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International Members Guide to the 2014 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Overview
     Program Book
          Mobile App
     Exhibit Hall
Getting Around San Diego
     Metro Bus
     San Diego Trolley
     Taxis
     Shared-Ride Vans
     Parking at the San Diego Convention Center
     Facilities Addresses
Sessions Especially for International Members
Meeting and Networking with Colleagues
Prayer Space

Accessibility
     Getting Around the Annual Meeting
          Annual Meeting Program Accessibility
     Additional Information about Accessibility in Baltimore
Need Help?
Annual Meeting and Beyond
     Dietary Restrictions
          Vegetarian and Vegan
          Kosher
          Halal
     Show Your Badge
     Places of Worship
General Information about Travel to the U.S.
Prior Year's Guide

Annual Meeting Overview

The Annual Meetings are cohosted by the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), making it the largest yearly convention of scholars in the fields of religious studies and theology. Combined, there are over 1,000 academic sessions offered by the AAR, SBL, and other related scholarly organizations.

The sessions, breakfasts, and receptions at this year’s Annual Meetings are held in the San Diego Convention Center and four hotels nearby: Hilton Bayfront, Marriott Marquis & Marina, Grand Hyatt, and the Omni Hotel. All locations are within walking distance of each other.

Program Book

The Program Book is your primary guide to all academic sessions, breakfasts, and receptions officially sponsored at the Annual Meetings. If you register for the meeting prior to August 14, 2014, you will receive your Program Book in the mail. If you register after that date, you can pick up your Program Book, along with your tote bag, in the registration area in the San Diego Convention Center at the lobby outside of Halls F and G.

Last minute changes to the program will be highlighted in the At-A-Glance supplement, which will be inside the tote bag that you pick up in the registration area.

You can search for sessions of interest in other ways, as well. The AAR has posted a searchable program book online where you are able to search for sessions by keyword and session type. Visit http://papers.aarweb.org/program_book.

The Annual Meetings Mobile App is the most functional and up to date way to search for specific topics, speakers, and program unit sessions. Read below for more information.

Mobile App

You can access the entire Annual Meetings program on your mobile device. With the mobile app, you can create and customize your schedule, make notes about sessions, search for participants, share your schedule with friends and colleagues, and get interactive information about exhibitors.

The app allows users to search for sessions by keyword, by participant, and by program unit. Schedule changes are downloaded in the background when Internet access is available. Download the 2014 app at http://showcase.genie-connect.com/sblaarannualmeetings/.

Exhibit Hall

There are over 150 exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall this year, and many offer special discounts on books and items purchased during the Annual Meetings. Each exhibitor has a booth with representatives from the company or press. The Program Book contains an index of exhibitors and a map of the Exhibit Hall. An interactive map is available on the mobile app.

Be sure to schedule some time to browse the Exhibit Hall, because some book titles are not available for purchase overseas. It is located in Halls F and G of the San Diego Convention Center.

Getting Around San Diego

There are several transportation options to travel between the airport and your hotel, as well as around downtown San Diego.

Metro Bus

Metro bus service is available to go downtown, but your hotel might not be along the direct route. Some passengers will have to walk up to 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) after riding the bus, though you can also transfer onto the San Diego Trolley from the American Plaza transfer point (see below). Use the Online Trip Planner (http://www.sdmts.com/Planning/googleTP.asp) to plan your route.

Bus service is available to and from the airport and downtown San Diego by way of Route 992, which stops at the airport Terminals 1 and 2 and the Commuter Terminal. To locate the bus stop, walk outside of your terminal by the baggage claim area and look for the bus sign.

Portion of Map of Metro Bus Route 992

Metro Bus Route 992. Click for larger map.

The bus runs on a 15-minute cycle on weekdays and 30-minute cycle on weekends and holidays. Its hours of operation are from 05:00 to 23:30 (5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.).

A one-way fare is $2.25 (USD). Bus service is wheelchair accessible.

San Diego Trolley

The San Diego Trolley (http://www.sdmts.com/Trolley/Trolley.asp) is San Diego’s light rail transit network. Its three lines serve many popular areas and attractions, such as downtown, the Convention Center, San Diego State University, Old Town, and the Mexican border.

Note that the Trolley does not stop at the airport. However, the Trolley’s Blue and Orange Lines make convenient transfers with Metro Bus Route 992 at America Plaza station.

