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Associated Press / April 27, 2005

WASHINGTON -- If you live to eat, check out ''Food Culture USA" at this year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

The program includes demonstrations by celebrity chefs such as Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali.

Chef Alice Waters, who started a campaign to get schoolchildren to eat healthier, fresher food, will re-create her ''Edible Schoolyard" in which students grow food in a communal garden, then learn to cook it.

The free event takes place June 23 to 27 and June 30 to July 4 on the National Mall.

Top drive-ins

NEW YORK -- Check out the May issue of Gourmet magazine, where you'll find a list of 10 places to get a great meal without getting out of your car.

Gourmet's top places for drive-in food are the Beacon Drive-In, 255 John White Sr. Blvd., Spartanburg, S.C.; the Cozy Dog Drive In, 2935 S. Sixth St., Springfield, Ill.; Harry's Place, 104 Broadway, Colchester, Conn.; Jay Bee's, 320 Mocksville Highway, Statesville, N.C.; Jobe's, 1220 W. Sunset Drive, El Reno, Okla.; Leon's, 3131 S. 27th, Milwaukee; Mug-n-Bun, 5211 W. 10th St., Indianapolis; Sugar's, 1799 Highway 68, Embudo, N.M.; Tastee Inn & Out, 2610 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa; and Taylor's Automatic Refresher, 933 Main St., Helena, Calif.

Best adventures

NEW YORK -- Looking for an adventure this summer? Try rock climbing in Yosemite, hiking the Wind River Range in Wyoming, or mountain biking just north of San Francisco or in Moab, Utah.

These outings are among 100 great adventures recommended in the May issue of Men's Journal.

In California's Yosemite National Park, guides from the Yosemite Mountaineering School can lead you on a heart-stopping trip up Lost Arrow Spire.

Natural wonders dot Wyoming's Wind River Range. But be prepared for anything here, from cold and snow -- even in warmer months -- to mosquitoes and bears.

There are plenty of great mountain biking trails outside San Francisco, including China Camp State Park, near San Rafael; Mount Tamalpais State Park, near Mill Valley; and Annadel State Park.

In Moab, favorite biking trails include Slickrock, Porcupine Rim, and the Portal Trail.

Force afield

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Some George Lucas fans will be lining up for the May 19 debut of ''Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith."

Others will find the Force at Disney World, where Star Wars festivals are scheduled for four consecutive weekends from May 20 through June 12.

Drama in Canada

STRATFORD, Ontario -- Fill your life with drama.

That's the slogan for a new program from the Stratford Festival of Canada that makes cheap tickets available to theatergoers ages 18 to 29.

The annual festival opened April 19 and runs through Nov. 6.

Actress Amanda Plummer will portray Joan of Arc in Lillian Hellman's adaptation of Jean Anouilh's ''The Lark," which will be performed July 31 to Oct. 29.

California sites

SACRAMENTO -- If you're visiting California, here are some ideas for vacation activities beyond Legoland, wine tours, and hiking the John Muir Trail.

The famed Monterey Bay Aquarium opens its new Ocean's Edge galleries on May 27, featuring many hands-on exhibits.

Now you can sing ''I Left My Heart in San Francisco" while riding a San Francisco cable car, thanks to a ''Karaoke Cable Car" available for charter -- $1,035 for three hours.

The ''Seafest" celebration in Ventura, June 25 and 26, celebrates the 25th anniversary of nearby Channel Islands National Park. The California Strawberry Festival, May 14 and 15, is at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard, while the Artichoke Festival takes place May 14 and 15 in Castroville. The 20th Monterey Bay Blues Festival takes place June 24 to 26 at the Monterey Fairgrounds.

Take the ''Hidden Gardens Tour" at Big Sur on June 18 and visit a half-dozen home gardens.

Head for The Grove, next to the Farmers Market in Los Angeles, for shopping and dining. There are free concerts every Wednesday in August, movie premieres at its 14-screen theater, 44 stores, and a day spa.

A festival of ideas

NEW HAVEN -- Salman Rushdie, Michael Feinstein, the best of Bollywood, a coroner's panel investigating the ''Death of the Book," and the ''Cat in the Hat" on trial are just a few of the attention-grabbing programs scheduled for the 10th annual Art & Ideas festival in New Haven.

The festival takes place June 10 to 25.

Fishing lodges

NEW YORK -- Just because you've spent the day standing knee-deep in a river with a fishing pole doesn't mean you can't spend the evening in comfort.

Outside magazine's May issue lists lodges that combine trophy fishing with luxury accommodations.

They are the Gallatin River Lodge near Bozeman, Mont.; Henry's Fork Lodge in southeastern Idaho's Island Park (208-558-7953); The Lodge on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, on the Gold River; Elk Creek Lodge near Meeker, Colo.; Clearwater House on Hat Creek, in California; and the Bristol Bay Lodge on Lake Aleknagik in Alaska.

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