Inauguration Day 2009
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Local Inauguration Events

While the big show is in Washington, DC, there are inaugural events all around the country. Please send in events in your area for listing here. MoveOn.org is coordinating local events -- see their event finder to search by zip code. All times shown are local for the city/state in which the event takes place.

Alabama

Birmingham (1/20/09) "Where History Meets Hope." Thousands will converge at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama to collectively witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The doors to Boutwell Auditorium (1930 8th Avenue North, Birmingham 35203) will open at 8:00am. The program featuring music and presentations by performing artists will begin at 8:30am. At the appropriate time, attention will turn to the presidential swearing-in ceremony which will be shown on an enormous monitor with crystal-clear audio. The event is free and open to the public. Details.

California

West Marin County 7:15 am - Sunrise Swim - Chicken Ranch Beach, Inverness. 8:00 am - Live Inauguration Screening and Breakfast, Toby's Feed Barn, Point Reyes Station. Pledge YOUR first 100 days of action on the Ball O' Hope 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Inaugural Ball, Soup & Bread Line, Music & Dancing - BYOBB (bring your own beverages and bowl) $10 - No one will be turned away. Dress: West Marin Formal. Hosted by: Point Reyes Books, Mainstreet Moms, Toby's Feed Barn, The Dance Palace, Point Reyes Nation.

San Diego (1/20/09, 8:00 AM) The Stuart Collection's "Trees" at the University of California, San Diego will broadcast the inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States, on Jan. 20, beginning at 8 a.m. Hundreds of additional UC San Diego students will watch the inauguration at parties in the Loft, Price Center East and the International House from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details.

Colorada

Lafayette (1/20/09, 9:30 AM) Join the party at Cannon Mine Coffee and watch the Inauguration. We will offer beer and wine specials and the usual lattes and cappuccinos. Details.

Delaware

Wilmington (1/17/09) Vice President-Elect Biden joins the inaugural train and speaks before departing for Washington, DC.

Florida

Altamonte Springs (1/20/09) Presidential Inauguration Brunch at Hughey's American Grill, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Brunch ($18.95/person) includes includes $10 admittance to the evening party celebration event (10:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m.) with live entertainment.

Georgia

Savannah (1/18/09) "Honoring the Legacy of Dr. King through 'a day on not a day off' Volunteer Day." Over 50 community volunteers from GA Power, Hands On Savannah, and others are volunteering their time to help with renovations of the West Broad Street YMCA at 1110 May Street in Savannah, GA. For details, call 912-233-1951.

Savannah (1/20/09) The West Broad Street YMCA in Savannah, GA will be hosting an Inaugural Luncheon. Starting at 10 am, people from the neighborhood are invited to come to the West Broad Street YMCA at 1110 May Street Savannah, GA to watch the inauguration. Bring your own lunch. Beverages will be available. A large projection screen will be in use.

Idaho

Moscow (1/20/09) Marimba music and food beginning at 6 p.m., rebroadcast of President Obama's inaugural speech at 7 p.m., and dancing until 10 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Money raised will go to the Sesitshaya Marimba band scholarship, Sojourner's Alliance shelter and food banks in Latah County. Hosted by the Latah County Democrats. For more information, contact Nancy Nelson.

Illinois

Macomb (1/19/09) The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center @ Western Illinois University will host the 7th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Project. The event will take place at the Praireview Community Center, 1407 E. Wheeler Street. Approximately 45 WIU students will join with 50-60 youth from throughout McDonough County to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. Details available from the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center: 309-298-2220.

Macomb (1/20/09) The  Men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Eta. Eta Chapter and the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center will host an Inauguration Day Celebration at 7pm @ the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, 320 W. University Drive. Details available from the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center: 309-298-2220.

Maryland

Baltimore (1/17/09) President-Elect Obama and Vice President-Elect Biden speak before continuing on to Washington, DC, by train.

Michigan

Ann Arbor (1/20/09) The University of Michigan's Graduate Library hosts a viewing party in the Gallery, Room 100. Details.

Minnesota

Minneapolis (1/20/09) Minneapolis Central Library (MN) is hosting a large inauguration-watching event. First, join us for a reception and presentation from Dr. David Schultz. Schultz is a professor at Hamline University and a frequent contributor to Twin Cities Public Television, Minnesota Public Radio, and national media outlets. He will speak about inaugurations in history, the importance of the first 100 days, and then the significance of Obama's election. As the swearing-in ceremony begins, live television coverage will be projected in Pohlad Hall. Details.

