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LOR Immersion Workshop in Philadelphia

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Learn how to Jingle your Lights with LOR! Christmas Expo management has joined with Holiday Technologies to offer a 2-day LOR Immersion Workshop in Philadelphia, PA on September 6 & 7, 2016. With a sold-out class at Christmas Expo in Chicago this year, we know that many people were disappointed that they weren't able to attend so we worked with Drew to add a workshop in Philly. This is the last opportunity for this workshop before the 2016 holiday season. (Note that this is an LOR Worskhop only - not a full Christmas Expo event.) You can get all the details at http://www.christmasexpo.com/light-o-rama-2-day-workshop/

Janice

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SPaschall    9

Expo is going to be in Nashville Tn. this year July 13-15. If we have enough people for the LOR immersion class it will be held on the 11th and 12th before the Expo begins.

SPaschall

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