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    2015 - Christmas Expo Preliminary Class Schedule


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    Looks like Mr. Sequencing, John Storms beat me to the punch.........


    The Planning and Education Committee is working hard to fill out a world class, relative curriculum for it's attendees.

    Below is a link to the early list of classes. This is by far not complete! More is being discussed and added as we find world class instructors. We wanted to publish this now since the early registration fee is valid through the end of this month.  Detailed descriptions and schedule will be posted at a later date.


    Activities not mentioned, but still in process of finalizing:


    The hugely successful Round Table Session

    TBD - Key Note Speaker (we are thinking outside the box for this year)

    The hosted Vendor Night Session

    The Mega Vendor Hall with well known and some new names…….

    And more…..


    Check out the list and make your plans to meet us in Ft. Worth


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    If your going to this event, everyone wants to know "where's the place to hang out after the day has ended"? This is always one of the best parts about getting together. Networking in a nice relaxing environment.

    There is a block of rooms reserved at the Hawthorne Suites just for this. The Hawthorne Suites have rooms starting at $99 a night, including breakfast. They have said hanging out in the lobby or by the pool is fine to talk about Christmas as long as you want.  It is close (walking) to restaurants, and about 1.5 miles from the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Here is the info:


    Hawthorne Suites

    1701 S University Dr

    Fort Worth, TX 76107

    Phone: (817) 870-1011


    Book your rooms using the "CHRISTMAS IN JULY" booking code to get the negotiated rates. Make sure you talk to the hotel agent when using that code.


    A short block away is Extended Stay.  It is slightly less a night, and very walkable if you wanted to hang out with the Hawthorne gang.


    Extended Stay America - Ft. Worth Medical Center

    1601 River Run

    Ft Worth TX 76107

    Phone: (817) 338-4808


    There are other options in the immediate area to suit individual tastes.

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    Zmax, have you been to Fort Worth? The Hawthorn hotel is within driving distance of restaurants, it would be a pretty good walk though. There are several hotels downtown, by Sundance Square. There you will find many restaurants, shopping, nightlife and evening entertainment. It's also a very short drive from downtown to Will Rogers Memorial Center. We live in Dallas, but will be staying at the Worthington. There are several hotels by Sundance Square, so you can find all price points.

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    Just so I am aware, this is not the "recommended" hotel on the official Expo website but this is where everyone will be?

    I ask simply because last year I stayed at the hotel where everyone congregated and absolutely loved it! One of my favorite parts of the experience!


    Just confirming before I book.

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    As The site points out, there is a lot of hotels in the immediate area. The Hawthorne is listed as one of those. The Hawthorne has offered a discount as well, that is a bit more economical. A lot of the instructors are staying here, and it is where we will hang out after hours like last year.

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