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Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Social Program Offers a Range of Activities

The 2002 AAOS Annual Meeting Social Program is designed to provide fun, intellectually stimulating and educational opportunities for the whole family. All spouses and family members are encouraged to participate in the many exciting programs planned during the meeting.

"We wanted to present activities that would help people not only see but also experience this great city," said Marybeth Ezaki, MD, chair of the 2002 Social Committee. "You can't see it all in just a few days, but you will be able to discover the unique charm and appeal of Dallas."

Working with Dr. Ezaki to plan the program were honorary chair Sarah Gelberman; Frankie Lichtman and Kathy Herring, met/greet co-chairs; Karen Gottschalk, volunteer chair; and Jeanette Wharton, activity chair.

You can start your visit with a free armchair tour of the host city on Wednesday (#801) or Thursday (#813) morning, from 8 to 9 a.m. in Room A409 at the Dallas Convention Center. Enjoy an informal orientation to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, from its cattle trail beginnings to the thriving, fascinating cities Dallas and Ft. Worth have become.

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city and saddle up for a day at a Texas dude ranch (#838) on Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost of the trip, which includes a barbecue lunch and hayride, is $94.

Discover the breadth of what Dallas has to offer on a driving tour of the downtown area. Explore the Dallas Farmers' Market, a 12-acre oasis in the midst of downtown skyscrapers. Then continue with a visit to the Deep Ellum district city-the birthplace of the Texas Blues. This tour (#802) will take place on Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon as well as on Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost of the tour is $25.

For a decidedly offbeat adventure, take a Texas safari to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (#814) on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Once a working ranch, the Center is today a wildlife preserve, teeming with rare and endangered species. Cost of the day, including lunch, is $95.

Discover Dallas' multi-cultural heritage on an in-depth city tour highlighting the various ethnic groups that contributed to Texas' international flavor. Tour historical African American areas such as the Freedman's Cemetery and the African American Museum of Art at Fair Park and the Annette Strauss Park, a national historical site that has long been home to the annual "Cinco de Mayo " celebration. For $25, you will discover parts of Dallas that many tourists miss. The tour (#841) runs on Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If you're an arts and antique lover, the committee has planned an ideal afternoon for you on Thursday (#808), from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday (#831) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. It features lunch at Lady Primrose's Thatched Cottage Pantry and a presentation on the nuances of finding that special bargain. Then you can explore a unique neighborhood of antique shops and art galleries. Cost of the afternoon is $56.

A special tour focuses on the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Follow the route of the presidential motorcade. See the site of Jack Ruby's apartment and the Texas Theater where Lee Harvey Oswald was eventually apprehended. A visit to the Sixth Floor Museum, located in the Texas Schoolbook Depository, concludes the tour. The tour is offered three times - on Wednesday (#810) from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., on Thursday (#815) from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. and Friday (#827) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost of the tour is $36.

It is said that when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. Dallas has a broad array of world class shopping venues from which to choose. For just $10, you can take a shuttle to three of the city's finest shopping areas. On Wednesday (#806), visit the Galleria, one of the Southwest's largest malls. On Thursday (#819), try North Park Center, an unusual mixture of upscale retail shops and a world-class display of 20th Century art from the Patsy and Nasher Collection. And, if by the Friday (#829) you're thinking, 'discounts,' you can visit Grapevine Mills, a mega complex filled with more than 200 outlet stores.

All tour arrivals and departures will take place at the Dallas Convention Center, Area A, Akard Street exit. On Friday (#828), from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., experts from the University of Texas Southwest medical center will present a free women's health symposium. Topics to be covered include breast diseases, cancer, nutrition and weight management, menopause and osteoporosis and cosmetic surgery.

Several practice management courses will also be offered. A session on strategic positioning and marketing will focus on developing market responsive strategies to attract patients, referrals and managed care subscribers. It will be held twice on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost of the course is $50.

Another course will provide an overview of the use of personal digital assistants in orthopaedic practice. It will be held on Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Cost of the course is $50. Budgeting, cost management and productivity will be examined in another course. It will be offered twice on Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost of the course is $50.

There are many more tours and seminars planned, ranging from sessions on effective retirement strategies and distribution, effective investment strategies and estate planning, to Feng shui and a cooking demonstration at the Cooper Aerobics Center.

Seminars will he held in Rooms 409 and 410 at the Dallas Convention Center.

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