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Written by Judy Harper Category: Things To Do Issue: February 2019
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February 2-23
Mixology 101
Mixologists at Jade Bar share cutting-edge techniques as they teach participants to create a selection of craft cocktails inspired by a different spirit each week. This month’s classes focus on slow sippers, Feb. 2; straight spirit drinks such as the Old-Fashioned and Manhattan, Feb. 9; Aloha and Mahalo, and how Tiki culture changed cocktails, Feb. 16; and the secret of balancing cocktails, Feb. 23. Noon-3 p.m. $50. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley,, 480-607-2300.

February 7
Green-Building Lecture (FREE)
Join urban gardeners as they share information on growing healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in the desert in Living an Edible Landscape Life. The program is hosted by the city of Scottsdale. 7-8:30 p.m. Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-312-7080.

February 9
Desert Safety and Survival
John Jay Pelletier, a former Green Beret and survival instructor, leads this class focusing on common-sense skills for hikers, bikers, campers and backpackers. 9 a.m.-noon. $30, includes a small survival kit. Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction,, 480-983-4888.

February 9
Legumes: More Than Just Beans
Dr. Marty Wojciechowski, associate professor at Arizona State University specializing in legume research, discusses some of the unique aspects of legume biology, their diversity in the Southwest and importance in agriculture, horticulture and ecology. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $5. Town Council Chambers, 33 Easy St., Carefree, 480-488-3686.

February 15
Heart Health (FREE)
Timothy Byrne, M.D., is keynote speaker at this public forum presented by Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital. A live broadcast of an advanced cardiac procedure is included, along with patient and physician storytelling and a question-and-answer session with Abrazo’s top cardiovascular specialists. 6 p.m. Free health screenings are provided beginning at 4 p.m. for the first 50 people who register in advance. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix,, 877-934-9355.

February 16
Journaling: Art and Observation
Local artist and illustrator Devon Meyer provides step-by-step instruction on sketching and drawing techniques, watercolor skills and tips on how to use the vivid light and hues of the day as participants explore the elaborate patterns and gorgeous colors seen in plants, birds and flowers on the resort grounds. This month’s theme is Feathered Friends. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $85. The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley,, 602-955-8614.

February 16
Learn & Lunch Cooking Class
Chef Marcellino Verzino teaches participants how to make gnocchi Sorrentina, a potato pasta dish. 1-3 p.m. $40, includes the main dish, salad and biscotti. Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale,, 480-990-9500.

February 16
Mimosas & Monet
Artist Carrie Curran guides guests on an artistic journey as they enjoy mimosas, coffee and pastries while creating their own masterpiece. Designed for enthusiastic beginners to emerging professionals, this month’s class focuses on Arizona Spring in acrylic on canvas. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $85. Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley,, 602-955-7878.

February 23
Sippin’ Series
Learn about the unique and varied spirits and treats available in our region as this series presented by Young’s Market explores the culinary arts. This month’s program centers on spring’s best selection of rosé wines paired with decadent sweets. 7 p.m. $30, or $50 per pair. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-499-TKTS.