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Program #16038RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Oct 12 — Oct 15, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service, 15-story hotel is located within Warner Center in Woodland Hills. The Hilton Woodland Hills hotel offers modern amenities in the warm, Southern-California climate and is situated near major Los Angeles attractions including Universal Studios, The Getty Center, Malibu Beach and Hollywood. Its 326 guestrooms are the largest in the area. The hotel is within walking distance of many fine restaurants, entertainment venues, and premier shopping including Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom's.

Contact info:
6360 Canoga Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367 USA
phone: 818-595-1000
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BURWCHF-Hilton-Woodland-Hills-Los-Angeles-California/index.do

Room amenities: Large, classically appointed guest rooms measure over 300 sq. ft. and feature cherry furniture; 37" LCD HDTV with premium channels and pay-per-view movies; Hilton Alarm Clock Radio with MP3 connection; work-size desk with ergonomic chair; and two-line speakerphones with voicemail. Rooms feature pillow-top mattress, down-filled comforter, Touch of Down pillows and soft sheets. Other guestroom amenities include a coffee maker with complimentary Lavazza coffee, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, and daily newspaper delivery. 800 and calling-card phone calls are free. Room accommodates up to four guests (with rollaway bed).

Facility amenities: The hotel provides guests with complimentary access to its Fitness Center by Precor located on the 3rd floor of the hotel; a business center with free computer and high-speed Internet access; ATM; baggage storage; bell service; dry cleaning service; gift shop; Guest Activity Desk; ice/vending machines; on-site convenience store; valet parking; safety deposit box at the front desk (not in room); and shuttle service. The hotel features the Brasserie Restaurant for a casual atmosphere in which to savor the fresh flavors of California cuisine and Fitzgerald's Lounge for beverages and entertainment. Arnie Morton's Steakhouse and BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse are located near the hotel and offer additional choices of hearty meals. Room service is also available for private dining. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary high-speed wireless internet service is available in the hotel common areas only (lobby, foyers, restaurants), but not in the guest rooms. Wi-Fi Internet access in the guest rooms is available to Road Scholar participants for a discounted rate of $5.00 per day per room. You may sign up for wireless internet service at the front desk upon check-in or at any time during your stay. You will receive a special password for your device(s) and your credit card will be charged the appropriate fees upon check-out. VALET PARKING is available at the hotel for $10 per night. Overnight self-parking is available in an adjacent parking structure for $9 per night Friday through Saturday, and $14 per night Sunday through Thursday.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based on availability
Call the hotel directly at 818-595-1000 to make a reservation to stay additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 12 - Independent Arrivals/Registration/Orientation/Int...
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into the hotel after 3:00PM.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, the program offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

Evening: CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

Lodging: Hilton Woodland Hills Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service, 15-story hotel is located within Warner Center in Woodland Hills. The Hilton Woodland Hills hotel offers modern amenities in the warm, Southern-California climate and is situated near major Los Angeles attractions including Universal Studios, The Getty Center, Malibu Beach and Hollywood. Its 326 guestrooms are the largest in the area. The hotel is within walking distance of many fine restaurants, entertainment venues, and premier shopping including Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom's.

Contact info:
6360 Canoga Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367 USA
phone: 818-595-1000
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BURWCHF-Hilton-Woodland-Hills-Los-Angeles-California/index.do

Room amenities: Large, classically appointed guest rooms measure over 300 sq. ft. and feature cherry furniture; 37" LCD HDTV with premium channels and pay-per-view movies; Hilton Alarm Clock Radio with MP3 connection; work-size desk with ergonomic chair; and two-line speakerphones with voicemail. Rooms feature pillow-top mattress, down-filled comforter, Touch of Down pillows and soft sheets. Other guestroom amenities include a coffee maker with complimentary Lavazza coffee, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, and daily newspaper delivery. 800 and calling-card phone calls are free. Room accommodates up to four guests (with rollaway bed).

Facility amenities: The hotel provides guests with complimentary access to its Fitness Center by Precor located on the 3rd floor of the hotel; a business center with free computer and high-speed Internet access; ATM; baggage storage; bell service; dry cleaning service; gift shop; Guest Activity Desk; ice/vending machines; on-site convenience store; valet parking; safety deposit box at the front desk (not in room); and shuttle service. The hotel features the Brasserie Restaurant for a casual atmosphere in which to savor the fresh flavors of California cuisine and Fitzgerald's Lounge for beverages and entertainment. Arnie Morton's Steakhouse and BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse are located near the hotel and offer additional choices of hearty meals. Room service is also available for private dining. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary high-speed wireless internet service is available in the hotel common areas only (lobby, foyers, restaurants), but not in the guest rooms. Wi-Fi Internet access in the guest rooms is available to Road Scholar participants for a discounted rate of $5.00 per day per room. You may sign up for wireless internet service at the front desk upon check-in or at any time during your stay. You will receive a special password for your device(s) and your credit card will be charged the appropriate fees upon check-out. VALET PARKING is available at the hotel for $10 per night. Overnight self-parking is available in an adjacent parking structure for $9 per night Friday through Saturday, and $14 per night Sunday through Thursday.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based on availability
Call the hotel directly at 818-595-1000 to make a reservation to stay additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 13 - Introduction to CSI/Mystery Writing Theme
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: The Real Crime Scene: Fact vs. Fiction

A criminal forensics expert will compare real life methods of crime scene investigation to those shown on popular 'CSI' television programs.

