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December 1-30, Garden Workshops


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

December 1
Green-Building Lecture (FREE)
Participants learn about the latest strategies to safely detox their home and workplace using eco-healthy products, fresh air ventilation and organic pesticides to achieve a chemical-free environment. The program is hosted by the City of Scottsdale. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-312-7080.

December 4
Chocolate & Wine Pairing
Discover what makes wine and chocolate the perfect confectionary match as the Sip & Learn series continues. 4-6 p.m. $35; $65 per couple. LDV Wine Gallery, 6951 E. First St., Scottsdale,, 480-664-4822.  

December 5, 7
Cooking Classes
Mark Tarbell, owner of Tarbell’s Restaurant and Catering, The Tavern and The Wine Store, prepares a market-fresh menu featuring the light, bold flavors he loves. The class includes a wine pairing and discussion of cooking seasonably and sustainably. 6:30-9 p.m. $80. Les Gourmettes Cooking School, 6610 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-240-6767.

December 9
Chocolate & Meditation
T.G.I.F. Tasters Club welcomes Lisa Reinhardt of Wei of Chocolate for a tasty exploration of the health benefits of chocolate and meditation. 3-5 p.m. $20. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale,, 480-488-1090.

December 9, 23
Wine Classes
This educational series continues with Wine 101, Dec. 9, for those new to drinking wine or simply wanting to learn more about the different varietals; followed by Blind Tasting, Dec. 23, which teaches attendees how to recognize the unique characteristics of wines and discern amongst them. 6 p.m. $20. Carlson Creek Vineyard Tasting Room, 4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale,, 480-947-0636.

December 10
Breakfast with Butterflies
Guests enjoy breakfast, conversation with the curators and a rare opportunity to view butterflies waking from a restful night in the conservatory. 8-10 a.m. $40; preregistration required. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale,, 480-800-3000.  

December 10
Tamale Festival
Participants work with a professional chef to learn the secrets of making tamales, then create their own green chile chicken and red chile pork tamales in this hands-on cooking class. 9 a.m.-noon. $29; two for $50. Café @ Rio, 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, 480-517-8532.

December 17-18
Gingerbread Houses
Lon’s pastry chef guides participants in the art of creating and decorating their own edible holiday house. Snacks and beverages are provided. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $69 per house. The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley,, 602-955-7878.