Susan Van Allen will discuss her new book, "50 Places in Rome, Florence & Venice Every Woman Should Go," as well as show slides.
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.
Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220.
Learn winter camping basics, including how to plan, stay warm and select appropriate gear.
When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St., and Thursday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave.
Admission, info: Free. (818) 831-5555 for Northridge; (626) 447-1062 for Arcadia
When, where: 11 a.m. Saturday at the Adventure 16 store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
Admission, info: Free. (310) 473-4574.
Women's off-the-grid weekend features hiking, yoga, journaling, basic navigation and desert survival.
When, where: 8 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Meet at Joshua Tree Visitor Center.
Admission, info: $120. (760) 367-5535. Camping optional.