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16 J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 sports venue to watch the big game." The giant LED video board will show the game, and attend- ees will enjoy the traditional concession stand food you would expect at any game venue. "There will be fan food for sure, like hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and drinks. We think it's going to be a lot of fun. It's the fi rst time we have done this at the arena, too," said Oxarart. TRIPS AND TOURS The CVB knows that some delegates will want the freedom to go off on their own to explore the area, and they will be given that opportunity during the conference. That may mean some will want to visit L.A. for all its big-city excitement or will want to dip their toes into the Pacifi c Ocean, perhaps for the fi rst time; some may want to see a desert and a snowy mountaintop, all in the same day. "Why not offer them that variety?" asked Oxa- rart. "We are giving everybody a lot of free time to explore." The CVB will emphasize the wonderful outdoor activities available in the Ontario area. "Most of the people who come to Ontario in February want to take advantage of being outside," said Oxarart. "They have been cooped up in colder weather — for a lot of people, in snow. They love the idea of just getting outside in the warmth. They take pictures and send them back to their friends and family in cold areas and brag 'Look at me, I'm standing by a palm tree with shorts on.'" Shopping will be on the minds of a lot of convention attend- ees. Ontario has some world-class shopping destinations, like Ontario Mills, just two miles from the convention center. "They have more than 225 stores," said Oxarart. "It is a discount out- let and value one-story shopping center. It is built from a race- tracklike design, meaning an oval, and if you walk all around that "racetrack," you have just put in a mile." Ontario Mills has some of the biggest names in men's, wom- en's and children's apparel; footwear; jewelry; and sporting goods. Shoppers will fi nd stores from prominent retail names such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Coach Factory Store and Tommy Hilfi ger. Restaurants include RainForest Café, Dave and Buster's and GameWorks. The Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre will keep people laughing. AMC 30 Theaters screens the most popular fi lms daily. "There is always something fun to do at Ontario Mills," said Oxarart. Since Southern California has such pleasant weather year- round, shopping outdoors is popular. In nearby Rancho Cu- camonga, visitors will fi nd Victoria Mills. It is a walkable, open- air, mixed-use community featuring shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Victoria Mills features many top brand-name C O N F E R E N C E connection stores, a cultural arts center, a large modern movie theater and various public plazas ideal for resting and sipping a drink in between scurrying around. The local restaurant scene is noted for its abundance of fusion cuisine. SPEAKERS: MIND-SET AND LAUGHS Select Traveler Conference attendees will be both inspired and entertained by the speakers scheduled to appear. One works in a fascinating fi eld: mental performance. Amber Latt- ner, founder of Lattner Performance Group, strives to empha- size the power of mind-set and leadership to boost the perfor- mance of people in business, academics or athletics. She says her group's mission is building championship mind-sets. "I hope that we can help people, or their team or business, to fi nd, develop and share their greatness with the world," she writes on her website. Driven, even as a child, Lattner reveals that one of the high- lights of her life was playing soccer at the University of Notre Dame. However, an injury ended her college playing career and "the identity crisis that ensued forced a type of introspection for which I am eternally grateful," she said. "I became very aware of the power of mind-set and just how critical a solid foundation of self becomes when most else is stripped away." At the conference, count on Lattner to share more of her in- spirational life story and ways we all can improve our performanc- es with the proper mind-set. Another conference speaker will be Suzette Brawner, who is often asked to address groups at universities, corporations, civic organizations and churches. She blends reality with humor to get across her messages about how best to communicate in this com- plicated world. Brawner believes communica- tion has changed dramatically in the past two decades, mainly because of the internet, and that "misun- derstandings often begin with miscommunication." She says many of us get into trouble not only because of what we say, but because we didn't carefully listen to what someone else said to us. "And then we have to scramble to get out of it," said Brawner. Brawner's observations about communication and the best ways to get our messages across are practical and useful, but also may elicit some hard laughter. She urges people to not take things so seriously and to fi nd a way to roll with life's punches. "Many people are so uptight," she observed. "But I love to laugh, and I try to fi ll my life with laughter. I think it's good for us." The home of Sam and Alfreda Maloof Suzette Brawner

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