Come to Portland, Oregon for the Gluten Intolerance Group's (GIG) Annual Education Conference. Enjoy the beautiful Rose City. If you plan your vacation right, you may take in some of the Rose Festival Activities.
Portland is a fabulous city and is rated as one of - The 10 Greatest Places to Live, by Outside magazine and getting around the city is quite easy. Check out how convenient it is to get around Portland by going to the following website http://www.portlandonline.com/, and click on Visiting. Check out all of the subgroups there for great information, i.e. Parks, Transportation, Tourism, etc.
Transportation from Portland International Airport to downtown Portland is a breeze with the Airport Max Light Rail Red Line, taxis, hotel courtesy vans, shuttles, executive cars and rental cars.
Are you a bicycle rider? An easy way to see Portland is on two wheels. Good choice, according to Bicycling magazine, which recently ranked Portland the United States' top cycling city two years running.
See the fabulous boats in the harbors, the many bridges in the city, and much, much more. Take river boat cruises; tour the many gardens, go shopping and more shopping. See the mountains and note that Mt. St. Helens volcano is nearby for tours. Wind surfing on the Columbia River is not far away.
Parks and more parks -- one of the city's main bragging points -- is its parks. The Portland area is home to an unrivaled number of open spaces (37,000 acres to be exact). Even in the heart of downtown, you're sure to see more green than gray as you invariably stumble across grassy oases. Portland's parks also boast an incredible range in size, from the 5,000 acre Forest Park, America's largest urban wilderness; to tiny 24-inch Mill Ends Park - one visitor at a time, please. The gardens should be beautiful at this time of year, as it is Rose Festival time. Portland has a floral parade that is quite outstanding.
Long recognized as a fisherman's haven, the Pacific Northwest is rich with steelhead, trout and sturgeon. Here, when local's brag of catching a 30-pound sturgeon...chances are, they're not fibbing.
Please keep these dates available. More details about GIG's Annual Education Conference and program will be coming out soon. Mark and save June 4 through 6, 2004 and come see all of us in Portland, Oregon.
The Portland-Vancouver Gluten Intolerance Group will host its annual educational conference June 4-6 at the Double Tree Hotel--Lloyd Center in Portland. The conference is intended to educate those with gluten intolerance and the families who support them. GIG, a nonprofit organization, started twenty-nine years ago with a goal to facilitate people with gluten intolerance through
diet alternatives, educational tools and more importantly, sickness due to gluten intolerance. GIG strides to provide information and the latest research about Celiac Disease, a hereditary auto-immune disease which can affect those with gluten intolerance. GIG hosted several events in years past to raise awareness about Celiac Disease, including the International Walk for Celiac Awareness in Seattle in March 2003. GIG maintains it's highly respected reputation around the world as a leader in the Celiac community.
This year's conference welcomes several health care professionals and authors who will discuss everything from symptoms and medications for celiac disease to recipes for gluten-free meals. The conference also has several events planned for children of all ages that will include crafts, videos and gluten-free treats. Lunch is included with registration and the entire family is encouraged to come.
Registration is a must and the deadline is May 22 ($290/$345). Those who register by May 1 will pay only $210/$250 for the entire weekend. GIG has reserved a block of rooms at the Double Tree Hotel--Lloyd Center until May 8/04. For reservations please call 800-996-0150 and ask for the Gluten Intolerance Group special rate. Please send payments to GIG--15110 10th Ave. SW, Suite A, Seattle, WA, 98166-1820 or fax credit card payments to 206-246-6531. For more information or to make a donation to GIG, call 206-246-6652, or email the Portland-Vancouver branch office at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full schedule and brochure can be downloaded at www.gluten.net. Click on 2004 conference and events.
Nancy Kloberdanz Conference Co-Chair RayNanK@AOL.COM