Awards Ceremony - Thursday, October 29th, 10:30am-12:00pm.
This event will follow the On the Cusp Lecture in De Anza II.


Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Reception - Celebrate Halloween a few days early by dressing up in your favorite costumes and visiting exhibitors for tricks and treats! Mingle with colleagues and exhibitors at the official opening of the Forum. Light hors devours and a drink ticket will be provided for all registered attendees and their registered guests. Non-registered guests may purchase a ticket to this event as well. Please indicate on your registration form if you are planning to attend.



Friday Evening Reception at the World-Renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium - Join your colleagues on Friday, October 30th from 7:00pm-10:00pm for an evening enjoying the company of many undersea animals.

Tickets are $130 each for registered adult attendees, $85 each for children 12 and under and are available for purchase by contacting VDF management. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a short bus ride or pleasant mile and half walk along the bay from the host hotel. Transportation will be provided. The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and coffee, a cash bar and the opportunity to stroll through the entire Aquarium. Experience sea otters, Giant Pacific Octopus, penguins, touch pools, kelp forests and other Monterey Bay habitats, their residents, and much more. If the weather permits, guests will also have access to a large deck overlooking tide pools and where you’ll have the opportunity to view the kelp beds near the shore.

Transportation Details: Buses will depart from the The Portola beginning at 6:30pm. The final bus will leave at approximately 7:15pm. Buses back to The Portola after the event will be available beginning at 9:00pm. They will depart every 15 minutes thereafter. The final bus will depart by 10:15pm. Anyone who misses the final bus will be responsible for their own transportation.

Tickets will not be available for purchase on-site.









Fun Run/Walk - The Fun Run/Walk is a non-competitive "predicted time" event. YOU predict the time in minutes and seconds in which you estimate you will finish the race. The participants who finish closest to their predicted times will win. Your registration for this event not only qualifies you to win prizes but also provides you with the much-sought-after t-shirt specifically designed for the current year's race. Prizes are generously provided by VDF exhibitors.

Friday, October 30th.
Time: 6:30am

Costumes are encouraged in honor of Halloween!


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