BENEFITS

· NOV. 18

Culinary Classique d'Elegance. 4:30-10:30p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Inn at Spanish Bay, 1700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach. Area chefs, designers and florists create a sumptuous six-course meal and elegant table designs. Benefit for Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula. $275 per seat. 375-4454.

· THROUGH NOV. 25

Hula's Island Grill to donate part of bill to Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County. Dine at Hula's from 4 p.m. to closing on Mondays through Nov. 25, and 10 percent of proceeds will go to Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County. Hula's is at 622 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 655-4852.

CLASSES

& WORKSHOPS

· NOV. 19

Baby Boomer Generation class. 5:30-7p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Topics include Medicare benefits, Social Security and continued employment after age 65. Free. 646-5602, www.monterey.org/library.

· NOV. 20

Yoga For Back Care series.. 6-7:30p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Indigo Yoga, Star Center, 44 Plaza Circle, Salinas. Learn about benefits of yoga for back care. $15 per class. 772-9642, www.Indigoyogasalinas.com.

· NOV. 20

"Authentic Relating Games." 7-9p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel.


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Interactive group exercises that explore new ways of seeing, appreciating and connecting with yourself and others. $15. 373-1017.

EVENTS

· NOV. 18

Holiday light show. 4:30-5:30p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at McShane's Nursery, 15 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas. Visit with Santa, carol singing and light show. Canned food will be accpeted for the Monterey County Food Bank and Children's Christmas Toys for the Salvation Army through Christmas. Free. 455-1876.

· NOV. 18

Birth Fair. 1-4p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Natividad Medical Center, 2nd Floor Labor & Delivery Foyer, 1441 Constitution Blvd., Salinas. Meet local birth and early parenting professionals, ask questions of practicing doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas, childbirth educators and others. Free. 755-4111, www.natividad.com.

· NOV. 19

Tequila tasting. 6-9p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Lopez Restaurant, 635 Cass St., Monterey. $15-$20. 324-4260.

· NOV. 19

Guys night out: Football, Subs and Prostate screenings. 5:30-8:30p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, main conference rooms, 23625 Holman Highway, Monterey. Watch football, snack on sandwiches and have a free prostate screening. For men ages 45-70 who have not been diagnosed with prostate cancer and not been screened in the last two years. Registration required. 888-452-4667.

· NOV. 22

The 42nd annual community Thanksgiving dinner. Noon-3p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, in the Monterey Room at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. Free. Donations accepted. To donate turkeys, hams, pies, cakes, money or clothing, call Michael at 659-2493.

· NOV. 23

18th annual Tree Lighting. 4:30-8:30p.m. festivites with tree lighting at 6p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Steinbeck Plaza, 700 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free. www.canneryrow.com.

· NOV. 24-25

The Gem Faire. 10a.m.-6p.m. Saturday, 10a.m.-5p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24-25, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. More than 40 importers, exporters and manufacturers will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, minerals, findings and much more. Free admission. www.gemfaire.com.

· NOV. 25

Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights. 6p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, starting at Main and Acacia streets and continuing thoguth oldtown Salinas. More than 70 lighted entries including bands, floats, special guests and more. Free. www.SalinasParade.com.

FILMS

· NOV. 27

"Foreign Letters." 7p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Carmel Youth Center, Fourth Avenue and Torres Street, Carmel. English, Hebrew and Vietnamese with English Subtitles. Free. 624-2811.

· NOV. 23-24

"Valley of the Dolls" 7p.m. Friday, 2p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23-24, at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $10. www.museumofmonterey.org.

LITERARY

EVENTS

· ONGOING

Same Page Book Club. Meets 4-5p.m. Thursdays at National Steinbeck Center, 1 Main St., Salinas. Free. 540-8296.

MEETINGS

· NOV. 19

Monterey Peninsula Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild. 9:30a.m.-noon, Monday, Nov. 19, at Monterey Senior Center, 280 Dickman St., Monterey. Programs vary each month featuring a different stitching technique. Stitichers of all skill levels welcome. 373-2094.

MUSIC

· NOV. 18

I Cantori presents Messiah sing along. 3p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Carmel Mission Basilica, 3080 Rio Road, Carmel. Donation. Benefits I Cantori and the Mission Restoration Fund 644-8012, icantori.org.

· NOV. 23

Tornado Rider. 9p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the Golden State Theater, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey. All ages. $10. 324-4571.

· NOV. 24

Larry Hosford, The Good Sams. 9p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Golden State Theater, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey. All ages. $10-$12. 324-4571.

