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Who turns down a free lunch? The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is hoping that members of Congress just can’t say no to its Congressional Luncheon on Wednesday.

The PHA plans to answer your questions—like what exactly is pulmonary hypertension—and satisfy your appetite at the Library of Congress. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, a co-sponsor of the Tom Lantos Pulmonary Hypertension Research and Education Act (H.R. 1030), will be on hand to share his connection with the disease and why he is determined to find a cure. There will also be doctors and patients present to talk to members about the disease and how simply raising awareness can be the key to a diagnosis.

Be sure to bring your appetite—for food and knowledge—to the library’s Members Room in the Jefferson Building. Registration starts at 11:45 a.m. with the program scheduled to start at 12:15. You can make sure they save you a seat by calling (301) 565-3004, Ext. 773 to RSVP.

Giving Galas

In D.C., the colder weather ushers in an exciting time: social season. Socialites who haven’t had enough of dressing up for a cause will probably spend their Wednesday evening at the National Building Museum for The Lab School of Washington’s annual gala. CNN’s Candy Crowley will emcee and honor the 2010 Outstanding Achievers with Learning Disabilities. The black tie event will also feature keynote speaker Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. A reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing starting at 7:30 at the National Building Museum, 440 G Street, NW. Tickets start at $250. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Lizzy Gillespie at (202) 944-3075.

The best part about social season could be that it has something to offer for everyone. If an art benefit is more your speed, head over to the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW, Wednesday night for the Dancing Dragon, Roaring Tiger Benefit Gala.

The black-tie gala, celebrating the return of Chinese artwork to the Freer, starts at 6:30 p.m. with a private viewing of Galleries 18 and 19. Dinner will be served at 8, followed by dessert and dancing. Tickets start at $1,000 and can be purchased online at For more information, contact Elizabeth Damore at (202) 633-0450.


Family Film

Television entertainment suitable for the whole family can be hard to come by. Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble have tried to fill this void with their Family Movie Night films.

On Thursday, they’ll team up with the USO for a special screening of the third TV movie in this series, “A Walk in My Shoes.” The movie will be shown exclusively to Fort Belvoir’s military families in celebration of Military Family Month. The TV movie is about families coming together during adversity, and it won’t air on NBC until December 3. After the screening, the families will be treated to a performance by former American Idol contestant Brooke White.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and is by invite only. Media wishing to attend should contact Melissa Brabender at (310) 967-2978.

Presidential Pondering

Whether his approval ratings are up or down, the American people can’t seem to get enough information about the inner-workings of a president’s White House reign.

Few have access to President Obama and senior staff like Richard Wolffe, an MSNBC analyst and columnist for The Daily Beast. In “Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House,” Wolffe shares inside knowledge on the beginning of Obama’s presidency.

Presidential-politics junkies will gather Thursday at Politics and Prose as Wolffe discusses and sign copies of “Revival,” a follow-up to his bestseller, “Renegade: The Making of a President.”

The free event starts at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW, and is open to the public.


Red Party

If you love red wine, you don’t want to miss the Embassy of France’s annual Beaujolais Nouveau celebration. Each year, a fresh batch of the wine made from Gamay grapes is released in France on the third Thursday of November.

Every year, the French Embassy celebrates with a fundraiser event. With proceeds going to the French-American Chamber of Commerce and the French-American Cultural Foundation, party-goers can enjoy an elaborate dinner and munch on some French pastries while enjoying the libations that will surely be flowing throughout the evening. The event will feature a silent auction of imported French decorative items and a raffle that offers a grand prize of a round-trip for two to Paris.

The celebration starts at 7 p.m. and tickets starting at $70 are available at For more information, visit

This article appears in the November 15, 2010 edition of NJ Daily.

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