The Adventurers Club of Los Angeles

A Gathering Place for Those Who Leave the Beaten Path in Search of Adventure

Past Programs


October 10, 2019 – Member Night
Dawson Bloom
Scottish Archeology

October 17, 2019 – Open Night
Pierre Odier 988
Adventures in Southern Nepal and Bangladesh

October 24 – An Open Night
Matt Kresling
The Madagascar Journals

October 31
Club is Dark

November 2, 2019 – All are Welcome
Night of High Adventure
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana

August 22, 2019A Member Night
Jake Roberts
Kayaking Uganda
and Climbing Mt. Kenya

August 29 – A Member Night
Alec Shumate 1210
Summer Fury: Combat Art
with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

September 5, 2019 – An Open Night – All are Welcome
Andrew Medina 1212
A Tryst in Triage:
On Fingering the Afflictions
of Paraguay

September 12, 2019 An Open Night – All are Welcome
Jim McEachen
Beyond Everest:
Adventures in the Lesser-Known Himalaya

July 25, 2019 – An Open Night
Man’s First Landing
on the Moon!

August 1, 2019 – A Member Night
Evan Bozanic 1173
Rebreathers in Diving, Aviation, and Submarines

August 8, 2019 – An Open Night
John Grasson
The Lost Ships of the Desert

August 15, 2019 – An Open Night
Franky Ortega
Jumping into Normandy
– 75 Years Later –

June 27, 2019
A Members’ Night
Greg Downing
Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China

July 18, 2019
Kate Liszka
Exploring the Amethyst
Mines of Pharaoh

July 4, 2019
Dark: Fourth of July

June 13, 2019
An Open Night
Dean Torrance
The Adventures of Jan and Dean

June 20, 2019
A Members’ Night
David Veeneman,
Mutiny on the Bounty: Fact or Fiction?

June 6, 2019
A Members’ Night
75th Anniversary of D-Day
With stories from our members.

May 30, 2019
An Open Night
Richard Higbie:
Blimping and Ballooning
in the 1950s and ‘60s     

May 9, 2019
A Member Night
Neil Mandt
ACLA Member 1152
Augmented Reality

May 16, 2019
A Members’ Night
Members Showcase:
Short Stories From Several Members

May 23, 2019
An Open Night
Alec Shumate 1210
Forbidden Frontier:
The Matis Tribe of the Brazilian Amazon
Field Report from an
Adventurers’ Club Flag Expedition

April 25, 2019
A Member’s Night
Allan Smith 1058
The Marine Raider Memorial March

A private event for members and invited guests only
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Steve Elkins 1209
The Lost City of the Monkey God

May 2, 2019
An Open Night
Scott Steven Warner 1184
Prospecting the USA

April 18, 2019
A Members’ Night
Alec Shumate 1210
Paddling Down the Mekong River in Cambodia

Special Announcement: For the throne!
Sunday, April 21, 2019,
Winter Comes to the Adventurers’ Club
Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2

April 11, 2019
An Open Night
Elisa Kotin
The Best of Seven Continents

Special Announcement: For the throne!
Sunday, April 14th, 2019,
Winter comes to the Adventurers’ Club
Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 1

March 28, 2019
An Open Night
Papua New Guinea – Above and Below
Christoper Bartlett -Best of PNG Tours leader

April 4, 2019
An Open Night
Lance Miller
Leadership Lessons from Ernest Shackleton

March 21, 2019
An Open Night
Ken Hudson 1206
“The Second Annual Tiki Night” 

March 7, 2019
An Open Night
Alan Feldstein
Saving Cheetahs!

March 14, 2019
An Open Night
Archaeologist Brian Fagan
The Attacking Ocean

March 16, 2019
An Open Night
M O V I E  N I G H T
Program Information

February 21, 2019
An Open Night
Katherine Partain is a lead nuclear auditor

February 28, 2019
An Open Night at the Adventurers’ Club
Linda Abrams
The First Women to Fly

February 14, 2019
Nothing Says I LOVE YOU
Like an Open Night at the Adventurers’ Club
Special Valentine’s Day dinner menu,
with a rose and champagne for every lady in attendance,
and chocolate-dipped strawberries for dessert
ACLA President Michael Lawler 1195

Saturday, February 16th, 2019
An open night – All are welcome
–  M O V I E  N I G H T  –
Bridge on the River Kwai

