Author and television host Rick Steves boasts a bibliography that is 50 books strong, and also has several public television and radio projects, like Rick Steves’ Europe, that help bring his thoroughly researched guides into America’s homes. This week, Steves presents an illustrated lecture titled “Lessons from a Lifetime of Travel” that covers all the latest on stretching your travel dollar, avoiding crowds, packing smart and eating and sleeping well. Nov. 5, at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $29–$35. 707.546.3600.