Monday, May 15 -- "San Miguel de Allende"

Alejandro Alia will bring a fully updated view of San Miguel Allende, Mexico’s famed colonial resort, ranked as one of the world’s favourite tourist destinations. He will also review San Miguel’s ascendance as an important wine producing region, home of many lovely wineries and vineyards. Attendees will be able to sample wine from Cuna de Tierra Winery, a pioneer in developing the Guanajuato wine region.

Alejandro Alia is an experienced traveler/journalist, and founder of Finisterre, a new showcase focused on unique tourist destinations.




Monday, May 22 -- "South Africa Panorama" 


Nature lover and watercolorist Kent Kachigian will present a panoramic look at South Africa. From the cosmopolitan cities of Johannesburg and Capetown to the natural beauty of South Africa's coasts, Mr. Kachigian will share his love of the people, the food, the land and of course, the wildlife. Learn about the splendors of a day in the bush, and hear his advice on what to do & what to avoid on your trip to South Africa. In addition to photos from his two South African journeys, Mr. Kachigian will also share some of his paintings inspired by his trips.



Thursday, July 13 -- “So Happiness to Meet You: Foolishly, Blissfully Stranded in Vietnam.”

Join former Los Angeles Times Travel columnist Karin Esterhammer about her experience living among the poor in Vietnam for 2½ years, with slides and a reading from her new memoir. 




Monday, July 17 -- "The Magic of Yucatan"


Join best selling travel writer Ray Bartlett for a journey to Yucatan, Mexico, with slides, stories, and a reading from his debut novel, Sunsets of Tulum.  Like the protagonist in Bartlett's novel, many people arrive in Cancun with little to no understanding of how rich the area is beyond the edges of the resort.  Learn about this incredible part of the world from someone who knows it like the back of his hand.