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Michelle Obama, July 19, 20, 21, 23, 2010

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Upcoming Guidance for First Lady Michelle Obama

Monday, July 19th - The President and First Lady will continue the White House music series celebrating the arts and demonstrating the importance of arts education by featuring Broadway music and its prestigious performers. During the day, 20 dance students from Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Joy of Motion Dance Center will participate in an educational workshop and rehearse a segment from the Broadway show Hairspray, led by choreographer Jerry Mitchell, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC. At 2:00 PM, the students will come to the White House to perform in a special dress rehearsal for the First Lady and their parents and teachers in the East Room. This dress rehearsal will be open press.

In the evening, this youth ensemble will join the ranks of major Broadway artists and new talent who will perform selections from American musicals that reflect the spirit, energy and ambition of America. Participants include Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald, Elaine Stritch, Brian d'Arcy James, Chad Kimball, Tonya Pinkins, Marvin Hamlisch, Karen Olivo, Assata Alston, Danielle Arci and Constantine Rousouli under the direction of George C. Wolfe. President Obama will make opening remarks at this pooled press event, which will be held in the East Room and streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. "A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House" will be televised on public broadcasting stations nationwide on October 20, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. ET as part of the PBS music series "In Performance at the White House."

Tuesday, July 20th - Baltimore, Maryland: The First Lady will announce a joint initiative relating to her Let's Move! childhood obesity campaign with members of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. Mrs. Obama will join Sue Selig, wife of Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Tim Brosnan, MLB Executive Vice President of Business, Tony Clark, Director, Player Relations, MLB Players Association and the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays leadership and players for an 11:00 AM press conference at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Following the announcement, the players will conduct a baseball clinic on Camden Yards field for 50 young baseball players from local Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) leagues and Boys & Girls Clubs.

Later that evening, Mrs. Obama will be escorted out to home plate by young baseball players from the RBI and the Boys & Girls Club who will throw out the first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays game.

Wednesday, July 21st - National design award recipients of the prestigious Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum honor will attend the White House's annual luncheon hosted by the First Lady, and they will also engage with Washington, DC area students in a free educational program at the American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery. The National Design Awards were launched at the White House in 2000 to celebrate design in various disciplines from Architecture to Product Design. First Lady Michelle Obama will host the annual luncheon at the White House on Wednesday, July 21st at 12:30 PM honoring the award recipients. She will make brief remarks in this East Room event which will be open to pooled press. In support of the First Lady's emphasis on arts education, prior to the luncheon, the award winners will participate in discussions about their work and their careers with Washington, DC area students at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery from 8:30-11:00 AM.

Friday, July 23rd - Pascagoula, Mississippi: The First Lady will perform duties as the ship's sponsor and principal speaker at the christening of the U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752). Stratton is named in honor of Dorothy C. Stratton (1899-2006), the U.S. Coast Guard's first female commissioned officer and director of the SPARS, the United States Coast Guard Women's Reserve, during World War II. Mrs. Obama announced last July that she would serve as the ship's sponsor. Prior to the christening, the First Lady will meet with Coast Guard personnel who have been responding to the BP oil spill. More details will be available on this visit next week.

The ceremony, which will held at Northrup Grumman Shipbuilding (1000 Jerry Street Pé Highway in Pascagoula), will also be streamed here, beginning at 10:30 AM. and culminating with the breaking of a bottle across the ship's bow by Mrs. Obama. Stratton is the third of eight National Security Cutters that comprise the Legend class, the most technologically sophisticated class of ship in the history of the Coast Guard. With its 418-foot length and 4,700 ton full load displacement, the NSC is the largest of the new multi-mission cutters.

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