Things to Do

Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Beer, food drives and a new film series

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Saturday, September 18:

The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Cooking Techniques, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Admission is $70 to $90; call 303-326-8630.

The City of Aurora presents a teen cooking class, You're So Cheesy, for age 12 to 16. It costs $32 to $42 and runs from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8630.

Embark on the Tour de Vineyards Bicycle Tour, a 25-mile tour through rural roads. Registration includes a course map, welcome packet and post-ride lunch. Visit

The Urban Farm, 10200 Smith Road, offers FarmFest2010, featuring music, activities and more from 1 to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids over five and free for kids under five. Call 303-307-9332 or visit

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, presents TAG|U, a series of culinary classes designed to give you a firsthand look into the kitchen artistry at TAG. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $55; call 303-996-9985 or visit

The E Project, 9797 West Colfax Avenue in Littleton, presents another Wine Tasting; compare grapes that produce different tastes in wines. It starts at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $25 (two people for $45). Call 303-232-0363 or visit

Granite Transformations, 5840 West 60th Avenue in Arvada, presents its Grand Re-Opening, a live kitchen demonstration, barbecue, giveaways, kids' activities and much more. Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call 303-420-8920.

Culinary Connectors hosts a Denver tour, visiting Colt & Gray, Steuben's and Beatrice & Woodsley, from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit

Beet Street's Adventures in Food features chef David Dagget, owner of Tastebuds, who will teach you how to prepare a locally sourced, multi-course meal in Fort Collins; visit

The annual Das Hustlehoff 10k/5k race "for beer drinkers with a running problem" and nod to Oktoberfest, kicks off at 9 a.m.; the race costs $30 to participate. Visit

HILLS, Inc., presents a fundraiser in Golden featuring a silent auction, food by Troy Guard, wine, live music and more; it runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 303-875-9149 or visit

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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