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Distant Lands hosts talk on ancient Armenia

Matthew Karanian talks ancient Armenia at Distant Lands on Feb. 24



Matthew Karanian will discuss ancient Armenia, including the 1,000-year-old Armenian capital of Ani, as well as the regions of Van, Kharpert, Diyarbakir and Sebastia. Book signing to follow.

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

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



Experts will share their knowledge about backpacking and climbing California's highest peak, including permits, routes and how to choose equipment and food.

When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real.

Admission, info: Free. (714) 505-0205.



Mountaineer Alexander Barber will talk about his journey to become a high-altitude climber and his Annapurna expedition this spring.

When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Adventure 16 store in Tarzana, 5425 Reseda Blvd.

Admission, info: Free. (818) 345-4266.


Field class

During this three-day lecture and field class, learn the geologic principles that shaped the rocks and minerals of the Mojave and Colorado deserts.

When, where: 6 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. March 1. Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms.

Admission, info: $145. (760) 367-5535



Nino Mohan will discuss the overland journey from Lhasa, Tibet, to Kathmandu, Nepal, as well as tours of Nepal and Bhutan.

When, where: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at New India's Oven, 13444 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey.

Admission, info: $19 for lunch and program. Hosted by the Network for Travel Club. RSVP to Odette Ricassa, (323) 578-3601.

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