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CENTRAL CALIFORNIA

San Luis Obispo County. Estrella Warbird Museum. Located on the former World War II Estrella Army Air Force Base (now Paso Robles Municipal Airport), the Estrella Warbird Museum aims to preserve, perpetuate and display American aviation history, with a focus on military services. Its latest addition is the Bede BD-5B aircraft, known to movie buffs as the jet that James Bond flew in "Octopussy." Press contact: Estrella Warbird Museum, Betty Miller, ewarbirds@hotmail.com, 805/238-9317. Public contact: 805/227-0440 www.ewarbirds.org.

Located in San Luis Obispo County near San Simeon, the historic Piedras Blancas Lighthouse is now open for public tours. It is the first time the light station is open to the public since it was built in 1875. Tours that began in June provide visitors with an opportunity to experience an important part of the state's history. Led by interpretive specialists from Hearst CastleŽ, the Bureau of Land Management or members of the light station's volunteer organization, the two-hour tours take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from February 19 to December 17, 2005. Admission is $15. San Luis Obispo Convention and Visitors Bureau, 805/541-8000, www.sanluisobispocounty.com. Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, 800/634-1414 (recorded message).

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