July 25, 2008

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ONGOING

Bird Walks. Take a stroll along the North Pond Wildlife Trail and look for approximately 225 species of birds that live or pass through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at Pea Island Visitor Center at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. 2 1/2 miles south of Oregon Inlet. Free. 987-2394.

Exhibit. "The Outer Banks Now and Then: Where We Are, Where We've Been" presents images and artifacts of the past and present, showing change along the coastal region. It's free through 2008 and open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Outer Banks History Center at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 475-1500.

Especially for Kids. Kids of all ages will learn about the seashore with hands-on activities. At Coquina Beach Sandcastle Environmental Education Center, the event is held at 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and 11 a.m. on Fridays. The activities are also held at 11 a.m. daily at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center. At the Ocracoke Island Visitor Center, learn about the seashore at 3 p.m. Mondays, 4 p.m. Tuesdays, and 11 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Free. 473-2111.

Art Show. When visiting Roanoke Island Festival Park, check out the latest exhibit featuring photographs by Elizabeth Kiourtzidis, Jeff Linn and Dan Waters. Each has a unique and distinctive style, evident in their photographs of flowers, landscapes, local scenes and other subject matter. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through July 28, in the Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Free. 475-1500.

Explore the Shore. Join a ranger for a walk along the beach to explore an ever changing world. Wear wading shoes and bring sunscreen. 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Coquina Beach Bathhouse; 10 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays at the National Park Service Buxton Swim Beach parking lot; and 9:30 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays at the National Park Service Ocracoke Campground parking lot. Free. 473- 2111.

History Garden Programs. While visiting Roanoke Island Festival Park, don't miss the daily programs in the History Garden. A special activity is planned at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and each day is different. Free with park admission. 475-1500.

Roanoke Explorers. Children of all ages will experience new, strange and exciting discoveries and learn how to report their findings. 10 a.m. on Monday and Friday and 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday at the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Free. 473-2111.

Children's Performance Series. All ages will enjoy discovering the red planet in the year 2158 when Studio Broadcast Mars offers Earth a chance to see what life is like on Mars. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday in the Film Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The show is free to general admission ticket holders, but a ticket is required for admission and can be reserved by calling 475-1500 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Video Presentation. Enjoy a different video about weather, the seashore, the ocean, amphibians or shells at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Visitor Center at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Free. 441- 7132.

1587: The Colony. Men, women and children left England for the New World and established a new settlement site in 1587, and then disappeared. It's one of the nation's great mysteries. Learn the theories of their fate at 3 p.m. daily at Fort Raleigh Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Free. 473-2111.

Experiments with Flight. Come and explore why and how things fly and the principles that enabled the Wright brothers to get off the ground. 3:30 p.m. on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 1 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. Park admission required. 473-2111.

Video Presentation. Don't miss the award winning, "Wonders of Jockey's Ridge," at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Visitor Center at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Free. 441-7132.

Backstage Tours. Take a 45-minute walking tour of the Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island where "The Lost Colony" is performed and see exclusive views of the theatre, costume shop and props. Tickets cost $5 and reservations are required. 6:30 p.m. daily except Saturday. 473-3414.

North Carolina School of the Arts. Bring a picnic and a blanket or chair for "Dance at Eight!" on the lawn at the Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Students from the North Carolina School of Arts School of Dance present outstanding choreography by NCSA alumni. 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Free. 475-1500.

Sunset on the Ridge. There is nothing more beautiful than the sunset atop Jockey's Ridge while taking in the breathtaking view of the Outer Banks. Learn about the dune system and animals that call the dunes home. 8 p.m. Monday through Friday on top of Jockey's Ridge State Park. Free. 441-7132.

"The Lost Colony." The 71st production of "The Lost Colony" is open for the season and concludes Aug. 20 at the Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island. In 1587, a group of about 120 men, women and children established the first English settlement on Roanoke Island. The live performance takes you from their arrival, their hardships, the birth of Virginia Dare and ends with the disappearance of the settlers. 8:30 p.m. daily except Saturdays. Tickets cost $20 for Producer's Circle, $16 for general admission, $15 for seniors, $8 for children 11 and under. 473-2127.

SATURDAY, July 26

Animal Olympics. Don't miss the special Olympic event featuring turtle hurdles, whack-a-fish and the decapod-athalon. 9:30 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. It's free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Charity Auto Show. Check out the cars, motorcycles and trucks of all shapes and sizes at the annual Outer Banks Charity Auto Show. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Food Lion parking lot at milepost 14.5 in Nags Head. Bring the family; there will be food vendors and activities for children. No admission to view, but if you want to enter a vehicle it's $25. All proceeds benefit the Children's Miracle Network. 305-0783.