CLASS: The Literary Crime Scene: What, Why, and a Little How To

A noted author will share personal motivations and anecdotes about writing crime fiction.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: CLASS: Collecting Evidence from the Crime Scene: You'll Never Believe What You Can Retrieve from What They Leave

HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Collecting Evidence from the Crime Scene: You'll Never Believe What You Can Retrieve from What They Leave

Now it is YOUR turn to lift fingerprints and other evidence from the scene of the crime!

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Lodging: Hilton Woodland Hills Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service, 15-story hotel is located within Warner Center in Woodland Hills. The Hilton Woodland Hills hotel offers modern amenities in the warm, Southern-California climate and is situated near major Los Angeles attractions including Universal Studios, The Getty Center, Malibu Beach and Hollywood. Its 326 guestrooms are the largest in the area. The hotel is within walking distance of many fine restaurants, entertainment venues, and premier shopping including Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom's.

Contact info:
6360 Canoga Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367 USA
phone: 818-595-1000
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BURWCHF-Hilton-Woodland-Hills-Los-Angeles-California/index.do

Room amenities: Large, classically appointed guest rooms measure over 300 sq. ft. and feature cherry furniture; 37" LCD HDTV with premium channels and pay-per-view movies; Hilton Alarm Clock Radio with MP3 connection; work-size desk with ergonomic chair; and two-line speakerphones with voicemail. Rooms feature pillow-top mattress, down-filled comforter, Touch of Down pillows and soft sheets. Other guestroom amenities include a coffee maker with complimentary Lavazza coffee, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, and daily newspaper delivery. 800 and calling-card phone calls are free. Room accommodates up to four guests (with rollaway bed).

Facility amenities: The hotel provides guests with complimentary access to its Fitness Center by Precor located on the 3rd floor of the hotel; a business center with free computer and high-speed Internet access; ATM; baggage storage; bell service; dry cleaning service; gift shop; Guest Activity Desk; ice/vending machines; on-site convenience store; valet parking; safety deposit box at the front desk (not in room); and shuttle service. The hotel features the Brasserie Restaurant for a casual atmosphere in which to savor the fresh flavors of California cuisine and Fitzgerald's Lounge for beverages and entertainment. Arnie Morton's Steakhouse and BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse are located near the hotel and offer additional choices of hearty meals. Room service is also available for private dining. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary high-speed wireless internet service is available in the hotel common areas only (lobby, foyers, restaurants), but not in the guest rooms. Wi-Fi Internet access in the guest rooms is available to Road Scholar participants for a discounted rate of $5.00 per day per room. You may sign up for wireless internet service at the front desk upon check-in or at any time during your stay. You will receive a special password for your device(s) and your credit card will be charged the appropriate fees upon check-out. VALET PARKING is available at the hotel for $10 per night. Overnight self-parking is available in an adjacent parking structure for $9 per night Friday through Saturday, and $14 per night Sunday through Thursday.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based on availability
Call the hotel directly at 818-595-1000 to make a reservation to stay additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 14 - Panel Discussion with Mystery Writers/Field Trip
Note: Field trip on the bus involves several stops and limited walking on flat terrain. Dining room for lunch on field trip may involve a flight of stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: Sisters and Brothers in Crime: Where Fact and Fiction Can Co-exist

Join a panel discussion between authors and criminalists. Maybe get some ideas for your own novel!

FIELD TRIP: The Real (?) Los Angeles: Returning to the Scenes of Infamous Crimes

The title says it all. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this bustling city while you hear about dastardly deeds and see where they took place.

Lunch: Lunch at Vitello's --- Robert Blake was accused of shooting Bonny Lee Bakley, his wife of only six months, outside his favorite Studio City restaurant, Vitello's.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Real (?) Los Angeles: Returning to the Scenes of Infamous Crimes continues after lunch.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Lodging: Hilton Woodland Hills Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Four: Wednesday, October 15 - Handwriting Analysis Presentation/Independent Dep...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: Forensic Handwriting Examination: Who Wrote it and What Makes Them Tick?

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our CSI In Fact and Fiction program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



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Woodland Hills, California
Hotel VicinityThe Westfield Topanga Mall is within walking distance of the hotel. Shoppers can take their pick from two stories of shops, restaurants and entertainment options. There are many dining options including Ruth's Chris, Corner Bakery, P.F. Chang's and Maggiano's. Movies are available at the AMC 16 Theatres, a top-flight multiplex with stadium seating. The Mall is located at 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
Los Angeles Convention and Visitors BureauWhile there are no major tourist destinations or attractions in Woodland Hills, the city adjoins the greater Los Angeles area which offers visitors a wide range of activities and attractions. To learn more, we suggest you contact the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau website and download, view or order travel guides and tourism information. Mailing address: LACVB, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. Phone: (323) 467-6412
For additional information, visit: www.discoverlosangeles.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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