An REI expert will provide excellent tips on lightweight backpacking techniques, plus information on shelters, backpacks and food choices.
When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at REI stores in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave., and Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.
Admission, info: Free. (626) 447-1062 for Arcadia; (310) 458-4370 for Santa Monica.
Guide Gary Scott will share photos, stories and travel tips about Croatia, Slovenia and the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy, some of the world's best walking and hiking areas.