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2017 Military Bands Summer Concert Series

March 30, 2017

United States Air Force concert on the Capitol's West Front steps in 2016.
Updated: May 18, 2017 This year's series of concerts will be inaugurated by the Army Band on Friday, June 2, 2017. All concerts will commence at 8:00 p.m. and are held on the U.S. Capitol West Front steps (National Mall side) — weather permitting. Set-up will begin at 4:00 p.m. Lawn chairs are allowed to be placed on the stone terrace in front of the band on the West Side of the Capitol and on the West Lawn (when available). Food is permitted; however, NO alcohol or glass bottles are allowed. Monday Evenings U.S. Navy Band June 5, 12, 19, 26 July 10, 17, 31 August 14, 21, 28 Tuesday...

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Six Tips for Sledding Safely on Capitol Hill

March 13, 2017

Sledding on the Capitol's West Front in 2014.
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, a section of the U.S. Capitol Grounds West Front will open for community sledding during daylight hours (dawn to dusk). Everyone is invited to join in the fun, but we ask that you remain safe and aware of the area and of workers who are clearing snow and ice. Keep these tips in mind: Stay alert. Architect of the Capitol (AOC) personnel are working hard to clear the grounds of snow and ice. Getting to and from the sledding area on the West Front crosses routes used by heavy equipment and large trucks needed for snow removal. Dress for success. Wear sensible...

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Road Closures and Restrictions for Feb. 28 Joint Session of Congress

February 24, 2017

Street Closures for February 28, 2017
From the U.S. Capitol Police: On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will address a Joint Session of Congress in the Hall of the House of Representatives beginning at 9 p.m. Given the high level of security surrounding the event, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) is responsible for a significant amount of preparation and coordination with its numerous law enforcement partners, including the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Park Police and Metropolitan Police Department.  The following is specific information for the Capitol Complex regarding street closures, parking...

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"You Can Grow It!" opens at U.S. Botanic Garden

February 22, 2017

You Can Grow It! Exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden
The new You Can Grow It! exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) is open now through October 15, 2017. This indoor and outdoor exhibit showcases tips and answers to some of the questions visitors ask most frequently about how to care for plants in their own homes and gardens, including how to choose the best plant for their space and care abilities. The exhibit provides answers to common issues about lighting, watering, fertilizing and pests, as well as how to rescue a plant that experiences problems. For those unsure of what kinds of plants they can grow where they live, visitors can find...

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U.S. Capitol Grounds is now an Accredited Arboretum

February 10, 2017

The United States Capitol Grounds was recently named an accredited arboretum. The grounds are now listed in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a comprehensive list of arboreta and public gardens that have a substantial focus on woody plants for the benefit of the public, science and conservation. As a Level II arboretum, Capitol Grounds is recognized as an area with at least 100 species of woody plants, dedicated staff, enhanced public education programs and a documented collections policy.   "The diligent efforts of Capitol Grounds are evident to all who work at and visit the Capitol campus...

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2017 Phelps School Award

February 09, 2017

AOC architect Eugene Poole teaches a class on "The Five Orders of Architecture" to students at Phelps High School.
Eugene Poole, an architect Planning and Project Management (PPM) at Architect of the Capitol (AOC), was the keynote speaker at the Phelps Academy of Engineering 2017 Winter Celebration and was presented an award for his unwavering support of the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School Mentorship Program. Poole, who has volunteered and coordinated the AOC presentations every year since 2009, has taught the Five Orders of Architecture, judged the Career Day Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fair, represented Engineering day, provided mentorship for the "...

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