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Ida Phillips Lynch takes readers from grassy balds in the Southern Appalachians to tranquil backwater rivers in the Coastal Plain to wind-sculpted dunes and maritime forests on the Outer Banks in North Carolina Afield: A Guide to Nature Conservancy Projects in North Carolina. Meet the author and learn about the conservation work all over the state. 7 p.m., Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave, Raleigh. 828-1588.

Warm August nights are made for staring at the heavens, especially when the Perseid meteor shower comes along in its annual rite of late summer. You can also see Mars and the moon rise during the skywatching session sponsored by Morehead Planetarium. 9-11 p.m., Ebenezer Church Recreation Area at Jordan Lake, 208 State Park Rd, Apex. 549-6863, www.moreheadplanetarium.org. Free.

After the heat of the day has lifted, trade your stale 9-5 air for the cool breath of West Point on the Eno Park. A Night Hike starts at 9 p.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. 5101 N Roxboro Rd, Durham. 620-8154. Free, registration required.

Explore your voice as an instrument and a tool of courage, change and self-discovery in Sound Stories, a one-day workshop in vocal improvisation, movement and storytelling led by Cara Page of Deeper Waters Productions. Open (yourself) wide! Noon-4 p.m., Wellness Partners in the Arts, 319 W Main St, Durham. Register at 990-1992. www.wpadurham.com. $45.

Nepali poet Manjul has collaborated with photographer Susan Simone of Chapel Hill on a series of images and poems focusing on the material and emotional suffering of the underclass of Nepal and Tibet. On display at Exploris Cafe through Aug. 31. 201 E Hargett St, Raleigh. 834-4040 or www.exploris.org. Tue-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. $7.95; $6.95 seniors 60 and older; $5.50 children ages 5-11.

The Emerging Artists Program provides funding for projects that are pivotal in the advancement of artists' careers. The 2003-04 grant applications are due on Sept. 12, and information sessions for artists living in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville and Person counties are starting tonight. 5:30 p.m.: Chapel Hill Library, 100 Library Dr. Tue, Aug 19, 7 p.m.: Building 2 Conference Rm, Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro. Wed, Aug 20, 5:30 p.m.: Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St. 560-2719 or www.durhamarts.org. Free.

It's gonna be totally Pauly at Charlie Goodnight's when Pauly Shore takes the stage at 8 and 10 p.m. tonight. 861 W Morgan St, Raleigh. 828-5233. $25.

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