The following is the schedule of ticketed events for the upcoming 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum in Houston, Texas, on October 2-4, 2014. To register for a ticketed event, edit your registration information online through your member profile, or download the PDF registration form and fax/email it to the NALS Resource Center. Fax to 918-582-5907 OR email NALS here.
Ticketed Event Deadline – September 19, 2014
NALS Foundation Gala 2014 – Houston Hoedown ($50)
YEE-HAW! It’s time for a good ol’ fashioned hoedown, Houston style! Break out your boots, y’all, ‘cause you’ll need ‘em at this year’s NALS Foundation Gala. Good food, good dancing, and good company will take you back to a much simpler time in the wild, wild, west. From cowboy hats, bandannas, and six-shooters to saloon dresses, and bandido attire, we want to see it all! Come dressed in your most authentic outfit, and get ready to boot scoot.
- First Course:Traditional spinach salad with bacon, purple onions, chopped boiled egg, and mushrooms. Served with a honey mustard dressing.
- Main Course: 8 oz Poblano Sirloin Steak grilled and served with fresh roasted poblanos sauce, garnished with corn tortilla strips and jack cheese. Chef’s choice of vegetable and starch, warm rolls & butter.
- Dessert: Tiramisu
Date: Friday, October 3, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Dress Attire: Casual. Western attire encouraged!
NALS Recognition Luncheon ($50)
Join us at the annual NALS Recognition Luncheon as we honor volunteer service to NALS, professional accomplishments, and announce the winner of the 2014 NALS Award of Excellence. The Recognition Luncheon will be listed on the conference registration form as a ticketed event.
- First Course: House Salad with grape tomatoes, croutons, olives and vinaigrette dressing.
- Main Course: 7 oz Sirloin Chipotle, topped with a chipotle cream sauce. Chef’s choice of vegetable and starch, warm rolls & butter.
- Dessert: Chocolate Marquis Cake
Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time: 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Dress Attire: Business Casual
Additional Sightseeing Options
In an effort to provide conference attendees with a full Houston experience, NALS is partnering with Houston City Tours Sightseeing and Charter Services! They offer daily tours of the city’s must-see sites and attractions, and NALS conference attendees will receive a 10% discount if tours are booked before September 30, 2014. Below is a listing of the tours offered:
- Hop-On/Hop-Off Houston City Tour
Tour Duration: 90 minutes | Price Per Person: $26.96
Discover the best of Houston with this tour of the city’s most symbolic sites and attractions. Admire the most breathtaking city sites from an original London double-decker open top. Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and home to world-class destinations. On this tour, you will stop at sites that set Houston apart. Admire the sites, gaze up in wonder at the monumental Chase Tower, and be delighted by the colorful Theater District. You will get a taste of high culture at the Museum District, home to some of the world’s most famous works of art.
- NASA WIth Houston City Tour
Tour Duration: 6 hours | Price Per Person: $71.96
Houston, we’re ready for take-off. Explore Houston and NASA, the nation’s premiere space center. On their most popular tour, Houston City Tours will take you through central Houston and its most visited attraction, NASA’s Johnson Space Center! You will explore the place where space history was made with a tour of the facility that regularly sends astronauts to the moon. Once their shuttle service drops you off at NASA, you will be free to roam Space Center Houston, the visitor’s center that houses a number of exhibits. An official NASA tour guide will accompany you through the center and provide you with information and fun facts you cannot get anywhere else.
- Galveston Island Tour
Tour Duration: 6 hours | Price Per Person: $89.06
Spend a day at the beach and explore the historic wonders of Houston’s sister city, Galveston. This tour starts with a morning city tour. Enjoy the best sites in Houston and to its neighbor city, Galveston. Nicknamed Oleander City, Galveston is famous for its beaches, historic sites, and seaside restaurants and specialty shops. Why not make the most of all that Houston has to offer, with its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico? This tour combination allows you to enjoy your getaway with tours of these two breathtaking neighbor cities, Houston and Galveston. After touring central Houston with Houston City Tours’ knowledgeable, charismatic tour guides, they take you into the heart of Galveston. They make sure you see it’s best, most unforgettable attractions:
You will visit the Galveston Seawall, a ten-mile levee that provides a breathtaking view of Galveston Bay. Hit the beach or simply take in the gorgeous view of the waves hitting the Seawall!
Enjoy shopping and treat yourself to a great meal at one of the many restaurants located in the historic Galveston Strand downtown.
A complimentary ticket to a dolphin-watching tour aboard a ship on Galveston Bay is included.
Glimpse the magnificent Bishop’s Palace, also known as Gresham Castle, Galveston’s landmark building and an architectural treasure.
Forget taking a taxi or driving a rental car, Houston City Tours’ bus service takes you directly to Galveston, located 50 miles away. You will save money on your trip AND receive first-rate commentary on the sites from their tour guides.
- Houston City Lights
Tour Duration: 90 minutes | Price Per Person: $35.96
Enjoy the beauty and breathtaking sites, the best of Houston at night! The top of our double decker bus is the perfect place to enjoy the cool evenings and city lights of Houston! You will enjoy panoramic views while Houston City Tours guides you through the city. See the Discovery Green Park, Astro’s home field at Minute Maid Park, Historic District, Market Square, gaze up in wonder at the monumental Chase Tower, and be delighted by sights of the colorful Theater District, Downtown, City Hall, Mid Town, Mecom Fountain, Medical Center, the Museum District, Monuments and more!
- Houston Premium Outlets Shopping Tour
Tour Duration: 6 hours | Price Per Person: $89.06
Discover what makes Houston an international shopping destination with a tour of the world-class Premium Shopping Outlets. Houston City Tours will provide you with shuttle service to the outlets, featuring top designer brands from all over the world. Within a few walking miles, you will find yourself within reach of the world’s best brands and any item you could ever want! What’s more, all of the items are offered at a discount. You will treat yourself to a shopping tour of the best-made items in the world, and spare your wallet the sticker price! Houston City Tours is happy to provide you with a shopping experience you cannot find anywhere else.
To learn more or to reserve your spot on any of the tours listed above, please visit, www.houstoncitytours.us and register using promo code NALS. A 10% discount will be automatically applied if tours are booked before September 30, 2014. Some tours require a minimum of 2 for the tour to make. Senior rates are also available!
IMPORTANT: When booking your tour, select NALS GROUP Marriott at 9:20 a.m. as your pickup location. Houston City Tours will provide complimentary hotel pickup from the Crowne Plaza for groups of 5 or more passengers. If less than 5 register, passengers will simply take the hotel shuttle to the Hermann Park pickup location, since it is the closest to our host hotel