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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 14 — Oct 17, 2012

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Airtel Plaza is a first-class, independent hotel with striking glass-walled views of tranquil rock gardens, a woodsy brook and manicured lawns that combines elegant hospitality and a beautiful environment. Guest rooms are over-sized and designed for comfort. Conveniently situated in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, the hotel is just a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, and the Burbank Airport.

Contact info:
7277 Valjean Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91406 USA
phone: 818-997-7676
web: www.airtelplaza.com

Room amenities: All guest rooms are large and well-appointed with hair dryers, AM/FM clock radio, coffee makers, iron/ironing boards, goose down pillows, complimentary in-room high-speed Internet access, two telephones with a data port (with free local calls), and in-room movies by LodgeNet. Refrigerators are available upon request (nominal fee applies).

Facility amenities: Convenient amenities include a Business Center, Gift Shop, complimentary coffee service (Monday-Friday, 4:00 - 6:00 am in the lobby), an on-site ATM, and vending machines. The hotel shuttle provides complimentary transportation to/from the Van Nuys/LAX FlyAway Bus Station, located one mile away. There are two dining venues within the hotel, the stylish Landings Restaurant and the Clipper Club Lounge, as well as many other fine restaurants in the area. The hotel features a fully-equipped fitness center, heated garden pool, and Jacuzzi spas. The hotel offers a valet laundry service to its guests. Car parking is $10/day. Wi-Fi Internet Access: Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout all hotel guest rooms and public spaces. No password is required.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Please call the hotel directly at 1-818-997-7676 to reserve a room for additional pre- or post-program nights and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 14 - Independent Arrivals/Introductions
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Airtel Plaza 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.

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: Airtel Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Airtel Plaza is a first-class, independent hotel with striking glass-walled views of tranquil rock gardens, a woodsy brook and manicured lawns that combines elegant hospitality and a beautiful environment. Guest rooms are over-sized and designed for comfort. Conveniently situated in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, the hotel is just a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, and the Burbank Airport.

Contact info:
7277 Valjean Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91406 USA
phone: 818-997-7676
web: www.airtelplaza.com

Room amenities: All guest rooms are large and well-appointed with hair dryers, AM/FM clock radio, coffee makers, iron/ironing boards, goose down pillows, complimentary in-room high-speed Internet access, two telephones with a data port (with free local calls), and in-room movies by LodgeNet. Refrigerators are available upon request (nominal fee applies).

Facility amenities: Convenient amenities include a Business Center, Gift Shop, complimentary coffee service (Monday-Friday, 4:00 - 6:00 am in the lobby), an on-site ATM, and vending machines. The hotel shuttle provides complimentary transportation to/from the Van Nuys/LAX FlyAway Bus Station, located one mile away. There are two dining venues within the hotel, the stylish Landings Restaurant and the Clipper Club Lounge, as well as many other fine restaurants in the area. The hotel features a fully-equipped fitness center, heated garden pool, and Jacuzzi spas. The hotel offers a valet laundry service to its guests. Car parking is $10/day. Wi-Fi Internet Access: Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout all hotel guest rooms and public spaces. No password is required.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Please call the hotel directly at 1-818-997-7676 to reserve a room for additional pre- or post-program nights and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 15 - Introduction to CSI/Panel Discussion with Mystery...
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: Join a Panel Discussion between Mystery Authors

Maybe get some ideas for your own novel!

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Collecting Evidence from the Crime Scene I : 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!

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



Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: DVD: "Casablanca" ~ (the movie shows Van Nuys Airport which is located next to our hotel)

Lodging: Airtel Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Airtel Plaza is a first-class, independent hotel with striking glass-walled views of tranquil rock gardens, a woodsy brook and manicured lawns that combines elegant hospitality and a beautiful environment. Guest rooms are over-sized and designed for comfort. Conveniently situated in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, the hotel is just a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, and the Burbank Airport.

Contact info:
7277 Valjean Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91406 USA
phone: 818-997-7676
web: www.airtelplaza.com

Room amenities: All guest rooms are large and well-appointed with hair dryers, AM/FM clock radio, coffee makers, iron/ironing boards, goose down pillows, complimentary in-room high-speed Internet access, two telephones with a data port (with free local calls), and in-room movies by LodgeNet. Refrigerators are available upon request (nominal fee applies).

