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Your social calendar for the week

Congress is returning from recess to the same controversies it left two weeks ago. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Congress is returning from recess to the same controversies it left two weeks ago. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The two-week April recess is over and members are slowly returning to Capitol Hill today and tomorrow.

The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this weekend will dominate the week’s social scene, with parties beginning on Thursday and the main event on Saturday night.

Here are some other events for staffers this week: 


The ASCAP Foundation’s annual “We Write the Songs” performance, 6:30 p.m., at the Library of Congress. Invite-only.

World Malaria Day Reception, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Russell 385. RSVP here.

Nintendo Switch Launch Party, hosted by the ESA, from 6 to 9 p.m., Longview Gallery, 1234 Ninth St. NW. Invite-only.


The Pretzel Bakery’s annual Pretzel Day Event, from 1 to 2 p.m., Rayburn 2167.

NFDA Advocacy Summit Welcome Reception, from 6 to 8 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. RSVP here.

U.S. Pet Food Institute Reception, from 5 to 7 p.m., Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC-201/200. RSVP to

The CAST Board of Directors Meet & Greet, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., American Farm Bureau Federation, 600 Maryland Ave. SW, Ste 1000 W. RSVP here.

Close Up Foundation: 2017 Congressional Reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Russell 325. RSVP here.

National Golf Day: Golf industry leaders are scheduled to meet with members of Congress to discuss golf’s economy and impact, featuring PGA tour winner Billy Hurley III.


S-3 Public Affairs’ 2017 Anniversary Party, at 5:30 p.m., Stanton Greene, 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

Esri GIS and Public Policy Spring Reception, from 6 to 8 p.m., Sonoma Wine Bar, 223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. RSVP here.


Beyond Burger tasting, hosted by the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association, the Good Food Institute and Beyond Meat, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Cannon 121. No RSVP required.

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