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2013 Pacnw Regional Clap Mtg

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This serves as an early planning notice.


The date has been set for this years Christmas Light Get together:


Date: Saturday May 4th

Location: The Foley's in Lacey, WA

Time: 8am to 5pm


Agenda TBD (but if you have any suggestions let us know)

Edited by zman

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Bumping the thread to the top.


Looking now for subject matter that you are interested in seeing, AND


looking for attendees interested in teaching a subject.


Please respond to this thread, send me a PM or email

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How are things coming along?


I will be there for Friday and Saturday

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Dennis we are still planning on Set up at the Foley's Friday afternoon, the pizza fest that evening.


FOr everyone else, we are all set for May 4th. The agenda is still in flux. I have been having some pretty exciting discussions with a vendor that will play into that agenda very nicely. I will announce more as that gets firmed up.

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I'm a jack of all trades and master of some.  Since I have too many irons in the fire, I am trying to whittle down my hobbies.  My current home also doesn't allow for me to have a viewable display.  Therefore, I am parting with my whole kit and kaboodle of holiday lighting, decor, and most importantly LIGHT-O-RAMA hardware and accessories. If you missed the LOR sale, now's your chance!  I have 2 controllers, 3 easy light linkers, and a ramsey transmitter to name a few.  Please visit my holiday website for pictures, pricing, and contact link.  I have tried to be fair on my pricing without giving away the farm on the previously mentioned items. All other decor is dirt cheap.  I'm in Puyallup and would prefer local pick-up.



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The agenda has been finalized for C.L.A.P. 2013, and now we are looking for RSVP's. Again, this is one of the last free local meetings left in the country. We have a special announcement with Reinder's, who is sponsoring our meeting.

If there is something special from your 2012 display you would like to bring as a show & tell, that is always welcome!

We will set up the swap meet if you want to get rid of some un-needed items.

We look forward to seeing you there

2013 CLAP Agenda:

Friday May 3rd
Noon-5pm - Set up at the Foley's
5pm - ?? Pizza Meet & Greet
Farrelli's Pizza & Pool Co
4870 Yelm Hwy SE
Lacey, WA

Announcing : Reinders is now a vendor for LSP and Minleon lighting products. They will be sending Conrad Zinda to participate in our meeting, and present as part of our agenda listed below. We are very appreciative that Laurie Reinders would extend this opportunity to our group.

Saturday May 4th
The Foley's
4842 Thompson Lane SE
Olympia, WA 9851

7am - Approx 5pm
· 7:00 to 8:30am - Meet/Greet/Intro
· Implementing RGB - What should you be thinking about - Lowell Fuher
· Coro Basics - Daryl Hurd
· Video shooting/editing - Mike Ziemkowski
· Fixing LEDs/Rope - Dennis Eaton
· Collapsible Mini Trees / Foldable Stick Trees - Jim Winder/ Matt Ross
· Lunch
· Arduino - What is it and what can it do for your display - Alan Thompson
· Group Buy's, Ray Wu, Co-ops, benefits etc.... Lowell Fuher/Jim Winder
· Programming RGB (Free/Paid)
o Madrix - Darren Huffty
o Nutcracker - Lowell Fuher
o LSP/Minleon - Reinders Conrad Zinda
· DIY - Powering RGB Elements - Mark Zembruski
o Sizing Power Supplies
o Powering Controller/strings
o Injecting power at both ends
o DMX/E1.31 + Power (Cat5/6)

Sponsors: (More to follow!)
Golden Sponsor - Reinders
Creative Displays Inc
Demented Elf
Seasonal Entertainment
Mclendon's Hardware
Terry's Lighted Christmas

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We appreciate the sponsors who support our C.L.A.P. effort. Today we are adding 3 names to this years list:

Holiday Coro



Thank you all!

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