 


Partial San Diego Trolley Map

Portions of the San Diego Trolley Routes. Click for full map.

 

Taxis

To take a taxi from the airport to your hotel, follow the signs in the airport leading to the Transportation Plaza. A Transportation Coordinator will place you with the first available taxi. An approximate fare to the Convention Center is $22.

Shared-Ride Vans

The AAR and SBL are partnering with Prime Time Shuttle to provide service to hotels and the airport. The shuttle will run between 07:00 and 23:00 (7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.) for arriving flights. Shuttle service for departing flights is available 24 hours a day. A one-way trip is $6. You can book a shared-ride shuttle two ways:

Parking at the San Diego Convention Center

The Convention Center is located at 111 West Harbor Drive. On-site parking is available at the underground parking garage located below the building. Enter the parking garage on Harbor Drive between First Ave. and Fifth Ave. The daily rate is typically $15. If there is another special event in the downtown San Diego area, you will need to tell the parking attendant you are attending the AAR/SBL Annual Meetings to receive the $15 rate. No overnight parking is permitted.

Map showing parking location at San Diego Convention Center

Facilities Addresses

San Diego Convention Center - 111 West Harbor Drive, 92101
Embassy Suites Downtown - 601 Pacific Highway, 92101
Grand Hyatt - One Market Place, 92101
Hard Rock Hotel - 207 Fifth Ave., 92101
Hilton Bayfront - One Park Blvd, 92101
Hilton Gaslamp Quarter - 401 K Street, 92101
Indigo Hotel - 509 9th Ave., 92101
Marriott Gaslamp Quarter - 660 K Street, 92101
Marriott Marquis & Marina - 333 West Harbor Drive, 92101
Omni Hotel - 675 L Street, 92101
Residence Inn Gaslamp Quarter - 356 6th Ave., 92101
Solamar Hotel - 435 6th Ave., 92101
Westin Gaslamp Quarter - 910 Broadway Circle, 92101

Sessions Especially for International Members

In addition to a heavy focus on the Global South and African traditions in this year’s program, there are several breakfasts, receptions, and sessions that may be of particular interest to international members of the AAR. They include:

International Members’ Reception
A23-400
Sunday, 18:30–19:30 (6:30–7:30 p.m.)

This reception is for international members and attendance is by invitation only. Look for an e-mailed invitation, which will include the location of the reception, in the weeks before the Annual Meeting.                                                                                     

New Members’ Breakfast
A22-2
Saturday, 07:30–08:45 (7:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.)

New, first-time AAR members in 2014 are cordially invited to a continental breakfast with members of the AAR Board of Directors. By invitation only.

AAR and SBL Member Reception
A22-411
Saturday, 20:30–22:00 (8:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.)
Convention Center – Ballroom 20 Lobby and Center Terrace

Are you a new or returning member of the AAR? Join your friends and colleagues for conversation and fun at the AAR-SBL Member Reception.

Religions and the Cultural Regulation of Violence: A Comparative Dialogue
A22-118
Saturday, 09:00–11:30 (9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.)
Convention Center – 24A

This proposal for a roundtable conversation picks up on one aspect of the multi-faceted relationship between religions and violence: viz., the role of religious discourse in the development of normative vocabularies intended to parse the rights and wrongs of war. Taking the opportunity presented by the 2014 publication of Religion, War, and Ethics: A Sourcebook of Textual Traditions (Cambridge), scholars participating in this roundtable will comment on the current state of inquiry regarding particular traditions, as well as the import for comparative study of the subject.

Religion and Public Schools: International Perspectives Group
Secular or (Inter-) Religious/Theological Approaches to Religion Education in Public Schools: Theory and Politics
A22-234
Saturday, 13:00–15:30 (1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.)
Convention Center – 3

These papers consider diverse approaches to religion education in the public school systems of pluralistic societies with a special focus on how these approaches reflect underlying assumptions and conflicts regarding the relationship between religion and citizenship in secular states.

God beyond Borders: Interreligious Learning and Global Possibilities
P22-400
Saturday, 18:30–20:00 (6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.)
Marriot Marquis – Carlsbad

How can people of differing religious traditions learn from one another? What within each religious tradition inspires its congregations to build interfaith cooperation? How can they work together to bring the wisdom of religious traditions into public discussions of socio-moral issues?

