REASONS FOR SMOKING
On Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. at King’s Books (218 St Helens Ave, Tacoma,) Xandria Phillips, author of “Reasons for Smoking” – chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2016 Seattle Review chapbook contest – will be reading from and signing her new chapbook. This is a free event. The poems in “Reasons for Smoking” articulate how living, touching, noticing, speaking and remembering are necessary and subversive acts. Phillips is a poet who hails from rural Ohio where she was raised on corn and inherited her grandmother’s fear of open water. She is Winter Tangerine’s associate poetry editor, the poetry editor for Honeysuckle Press, and the curator of Love Letters to Spooks, a literary space for Black people. For more information visit www.xandriaphillips.com.
MONTHLY BALLOON JAM
Come to one of the monthly balloon jams at IHOP (7445 S. Hosmer St., Tacoma) where balloon sculptors join together to build each other up in their chosen passion, profession and hobby. Participants spend time teaching and learning, creating and giving constructive advice, networking and socializing, and even have fun doing it. This jam is focused on balloon twisting, but you will find jugglers, magicians, and face-painters joining in the fun as well. The core group is still less than 10 regular attendees, but organizers hope more will come and enjoy the time. The next balloon jam is Monday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. For information, visit www.facebook.com/events/391756977916258.
MIXED MEDIA TECHNIQUE
Pacific Gallery Artists February meeting and demo is Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Asia Pacific Culture Center (4851 South Tacoma Way). Kathy Collins, longtime watercolor artist who uses a mixed media technique for her dramatic, high-contrast paintings, will give a demo on how she incorporates pieces cut from her old and tired watercolors into her collage work to create dynamic new mixed media paintings. Her new work is intuitive and design focused. For information, visit www.pacificgalleryartists.org.
FREE SCREENWRITING PANEL
On Saturday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m. at Wheelock Library (3722 N. 26th St., Tacoma), the library presents its annual, free screenwriting panel. Writers of all backgrounds and level of experience are welcome. This panel discusses elements of storytelling through screenwriting, and what goes into crafting an impactful and effective cinematic story. This year’s panelists include Kevin Rexroat, Heather Hughes, Kristi Simkins, and David Margolis. Patric Rogers moderates. For information, visit www.evensi.us/free-screenwriting-panel-wheelock-library/242042084.
Join Ladies Night 253 and 2nd Cycle Tacoma’s Community Cycle Center Saturday, Feb. 24, for a social paced bike ride starting at 2nd Cycle (1205 M.L.K. Jr Way, Tacoma). Meet at 10 a.m. and roll out no later than 10:30 a.m. This ride will be about 8 miles total and will end at the Valley Tavern for brunch.
Here is the route: www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1908062300
Info: crystalvoyage.com. This event is 21+. Ride at your own risk.