Picnics, parks and free ice cream on the culinary calendar this week

The three-day weekend is over, but there's plenty of fun on tap in Denver to ease you through this short work week. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.

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Tuesday, May 27

Want to watch the Thunderbirds flyover at the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony but don't have tickets? The Western Museum of Mining and Industry is hosting "Picnic-N-Planes" at 10:30 a.m. this morning. Bring a picnic and enjoy the show for just a $5 entry fee for each car. For more information click here.

At 6:30 p.m. tonight, Stir Cooking School will be holding "Cocktails 101: Mojitos and More!." The lesson covers Classic Mojito, Whiskey Smash, Caipirinha and Strawberry Ginger Mojito. Pricing is $55 per person. Register for the class and learn more on Stir's website or call 720-287-4823.

Wednesday, May 28

Damon Ornowski will be joining the crew at Frasca Food and Wine to pour and discuss a flight of wines from three different regions in Italy: Umbria, Sicily and Friuli. The four-course dinner is $50 per person and you can make reservations by calling Frasca at 303-442-6966.

Thursday, May 29

Stir Cooking School is offering a chance to learn all about fresh Italian cuisine from the island of Capri at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The menu will consist of insalata caprese, ravioli capresi, grilled shrimp scampi with angel hair pasta, citrus salmon and lemon gelato with limoncello. The class is $75; register on Stir's website or call 720-287-4823.

Friday, May 30

Enjoy free ice cream this evening at City Park! The annual City Park Ice Cream Social will take place at the City Park Pavilion and Band Shell from 6 to 9 p.m. Ice cream will be served at 6 p.m., followed by live music, face painting and a show of historic costumes. Random prizes will be provided to those who dress in historic outfits. Learn more here.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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