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      Saturday March 18, 2017
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      From the 22 Fwy., exit Brookhurst St. and head south for approx. 2 miles to McFadden Ave.  Turn left on McFadden Ave. for approx. 200 ft. and then turn left on Nottingham St. 
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      This will be a potluck meeting: bring your favorite dish to share. If you cooked it, great! If you didn't, great anyway! Soup, salad, dessert, your grandma's favorite recipe.
      There will be an auction with rare palms donated by PSSC members and others. There will also be a raffle; buy tickets and win palms! Also, a rare palm will be raffled off in a separate drawing to all who attend the meeting to the end.
      AGENDA
      9:30 a.m. PSSC Board meeting at Ralph's place - all welcome to attend
      10:00 a.m. self-guided tours of Ralph's garden - feast your eyes!
      11:30 a.m. Leave Ralph's garden and roar off to Larry's
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      1:00 p.m. General meeting and auction
      3:30 p.m. Adjourn