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August 1-15
Landscape / Garden Lectures
Mission Not-So-Impossible: Sustainable Desert Landscaping & Gardening is the theme of this brown-bag lecture series. Topics include Garden Design: Combining Contemporary and Traditional Gardening, Aug. 1; Earth-Friendly Desert Gardening, Aug. 8; and Sustainable Landscape Management for Homeowners, Aug. 15. F, noon-1 p.m. Free. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-495-0901.

August 2-31
Garden Workshops
This month’s programs focus on colorful plants for summer, anchovies, raised bed gardening, working with a landscape contractor, the gardener’s guide to cactus, desert night ecology, moonscape photography, bird portraits, vegetable gardening, introduction to aquaponics, creative lighting, cooking with summer vegetables, environmental challenges of desert gardening, the art of enchiladas, wading birds, terrarium garden, prickly pear harvest and treats, pruning trees and shrubs, designing jewelry from the desert, and sustainable edible gardens. Call for times, dates and registration fees. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-481-8146.

August 5
Fundraising Seminar
Fresh fundraising tips are in the spotlight as guests network with other nonprofit leaders and meet charity-minded vendors at Facts, Fiction & Fun of Fundraising. 7 a.m.-noon. $25. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, 480-636-1303.


August 13, 27
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 dishes presented during the demonstration and wine pairings. This month’s focus is on Lazio, Aug. 13; and Tuscany, Aug. 27. 6 p.m. $59 per class. Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale,, 480-502-9095.

August 15
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. This month’s theme is Monet’s Water Lilies. 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,, 480-350-2822.


August 29
Nocturnal Insect Hunt
With the help of insect experts from Arizona State University and a black light, guests are sure to see many of the garden’s nighttime visitors, including moths, lacewings, beetles and praying mantids. The program includes a brief talk about the ecology of some of the common and most interesting insects that come out at night in the desert. 7:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m. $15. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-481-8123.

August 30
Phoenix Cooks!
This 10th-annual interactive gourmet food and kitchen show offers opportunities aplenty to learn, cook, share, taste, sip, shop and experience the pleasures of the culinary lifestyle. Chef duels and demonstrations are among the highlights, plus delicacies from more than 50 of the city’s best chefs and restaurants, complemented by dozens of wine, beer and mixology sampling booths. Proceeds benefit Banner Children’s. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $85, advance; $100, at the door; $65, designated driver. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale,, 602-374-6135.