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Wed., May 19, 2010, midnight

Cooking Classes at The Kitchen Engine - May classes include: Thursday, French Creme Brulee with Chef Mark Steinmetz, 6 p.m., $25; Friday, Experience Japan and the World of Sushi with Alex Austin, 4 p.m., $40; Sunday, Rolled Asian Cuisine with Alex Austin, 2 p.m., $35; Monday, Journey to Italy with Tiffany White, 6 p.m., $35; Tuesday, Taste of Thai with Wild Thyme Kitchen, 6 p.m., $35; May 26, Whole Grains with Amy Grady, 6 p.m., $30. Pre-registration is required for all classes. The Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon No. 416. (509) 328-3335.

Saturday Drop-in Tastings - Sample wine and beer from the people who craft and sell them in the market. Complimentary one-ounce pours. Held Saturdays from 3-6 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (509) 343-2253.

Beyond Words Benefit Breakfast - To benefit RiteCare Spokane, offers family-centered speech therapy for young children at no cost to their families. Thursday. 8-9 a.m., Spokane Club, Georgian Room, 1102 W. Riverside Ave. Donation. (509) 838-2310.

Spokane Valley Newcomer’s Club Luncheon - The women’s social group meets for its monthly luncheon. Please RSVP to Virginia at (509) 927-7659. Thursday. 11:30 a.m., King’s Restaurant, 17005 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley.

“Cheers to Kids” - Annual wine tasting event hosted by Olive Crest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving abused, neglected and at-risk children in Eastern Washington. Event will feature a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to purchase wines at discounted prices. Thursday. 6-8 p.m., Bozarth Mansion, 12415 N. Fairwood Drive. $45 in advance, $50 at the door. (509) 468-0700.

Trail of Discovery - Latah Trail Foundation Dinner and Auction. Proceeds will help maintain the Moscow-Troy Trail and open the first section of a new trail in Bear Creek Canyon. Saturday. 6 p.m., Best Western University Inn, 1516 Pullman Road, Moscow, Idaho. $40/person, $300/table of eight. (208) 874-3860.

Free Local Produce Distribution - Mid-City Concerns Senior Center is partnering with the Second Harvest Food Bank to distribute produce and food. Open to the public the last Tuesday of the month, noon-2 p.m., Mid-City Senior Center, 1222 W. Second Ave. (509) 747-3257.

What’s Cookin’ at the JACC: Italian Cuisine - Join Chef Angelo Brunson of Angelo’s Ristorante to learn the fine art of Italian cooking. Tuesday. 5:30-7:30 p.m., 405 N William St., Post Falls. $50. (208) 457-8950.

Memorial Day Weekend at Maryhill Winery - Ninth annual Memorial Day Weekend celebration. Visit Maryhill’s tasting room and receive 10 percent to 30 percent off all wine purchases. Featuring wine tastings, special case discounts and live music all weekend long with performances by RaChiChi (May 29), Carlyle (May 30) and Wayman Chapman (May 31). Slow-cooked fare from Lilo’s BBQ will be available for purchase on the winery’s arbor. May 29-31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 9774 Highway 14, Goldendale. (877) 627-9445.

Feed Cheney Free Restaurant - Sponsored by the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant, Feed Spokane and the Cheney Trading Co. Open the last Monday of the month, 5-6:30 p.m., United Church of Christ, 423 N. Sixth St., Cheney. (509) 324-1659.

Sips for CF - Wine tasting benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Two packages to choose from to include wine tasting and two or four courses; 5-9 p.m., with wine tasting at 6:30 p.m. June 2, The Melting Pot, corner of Main and Wall on skywalk level, downtown Spokane. $25-$50 per person. (509) 999-2195.

Taste Washington! Spokane - Spokane is part of the Washington Wine Commission’s efforts to raise awareness of Washington wines regionally, nationally and internationally. More than 100 wineries will be on hand, pouring up to three of their wines. Try new releases of old favorites, or new varietals from some of Washington’s newest wineries. Approximately 25 regional restaurants will be on hand to prepare their favorite bites. Tickets available at June 6, 5-8:30 p.m., the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $75. (206) 667-WINE.


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