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It's not too soon to plan for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show, which lands at Kennedy Space Center Nov. 7-8

Going global

If you have an extra $9,900 and three weeks of vacation, there's still time to join the 2009 Global Scavenger Hunt. Limited to 25 two-person teams, the competition departs April 17 from Seattle and goes through 10 countries, across four continents and ends up in Boston on May 9, with the crowning of the World's Greatest Travelers.

For more information, visit www.globalscavengerhunt.com or call 310-281-7809.

Space and beyond

It's not too soon to plan for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show, which lands at Kennedy Space Center Nov. 7-8.

The show, which brings in more than 25 celebrated astronauts and space icons, features activities for the whole family. Ticket packages range from $100 to $1,000 and include such things as a VIP Astronaut Training Experience, lunch with Apollo 13 crew members Jim Lovell and Fred Haise, tours of space exhibits, plus all the other activities the space center has to offer.

Featured astronauts include Scott Carpenter, from the first Mercury group; six of nine living moonwalkers, including Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Gene Cernan and others; Apollo and space shuttle astronauts and other space notables. Ticket proceeds provide scholarships to college students.

For more information visit www.AstronautScholarship.org or call 321-455-7012.

Home and away

Travel costs are down around the world, and spring break travelers can reap the benefits on flights, hotels and vacation packages, notes Travelocity.

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To help travelers maximize their savings, Travelocity has named the Top Eight Value Destinations. Local folks will be happy to know that Salt Lake City comes in at No. 4. Other destinations on the list are Dublin, Vancouver, New York City, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles and Myrtle Beach.

Dance, dance, dance

If all those TV dance shows have you longing for more, you can attend the USA Dance 2009 National DanceSport Championships in Baltimore April 3-5. Expected to be the largest and most competitive of all USA Dance championships, the three-day event will be held at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area, from 8 a.m. to midnight.

For more information, visit www.usadance.org.

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