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Author to share tips for first-time travelers to India

A book-signing by Sharon Arpana Edwards, plus her tips for first-timers to India at Distant Lands

INDIA

Presentation

Author Sharon Arpana Edwards will share tips for first-time visitors to India, including advice on shopping, traveling within the country and communicating cross-culturally. She will also read from and sign her book, "Pioneer Boulevard: Los Angeles Stories."

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220

AUSTRALIA

Workshop

Learn how to travel safely and inexpensively throughout Australia and the surrounding isles.

When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Rancho Cucamonga, 12218 Foothill Blvd. Admission, info: Free. (909) 646-8360

SOUTH PACIFIC

Presentation

Bob Ihsen will discuss the unusual and off-the-beaten-path islands of Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Niue, American and Western Samoa, Enderby, Campbell and McGuire.

When, where: Noon Saturday at Max's Restaurant, 1101 E. Huntington Drive, Monrovia.

Admission, info: $20.50 for lunch and program. Hosted by the Network for Travel Club. RSVP to Odette Ricasa at (323) 578-3601.

Please email announcements at least three weeks before the event to travel@latimes.com.

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