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Hotel Information

The Alternatives Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Anaheim Hotel, 11999 Harbor Blvd., Anaheim/Garden Grove, California 92840. Limited rooms are still available and may be obtained by phone: 800-233-1234 or the hotel direct line: 714-750-1234. Ask for either the Alternatives 2010 Conference or National Empowerment Center.

The conference rate of $119 is for a King or Queen room with one/two/three or four people. Suites are also available for a conference discount rate of $149 (one bedroom) to $189 (two bedroom). These special rates are available for any dates still available from September 23 through October 6, 2010.

“Wired” internet will be free in the hotel rooms; ethernet cables are available from the front desk for this service. There will be a daily charge for “wireless” internet service.

Parking is available at the hotel. The reduced self-parking rate for our conference is $10 a day with in/out privileges. When you are driving out of the parking lot, tell them that you are here for the Alternatives Conference and they should give you the $10 rate. There is an additional charge for valet parking at the hotel.

Alternate Hotel Information

While there may still be some rooms available for selected nights at the Hyatt where Alternatives is being held, additional rooms are available at the hotel next door, The Residence Inn by Marriott Anaheim Resort/Garden Grove, 11931 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840. There are several Marriott hotels in the area; be sure to tell the shuttle bus driver that you want to go to the Residence Inn by Marriott; next door to the Hyatt.

Rooms may be obtained at the special conference rate online or by phone for dates September 26 through October 3, 2010.

To book by INTERNET:

Visit www.marriott.com/snaag (the “SNAAG” at the end of the main web address is very important because it specifically selects the hotel off of the Marriott website). Select the dates of stay. Select “special rates and awards.” Under the “Group code” box, type the code below in bold for the room types requested:

NEANEAC for a One-bedroom queen/queen suite @ $119
NEANEAA
for a One-bedroom king suite @ $119
NEANEAD
for a Two-Bedroom Suite (1 king bed + 2 queen beds) @ $179

To book by PHONE:

Please call 800.331.3131 to speak to a Marriott representative, ask for the Anaheim Resort/Garden Grove, National Empowerment group rate, available September 29 – October 3, 2010

To book directly at the HOTEL:

Email Vanessa at anaheimrisc@ih-corp.com for room reservations and she will get back to you at her earliest opportunity (Monday – Friday from 7 am - 4 pm PST, excluding holidays). She will need the following information: Name of the registered guest, Preferred room type (one bedroom or two bedroom), Marriott Rewards Number (if applicable), Dates of stay, Phone number, Address, and Credit card to guarantee the room reservation.

The front desk is available 24-hours a day for immediate, personal assistance. Please dial: 714.591.4000 x 0.

Transportation

People who would like a mobility scooter (ECV-Electric Convenience Vehicle) may rent them by calling 888-864-6331 or online at: www.uni-mobility.com/ResourcePage.html.

The preferred rate for our conference is $195 for 7 days, which includes delivery and pick up from the hotel.

The rate is $165 for 4 days, which includes delivery and pick up from the hotel.

Alternatives 2010 is accessible from three area airports. The closest airport is SNA (Santa Ana, John Wayne, Irvine, Orange County-all names for the same airport). Los Angeles (LAX) and Long Beach (LGB) are also options.

Ground transportation information

Supershuttle: no reservation needed, just walk down to their stop at the airport.
SNA Supershuttle - $10 per person (plus gratuity); Taxi from SNA about $50.
LAX (Los Angeles) - Supershuttle: $16 per person (yet the ride can take up to one or two hours as they drop off people in the greater Los Angeles area). Taxi from LAX: over $100.
LGB (Long Beach) - JetBlue and several other airlines fly here. Supershuttle is available for $35 one way but reservations must be made in advance [click here for details]. Taxi about $60.

Groups who would like to schedule a passenger van that holds up to 10 people and luggage from any of the airports may arrange this by calling the Hyatt concierge, 714-750-1234. Prices for this van from: LAX $120; SNA $75; LBG $75.

Visit our Facebook page to inquire about possible taxi and ride-shares!

Parking

Parking is available at the hotel. The reduced self-parking rate for our conference is $10 a day with in/out privileges. When you are driving out of the parking lot, tell them that you are here for the Alternatives Conference and they should give you the $10 rate. There is an additional charge for valet parking at the hotel.

Bus

Bus information at www.greyhound.com

Things to Do in Anaheim and Orange County

This list of things to do also available as printable PDF (51KB, 3 pages)

The following are Free or Almost Free Things To Do (which we found on the Internet at http://bit.ly/98yyV.

Angel Stadium Tour (Tues 9:30am, 11am & 1pm) (Rates Adults $3/Kids $2) (~3 miles) 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim Tel: 714-940-2000

The "behind-the-scenes" tour is both an enjoyable and educational experience. You will be invited to view areas that are normally restricted to the public. The complete tour includes a visit to the following areas: Press Box, Press Conference Room, Clubhouse, and Dugout.

Orange County Great Park Balloon Rides FREE Approx hours 9am-10pm (~15 miles) Entrance is at Sand Canyon Avenue and Marine Way in Irvine, Tel: 866-829-3829

The helium (not hot-air) balloon, which is located in the 27.5-acre Preview Park, provides a great view of Orange County from 400 feet in the air. There is a charge for parking, but each balloon ride is free.

