Line adds four Metro stations in Tysons, Virginia. This expanded transportation is a part of a comprehensive 40-year development plan to transform the Northern Virginia community into a walkable, sustainable, downtown area. The area will see dramatic changes in the coming years. To learn more, see Tysons, Virginia Development - An Overview of Future Plans.

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