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January Events  
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Ocala, FL - January 6th, 2018 Ocala Stamp & Coin Show will be held at the Monroe Auxiliary Conference Center located at 1542 SW 1st Avenue. Bourse Hours are Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For further info contact Mr. Sheldon Rogg, PH: 727-364-6897. 
Email: h.rogg@verizon.net. Website: www.floridastampdealers.org
The Gold Coast Coin & Collectible Show will not be held in the month of January, 2018.
Port Richey, FL - January 13th, 2018 The West Pasco Stamp Roundup will be held at the Regency Park Civic Center, 10240 Regency Park Blvd. Hours: Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. For further information contact Mr. Sheldon Rogg, at Telephone 727-364-6897,Email:h.rogg@verizon.net www.floridastampshows.com. 
Melbourne, FL - January 14th, 2018, The 2nd Sunday Best One Day Coin, Stamp & Collectible Show will be held at the Azan Shrine Center, 1591 West Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, Florida. Bourse Hours are 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. For additional info, call Ms. Alysha Wilson at 321-428-5850 or email alyshawilson@att.net.
Tampa, FL - January 20th & 21st, 2018 The Tampa Stamp & Coin Expo. will be held at the Tampa Stadium Hotel, 4750 Dale Mabry. Bourse Hours are Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For further information contact Mr. Sheldon Rogg at 727-364-6897 or email: h.rogg@verizon.net. www.floridastampshows.com 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - January 21st, 2018, Third Sunday Coin & Stamp Show will be held at the Volunteer Park Community Center, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauder dale. Bourse Hours: Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For further information contact Mr. Joe Marshall at 954-802-4967 or email at: magikj48@yahoo.com.
STAMP OF THE MONTH

The U.S. Postal Service rings in 2018 with the Year of the Dog Forever stamp. It’s the 11th of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Dog begins Feb. 16, 2018, and ends Feb. 4, 2019. The event is free and open to the public. 
When:
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m., Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time
Where: Chinatown Cultural Plaza
100 N. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year for many Asian communities around the world and is celebrated primarily by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan, and Mongolian heritage.
The U.S. Postal Service introduced its Celebrating Lunar New Year series in 2008. The series will continue through 2019 with a stamp for the Year of the Boar. Year of the Dog is being issued as a souvenir sheet of 12 self-adhesive Forever stamps.
Art director Ethel Kessler worked on the series with illustrator Kam Mak, a Hong Kong-born artist who grew up in New York City’s Chinatown and now lives in Brooklyn. The artwork focuses on some of the common ways the Lunar New Year holiday is celebrated. 
The Year of the Dog illustration, originally created using oil paints on panel, depicts an arrangement of lucky bamboo (Dracaena braunii). To the right is a lozenge-shaped piece of red paper with the Chinese character fu, meaning good fortune, rendered in calligraphy — a common decoration on doors and entryways during Lunar New Year festivities.
Kessler’s stamp design also incorporates two elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps: Clarence Lee’s intricate cut-paper design of a dog and the Chinese character for “dog,” drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun.