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Come discover why ANC is the place for networking! Over four exciting days, you will come face to face with thousands of colleagues from districts across the nation, allowing you the opportunity to discuss trends, swap tips, exchange ideas and benchmark your current practices. Here are just a few events and ANC favorites that will connect you with school nutrition professionals of all levels:

Chapter Leadership Day
Saturday, July 14
If you’re a chapter leader who needs fresh ideas to help guide your group through a successful year, don’t miss the annual Chapter Leadership Day. This is your opportunity to develop programs and services that will enhance your chapter and allow you to attract and retain members. Presentation topics will include developing a strong leadership team, planning effective meetings and building membership. You also will learn more about all of the SNA resources at your disposal. All chapter leaders are encouraged to attend this event. Cost: $25 per person (includes continental breakfast); advance registration is required.

New Product Showcase
Saturday, July 14–Wednesday, July 18
The New Product Showcase will feature the newest products, services and equipment available to schools within the last year. Please stop by to see the many products on display.

Inspirational Service
Sunday, July 15
Sunday morning will commence with a nondenominational inspirational service. This worship will feature music performed by a chorale of talented SNA members.

School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam
Sunday, July 15
The School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential recognizes a high level of professional achievement and communicates to others that you possess broad knowledge of your profession, that you remain current in your field and that you care about serving safe and nutritious meals. To learn if you qualify to sit for the exam, call the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822 or click here for more details. The registration deadline is June 21, 2012.

Peak Performance Awards Ceremony
Sunday, July 15
Come celebrate the school nutrition profession at the annual Awards Ceremony, which promises to be bigger and better than ever before! This year, state, regional and national award winners will be recognized. These prestigious honors include the Thelma Flanagan Gold Achievement Award, the Louise Sublette Award of Excellence, the Heart of the Program Award, the Outstanding Director of the Year Award, the Industry Member of the Year Award, Membership & Professional Development Awards and the Districts of Excellence Award. This is your opportunity to help honor these outstanding individuals for their efforts on behalf of child nutrition.

School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) Learning Lab
Sunday, July 15–Tuesday, July 17
Stop by the School Nutrition Foundation’s Learning Lab to learn about resources available to help you enhance your career, your program and your students. Learn about current professional development opportunities through the School Nutrition University, as well as through SNF’s Webinar Wednesdays and Peer2Peer Connect series. You will also find out more about scholarships/financial aid, breakfast in the classroom and more.

Star Club Breakfast
Monday, July 16
The SNA Star Club is a program for recognizing and thanking members who are working hard to ensure the future of the Association by recruiting new members. This is an invitation-only event and Star Club members must RSVP to attend.

Child Nutrition Showcase
Monday, July 16–Tuesday, July 17
Be sure to make your way to the Child Nutrition Showcase to learn about recent research and best practices in school nutrition. This is your chance to network with your peers and learn about innovative and interesting ideas being applied in school nutrition.

Wellness Event
Tuesday, July 17
This 45-minute session will teach you the ancient art of tai chi and how its use of gentle, flowing movements helps reduce the stress of today's busy lifestyles while also improving overall health. Grab a friend and join in for a great way to start your day!

SNF Special Event: Puttin’ on the Glitz!
Tuesday, July 17
Do you want to show off your lip-sync and performing talent? Well, now is your chance! The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) will be hosting its third annual Puttin’ on the Glitz event to help support its valuable educational programs. So gather your group of performers, take your place on stage and get ready to wow the crowd! Feeling a little stage fright? Come be a part of the audience, cheer on your peers and vote with your applause for the act you like best! Everyone is welcome to come be a part of the audience but space is limited, so be sure you indicate your intention to attend when registering for the conference. To register your team to perform or to learn more about the event, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/glitz or contact SNF Director of Development Julie Abrera at (800) 877-8822, ext. 181, or jabrera@schoolnutrition.org.

Membership Section Meetings
Wednesday, July 18
SNA is dedicated to providing diverse programming to meet the specific needs of each membership section. These special meetings are perhaps one of your best opportunities to connect with like-minded colleagues from districts around the country, with whom you can discuss shared challenges and exchange best-practice solutions. You’ll also hear from a leader in the school nutrition community and gather information on issues directly relevant to you and your job.

FINAL EVENT: The Beach Boys

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Let’s take a trip back in time. The year was 1962—the year Marilyn Monroe famously crooned “Happy Birthday, Mr. President,” artist Andy Warhol was inspired by a Campbell’s soup can and television sets were tuned into the premiere of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” And over the transistor radio, The Beach Boys were creating a sound for the times—the sound of summer, surf and laid-back California cool. Fast forward to today and the band is still going strong, further cementing their place as music legends and American icons.

Whether you’ve listened to them for years, are rediscovering their sun-kissed tunes or are discovering your inner surfer for the first time—what better time to see them than at the height of the summer season? And what better place to see them than at the ANC Final Event?! Break out the flip flops and sunglasses, and get ready to be swept up in a wave of “Good Vibrations,” as these Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers take the stage. You’ll be out of your seat and dancing in the aisles in no time, once they start playing some of their timeless melodies, which include “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Surfin’ USA,” “God Only Knows,” “California Girls,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Kokomo” and “Fun, Fun, Fun.”

This memorable evening is sure to be the highlight of ANC 2012, so grab a friend and plan to be there! The event will take place at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 18, in the Colorado Convention Center. A ticket to the show is included in the full ANC conference registration fee, but space is limited and tickets will go quickly. Make sure you indicate your intention to attend on the ANC Registration Form.