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Word on the Hill: White House Easter Egg Roll

Your social calendar for the week

Young attendees roll Easter eggs on the South Lawn of the White House last year. The first White House Easter Egg Roll was held in 1878 under President Rutherford B. Hayes. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll is happening today on the South Lawn.

Festivities take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and both President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are expected to take part.

The White House expects 21,000 attendees, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday. There will be more than a dozen activities for the children, who come from various schools, children’s hospitals, military families, and law enforcement families.

On Tuesday, Spicer told reporters at the White House he expected to have an “egg-cellent” time. 

Watch for HOH’s coverage on Monday.

Bipartisan turkey hunt

In the spirit of bipartisanship, Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn, and Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., went turkey hunting together on Friday. It was Paulsen’s “first successful turkey hunt,” he tweeted.

Social events happening this week


The Future of Privacy Forum’s second annual Tech Lab Open House and reception. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 1400 I St. NW, Ste 450. All are welcome.


The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Congressional Open House from 8 to 10 a.m. 1400 Constitution Ave. NW. RSVP here.

Financial Services Group Congressional Staff Happy Hour hosted by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. 5 to 7 p.m., 1155 F St. NW, Ste. 1200. Invite-only.


The Clean Energy Program at Third Way is hosting an early Earth Day Happy Hour. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., The Passenger at 1539 Seventh St. NW. RSVP here.

Wexler joins firm

Former Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., has joined Ballard Partners as senior counselor. Thursday’s announcement follows reports that the firm secured a contract with the Dominican Republican, its first foreign government client.

Happy birthday to …

Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., 49.

What’s going on?

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