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MERCEDES RESUMES TOURS IN ALABAMA

Free public tours of the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International assembly plant in Alabama's Tuscaloosa County have resumed after a three-year hiatus. The break came during the final stages of a $600million expansion of the assembly plant. From its opening in 1997 until 2004, more than 220,000 people visited the museum and toured the plant. To schedule a plant tour, call 1-888-286-8762 or 205-507-2253.

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TREKKERS TO EXPLORE EAST TEXAS TRAILS

Walkers can enjoy spring weather in a rural setting with 5K and 11K walks offered Saturday by the East Texas Trekkers at Tyler State Park.

Participants must register and pay a $3 fee, but they can start any time between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Most of the route is on park trails.

East Texas Trekkers is affiliated with the Texas and American Volkssport Association.

Tyler State Park is north of Tyler near FM14 and Interstate 20. Activities there include camping, picnicking, boating, canoeing, paddle boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, bird-watching and more.

Contact: 903-534-9301; www.walktx.org. Tyler State Park: www.tpwd.state.tx.us. Area information: www.tylertexas.com.

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FOLK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES PIONEER MUSIC, CRAFTS

The Arkansas Folk Festival in Mountain View, Ark., will celebrate the state's pioneers and their music and crafts April 20-22.

Activities will take place on the town square and in Ozark Folk Center State Park.

Concerts featuring Southern mountain music will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 20 and 21.

The folk center's craft village offers demonstrations of traditional pioneer crafts each day. Other activities include a parade, a rodeo, theatrical performances, children's games and more.

Contact: 1-888-679-2859; www.ozarkfolkcenter.com. Area information: www.ozarkgetaways.com.

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MAKEOVER MOM FOR MOTHER'S DAY

You can give Mom some serious pampering this Mother's Day with Barton Creek Resort & Spa's Mother's Day Makeover Package on May 12.

Overnight packages at the Austin area resort, which include a haircut, spa treatments and more, start at $549 per person. A day package without accommodations starts at $448.

Contact: 1-866-572-7148; www.bartoncreek.com.

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MELTING SNOW FILLS LAKES FOR RECREATION

In spite of a continuing drought, lake levels in New Mexico are expected to offer good recreational opportunities for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July due to runoff from melting snow.

State environmental officials said that if substantial spring rains occur, lake levels may even be adequate for Labor Day recreation.

Most New Mexico lakes are expected to have more water on Memorial Day this year than in 2006 or 2005, officials said.

Contact: www.emnrd.state.nm.us.

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