Classes and Workshops

Sunday, Feb. 8

Cooking class: Join Chef Coral for a south of the border lunch. Monterey Peninsula Seventh-day Adventist Church, 375 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. $15. Registration: 909-831-0840,


SUNday, FEB. 8

Rancho Cielo's Culinary Round Up: Student chefs from Rancho Cielo's Drummond Culinary Academy pair up with Monterey County chefs for a strolling dinner. 5-8 p.m. at Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa, 400 Cannery Row, Monterey. Wear western attire. $150. 444-3530,

THURSday, FEB. 12

Senior Valentine's Day dance luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave., Seaside. $4. 899-6809.

SATURday, FEB. 14

Valentine's dinner and dance: Prime rib dinner, live music. 6 p.m. at VFW Post 811, 3131 Crescent Ave., Marina. $25. 384-7668, 869-1358 or

Valentine's dinner dance: Dinner at 7 p.m., dancing to follow at VFW Post 8679, 1996 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. $10. 394-4860.

'Tardeada Afternoon Tea': Talk by Julianne Burton-Carvajal, live music, light buffet. 2-4 p.m. at House of the Four Winds Adobe, 540 Calle Principal, Monterey. $20. 320-2080,


The Cascaron Ball: Dinner, live music, grand march and more. 7:30-11:30 p.m. at House of the Four Winds Adobe, 540 Calle Principal, Monterey. Attire is dressy or Spanish/early California costume and black tie. $60. 320-2080,

Sunday, FEB. 15

Black history program and reception: Youth from various local schools to perform. 3 p.m. at Seaside City Hall, 440 Harcourt Ave., Seaside. 394-3547.


TuesDAY, Feb. 10

'Girl Rising': Documentary about nine girls living in the developing world who overcome near impossible odds to pursue their dreams. 7 p.m. at Carmel High School Performing Arts Center, 3600 Ocean Ave., Carmel. $10. 624-2811.


'The Future of Energy': Documentary explores the renewable revolution. 7 p.m. at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Forest and Central avenues, Pacific Grove.


Tuesday, Feb. 10

Alzheimer's Care Academy Part 1: Focus is on effective communication with individuals with dementia. 1-5 p.m. at Alzheimer's Association, 21 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Monterey. 800-272-3900.


Sunday, FEB. 8

Poetry by Ellen Hart and Illia Thompson: 2 p.m. at Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler St., Monterey. $5. 684-0854.

Tuesday FEB. 10

Writer's Open Mic: Come early and sign up for a five- to seven-minute reading from any genre. Featured writers are Sharon Law Tucker and P.A. Speers. 6-8 p.m. at Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler St., Monterey.


WEdnesday, FEb. 11

Double Nickel and Up: Activity for those 55 and older. Speaker is licenced marriage and family therapist Nan Heflin. Noon at Church of the Good Shepherd, 301 Corral de Tierra Road, Salinas. $5 donation. 484-2153,

Talks and lectures

MONday, FEB. 9

World Affairs Council discussion group: Privacy in the digital age. 4 p.m. in Room 101, Social Science Building, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont St., Monterey. Workbooks are $21 until sold out. $2 parking.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Focus on Community and University Sustainability: Keynote speaker is author and environmental activist Fritjof Capra. Event begins 4:45 p.m., breakout groups 5 p.m., no-host dinner 6 p.m., keynote presentation 7 p.m., book signing 8:15 p.m. at CSU Monterey Bay University Center, Sixth Avenue at B Street, Seaside.

'Finding Love After 55': Donna Bailey discusses how to create a dating plan that is safe, fun and will leave you hopeful. 2:30 p.m. at Carmel Foundation, Eighth Avenue and Lincoln Street, Carmel. 620-8705,

'Climate Change — From Science and Policy to Action in Monterey County': Learn how climate change affects our area. 12:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. 521-7416.


Planetarium shows: Children's show "One World, One Sky — Big Bird's Adventure" at 5:30 p.m., $5. "Natural Selection," scientific discovery with Charles Darwin, at 7 p.m., $4-6. Both at the planetarium at Hartnell College, 411 Central Ave., Salinas. 770-6161,

Tours and Outdoors

Feb. 8, 11, 14

Tours of Point Sur Lightstation: Three-hour walking tour. 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m. Wednesday. Arrive early outside gate on Highway 1 in Big Sur, 19 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel. $5-$12.