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Written by Judy Harper Category: Things To Do Issue: December 2018
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December 1
Corks, Crafts and Wine
Participants create wine-cork crafts, including wreaths, cork trees and ornaments while enjoying a glass of wine and nibbles. 10 a.m.-noon. $15. LDV Winery, 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale,, 602-320-1485.

December 1
Macayo’s Cooking Class
Brian Feirstein, the restaurant’s consulting chef, shares the time-honored family recipe for Pepe’s picante salsa, along with such popular dishes as chicken tinga, Mexican corn, guacamole and corn tortillas. Noon-2 p.m. $20. Macayo’s Depot Cantina, 300 S. Ash Ave., Tempe,, 480-966-6677.

December 1
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 a “Secret Door” in acrylic on canvas. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $85. Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley,, 602-955-7878.

December 1-15
Mixology 101
Mixologists at jade bar share cutting-edge techniques as they teach participants to craft a selection of craft cocktails inspired by a different spirit each week. This month’s classes focus on grapes, exploring brandies of the world, Dec. 1; champagne cocktails and going beyond the mimosa for leftover champagne, Dec. 8; and entertaining made easy for your holiday celebration, Dec. 15. Noon-3 p.m. $50. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley,, 480-607-2300.

December 3-12
Cooking Classes
Classes are led by Janos Wilder, Dec. 3-4; and Danielle Leoni, Dec. 11-12. Call for times and prices. Les Gourmettes Cooking School, 6610 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-240-6767.

December 6
Green-Building Lecture (FREE)
Participants learn about building the future of energy as the city of Scottsdale presents “Future Proofing: Carbon Neutrality and Energy Efficiency in New & Existing Buildings.” 7-8:30 p.m. Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-312-7080.

December 8
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. Holiday decorations is this month’s theme. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $85. The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley,, 602-955-8614.

December 15
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.

December 15
Learn and Lunch
Chef Marcellino Verzino shares his secrets to making his handcrafted cuisine. This month’s theme is Christmas Eve in Italy featuring scialatielli alle vongole – handcrafted pasta sautéed with Manila clams, olive oil, garlic, white wine and red pepper flakes. 1-3 p.m. $40, includes the main dish, salad and sweet treat. Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale,, 480-990-9500.