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Join Us: 2014 White House Spring Garden Tours


 

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Join Us: 2014 White House Spring Garden Tours

 

This Spring, the White House will once again welcome guests from across the country to the South Lawn to view the White House Kitchen Garden and grounds. This special tour features the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and the South Lawn, including the  White House Kitchen Garden, the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden.

 

These special tours are open and free to the public on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

 

Inside the White House: The Kitchen Garden

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama and White House chef Sam Kass tell the story of the first garden on White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden during World War II. This new garden was planted in the Spring of 2009 with the help of local elementary school children and has yielded a constant supply fresh produce for the First Family and White House events.
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Interested in coming?

 

The National Park Service will distribute tickets to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

While you are here be sure to share your visit with your social media followers with the hashtag #WHGarden.

 

Interested in learning more about the White House?

 

  • Check out Let’s Move! For more information on how theKitchen Garden got started and view our Garden Guides for starting your own KitchenSchool orCommunity garden.
  • Go behind the scenes at the White House with the Google Art Project, a 360-degree street view camera that captures the rooms that are featured on the public tour.

 

For all the other ways to engage with the White House, visit WhiteHouse.gov/engage.

 

 

White House Announces 2014 Spring Garden Events

April 26 and 27

WASHINGTON –As part of the President and First Lady’s ongoing effort to open the People’s House to as many people as possible, the White House will open its gardens and grounds to visitors on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT, and Sunday, April 27 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM EDT.  During this event, visitors can see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and South Lawn of the White House.  Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden – will be accessible to guests.

 

This event is free and open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees (including small children).  The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets NW on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:00 AM.  Tickets will be distributed — one ticket per person — on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Please note the following items are not allowed on the White House grounds:

  • Aerosols of any kind
  • Animals (except guide dogs)
  • Backpacks (oversized)
  • Balloons
  • Food or beverages of any kind
  • Duffle bags/suitcases
  • Any pointed object
  • Fireworks/firecrackers
  • Insulated metal containers/water bottles/thermos
  • Guns/stun guns/ammunition
  • Knives of any kind
  • Mace
  • Tobacco

 

The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items.  However, strollers, wheelchairs, umbrellas, and cameras are permitted.

 

All items needed for medical purposes will be permitted on the tour (e.g. wheelchairs, electric scooters, glucose tablets, EpiPens, etc.).  Please identify and explain all items needed for medical purposes to U.S. Secret Service upon arrival.

 

In the event of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled.  Please call the 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041 to check on the status of the event.

 

 

 

The First Lady delivers remarks at the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen garden, emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

The First Lady delivers remarks at the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen garden, emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

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The 10 Most Eggcellent Reasons You Should Tune In For The White House Easter Egg Roll


 

White House Keepsake Eggs. The 2014 souvenir eggs come in four bold colors – pink, orange, blue, green – and include the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady. A commemorative purple “Bo and Sunny” egg is included only in the 2014 5-pack Collector’s Egg Set.

White House Keepsake Eggs.
The 2014 souvenir eggs come in four bold colors – pink, orange, blue, green – and include the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady. A commemorative purple “Bo and Sunny” egg is included only in the 2014 5-pack Collector’s Egg Set.

 

The 10 Most Eggcellent Reasons You Should Tune in for the White House Easter Egg Roll

 

Get eggcited.

 

On Monday, April 21, more than 30,000 guests will hop on down to the South Lawn of the White House for the 136th Easter Egg Roll. To celebrate, we’ve compiled the 10 most eggcellent Easter Egg Roll GIFs, because that’s how we roll.

 

This year’s Easter Egg Roll will include more GIF-able moments and all the fun will be live streamed on WhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll — featuring appearances by Ariana Grande, Jim Carrey, Robert Griffin III, Debby Ryan from the Disney Channel’s JESSIE, and Cookie Monster. Tune in and follow along using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll.

 

Without further ado, here are the 10 most eggcellent moments from past Easter Egg Rolls — all scrambled up in no particular order.