TALKS &

LECTURES

· NOV. 18

"GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays." 2-4p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Carmel Presbyterian Church, corner of Ocean and Junipero avenues, Carmel. Seminar for people facing the holidays after the death of a loved one. $5. 624-3878.

· NOV. 20

Japanese Flower Arrangement Demonstration. 12:30p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at The Park Lane, in the Vista Lounge, 200 Glenwood Circle, Monterey. $5. www.ikebanamontereybay.org, 625-6455.

· NOV. 24

Science Saturday: Monarch Magic. For children and families from 11a.m.-3p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Pacific Grove Museum of History, 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. Explore the monarch exhibit, create a monarch crafts and view live butterflies and caterpillars. Free. 648-5718, www.pgmuseum.org/education.

· NOV. 27

Snowshoeing Basics. 7-8:30p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at REI, Imjin Parkway and Second Avenue, Marina. Join REI snow sports specialist Tony Sison for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. Free. Register at www.rei.com/marina. A seat will be held for you until the scheduled start time. 883-8048.

TOURS

& OUTDOORS

· NOV. 18

Trees of Garland. 1-3p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Garland Ranch Regional Park Museum, 700 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. Experience the rich colors during this season of autumnal change. $5 district residents, $6 all others. 372-3196, ext. 102, mprpd.org.

· ONGOING

Jack's Peak Park tour. 11a.m. the second Saturday of every month at Jack Peaks Park, Highway 68 to Olmstead Road to Jacks Peak Road, Monterey. Take a right at the kiosk. Meet at bulletin board near restroom. Hike with docents. $5. friendsofjackspeakpark@gmail.com.

· ONGOING

Tours of Casa Serrano Adobe. 2-4p.m. Saturdays at Casa Serrano Adobe, 412 Pacific St., Monterey. Casa Serrano is one of Monterey's oldest and most historic homes, constructed of adobe and redwood in 1843. It is furnished with antiques and local artwork, from the Spanish, Mexican and early American periods. Free. 372-2608, ext. 813.

· ONGOING

Tours of Cooper-Molera and Larkin house. Cooper Molera: 10:30a.m. and 12:30p.m.; Larkin house: 2p.m. Sat-Sun. Tickets for must be obtained at Pacific House Museum, south of Fisherman's Wharf on Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $5. 649-7172, mgree@parks.ca.gov.

· ONGOING FRIDAYS

Historic garden tours. 10:30a.m. ongoing Fridays. Tours start at Casa del Oro Memory Gardens at Pacific and Scott streets, Monterey. Visit the gardens associated with Old Monterey historic adobes. $5 donation. Reservations at 649-3364; leave a message.

· ONGOING THU-MON

Tours of Point Pinos Lighthouse. Self-guided tours from 1-4p.m. Thu-Mon. The lighthouse is on Ocean View Boulevard in Pacific Grove. The entrance is from Asilomar Avenue. $2. 648-3176 or www.ci.pg.ca.us.

· ONGOING

Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park walking tours. 10a.m. Sat-Sun, 1p.m. Wednesdays. Arrive early. Three-hour tours. Meet outside the Highway 1 farm gate, 19 miles south of Rio Road. $10 adults/$5 for ages 6-17/age 5 and younger free. Details: 625-4419 or www.pointsur.org.

· ONGOING SAT-SUN

Docent-led tours of Elkhorn Slough. 10a.m. and 1p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, rain or shine. Early bird tours are scheduled for 8:30a.m. the first Saturday of the month. Meet at the visitor center at 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville. $4 day-use fee. Children, free. 728-2822, www.elkhornslough.org.

· ONGOING

Carmel Walks. 10a.m. Tue-Sat and 2p.m. Saturdays. The two-hour walk includes a tour of Carmel cottages, secret gardens and hidden courtyards. Meet in the outdoor courtyard of the Pine Inn, Lincoln Street and Ocean Avenue, Carmel. $25. 642-2700, www.carmelwalks.com.

· ONGOING

Robinson Jeffers Tor House tour. Tours hourly from 10a.m.-3p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $10 general, $5 for full-time students. 26304 Ocean View Ave., Carmel. Reservations: Mon-Thu from 9a.m.-1p.m. at 624-1813 or Fri.-Sat. after 9:30a.m. at 624-1840.

· ONGOING

Monterey walking tours. Two-hour tours held Fri-Sun. Depart 10a.m. at 1 Portola Plaza by fountain, Monterey. 21 and older. $20. 521-4884, www.walkmonterey.com.

· ONGOING

Monterey Movie Tours. 1p.m. daily. Board at Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. $55 adults/$50 seniors/$35 children. $5 off with AAA card. 372-6278.