WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

Group Free

October 4
Green-Building Lecture (FREE)
Participants learn about community initiatives, business efforts and what they can do to divert waste from landfills, reduce environmental impact, conserve energy and water, and save money in “Circular Economy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reconsider and Reimagine.” The program is hosted by the city of Scottsdale. 7-8:30 p.m. Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleaz.gov, 480-312-7080.

October 6
Cooking Class
Executive chef Alex Stratta takes guests through the process of preparing and serving game meats paired with produce of the fall harvest in this interactive course. The menu includes chestnut soup with wild mushrooms and foie gras; duck confit salad with butternut squash, pomegranates and balsamic vinegar; and venison chop with dried fig sauce, celery root puree and candied shallots. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $50. Match Restaurant & Lounge, 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, matchphx.com, 602-875-8080.

October 11
Beer & Bees
Beekeeper Dayna Cooper talks about beekeeping, honey and the sweet partnership that exists between brews and bees. A representative from a Flagstaff meadery that uses Arizona honey to make its special brew also is on hand with samples. 10-11 a.m. $20. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, butterflywonderland.com, 480-800-3000.

October 14
Autumn Wreaths
Participants create fall wreaths while sipping mimosas and enjoying nibbles. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $75. Sorso Wine Room, 15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale sorsowineroom.com, 480-951-4344.

October 18
Practical Cooking Series
Chefs Pascal Dionot and Joshua Hebert teach this comprehensive 24-week program, which focuses on basic skills, stocks, soups, sauces, eggs, vegetables, poultry, fish and shellfish, meats and butchering, grains, Asian techniques, desserts, pastries and chocolate. Th, 6:30-9 p.m. $2,500. Classic Cooking Academy, 10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, ccacademy.edu, 480-502-0177.

October 20
Fiber Technology
Participants break down raw agave and yucca leaves to expose their fibers, then use these processed fibers to make cordage or rope in this hands-on workshop. 9 a.m.-noon. $40-$45. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.

October 20
Learn and Lunch
Chef Marcellino Verzino shares his secrets to making his handcrafted cuisine. This month’s theme is ravioli filled with fresh spinach and ricotta cheese. 1-3 p.m. $40, includes the main dish, salad and sweet treat. Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, marcellinoristorante.com, 480-990-9500.

October 20
Sippin’ Series
Learn about the unique and varied spirits and treats available in our region as this series presented by Young’s Market explores the culinary arts. This month’s program focuses on classic cocktails, paired with light bites. 7 p.m. $30, or $50 per pair. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

October 27
Butterflies & Reptiles
Novice and professional photographers are invited to spend a quiet hour photographing awakening butterflies and reptiles in a tropical rainforest setting. 8:30-9:30 a.m. $25. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, butterflywonderland.com, 480-800-3000.

October 27
Voices of Success
Fifteen successful local women from the newly published book, Living Brave... Women in Business, share stories about their professional lives at this conference. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $125. Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, livingbrave.net, 480-922-9315.

October 27-November 17
Cooking for an Independent Life
Students age 13 and older with special needs learn how to make festive recipes that celebrate the Thanksgiving season in this four-week series. Sa, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for prices. Education & Community Services, 33016 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, ecsforall.org, 480-575-2440.