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November 04, 2001|Laurie K. Schenden: Schenden's e-mail address is Lkschenden@msn.com.

* Furnace Creek: The Death Valley '49ers Encampment, Nov. 8-11, will offer woodcarving competitions and mule-packing demonstrations. Death Valley National Park. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 8-10; 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 11. Free. (760) 852-4524, http://www.deathvalley49ers.org.

* Palm Springs: Wear red, white and blue Nov. 10 to the Rally for America, featuring a Marine Corps band. On Nov. 11 there will be a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Desert Memorial Park on Palm Canyon Drive; a parade at 3:30 p.m.; and a Marine Corps band concert at 4:30 p.m. Downtown. 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 10; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 11. Free. (760) 323-8200, http://www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us.

* Solvang: Winterfest in this Danish village begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 with a tree-lighting ceremony. Later activities include a Christmas parade at 11 a.m. Dec. 8; a Nativity pageant, narrated by Efrem Zimbalist Jr., at 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15; and the Santa Lucia Celebration at 6 p.m. Dec. 22. Downtown. Free. (800) 468-6765, http://www.solvangusa.com.

* San Francisco: The 16th annual Holiday Lights Celebration on Nov. 16 will offer holiday food and entertainment. Embarcadero Center. 4-6 p.m. Free. (800) 733-6318, http://www.embarcaderocenter.com.

* Encinitas: The Poinsettia Festival on Nov. 18 will include floral displays and about 400 craft vendors. Downtown between D and J streets. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. (760) 943-1950, http://www.sandiego.org.

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