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Every year, your generosity allows the Farpoint member community to make donations to local and national organizations providing so many important and needed services. The charities selected to receive donations from the 2011 Farpoint Charity Auction are:

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue and
Maryland Chapter, American Diabetes Association.

We will be taking donations for auction items from now up through the opening of the convention on Friday, February 18. You can make arrangements for donations by contacting us at trekcontact@comcast.net. We encourage you to let us know early about any donation you plan to give for the auction, as we will be publicizing and giving advance sneak previews of items on our website and blog.

Thank you for your continued generosity!

The Farpoint Committee

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Nine days left before Farpoint pre-registration closes on January 31, 2010.

Register through our website at www.farpointcon.com. Prices at the door will be higher.

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Farpoint in the news

Lots of coverage of your friendly neighborhood convention on the web:

http://geekadelphia.com is running an article.

http://www.alltern8.com is running a contest for 2 free weekend passes to Farpoint with an article.

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Our move to a new hotel last year made it necessary to review and update our convention participation rules and policies. They are posted on our website at:

www.farpointcon.com/rules.php

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January 31st is the final day for convention pre-registration. Today, January 15th, is the last day for booking rooms for Farpoint at the Crowne Plaza Baltimore North. The hotel may have rooms available after the 15th, but it will not be at the special convention reate we have negotiated.

After the 31st, convention registration will be at the door only at a higher price. Also, banquet tickets are available only via pre-registration. If you are considering adding the banquet to your membership, you need to do it by January 31.

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The updated Farpoint flier is now available through our website:

www.farpointcon.com/flier.php

As a reminder, convention pre-registration closes 15 January 2010.

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Joining Dr. Horrible’s Felicia Day and Lost’s Mira Furlan as actor guests at Farpoint, Feb. 12-14, 2010, Crowne Plaza Baltimore North, Timonium, MD:

MATT FREWER from Eureka (Jim Taggert) and Watchmen (Edgar Jacobi/Moloch the Mystic)!
LEE ARENBERG from Pirates of the Carribean (Pintel)!

Our list of talented authors, artists and performers coming to Farpoint also continues to grow. Joining our list of already announced guests: David Mack, Starship Farragut. TA Chafin & Polly Luttrull, Glenn Hauman, Tee Morris, Paul Fischer, Martha Holloway, Nobilis, Dave Galanter and Bob Jones.

Our Science track is also welcoming for the first time a live demonstration of Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal robots, courtesy of the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division. These robots are the real deal and fascinating to see in action.

There will be a writing workshop planned for Farpoint. It is free but we ask you to pre-register so that we can plan for room usage. You can e-mail us at FarpointEnt@comcast.net to register.

FARPOINT’S 1ST ANNUAL ALL-KINDS-OF-WRITING WORKSHOP with Howard Weinstein, Bob Greenberger, Dave Galanter & Bob Jones – Our writing workshop team has about a century’s worth of professional editing and writing experience between them! They’ll be sharing the fruits and frustrations of all that jazz with all interested writers at their [90-min…2 hour] workshop on Saturday. Since the basics of good writing and story-telling apply to
many formats, the workshop will cover TV/movie scripts, novels, short stories, comics — and even non-fiction,
too. No matter what your age or experience, if you want to be a writer — or want to be a better writer — here’s a
chance to ask questions and chat about the craft and business of writing for fun and profit!

Pre-registration is open now through our website, http://www.farpointcon.com

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