This panel discussion will focus on these and other questions as it explores the ground breaking book God Beyond Borders: Interreligious Learning Among Faith Communities by Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook. The book offers a comprehensive overview of current practices of interreligious learning in faith communities in the United States. It discusses interreligious families, clergy groups, chaplaincies, and community organizations; and examines interreligious encounters, prayer, and social action.

The panelists—international, inter-professional, inter-disciplinary—are border-crossers and bridge-builders who have contributed significantly to scholarship on religious plurality, interreligious dialogue, teaching religious diversity, conflict resolution, justice and reconciliation. Discussion will explore the promises and possibilities of interreligious education in our global, postmodern age.

God Beyond Borders is the first book in Horizons in Religious Education, a new series from the Religious Education Association.

Plenary
Presidential Address: Laurie Zoloth

A23-146
Sunday, 11:45–12:45 (11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.)
Convention Center – 20D

Professor Zoloth directs the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society at the School of Medicine, Northwestern University. From 1995 to 2003 she was Professor of Ethics and Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. In 2001, she was the President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She has been a member of the NASA National Advisory Council, the nation's highest civilian advisory board for NASA for which she received the NASA Public Service Medal, the NASA Planetary Protection Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and she chairs the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Bioethics Advisory Board.

Interreligious Reflections on Immigration Seminar
A24-262
Sunday, 15:00 – 16:30 (3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Convention Center – 303

A group of scholars interested in theological, philosophical, and ethical reflections on contemporary human migration will meet to discuss pre-circulated papers, updates on a current book project due to be published in 2015, and plans for a future book project, tentatively scheduled for publication in 2019. All who are interested in the topic or potentially participating in the book project are welcome. Papers discussed will include reflection on ecclesial and state receptivity of immigrants; theological thinking about immigrant bodies as images and icons; and the ethics of liturgy in light of and as a form of migration. Please e-mail the session chairs for a copy of the papers in advance of the session.

Program Chairs:
Alexander Y. Hwang, hwangalex@yahoo.com
Laura Alexander, lek2fb@virginia.edu

Opportunities and Obstacles in Pilgrimage Study: Research Traditions in a Global Context
A23-251
Sunday, 15:00–16:30 (3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)
Hilton Bayfront – Sapphire E

Since the 1990s a wide range of research on religious pilgrimage and related phenomena has developed which is informed by different disciplinary and linguistic traditions linked to national structures of knowledge production and an increasingly globalized economy of academic publication dominated by Anglophone presses. This diversity could be considered a strength in the sense that research on pilgrimage can find multiple audiences and is not confined by a dominant theoretical tradition or substantive problematic. Yet, disciplinary and linguistic boundaries have limited the dissemination of knowledge regionally and globally – hence, the aim of this panel is foster a broader vision and explore avenues where those from different traditions can engage in productive dialogue.

Religious Climate Change Activism: A Comparative Appraisal
A23-271
Sunday, 15:00–16:30 (3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)
Convention Center – 22

European Formations of the Secular
A25-129
Tuesday, 10:30–12:00 (10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
Convention Center – 30A

This panel brings together papers that consider the origin and transformation of the secular, secularization, and secularism in Europe. Each paper takes up a different site of development, examining the role of gender in theories of secularization, the role of violence in theories of the secular state, the impact of ostensibly secular utopian movements on European religion, and the co-imbrication of the Catholic Church and capitalism.

Meeting and Networking with Colleagues

International Members Lounge

This is a specially designated space for international members to relax and greet each other during the Annual Meeting. The lounge is located in the Marriott Marquis on the 4th floor of the South Tower in the La Costa room.

Friend Finder and Social Media

The AAR website allows you to search for friends and colleagues who might be attending the Annual Meetings. Go to www.aarweb.org/look-whos-coming to see who’s coming to the Annual Meetings!

Take your Annual Meetings experience to the web! Use #AARSBL to continue the conversation on Twitter, and check out the AAR’s Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/HVxhIk.

Prayer Space

There is a nondenominational prayer and reflection space located in Room 13 of the San Diego Convention Center. For local places of worship, please see below.

Accessibility

AAR members with disabilities or any attendees who may have difficulty getting around the meeting are encouraged to note this during registration. AAR will make every reasonable attempt to accommodate you, whether by arranging services such as sign language interpreters, assigning accessible hotel room space, or through the AAR’s taxi reimbursement policy. Please contact Soraya Shahrak, Associate Director of Meetings, at SShahrak@aarweb.org if you have any questions.