 

1. THAT TIME BO WORE BUNNY EARS

1. THAT TIME BO WORE BUNNY EARS

2. PLAYING H-O-R-S-E WITH THE P-O-T-U-S

2. PLAYING H-O-R-S-E WITH THE P-O-T-U-S

3. 30-LOVE

3. 30-LOVE

4. YOU GET AN EGG, AND YOU GET AN EGG, AND YOU GET AN EGG!

4. YOU GET AN EGG, AND YOU GET AN EGG, AND YOU GET AN EGG!

5. THAT TIME 30,000 PEOPLE WERE ON THE SOUTH LAWN LIKE "NBD"

5. THAT TIME 30,000 PEOPLE WERE ON THE SOUTH LAWN LIKE “NBD”

6. WHEN EVERYONE DID THE "WILD RUMPUS"

6. WHEN EVERYONE DID THE “WILD RUMPUS”

7. WHEN WE HAD A KID POTUS

7. WHEN WE HAD A KID POTUS

8. WHEN BO DID AN EASTER EGG HUNT AND WAS ALL LIKE "FOUND IT!"

8. WHEN BO DID AN EASTER EGG HUNT AND WAS ALL LIKE “FOUND IT!”

9. FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, HOP LIKE A BUNNY.

9. FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, HOP LIKE A BUNNY.

10. AND WE WENT "HIP HOP HOORAY!"

10. AND WE WENT “HIP HOP HOORAY!”

 

On Monday, April 21st, 2014, the First Family will host the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and more than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn to join in the fun.  The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. In addition to all of the fun, the day’s activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. You can follow the Easter Egg Roll on Twitter with the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and watch the event live on WhiteHouse.gov/live.

 

 

Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest

The White House invited all elementary and middle school students to submit poster designs that highlight the theme of the 2014 Easter Egg Roll, “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and promote the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to help kids grow up healthy and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The First Lady will select the winning design, which will be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program. Check back to see the winning designs.

 

 

 

White House Announces 2014 Easter Egg Roll Program and Talent Line-up

 

The White House announces the program, activities, and talent line-up for the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition in its 136th year and the largest annual public event at the White House.

 

 

The Easter Egg Roll will take place Monday, April 21, on the South Lawn of the White House and in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.”  The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling.

 

 

To learn more about the Easter Egg Roll visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll. Tune in for live streams from the South Lawn on April 21, 2014 on WhiteHouse.gov/live. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and get the latest updates by checking out Let’s Move! on Twitter and Facebook.

Talent Line-up

 

 

This year’s special guest is 12-year-old singing sensation, Cam Anthony. Anthony will sing the National Anthem as well as perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage.

 

 

DJ Beauty & the Beatz, Ariana Grande, Candice Glover, R5 featuring Ross Lynch, DJ Young1, and Sesame Street’s Mando, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster, will perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage.  The Official Emcee of the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll is Tommy McFly, who will introduce acts on the Ellipse music stage. The United States Marine Corps Band will perform American classics.

 

 

Readers on the Storytime Stage will be Jim Carrey, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, former NFL player and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, DJ Lance Rock, Debby Ryan from the Disney Channel’s JESSIE and Sesame Street’s Mando, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster.

 

 

Chefs Maneet Chauhan, Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Sam Kass, Marc Murphy, Charles Phan, Super Sprowtz, and the Disney Channel cast of JESSIE will prepare healthy eating demonstrations in the Play with your Food station.

 

 

In the Eggtivity Zone, Dr. Jayne Greenberg, Cornell McClellan, Donna Richardson Joyner, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Michelle Kwan, Anthony Robles, and Shellie Pfohl will represent the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition as players and coaches from professional sports teams teach kids how to play sports and show kids easy, fun ways to stay active and fit.

