Sunday, September 20, 2009

Busy First Couple This Week

The First Couple will have a very busy week. On Thursday and Friday they will host World Leaders at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh. Before hand, the President travels to New York on Monday and will be meeting with the world leaders at the UN on Tuesday. Below is the schedule for the summit on Thursday and Friday.

Venues that will be used by world leaders and others during the Group of 20 global economic summit happening in Pittsburgh on Sept. 24 and 25.

DAVID L. LAWRENCE CONVENTION CENTER: The riverfront property where 19 world leaders and representatives of the European Union will meet to discuss the global economic crisis. The White House has said President Barack Obama chose Pittsburgh to host the G-20 summit partly because of its "green" convention center.

PHIPPS CONSERVATORY: Obama chose Pittsburgh's botanical gardens as the venue to host a welcoming event for the world leaders and their spouses. The conservatory was also chosen because of its environmentally friendly buildings and commitment to sustainability. An official welcoming and working dinner will be held at the conservatory on Sept. 24 for summit participants.

ROSEMONT FARM: On Sept. 24, first lady Michelle Obama will host a meal for the leaders' spouses at this tranquil, suburban farm owned by Teresa Heinz, the wife of Sen. John Kerry and the widow of Pennsylvania Sen. John Heinz, heir to the ketchup fortune.

CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL: Led by Michelle Obama, the leaders' spouses, will attend a performance Sept. 25 at Pittsburgh's downtown performing arts school, which is within walking distance from the convention center.

THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM: After the school play, Michelle Obama will take the spouses to The Andy Warhol Museum directly across the Allegheny River. There, they will tour one of the largest Warhol collections and, if they're lucky, may get to sift through one of the iconic artist's "time capsules," a collection of hundreds of cardboard boxes filled with nearly everything that came across Warhol's desk.

POINT STATE PARK: Recently renovated as part of Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary celebrations, a federal court ordered the city to allow protesters to set up a tent city in Point State Park to reflect the lives of war refugees. The park and its fountain, located at the confluence of the city's three rivers, are one of Pittsburgh's most iconic sites.

OAKLAND/STRIP DISTRICT: Oakland is a neighborhood that is home to the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University , and the Phipps Conservatory. Adjacent to downtown, Oakland has a vibrant, trendy feel enhanced by the student crowd that largely fills its streets. On the other side of downtown is the Strip District, one of the city's most eclectic neighborhoods, packed with authentic mom-and-pop restaurants, shops and bakeries. The city plans to house thousands of protesters in a parking lot between the Strip and downtown, the closest sanctioned site to the convention center where the summit is being held.

Source: White House, venue officials, venue Web sites and AP.