Getting Around the Annual Meeting

Primary Meeting Locations

AAR and SBL sessions will be held in two locations—the San Diego Convention Center and the Hilton Bayfront. The Employment Center will be located in the Grand Hyatt. Additional meetings and receptions will be held in the Marriott Marquis & Marina and the Omni Hotel.

Distances within and between Buildings

The primary meeting hotels occupy just over a 1.6 kilometer-long stretch (1 m) along the San Diego Bay. The distances correspond with the map below, along East Harbor Drive.

  • Grand Hyatt ( A ) to Marriott Marquis & Marina ( B ) – 0.5 kilometers (.3 m)
  • Marriott Marquis & Marina ( B ) to the first door of the Convention Center ( C ) – 0.32 kilometers (.2 m)
  • The Convention Center is 0.58 kilometers (.36 m) long and 93 meters (304 ft) wide. ( C ) to ( D )
  • The last door of the Convention Center ( D ) to the Hilton ( E ) – 0.32 kilometers (.2 m)

There are two ways to move to and from point ( A ) and point ( E ) —on the boardwalk by the San Diego Bay or the sidewalk along West Harbor Drive. Both routes are wheelchair accessible, over flat terrain on a smooth concrete surface. The boardwalk is a slightly longer distance, but offers a wider passage than the city sidewalk.

Attendees can enter the Convention Center via the multiple main entrances on West Harbor Drive or from a side entrance near the Hilton Bayfront. There is NO entry to the Convention Center from the Boardwalk along the Bay. To get from the Marriott Marquis & Marina to the Convention Center on Side ( C ), you must use West Harbor Drive. There is an accessible ramp on this side as well.

No Shuttle Service between the Convention Center and Other Hotels

Unlike previous years, there will NOT be AAR shuttles available.

Wheelchair or Electric Scooter Rental

Attendees who wish to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter for use during the Annual Meeting are welcome to contact one of the following providers to arrange for service:

Alternative Mobility (http://alternativemobility.net/home.html) is offering attendees a special rate for the Annual Meeting. Please be sure to tell them that you are with the AAR & SBL. Manual wheelchairs are $75 for your entire visit and power chairs are $150. Alternative Mobility will deliver the wheelchair or scooter to your hotel the night before you arrive and will pick up the scooter from the front desk at your hotel once you depart. Please call Alternative Mobility at 619-427-2525 to make individual arrangements. They suggest that you make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure availability.

Taxi Reimbursement

For attendees with mobility limitations, AAR will reimburse you for the cost of a private taxi to travel between official AAR meeting locations. To receive the reimbursement, please submit all taxi receipts with a letter detailing the nature of your physical disability and the Annual Meeting locations that were inaccessible. Only travel between official Annual Meeting locations (i.e., hotels and convention center) will be covered. Questions may be directed to SShahrak@aarweb.org.

Annual Meeting Program Accessibility

ASL Interpreter Services

AAR provides interpreter services for attendees who request ASL interpretation in advance of the meeting. To request interpreter service, contact AAR at annualmeeting@aarweb.org no later than 1 September to ensure that AAR has sufficient time to arrange for appropriate interpreters. If members inform AAR about their anticipated attendance at particular sessions, AAR staff will coordinate with presenters and session presiders to secure advance copies of papers for interpreters.

Assisted Listening System

We can equip any room in the Convention Center or the Hilton Bayfront with an assisted listening system. AAR will provide receivers to attendees who request them in advance. If you would like to make use of this service, please email Soraya Shahrak at SShahrak@aarweb.org by 14 November .

Assisted listening services will be available in Convention Center 26, which is designated for sessions sponsored by the Religion and Disability Studies Group and the Committee on the Status of People with Disabilities. Advance notice is needed to provide assistive listening device support in other convention center rooms. If you would like to use the system, please provide us with a schedule of sessions and their room numbers as soon as possible so that the technology can be set up in advance for the sessions.

Materials in Alternative Format

Attendees who need materials in alternative formats should contact the presenters directly. If you need contact information, please e-mail annualmeeting@aarweb.org. If members inform AAR about their needs and their anticipated attendance at particular sessions, AAR staff will do their best to coordinate with presenters and session presiders to facilitate the availability of handouts or other session materials in alternative formats.

