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Word on the Hill: Earth Day Celebrations

Smoothies and staffer shuffles

Tomorrow is the annual day to celebrate nature. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Tomorrow is the annual day to celebrate nature. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Happy Friday and last day of recess.

Tomorrow is the 47th annual Earth Day and here are ways you can celebrate Mother Nature.

The March for Sciencerally on the National Mall starts at 8 a.m. and the teach-in, which will be speeches and training sessions as well as some musical performances, begins at 9 a.m. More than 400 cities around the world are holding a march on Saturday, too.

The Solar Foundation fundraiser at Proper 21 (1319 F St. NW) is to “celebrate Earth Day with a proper cocktail.” The specialty drink will be Tito’s vodka, cucumber, lemon juice, triple sec, agave nectar, and mint for $13. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Solar Foundation.

Watch the premiere of “An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch,” which airs on the Smithsonian Channel Saturday at 8 p.m. It will feature the OurFish app created by Rare executive Steve Box with the goal of tackling underreporting of global fish catches.

The Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond is hosting a weekend of environmental-themed programming, which kicks off today with an e-cycling drive. Participates are asked to drop off old and broken computers, phones, batteries and CDs.

Cheap Smoothies

While you’re out for Earth Day, check out the grand opening of the Tropical Smoothie Café at 425 I St. NW. The event starts at 7 a.m. and will include a 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony, giveaways, product tastings, and $1.99 smoothies and $1.99 flatbreads all day. The café is part of a chain with 570 locations nationwide.

Staffer shuffle

Jessica Brady, press secretary for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s minority staff, announced Thursday she is leaving.

The National Audubon Society announced its director of national campaigns is Claire Douglass, who previously was the campaign director for climate and energy at Oceana.

Tyler Hernandez is the deputy communications director for Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, who previously was the deputy communications director for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Happy Birthday to…


Rep. Jody B. Hice, R-Ga., 57.

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., 53.


Rep. Norma J. Torres, D-Calif., 52.

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., 64.

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