Thursday, May 15, social hour—6 pm, dinner—7:00, program—8:00, City Forest Lodge, 254 Laguna Honda Boulevard, San Francisco, across from Laguna Honda Hospital and downhill from Forest Hill station; take Muni K, L, M, or 43. No sidewalk parking please: come early for street parking, or park next door at the Forest Hill Christian Church lot, 250 Laguna Honda Boulevard, for $1.50 per car, payable at the Lodge check-in.
Laos and Cambodia are former French colonies with interesting contrasts, from tropical beaches to sun-baked plains, rolling hills, forested mountains, and the mighty Mekong River, vitally important for centuries to both countries as their main method of transportation. While Cambodia is well known for the majestic temples of Angkor Wat, Laos also has significant archeological sites such as the enigmatic Plain of Jars and the pre-Angkorian ruins of Champasak. Both countries teem with wildlife, from elephants and tigers and freshwater dolphins to vast jungles filled with innumerable species of birds and tropical plants. John Leupold will discuss history, culture, conservation, and social issues that face both countries as they grapple with how to preserve their biological and cultural heritage in the 21st century.
John Leupold has been visiting Laos and Cambodia for the past five years and has escorted 10 groups there with his company, Champaca Tours, specializing in small-group cultural tours.
Send a check for $16.50 made out to “Sierra Club, S.F. Bay Chapter” to
1801 California St., #405
San Francisco, CA 94109.
Checks must be received by Fri., May 9. Please send a separate check for each program, and indicate the program date, number of guests, and your phone number. Non-members are welcome. Bring your own wine or soft drinks. Glasses and ice are available. Let us know if you are a vegetarian. Questions? Contact Gerry at (415)474-4440 (4 – 9 pm only) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by John Leupold.