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Thursday, March 20

6:30 – 10:00 PM, 7th Annual Hope Connections Celebration of Hope Gala at the Park Hyatt, 24th & M St. NW. Reception, seated dinner and awards ceremony, plus a silent and live auctions, info.

6:00 PM, PeacePlayers International 2014 March Madness Party for Peace at Capitale, 1301 K St. NW. Full bar, appetizers from Hill Country BBQ, and NCAA square competition. $75, info.

7:00 - 11:00 PM, Pink Tie Party: National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. “Pink-tie” attire! $200, info.

7:00 PM, An Evening of Modern Love Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. New York Times Modern Love columnist Daniel Jones discusses Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject. $12 info.

8:00 - 11:00 PM, The Encyclopedia Show DC: Obsolete Diseases at The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Pl. NW. $8, info.

6:30 PM, The Washington Post Book Club: Meet Author Steve Levingston at its offices1150 15th St. NW. The Post non-fiction editor/ author signs and discuses: Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Epoque Paris. Free, rsvp.

Friday, March 21

6:30 - 9:00 PM, join Bottlenotes for its Around the World in 80 Sips at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW. Taste wines from a wide range of countries, hors d’oeuvres, chocolate pairings. $75, info.

Saturday, March 22

7:00 p.m. join Kevin Bacon & his brother and comedian Jim Breuer at the DC "Stands for Troops" benefit at GW's Lisner Auditorium to safeguard the well-being of  frontline troops. Performances and Purple Heart presentation to Major Ben Richards. Tickets: $35-125 at

7:30 – 11:00 PM, Court Appointed Special Advocates - CASA Fundraiser at Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Dr. Rockville. dancing, cocktails, treats, silent auction. Honors WaPo Columnist John Kelly. $85/single or $160/pair, info.

6:30 PM, A Night for the Children Gala at Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd NW. Benefits Children's Inn at NIH and House of Ruth. Donations, rsvp.

7:00 - 11:00 PM, Washington Project for the Arts Art Exhibition & Gala at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Rosslyn. silent auction, dinner, open bar, desserts $150 info.

6:00 PM - 2:00 AM, Mardi Gras Celebration & Scholarship Ball Supports OKK Foundation scholarships at George Mason Inn Conference Center, 4352 Mason Pond Dr, Fairfax. $75, buffet dinner, music, dancing, costume contest, info.

Sunday, March 23

9:00 AM, 9th Annual Chris 4 Life Scope It Out 5K Race at Freedom Plaza, 14th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Scenic tour of DC sites. 4,000 participants, the largest colon cancer race in the country, info.

8:00 AM, Bright Beginnings 5K Race at Hains Point's West Potomac Park. The Junior League of DC in support of Bright Beginnings, offering educational childcare for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, info.

4:00 PM, The Reston Chorale tribute concert for Reston’s 50th and founder Robert E. Simon’s 100th birthday, premiering The Essential Life by Donald McCullough at South Lakes High School Auditorium, $30, info.