Accessibility for Presenters

The room format at AAR sessions commonly includes a podium with a microphone designed for standing presentations. Convention Center Room 20D has a riser for the head table. The rest of the head tables will be on the floor. Presenters who need an alternative format (such as a tabletop microphone or podium) or who anticipate a problem with the riser should contact annualmeeting@aarweb.org to arrange for appropriate presentation technology. 

Designated Room for Religion and Disability Studies Group Sessions

AAR has scheduled all sessions sponsored/cosponsored by the Religion and Disability Studies Group and the AAR Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession Committee in the same room, Convention Center 26.

Sighted Guide or Mobility Assistance

Attendees who need a sighted guide or other mobility assistance to navigate the annual meeting should email Soraya Shahrak at SShahrak@aarweb.org by 14 November.

Employment Center Accessibility

AAR is committed to maximizing accessibility for employers and job seekers who are making use of the Employment Center. AAR can arrange for a quiet booth, to minimize noise or distraction from adjacent booths, or may be able to arrange for a private interview room if space is available. If you need a quiet room or have other accessibility needs, please contact careers@aarsbl.org by 27 October so that we can adequately accommodate you.

Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession Committee

In 2013, AAR established a Committee on the Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession (PWD), which works to assure the full access of people with disabilities within the Academy and to advance their status within the profession. This year, the PWD Committee will sponsor two special topics forums:

  • “Negotiating Disclosure” on Sunday, 09:00–11:30 (9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) in Convention Center 26, cosponsored with the Status of LGBTIQ Persons in the Profession Committee and the Status of Women in the Profession Committee
  • “Invisible Disabilities and Hidden Illnesses in the Academy: Fostering Cultures of Accessibility” on Monday, 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., cosponsored with the Theological Education Committee

The committee will also host a luncheon, “Connecting Conversations,” on Monday 11:45–12:45 (11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. ) in Convention Center 6C, immediately after the session on "Invisible Disabilities and Hidden Illnesses." Registration for the lunch costs $13 and is limited to 100 people. Advanced registration is required and can be done while you are registering online. If you have already completed registration, contact reg@aarweb.org.

Additional Information about Accessibility in San Diego

City of San Diego Accessible Travel Guide, including information on accessible tours, beach wheelchairs, accessible performing arts, and accessible shopping:
http://www.sandiego.org/plan-your-trip/travel-guides/accessible-traveling.aspx

San Diego International Airport:  
http://www.san.org/sdia/passenger_services/accessibility.aspx

Metropolitan Transit System:
http://www.sdmts.com/MTS/accessibility.asp

Need Help?

If you have questions about the program, your membership, or events at the Annual Meeting, the staff at the Member Services desk, located in the registration area of the San Diego Convention Center, will be able to assist you.

For questions and concerns about international membership with the AAR, and to provide feedback about how we can better serve international members, you may e-mail Amy Allocco (aallocco@elon.edu), Chair of the International Connections Committee, before, during, and after the Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting and Beyond

Dietary Restrictions

There are several eateries and restaurants situated around the city that cater to specific dietary needs, and they are listed below. A map of the restaurants closest to the San Diego Convention Center (without regard to diet) is available here.

Vegetarian and Vegan

The Vegetarian Resource Group has compiled a long list of vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in the San Diego area, many of which can be reached by public transportation. It can be accessed at http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/California.php#c126. Be sure to check the eatery’s hours of operation before dining.

Listed below are vegetarian and vegan eateries located within 1.6 kilometers (1 m) from the San Diego Convention Center.

Burger Lounge
619-955-5727
528 5th Avenue
http://www.burgerlounge.com/
.5 km / .3m from Convention Center

Serves meat, veg options available. Uses local and organic ingredients.

Royal Thai Cuisine
619-230-8424
467 5th Avenue
http://www.royalthaicuisine.com/
.5 km / .3 m from Convention Center

Offers nine vegetarian entrées, plus appetizers, soups, and salads. Vegan options available.
Open Monday – Friday for lunch. Open Saturday for dinner. Open Sunday for brunch and dinner.

Detox Lounge
619-255-2927
910 J Street
Suite 2
http://www.detoxlounge.com/
.8 km / .5 m from Convention Center

Pressed juices bar with a small fridge of grab and go packaged raw salads & raw food.

Mint Downtown Thai
619-546-8424
732 4th Avenue
http://www.mintsdthai.com/
.8 km / .5 m from Convention Center

Thai. Serves meat, veg options available, including tofu and mock duck. Soups are veggie broth based. 

