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January 2019 General Meeting

January 2019: Washington Apple Pi resources and services

January 26, 2019, 9:30 a.m., George Mason University

The meeting will be at George Mason University, Enterprise Hall, Room 178.

In case of inclement weather or other emergencies, the Pi follows the same schedule for closures as the Montgomery County school system or, in the case of General Meetings, George Mason University.

Washington Apple Pi kicks off its 41st year with a program talking about: Washington Apple Pi.

The first general meeting of 2019 will feature members of the Pi Board of Directors presenting Pi Membership features and benefits, and ways of interacting with them. They will provide demonstrations as well. Show up and be well informed.

And don't forget the door prizes!

The meeting will be held January 26, 2019, starting at 9:30 a.m. at George Mason University, Enterprise Hall, Room 178.

January 26 will also be the 70th anniversary of the 200-inch reflector telescope at Palomar Observatory. Palomar was the first big US space program, built out of concrete on a mountain in Art Deco style. This tidbit has not a thing to do with the Pi program.

The meeting will start with our incomparable Question and Answer session, featuring a number of older questions revisited plus a few new puzzling inquiries.  Q&A starts at 9:30, so don't be late.

Generic image of kittens on a MacBook.

Kittens! This generic photo of kittens on a MacBook has nothing to do with the program. Photo by Mr. ThinkTank. No, seriously: that's the requested credit.

Due to contract disputes between distributors, the meeting will not be broadcast in North Korea. Translation services into Salish, Wakashan, Chimakuan, Tsimshian, Chinook, and Haida will not be available. Dang it.

If there is adequate bandwidth, and it isn't entirely used up by the attendees and their iPhones, iPads, iPods, etc., we will stream the meeting over the Pi's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeX9TuhjBL7n1HGlHOaNCmQ

The General Meeting will be in our usual location, Enterprise Hall, Room 178 on the George Mason University campus (#16 on the map below), in Fairfax VA. Check back closer to the meeting date for any updates or changes.

George Mason University map

Click on the map for a much larger version of the George Mason University campus map.

George Mason University Essential Information

Address: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA (near Rte 123 and Braddock Road). Directions and Map: http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html

A whole bunch of George Mason maps: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php

Important Parking Information: Two Options, Paid and Free

The Shenandoah Parking Garage (formerly the Sandy Creek Parking Garage because it is located on Sandy Creek) is fee-based facility. It is more convenient and closer to the meeting location. The Pi will subsidize the facility's parking fee by providing vouchers for donation request of $4.00.

If using the parking garage, park in Visitor's area; i.e., the lowest level. Take the elevator to the third floor (Campus Level), and exit along the sky bridge.

After the meeting, exit the garage using the exits marked for Validated Tickets. Your parking ticket goes in first. Then the validation ticket goes in next. If you have any problems, there is a speaker box for calling the parking lot attendant at the checkout point.

Free parking in Lot A

Park as close to Mattaponi River Lane as possible, then walk north along that road toward the main campus buildings. The sidewalk route takes you directly to the side of Enterprise Hall, on your left. The meeting room is located on the second floor, accessible via outside stairs or via an elevator on your right as soon as you enter the building through the doors behind the outside stairs. We will endeavor to have signs posted to help guide you to the right location. It is at least a five-minute walk from Lot A and up a slight incline. We will be using a golf cart along the route, to offer rides to those who want or need a lift.

Handicapped Parking: There are three handicap parking spaces next to Enterprise Hall that can be used by members, on a first come first served basis. Have your Handicap Sticker showing on the dashboard or on the rear-view mirror.