Your California Bucket List: A collection of new adventures and experiences in the Golden State for every day of 2017

Susan Van Allen to discuss Rome, Florence, Venice travel tips

Susan Van Allen will discuss her female-focused travel book at Distant Lands in Pasadena



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



Book signing

Celebrate Yosemite's 150th anniversary with a reading, photo op and signing with Ranger Baldy — a giant bald eagle, author of "Ranger Baldy and the Disappearing Waterfall — a Yosemite National Park Adventure."

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.


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