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The City Gate Dinner - Christmas Eve dinner will be served. There will be a gift for each person Today, 4-7 p.m., City Gate, 170 S. Madison St. Free. (509) 455-9670.

Salvation Army Dinner - Christmas Eve dinner will be served, 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the Salvation Army Community Center. A Christmas Eve service following the dinner will be held in the Salvation Army Chapel at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Today, Salvation Army of Spokane, 222 E. Indiana Ave. Free. (509) 325-6810.

Union Gospel Mission Dinner - Christmas Eve celebration dinner and program will be held. Doors open at 5:40 p.m. Dinner and program begins at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Today, Union Gospel Mission, 1224 E. Trent Ave. Free. (509) 535-8510.

St. Charles Catholic Church Dinner - Annual Christmas dinner will be served in the parish gym. All are welcome. Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Charles Catholic Church, 4515 N. Alberta St. Free. (509) 327-9573.

Mid-City Concerns/Senior Center Dinner - Christmas dinner will be served at 11:30 a.m. for seniors and at noon for the general public. Everyone is welcome. Thursday, Mid City Concerns Meals on Wheels, 1222 W. Second Ave. Free. (509) 747-3257.

Cooking with Carol - Chef Carol will prepare her recipe of the week every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Visit www.facebook.com/ GourmetWayHayden to view the menu. Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Hayden. Free. (208) 762-1333.

Vino! Wine Tastings - Tastings include cheese and crackers. Friday, 2-4:30 p.m., Smasne Cellars, $10; Jan. 9, 3-7:30 p.m., Selections from Vino’s Wine of the Month Club, $10; Jan. 16, 3-6:30 p.m., Efeste Winery, $15; Jan. 23, 3-6:30 p.m., Italian Wines, $10. Vino! Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509) 838-1229.

90+ Point Reds - Celebrate an entire year of great wine by tasting eight top-scoring reds. Tasting includes cheese and Bouzie bakery bread. Friday, 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $30. (509) 343-2253.

Free Tastings - New Year’s bubbly. Saturday, noon-3 p.m., Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.

Budge Brothers Sunday Football Potluck - Bring munchies to Budge Brothers Brewery to enjoy while watching the Seahawks. Brewery opens at 1 p.m. Sunday, Budge Brothers Brewery, 2018 E. Riverside Ave. Free admission. (509) 426-3340.

Good Food Book Club - Hosted by the Moscow Food Co-op. Discussion will be on “Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production” by Nicolette Hahn Niman. Sunday, 6-7:30 p.m., held at a private residence in Moscow. Email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for directions. (208) 882-8537.

The Culinary Stone Cooking Classes – Tuesday: Holiday Appetizers; Jan. 13: Start off the New Year on a Lighter Note; Jan. 15: Fresh Start with Sushi; Jan. 20: Rosemary Chicken with Winter Vegetables; Jan. 22: Latin Cooking: A Healthy Choice; Jan. 27: Turkey Burgers and Winter Salads; Jan. 29: Juicing for Life. Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. The Culinary Stone, 2129 Main St., Coeur d’Alene. $35/person. (208) 277-4116.

Selkirk Abbey New Year’s Brunch - Specialty breakfast sandwiches available from Big Bear Deli. Special release of Selkirk Grace Scotch Ale at 10 a.m. No cover charge or ticket fee. Open to the public, age 21 and older only. Beer specials all day including growler fills. Limited access to the Cave of Wonders. Jan. 1, 10 a.m., Selkirk Abbey Brewing, 6180 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. (208) 292-4901.

Punks for a Princess Polar Plunge - In partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Punks for a Princess, Mad Bomber Brewing is hosting a polar plunge fundraiser to benefit Serina, a local 6-year-old girl with leukemia. Plunge at 11 a.m., post-plunge party with music and barbecue at 1 p.m. Mad Bomber Brewing will donate 15 percent of all taproom sales to helping Serina’s wish of meeting the princesses at Disney World come true. Jan. 1, Mad Bomber Brewing, 9265 N. Government Way, Hayden. $25. (208) 762-7343.

Wednesday Wine and Cooking Demo - Every Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., enjoy a flight of wines paired with food prepared by chef Carol. Call to reserve a seat. Resumes Jan. 7, Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $15/per person; $10/per wine club member. (208) 762-1333.

Wine Tasting Wednesdays - Complimentary wine tasting with wines from around the world. Resumes Jan. 7, 4-6 p.m., The Culinary Stone, 2129 Main St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 277-4116.

Friendship Kitchen - Community meal on Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m. Resumes Jan. 8, St. George’s Parish Center, 2010 N. Lucas St., Post Falls. Free. (208) 773-4715.

Food For Thought Book Club - Presented in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network. Jan. 7 discussion of “The Science of Cooking” by Peter Barham, understanding the chemistry and physics of cooking should lead to improvements in the kitchen. Feb. 4 discussion of “Every Day in Tuscany” by Frances Mayes, dozens of recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden in Italy. Discussions at 6 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Library, Gozzer Room, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.

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