This month’s programs focus on evening birding in the garden, digital photography, planting wildflowers, mottled gourds, moonscape photography, home landscape design basics, the art of mole, HDR photography, Ethiopia cuisine, heirloom vegetable gardening, drip irrigation design and installation, tapas, vegetable container gardening, crafting creative cards, cacti for the landscape, fossils of Arizona, astronomy, and organic vegetable gardening. Call for times, dates and registration fees. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8146.
This nonprofit organization connects professionals to high-quality resources and hiring companies, with information provided on networking, résumé help, career coaches and business portraits. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Sept. 3 and 17, North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; Sept. 11, Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale; and Sept. 23, Central Christian Church, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert, careerconnectors.org, 480-442-5806.
Join Claire C. Carter, assistant curator at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Rebecca Senf, Norton family curator for the UA Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum; and Bill Jenkins, ASU associate professor of photography, for a discussion about the photography of Bill Owens. 7 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
Art After Work
Participants paint a personal masterpiece modeled after the works of great artists from all time as Laura Hukill leads this fun, laid-back class that requires no art experience. 6 p.m. $35, includes all art supplies and $8 voucher for food and beverages. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tca, 480-350-2822.
Food and Wine Series
Guests explore the regional flavors of Italy while learning to prepare authentic Italian dishes with executive chef Chris Nicosia. Designed for home chefs, each class includes a light, one-course meal featuring the food items presented during the demonstration and wine pairings. This month’s focus is on Piemonte. 6 p.m. $59 per class. Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, sassi.biz, 480-502-9095.
See the endless varieties, shapes and colors of petrified wood, and learn about specimens from Arizona and other places around the world as Spectacular Nature: The Natural World Illuminated Through Unique Specimens continues. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. Tempe Public Library, 3500 E. Rural Rd., Tempe, tempe.gov/library, 480-350-5500.