Annual Convention Events

social and networking events abound for all attendees

Golf, Spouse/Guest & Optional Tours

Thursday, October 27 @ 11:30 AM

CCI Chemical Golf Tournament

Annual Golf Tournament

A 12:00 pm shot-gun start by Joe Graffius of CCI Chemical will kick-off this year’s tournament at the Monarch Beach Golf Links. Named one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” and a GOLF Magazine “Gold Medal Resort,” few California golf resort experiences can match this par-70 championship resort golf course. Master golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., has fashioned a one-of-a-kind golf course design – challenging and fair, with stunning views of surf breaks on every hole.

Box lunches will be available at the course, which is adjacent to the resort and within walking distance. Please note that if you’re planning to exhibit at Tabletop, you’ll be back from the tournament in plenty of time for the event.

Green Fees:$275 Per Person (includes lunch)
Club Rental:$90 Per Person
Mulligans:$10 Per Mulligan (Max of 3 Per Person)

For refund information, see the Annual Convention cancellation policy.

Wednesday, October 26 @ 9:00 AM

Design Your Own Handbag

Spouse/Guest Event

Laudi-Vidni is "individual" spelled backwards, and everything about this design experience is exactly that. Their custom leather goods bar will allow you to choose the handbag style you want and customize it with gorgeous leathers, lining and other details. A portion of this event will be donated to the Grace Tsao-Wu Differencemaker Fellowship at One Million Degrees, an organization that empowers low-income, community college students to succeed in life.

Fees:$200 Per Person

For refund information, see the Annual Convention cancellation policy.

Thursday, October 27 @ 9:30 AM

What's Your Shade?

Spouse/Guest Event

If you struggle to find the perfect lipstick color, you are not alone! Create your own custom lipstick in 4 easy steps and make a color that is as unique as you. A color expert will assist you through every step of this lipstick making activity. Mix your exact shade of nude, pink, red, blue – or whatever hue inspires you with your preferred finish and flavor, then finalize your custom lipstick with a name. You'll want to wear it everywhere you go!

Fees:$150 Per Person

For refund information, see the Annual Convention cancellation policy.

Thursday, October 27 @ 11:30 AM

The Thrills of the Sea

Optional Tour

Let's go deep sea fishing! This half-day private sport-fishing trip will begin along the Pacific coast, then venture to where the fish are biting. The fun is in not knowing what you might reel in. Don't let the big ones get away – you'll be competing with fellow fishermen!

Fees:$315 Per Person

For refund information, see the Annual Convention cancellation policy. Some traditional catches include mackerel, bass, yellowtail, barracuda and rockfish.

Thursday, October 27 @ 11:30 AM

Sailing the Ocean Blue

Optional Tour

An afternoon of sailing on the beautiful Dana Point harbor and along the picturesque Coastline of Southern California is just the relaxing, yet exciting experience you need. While aboard, we'll learn about the historical importance these waters held to Native American trade!

Fees:$290 Per Person

This event is now full. You may still register for this event to be placed on the waitlist. Registration for this special event is limited to 30 attendees. For refund information, see the Annual Convention cancellation policy.

Thursday, October 27 @ 11:30 AM

Guess the $100 Wine

Optional Tour

A lot of what people believe about wine is based less on their own perception and more on ratings, packaging and marketing. Gain a new appreciation of wine and better handle on your preferences by doing a blind tasting of California wines. See if you can guess which wine is worth well over $100 per bottle!

Fees:$100 Per Person

For refund information, see the Annual Convention cancellation policy.

Friday, October 28 @ 2:00 PM

Game Day

Friday Afternoon Activity

Join us for some exciting, outdoors competition! This year's game day will feature a corn hole challenge and pickleball tournament – a truly fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels. Social and friendly, the rules are simple and the game is easy to learn!

Fees:$100 Per Person

For refund information, see the Annual Convention cancellation policy.

Convention Special Events

the following events are included in your registration fee

Tuesday @ 2:00 PM

Spouse/Guest Welcome Event

Come make a new friend while tasting the perfect pairings of champagne and handcrafted chocolates by Certified Master Chocolatier Entrepreneur Amy Jo!

Tuesday @ 4:00PM

FPRF 60th Anniversary Reception

Commemorating 60 years of FPRF and the retirement of Dr. David Meeker, NARA’s Senior Vice President of Scientific Services.

Tuesday @ 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Reunite with friends and colleagues as we officially kick-off NARA's 89th Annual Convention. Keep an eye out for butterflies – they'll designate first timers so you can welcome them into the fold!

Wednesday - Friday @ 7:00 AM


Start your day off right with a fabulous self-serve breakfast available ocean-side.

Wednesday - Friday ALL DAY

Dog Contest

Have a furry friend? Then submit their picture in for the dog photo contests! Attendees will vote on their favorites for Best in Show, Best Dressed and Owner-Pet Look-A-Likes!

Enter by September 30th here!

Wednesday - Friday ALL DAY

Silent Auction

Raising support for Canine Companions for Independence, who are leading the service dog industry and provide service dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities.

Wednesday @ 12:00 PM

Welcome Lunch

This lively and delicious luncheon is open to all attendees and will feature our Emmy award-winning guest speaker Mark Scharenbroich.

Wednesday @ 6:30 PM

Chairman's Reception

Review the day's events as you convene with fellow attendees at this relaxed event.

Thursday @ 7:00 PM

Tabletop Exhibit & Reception

The perfect mix of business and pleasure. Visit suppliers' booths to learn about the latest advancements in the industry as you enjoy outstanding food and cocktails.

Friday @ 6:00 PM

Endless Summer

Let's party like it's the '60s! We'll feel like summer never ended at this Friday night celebration. Suit up in your best "Beach Boys" garb and start practicing your best beach poses and "Surfs up" one-liners!