"Wine-ing About Art," paintings in progress, with entertainment and a wine and cheese reception, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Canoes at the Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel; $10. 949-3811, Ext. 6280.
"Octoberfest," a six-course German meal paired with Samuel Adams' Octoberfest and Boston Lager, with guest Walter Scheurle, original brewmaster for the Boston Beer Co., 6 p.m. Saturday, Kapalua Bay Hotel, Kapalua, Maui; $45, with a portion donated to the Hawaii Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Reservations: (808) 669-5656.
"French Country Dishes," Ed Frady teaches how to prepare traditional French recipes, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Lyon Arboretum; $25 for members, $28 for nonmembers. Register: 988-0456.
"Family Fun Weekend," pumpkin picking, hay rides and food samplings, sponsored by Kraft Foods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aloun Farms, 91-1440 Farrington Hwy., Kapolei; free admission. 677-9516, ext. 41.
"Aki Matsuri: Fall Festival," tasting of Japanese and local foods, prepared by O'ahu chefs and cooks, with a country-style market, taiko, dance and musical entertainment, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii; free admission. 945-7633.
Wine Tasting, Karen Magoon brings samples of wines from the Guenoc Winery, with samplings of French and Italian food prepared by chef Mariano Alalica, 6 p.m. Monday, Meritage Restaurant; $65. 529-8686.
"SOups!," Goran Steng of Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki teaches the basics of chowders, cream soups without using a lot of fat, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 29, Lyon Arboretum; $25 for members, $28 for nonmembers. Register: 988-0456.
2nd Annual Harvest Wine Dinner, wines from Robert Mondavi paired with a multicourse dinner prepared by chef Glenn Chu, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Indigo Eurasian Cuisine; $65. Reservations required by Friday: 521-2900.
"Chocolate," interactive exhibit follows the cacao bean from tree to treat and current conservation methods, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Jan. 4, Castle Hall, Bishop Museum, $11.95-$14.95, kama'aina rates available. 847-3511.
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