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Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel & Conference Center

               1209 N. IH 35 North, Exit 253 at Hwy 79,
               Round Rock, TX 78664 US

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Program Schedule (Tentative)

The conference rooms layout with Nagarathar room names, Click here for more details
Day 1 - Saturday (Dec 24, 2016)
S/N Event Room Start Time End Time
1 Varaverppu –Welcome Desk Mugappu 2.00 PM 5.00 PM
2 Vaanga Vaanga – Social Hour & Networking Valavu / Panthikattu 2.30 PM 4.00 PM
3 Prayer and Welcome Valavu 4.00 PM 5.00 PM
4 Family Photo Booth (Complimentary) Arai 1 & Arai 2 3.00 PM 6.30 PM
5 Children's Program - Religious Valavu 5.00 PM 6.30 PM
6 Ezhai Preparation Valavu 5:00 PM 7:00 PM
7 Vazhipaadu & Ezhai Valavu 6:30 PM 8:00 PM
8 Dinner Valavu / Panthikattu / Aalveedu 7:00 PM 8:30 PM
9 Pillaiyar Perumai - Drama by Austin children Valavu 8:30 PM 9:00 PM
10 Yelam Valavu 9:00 PM 10:30 PM
11 AM by Dallas Talkies Click here for a teaser video Valavu 10:30 PM 11:15 PM
Youth Events
12 Youth – Standup by Raam Subramanian Rendaankattu 9:15 PM 9:35 PM
Day 2 - Sunday (Dec 25, 2016)
S/N Event Room Start Time End Time
1 Breakfast Mugappu/Country Inn 7:00 AM 9:00 AM
2 Yogaasanam Pinkattu 7:00 AM 8:00 AM
3 Announcements Valavu 8:45 AM 9:00 AM
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4 College Prep Click here for more details Keel Valavu 9:00 AM 10:30 AM
5 Returning to our Roots - Entrepreunership Click here for more details Mel Valavu 9:00 AM 10:30 AM
6 Break Mel Valavu / Keel Valavu 10:30 AM 10:45 AM
7 Vaazhga Nalamudan (Health) Click here for more details Keel Valavu 10:45 AM 12:15 PM
8 Vanga Pazhakalaam Click here for more details Mel Valavu 10:45 AM 12:15 PM
9 Lunch Valavu / Panthikattu / Aalveedu 12:15 PM 1.30 PM
10 Connect the Dots (Namma Veetu Kolam Competition) Click here for more details Pin Kattu 1.30 PM 3.00 PM
11 Coffee Break + Snacks Valavu / Panthikattu 3.00 PM 4.00 PM
12 Ice Breaker - Game Show Valavu 4:00 PM 4:45 PM
13 Children's Cultural Program Valavu 4:45 PM 6:00 PM
14 Jodi Porutham Click here for more details Valavu 6:00 PM 7:15 PM
15 Sange Mulangu - Dance by Dallas team Valavu 7:15 PM 7:45 PM
16 Dinner Valavu / Panthikattu / Aalveedu 7:45 PM 9:00 PM
17 Nagarathar Thiruvizhaiyaadal by Houston Team Valavu 9:00 PM 9:45 PM
18 Maanaada Mayilaada..Austin Achis Aaada Click here for a teaser video Valavu 9:45 PM 10:30 PM
19 Youth Fashion Show Click here for more details Valavu 10:30 PM 11:00 PM
20 Aahaa Austin – Drama by Austin Team Valavu 11:00 PM 11:45 PM
21 Open Dance Floor Valavu 11:45 PM 12:30 AM
Youth Events
22 Youth - Nagarathar Heritage Click here for more details Rendaankattu 10:45 AM Noon
23 Youth - Visit to Old Settler's Park Park 2:00 PM 5:00 PM
24 Youth - Jeopardy Rendaankattu 6:30 PM 7:45 PM
Children's Events
25 Crafts & Games for Children Aalveedu / Arai 3 / Pinkattu 9:00 AM Noon
26 Children's Movie Arai 3 2:00 PM 4:00 PM
Day 3 - Monday (Dec 26, 2016)
S/N Event Room Start Time End Time
1 Breakfast Mugappu/Country Inn 7:00 AM 9:00 AM
2 Talk Show Valavu 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
3 Announcements Valavu 10:00 AM 10:30 AM
4 Group Photo / By Koil Valavu 10:30 AM 11:30 AM
5 Family Photo Pickup Panthikattu 10:00 AM Noon
6 Room Check Out Mugappu 10:45 AM 11:30 AM
7 Lunch Valavu / Panthikattu 11:30 AM 12:30 PM



 

Guidelines


Austin Nagarathars are working hard for an exciting and fun-filled Pillayar Nombu 2016 on Dec. 24th, Dec 25th & Dec 26th, 2016. Here are some guidelines to prepare for as you plan for coming to the Nonbu.

