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Laurie McAndish King details travel adventures at Distant Lands reading

TRAVEL

Presentation

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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.

BACKPACKING

Workshop

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.

EUROPE

Workshop

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.

JOSHUA TREE

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Field class

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.

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

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