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SPECIAL NOTES:

DINNER NOTE: If you have dietary restrictions precluding you from eating any of our available meal options, please let us know well before the RSVP deadline. Kosher meals can be provided upon request, and we can work with the hotel to address any other dietary concerns if we are given enough notice. 

WEATHER: For any announcements regarding cancellation or postponement in the event of inclement weather, check the chapter email list or the announcement list, or email Donna Andrews at donna@donnaandrews.com.

IMPORTANT: We're now only accepting payment via check. Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting.

Our meetings are open to the public. You don't need to be a member to attend, but you do need to make a reservation. Please share this announcement with others who love mysteries, as a writer or reader or both.

Are you a fan of CSI? Want to know what really happens when the crime-scene experts show up? Then you won't want to miss John French, our March 10th dinner speaker, a crime-scene supervisor for the Baltimore Police Department's Crime Scene Unit. French has worked for Baltimore's CSU for more than thirty years. When he started in 1977, the BPD Crime Lab was one of the few in the country that used civilian employees in both the internal labs and to process crime scenes. Today French's duties include documenting crime scenes and collecting evidence that may be used to identify crime perpetrators.

French has written the introduction to The Encyclopedia of Crime Scene Investigation and was the consulting editor of Chelsea House's Criminal Investigations series. He also has had a number of short stories published, and he has edited a few anthologies, too. His fiction focus is on crime, pulp, supernatural, and science fiction.

Join us for a fascinating talk about the fundamentals of crime-scene processing, including war stories, hands-on demonstrations, and audience participation. (We promise no blood will be shed during the live demonstrations.) Bring your questions, your curiosity, and your fingerprints.

 Tuesday, March 10th

Embassy Suites Hotel at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, Ballroom Level

4300 Military Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Garage parking under the hotel.

Metro: Friendship Heights.

6:30 p.m.         Reception/Cash Bar

7 p.m.              Dinner (including a complimentary glass of iced tea or soda, warm rolls and butter, crisp salad, coffee and tea): choice of baked chicken, ginger tilapia, or vegetarian pasta, and choice of chocolate cake, fruit sorbet, or a fruit plate.

8 p.m.              John French speaks.

RESERVATIONS: Cost is $35 per person. The price is the same for members and non-members. To reserve your seat, email Trish Carrico no later than 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5th, and let her know your entrée and dessert choices (choice of baked chicken, ginger tilapia, or vegetarian pasta, and choice of chocolate cake, fruit sorbet, or a fruit plate). Trish's email address is trish.carrico@comcast.net.

PAYMENT DETAILS: We no longer accept cash. Please remember to bring a check made out to Mystery Writers of America with you to the meeting. Payments will be collected at the door. Our in-person payment policy is based on trust, and we want to continue this practice. Please don't be a no-show/no-pay.

 DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: If you have dietary restrictions precluding you from eating any of our available meal options, please let us know well before the RSVP deadline. Kosher meals can be provided upon request, and we can work with the hotel to address any other dietary concerns if we are given enough notice.

WEATHER: For any announcements regarding cancellation or postponement in the event of inclement weather, check the chapter email list or the announcement list, or email Donna Andrews at donna@donnaandrews.com.

Our meetings are open to the public. You don't need to be a member to attend, but you do need to make a reservation. Please share this announcement with others who love mysteries, as a writer or reader or both.

Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting. Thank you.



 

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