Michael Rusconi, owner of Rusconi’s American Kitchen, teaches a menu that reflects his philosophy of using only the freshest ingredients available. Call for times. $75. Les Gourmettes Cooking School, 6610 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-240-6767.
This month’s programs focus on introduction to permaculture, perennial herbs, rose gardening in the desert, savvy cooking with citrus, watering and controller programming, photography 101, growing herbs in containers, cooking for couples, kitchen gardens, growing orchids, aloes for desert landscapes, digital desert photography, herb garden design, wildlife photography, glass blowing, succulent propagation, and the secret of lighting.
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. 4, North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; Feb. 12, Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale; and Feb. 17, Central Christian Church, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert, careerconnectors.org, 480-442-5806.
Green Building Lecture
Participants learn about our planting and harvesting seasons and how easy it is to raise chickens in the backyard at this program, which is presented by the city of Scottsdale. Tips for growing healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in the desert are included. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, 480-312-3111.
Carol Stuttard, a gardening educator, presents Creative Container Gardening in the Desert Southwest. The program includes tips on which planting mixes to use, correct watering techniques, maximizing microclimates, and design features involving both pots and plants. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $5. Town Council Chambers, U.S. Post Office Building, 100 Easy St., Carefree, 480-488-3686.