Doors open at 6:30pm, movie begins at 7pm
Tickets are $10: Admission, popcorn, and a free soft drink are included

January 31, 2019
A Gentlemen’s Night
Chuck Jonkey 1026 Presents
The 1937 film “Forbidden Adventure in Angkor”

February 7, 2019
A Gentlemen’s Night
Mad Man Mike Hughes

January 24, 2019
A Gentlemen’s Night
Jim Biesterfield
Mommy Dearest

January 10, 2019
An Open Night
Col. Greg Raths, USMC (ret.)
Nine Lives as a Fighter Pilot

January 17, 2017
An Open Night
Karen Heath Clark
Sailing The Mediterranean

January 3, 2019
An Open Night
Michael Lawler
Cruising to Yemen

Through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea

December 13, 2018
Rick Bartow Retrospective
By Dr. Amy Scott
Things You Know But Cannot Explain
Referred by David Hayen, Esq.

December 20, 2018
ACLA President’s Holiday Party
Member and invited guests evening

December 27, 2018

November 29, 2018
An Open Night
Doug Westfall
The Pan Am China Clipper

December 6, 2018
An Open Night
Don Ray
 Did the U.S. Army fire and detonate
a nuclear artillery round in Laos or Vietnam late in 1968? 

November 8, 2018
A Member Night
Scott Warner 1184
Dredging the Bering Sea for Gold

 November 15, 2018
An Open Night
Steve Kaye
The Next Adventure

Referred by David Hayen 1203
Also tribute to Jack Stern 1181 and retire his badge

November 22, 2018

November 1, 2018
An Open Night
Professor Kate Liszka
King Tut
Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

Referred by David Hayen, Esq.,1203

Night of High Adventure 2018

October 27, 2018
Aboard the Queen Mary

 Program Information and Ticket Sales Here

An Open Night – Members and All Guests Welcome
A Celebration of the Life and Contributions of
Shane Berry, ACLA Member 1093

October 11, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Decoding the Mystery of the Designs on Mimbres Pottery
Ancient Pueblos Culture in New Mexico
Speakers Tony Berlant and Evan Maurer

Curators of the Mimbres Exhibit at LACMA and authors of the book on the Exhibition
Referred by David Hayen, Esq.,1203

September 27, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Wayne White 1194
Chief of South Pole Station
This – Is – Gonna’ – Be – AWESOME!

October 4, 2018
Gentlemen’s Night
Membership Meeting

September 13, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Sid Hallburn 1125
Self Defense Tips for Women

September 6, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
An ACLA and Explorer’s Club Night
Pierre Odier 988
Remote Corners of Gujarat India 2017

For members of both clubs and their guests.

August 30, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Lynn Redman 1198
A midwestern rancher tours India in 1993; can’t get a decent steak anywhere…

August 16, 2018
A Ladie’s Night
Teddy Roosevelt
John Ashbaugh

August 23, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Dr. Milton Love
 Research Biologist, Marine Science Institute, UC, Santa Barbara

August 9, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Jeff Holmes 1146
SE Asia WAY off the beaten path

August 2, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
David McAlexander 1199
SAMs (Surface-to-Air Missiles)
Dodging Aerial Death from Vietnam to Desert Storm

July 12, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Marco Rocchio
The Story of Coffee from Ethiopia to Guatemala 

Referred by David Hayen, Esq.,1203

July 19, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Dave Finnern
Member 1065
Sunken Mysteries Of The West

June 28,
A Ladies’ Night
Justin Chapman
Traveling from Capetown to Kampala in Search of an African Utopia

June 21, 2018

A Ladies’ Night
Dr. Megan O’Neil
Associate Curator LACMA
New Discoveries at the Pyramids in the Ancient City of Teotihuacan, Mexico

Referred by David Hayen 1203

June 7, 2018

A Ladies’ Night
Valerie Lezin
Connecting Cultures Mobile Museum

Referred by David Hayen 1203

 June 14, 2018
A Night Open To All
Robert Quist ACLA Member
Cuba 2010 and Again 2017

May 31, 2018

A Ladies’ Night
Yosemite NPS Firefighter
Larry Ypez
Bear Attack Survivor

May 24, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Dave Berman 1201
600 Years of the Universe Through Glass

From Galileo to Alvan Clark & Beyond

May 17, 2018
A Ladies’ Night – Everyone Welcome
I N  M E M O R I A M
Bob Silver 728

