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Sirens Newsletter – Volume 3, Issue 12 (October 2011)

Sirens Shuttle
The Sirens Shuttle will leave Denver International Airport at 3:30 p.m. on both Wednesday, October 5, and Thursday, October 6, and return at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 9. If you’ll be riding any of these shuttles, please watch your e-mail for a final instructions e-mail coming between Wednesday and Saturday. For reference, you’ll meet the Sirens Shuttle group by 3:00 p.m. at door 515 in the baggage claim area (near carousel #6). You’re welcome to bring food onto the bus with you, but please avoid glass, and remove any trash at the end of the ride.

 

Checking In at Sirens
If you’re attending the Sirens Supper on Wednesday, October 5, we’ll meet you at the Rocky Mountain Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. with your registration bag. If you’re arriving on Thursday, October 6, registration check-in will be open from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Creekside Room on the lower level. This is a change from years past! Please stop in for a sandwich and a cookie, even if you got your registration bag on Wednesday, or for a round of “fantasy books group activity that resembles a popular trademarked game.” We’ll also set aside a corner of the room for storing luggage until the hotel’s check-in time of 4:00 p.m. Please bring your I.D. and a copy of your registration confirmation.

For everyone: Be sure to check out the schedule in the program book and to pick up a page for the Monster Women Stories. If you’d like to arrange a sort-of-impromptu discussion, feel free to use our signup space board and reserve a room when it’s not otherwise in use.

For presenters: Please check in with our shiny new programming coordinator, Cora, and provide her with a copy of any presentation files you’d like to have on hand. We’ll pre-load them onto the computers in the presentation rooms. (Frequently asked question’s answer: You have computer and projector access if you’re presenting in Rocky Mountain A or D, and no audio-visual equipment if you’re presenting in Rocky Mountain B. Still not sure? Check your schedule confirmation e-mail from August, or write to (programming at sirensconference.org.)

For volunteers: Please pick up a copy of your volunteer schedule and a volunteer button.

If you arrive later in the evening on Thursday, you can proceed directly to the Cascade Ballroom for the cheese and dessert reception and Justine Larbalestier’s keynote presentation. Then, starting Friday morning, the official Information Desk will be in the foyer outside the Rocky Mountain Ballroom on the first floor of the conference center, where most of the programming will take place.

 

Books!
Yay, books! The Bookworm of Edwards, a local independent bookstore, will be joining us again this year so that you can make your suitcase too heavy to lift into the overhead bin.

 

Volunteers Still Needed
If you’ll be attending Sirens, we could use a few extra hands! Please visit the Volunteers page and fill out the volunteer form. You’ll be invited to join a Google Group for occasional information e-mails, and scheduled to help at Sirens. We could especially use help with the open room monitor shifts. There are four available–two on Friday morning, one Saturday morning, and one on Saturday afternoon. If you’re presenting during any of those shifts and don’t mind introducing yourself (or waving out the door if you encounter an audio-visual hiccup), you’re welcome to be both presenter and volunteer. Please note that you’ll need to stay for the entirety of a shift. Our very grateful thanks in advance!

 

Monster Mash
After a weekend of intense discussion, we’ll take a break on Saturday evening for the Monster Mash. Starting at 8:00 p.m. in the Cascade Foyer and Ballroom, we’ll spin some tunes, open the dance floor, and offer you the chance to participate in our annual murder mystery, which runs until the culprit is found. You’re welcome to come and participate in street clothes or your favorite monster wear. A cash bar will be available.

Do you have a request for the music playlist? Please leave a comment on LiveJournal or send your recommendation to (help at sirensconference.org) by October 3 and we’ll pass it on to the playlist organizer.

 

Contact Us
Starting October 1, many staff members will be in transit to Sirens or on site in Vail, and it may take us a little longer to respond if you write to (help at sirensconference.org). Starting October 6, please bring questions to the Information Desk in person, as we may not be able to respond to questions sent digitally.

See you soon!

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