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.
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.
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
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.
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