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January 2016

Jan Dinner Meeting

January 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Program: An open discussion on maintaining your pond during winter. Please make your dinner reservations by NOON on Tuesday, January 12, by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081, Option 1,or E-mail at charlene@mpks.org Optional Dinner: beef noodle soup, breaded pork tenderloin, smoked butt, polish sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, sweet sour cabbage, dumplings, fresh vegetable of day, homemade bread and rolls, and mixed desserts with coffee. The dinner cost is $20.00 per person. Checks are preferred. Late reservations cannot be…

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February 2016

February Dinner Meeting

February 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bohemian Crystal, 639 N Blackhawk Dr
Westmont , IL United States
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Program: Hear about the Kloubec’s progression of filters over the years, beginning with their home-made charcoal filter. They’ll also share an update on the new 180’ x 68’ Koi building. Presented by Myron and Ellen Kloubec of Kloubec Koi Farm, Amana Iowa. Optional Dinner: Beef noodle soup, breaded pork tenderloin, smoked butt, fish, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, sweet sour cabbage, dumplings, fresh vegetable of day, homemade bread and rolls, and mixed desserts with coffee. Menu Change: Fish has been added to…

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Annual Bowling Night

February 20, 2016 @ 6:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Lisle Lanes, 4920 Lincoln Ave (Route 53)
Lisle, IL United States
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$28

Sign up for the February 20th Annual Bowling night at Lisle Lanes.   Dinner will be served at 6:45 PM before Bowling. Followed by three hours of unlimited bowling. Shoes Included if you need them.   Bowling and Dinner $28.00 Dinner only $18.00 Please make your reservation with your name and number of persons attending.

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March 2016

March Dinner Meeting

March 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Home Run Inn Pizza, 7521 Lemont Rd
Darien, IL 60561 United States
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Program: Keeping Koi Alive. An open discussion about the basics of koi keeping. How pond lore stacks up against science and empirical data. Presented by Rich Heimberger. Dinner: Pizza, pasta, salads, and desserts with soft drinks. Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081 (opt 1) or Email charlene@mpks.org. The dinner cost is $22.00 per person. Dinner starts at 7:00PM.  

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Chicago Flower Show–Behind the scenes tour

March 19, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$15

Chicago Flower Show – Behind the scenes private tour   March 19th  9:00 AM Navy Pier, Discount tickets of $15 each.   Please RSVP to Charlene@mpks.org with Name and number of persons attending. Discount tickets good only the day of the tour.

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April 2016

April Dinner Meeting

April 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

ZING! Improve Your Garden with Underused Perennials by Marlene Frisbie. Marlene will offer tips for improving your perennial garden, focusing on underused perennials to provide color, focus and interest. Her advice is great guidance for beginning to intermediate gardeners and good reminders for those with lots of experience.

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May 2016

Schaumburg Fair–MPKS Club Table

May 14, 2016
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May Dinner Meeting

May 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bohemian Crystal, 639 N Blackhawk Dr
Westmont , IL United States
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Program: Growing your orchids successfully by Donald White of Anything Orchids. Donald will address lighting, watering, repotting, etc…  Orchids will be available for purchase.   Dinner: Beef noodle soup, breaded pork tenderloin, polish sausage, fish, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, sweet sour cabbage, dumplings, fresh vegetable of day, homemade bread and rolls, and mixed desserts with coffee. Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081 (opt 1) or Email charlene@mpks.org The dinner cost…

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June 2016

June Dinner Meeting

June 17, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
The Bohemian Crystal, 639 N Blackhawk Dr
Westmont , IL United States
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Program: The use of different filter types and what they can do including the pro’s and con’s of different filters presented by Mike White of White Water Filters.   Dinner:   Beef noodle soup, breaded pork tenderloin, stuffed cabbage, smoked butt, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, sweet sour cabbage, dumplings, fresh vegetable of day, homemade bread and rolls, and mixed desserts with coffee.  Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday, June 14, 2016 by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081 (opt 1)…

