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Flavors of the Middle East III, Magdy Elzoheiry teaches the preparation of watermelon salad with feta, tangy beef with herb sauce and sweet couscous with raisins and cinnamon, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Kapi'olani Community College, 'Ohia 109/112; $50. Register for course 062LRCB16: 734-9211. Complete list of classes at http://programs.kcc.hawaii.edu.
Baking Basics, chef Grant Sato teaches how to make scones, biscuits and other quick breads, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Kapi'olani Community College, 'Ohelo 202; $60. Register for course 062LRBB2: 734-9211.
30th annual Benefit Lu'au, Hawaiian food and entertainment, take-out available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday or lu'au on church grounds, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Lili'uokalani Protestant Church, Hale'iwa; $12.50 take-out or $15 to dine-in; proceeds benefit the church programs. Tickets: 637-9364.
Cooking with Shellfish, chef Grant Sato teaches how to select, handle and prepare cooked and raw shellfish, 6-9 p.m. Monday, Kapi'olani Community College, 'Ohia 109/112; $55. Register for course 062LRCB11: 734-9211.
Brewmaster's Dinner, Rick Tucciarone of Kona Brewing Co. shares information on the brewing process and pairs ales, lagers and stouts with a five-course gourmet dinner (vegetarian options are available), 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Kona Brewing Co. and Brew Pub, Hawai'i Kai; $55 benefits Slow Food O'ahu. Reservations: 394-5662.
Farmers' Market, produce, meats, seafood and flowers, 7:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, Kapi'olani Community College parking lot C. 848-2074.
Sunset Country Market, 8 a.m.2 p.m. Saturdays, Sunset Beach Elementary School, Hale'iwa. 237-8248.
Farmers' Market, sponsored by Hawaii Farm Bureau, 8 a.m.-noon Sundays, Mililani High School, in front of the gymnasium. 848-2074.
Country Market & Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, Waimanalo Homestead Community Center, 1330 Kalaniana'ole Highway. 259-5349.
"Dining Out with Chai," Chai Chaowasaree of Chai's Island Bistro and Singha Thai Cuisine hosts a new TV show with cooking tips and information on Hawai'i and Mainland restaurants, 5 p.m. Sundays, KHON-2. 381-8483, 585-0011.
Farmers' Market, fruits and vegetables, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, Hawaii Kai Towne Center. 396-0766.
Culinary Tour of Chinatown, visit noodle shops, dim sum parlors, food courts, bakeries and other food venues in downtown Honolulu with food writer Anthony Chang, 9:30 a.m. Mondays, meet at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, 42 N. King St.; $10. 533-3181.
Fresh Mondays, locally grown produce with free food samples, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, Kaiser Nanikeola clinic lobby; repeats 11 a.m.4 p.m. Tuesdays. 432-2270.
Waikiki Farmers' Market, fruits, vegetables, musubi and chow mein, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, Waikiki Community Center's parking lot. 923-1802.
Merriman's Farm Visits and Dinner, half-day excursions to Big Island farms that supply the restaurant, followed by a four-course dinner prepared from locally grown ingredients, noon-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Merriman's Restaurant, Waimea, Big Island; $115 (all-inclusive). Reservations: (808) 885-6822.
Wrath of Grapes, weekly wine tastings with pupu, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Indigo Eurasian Cuisine; $20 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 521-2900.
Fort Street Open-Air Market, produce, plants, flowers, locally prepared foods, arts and crafts from Hawai'i, Polynesia and Asia, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Pauahi and Fort streets; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays, Wilcox Park (in front of Macy's). 441-4995.
Fresh Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, Kaiser Ko'olau Clinic (432-3800); also, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, Kaiser Waipi'o Clinic (432-3100).
Fresh Thursdays, healthy and fresh, locally grown produce with free food samples, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, Kaiser Moanalua clinic, main entrance; free admission. 432-2270.
Kailua Farmers' Market, prepared foods, plate dinners, pies, cookies, jams and sauces in addition to fresh vegetables, fruit, and meat, herbs and cut flowers, 5-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Kailua Town Center parking garage (behind Longs Drugs on Kailua Road). 848-2074.
Fresh Fridays, locally grown produce, healthy cooking demonstrations, educational information on disease prevention through nutrition, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays, Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Clinic. 432-2000.
Matthew Gray's Hawaii Food Tours offers three guided restaurant tours — Hole-in-the Wall, Hawaiian Feast and Gourmet Trilogy — in and around Honolulu; $59, $99 and $149. Reservations at 926-3663, www.HawaiiFoodTours.com.
Gourmet Cooking Hawaii offers ongoing hands-on and demonstration cooking classes with top island chefs in their restaurants. Choose your own chef, menu and date or join preset classes offered on Saturdays throughout the year. Schedule, pricing and booking information: www.gourmetcookinghawaii.com, 735-7788.
Send announcements with contact name and phone number to: Culinary Calendar, Island Life, The Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802; fax 525-8055; email@example.com with "Cul Cal" in the subject line.