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Films & programs: Memories of a Pan Am flight attendant

TRAVEL

Presentation

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Author and former Pan Am flight attendant Wendy Knecht will read from her book, "Life, Love and a Hijacking," focusing on the iconic airline, its history and her life as a flight attendant.

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

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

TRAVEL

Presentation

Matt Kepnes will share his tips for "How to Travel the World on $50 a Day," the title of his now updated and expanded book, with chapters on China, India and Japan.

When, where: 7 p.m. Monday at Traveler's Bookcase, 8375 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles

Admission, info: Free. (323) 655-0575.

BACKPACKING

Workshop

Learn backpacking basics, including planning, preparation and gear selection.

When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St.

Admission, info: Free. (818) 831-5555

ITALY

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Gary Scott will share photos, stories and travel tips about walking and hiking in the Dolomites of northern Italy.

When, where: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Adventure 16 store in Tarzana, 5425 Reseda Blvd., and Friday at the Adventure 16 store in Los Angeles, 11161 W. Pico Blvd.

Admission, info: Free. Tarzana, (818) 345-4266; Los Angeles, (310) 473-4574.

JOSHUA TREE

Field class

This three-day class will include a botany lecture, with emphasis on desert plants, a lab session and field days in Joshua Tree National Park identifying flowering plants.

When, where: 6 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. March 29 at Hi-Desert Nature Museum, 57116 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley.

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

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

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