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Wed., Dec. 7, 2011

Dickens of a Dinner - Victorian feast with a performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Shows Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. For tickets, call (509) 327-1113. For more information, visit The Lion’s Share, 1627 N. Atlantic St. $40 for dinner and show after Nov. 24.

Cooking Classes at The Kitchen Engine - December classes include: Thursday, 6 p.m., burnt cream with Chef Mark Steinmetz, $30; Sunday, 2 p.m., Sushi with Alex Austin, $49; Monday, 6 p.m., Thai cuisine with Tiffany White, $39; Tuesday, 6 p.m., traditional Mexican Christmas cuisine with Chef Lynne Wiedemann, $40. Pre-registration is required.

The Backyard Club Cooking and Mixology Class - Hosted by Two Cooks with Love Catering. For ages 21 and older. Upcoming classes include: “Our Favorite Recipes” on Tuesday and Dec. 14. Reservations are required. 11712 E. Boone Ave., Spokane Valley. $35 per person; $60 per couple. (509) 891-5980.

Spokane Public Market - Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit 24 W. Second Ave. (509) 624-1154.

“One Bethlehem Night”- Dinner theatre presented by Northwoods Performing Arts. Tickets available at Seeber’s Drugstore in Newport or by calling (208) 448-1294. Dates and menus include: Thursday, Ham Dinner by Owen’s Delicatessen; Friday, Baron of Beef Roll-Ups Dinner by Skeyes the Limit. The Circle Moon Theater, Highway 211 off of Highway 2, Newport, Wash. $20/dinner and show; $12/adults, $10/children and seniors for show-only; $30/person for Gala Night, show-only tickets not available on Gala Night. (509) 447-3004.

Holiday Social - Annual event hosted by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. Sample area food specialties from local restaurants, bakeries and caterers. There will also be holiday music and no-host beverages. Thursday, 4:30-7 p.m., MeadowWood Technology Campus, 2100 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake. Free. (509) 924-4994.

Tasteful Thursdays - Enjoy live acoustic music while sampling a variety of food. There will also be in-store demonstrations, sampling and local gifts for sale. Thursday, Lewis-Clark College sax quartet. 5-7 p.m., Moscow Food Co-Op, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow, Idaho. (208) 882-8537.

The Comfort of Tea and Chocolate Tasting - Toby Hallowitz and Pilgrim’s Market staff will present information and a sampling of teas for morning, afternoon, evening and wellness, accompanied by a varied selection of chocolate products. Thursday, 6 p.m., Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.

Wine and Cheese at the Market - Presented by Rocket Market. December events classes include: Friday, Global Bubbly, taste eight sparkling wines from around the world, cheese and La Brea bread, $20 plus tax; Saturday, Global Cabernet, blind tasting of nine Cabernet Sauvignons, cheese and La Brea bread, $22 plus tax. All classes start at 7 p.m. Reservations are requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (509) 343-2253.

Wine Tasting at Vino! - Friday, drop-in tasting of six selections from Walla Walla’s Forgeron Cellars, 3 to 5:30 p.m., $10; Saturday, taste six selections featured in the December newsletter, 2-4:30 p.m., $5. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509) 838-1229.

Prime Rib and Red Wine Holiday Tasting - Presented by Pilgrim’s Market. Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.

Spokane WineSong - Evening of acoustic music and wine. Watch a painting being created on the spot and hear inspiring stories. Benefits American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest. Friday, 7 p.m., CenterStage, 1017 W. First Ave. $15. (509) 979-1726.

Friends of Turnbull Winter Festival - Featuring an elk tour at 9 a.m.; live raptors presented by the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center from 11 a.m.-noon; chili, cornbread, muffins, cookies and warm beverages. Call (509) 235-4531 for elk tour reservations. Saturday, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 South Smith Road, Cheney.

St. Lucy’s Candlelight Breakfast Benefit for Shalom Ministries - Shalom is raising funds for its Dining with Dignity program. Tickets are available at Central United Methodist Church, 518 W. Third Ave. Email Saturday, 7:30 a.m., St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. $30/person or $210/table of eight. (509) 455-9019.

Cake Bites Sampler - Drop by to try tasty samples from the popular cookbook “101 Gourmet Cake Bites” by Wendy Paul. Saturday, noon-3 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Pilgrim’s Annual Holiday Gift Fair - Featuring fair trade, gourmet and unique gifts; a holiday food sampling and wine tasting. Saturday, noon-4 p.m., Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.

Holiday Community Cooking Contest - Show off your family holiday recipe or party dish during Pilgrim’s Holiday Community Cooking Contest. Your recipe should include at least two natural or organic items purchased at the market. Each contestant will decide who wins first- and second-place in each category by tasting and voting on everyone’s dishes. The People’s Choice Award will be determined by the votes cast by customers. Saturday, noon-2 p.m., Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.

A Christmas Tradition, High Tea at The JACC - Tea, sandwiches, scones and more. Hats, dresses and gloves encouraged. Sunday, 2-4 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $40/adults, $30/students. (208) 457-8950.

Healthy Cooking Classes - Monday, Healthy Holidays with Tessa Graham of Sprout Wellbeing; 5:30-7 p.m. For reservations, email Latah County Fairgrounds kitchen, 1021 Harold St., Moscow, Idaho. $18 per class. (208) 882-8537.


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