Visit Europe's Alps This Saturday Night

The second of the 2005-2006 Kiwanis Travel Adventure Series will be on Saturday night, Nov. 19, with a film titled "Europe's Alps."

The film will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Flintridge Preparatory School, located at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Crown Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge.

The film will be narrated by the filmmaker, Jim Tompkins. Tompkins is a skilled cinematographer whose recent film credits include the travel logs "Emigrant Road -- An Oregon Trail Adventure" and "Four Corners."

Pre-program entertainment featuring Tom Burrows' piano melodies will begin at 7:10 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Tickets for individual performances are $8 and season tickets for the balance of the series are $35.

Europe's Alps rise out of the sea along the "Riviera of Flowers" in Southeastern France. Saturday night's travel adventure will start in Monaco and explore the scenic and cultural highlights of the alpine regions. The trek of discovery will include highlights of the lake region of Italy, the Dolomites, Liechtenstein and the high points of Switzerland. In addition armchair travelers will visit the Austrian Alps, Bavaria and eastward into the Slovenian Alps. The adventure will end in France at Mont Blanc, which is the highest peak in Europe.

The third program in the series will be on Jan. 28 and will feature Hawaii. It will be narrated by filmmaker Dennis Burkhart. On Feb. 11, the series will explore the wine regions of France. The natural wonders of the Southeast Seaboard will be the subject on March 25 and a tour of Southern Italy on April 29.

The proceeds from the travel series will help fund the youth programs of the La Cañada Kiwanis Foundation. This nonprofit foundation sponsors the premier youth service programs in the La Cañada schools, including the Key Clubs at both La Cañada High and Flintridge Prep, a Builders Club at the middle school level, and a K-Kids Club at one of the elementary schools. More than 300 young people are involved in these programs and they join the Kiwanis family in the community in annually providing thousands of hours of service to the community.

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