Sea Turtle Natural History. All ages will learn about sea turtles and how volunteers help conserve these threatened and endangered reptiles. 11 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Sound Discoveries. Find out what makes the Currituck Sound a unique ecological niche at 2 p.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Outdoor Movie. "The Cameraman" gives Buster Keaton one of his best roles when he falls in love with a pretty girl and decides he can win her over by becoming a newsreel cameraman. 8 p.m. at the Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Free. 475-1500.

SUNDAY, July 27

Swish Like a Fish. Ages 3 to 7 can hop, crawl and slither to discover the crazy ways animals get around. 9:30 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. It's free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

In Search of Mermaids. Learn fact from fiction about mermaids and other mythical monsters at this interactive theatre program and then make your own character. 11 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. It's free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Crazy Critters. Children 3 to 7 will learn all about snakes, turtles, frogs and other critters at 2 p.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. It's free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Concert Series. Tim Ray will entertain the audience with his masterful solo piano performance featuring new and familiar songs. 4 p.m. in the Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Park admission required. 475-1500.

MONDAY, July 28

Seine the Sound. All ages will run a seine net through the water and see what local species are found. Meet at 9 a.m. at Jockey's Ridge Sound Access on Soundside Road. Free. 441-7132.

Kayaking. Join a naturalist at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla at 9:30 a.m. and discover the history of the Currituck Sound on this exciting kayak trip. Ages 14 and up, and previous kayak experience is a must. Free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Myth Busting Animal Attitudes. All ages will learn the truth about different animals including bald eagles and snakes at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Free. 441-7132.

Gyotaku. Learn the Japanese art technique, Gyotaku, which uses real and replicated fish to create a masterpiece. The cost is $16 and includes a T-shirt and admission to the aquarium for the day. 10 a.m. at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. 473-3494.

Fish Tales & Crabby Tales. Ages 3 to 7 can hear seaside stories told with a wild twist when characters come to life on the big screen. 11 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. It's free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Creature Feature. Ages 7 to 13 will learn about a critter that makes its home in the North Carolina coastal areas. 1 p.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. It's free, but advance registration is required. 453- 0221.

Snack with the Sharks. Ages 8 and up can venture behind the scenes of the Graveyard of the Atlantic tank at 1 p.m. and watch marine life gobble up the goodies. The fee is $15 and includes aquarium admission for the day. Advance registration is required. 473-3494.

Classic Fairytale. "Snow White and the Prancing Pirates" will entertain children of all ages. The story of a jealous queen with a magic mirror takes on an island twist with some pirates who are determined to protect her from the evil stepmother. 2 p.m. in the Film Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival. Free with park admission. 475-1500.

Fishing the Sound. Ages 7 and up are invited to fish in the sound. Learn to cast, release and how to grow your own bait. 3:30 p.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Baseball. "Take me out to the ballgame" are words you may hear a lot this summer when the Outer Banks Daredevils compete in the Coastal Plain League. The teams are made up of college players hoping for the big leagues. 7 p.m. at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors and children 5 and under are free. 441-0600.

Night Lights. Experience the natural lights on the beach after dark. Join a ranger for a short walk at 8:45 p.m. at Bodie Island Coquina Beach Bathhouse. Free. 473-2111.

TUESDAY, July 29

Tai Chi. Join an instructor for Tai Chi, an exercise using slow, relaxed and graceful movements. 7:30 a.m. at Duck Town Green. It's free and no registration is required. 255-1234.

Decoy Carving. Ages 14 and older can express their artistic talent when they carve a decoy for a great souvenir. 8 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration required. 453-0221.

Crabbing. All ages will learn different techniques to catch blue crabs and ways to ensure their future. 9:30 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration required. 453-0221.

Sleeping Beauty. The entire family will love the classic children's story, "Sleeping Beauty," brought to life with music and dance by The Lost Colony's Children's Theatre at 9:30 a.m. inside the Fort Raleigh Historic Site on Roanoke Island. The cost is $5 and a brunch is available after the show for an additional $8 for youth and $16 for adults. Reservations are required. 473-3414.

