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Films & programs: Memories of a Pan Am flight attendant

Author and former Pan Am flight attendant Wendy Knecht will share her experiences at Distant Lands in Pasadena



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.


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

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