Construction on the viewing stand for January’s inauguration events is already underway. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Presidential Inaugural Committee, a group that includes an ambassador to Sweden, a DNC National Finance chair and “Desperate Housewives” actress and activist Eva Longoria, was announced today, along with the first major official event of inauguration weekend — a day of service that will take place on Jan. 19 and will celebrate Martin Luther King. Jr.’s legacy.

The president and first lady will be joined by the Vice President Biden and his wife for service projects in the area. The president conducted a similar day of public service in 2009, meeting with troops at Walter Reed and then with teens at a District shelter.

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The public swearing-in will be Jan. 21, followed by the parade and official inaugural balls.

It’s not unusual for second inaugurations to feel a little more sedate, and President Obama’s is shaping up to be no exception. For more details, be sure to follow @obamainaugural. And check back here often; we’ll be reporting on the weekend’s balls and parties as they’re announced.

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