Interpreter Program. Join a preserve interpreter for an open- house educational program with items found in and around the Nags Head Woods Preserve, 701 W. Ocean Acres Drive, Kill Devil Hills. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. 441-2525

Seine the Sound. All ages will run a seine net through the water and see what local species are found. Meet at 10 a.m. at Jockey's Ridge Sound Access on Soundside Road. Free. 441-7132.

Yuck. All ages will have an adventure discovering the dirty truth about surviving in the wild on the "scat walk" at 11 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. It's free, but advance registration is required. 453- 0221.

Horse Painting. All ages can test their artistic ability when they choose to paint a small wooden horse to take home for $3, or paint one of the larger horses that will remain on the trees for $5. It's an outdoor activity from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Corolla Schoolhouse.453-8002.

Hanging in the Wind. All ages can learn about hang gliding at 11 a.m. in the auditorium at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Free. 441- 7132.

Waterside Art. Ages 7 to 12 are invited to watch a video and then create a watercolor similar to what John White painted of Roanoke Island in 1585. 1 p.m. at Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island. The cost is $10 and supplies and snacks are included. Reservations requested. 473-3414.

North Carolina School of the Arts. Escape the heat and enjoy "Drumming" performed by the Percussion Ensemble from the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Music. 2 p.m. in the Film Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Free. 475-1500.

Turtle Talk. All ages will learn about sea turtles and what can be done to save the endangered gentle giants. It's free at 2:30 p.m. at Pea Island Visitor Center. 987-2394.

Special Performances. The Elizabethan Gardens is a perfect setting for the light comedy, "The Diary of Adam & Eve," a one-act play from the Broadway musical, "The Apple Tree." A concurrent program, "A Snake in the Grass," is a funny mystery for children ages 3 to 8. Each family fun activity is at 2:30 p.m. and free with garden admission. 473-3761.

Fish Sticks. Parents are invited to bring their children ages 3- 7 to learn the basics of fishing while making some great memories. 3 p.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration required. 453-0221.

Summer Music Series. Bring a blanket or chair and relax on the lawn enjoying folk, blues, country and Americana by Ruth Wyand from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the Town Green at Duck Town Park. Free. 255-1234.

Evenings with Wil and Orv. Bring a lawn chair or blanket at 7 p.m. to swap stories and engage in conversation and activities at the Wright brothers' camp at Wright Brothers National Memorial. Free. 473-2111.

Beach Bonfire. Bring a flashlight, bug spray and a chair or a blanket and sit around a campfire at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site and learn the history of the site and the heroic rescues. 7:30 p.m., and site admission is required. 987- 1552.

WEDNESDAY, July 30

Peaceful Pilates. Bring your mat or towel and relax in a basic Pilates class to strengthen your mind and body. 8:15 a.m. at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The cost is $13 and includes admission to the aquarium for the day. Advance reservations are a must. 473-3494.

Sea Turtle Safari. An instructor from the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla will help ages 7 to 13 hunt for pretend sea turtle nests on the beach. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the public beach access at Lighthouse Road. It's free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Dune Hike. Everyone is invited to take a low-intensity walk through the dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and learn what makes a sand dune and why they don't blow away. Meet at 10 a.m. on the back deck at the Visitor Center. Free. 441-7132.

Theater and Music Series. The Madrigal Chorus and guests from The Lost Colony Musical Theatre will sing a variety of songs at 10 a.m. at Duck Town Green. Free. 255-1234.

The Power of Archeology. Children will learn about the science of archeology and explore what has been previously examined in the search for the lost colonists. 10 a.m. at the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Free. 473-2111.

Nature Photography Basics. Ages 14 and up can learn all the basic techniques to take nature photographs, including exposure and composition. 11 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration required. 453-0221.

Pet a Wild Horse. A gentled mustang will be available for petting and participants will learn about the wild horses of Corolla. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Corolla Schoolhouse. Free. 453-8002.

Waterside Craft. Ages 7 to 12 can watch a video and then create Native American beadwork with the help of The Lost Colony's costumed characters. 1 p.m. at the Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island. The cost is $10 per person and includes supplies and snacks. 473-3414.

Wetlands Walk. Ages 8 and up are invited to join an instructor at 1 p.m. at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and then travel to Oregon Inlet with nets and buckets to find some of the animals that inhabit the marsh. The cost is $15 and includes admission to the aquarium for the day. Advance registration is required. 473-3494.

North Carolina School of the Arts. Escape the heat and enjoy "Inside Dance!" to get a sneak peek at the evening show, "Dance at Eight!" performed by students at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Meet the dancers from around the world and find out about life at NCSA. It's free at 2 p.m. in the Film Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 475-1500.

