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I'm looking for a synonym for "Social Program" which would fit better into the following schedule:

Annual Distributors Meeting Schedule:
1. Sales Workshop
2. Distribution and Logistics Meeting
3. Round Table Discussion
4. Social Program ???

Social Program just doesn't sound right to my ear.

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What are you trying to convey? "Social" as in "socializing" (like cocktail hour)? That it's optional? If you know what specifically it's going to be, why not just say that? –  Monica Cellio Nov 9 '11 at 19:53
    
Can you give more details as to what you intend 'Social Program' to entail? Is it non-business entertainment? Is it an analysis of social implications of your business? Is your business providing social programs to the community? Is it open-bar and dancing? –  Mitch Nov 9 '11 at 19:53
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Yes, as in dinner and something cultural. We don't know yet what the "Social Program" will be; we are having this meeting in the future but advertising it now, so it needs to be general. The social program will be finalized as the meeting approaches. –  tjb Nov 9 '11 at 20:00

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Based on the question's comments, I would suggest something along the lines of

4 Dinner and entertainment (TBD)

An alternative, if you don't want to commit to advertising any kind of entertainment, or anything beyond event attendees socializing, is

4 Networking hour

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+1 for Dinner and entertainment (TBD). I'm not sure about Networking hour; maybe ditch the hour bit as it implies a time limit, but the other one sounds more inviting and will usually have networking opportunities anyway. –  Hugo Nov 9 '11 at 21:10

I would suggest "cocktails," "cocktail hour," or "mixer." All of these convey a social function. The first two usually imply alcohol will be served. The last does not necessarily, but is sometimes taken to mean that.

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Fellowship and conversation. The first has a slightly religious feel so it might not suit your needs.

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Until you know what you're going to do, naming it is going to be a challenge.

  • We have the room until 9 but the last thing ends at 8, so let's hang around for unstructured conversation? Networking
  • There will be someone on stage directing us in doing something that will cause us to get to know each other and increase our bonding? Social Activity
  • The bar will open and we expect the conversation to begin? Cocktails and Conversation
  • There will be someone on stage entertaining and we will sit and watch? Entertainment

and so on. I think you'll find once you choose the activity, you'll be able to name it generically.

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I am using "Hangout" in a similar religious context.

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