 

 

Athletes participating in the Eggtivity Zone include:

 

Katrina Adams (US Tennis Association)
Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis Colts)
Davy Arnuad (D.C. United)
Brian Baker (US Tennis Association)
Kelly Berger (US Lacrosse)
Bonnie Bernstein (Sports Journalist)
Bobby Boswell (D.C. United)
Stephen Bowen (Washington Redskins)
Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia 76ers)
Julie Chu (US Olympic Ice Hockey)
Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins)
Monique Currie (Washington Mystics)
Martin Conlon (NBA)
Adrian Dantley (NBA)
Derrick Dockery (NFL)
Fabian Espondola (D.C. United)
Dwight Freeney (San Diego Chargers)
Maria Cruz Garcia (US Olympic Fencer)
Pierre Garçon (Washington Redskins)
Gio Gonzales (Washington Nationals)
Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins)
Richard Hamilton (NBA)
Allyson Hamlin (D.C. United)
Jamie Hampton (US Tennis Association)
Tony Hawk (Professional Skateboarder)
Daryl Homer (US Olympic Fencer)
Ryan Kerrigan (Washington Redskins)
Bradley Klahn (US Tennis Association)
Matt Lawrence (NFL)
Ivory Latta (Washington Mystics)
Nancy Lieberman (WNBA)
Nastia Liukin (US Olympic Gymnast)
Felipe (Luis) López  (NBA)
Le’Ron McClain (NFL)
Grace Min (US Tennis Association)
Tim Morehouse (US Olympic Fencer)
Dikembe Mutombo (NBA)
Lewis Neal (D.C. United)
Bill Olsen (D.C. United)
Mzingha Elaine Prescod (US Olympic Fencer)
Melanie Oudin (US Tennis Assocation)
Jeff Parke (D.C. United)
Sam Querrey (US Tennis Association)
Paul Rabil (Lacrosse)
Sanya Richards-Ross (US Olympic Track and Field)
Ruth Riley (WNBA)
Sysannah Scalon (US Olympic Fencer)
Adrian Smith (NFL)
Briana Scurry (US Soccer)
Eric Thibault (Washington Mystics)
Etan Thomas (NBA)
Charles Tillman (Chicago Bears)
Ashley Wagner (US Olympic Figure Skater)
Lardarius Webb (Baltimore Ravens)
Buck Williams (NBA)
Donna Wilkinson (D.C. Divas)
USA Field Hockey

 

 

The Hop To It Stage will offer a variety of interactive dance and other physical fun including Baby Loves Disco, Hip Hop Public Health, KidTribe, and the Ohmies.

 

 

The Ellipse will have an entertainment stage and guests can enjoy musical acts, activities, and a real NASCAR racecar as they prepare to enter the South Lawn. Tommy McFly will be on the Ellipse spinning music and getting guests excited about the event.

 

 

This year’s costume characters include:

Abby Cadabby — AbraKidabra! — Angry Birds — Arthur — Belt from The Croods — Big Green Rabbit — Cabbage Patch Kids Amy Sue and Brian Josh  — Caillou and Gilbert — Captain Barnacles Bear and Kwazii Kitten from The Octonauts — Charlie Brown — Charlie and Checkers — Clicky  — Curious George — Daniel Tiger — Doc McStuffins — Doki and Anabella from Discovery Familia — Domino the Great — Dora the Explorer — Dynamike

Emmet and WyldStyle from the LEGO Movie — Fairy Twinkletoes — Franklin the Turtle — Geo and Milli from Team Umizoomi — Hatching Chick — Jake from Jake and the Never Land Pirates — Little Nutbrown Hare — Maisy — Mama, Papa, and Junior Bunnies — Mario and Luigi — Maya & Miguel — Miffy — Minion Tim and Minion Jerry from Despicable Me — Mop Top the Hip Hop Scientist — Mozzie the Mosquito — Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head — Olive the Ostrich — Peg + Cat — Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail — Power Panther — Power Rangers –

Princess Presto – Screech – Slapshot — Smokey Bear — Snoopy — Sofia the First — Spider-Man -SpongeBob SquarePants — Squiggz from the Bug Rangers — Super WHY! — Talking Tom and Talking Ben — The Cat in the Hat — The Racing Presidents Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Thomas Jefferson — Tommy and Tallulah from Tickety Toc — Toothless the Dragon from How to Train Your Dragon 2 — Topspin and Slice — Twig Wompkee — Witzy the Duck — Woodsy Owl

