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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show, ABYC and Ladies, Let's Go Fishing.

Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock in the TV series "Star Trek," will deliver the keynote address at the 2010 Marina Recreation Association Educational Conference and Trade Show, which is set for Nov. 2-4 at the Rio All Suite Hotel in Las Vegas.

"Leonard Nimoy is not only an accomplished actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer, but he is an avid wooden-boat enthusiast," MRA vice president Pat Bagan said in a statement.

"Mr. Nimoy enjoys summers at Lake Tahoe boating first-class in his custom, restored 1968 Century Coronado. He has a true appreciation for Lake Tahoe and is dedicated to preserving its pristine waters," Bagan added. "As a lifelong fan of his work and a personal friend, I am delighted that he will share his thoughts and experiences with us in Las Vegas this year."

Nimoy's success in "Star Trek," which debuted in 1966, made him a worldwide celebrity. His portrayal of the iconic Mr. Spock earned him three Emmy nominations. Nimoy enjoyed additional success as a movie director with "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" and "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." He also directed "The Good Mother," starring Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson, and "Three Men and a Baby."

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The American Boat and Yacht Council is offering three classes at the Annapolis School of Seamanship in the coming months.

EL200-Basic Marine Electrical takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 2; MC400-Marine Corrosion Certification is set for Sept. 14-17; and the EL400-Electrical Certification Course takes place Nov. 9-12.

Click here for information.

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"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" is holding a weekend seminar Nov. 12-14 at Holiday Isle Resort & Marina, Islamorada, Fla.

For this event, held in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, women will experience a weekend of educational and hands-on fishing activities and habitat conservation and get to meet other female anglers.

The seminar provides an opportunity for participants to use newly acquired techniques to fish inshore or offshore on their choice of a group boat, flats boat or sportfishing boat.

"Our Islamorada seminar provides women with a unique experiential vacation getaway where they can learn, network and enjoy the fabulous Florida Keys and all of its remarkable fishing," series founder Betty Bauman said in a statement. "Attendees will also learn about our new Angels of the Seas conservation initiative with the Save Our Seas Foundation and see how some of our graduates have organized conservation projects to compete in that program's conservation awards," she added.

For information, call (954) 475-9068 or e-mail


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Flir posts first quarter results

First quarter revenue at Flir Systems Inc. grew 8 percent to $439.6 million, and organic revenue was up 13 percent, due in part to strong results in the Raymarine.