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Hotel Parking - Nearby Lots - Oversize Parking

BTD Announces Parking Meter Changes in the City. Meter rates will go up $.25 an hour on city meters. A quarter will now only get you 12 minutes of time. Retrofitting meters begins this weekend, and the city hopes to be done by the end of January.

Pool and Gym

The Westin Waterfront has an heated indoor pool, hot tub, and a gym.

We'll be working with the hotel to extend the hours of the pool and gym for our attendees.

The Westin also has a few hotel guest rooms that come with exercise equipment (including a stationary bicycle or a treadmill). If you would like one of these rooms, please contact innkeeper.

Registration Rates Going Up Tonight

The registration rates for Arisia go up to $40 from $35 tonight.

If you would like to register at this rate please print out and mail in the paper registration form (online registration yet is not yet available). Questions as always should be addressed to reg(at)arisia(dot)org.

-Kris "Nchanter" Snyder
Arisia Registration

Arisia 2011 Brainstorming List is Now Open

From Mike, the Brainstorm list moderator:

Welcome to the Brainstorm mailing list for Arisia 2011.
Sign up:

This list is for the submission and discussion of Programming and Event ideas for the upcoming Arisia convention. To submit an idea we will be using the following format:

Send email to: brainstorm at

Subject: Title of panel/event/lecture/item

Quick update

We are testing the newest version of the registration system. That's taking more time than we hoped, so please use the paper form if you'd like to register now.

Also, we recently had our Arisia '10 debrief meeting so that's wrapped up now. We are starting to get movement on Arisia 2011! If you're interested in working for the convention, please send email to conchair at arisia dot org. We'd love to hear from you.

Art Show Reservation Form

Art Show reservations have closed. If you have previously filled out the information form and need to pay for your space, or if you can no longer attend Arisia and need to add a mail-in fee to your registration, you can do so here.


Looking for something special? Have a little time to do some shopping between scheduled events? You'll find all sorts of interesting things for sale at Arisia books, magazines, T-shirts, videos, posters, jewelry, artwork, sculpture, costumes, games, and much more.

Hotel Information

Reservations for Arisia '11 are closed while we process the Waiting List. If you do not yet have a room, please follow the instructions below.

Guests of Honor

  • Kelley Armstrong, writer guest of honor
    Kelley Armstrong is the NYT bestselling author of the "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series, "Darkest Powers" YA urban fantasy trilogy, and the Nadia Stafford crime series. A former computer programmer, she's now escaped her corporate cubicle and hopes never to return.
  • Shaenon Garrity, webcomic guest of honor

Welcome to Arisia 2011!

Guests of Honor (read more about them):

Jan 14-17, 2011

Hotel Information:

Notes from the Conchair:
Hi! This is Crystal, your friendly neighborhood conchair.

The ramp-up for Arisia 2011 is becoming a wave of excitement as we enter the final weeks before the convention! We have a bit higher number of preregistrations than at this time last year, which could mean that people are registering earlier than previous years, or it could mean that this Arisia will be slightly larger than any before. Due to the larger capacity of the Westin Waterfront, we expect to be able to accommodate lots of fans. At this time, we aren't sure if we will sell out of memberships, but the best way to make sure you can join us is by preregistering online.

If you have a specific question about this year's Arisia, check out our contact page to see how to reach us or take a look at our Org Chart. If you have a more general question, you can always email [email protected]. Now is the season of flooding the conchair's inbox, as well, so please email [email protected] if you feel your question is best addressed by me (or Jasra or Cris, the assistant conchairs). :) Additionally, you also drop in at a concom meeting or during conchair office hours, all of which are posted to Arisia's calendar.

See you at Arisia, if not before!

- Crystal

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