Tuesday, Jan. 4--"Y2K--Hype or Reality: Was It a Y2K or a What2K?" "Open mike" night for people to either celebrate surviving Y2K or relay their horror stories.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., lobby level, Arlington. Sponsor: New Media Society of Washington. Cost: members, no charge; $20 nonmembers. Food will be served. Free underground parking across from Ballston Common Shopping Center, one block from Ballston Metro. Prizes awarded for best stories. Contact: Carolyn Myles, cmyles@compuserve.com or Mike Smith, BHGMike@aol.com, 703-995-0689.

Monday, Jan. 10--Government Computer News Forum. Monthly luncheon series dedicated to the exchange of views on improving information technology in government. Speaker: Sandra N. Bates, deputy commissioner, Federal Technology Service.

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., National Press Club, 13th floor ballroom, 14th & F streets NW. Sponsor: Government Computer News. Cost: $50 industry, $35 government. Lunch included. Contact: 301-650-2101, gcnforum@gcn.com. Event Web site: http://www.gcn.com/events.

Tuesday, Jan. 11--"Camp Sho-M-Sel-M." E-day camp geared to show technology firms and staff how to get great trade show results. Includes workbook, arts and crafts.

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dulles Airport Days Inn, 2200 Centreville Rd., Herndon. Sponsor: Ebiz and Trade Show Training Inc. Cost: $695, includes snacks and lunch. Prepayment and registration required. Contact: Julia O'Connor, 1-804-355-7800, julia@tradeshowtraining.com. Event Web site: http://www.tradeshowtraining.com.

Thursday, Jan. 13--"Best Practices and Strategies for Technology Migration Into the New Millennium." Come learn about leadership styles and organizational strategies that work from Thornton A. May, vice president, research and education and corporate futurist, Cambridge Technology Partners.

7:15 p.m., Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Sponsor: The National Capital Chapter of the Association for Information and Image Management. Full course dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Program-only attendance is free for NCC-AIIM members. Reservations strongly encouraged. Limited seating. Late fee applies on reservation made within 72 hours of program. No-shows will be billed. Contact: 202-338-AIIM. Event Web site: http://www.nccaiim.org/Programs/ program0001.htm.

Friday, Jan. 14--"Contracting Issues in the Application Service Provider Software Outsourcing Revolution." Discussion on contract subtleties for government users and on negotiating ASP deals.

8 to 9:30 a.m., McKenna & Cuneo, 1900 K St. NW. Sponsor: D.C. Bar Computer & Telecommunications Law Section Committee on Commercial and Government Contracts. Continental breakfast and networking from 7:30 to 8 a.m. No charge. Reservations required. Contact: Call 202-496-7132 or e-mail bcraig@axent.com or thomas_burke@mckennacuneo.com to register.

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