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Adrian and Susan Kalvinskas of Distant Lands will explore the Low Countries and their cities and countryside, including Amsterdam, the World War I-era landscape of the Ypres area and Brussels.

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220.



Experts will introduce and explain where and why avalanches occur. Learn to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize basic signs of avalanche danger and learn simple ways to avoid it.

When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real.

Admission, info: Free. (714) 505-0205



The Sierra Club will present author Gil Thibault, who will discuss bristlecone pine trees, the world's oldest living trees found in the White Mountains of California.

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 E. Willow St., Long Beach.

Admission, info: Free



The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. will present a travel night to preview its May trip to Botswana accompanied by zoo director John Lewis.

When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday,Witherbee Auditorium at the L.A. Zoo.

Admission, info: Free. (323) 644-4792



Kurt Wedberg will share his adventures about his 20-year journey to climb the Seven Summits, the highest points on each continent.

When, where: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Adventure 16 store in Tarzana, 5425 Reseda Blvd., and Friday at the Los Angeles store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd.

Admission, info: Free. (818) 345-4266 for Tarzana; (310) 473-4574 for Los Angeles.



This two-day workshop and field class will focus on advanced techniques used to capture wildlife and desert landscapes in Joshua Tree National Park. Tripod is required.

When, where: Nov. 9 and 10, Black Rock Visitor Center.

Admission, info: $110. (760) 367-5535. Class size is limited; camping option available.

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