Civic Days in the Nation’s Capital

Saturday, July 18th 2009
Tuesday, July 21st 2009
621 Pennsylvania Ave SE (Eastern Market metro), Washington, DC 20003

Join Us for Our Second Annual Civic Days at the Nation's Capital!
July 18-21, 2009

Join us for a four day event in Washington, D.C. Participate in and explore the inner workings of Congress and the nation's capital city. You will hear about what's on Congress's agenda right now; about lobbying works; about The Credibility Project, an analysis of 650 global warming "experts"; visit the National Archives and other historical sites; go on a walking tour of Robert Green Ingersoll's life in Washington; meet and hear from Congressional staffers; and lobby your own members of Congress. And you will also enjoy networking with other Friends of the Center from across the country.

The following is a tentative schedule of events. First lesson of Washington: Congress sets the agenda.

July 18 Saturday:

5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Informal welcome social hosted by Melody Hensley, CFI-DC Executive Director and OPP staff from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (Doors open at 1:00 PM). Including lite fare-pizza, salad, and soft drinks.

July 19 Sunday:

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. What's moving through the Congress - Briefing by Toni Van Pelt
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. The Credibility Project, an analysis of the 650 global warming denier "experts." Thomas O'Brien and Dr. Stuart Jordan, emeritus senior staff scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Working in Coalition with Other Organizations Private docent visit to the National Archives
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. SAMHA - Charitable Choice presented by Toni Van Pelt
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Travel time to the National Gallery of Art, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch at own expense in Cafeteria at the National Gallery of Art
1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Travel to the National Archives
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Group tour at the National Archives
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Travel time back to CFI office
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Training and Role Play
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner on your own in the neighborhood
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sarah Christopherson and Jess Christopherson visit and Round Table

July 20 Monday:

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Optional: One Mile Ingersoll Walking Tour - Meet Steve Lowe in the Donovan Hotel Lobby
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Coffee and Refreshments 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Travel time to the CFI office
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 a.m. Training and Congressional Appointment Scheduling - Toni Van Pelt
12:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own in the neighborhood
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Travel time to Belmont-Sewell House, 144 Constitution Avenue, NE
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Group Tour of Belmont-Sewell House
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Group Phot in front of teh Supreme Court
3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Free time
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

July 21 Tuesday:

8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Day in Congress, beginning with breakfast in a House Office Building Cafeteria
9:00 a.m. - ? Meetings with legislators, attendance at congressional briefings or hearings

Registration: $100
FOC Registration: $90
Student Registration: $25

To register, please go to

Contact Toni Van Pelt at or call 202 546-2330 with questions.


Donovan House - a Thompson Hotel is one of Washington's newest boutique hotels located near the White House district in the heart of downtown DC. The hotel is a high-fashion, multi-million dollar renovation of the former Holiday Inn located on the corner of Thomas Circle and 14th Street, NW. The hotel lobby is sleek and modern with cozy seating and dramatic lighting, making it a great meeting place for business or leisure travelers.

Most of the guest rooms overlook Thomas Circle, highlighting the beautiful facades of two historic churches. Rooms have well-designed features such as floor to ceiling, sound proof windows and cocoon spiral showers. The private rooftop pool and bar offers a resort like atmosphere and dazzling neighborhood vistas.

Onsite dining at Zentan highlights some of the city's finest sushi and Asian-inspired cuisine by Iron Chef Susur Lee. Parking is conveniently available on site and the McPherson Square Metro stop is only four blocks from the hotel.

Washington DC Accommodations is holding a block of rooms at the Donovan House Hotel for CFI Civic Days @ $119.  Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card and a email confirmation will be provided. For reservations, contact Marilyn Matthews at 1-800-554-2220, ext. 101, Monday thru Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Here are some other options if you chose to make your own reservations:

Holiday Inn Capitol Hill
550 C Street S.W. Washington, DC 20024
Phone: (202) 479-4000
One block from L’ Enfant metro
1.53 miles from CFI-DC

Courtyard by Marriott Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard
140 L Street S.E. Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 479-0027
Half block from Navy Yard metro
1.25 miles from CFI-DC

Channel Inn Hotel
650 Water Street, S.W. Washington, DC 20024
Phone: Toll Free: (800) 368-5668, Local: (202) 554-2400
Two ½ blocks from Waterfront metro
2.47 miles from CFI-DC

L'Enfant Plaza Hotel
480 L'Enfant Plaza S.W. Washington, DC 20024
Phone: (202) 484-1000
Direct access to L’Enfant metro
2.18 miles from CFI-DC