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Lone Star Holidays Academy 2011: REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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The turkey is ready to be carved and the Christmas light show is almost ready to be unveiled which makes it the perfect time for a great announcement:


AUGUST 6th & 7th, 2011

The Lone Star Convention Center - Conroe, TX

"Early Bird Registration" is back and you can ensure yourself the best price by registering today! For the second year in a row we are offering one free registration made during the "Early Bird" period (November 20 through January 6). The winner will be chosen using an online random number generator and announced on January 15.

We always take your suggestions and feedback to heart, as it helps make a better event year after year. There will be new instructional topics, teachers of various knowledge levels and a bigger space for this event! There will be something of interest for every level of decorator.

Two important notes:

  1. We have transitioned to a new registration system that is integrated with the LSH Shopzone. If you have never made a Shopzone purchase you will need to create a new account there. The process is very simple and you will then be able to use that account to purchase tshirts and other merchandise (hint hint!).

  2. We have had requests over the years for a system that would allow for multiple registrations without having to log in, make a regsitration, log out, and then repeat for each person in your family. With the new system you can register up to five people at one time. Simply change the quantity and then list the other people's names in the "Customization" area.
Each year the Academy gets bigger and better, and 2011 will be no exception! So, what are you waiting for? Head over to academy.lonestarholidays.com and register today!

As always,


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You Texas Decorators are a fun bunch. I sure enjoyed going there a few years ago. We learned so much and had a blast. I wish you a very successful event.

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You Texas Decorators are a fun bunch. I sure enjoyed going there a few years ago. We learned so much and had a blast. I wish you a very successful event.

You are welcome back any time Darlene. It was great meeting you and John. This year is shaping up to be a great event too, but I think we are having more fun now than before.

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The Academy is coming up faster than you think and as we get closer, and budgets become more firm, our price per registration does increase. The current Early Bird pricing of $60 per registration is increasing at midnight on Friday the 4th. That means at 12:01am Saturday you’ll be too late!

Need to check the calendar for dates? No problem…

August 6th and 7th at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe. See the Academy website (academy.lonestarholidays.com) for more detailed information.

Don't miss out on the Academy- still going strong year-after-year.

Save some bucks! Click here and register today!

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