Facility amenities: Convenient amenities include a Business Center, Gift Shop, complimentary coffee service (Monday-Friday, 4:00 - 6:00 am in the lobby), an on-site ATM, and vending machines. The hotel shuttle provides complimentary transportation to/from the Van Nuys/LAX FlyAway Bus Station, located one mile away. There are two dining venues within the hotel, the stylish Landings Restaurant and the Clipper Club Lounge, as well as many other fine restaurants in the area. The hotel features a fully-equipped fitness center, heated garden pool, and Jacuzzi spas. The hotel offers a valet laundry service to its guests. Car parking is $10/day. Wi-Fi Internet Access: Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout all hotel guest rooms and public spaces. No password is required.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Please call the hotel directly at 1-818-997-7676 to reserve a room for additional pre- or post-program nights and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 16 - Mystery Writing Theme/Field Trip
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: This is How Hard One has to Work Just to Reach Obscurity, But it Sure Beats Working!

Local mystery writer will discuss how his personal and vocational experiences inspired and influenced his writing.

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: Murder Mystery Dinner at hotel

Lodging: Airtel Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Four: Wednesday, October 17 - LA Crime Lab Presentation/Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: Processing Evidence by an LA Crime Lab Expert

From your hotel classroom, learn from an LA Crime Lab expert about the state-of-the-art Los Angeles Crime Lab and what happens to thousands of pieces of evidence from crime scenes all over the country.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Van Nuys
Japanese GardenAuthentic Japanese Gardens designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana, is located at the City of Los Angeles Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. The design of the stroll-through garden enables the viewer to walk from one point to another and enjoy differing vistas from different points in the garden.1/2-mile walk. 6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. 818-756-8166
For additional information, visit: www.thejapanesegarden.com
Los Angeles Visitors GuideContact: LA Convention and Visitors Bureau 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 466-3478
For additional information, visit: www.discoverlosangeles.com
Museum Row/Los AngelesCall individual museums for current hours, admission and exhibit information:

1. George C. Page Museum of Natural History/La Brea Tar Pits. Call 323 934 7243.

2. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Call 323 857 6000. www.lacma.org

3. Craft and Folk Art Museum. Call 323 937 4230. www.cafam.org

Pasadena-Area MuseumsCall individual museums or check websites for current hours, admission and exhibit information:

1. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Garden. Call 626 405 2141. www.huntington.org

2. Southwest Museum. Call 323 221 2164. www.autrynationalcenter.org/southwest/

3. Pacific Asia Museum. Call 626 449 2742. www.pacificasiamuseum.org

4. Norton Simon Museum of Art. Call 626 449 6840. www.nortonsimon.org

UCLA/Westwood MuseumsCall individual museums or check web sites for current hours, admission and exhibit information:

1. Fowler Museum of Cultural History (on UCLA campus). Call 310 825 4361. www.fmch.ucla.edu

2. Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center. Call 310 443 7000. www.hammer.ucla.edu

3. Skirball Cultural Center and Museum. Call 310 440 4500. www.skirball.org

Van Nuys Chamber of CommerceContact: Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce 7120 Hayvenhurst Avenue Suite 114 Van Nuys, CA 91406 (818) 989-0300
For additional information, visit: www.midvalleychamber.com
Walt Disney Concert HallWalt Disney Concert Hall is the fourth and most recent addition to the Music Center of Los Angeles County. It is situated on 3.6 acres, a full city block, at the intersection of First St. and Grand Ave. in the historic Bunker Hill area of downtown Los Angeles. It encompasses two outdoor amphitheaters, including Keck Children's Amphitheatre seating 300 and a second performing space that accommodates an audience of 120, as well as a space for pre-concert events. A large portion of the site has been dedicated to an urban park with expansive public gardens and ornamental landscaping and water elements designed by Melinda Taylor and Lawrence Reed Moline. Walt Disney Concert Hall Tours Lobby Box Office 111 S. Grand Ave. 323-850-2000 or 213-972-7211 for General Information
For additional information, visit: www.musiccenter.org

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
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