Learn the fundamentals of Mexican cooking as chef Hugh Carpenter leads this class based on his new cookbook, Mexican Flavors – Contemporary Recipes From Camp San Miguel. Call for times. $75. Les Gourmettes Cooking School, 6610 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-240-6767.
This month’s programs focus on heirloom ornaments, jewelry from the desert, making tamales from scratch, ducks and geese, dog food and treats, and pine needle coiling on gourds. Call for times, dates and registration fees. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8146.
Homeowners learn about building economic value while reducing energy costs as the city of Scottsdale hosts this lecture. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, 480-312-3111.
Lon’s pastry chef guides participants in the art of creating and decorating their own edible holiday house. Snacks and beverages are provided. Noon-2 p.m. $40 per house. The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, hermosainn.com, 602-955-8614.