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. Thursday, 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 will host 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 benefit Serina’s wish of meeting the princesses at Disney World. Thursday, 11 a.m., Mad Bomber Brewing, 9265 N. Government Way, Hayden. $25. (208) 762-7343.
MickDuff’s Beer Release Party - MickDuff’s Brewing will tap their new beer, Dry Stout. Thursday, 6 p.m., MickDuff’s Brewing Co. Beer Hall, 200 Cedar St., Sandpoint. $2.50/Dry Stout pint; $6/Dark Ale flight. (208) 209-6700.
Cooking with Carol - Chef Carol will prepare her recipe of the week every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Visit www.facebook.com/GourmetWay Hayden to view the menu. Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Hayden. Free. (208) 762-1333.
Family Dance and Potluck - Easy circle, line, contra, folk and novelty dances with live music for family fun. Designed to encourage young dancers and beginners to move to music and give families quality, crazy time together with lots of laughter. All of the dances are taught by Susan Dankovich, local contra caller and director of the Silver Spurs Youth Folk Dancers. Potluck at 6:30 p.m. and dancing begins at 7 p.m. Friday and Feb. 6, St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Free. (509) 533-9955.
Wednesday Wine and Cooking Demo - Enjoy a flight of wines paired with food prepared by chef Carol. Call to reserve a seat. Jan. 7, 4-6 p.m., Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Hayden. $15/per person; $10/per wine club member. (208) 762-1333.
Wine Tasting Wednesdays - Complimentary wine tasting with wines from around the world. Jan. 7, 4-6 p.m., The Culinary Stone, 2129 Main St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 277-4116.
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 delicious recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden in Italy. Both meetings at 6 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Library, Gozzer Room, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.
Friendship Kitchen - Free meal. Jan. 8, 4-5:30 p.m., St. George’s Parish Center, 2010 N. Lucas St., Post Falls. Free. (208) 773-4715.
Vino! Wine Tastings - Tastings include cheese and crackers. 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.
INCA After Dark - Classes include: Jan. 9, Thai-ing to Cook; Jan. 14, Butterfly, Brunoise and Chiffonade; Jan. 17, There’s an App-etizer for That; Jan. 22, Serious Soups; Jan. 29, Artisan Bread Baking. All classes are 6-8 p.m. For more information or registration, visit incaafterdark.scc.spokane.edu or call (509) 533-8141. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Building 1. $49/per class.
Feed Medical Lake - A free meal. Jan. 12, 5-6 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett St., Medical Lake. (509) 714-1150.
Sip & Shop Fundraiser - 10 percent of all proceeds from the tasting room, gift shop and Bistro Rouge will be donated to the Sandpoint Strikers Association, raising money for soccer scholarships. Come and support this local nonprofit. Jan. 13, 5-9 p.m., Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint. (208) 265-8545.
The Culinary Stone Cooking Classes - Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. 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. The Culinary Stone, 2129 Main St., Coeur d’Alene. $35/person. (208) 277-4116.
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