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Travel films & events: Healthy travel in Europe

Plus, hiking Mt. Whitney, tips for solo female travelers, field class on native plants, Banff Mountain film fest.

March 17, 2013



Ava Waits will offer tips on healthy travel to Europe and what to do if you need to see a doctor or pharmacist on your trip.

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 offer tips on preparing to hike Mt. Whitney, including the permit system, coping with high altitude and taking alternative routes to the top.

When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave.

Admission, info: Free. (626) 447-1062.



Veteran travelers will offer tips for women interested in traveling alone, including advantages and concerns for solo travel.

When, where: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., Santa Monica.

Admission, info: Free. (310) 393-6263.


Field class

Daniel McCarthy will teach participants about the plants harvested by native peoples for food, medicine and utilitarian purposes. The program will start with an overview of local tribes.

When, where: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.

Admission, info: $60, (760) 367-5535.


Film festival

The 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour presents movies on remote landscapes, mountain cultures and adrenaline-fueled action sports.

When, where: 7 p.m. Saturday at John Adams Middle School, 2425 16th St., Santa Monica.

Admission, info: Tickets $15. Order online at and click on "events." (310) 473-4574.

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