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July 2016

July Dinner Meeting–Romeoville

July 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Program: Water Testing-What do you really need? Speaker: Dr. Bob Passovoy The Dinner starts at 7:00 PM. Meeting starts at 8:00 PM. Optional Dinner: Farm Chicken OR Fried Shrimp served with baked potato, bean salad, cole slaw, cottage cheese, pickled beets, corn fritters, and ice cream for dessert w/coffee. Please make your dinner reservations by Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081 (opt 1) or Email ccebulski@comcast.net The dinner cost is $23.00 per person.…

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Pond Tour-South Area

July 23, 2016
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Pound Tour- North/Northwest Region

July 24, 2016
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Pond Tour-Central Region

July 30, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Pond Tour- Southwest/West

July 31, 2016
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August 2016

August Dinner Meeting

August 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

  Program: The rules for landscaping around your pond presented by Bruce Zierk.   Dinner:   Beef noodle soup, breaded pork tenderloin, stuffed cabbage, polish sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, sweet sour cabbage, dumplings, fresh vegetable of day, homemade bread and rolls, and mixed desserts with coffee.   Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081 (opt 1) or Email ccebulski@comcast.net The optional dinner cost is $20.00 per person. Dinner starts at 7:00PM. …

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September 2016

September Dinner Meeting

September 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Board Nominations: Board Nominations will be accepted at this meeting. YOu can fill out a nomination form and send it back, or bring it with you. Additional forms will be available at the dinner.  Link to 2016 nomination form Program: Winter Bird Feeding by Tim Joyce of Wild Birds Unlimited. Information on the benefits of feeding, best types of foods, best feeders and where to place. Dinner: Beef noodle soup, breaded pork tenderloin, smoked butt, polish sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut,…

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October 2016

October Dinner Meeting

October 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Home Run Inn Pizza, 7521 Lemont Rd
Darien, IL 60561 United States
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Darien, IL Elections will be held. Here is a link for the 2016 ballot This is the last meeting of the year.  Program:     Open discussion with attendee’s of how they prep their pond for winter.  Voting for annual election of officers and board of directors. Dinner:   Pizza, appetizers, salads, and dessert with soft drinks. Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081 (opt 1) or Emailccebulski@comcast.net. The optional dinner cost…

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November 2016

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

November 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Claira’s, 6550 IL- rte 53
Woodridge, 60187 United States
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The Midwest Pond and Koi Society is hosting the 20th Annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner. This dinner is to honor our club members who volunteered a minimum of 8 hours during the 2016 season or participated in the MPKS Pond Tour. Thank you for all you do!! Invitations for complimentary dinners will be emailed out by the end of October. All MPKS members and their families, who have not qualified for a complimentary dinner, are welcome to attend the dinner for a cost…

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January 2017

January Club Meeting – Nualgi Ponds

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bohemian Crystal, 639 N Blackhawk Dr
Westmont , IL United States
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Program: Nualgi Ponds. Naturally improve water quality for any outdoor water feature including fish ponds, water gardens, and water fountains. Improve water clarity and eliminate nuisance algae (String, BGA, Filamentous, etc.)  Dinner:   Beef noodle soup, breaded pork tenderloin, smoked butt, stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, sweet sour cabbage, dumplings, fresh vegetable of day, homemade bread and rolls, and mixed desserts with coffee.  Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081…

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2017 Bowling Night

January 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lisle Lanes, 4920 Lincoln Ave (Route 53)
Lisle, IL United States
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Annual Bowling Night at Lisle Lanes, Lisle IL

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February 2017

February 2017 Club Meeting

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Home Run Inn Pizza, 7521 Lemont Rd
Darien, IL 60561 United States
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Program:     How do I know my fish is sick?  What do I do?  Presented by Myron and Ellen Kloubec of Kloubec Koi Farm.  Dinner:   Pizza, appetizers, salads, and dessert with soft drinks. Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081 (opt 1) or Emailccebulski@comcast.net. The optional dinner cost is $23.00 per person. Dinner starts at 7:00PM.  Meeting starts at 8:00PM.