Monsoon
619-234-5555
729 4th Avenue
http://www.monsoonrestaurant.com/index.html
.8 km / .5 m from Convention Center

Indian. Extensive vegetarian menu items.
Reservations are recommended on weekends. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Vegan options available.

Gourmet India
619-702-7967
810 4th Avenue
http://gourmet-india.us/
.97 km / .6 m from Convention Center

Indian. Serves meat, vegetarian options available. 

Chipotle
619-810-2383
101 West Broadway
http://www.chipotle.com/
1.2 km / .7 m from Convention Center

Mexican. Serves meat, vegetarian options available. Customize your order (tacos, burritos, bowls) and request no cheese/dairy.

Pokez Restaurant
619-702-7160
947 E. Street
http://pokezrestaurant.com/
1.45 km / .9 m from Convention Center

Mexican. Vegan options, fresh juices, live music, and spiritual and artistic awareness.

Kosher

Most Kosher dining restaurants are located a bit farther from the Convention Center. For a variety of kosher foods, you can go to Ralph’s or Albertson’s supermarkets, both within walking distance of the Convention Center. Chabad of Downtown San Diego is also offering Shabbat dinner and lunch (Friday night and Saturday afternoon; Click here for more information.

Ralph’s Supermarket
619-595-1581
101 G Street between 1st Avenue & Front Street
https://www.ralphs.com/
.8 km / .5 m from Convention Center

Albertson’s Supermarket
619-237-1247
655 14th Street
http://www.albertsons.com/#3
1.45 km / .9 m from Convention Center

The Grille Restaurant & Emet Kosher Market 
888-418-1437
6548 El Cajon Boulevard
www.thegrillesd.com
16.6 km / 10.3 m from Convention Center (20 minutes taxi drive)

The Place
619-286-6499
6499 El Cajon Boulevard
16.7 km / 10.4 m from Convention Center (22 minutes taxi drive)

Restaurant located inside of a kosher market.

Halal

There are several halal restaurants within walking distance of the San Diego Convention Center.

Sultan Shawarma
619-231-1824
543 4th Avenue
.97 km / .6 m from Convention Center

Full halal menu.

Bandar
619-238-0101
825 4th Avenue
1.3 km / .8 m from Convention Center

Partial halal menu. Organic halal available.

Maizbaan
619-232-6020
1010 Broadway
1.3 km / .8 m from Convention Center

Full halal menu. Organic halal available.

Café Istanbul
619-544-1700
921 6th Avenue
1.6 km / 1 m from Convention Center

Full halal menu.

Show Your Badge

During the Annual Meetings, from November 22 through the 26, the San Diego Convention Center Corporation is offering discounts at local restaurants and attractions through the “Show Your Badge” program. Show you badge for a discount at the following locations:

Anthony’s Fish Grotto
619-232-5103
1360 N. Harbor Drive
2.1 km / 1.3 m from Convention Center

One free cup of Anthony’s World-Famous Clam Chowder with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Broken Yolk Cafe
619-338-9655
355 6th Avenue
.5 km / .3 m from Convention Center

Save 15% off your entire bill.

Cafe Coyote
619-291-4695
2461 San Diego Avenue
6.6 km / 4.1 m from Convention Center

Free handmade quesadilla.

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse

619-338-0500
668 6th Avenue
.8 km / .5 m from Convention Center

A complimentary dessert with the purchase of dinner.

Hornblower Cruises & Events

619-686-8715
970 N. Harbor Drive
1.6 km / 1 m from Convention Center

Save $5 off any adult admission on Hornblower Whale Watching Cruises or any one or two hour narrated Harbor Cruises on San Diego Bay.

K1 Speed
619-241-4740
1709 Main Street
2.25 km / 1.4 m from Convention Center

$5 off any 14 lap arrive and drive race. Monday-Friday.

Macy’s Horton Plaza
619-231-4747
160 Horton Plaza
1 km / .6 m from Convention Center

10% off Macy’s Visitor Savings Pass.

Maderas Golf Club
858-451-8100
17750 Old Coach Road
48 km / 30 m from Convention Center (45 minute drive)

Complimentary transportation or rental clubs.

McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon
619-795-2500
731 5th Avenue
1.45 km / .9 m from Convention Center

One complimentary appetizer of your choice with the purchase of two entrees.

Operacaffe
619-234-6538
835 4th Avenue
1.3 km / .8 m from Convention Center

20% off.

