Zipcode Proximity for Events? Presently using EventList - A tough one for the experts

I am presently using the EventList plugin to list events, however I need to have the function to search for an event nearest to a user's zip code. Is there a way to do this since the venue fields in EventList do ask for a zipcode?
Furthermore I would need to find a way to calculate the nearest event to them by the zip code they enter.

I looked at other event plugins and do not see that function.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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slattonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In the administrator area, go to:
  • Component
  • EventList
  • Settings
  • Details Page
  • Venues
Your settings should look like these in the pic provided.  Get a Google Maps API here:
While there is a google maps plugin, there is no search component for finding venues in a specific zip code.

If you don't already have it, you can see the Google Maps plug-in at work here:  
colonelblueAuthor Commented:
Hey there slatton thank you. Is that a particular Google plugin to hook into EventList?

Do you know if there is there a way to get it to show the "get directions" part that usually go with the Google Map?

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colonelblueAuthor Commented:
Hello slatton and thank you! BTW  before I close this and thankfully send points your way , I had found an old solution on the web , complete with a module to use the Sobi2 plugin which connects with the Eventlist module, but for some reason I think there is a minor quirk in their php mysql code from what I read on the webpage in which I saw it from. I am no php expert but thought maybe some one might be.

The advantage of the sobi2 pulgin is that it natively gives you a zipcode search which ties in with hte eventlist zipcode entries so that one can search by zipcode which would really be a very close second best for what I am trying to accomplish.

Here is the page,17407.10.html
colonelblueAuthor Commented:
Hey again slatton.
Odd thing , I am not getting the map icon instead getting a icon of a pair of footprints.
How do I get the map image instead, would you know?

Thanks in advance.

Find this picture: /components/com_eventlist/assets/images/mapsicon.png.  Open it up in Fireworks or Photoshop and change it to whatever you like.  I took a screen shot of Google Maps and cut out the balloon in a 100 x 75 square and overwrote the footsteps icon.

You can use this if you like: .
  • Copy, and
  • save it with the same name, then
  • upload it over the footprints pic onto the server using Dreamweaver or Filezilla.
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colonelblueAuthor Commented:
My bad. I thought that the icons were generated dynamically. ( wishful thinking ) and that I was doing something wrong.

And thank you for the advice, I will take heed accordingly.

Thank you again SO much for your help.
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