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November 25, 2001|Laurie K. Schenden; Schenden's e-mail address is Lkschenden@msn.com.

* Clovis--On Nov. 30 the Children's Electric Christmas Parade will start from the rodeo grounds on Clovis Avenue, and lights are required on all entries, except on animals. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. (559) 299-7273, http://www.clovischamber.com.

* Indio--Experts and amateurs will compete in the Best Tamale contest at the 10th annual International Tamale Festival, Dec. 1-2. A parade begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 on Oasis Street and Miles Avenue. Music, games, crafts and, of course, tamales will fill Miles Avenue Park, Old Town. 10 a.m.-dusk both days. Free. (760) 342-6532, http://www.tamalefestival.org.

* Calistoga--Vintage and contemporary tractors will be judged on originality at the sixth annual Community Christmas & Tractor Parade, Dec. 1. The parade begins at 6 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue. Festivities include caroling and a Christmas tree lighting, 7-8 p.m. at the Community Center. Free. (707) 942-6333, http://www.calistogafun.com.

* La Jolla--It will begin to look a lot like Christmas on Dec. 2, when the Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival come to town. The parade begins at 2 p.m. The festival, with food, crafts, games, rides and entertainment, is on Prospect Avenue in the heart of the village. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (858) 454-1444.

* Arvin--This tiny Kern County community will kick off the holiday season on Dec. 3 with a Christmas parade. It will feature bands, floats and groups marching down Main Street, beginning at 7 p.m. Free. (661) 854-2265.

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