Full List of Events

With the “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape” theme, all of the activities on the South Lawn promote healthy and active living.  The activities include obstacle courses, yoga, dancing, playing sports with professional athletes, and of course, the traditional egg roll.  The full list of events is below:

Egg Roll Classics
An Egg Hunt & the traditional Egg Roll

Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage
Live musical performances for all ages

Storytime Stage 
Listen as celebrities bring books to life

Hop To It!
An instructional dance party on the South Lawn!  Get up to dance and more

Eggtivity Zone Obstacle Course
An ultimate all-in-one obstacle course! Climb, jump, and run your way through a variety of sports drills

Basketball and Tennis
Get hands-on training from basketball and tennis pros on the President’s court

Yoga Garden
Come enjoy a session of yoga from professional instructors

Eggspress Yourself
Hatch your inner artist with arts and crafts fun! Egg dying, egg decorating, and more

Play with your Food 
An entertaining activity center filled with opportunities to learn about healthy eating

Eggsperiment Zone
Interactive, educational activities designed to spark scientific curiosity and creativity

 

 

Additional Information about the 2014 Easter Egg Roll

 

For the sixth year in a row, members of the public had the opportunity to enter an online lottery for a chance to win tickets to the event and more than 30,000 people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have received tickets to the event.

 

This year’s event will begin at 7:30 AM and end at 6:45 PM EDT.

 

 

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New Prince Album Coming Under Warner Bros. Partnership


Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:

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A new album, a deluxe reissue of Purple Rain and more unheard music: That’s what Prince fans can expect from his new global licensing deal with Warner Bros. Records.  “A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship,” Prince said in a news release.

The deal covers all of Prince’s albums, from 1978′s For You to the new one. The announcement comes two months before the 30th anniversary of the release of his best-selling album, 1984′s Purple Rain, which has sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S. Prince plans a digitally re-mastered deluxe version of the album to coincide with the anniversary.

Other planned projects will follow, according to the press release.

Lately, Prince has been playing with an all-female power trio called 3RDEYEGIRL…

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Perfect Panna Cotta


Originally posted on Recipes for a Healthy You:

Perfect Panna Cotta topped with strawberry sauce and a fresh strawberry

Panna Cotta is a classic northern Italian dessert with roots in the dairy-rich Piedmont region. Although it only takes a few minutes to prepare, it lends a sophisticated finish to any special meal or occasion. This recipe proves once again that a dish doesn’t have to be complicated to be out-of-this-world delicious.

 Here is what you will need

1/3 cup cold water

1 ½ tablespoons unflavored gelatin

2 cups heavy cream (you can use 1 1/2 cups heavy cream and 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese, can make for a creamer panna cotta)

2 cups half & half

½ cup honey or 1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 

Directions:

In a medium glass bowl, sprinkle gelatin over the cold water and let stand for 5 – 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the heavy cream, half & half and honey to a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until…

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More Than $100,000 Raised for Shanesha Taylor, Homeless Mom Accused of Leaving Kids in Car During Job Interview


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shanesha taylorMore than $100,000 has been pledged to help Shanesha Taylor, 35, a single mother from Arizona who was arrested last month after allegedly leaving her 2-year-old and 6-month-old sons alone in a hot car while she went on a job interview because she was unable to find a babysitter.

Taylor was charged with two counts of child abuse. She has pleaded not guilty and was released on bail posted by a stranger, her lawyer told TODAY.com Wednesday. Her two boys are now in state care.  Her tearful mug shot has brought attention to issues facing the nation’s poor and unemployed, especially single mothers.

Amanda Bishop, a New Jersey woman who does not know Taylor, felt compelled to help. She launched an online fundraising campaign in support of Taylor, with pledges now totaling more than $106,000.  “There are some of us that feel that Shanesha was in an unfortunate situation…

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