Calendar time!

As I think everyone knows, Surfaces is in Las Vegas next week. I'll be wandering the floor, and I hope that lots of folks will come up and say hello.

Here are a few other shows that might be of interest to readers, and, please, feel free to post additional show links!

Stay in Vegas after Surfaces and go to the NAHB Builders' Show Feb. 4-6.

The IWPA (International Wood Products Association) Convention is in St. Petersburg, Fla., March 5-7, for those who want a bit of Florida sunshine.

Domotex China is at the usual time: March 25-27.

The National Wood Flooring Association Expo meets in Nashville April 16-18.

The AIA (American Institute of Architects) meets in Chicago June 26-28.

The IWF (International Woodworking Fair) will be in Atlanta Aug. 20-23.

The NHLA (National Hardwood Lumber Association) meets in Vegas Oct. 8-10.

GreenBuild will be in New Orleans Oct. 22-24.

And for a list of NWFA training courses and other educational opportunities, see the NWFA's online school calendar.

Elizabeth Baldwin has over 20 years of international wood sourcing experience. Very widely traveled, her résumé's "Special Skills" section includes "the ability to eat anything from raw horse to deep-fried scorpion." She serves as Metropolitan Hardwood Flooring's (metrofloors.com) ECO (Environmental Compliance Officer) and deals daily with the "green alphabet soup" of today's industry: FSC, CARB, LEED, and much more. She blogs for Hardwood Floors on all things green (and, as she says, " 'grey' and 'blue' and almost every color except 'black and white.' Nothing in this world is black and white, particularly not 'green issues.'")