Learn the basics of hiking California's Mt. Whitney, including the permit lottery, gear and training.
When, where: 6 p.m. Wednesday at REI in Santa Ana, 1411 Village Way (McFadden Place).
Admission, info: Free. (714) 543-4142
Learn the ins and outs of traveling the Continent by train in "Europe by Rail."
When, where: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., Santa Monica.
Admission, info: Free. (310) 393-3413