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Get CLUEd in at Tax Assessments Meeting

If you don’t have a clue about CLUE, perhaps attending the meeting on tax assessments with the Office of Real Property Tax is an event that should be marked on your calendar.

CLUE, which stands for Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange, is a privately run national electronic database for the insurance industry and is just one of many topics that will be discussed at the meeting next Tuesday.

A handful of other areas also will be covered, including why properties need to be assessed annually and what sales price has to do with assessments versus appraisals. Tax assessors will be on hand to answer questions and to inform participants on how to make sure their assessment is fair and listed correctly.

The meeting, put together by the Linden Neighborhood Association, will be held March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Sherwood Recreation Center, located at the corner of 10th and G streets Northeast.

Folger Brings Out Rare Items for Fundraiser

Some of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s rare books, manuscripts and works of art will be available for viewing Thursday as part of the library’s annual Acquisitions Night.

Curatorial staff will be on hand to answer questions about the library’s collection, and members of Folger’s conservation team will offer demonstrations on the care and preservation of the library’s rare holdings.

In addition, attendees can “adopt” recent acquisitions or contribute a portion to the care of any item (there is a minimum $250 contribution).

Tickets to Acquisitions Night are $75 and are available through the library, located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. For more information, call (202) 675-0359.

Natural History to Extend Its Hours

As the days get longer, so will the hours at the National Museum of Natural History.

Starting March 11, the museum will stay open until 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It will continue that schedule through May 21.

The museum is currently playing host to a slew of exhibits, including “Nature’s Best 2004 Photography Awards,” on display indefinitely; “The Orchid Express: From Mountaintop to Tabletop,” on display through May 1; “In Focus: National Geographic’s Greatest Portraits,” which will be available for viewing through mid-April; and “Hawaiian Treasures,” on display through April 3.

The National Museum of Natural History is currently open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit

— Jennifer Lash and Amy Carlile

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