Jul
20

Photos from the 2009 Smithsonian Staff Picnic

The eight annual Smithsonian Staff Picnic on the National Mall took place June 30. Hosted by the Smithsonian Community Committee and held on the grounds of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the picnic featured live music performed by SI staff, as well as a drum circle and volleyball matches organized by the Smithsonian Healthy and Active… Continue reading Photos from the 2009 Smithsonian Staff Picnic

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Jul
10

Happy Birthday, Tai Shan!

He may not have blown out any candles, but the National Zoo’s famous giant panda, Tai Shan, officially celebrated his fourth birthday this morning— complete with singing, guests and a massive, three-tiered “veggie-sicle” cake. The frozen masterpiece was made over the course of two weeks by Zoo commissary staff by freezing a combination of water,… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Tai Shan!

Jul
10

Gregory Melanson is new deputy executive director of Friends of the National Zoo

Gregory Melanson has been named deputy executive director of Friends of the National Zoo. He joins FONZ after 25 years with the Bank of America and predecessor banks, where he served in a variety of managerial positions in divisions focused on tax credits, low-income housing, community-based lending, commercial real estate, grantmaking and other areas. Continue reading Gregory Melanson is new deputy executive director of Friends of the National Zoo

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