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    April 24 FLPC Spring Mini held in Tampa

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    I got the confirmation, my daughter will be attending with me.

    Is there any update on hotels in the area?

    I recall an earlier post suggestion two, any FLPC discounts?



    I have you and your daughter as attending. No discounts, sorry. I would google the hotels in the area.

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    Still unsure if we will attend. I think we may have out of town teens visiting. If we do make it, it would be two adults, three teens and an 11-year-old. I'm hoping we'll be there though; just waiting for plans to solidify. :)

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    Still unsure if we will attend. I think we may have out of town teens visiting. If we do make it, it would be two adults, three teens and an 11-year-old. I'm hoping we'll be there though; just waiting for plans to solidify. :)

    I have you down as maybe. I hope you can make it.

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    If you can make the Friday night dinner, please let me know. The steakhouse is at the end of Patti's street. We plan on going back to Patti's and lighting a Mega Tree, arches like mini trees, and more.... We would like to know who is going so the restaurant will be ready for us.

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    I'll be at the Friday night dinner, too. I will be bringing my 8- 10ft arches. They are one channel each. I use them to border my front yard and to act like Mini Trees. I'll run them so you can see a cheaper alternative to leaping arches.

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    Do we have any idea on when we will be wrapping up the day? While in that area may consider the baseball game since the Blue Jays are playing.

    When I last spoke with Patti, she was leaving to end time open. We usually are going strong until 5-530 PM. But you never know. Some people might want to stay til dark to see the display elements lit at night. Bill is working on the agenda. Please feel free to arrive and depart at anytime.

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    Look Good to me. I like "Thai Hot". BTW, Don't go into the restaurant menu business; your naming skills are, well...

    "Domesticated Foul Side Apendages with 3rd degree burns" = BBQ Chicken wings.


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