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Word on the Hill: National Wine Day

Dusty Baker on the Hill and Dana Rohrabacher in a sling

Celebrate National Wine Day before the weekend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

You may be pleasantly surprised to hear about a very special, perhaps unknown, holiday. Today is National Wine Day.

It’s nearly Friday, which means it’s almost recess, so pick up a bottle of wine on your way home from work to celebrate.

If you want to head out on the town, Ocean Prime (1341 G St. NW) has half-off wine all day in the dining room and bar/lounge. The downtown restaurant has over 130 labels to choose from and they’ll be marked down as low as $20.

Also, 201 Bar (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE) will have $4 sangrias from 5 p.m. to close.

Dusty Baker meets with congressional managers

From left to right: Rep. Mike Doyle, Dusty Baker, Rep. Joe Barton. (Photo courtesy of Barton's office)
From left: Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle, Dusty Baker and Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton. (Courtesy of Ryan Thompson from Barton's office)

Washington Nationals’ manager Dusty Baker had lunch Wednesday with Reps. Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, and Mike Doyle, D-Pa., the Congressional Baseball Game team managers, in the Members’ Dining Room in the Capitol. 

Shoulder surgery for Rohrabacher

Screenshot of California Rep. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/72?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Dana Rohrabacher</a> on the House floor Wednesday. (Courtesy C-SPAN)
Screenshot of California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on the House floor on Wednesday. (Courtesy C-SPAN)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., is wearing a sling on his left arm because he got his second shoulder replacement. His office offered HOH a few reasons for the congressman’s injury.

A. He’s been subjected to especially aggressive arm-twisting by leadership.

B. He’s been surfing too much.

C. He lost another arm-wrestling match to Putin.

See below for the answer.

Native American staff group?

A group of staffers are trying to establish a staff association, Natives on the Hill, to include American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. They’re hosting a meet and greet today for those interested. It will be at Romeo & Juliet (301 Massachusetts Ave. NE) at 6:30 p.m.

Bocce tournament

From left to right: Paolo Toschi with the Embassy of Italy, Andrew Giuliani, public liaison assistant to President Donald Trump, Anita Bevacqua McBride, NIAF board member, North Carolina Rep. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/20349?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Virginia Foxx</a>, Maurizio Greganti, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Italy, and Jeanne Allen, founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform. (Courtesy NIAF)
From left to right: Paolo Toschi with the Embassy of Italy, Andrew Giuliani, public liaison assistant to President Donald Trump, Anita Bevacqua McBride, NIAF board member, North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx, Maurizio Greganti, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Italy, and Jeanne Allen, founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform. (Courtesy NIAF)

Ten teams competed in the fifth annual National Italian American Foundation’s Congressional Bocce Ball Tournament on Wednesday evening. Sam and Jon Vitale, of Maryland-based Complete Document Solutions, were the winners. It was held on the roof of the Venable LLP building (600 Massachusetts Ave. NW) because it didn’t rain for the first time in the tournament’s five-year history.

Members in attendance were Reps. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., Michael E. Capuano, D-Mass., Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., Tom Marino, R-Pa., and James B. Renacci, R-Ohio, among others.

Celebrities at media dinner

The second annual Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner is today. Honorees include Reps. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., and Greg Walden, R-Ore., who will receive Congressional Advocate Awards. Also scheduled to attend are Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas and Gwen Moore, D-Wisc., and Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-V.I., as well as the ambassadors of Jamaica, Nicaragua and Barbados.

Actors Claudia Jordan (“Deal or No Deal”), Stacey Dash (“Clueless”) and Lamman Rucker (“Greenleaf”) are scheduled to attend, as well as journalists and other personalities. The event takes place at the National Press Club (529 14th St. NW) at 5:30 p.m.

Happy birthday to…

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., 57.

Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., 54.

What’s going on?

Have any tips, announcements or Hill happenings? Send them to AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.com.

Amelia Frappolli contributed to this report.Rohrabacher answer: He's been surfing too much.

Correction 3:43 p.m. | An earlier version of this report misidentified Rep. Tom Marino’s home state.

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