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August In Washington


August In Washington

Owney, the U.S. Postal dog.

National Postal Museum

Take a ranger-led walking tour of Martin Luther King, Jr. sites in Washington daily between Aug. 1 and Aug. 9. The free tours go from 6 PM to 7 PM and meet at the Korean War Veterans Memorial Ranger Station. For more information, call Don Stanko at 240-375-4857.

See Mexico Through the Lens of National Geographic, an exhibit of 132 photographs of Mexico from the magazine’s archives. The free exhibit is at the Mexican Cultural Institute at 2829 16th St., NW from 10 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday and 12 PM to 4 PM on Saturdays. The exhibit goes until Oct. 22, 2011. Call 202-728-1624 for more information.

Take a family-friendly bike tour of major D.C. sites, including the National Mall, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court and the Washington Monument. Bike and Roll tours are held daily Aug. 1 through Aug. 17 between 10 AM and 1 PM. Tours start at Federal Triangle on 12th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues. The tours are $40 for adults and $30 for children. Call 202-842-2453 for more information.

One of the first things First Lady Michelle Obama did when her family moved into the White House was plant a vegetable garden to promote healthy eating. Food writer Clara Silverstein will talk about the first year of the White House garden and A White House Garden Cook Book, which has recipes from past and present White House kitchens. The discussion is Aug. 5, 2011 at 12 PM at the National Archives at 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., in the Jefferson Room. Call 1-86-NARA-NARA for more information.

Ever heard of Owney, the Postal Dog? Well you can learn all about him at the National Postal Museum. Owney traveled with the mail throughout the late 1890s and when he died, Postal workers raised money to have him stuffed. So yes, you can actually see the stuffed dog on display. The museum is at 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE, across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 AM to 5:30 PM.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open “Have You Heard the One…? The Phyllis Diller Gag File” Aug. 12, 2011. The main attraction of this exhibit featuring the comedian is a steel cabinet with 48 file drawers of more than 50,000 jokes and gags typewritten on index cards by Diller during her career. It also includes some of Diller’s costume pieces, including an unkempt wig, wrist-length gloves, cloth-covered ankle boots and a bejeweled cigarette holder.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial gets dedicated Aug. 28, 2011, which also happens to be the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech. The event starts with a pre-dedication concert at 10 AM, the dedication ceremony at 11 AM and a post-dedication concert at 2 PM. Reserved tickets have already been distributed through an online lottery system. But no tickets are required for the public standing areas.

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