Storytelling. The book, "Taffy of Torpedo Junction," tells the story of a 12-year-old girl, Carol Dillon, who lived on Hatteras Island during World War II. Listen to her tell stories and give eye- witness accounts of her life during that time. 2 p.m. at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site. Admission charge to site required. 987-1552.

Wildlife and Their Adaptations. Use the hands-on approach and learn about hawks, owls, ducks, water birds and some mammals and how they have adapted to survive in their environment. It's free at 2:30 p.m. at Pea Island Visitor Center. 987-2394.

Wild Wednesdays. Join Jeff Lewis, known for his beautiful nature photographs, in a special presentation at 2:30 p.m. in The Gardens Reception Hall at The Elizabethan Gardens. Free with paid admission. 473-3234.

Dragon Hunters. Dragonflies are curious creatures and you can learn all about them and their mysterious life cycles. 4:30 p.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration is required. 453- 0221.

Bear Necessities. Alligator River is home to the largest black bear population in eastern North Carolina, and you have an opportunity to try and see some of these magnificent creatures. Meet at Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot at 6 p.m. Free. Call 987- 2394 for directions.

North Carolina School of the Arts. Relax on the Manteo waterfront at 7 p.m. and listen to the Percussion Ensemble from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Then head over to the Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park and enjoy "Dance at Eight!" at 8 p.m. Free. 475-1500.

Family Night with Flight. Children will get an introduction to flight through gadgets and toys, and experience the fun of building a gliding machine. 7 p.m. at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. Free. 473-2111.

Red Wolf Howling Safari. Spend the evening howling the night away with some endangered red wolves found only in the wilds of northeastern North Carolina. It's at 7:30 p.m. and is a once-in-a- lifetime experience not to be missed. Don't forget to bring a flashlight and insect repellent, but leave your pets at home. Creef Cut Wildlife Trail, off U.S. 64. It cost $5 per person, free for children 5 and under, and advance registration is required. 796- 5600.

Wild Nights. All ages are invited to join the wildlife staff at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla and see what comes out at night. It's free at 7:30 p.m., but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

THURSDAY, July 31

Pilates. Join an instructor and get fit and flexible in the beginning Pilates class at 7:30 a.m. Bring a yoga/Pilates mat or towel. Duck Town Green. It's free and no registration is required. 255-1234.

Fishing the Sound. Ages 7 and up are invited to fish in the sound. Learn to cast, release and how to grow your own bait. 8 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Sleeping Beauty. The entire family will love the classic children's story, "Sleeping Beauty," brought to life with music and dance by The Lost Colony's Children's Theatre at 9:30 a.m. inside the Fort Raleigh Historic Site on Roanoke Island. The cost is $5 and a brunch is available after the show for an additional $8 for youth and $16 for adults. Reservations are required. 473-3414.

Crabbing. All ages will learn different techniques to catch blue crabs and ways to ensure their future. 9:30 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration required. 453-0221.

Crabby Clinic. All ages can join a ranger and learn about the blue crab and how to catch and cook them in this informative talk at 10 a.m. Meet at Jockey's Ridge Sound Access on Soundside Road. Free. 441-7132.

Children's Story Time. Children 3 to 7 can enjoy story time at 10 a.m. at the Duck picnic shelter. Free. 255-1234.

Marsh Exploration. Join an environmental educator from the North Carolina Coastal Federation to take a guided walk, experience hands- on activities and have all of your questions answered about the wetlands environment on the Outer Banks. Meet at 10 a.m. in the front parking lot at Roanoke Island Festival Park. It's free for all ages. 473-1607.

The Power of Archeology. Children will learn about the science of archeology and explore what has been previously examined in the search for the lost colonists. 10 a.m. at the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Free. 473-2111.

Horse Painting. All ages can test their artistic ability when they choose to paint a small wooden horse to take home for $3, or paint one of the larger horses that will remain on the trees for $5. It's an outdoor activity from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Corolla Schoolhouse.453-8002.

Tracks and Traces. Learn all about the techniques for tracing and identifying local wildlife. 11 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Hanging in the Wind. All ages can learn about hang gliding at 11 a.m. in the auditorium at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Free. 441- 7132.

Behind the Scenes Tour. Ages 8 and up can sneak a peek at 11:30 a.m. at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and learn how the tanks stay so clean and what goes on behind the scenes. The fee is $14 and includes aquarium admission for the day. Advance registration is required. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes. 473-3494.

