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Word on the Hill: Cherry Blossoms

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The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom last year. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom last year. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The cherry blossoms that survived the cold weather last week were supposed to reach their peak yesterday.

Have you seen the trees in bloom yet?

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Happening this week…


Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is coming to Capitol Hill for a House Armed Services Committee hearing on “America’s Role in the World.” (10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn)

1 in 3 Campaign’s annual Abortion Speakout, which is a lobbying day on Capitol Hill.

National Health Through Fitness Day Awards Reception (5:30 p.m., Russell 325) ahead of the group’s lobbying day on Capitol Hill.

WednesdayNational Health Through Fitness Day Breakfast Briefing (7:30 a.m., 1177 15th St. NW) to kick off the group’s lobbying day on Capitol Hill.

Natural Products Association’s lobbying day on Capitol Hill for the 20th annual Natural Products Day.

Home Court Charity Game when lawmakers take on Georgetown Law faculty and staff in basketball to raise money for the Washington Legal Clinic for the homeless. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m., game at 8, Gonzaga High School)

Actress Tatiana Maslany is teaming up with the advocacy group, Rise, which supports sexual assault survivors, for an event to premiere the group’s new “Funny or Die” PSA. (6 p.m., 1133 15th St. NW)

Awesome Disease

Ellie McGinn, the eight-year-old daughter of a former Hill staffer with the rare and fatal brain disease Leukoencephalopathy, challenged people to rename her disease  and she chose the winning name: “Awesome Disease.” She also has been chosen as an honoree for The National Organization for Rare Disorders’ Rare Disease Awards. Read our full story on Ellie.

D.C. culture event of the day

A new restaurant, Entyse Bistro in Tysons Corner, had its grand opening for brunch this weekend. Every Sunday, the American food upscale cafe will have brunch from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., which is a la carte and $36 per adult.

Another bracket challenge?

Every year, Roll Call matches members of Congress with the field in the NCAA men’s college basketball championship bracket. House members are selected by whose districts the 64 teams in the tournament are located in.

Now that the field is down to the Sweet 16, there’s another chance for you to participate. Print out yours, fill it out and tweet a photo of it at us with the hashtag #RCncaa17.

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