Upcoming Events


Monday, June 6 — Remote Exploration with Purpose

For more than two decades Jim Dorsey has embedded himself among remote tribal cultures as both observer and participant. His photography has captured the people and places that are quickly vanishing from our planet and his written narratives give a voice to those who only have oral histories.  He will discuss why he goes to these places and often lives quite primitively in order to bring their stories to the outside world. This is a unique and eye opening journey for you to see places and people most of the world does not know exists.

About the speaker:

Jim is an award winning author, explorer, photographer, and lecturer who has traveled extensively in 46 countries. He has spent the past two decades researching remote cultures around the world. He is a contributing editor at TRANSITIONS ABROAD and frequent contributor to UNITED AIRLINES and PERCEPTIVE TRAVEL.  He has also written for COLLIERS, The CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, LOS ANGELES TIMES, BBC WILDLIFE, WORLD&I, WEND and NATURAL HISTORY, plus several African magazines. He is a foreign correspondent for CAMERAPIX INTERNATIONAL, and a travel consultant to BROWN&HUDSON of London.  His latest book, “Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails”is available on all major bookseller websites. His stories have appeared in nine travel anthologies. He is a 13 time SOLAS AWARD category winner from TravelersTales, and a contributor to their “Best Travel Writing, Volume Ten.” His work has been featured in10 literary anthologies.

He is a fellow of the Explorers Club and former director of the Adventurers Club.

website, http://www.jamesdorsey.com/


Monday, June 13 — Travel Journal Writing Workshop

Author Susan Van Allen (100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go, Letters from Italy) guides you to create the most treasured souvenir of your trip.

A blank travel journal can become your most treasured souvenir. You can fill it with emotional snapshots and reveries–from expectations, to first impressions, to surprising discoveries. When you pick it up years later, this journal transports you back years and across miles. It reveals the truth of your experience, with all its twists, turns, and intimate details.

This fun, interactive evening includes:

*Guidance to create a journal that suits your trip and unique style

*Writing exercises to get creative juices flowing

*Inspiration to focus your journal, so your trip becomes more personally fulfilling

*AND, if you want to write for travel publications, this workshop is an essential first step

Writers and Travelers of all levels are welcome

Price: $39.00
Class size is limited to 10, so sign up early to get a space!

Sarah Smith

Saturday, June 18 — 1 Week, 1 Carry-On™

BEGINS AT 9:30 AM; doors open at 9am

Join us for a very special event — 1 Week, 1 Carry-On™, presented by packing expert Sarah Smith. Sarah will offer expert tips on how to pack for a 1-week trip in 1 carry-on bag, and share the latest trends in luggage and innovative travel products. Plus, there will be special prizes and lots of fun!

Get to Know Packing Expert Sarah Smith

Born and raised in South Africa, Sarah’s childhood was filled with numerous family trips exploring the coastal beaches, the Garden Route along the south eastern coast, and on South African safari tours. This came with many responsibilities including learning how to pack the travel necessities for a family of five and space management in the family’s VW van.

By the time she was 12, when her family relocated to sunny California, Sarah had flown around the world, having 5 continents and numerous cities stamped in her well-worn passport. In her college years she worked in a luggage store in Del Mar, California, developing her luggage knowledge and packing skills.

As she travels throughout the country as Briggs & Riley’s Retail Sales Merchandiser, Sarah is thrilled her career allows her to combine her passion for travel, culture, clothing (she’s also a fashionista) and education.



Monday, June 20 — “Naked at Lunch” with author Mark Haskell Smith

Join local author Mark Haskell Smith for a reading from his amusing and observant book, Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World. He’ll discuss how the book came about, what it took to research it, and answer all your questions afterward!