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Dickens of a Dinner - Victorian feast with a performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Shows Friday and Saturday and Dec. 9-10 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.

Christmas Tree Elegance 2011 - Benefits the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, presented by the Spokane Symphony Associates. This year there are two locations for tree viewing and raffles. Today through Dec. 18, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., free viewing of the trees at River Park Square, with tree raffle drawing Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.; today-Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., free viewing of the trees at the Davenport Hotel, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; today-Friday, Luncheon and Fashion Show, 11:30 a.m. daily in Grand Pennington Ballroom, reservations required, production by Jamie Johnson Events featuring local boutiques, $50; Friday, 29th Annual Gala Dinner Dance, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m., dinner, reservations required, $150/person, black tie optional; Sunday, Caroling with the Chorale, 1:30 p.m., rehearsal, $3 p.m. public performance, 4:15 p.m., reception with buffet, $35/singers and buffet, $25/buffet only, $10/show only; Monday, Holiday Hat and Fur Style Show, 11:30 a.m., the Davenport Hotel, $25, call (509) 789-6863 for reservations; Dec. 10, Raffle drawing in the Davenport Hotel lobby of trees, 9:30 p.m., free admission; Dec. 18, 1 p.m., Raffle drawing in River Park Square skywalk level, free admission. Tree viewing free, raffle tickets $1 each. (509) 458-8733.

Starlight Children’s Foundation-Northwest Benefit - Make a minimum donation of $5 and enjoy free appetizers and drink specials. Today, 3-6 p.m. All proceeds to benefit seriously ill children and their families. Applebee’s South Hill, 2107 E. 29th Ave. (509) 321-0799.

Cooking Classes at The Kitchen Engine - December classes include: Thursday at 6 p.m., spiced apple and pumpkin soup and wild mushroom cream soup with Chef Nathan Steinbauer, $30; Monday at 6 p.m., cherry demi-seared rack of lamb with Chef Landon Dalessi, $39; Tuesday at 6 p.m., shrimp and grits, curry butternut squash with diced chicken and sweet potato rolls with winner of Food Network’s Extreme Chef, Chef Amadeus, $59; Dec. 8 at 6 p.m., burnt cream with Chef Mark Steinmetz, $30. Pre-registration is required.

Spokane Public Market - Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, visit 24 W. Second Ave. (509) 624-1154.

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 Thursday, Dec. 13 and 14. Reservations are required. 11712 E. Boone Ave., Spokane Valley. $35 per person; $60 per couple. (509) 891-5980.

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; Dec. 15, Gypsy Dawgs; Dec. 22, Palouse Suzuki Strings students with Bill and Linda Wharton. 5-7 p.m., Moscow Food Co-Op, Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow, Idaho. (208) 882-8537.

Dinner-House Bistro Event - Presented by the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy. Students and faculty will prepare a prix fixe menu with choice of appetizer, entree and dessert including a complimentary wine pairing. Pre-payment is required. Reservations available for 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. Friday. Orlando’s, Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. $50 per person. (509) 533-7283.

“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: Friday, Gala Night, garlic prime rib by Skeyes the Limit, formal attire; Saturday and Dec. 8, ham by Owen’s Delicatessen; Tuesday, show only at 7:30 p.m. 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.