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2 WEDNESDAY
UNC-Chapel Hill's Department of Maternal and Child Health's Diversity Task Force presents a seminar titled "Is There an 'L' in MCH? The Invisibility of Lesbian Health Concerns." The featured speaker for the lecture will be Susan Cochran, Ph.D., a Professor of Epidemiology from the UCLA School of Public Health. Noon. McGavran-Greenberg, 1301, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Contact Diane Rogers at (919) 966-5981 or rogersd@email.unc.edu.

3 THURSDAY
What do you make of the fact that James Joyce, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, and Tristan Tzara--the great-grandaddy of the Dada movement--all lived in Zurich in 1916? Playwright Tom Stoppard made the farce, Travesties, in 1975. We'll see what ingenious director Rebecca Holderness and the Burning Coal Theatre Company make of it when it starts their 2002 season. BTI Center, 2 E. South Street, Raleigh. Oct. 3-20. Thursdays thru Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. $15, $13 students, seniors and active military personnel (first Sunday "pay what you can" performance). (919) 388-0066. www.burningcoal.org. --Byron Woods

4 FRIDAY
Artist Nina Lane Neily was an Artspace Artist Association member and resident of the Artspace community for over 10 years. On Friday, Oct. 4, the Artspace community will celebrate her memory with As She Would Like to Be Remembered, an exhibition of Neily's work, which will include metalworks and two-dimensional artwork from the award-winning artist's personal collection; First Friday opening reception will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. 201 E. Davie St, Raleigh. Oct. 4-26; Tuesdays thru Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, until 10 p.m. Free. (919) 821-2787.

5 SATURDAY
The doors open at Playspace: A Child's First Museum, for an open house celebrating the museum's move to its new location at The Creamery. The celebration, which will showcase the nonprofit's new 7,863 square foot space (its previous space was 5,600 square feet), features refreshments, clowns, crafts and family fun activities. The move will allow Playspace to include new hands-on exhibits and increased space for music, art and dance programs. Playspace, 410 Glenwood South, Raleigh. Tuesdays thru Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 1-5 p.m. $3 per child and per 50-minute play-session for adults. (919) 832-2617. www.playspacemuseum.com.

6 SUNDAY
Duke Chapel welcomes "all creatures great and small" to the 13th annual Blessing of Animals Service. The service pays tribute to St. Francis of Assisi, a 13th century Italian distinguished for his kindness to all non-human creatures. The two-hour-long interfaith program features music, readings, educational exhibits, individual blessings for each pet and featured speaker Tom Regan, author of numerous books on the human treatment of animals. 3 p.m. Chapel Lawn, Duke West Campus, Durham. Rain date, Sunday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m. (919) 684-2909. www.chapel.duke.edu.

7 MONDAY

"Life is a perpetual yesterday." So says Susie Salmon, the 14-year-old narrator of Alice Sebold's bestseller, The Lovely Bones. Barnes & Noble, Southpoint's Fiction Literature Discussion Group will discuss Sebold's tale of the adolescent heroine who is raped and murdered, and dies to tell about it. 7 p.m. 8030 Renaissance Pkwy., Durham. (919) 806-1930.

8 TUESDAY
SAFEchild commemorates its 10th anniversary with Celebrate What's Right with the World, an evening celebration. The Wake County organization, which was established by the Junior League of Raleigh, works to protect children and prevent child abuse. Tuesday's event will feature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a visual presentation by photographer Dewitt Jones, and will honor all who share a commitment to their communities. Admission free. 6-8:30 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall, BTI Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South Street, Raleigh. CelebrateSC@aol.com.

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