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This page is updated with new information regularly.


HOTEL

Make your hotel arrangements as soon as possible because the hotel is filling quickly.

SYMPOSIUM APP FOR MOBILE DEVICES

Download the free AAW Symposium app for mobile devices. With the free Guidebook app for mobile devices, you can have the rotations, demonstrators, trade show exhibitors, and floor plan at your fingertips. Install the app before arriving in Kansas City to save time.  View/download instructions.


CONVENTION CENTER PARKING 

The Kansas City Convention Center does not have parking at the facility. However, with plenty of parking in the area, the primary parking garage is the Auditorium Plaza Parking Garage, also known as the Barney Allis Plaza Parking Garage. The parking garage is located between 12th & 13th Streets, and between Central & Wyandotte Streets. It is south of the Marriott Hotel and north of the historic Municipal Auditorium. The garage generally services all of the Convention Center facilities. A convenient underground tunnel exists into the Convention Center from inside the Auditorium Plaza Garage. Look for and follow signage. For specific questions about parking rates, please call Towne Park at (816) 701-6441.

 

WHEELCHAIR & SCOOTER RENTAL

The Convention Center has a limited number of wheelchairs available for use onsite on a first come, first served basis. These wheelchairs cannot be reserved ahead of time.

 

Contact Scootaround at 888-441-7575 to make arrangements for rental, delivery, and pickup.

 


LEARN ABOUT KC

Kansas City Visitors Guide

Local Map

An article about Kansas City from the New York Times: In Kansas City, barbecue, beer and bargains, seeing different sides of a great city in America's heartland that truly seems to be coming into its own, by Lucas Peterson (03/29/2017). Read article.

An article about Kansas City from the Star Tribune: Midwest Traveler: Museums, barbecue, repeat in Kansas City, by Lisa Meyers McClintick (05/19/2017) Read article.


THINGS TO BRING ALONG

INSTANT GALLERY

Make, bring along, and display up to three pieces of turned work in the Instant Gallery which will feature more than 1,000 works in wood by woodturners of all skill levels who are attending the symposium.

SILENT AUCTION

Create, bring along, and donate a turned work to be sold in AAW's silent benefit auction. Funds raised will be used by the AAW to continue to develop and deliver woodturning education and service programs for our member community.

EMPTY BOWLS

Turn, bring along, and donate a bowl of any size to the AAW's Empty Bowls initiative, to benefit Variety-the Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City.

BEADS OF COURAGE

Make, bring along, and donate a handmade lidded box to hold the beads of a child coping with serious illness through Beads of Courage. Guidelines.


TOOL BANK

Bring along and donate surplus and lightly-used woodturning tools to the AAW Tool Bank to help woodturners in need globally. Bowl, spindle, and roughing gouges are most needed. Donations will be accepted at the Symposium registration desk, or send your tool donations to the AAW office at 222 Landmark Center, 75 5th St. W., St. Paul, MN 55102.

 


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WE NEED YOUR HELP. PLEASE VOLUNTEER.

As you make your Symposium plans, please consider contributing a few hours of your time as a volunteer. Most volunteer tasks can be done by non-registered attendees and are perfect for spouses, partners, and other adult guests. You'll even have fun supporting this vital effort! Current opportunities include: Demonstrator Assistants, Greeters, Youth Hands-on, Instant Gallery, International Demonstrator Ambassador, Raffle, Registration, and Tool Room. Learn more and sign up!

 

YOUTH WOODTURNING ADVENTURE

Share the joy of turning with a child or grandchild! At this year's symposium, we'll offer free hands-on woodturning instruction for youth ages 10 to 18. Registered kids will have an opportunity to turn a variety of projects: candlesticks, bowls, spinning tops, garden trowels, yo-yos, vases, and more. Plus, some lucky youngsters will even win a turning package, including a lathe, tools, and faceshield. All youth sponsors will enjoy the privilege of participating in the youth turning experience. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Learn more and preregister.

 

SPOUSES AND ADULT GUESTS

Has your non-turner companion or spouse registered for Craft Room / Companion Program activities?  There's a mix of craft room demonstrations and hands-on classes, on-your-own shopping and tours. More information and sign up.

Powell Botanical Gardens Tour

More space is available! Reserve your spot for the Powell Botanical Gardens tour on Saturday, June 22, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $45, which includes admission and transportation only. Space is limited. Click here for more information and to register.

Craft Room Projects

We will offer a variety of craft projects for non-turner spouses and adult guests in the Symposium Instant Gallery area. Space is limited and attendees are encouraged to preregister. Classes include: Arm Knitting Without Needles, Bracelet in Copper or Sterling Silver, Rings or Earrings, and Pressed Flower Cards. Click here for descriptions, cost, and sign up. 

 

OTHER

TRANSPORT OF WOOD

USDA Letter

Wood Quarantine

Walnut Disease Quarantine

 

SHIPPING & RECEIVING

Convention Center Business Center located on the ground floor of Bartle Hall between Lobby 2200 and 2300. Hours: Friday from 5pm to 6pm, Saturday from noon to 6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 5:00pm. (Note: The Business Center has size and weight restrictions. Must be 150 lbs. or under. Items must be 165 combined length and girth, or less. Girth is width multiplied by 2 plus height multiplied by 2.) Click here for details of services.

     

 

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