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BOOKS. BOOKS. BOOKS. The Very Nearly Annual Benefit Book Sale starts Friday and continues through Saturday, both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are all kinds of books at the Arizona State Museum--art, architecture, archaeology, music, anthropology, cooking, Native culture, poetry and fiction. And, if you're a member of the museum, you get to preview these great tomes before everyone else on Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. The museum is on Park Avenue just north of University Boulevard. Call 626-5886 with questions.

PROSPEROUS METAPHYSICS. Leading edge metaphysical issues are discussed at regular meetings at Spirit in Action Center, 6979 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 123. On Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and repeated on Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m., the topic is prosperity. Tammie Foster Weaver leads the discussion. A $5 honor-system fee is accepted. For details, call 751-7502.

STAR GAZING. The Steward Observatory has been hosting public evening lectures in astronomy since 1924. Following Monday's lecture at 7:30 p.m., you can view the night sky with help from the 21-inch telescope. Dr. Jeremy Mould, director of NOAO at the University of Arizona, offers insight into how long we've been able to gaze up at the twinkly stars since the Big Bang occurred. The lecture and the gazing are free. Go to Room N210 at the Observatory located at 933 N. Cherry St. For more information call 621-5049.

THAT'S IT. Considering divorcing the old albatross? Arizona's divorce rate peaks above the national average (why is that, I wonder). The monthly Wednesday program starts at 6 p.m. and offers information on how to start the ball rolling. What do you do about paternity matters and how will you handle the emotional and legal aspects of divorce on your family? The program, at the Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road, is hosted by the Family Center of the Conciliation Court, the Pima County Bar Association and the Tucson-Pima Library. Questions? Call 740-5590.

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