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Thursday, March 1, 2001

Spouse/guest program offers slate of activities

The "Spouse/Guest Program" is a new name for what has long been called the Extended Program of the Annual Meeting. By any name, this introduction to the meeting's host city for the families and friends as well as for members is both extended and extensive. It's also educational and fun.

The San Francisco spouse/guest program of 2001 provides a comprehensive tour of "the city by the Bay." There is much to see and many ways to see it. There are bus tours, bike tours and walking tours.

"San Francisco awaits you," said an enthusiastic Jacqueline Lowenberg, a resident of Tiburon, Calif. and chair of the 2001 Spouse/ Guest Committee. "We have a terrific line-up of seminars, tours and some very imaginative programs." Other members of the 2001 Spouse/ Guest Committee are Sissie Canale, honorary program chair; Mary Bost; Carole Raisbeck; and Margaret Sigurdson.

The opening event will be sponsored by Nordstrom's Department Store, 865 Market Street, in down-town San Francisco. On Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Nordstrom's, guests will enjoy California fine wines and gourmet cuisine from some of the city's top chefs. The cost is $15 per person. Nordstrom's will also present an informal fashion show on Saturday, from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. Admission is $30 per person.

The Meet and Greet Center is set up in the Gold Ballroom Palace Hotel, open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center serves as a reception point, where visitors can have their questions answered and where they can "meet and greet" others. Refreshments can be purchased there. All tours depart from the Palace Hotel.

On Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for $45, guests can visit the Victorian Homes, San Francisco's "Painted Ladies." Visitors will tour two of the several ornate redwood homes that have been restored and brightly painted. Or later in the day, they can enjoy an "insider's tour" of San Francisco art galleries. This tour is $107 per person.

Participants also have a chance to visit the "Dynasty" mansion, whose exteriors were used in the television series of that name. Visitors will tour the home, which was built by multimillionaire William Bourn in 1916. The tour, which takes place on Friday from 9 a. m. to 1 p.m., costs $36 per person.

Alcatraz: The Rock, is one of those interesting places that's nice to visit but nobody wants to live there. For $40, viewers will take a short ferry ride to Alcatraz and witness firsthand the cells once occupied by some of the country's most notorious criminals. This tour is available from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Visit the birthplace of California winemaking in Sonoma County. The town of Sonoma sprang up with the last of the Franciscan missions in the 1830s. The tour will visit several world-renowned wineries, where guests will sample some of the products. Then it's time for lunch in a gourmet restaurant, and later, shopping in Sonoma Plaza. The tour is planned for Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for the same hours on Sunday. Cost of the tour is $110 per person.

There are also a number of rare seminars being offered. On Wednesday, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Deepak Chopra, MD, one of the world's leaders in the field of mind and body medicine and the founder of The Chopra Center For Well Being, will speak on the vital integration of body, mind and spirit. The cost is $50 per person.

If you think that your travels to San Francisco took you on a long journey, check out the "long, strange" road traveled by Dennis McNally, publicist for the rock band, the Grateful Dead. He will speak at a seminar on Saturday, from 9 to 10:15 a.m., $25 per person.

At a seminar on herbal remedies, Cathi Dennehy, PharmD, and Candy Tsourousnis, PharmD, will review the more common types of herbal supplements. The session will be held on Saturday, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and the cost is $25 per person.

There are many more tours and seminars planned from investment seminars on effective retirement strategies to a program on spinal conditions in opera.

You can feel comfortable leaving your young children (ages six months to seven years) at least part of the time of your visit with professional caregivers. Providing quality, reliable care is ACCENT on Children's Arrangements, a national organization.

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