Beach Apparatus Drill. Don't miss the chance to see a beach apparatus drill re-enactment - it's only one of two places in the country to perform the full drill and the only one in the world where it is performed by active-duty U.S. Coast Guard personnel. 2 p.m. at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site. Admission to site required. 987-1552.

Classics for Kids. The Percussion Ensemble from the North Carolina School of the Arts will present "Drumsticks for Kids," an hour of kid-focused percussion music. Audience participation is encouraged. 2 p.m. in the Film Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Free. 475-1500.

Discovery Thursday. Families can enjoy tabletop projects, including postcard rubbings and making a sundial at 2:30 p.m. in The Gardens Reception Hall at The Elizabethan Gardens. Free with paid admission. 473-3234.

Soundside Discovery. Children, accompanied by an adult, will pull a seine net and discover what lives in the sound. It's free, but wading shoes are required and don't forget the sunscreen and insect repellent. 2:30 p.m. at New Inlet, two miles south of the Pea Island Visitor Center. 987-2394.

Kayaking. Join a naturalist at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla at 3 p.m. and discover the history of the Currituck Sound on this exciting kayak trip. Ages 14 and up and previous kayak experience is a must. Free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Tea with the Queen. Treat yourself to tea and sumptuous desserts with Queen Elizabeth I and her royal court at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site at Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island. 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $22 for adults and $11 for youth and includes a backstage tour of the theater. 48-hour advance reservations required. 473-3414.

Summer Music Series. Bring a blanket or chair and relax on the lawn enjoying rock and pop by The Crowd from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the Town Green at Duck Town Park. Free. 255-1234.

Baseball. "Take me out to the ballgame" are words you may hear a lot this summer when the Outer Banks Daredevils compete in the Coastal Plain League. The teams are made up of college players hoping for the big leagues. 7 p.m. at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors and children 5 and under are free. 441-0600.

Nocturnal Beach Creatures. Meet at 7 p.m. at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and learn what animals love the night. Then travel to the beach and witness the activity and nocturnal behaviors of some marine life. The fee is $16 and includes admission to the aquarium for the day. Advance registration is required. 473- 3494.

Summer Performance Series. The North Carolina School of the Arts Percussion Ensemble performs "Drumming!" at 7 p.m. on the south lawn of the Whalehead Club at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Children are welcome and concessions are available. Free. 453-9040.

Purple Martin Madness. Look to the sky for the thousands of purple martins flying over the Croatan Sound to roost on the support structures under the William B. Umstead Bridge in Manns Harbor. About 100,000 members of this feathered family call this area home in June, July and August. Learn all about these migratory songbirds at 7:30 p.m. Meet at the parking lot in Manteo before the eastern end of the bridge. Free. 987-2394.

Night Lights. Join a ranger for a short walk to search the tide line and experience the natural lights on the beach after dark.8:45 p.m. at the Old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Site in Buxton and at the National Park Service Ocracoke Campground Parking Lot. Free. 473- 2111.

FRIDAY, Aug. 1

History and Habitat. Ages 14 and up can tour the sound by motorboat and check out the hidden habitats and local lore. 9:30 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Dune Hike. Everyone is invited to take a low-intensity walk through the dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park and learn what makes a sand dune and why they don't blow away. Meet 10 a.m. on the back deck at the Visitor Center. Free. 441-7132.

Marine Mammals. Ages 14 and up will learn the difference between a dolphin and porpoise when they learn about marine mammals that hang off the North Carolina coast. 11 a.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

What Really Happened to The Lost Colony. Logic, evidence and arguments are used to answer one of America's greatest mysteries, "what really happened to The Lost Colony," at 2 p.m. at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site. Admission to site required. 987-1552.

North Carolina School of the Arts. Escape the heat and enjoy "Drumming" performed by the percussion ensemble from the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Music. 2 p.m. in the Film Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Free. 475-1500.

Nature Journals. Ages 7 and older are invited to use their writing, drawing, collecting and crafting skills to remember their outdoor adventures. 1 p.m. at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. It's free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Beach Exploration. An instructor from the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla will help you identify all of your beach finds while taking a stroll on the shore. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at the beach access at Lighthouse Road. It's free, but advance registration is required. 453-0221.

Baseball. "Take me out to the ballgame" are words you may hear a lot this summer when the Outer Banks Daredevils compete in the Coastal Plain League. The teams are made up of college players hoping for the big leagues. 7 p.m. at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors and children 5 and under are free. 441-0600.

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