May 3, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Alec Shumate
The Vanishing Art of Travel Sketching

May 10, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Nick Ut
From Hell to Hollywood

Interview by Mark Edward Harris

April 26, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Ed Reynolds
200 Countries and Driven 1953 MG in 48 States

April 19, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Rich Mayfield
Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Florida to Maine, Part 1

April 12, 2018

A Ladies’ Night
Phyllis Hansen
The Art of Pioneering:
Paintings and Tales of Early California

April 5, 2018

A Gentlemens’ Night
Andy Medina
Clash of Giants – Cold War Espionage

March 29, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Kendall Hudson
Tiki Culture in a Coconut Shell

March 22, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Rusty Nelson
Storm Chasing and Image Mastery

March 15, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Eric Drummond
Giant Rubies Discovered in Greenland

 March 8, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
The King of Redonda, Michael Lawler Member 1195
Spanish Discovery of Hawaii before Capt. Cook

March 1, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Member Showcase
Bring an Object that Relates to an Adventure.

February 22, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Casey Sheppard
7 Life Lessons from Solo Traveling

February 15, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
“Hot Rod” Kurtz, Navy Aviator
First Night of War
Or, ejecting from a damaged jet over ocean

February 8, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Brian Kresie 1186
Bang Bang!

Ft. Irwin National Training Center preparing troops to deploy overseas

February 1, 2018

A Ladies’ Night
Both ends of the frozen world
The Antarctic – Wayne White 1194
The Arctic – Francis Luta

January 25, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Natalie Gibb
Exploring Yucatan Underwater Caves

January 18, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Bill Altaffer 1095
B  U  L  G  A  R  I  A

January 11, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Dr. Michelle Rich
Pre Columbian Archeology Discoveries in 7th Century Guatemala

January 4, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Jay Foonberg 1126
Havana Cuba for Adventurers Club

December 14, 2017
A Gentlemen’s Night
President’s Annual Holiday Celebration

November 30, 2017
A Ladies’ Night
Ken Corben
Creatures of Light
Deep Sea Science and Dives

December 7, 2017
A Ladie’s Night
Dave Rader
Theodore Roosevelt

November 9, 2017
A Ladie’s Night
Barbara Schultz
How Amelia Earhart financed her flying

November 16, 2017
A Ladies’ Night
Terrence Finnegan
A Delicate Affair on the Western Front

November 23, 2017
Club Dark

November 2, 2017
A Gentleman’s Night
Showcase of the Awesome Members

Club General Business Meeting Precedes Program

October 12, 2017
A Ladie’s Night
Ken Freund 1046
Motorcycles Across Russia

October 19, 2017
A Gentlemen’s Night
Member Spotlight
Plus Rabbi Shifren
International Masters Ocean Championships

A Non-Club Event
Sunday, October 22, 2017
International Masters – Ocean Championships
At Duke’s of Huntington Beach

September 21, 2017
Marthe Cohen
A Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany

Referred by Steve Bein 1057

September 28, 2017
Shane Berry 1093
Ecuador and Galapagos
Independent Exploration

October 5, 2017
Allison Brown
Staying Fit for Adventure

The Adventurer’s Club thanks Martin Bloom 1147 for this speaker.

September 7, 2017
Erin Johnson 
Atlas Obscura Night

The Adventurers Club thanks Eric Steit 1166 for referring this speaker.

September 14, 2017
Eileen Finklestein
The Kindness of Strangers: A Travel through civilized and remote Bolivia

The Adventurers Club thanks Alan Feldstein 1094 for referring this speaker.

August 31, 2017
Scott Tracy Griffin
Tarzan on Location, Director of Special Projects – Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

The Adventurers Club thanks Stewart Deats 1168 for referring this speaker.

August 17, 2017

TJ Korst – Egyptology: Fact/Myth

August 24, 2017
Bob Silver 728 Birthday Bash
– and  Transpac 2017 with Mike Lawler 1195 Mike and Barbara’s Exhilarating Sailing Race

August 10, 2017
Andrea Donnellan – The Big One

August 3, 2017
Member Spotlight – The Awesome Members of ACLA

July 27, 2017
Elisa Kotin – A Journey Through the Real Indonesia

July 20, 2017
Steven Wright – 21 Day Wilderness River Trip Down the Grand Canyon

July 13, 2017
Eric Streit #1166 – Catholic Sicilian Culture of Death

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