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MPKS Annual Bowling Night

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lisle Lanes, 4920 Lincoln Ave (Route 53)
Lisle, IL United States
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  Join us February 18th for a fun night of bowling and dinner. The evening starts with check in at 7:00 PM. After dinner there will be two hours of unlimited bowling. Bowling shoes are included if you need them. You are welcome to join us just for dinner and are not required to bowl. The cost for bowling and dinner is $28 per person. If you have dinner only $18 and bowling only is $10. Contributions for the dessert…

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March 2017

Wannemakers Spring Show

March 11 - March 12
Wannemakers, 1940 Ogden Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515 United States
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Wannemakers Spring Show – MPKS club table

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March 2017 Club Meeting

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lisle Park District REd Center, 1925 Ohio Str
Lisle, IL 60532 United States
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Program: Propagation, care, and flowering of water lilies, lotus, and marginal’s. Both tropical and hardy presented by Healthy Pond. Optional Dinner:   Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner with Baked Tilapia and desserts with coffee and soft drinks. Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081 (opt 1) or Email ccebulski@comcast.net. The dinner cost is $20.00 per person. Dinner starts at 6:30PM.  Meeting starts at 7:30PM. Directions:  Head west on Short Street from Rt…

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Chicago Flower Show, tour behind the scenes

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The theme of the Chicago Flower and Garden show this year Chicago’s Blooming will spotlight all that is wonderful about Chicago’s unique neighborhoods and urban green spaces. The show runs from March 18th through March 26th at Navy Pier. The theme this year will feature blooming perennials, annuals, and trees with water features. MPKS members have an opportunity on Saturday March 25th for a behind the scenes tour of the Chicago Flower Show. The tour starts at 9:00 AM before the…

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April 2017

April 2017 Club Meeting

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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May 2017

May 2017 Club Meeting

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Program: Making a balanced and beautiful pond: How to use plants to improve pond health and beauty. Presented by landscape architect Camille Stauber of Sustainable Places Inc. Location:  The Bohemian Crystal, 639 N Blackhawk Dr, Westmont IL (630) 789-1981 Directions:  The restaurant is located on Blackhawk Drive, one block north of Ogden Avenue, 3/4 miles west of Rt 83 or two stoplights east of Cass Avenue. Meeting Admission is Free and the program starts at 8:00 PM. Optional Dinner:   Beef…

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MPKS Koi & Goldfish Auction

May 21 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lyonsville Congregational Church, 6871 Joliet Road
Indian Head Park, IL 60525 United States
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MPKS Koi & Goldfish Auction at Lyonsville Church, Indian Head Park IL

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June 2017

Tosai Auction 2017

June 10 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Announcing the 2017 MPKS Tosai Auction When:  Saturday, June 10th, 2017.   Bidding to begin at about noon, but come at 11:00 to view the koi and to enjoy a light 'hot off the grill' lunch! Where:  At the home of Bay and Bry Bateman, 245 Middaugh Road, Clarendon Hills, Il  60514.  Important note:  Please park only on the East or South sides of the streets. For: Current MPKS members. New Memberships and membership renewals will be available at the check…

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June 2017 Club Meeting

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Program:    Pond Aesthetics: selection and placement of stone & softscape by the Kane Brothers. Location: Alberto’s in Holiday Inn, 150 S Gary Ave, Carol Stream, IL 60188 Directions: From I355 exit North Ave. Head west on North Ave to Gary Ave. Turn left (South) on Gary Ave. Alberto’s is in the Holiday Inn hotel. Meeting admission is Free and the program starts at 8:00 PM. Optional Dinner:   Country garden salad, buttermilk fried chicken, BBQ pork roast, mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert with…

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Koi Show & Tradeshow at The Max, McCook IL

June 23 - June 25
The Max, 4750 Vernon Ave.
McCook, IL 60525 United States
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Koi Show & Tradeshow at The Max, McCook IL

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25th Anniversary Dinner for Koi Show and Trade Show

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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July 2017

July 2017 Club Meeting

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
White Fence Farm, 1376 Joliet Road
Romeoville, IL United States
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Program:   Jim Clusose a master gardener from Bonnie Plants will speak on vegetables and herbs. Dinner: Farm Chicken OR Fried Shrimp served with baked potato, bean salad, cole slaw, cottage cheese, pickled beets, corn fritters, and ice cream for dessert with coffee. Please make your dinner reservations by Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081 (opt 1) or Email ccebulski@comcast.net The dinner cost is $23.00 per person. Late reservations cannot be guaranteed.  Dinner starts…