Huntington Beach Pier and Main Street (~15 miles)

One of the premier spots to catch the perfect Southern California sunset, Huntington Beach Pier and Main Street are iconic Orange County destinations. Unique features include live concerts, boutique shops and the red-roofed Ruby's Diner at the end of the pier.

Bowers Museum of Cultural Art (Tues-Sun 10am-4pm)(Rates $9-$12, but first Sundays of each month are free (Oct 3rd will be free admission and events)) 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, Tel: 714-567-3600

The Bowers Museum holds in its collection more than 130,000 works of art. These works were donated from 1935 to the present and represent many regions and cultures of the world. The museum’s largest collections are in the areas of Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Asian art, art of the Pacific, art of Africa and Orange County history.

Discovery Science Center (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm) (Adults $12.95/Kids (ages 3-17) $9.95) (~7 miles) 2500 North Main Street, Santa Ana, Tel: 714-542-2823

Discovery Science Center is celebrating "A Decade of Discovery" as the Cube turns ten! The center has 59,000 square feet of exhibit space packed with interactive science exhibits designed to spark children's natural curiosity.

The MUZEO (Daily 10am-5pm) Adults $13/Kids $9) (5 miles) 241 S Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim, Tel: 714-956-8936

The MUZEO hosts three exciting traveling exhibitions every year in the heart of Downtown Anaheim. (MIRADAS: Mexican Art from the Bank of America Collection - Opens September 16, 2010, but we don’t know what other exhibits will be there during Alternatives.)

Hike/Mountain Bike in an Orange County Park Mostly Free

With nearly 40,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space, the Orange County Park system features endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Orange County Zoo ($2 per adult, $3 per car) (~15 miles) 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, Tel: 714-973-6847

Nestled among the majestic 477 acre wilderness park, the Zoo's focus is on animals and plants native to the southwestern United States. Animals on exhibit include black bears, mountain lions, bald eagle, island foxes, ocelot, red-tailed hawk, great horned owls, porcupine, coyotes, turkey vultures, coati and more. The zoo also features a barnyard with domestic goats, chevoit sheep, jacob sheep, pot-bellied pigs, doves and pheasants.

Orange County's Farmer's Markets Foodies unite for fresh produce, flowers, crafts and live entertainment!

Anaheim – Downtown, Center St. Promenade & Lemon Sts. Thursdays 12 PM - 8 PM

Kaiser Permanente Farmers Market - Lakeview & Riverdale Fridays 10 AM - 2 PM

Fullerton Arboretum FREE (8am-4:30pm daily) (~10 miles) 1900 Associated Rd., Fullerton, CA, Tel: 657-278-3407

Housed on the grounds of Cal State Fullerton, the Fullerton Arboretum is a collection of more than 4,000 plants on 26 acres of land.

Ride the Balboa Island Ferry (6:30 a.m. - midnight Sun - Thurs. and 6:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. Fri. and Sat) (~20 miles) 410 S Bayfront, Newport Beach, (no phone)

The This historic and scenic Balboa Island Ferry has been transporting passengers (for $1) between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula since 1919.

Here are some other attractions which might interest you:

Anaheim Garden Walk (~4 miles) Disney Way, Anaheim, www.AnaheimGardenWalk.com

The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk is an oasis of outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment in the heart of Orange County. Discover an abundance of retail stores, fine dining restaurants, an upscale bowling lounge and state-of-the-art movie theaters, in a truly unique environment of scenic waterfalls and luxuriously manicured gardens. Anaheim Gardenwalk hosting "The Empty Grave" Haunted House this Halloween season! To discover complete information about the Anaheim GardenWalk's scariest event of the year, visit www.theagw.com

Disneyland (Times and Rates vary) (~3 miles) 1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Tel: 714-781-4565, www.disneyland.com

For generations, Disneyland® Park has been the place where dreams come true. And during that time, The Happiest Place On Earth has changed and grown—with exciting new attractions joining all those classic favorites. No matter how often you visit, there’s always something new to discover in Disneyland® park. But, then again, what else would you expect from a place this magical!

The Phoenix Club Oktoberfest (weekends (Fri - Sun) thru Oct) (~6 miles) 1340 S. Sanderson Avenue, Tel: 714-563-4166, www.thephoenixclub.com

The Phoenix Club Anaheim has a long history of carrying the culture and traditions of Germany in Southern California. The club has several restaurants, meeting space, and is ideally located near four major freeways for easy access. And just 15 to 20 miles away, there's another German / Bavarian club with a shopping center, meeting hall, German restaurants, and even church services in German. Old World Village in Huntington Beach.

Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park (10am-4pm daily, Rates - less than $10) (~8 miles) Off the 5 freeway at First Street, Tel: 714-835-7484, www.santaanazoo.org

The Santa Ana Zoo occupies 20 acres and hosts more than 270,000 people annually. Along with at least fifty monkeys, you will find a rain forest, endangered species, an aviary, an electrical train and children's zoo right in the middle of the Orange County urban jungle.

For more information and attractions visit (on the Internet) www.orangecounty.net

To find Coupons, Discounts and Special Offers visit (on the Internet) http://bit.ly/9HBLvX

And FINALLY, for the most up to date information visit (in person or on the Internet)

The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau
is located inside the Anaheim Convention Center at:
800 West Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Main: 714/765.8888
Email: visitorinfo@anaheimoc.org
Website: www.anaheimoc.org
Be sure to check their Frequently Asked Questions, chances are you'll find your answer.

Alternatives 2010 is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration