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ASAP GETAWAYS : BALLOONS TO LIGHT UP ARIZONA SKY.

Scottsdale, Ariz., will come aglow with more than 125 colorful hot-air balloons Saturday and Nov. 3 at the Thunderbird Balloon Classic and Norwest Thunderbird Desert Glow. Events begin at 6:30 a.m., about a half-hour before sunrise, with an ascension by a team of balloons specially equipped to fly in the dark. Festivities continue all day both days with contests and test of balloonists' skills; glowing balloons will light up the nighttime sky Saturday. Other events include skydiving exhibitions, arts and crafts, food and entertainment. Events will be held at the 23-acre polo field at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Admission is $8; kids under 12 are free. Information: (602) 898-5665.

Napa Valley: The Napa Valley Wine Train will celebrate Halloween with a train trip and costume contest from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday as its Ghost Train rumbles through the wine country north of San Francisco.

Participants in the costume contest - winners decided by applause of those on the train - will have the chance to win a bottle of Domaine Chandon champagne. A special meal also will be served as the train rumbles past 26 wineries on its 36-mile trip.

Cost is $69.50 per person, including train fare and a four-course dinner with wine (and no, if costumes aren't your thing, you don't have to wear one). The train boards at 6 p.m. at the Napa train station, 1275 McKinstry St. Information and reservations: (800) 427-4124.
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Title Annotation:TRAVEL
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Oct 27, 1996
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