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Pond Tour North/Northwest Zone

July 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

For each region, there is a map(s) indicating all the participants in the region. Following the region map(s) is a descriptive narrative of each garden and pond. This includes the address and a description of the garden and pond, along with directions on how to get to the address. The garden and pond tour maps are available for purchase at the vendors listed on the MPKS website. The cost is $15.00 per family and allows you to tour all four…

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Pond Tour Central Zone

July 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

For each region, there is a map(s) indicating all the participants in the region. Following the region map(s) is a descriptive narrative of each garden and pond. This includes the address and a description of the garden and pond, along with directions on how to get to the address. The garden and pond tour maps are available for purchase at the vendors listed on the MPKS website. The cost is $15.00 per family and allows you to tour all four…

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Pond Tour Southwest/West Zone

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

For each region, there is a map(s) indicating all the participants in the region. Following the region map(s) is a descriptive narrative of each garden and pond. This includes the address and a description of the garden and pond, along with directions on how to get to the address. The garden and pond tour maps are available for purchase at the vendors listed on the MPKS website. The cost is $15.00 per family and allows you to tour all four…

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Pond Tour South Zone

July 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

For each region, there is a map(s) indicating all the participants in the region. Following the region map(s) is a descriptive narrative of each garden and pond. This includes the address and a description of the garden and pond, along with directions on how to get to the address. The garden and pond tour maps are available for purchase at the vendors listed on the MPKS website. The cost is $15.00 per family and allows you to tour all four…

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August 2017

Road trip to Kloubec Koi Farm

August 12
Kloubek Koi farm, 1375 Baxter Ave NW
Amana, IA 52203 United States
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Road Trip to Kloubec Koi Farm Myron and Ellen Kloubec have extended an invitation to MPKS to visit their facility on Saturday August 12th. The agenda for the day follows: Saturday: Check in at Noon (no lunch), farm tour, koi purchasing and mud-pond grow out opportunity. The dinner plans for Saturday evening is a 6:30 PM family style dinner at the Ox Yoke Inn located in Amana. The dinner cost is approx $23.00 per person. After dinner we head back…

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August 2017 Club Meeting

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bohemian Crystal, 639 N Blackhawk Dr
Westmont , IL United States
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Program: Raising Monarchs and other butterflies. Tom Musil will discuss why raising Monarchs is important and how to raise both Monarchs and Black Swallowtails at home.  Location:  The Bohemian Crystal, 639 N Blackhawk Dr, Westmont IL (630) 789-1981 Dinner:   Beef noodle soup, breaded pork tenderloin, smoked butt, stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, sweet sour cabbage, dumplings, fresh vegetable of day, homemade bread and rolls, and mixed desserts with coffee. Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 by calling…

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MPKS Club Picnic at Andrew Toman Grove in Riverside IL

August 20
Andrew Toman Grove, W. 27th and Desplaines Ave
Riverside, IL 60546 United States
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Our picnic is planned for Sunday, August 20th at Andrew Toman Grove, W. 27th & Des Plaines Avenue, Riverside. Our picnic site entrance is on Des Plaines. The park is open from dawn to dusk and the property has a pavilion with picnic tables. We have a nice piece of park reserved, to accommodate games, or just relaxing with friends. Feel free to bring yard games. Coolers are welcome! This year we are grilling assorted sausages and we ask for…

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September 2017

September 2017 Club Meeting

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Home Run Inn Pizza, 7521 Lemont Rd
Darien, IL 60561 United States
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Program:     Unique Conifers Make Gardens Special presented by Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery. Location:  Home Run Inn Pizza, 7521 Lemont Rd, Darien IL 60561 Dinner:   Pizza, appetizers, salads, and dessert with soft drinks. Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081 (opt 1) or Email ccebulski@comcast.net. The dinner cost is $23.00 per person. Dinner starts at 7:00PM.  Meeting starts at 8:00PM. Directions:  The restaurant is located in the strip mall, on…

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