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San Antonio offers history, hospitality

Welcome to the ADA's 149th annual session, where attendees have hundreds of opportunities to learn, network, shop for the latest dental products and services, and enjoy ADA-exclusive special events.

"The 2008 annual session marks the kickoff of the ADA's year-long 150th anniversary celebration," said Dr. Mark J. Feldman, ADA president. "This is a time to not only look back with pride at the road we've traveled, but especially to look forward to the next 150 years—and beyond."

The annual session will convene at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in the heart of downtown San Antonio.

And, beyond the convention center, this historic city's unique attractions, shopping, cuisine and nightlife offer a fiesta for dental teams and families.

ADA pre-session activities begin today, continuing education will be held Oct. 16-19, the World Marketplace Exhibition will be open Oct.16-18 and the House of Delegates meets Oct. 17-21.

Awake to eye-opening entertainment Friday and Saturday morning at the ADA General Sessions and Distinguished Speaker Series. On Oct. 17, award-winning broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw will take the podium for the DSS. On Oct. 18, ABC newsman and Iraqi roadside bomb victim Bob Woodruff and his wife Lee will share their story of inspiration. The Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC Inc.

Enjoy an evening of San Antonio fun on Friday, Oct. 17, at the ADA's Rockin' Rodeo and Barbecue. This ADA-exclusive event features exciting rodeo attractions, all-you-can-eat rodeo fare, a post-rodeo live music concert and more for one low price.

Enhance your clinical skills and learn the latest developments in dentistry by attending some of the 225 continuing education programs offered at the annual session.

New this year, earn up to 3.5 hours of CE at the ADA Live Operatory Center, a unique blend of product training and CE for lasers, 3-D imaging and CAD/CAM. Also returning will be the ADA's Education In The Round series, featuring live patient procedures conducted in a fully functional dental operatory and projected on 60-inch flat-screen monitors. Educational tracks for new dentists, team building, anesthesia and sedation, esthetic dentistry, oral longevity and healthy aging, federal dental services, dental assistants and dental hygienists allow participants to target their own CE needs and interests.

Make plans to visit the ADA World Marketplace Exhibition to test drive the latest products and equipment and find money-saving specials. And don't miss the New Product Showcase featuring the latest product releases.

Visitors to the Fiesta City will want to take a stroll along the scenic River Walk; soak in some history at the Alamo; enjoy the panoramic view of the city from atop the Tower of the Americas; visit SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas or other family-friendly attractions; or book a spa retreat or a golf outing on one of more than 40 golf courses local to San Antonio.

San Antonio is also a city of unique gastronomic delights. Visitors can sample its famed Tex-Mex cuisine, German fare, barbecue and family-friendly food. Choose fine dining, dining al fresco along the River Walk or even floating meals on a river barge dinner cruise.

Shop 'til you drop at venues including the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande, art galleries, and of course the famous River Walk shops featuring everything from local crafts to upscale retail products. Just a short distance from San Antonio, outlet malls await.