Are you ready to join the #48DaysOfBlue movement? The National Aquarium has launched a campaign spanning the 48 days between Earth Day (April 22) and World Oceans Day (June 8), to encourage people to protect our amazing planet and the oceans that sustain it. Each day includes a small conservation challenge. For example, Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day — enough to fill 127 school buses — so the challenge one day is to skip the straw. There are dozens more interesting challenges; visit the Aquarium’s website to take the challenge yourself!
“It’s trench warfare in the battle of voter suppression,” said Lloyd Leonard, the advocacy director of the League of Women Voters, in a recent New York Times article. Leonard was speaking about a lawsuit the League is leading against the federal Election Assistance Commission, which is supposed to make it easier for people to vote in federal elections. But, according to the League, this bipartisan commission is issuing rulings that actually restrict voting access. It’s a fascinating article about a critically important topic in this much-contested election year.
The Kennedy Center always pulls out all the stops for its Spring Gala, but this one was extra special. On Sunday, June 5, the Center held How Sweet It Is: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and starring Michael Bublé.
The Student Conservation Association’s days of service have been happening across the country, and on Saturday, June 4, it was New York City’s turn. This year, they tackled cleaning up the General Grant National Memorial in Manhattan. To celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial this year, SCA has been continuing to mobilize volunteers for a day of work, fun, and giving back to the community.
AHS held its annual Great American Gardeners and AHS Book Awards Ceremony and Banquet on Thursday, June 2, at the beautiful River Farm on the banks of the Potomac River.
Proving that the National Zoo is not just for kids, the Friends of the National Zoo held its ZooFari on Thursday, May 19. A premier culinary event, ZooFari features food and drink from more than 100 top DC restaurants and vintners. Guests strolled around the Zoo and enjoyed live music, exotic animal encounters, a silent auction, and much more.
The National Museum of the American Indian held a gala on May 11 to support the Museum’s educational programs and commemorate the centennial of the establishment of George Gustav Heye’s extraordinary collection, which became the NMAI. Museum supporters gathered in New York City for the spectacular event featuring cocktails, a native-themed seated dinner, entertainment, and curator-led tours highlighting works recently added to the Infinity of Nations exhibition.