Minneapolis (1/20/09) Visage Nightclub hosts an Inauguration Viewing Party broadcast live on B96. Details.

Nevada

Las Vegas (1/20/09, 8:30 AM) Watch the inauguration in real time at the Southern Nevada Inaugural Watch Party at the Porchlight Grille, 8416 West Desert Inn Road. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Send an e-mail to "rsvp@nvdems.com if you'd like to attend.

Las Vegas (1/20/09, 6:00 PM) You can dress in your cocktail best and watch a replay of the inauguration at the Porchlight Grille from 6 to11 p.m. for a $25 per person fee (includes one free drink; food may be purchased separately). RSVP to the Clark County Democratic Party Headquarters (702) 586-6402 or save your place at the inauguration party on http://www.clarkdems.com/content/view/682/71/.

Las Vegas (1/20/09, 6:00 PM) If you're looking for a chance to wear an evening gown, The Las Vegas Black Historical Society is sponsoring The Las Vegas Obama Inaugural Ball, "The Party for the People", at the Plaza Hotel on Main Street. The ball begins at 6p.m. and tickets are $44 - in honor of the 44th president - $55 and $75. Proceeds will benefit the Black Historical and Cultural Center. Tickets may be purchased at the Plaza Hotel or visit the event website: www.lasvegasobamaball.com.

Ohio

Cincinatti (1/20/09) The Cincinnati Museum Center will have 3 large screens in the museum's rotunda. Doors open at 10 a.m. Free light hors d'oeuvres and drinks to be provided. Details: http://cincymuseum.org/.

Oklahoma

Edmond/Oklahoma City (01/20/09) - University of Central Oklahoma President Roger Webb invites students, faculty and staff to watch this historic Presidential Inauguration live in Constitution Hall, located in the Nigh University Center, 100 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK 73034.  Doors open at 10 a.m., with seating on a first come, first served basis. President Webb will deliver brief opening remarks, then the audience will join the live broadcast of the ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. Student leaders and other invited guests will gather for lunch and discussion following the Inauguration.   For more information, email inauguration@uco.edu or visit http://www.uco.edu/inauguration/.

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia (1/17/09) President-Elect Obama speaks before departing by train for Washington, DC.

Tennessee

Nashville (1/20/09, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM) the Inauguration will be shown on the big screens at Cathedral Of Praise. The viewing will offer prayers for our new president, our government leaders, and our nation.  Light refreshments will be served, too.   For more information, please contact the church office at (615) 876-8740  or email office@cathedralpraise.org.

Texas

Austin (1/20/09) The Austin Presidential Inaugural Gala at the Four Seasons is part of the Presidential Inaugural Gala.   Austin joins Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago as the cities participating in the first, transcontinental Presidential Inaugural Celebration.  This gala will receive streaming ‘live’ feeds simultaneously from the Corcoran Gallery in D.C. Details.

Washington, DC

Adams-Morgan (1/19/09, 10:30 AM) Slavery & Freedom in a Washington Neighborhood: Free public walking tour led by neighborhood historians Mary Belcher and Eddie Becker. Rain or shine. Meet at the Sun Trust Bank Plaza at 18th Street and Columbia Road, N.W., Washington, DC 20009 No RSVP required. Questions? Call Mary Belcher at 202-462-9069, or write Eddie Becker at eddie_becker(at)yahoo(d0t)com.

National Museum of the American Indian (1/17/09 - 1/19/09, 10 - 5:30). Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance and Story. The three-day program to commemorate the inauguration of Barack Obama will feature daily performances of live music, dancing and storytelling in the museum from a variety of cultural traditions. Forty groups will appear, for full schedule see Details.

Washington State

Bremerton (1/20/09, 5:30 PM) Presidential Inaugural Celebration of Barack Obama at the Bremer Student Center at Olympic College. Music, live performances, food, children's activities & fun! Adults $5 Children 12 and under FREE -Pay at the door- For more information contact: Multicultural Service Center at (360) 475-7680 or visit www.olympic.edu.

Port Angeles (1/20/09, 6:30 PM) Olympic Peninsula COMMUNITY Inaugural Ball. Hosted by Olympic Cellars with lots of Community Support. Elks Lodge Ballroom. Tickets ($20) can be purchased at Olympic Cellars Winery (360-452-0160), Necessities and Temptations (360-457-6400) and on-line at www.olympiccellars.com. (Details.)

Seattle (1/20/09, 8:00 AM PT) Cafe Presse (1117 12th Ave, Seattle) will be airing the Inauguration of Barack Obama 8am-11am Pacific Time.  No reservations, no cover.  Come by!


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