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'Ancient Trails' author tells stories from off the beaten path

Distant Lands is hosting a talk by 'Vanishing Tales From Ancient Trails' author James Michael Dorsey



James Michael Dorsey will tell stories from off the beaten path that he has chronicled in his book "Vanishing Tales From Ancient Trails."

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

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



Hostelling International will conduct a travel workshop on exploring Europe by rail. Topics include Eurail passes and classes of service.

When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.

Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (310) 393-9913 Ext. 3104



Journey to exotic locations with the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

When, where: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Lincoln Middle School, 1501 California Ave., Santa Monica. Different films shown each night.

Admission, info: $15, plus $1 online service fee., (310) 473-4574.


Field class

Learn about the plants harvested by the native peoples of Southern California for food, medicine and utilitarian purposes.

When, where: 9 a.m. Saturday At Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, 11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley.

Admission, info: $70. (760) 367-5535.



Tom Getz will share the sights of Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra as well as the Blue Mountains, Royal National Park and the Flinders Range.

When, where: Noon March 22 at Little Ethiopia Restaurant, 1048 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles.

Admission: $22, including lunch and program. Hosted by the Network for Travel Club. RSVP to Odette Ricasa at (323) 578-3601

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