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Word on the Hill: Weekend Plans?

WOTH will be back mid-August

It's finally the weekend so get out of the Capitol — and the capital. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
It's finally the weekend so get out of the Capitol — and the capital. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s the weekend in Washington and the Senate recess has finally arrived, so pick up a book from our summer reading list, or if you’re feeling active, try to beat the number of steps that Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., takes in a day.

HOH went for a walk with the congressman recently and ran some errands around the complex with him.

Walz, who is running for Minnesota governor next year, said walking became part of his fitness regimen after he put on “the freshman 30” following his election to the House.

And, for more suggestions of things to do this weekend, here’s what’s going on in D.C. 

Enjoy your weekend — and recess — and Word on the Hill will return later in August.

Celebrate oysters

A few local restaurants are celebrating National Oyster Day on Saturday. Ocean Prime, located downtown (1341 G St. NW), will have Pemaquid oysters from Maine as a special menu item, available through the weekend. The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown (3100 South St. NW) will have local White Stone oysters to enjoy in its outdoor patio space. The oysters will be a special menu item through August.

Rum day? Nope. Rum month

Aug. 16 is National Rum Day but August is rum month at Cuba Libre, located in Chinatown (801 Ninth St. NW). During its lunch, dinner and weekend brunch service, the restaurant will offer two new curated rum flights: the Rum Classic and the Tour of the Dark Side “of Rum” Flight. On Aug. 16, all rums will be half-price during happy hour.

Japan program turns 30

The Embassy of Japan is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, which has included more than 32,000 Americans and 29,000 international participants. The first-ever reunion is happening tonight at the Japanese ambassador’s residence at 4000 Nebraska Ave. NW. Invite-only.

Summer in Paris

The Parisian bakery, Laduree, located in Georgetown, has a new summer menu full of heirloom summer tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. Take a trip to 3060 M St. NW to try the summer salads and homemade ice cream.

Happy birthday to …

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., 54.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., 47.

Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., 60.


Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., 64.

Res. Cmmsr. Jenniffer González-Colón, R-P.R., 41.


Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., 57.

Friday, Aug. 11

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., 59.

Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., 62.

Sunday, Aug. 13

Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., 65.

Rep. Peter J. Visclosky, D-Ind., 68.

Monday, Aug. 14

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., 53.

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-N.Y., 88.

What’s going on?

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