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www.whatsgoingon.com

Armchair traveling in Age of the Net

Check out this site in cyberspace and Marvin Gaye won't be the only one who knows WhatsGoingOn

Only a newspaper editor would start thinking about vacations and travel in the dark, dead heart of winter. But then, we are creatures who live not only in the present moment but also in the moment of several months hence. If we were not meant to live thus, why would there be planning meetings?

But, of course, there's a problem with trying to plan all those great spring feature stories and columns right now. The rest of the world is still rather grouchy on the subject of travel. It is to them, after all, still a time for hibernation.

Fortunately, on the Web, it can be any season you want it to be. Your fellow Netizens are ready to talk travel whenever you need to, and a clever, lively, new events site can help your travel-story planning with subjects here and overseas. It doesn't hurt that it's also a fun site to surf, a resource you can share with your readers. Or if you're feeling a little grouchy yourself, keep it a secret, and let them think you're some kind of global guru.

What'sGoingOn.com is a site that features original articles and reviews on destinations, events, and festivals, from routine arts-and-crafts fairs and car shows to happenings that are a little more exotic: balloon races in Paris; pumpkin-tossing in Delaware; robot fighting in Nevada. You can use the site to check out the featured coming attractions, search by date and state or by country, and peruse lists of raves and rants, things to do, and assorted top 10s.

To get started, visit the site at http:// www.whatsgoingon.com, where its introductory page is topped with today's featured destination, an event usually coming a month or more in the future. Next month's Mardi Gras was recently featured.

Click on the link for details, or scroll the page for other featured "big trips." Most journalists will want to head right for the "Events Search" section, located in the upper left-hand corner of the main screen. …