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ABS Convention, 2007

The Palos Verdes Branch of American Begonia Society is hosting the 2007 Convention, beginning on September 4 thru September 8, 2007.  There will be a pre-convention tour on Tuesday September 4th  of private gardens to be named at a later date.  On Wednesday, September 5, 2007, we will offer a tour of Lotusland in Santa Barbara, CA  and will include  a stop at "The Gazebo" which is owned by fellow ABS member, Mike Flaherty.

The Convention, entitled "Begonias in Paradise,- California Style will be held at Ayres Hotel, Manhattan Beach/Hawthorne/LAX, 14400 Hindry Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250, Phone (310) 536-0400.  This beautiful hotel is located approximately 3.5 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport; located in the South Bay Area where many fine restaurants and great shopping are close, many within walking distance.

The group code for reservations is GRPABS  and is under the name the American Begonia Society.  Sleeping room rates are as follows:  $109.00 per night for 1, 2,  persons and $119. for 3 & 4 persons, 139.00 per night for Junior Suites and $169.00 per night for Executive Suites.  You can make your reservations beginning immediately using the above code.  These prices will be good also 3 nights prior and 3 nights after the Convention.  If anyone should need dates outside the block, please call Lori Pavey, Director of  Sales, Ayres Hotel.  Her direct line is  310 -220-6447.   Reservations for rooms must be received by the hotel no later than 8/10/07 to guarantee rates.

Information regarding transportation from and to LAX is as follows:

Taxi- $15.00 - $17.00
Prime Time Shuttle:  1-800-REDVANS $10.00 each way per person; must reference Ayres Profile #201197 for that special rate.
Elite Transportation Limo Service:  661-212-1114 (rates vary)
Corporate Coach:  3120-210-1171 (large tour coaches)
Regarding tours on Thursday and Friday, will advise when details are more complete.
Margaret Fisher
Convention Chair