POETRY READING: Open poetry readings begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 17, at Barnes & Noble, 5480 E. Broadway. Poetry enthusiasts are invited to read original works or those of a favorite poet. Call 745-9822 for information.
READY FOR TAKE OFF: It's National Aviation Week, which makes it an appropriate time to revisit Tucson's own aerospace heritage. The Tucson-Pima Libraries will host a variety of activities for kids, including a paper airplane workshop and stories about famous aviators starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at the Columbus Library, 4350 E. 22nd St. Call 791-4081 for information. Or navigate more than 200 different aircraft on display at the Pima Air Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $3 to $6. Call 574-9658 for information.
COMMUNITY THEATRE: Judging by the enthusiastic throng that turned out for The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Community Theatre players are developing quite a following. See for yourself this weekend, as they present Euripides' classic Greek drama Trojan Women, a tale of the fate of the people of Troy after the Greek conquest, starting at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Himmel Park amphitheater, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Admission is free. Call 791-4663 for information.
STRICTLY BALLROOM: The non-profit amateur dance association USABDA gets together once a month to cut the rug and convert enthusiastic newcomers to the joys of ballroom dancing. Dancers of all skill, singles or partners, are welcome. Introductory and intermediate group classes start at 2 p.m., followed by a general dance from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 20, at the Elk's Lodge, 2404 E. River Road. A donation of $4, $3 for members, is requested at the door. Call 292-9853 for information.
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