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October 13, 2002|Laurie K. Schenden

Twentynine Palms -- Pioneer Days culminate Oct. 17-20 with a carnival, rodeo, dancing and a parade at 10 a.m. Oct. 19. Miller Memorial Fairgrounds. 4 p.m.-midnight Oct. 17-18; noon-midnight Oct. 19; noon-5 p.m. Oct. 20. Free; rodeo $8, 6 and younger free. Parking $1. (760) 367-3445,

Olympic Valley -- The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival Oct. 19-20 will dish up cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, seminars and wine auctions. On Oct. 20 the Grand Tasting will pair more than 30 Tahoe-area restaurants and wineries. Resort at Squaw Creek. Seminars and other events, $30-$100 each; Grand Tasting $70. (800) 824-6348,

Half Moon Bay -- Head for the pumpkin patch at the Art & Pumpkin Festival Oct. 19-20. See pie-eating, pumpkin-carving and costume contests; arts and crafts; and a haunted house. Main Street. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Free. (650) 726-9652,

Pismo Beach -- If you dig the beach, check out the Clam Festival Oct. 19-20. Attractions will include a kite competition, clam dig, music and a parade at 10 a.m. Oct. 19. By the Pismo Beach Pier. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. $3. (800) 443-7778,

Ridgecrest -- The Maturango Junction & Powwow Oct. 19-20 will celebrate the Old West and Native American culture with dancing, arts and crafts, food and entertainment both days; a chili cook-off, classic car show and Wild West drama Oct. 19. LeRoy Jackson Park. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20. Free. (760) 375-8331,


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