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Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

March 11, 2001

* LA QUINTA: Fine art and food are key elements of La Quinta Arts Festival, March 15-18. La Quinta Village Park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15 and 18; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 16-17. $10; $2 ages 7-14; free under 7. (760) 564-1244, Internet http://www.lqaf.com.

* ANGELS CAMP: Join the merrymaking at the Calaveras Celtic Faire, March 16-18. March 16 is an education day for schoolchildren. March 17-18 feature jousting and Highland games. Calaveras County Fairgrounds. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 16; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. March 17; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 18. $5 March 16. $14; $12 seniors and ages 7-12 March 17 or 18. (209) 588-9314, http://www.calaverascelticfaire.com

* VENTURA: The St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival, March 17, kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade down Main Street. The festival follows in Mission Park. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. (805) 644-4614.

* FT. BRAGG: Catch a glimpse of whales returning up the coast March 17-18 at the Whale Festival. On March 17, you can try four clam chowders, with French bread and coffee, for $5 at the Town Hall, or test the products of 15 microbreweries for $20 at the Skunk Train Depot. Main Street. Free. Whale watching excursions depart both days (averaging $25). (800) 726-2780 or http://www.mendo cinocoast.com

* BORREGO SPRINGS: The outdoor Circle of Art will fill Christmas Circle in this Borrego Valley town March 24-25. Artists will display their works In the grassy area in the center of the village. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 24; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 25. Free. (760) 767-5555, http://www.circle-of-art.org.

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Schenden's e-mail address is Lkschenden@msn.com.

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