  • Registration, Arrival & Parking

    • Please plan to arrive at the Wingate Hotel & Conference Center (map) at 2:00 p.m, but no later than 5:00 p.m. and check in with the Nonbu Registration Desk at the Mugappu (Wingate’s main lobby) to receive your registration packet including room keys, time slot for complimentary family photo, and Izhai lineup numbers.
    • We recommend parking in the bigger lot in the back since it is a shorter walk to the event venue and safer, especially if wearing jewellery.
    • Rooms at the main venue are allotted by payment priority as described previously and overflow accommodations are at the neighboring Country Inn & Suites (map), which is across from the Wingate on the other side of the highway, only a five minute drive away.
    • All events will be held in the Wingate Conference Center which is in a separate building behind the main Wingate hotel building.
    • Izhai line up will start at 6:30 p.m. Hence if you are coming late you will miss some exciting new ways by which we are planning on introducing the families.
    • For those coming from Dallas or surrounding areas, please plan on visiting the Pillayar Temple (HTCT) at Temple, Texas. Arrangements for Lunch Prasad have been made at the Temple and it will be a nice spiritual break to your journey.

  • Accommodations & Safety

    • Hotel and the Nonbu 2016 organizers are not responsible for missing, damaged or stolen personal belongings such as jewelry, computers, cell phones, etc. Hence be aware of your surroundings at all times and report anything suspicious immediately. The Wingate will primarily be occupied by us except for a few long term guests. The Conference Center is fully reserved for the Nonbu event.
    • There are no lockers available at rooms at both the Wingate and Country Inn.
    • All rooms are non-smoking and they are allocated based on family size and time of payment receipt. Two singles registrants will be sharing a room.
    • Pay TV and telephones are turned off in your room to avoid charges for the organizers. If you require those services, please contact the hotel reception and give your credit card. Mini bar and Internet access in your room are pay-per use only. Contact hotel reception before using.
    • Both hotels serve continental breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 25th and Monday Dec 26th in the breakfast area at these times, Wingate - 6 a.m. to 10 a.m, Country Inn - Sunday 7am-10:30am & Monday 6am-9:30am.
    • Please do not take food out of the restaurant area as it is not allowed in the contract.
    • It is your responsibility to take care of your children and youth during your entire stay at the Hotels and Conference Center. Both Hotels are located on streets with fast traffic. Please instruct your children not to use the elevators without an adult and not to leave the hotel at all times.
    • No pets or smoking allowed in rooms. There will be a charge for deep cleaning due to violation of this policy.
    • Check-out at the hotel reception desk before 11:30 on Monday Dec. 26th, 2016.

  • Ezhai line-up

      This time in Austin, we are trying a new and memorable way of introducing families for the Ezhai. While the families introduce themselves on stage we are going to project a slide of their family picture along with information provided for the directory. To keep introductions in sync with the prepared slides, an Ezhai line-up number will be provided at the Welcome Desk. Hence we request you to keep your Ezhai number safely and line up on the left wall of the conference hall based on your number (Southwest Airline boarding style) when your Kovil is announced so that we can synchronize your family's presence on stage with the overhead projection of your family picture and details.

      Some exceptions to note -
      We were able to get a slide ready for every family who had registered and confirmed by payment as of 12/15 and we will provide each registration with one Ezhai number. If you opted out of directory submission, your slide will have your name, Kovil and Ooru listed. If we don't have a slide ready for you or you are part of a family registration with a different Kovil, you won't receive an Ezhai number, please line up at the end of the Kovil. We will have a photo of the Kovil projected on the screen during your introductions. All families will, of course, be able to introduce themselves and take Ezhai even if they are late as long as the Ezhai event is going on. Thanks for your understanding.

      We believe that this new method will be a memorable way to introduce the families to the audience and help them connect and network better at the event. With the same family picture and details on the slide being in the Directory that you all will take home, it will reinforce the connection through the new year.