Laurie McAndish King will read from her new collection of travel essays, "Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive," and show accompanying slides.
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.
Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220.
Experts will offer tips on lightweight backpacking techniques.
When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave.
Admission, info: Free. (626) 447-1062.
Hostelling International will conduct a workshop on rail travel in Europe, with information on Eurail passes, classes of service and other topics.
When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave.
Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (310) 393-9913 Ext. 3104.
Learn about the Joshua tree's evolution, its biological functions and the role it plays in the Mojave Desert ecosystem.
When, where: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Black Rock Visitor Center, Black Rock Canyon Campground, Yucca Valley.
Admission, info: $70. (760) 367-5535.