Activities & Events

Activities & Events

Avocado Farm Tour
Thursday, Nov. 29
1:00 – 5:00 PM

On the last day of the conference, ARA has arranged a special tour of Henry Avocado Corporation. Conference attendees will have the chance to learn more about a crop that many people rarely get to see in the field. The Henry family planted its first avocado trees over 85 years ago and have been continuously growing avocados ever since that time. They have been managing commercial avocado groves for other owners since the 1950s and also offer all-inclusive farm management and/or farming consultation depending on the grove owner’s requirements.  The avocado harvest will be complete, so tour participants will see the ripening, bagging and shipping processes for avocados and walk through a grove to learn more about how this unique crop is grown.

The tour will depart the ARA conference at 1:00, or immediately following lunch on Nov. 29. Participants will take about an hour bus drive to the farm. The tour will return to the Manchester Grand Hyatt at about 5:00 p.m. For more information about the farm, visit

Spouse Activities

Mimosa Brunch
Tuesday, Nov. 27
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Spouses registered for the conference are invited to meet new friends and renew acquaintances while enjoying brunch with mimosas at the hotel.  

Balboa Park Tour
Wednesday, Nov. 28
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

ARA’s First Lady, Teri Pirkle, invites you on a tour of the beautiful and historic Balboa Park in San Diego.  Established in 1868, the park sits on 1400 acres providing an impressive landscape of art and culture.  Balboa Park includes 17 museums; 9 attractions, including the San Diego Zoo and the Balboa Park Carousel; 9 performing arts facilities; dozens of restaurants and 19 gardens, some dating back to 1935.  The performing arts facilities in the park include the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, one of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs, and also the internationally acclaimed, Tony Award-winning Globe Theater.  Bus transportation to and from the park is provided. For more information on Balboa Park, visit  

Note: A spouse registration is required to participate in these activities.