Free in-store events at our store in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood:

Wide World Books & Maps
4411 Wallingford Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Saturday, November 29 – Small Business Saturday

Join us for this shopping holiday that started in 2010 as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with a goal of encouraging holiday shoppers to patronize small, local, brick and mortar businesses.  We’ll be offering special sales and events on this day, so please join us!  Here’s the schedule for the day:

All Day from 10 am – 7 pm:

  • Enter a drawing to win one of several great prizes!
  • Dawn, Wide World’s book buyer (and artist), will create custom map button (pins) and magnets.  Choose from a wide variety a variety of vintage map and dictionary images to create the perfect stocking stuffer.

12:00 – 1:00 pm:  Trekking Adventures with Sheri Goodwin of Transformational Journeys

Experienced trekker and personal trainer Sheri Goodwin will answer your questions about preparing for your next trekking adventure (and perhaps demonstrate a few exercises to get you in shape!).  Her extensive trekking experience includes Nepal, Patagonia, Peru, Great Britain, the Dolomites, the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James), and the Italian Camino from Assisi to Rome (The Way of St. Frances), and she’ll be glad to provide guidance on hiking in these and other regions.

1:00 – 2:00 pm:  Active Outdoor Travel with Cheryl Talbert of The Mountaineers

Experienced trekker and tour leader Cheryl Talbert from The Mountaineers will be on hand to discuss the amazing courses, activities, and trips offered through The Mountaineers.  She will talk about outdoor travel outside the Pacific NW, as well as the variety of events offered in our area.  Cheryl has extensive experience leading treks and tours offered through the Mountaineer’s Global Adventures program in places like Turkey, New Zealand, and Patagonia.

2:00 – 3:00 pm:  The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle with Author David Volk

Seattle travel writer David Volk shows that you can still go out and have fun, even in these tough times.  The Cheap Bastard’s Guide isn’t your standard guidebook – it’s a funny, street-savvy book intended for economizing locals who want to enjoy the occasional day or night out, while paying less for it.  Join Volk as he discusses and signs the latest edition of his book, which features ideas for free and inexpensive options for enjoying plays, restaurants, music, art, classes, and activities with kids.

3:00 – 4:00 pm:  Volunteer Opportunities with Author Joyce Major

Author Joyce Major joins us to discuss and sign her award-winning book Smiling at the World:  A Woman’s Passionate Yearlong Quest for Adventure and Love, which recounts her global “volun-tourism” adventures.  Her experiences cover the gamut from a 12th Century farm restoration project in Italy, to a sustainability sanctuary in New Zealand, to wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, Australia, Thailand, and England.  Joyce will discuss these and other volunteer adventures she has experienced the past few years, as well as provide suggestions and ideas for volunteer opportunities world-wide.

4:00 – 5:00 pm:  British Footpath Guides with Authors Fred and Donna Austin

Come learn how you can experience friendly B&Bs, family pubs, and lovely walks, throughout the countryside of Great Britain, all at your own pace and at a reasonable cost.  British Footpaths, a series of walking guide books originally started by Richard Hayward, continue to be researched, updated, and published by Fred and Donna Austin. They’ll be on hand to answer your questions about their guidebooks, including the recently published guide to the Dingle Way in Ireland.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 7 pmHealthy High Altitude with Dr. Andrew Luks

Are you planning a trip to Machu Picchu or Nepal or the high Rockies?  Then don’t miss local physician Andy Luks’ very informative presentation on travel at extreme altitudes. We’ll focus on how to recognize, prevent, and treat the various forms of altitude illness and other problems that can affect a trip to high elevations. Andy has loads of experience trekking in Nepal and has worked with the Himalayan Rescue Association. Don’t let your high altitude trip be ruined by the physical stresses of these fabulous destinations. Get the information you need for a problem-free trip from Dr. Luks!

Saturday, December 6th, 9 am Solo Travelers

This informal gathering is for travelers who meet and learn from each other’s travel experiences and share wisdom learned on the road.  This group meets each month on the 1st Saturday.

Saturday, December 6th – Friday, December 12thWestlake Center

Join us and several other “pop-up” small businesses at the Holiday Market at Westlake Center in Seattle.  The market will be located in front of the Westlake Center mall and will feature several local businesses, each for one week, from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24.  If you’re in downtown Seattle the week we’re there, please stop by! (Market shopping hours are Dec. 6: 9 am – 9 pm; Dec. 7: 11 am – 7 pm; Dec. 8-12: 10 am – 9 pm.)

Tuesday, December 9th, 7 pmTrek and Explore New England in Summer and Winter with Patti Polinsky

Join Patti Polinsky, a long-time Global Adventures leader with the Mountaineers, to learn about summer and winter adventures in the New England states of New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts!   Portland, Maine, two hours north of Boston, has a great “Old Town” to explore on foot or in an old fashioned cable car.  From Portland take the Costco Line Ferry to where you can rent bicycles and helmets to enjoy Peaks Island with its WWII bunkers, the Atlantic ocean crashing on the beaches, and a Maine lobster feast at an 1800s Inn.  Combine your exploration of history with outdoor adventures on miles of excellent summer, fall, and winter trails. Hike the Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire, a trail connecting 8 peaks named after Presidents, where full service lodges and huts are one day’s travel apart.  Explore the spectacular wilderness of Maine, including skiing or show-shoeing between cozy lodges coordinated by the Appalachian Mountain Club, and ice-skate or dog-sled from your front door or explore Gulf Hagas, the Grand Canyon of Maine.  Backpack in summer along the northernmost section of the Appalachian trail to the summit of spectacular Mt Katahdin, the highest point in Maine.   Moose, deer, and red fox encounters are likely!

Tuesday, December 16th, 23rd, 30th No events these weeks – Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 20th, 9 am – Gutsy Women

This informal gathering is for women to meet and learn from each other’s travel experiences and share wisdom learned on the road. Bring your coffee and your questions! This group meets each month on the 3rd Saturday.

Tuesday, January 6th, 7 pm – Successful Trekking: Machu Pichu, Nepal, Patagonia, & El Camino de Santiago with Sheri Goodwin

Discover the top 3 ways to prepare for a successful trekking adventure! Learn what it takes to hike into magnificent Machu Pichu, in the breathtaking Annapurna region of Nepal, across Spain along the Camino de Santiago, and through the wilds of Patagonia!  Sheri Goodwin, of Transformational Journeys, will introduce you to appropriate ways to train for your dream journey, and give you tips on finding the best shoes for your feet and how to pack smart & light.  Sheri’s multiple trekking adventures have inspired her to help others have pain free and rewarding life changing journeys!  Sheri Goodwin taught and coached in the Shoreline School District for 13 years before starting her dream business, Transformational Journeys.  She holds a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Physical Education with an Endorsement in Health from the University of Puget Sound, and is a Personal Trainer through National Personal Training Institute.