SeaWorld San Diego
619-226-3901
500 Sea World Drive
11.6 km / 7.2 m from Convention Center (15 minute drive)

Save $8 on Single-Day Adult & Child Admission

Spanish Village Art Center
619-233-9050
1770 Village Place
7.3 km / 4.5 m from Convention Center (11 minute drive)

Up to 20% off from participating artists.

The San Diego Museum of Art
619-232-7931
1450 El Prado
4 km / 2.6 m from Convention Center

$2 off Adult Admission

Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery
619-814-5458
310 10th Avenue
1.8 km / 1.1 m from Convention Center

Receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of an entrée.

Places of Worship

AME

Bethel AME Church
619-232-0510
3085 K Street
http://www.bethelamesd.com/
5km / 3.2 m from Convention Center

Baha’i

San Diego Bahá’í Center
858-268-3999
6545 Alcala Knolls Drive
http://www.sandiegobahai.org/
11.27 km / 7 m from Convention Center

Baptist

Calvary Baptist Church of San Diego
619-233-6487
719 Cesar E. Chavez Parkway
http://www.calvarybcsd.com/
3.2 km / 2 m  from Convention Center

Buddhist

Rigpa – San Diego
619-906-4291
710 13th Street
Suitte 314
http://sandiego.usa.rigpa.org/
2.1 km / 1.3 m from Convention Center

Buddhist Temple of San Diego
619-239-0896
2929 Market Street
http://www.btsd.net/
3.9 km / 2.4 m from Convention Center

Jodo Shinshu (Shin or Pure Land)

Kadampa Meditation Center – San Diego
619-940-5301
3344 4th Avenue
http://www.meditateinsandiego.org/
4 km / 2.6 m from Convention Center

Catholic

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
619-233-3838
1770 Kearney Avenue
http://olgsd.org/
3.4 km / 2.1 m from Convention Center

Episcopal/Anglican

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego
619-291-5947
2083 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard
http://www.edsd.org/
11.7 km / 7.3 m from Convention Center

Hindu and Jain

Hare Krishna Temple
858-483-2500
1030 Grand Avenue
http://www.krishnasd.com/
16 km / 10 m from Convention Center

Vedic Cultural and Spiritual Center of San Diego
858-549-3940
9252 Miramar Road
http://www.vcscsd.org/
26.7 km / 16.6 m from Convention Center

Jewish

Chabad of Downtown
619-702-8518
472 Third Avenue
http://www.chabaddowntown.com/
.5 m / .8 km from Convention Center
Providing services and Shabbat meals during the 2014 Annual Meeting. Click here for more information.

Ohr Shalom Synagogue
619-231-1456
2512 3rd Avenue
http://www.ohrshalom.org/
3.4 km / 2.1 m from Convention Center

Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
619-229-1757
5299 Trojan Avenue
www.lds.org
13 km / 8 m from Convention Center

Lutheran

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
858-483-2300
Off 4th Avenue and Broadway
http://www.christpb.org/
1.1 km / .7 m from Convention Center

Methodist

Saint Paul's United Methodist Church
619-435-5691
700 D Avenue

http://www.stpaulsmethodist.com/
7.4 km / 4.6 m

Muslim

Masjid Al-Taqwa
619-239-6738
2575 Imperial Avenue
3.7 km / 2.4 m from Convention Center

Sunni (Traditional), Predominantly African American congregation.

Masjid Omar
619-520-8023
3487 Ocean View Boulevard
6.9 km / 4.3 m from Convention Center

Sunni (Traditional). Multicultural.

Orthodox Christian

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
619-297-4165
3655 Park Boulevard
www.stspyridon.org
5.6 km / 3.5 m from Convention Center

St. Nicolas Orthodox Church
619-281-1093
3873 Cherokee Avenue
http://www.st-nicholas-church.net/
9.7 km / 6 m from Convention Center

Seventh-day Adventist

San Diego 31st Street Seventh-day Adventist Church
619-231-3652
414 S 31st Street
http://www.31sda.org/
5 km / 3.1 m from Convention Center

Sikh

The Sikh Foundation – San Diego
858-486-1231
12269 Oak Knoll Road
Poway, CA 92064
http://www.sdsikhs.org/

34.5 km / 21.4 m from Convention Center

General Information about Travel to the U.S.

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Prior Year's Guide

2013 International Members Guide to the Annual Meeting