February 20, Living with Urban Wildlife


Written by Judy Harper Category: Things To Do Issue: February 2016
Group Free

February 1-10
Cooking Classes
This month’s classes are taught by Nick Malgieri, Feb. 1-2; and Michael Rusconi, Feb. 9-10. Call for times. $80. Les Gourmettes Cooking School, 6610 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-240-6767.

February 1-28
Garden Workshops
This month’s programs focus on beekeeping for beginners, container geology of the Grand Canyon, bird behavior, history of the Salt and Verde river dams, aloes for desert landscapes, watering and controller programming, bonsai, wildlife photography, aquaponics, cooking with salt, vegetable garden design, desert gardening maintenance: month by month, chic houseplants, herb gardening, winter squash, succulents for the landscape, healthy grains and square-foot gardening. Call for times, dates and registration fees. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8146.

February 3-23
Career Connectors
This nonprofit organization connects professionals to high-quality resources and hiring companies, with information provided on networking, résumé help, career coaches and business portraits. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Feb. 3, North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; Feb. 11, Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale; and Feb. 23, Central Christian Church, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert, careerconnectors.org, 480-442-5806.

February 4
Green-Building Lecture
Urban gardeners share tips for growing healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in the desert in this program hosted by the City of Scottsdale. Information about our planting and harvesting seasons and raising hens for nutritious fresh eggs is included. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleaz.gov, 480-312-3111.

February 13
The Art of Cooking
Learn how to prepare a meal on the grill at this Valentine-themed cooking class. Featured dishes include chateaubriand, lobster, grilled bruschetta and grilled oysters, as well as decadent sweets. Noon-2 p.m. $69. Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, lons.com, 602-955-7878.

February 13
Mimosa Mornings
Artist Carrie Curran guides guests on an artistic journey as they enjoy mimosas and pastries while creating their own masterpiece. Designed for enthusiastic beginners to accomplished professionals, this month’s class focuses on cactus blooms in acrylic on canvas. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $75. Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, lons.com, 602-955-7878.

February 17
Sip & Learn
Winemaker Curt Dunham leads this workshop series, which continues with a program on wine and cheese pairings. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. $35; $65 per couple. Registration required. LDV Wine Gallery, 6951 E. First St., Scottsdale, ldvwinegallery.com, 480-664-4822.

February 20
Living with Urban Wildlife
Darren Julian, urban wildlife specialist for Arizona Game and Fish Department, shares information about how to coexist with Arizona’s fauna in urban areas. Participants learn how to prevent problems before they occur, safely invite wildlife into the yard and discourage it when needed. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $5. Town Council Chambers, U.S. Post Office Building, 100 Easy St., Carefree, 480-488-3686.

February 20
Wildlife Photography
Participants spend a day at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center photographing some of the unique wildlife housed on site, with privileged access behind the scenes. Hands-on instruction and coaching by fellow photographer Randy Babb of the Arizona Game and Fish Department is included. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $225. Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, 27026 N. 156th St., Scottsdale, southwestwildelife.org, 480-471-3621.

February 21
Mixology Class
Spirit consultant Travis Nass leads a crash course on gin, sharing information about the history and styles of liquor to the various brands and recipes. Guests enjoy two cocktails, with ample time for questions. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. $30. Last Drop at The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, lastdropbar.com, 602-955-7878.

February 27
Waking Up with Butterflies
Novice and professional photographers are invited to spend a quiet hour photographing awakening butterflies and new species in a tropical rainforest setting. 8:30 a.m. $30. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, butterflywonderland.com, 480-800-3000.