Thursday, October 26, 2006

Chinese cooking is the topic of lessons from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 4 at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Rd.

Through demonstrations and hands-on lessons, the course (Reg#: 102158-7A) teaches students recipes, including pork dumplings with dipping sauces, braised mushrooms and roast duck.

Cost is $45 for residents; $55 for non-residents. To register, call 703-476-4500 or 800-828-1120 (TTY). For information, call Amanda Morrow at 703-390-6159; 703-476-4500; TTY 800-828-1120; or visit .

Pairing wines with chocolates is the subject of a Nov. 3 wine seminar at McLean Community Center.

"Win Their Hearts With Wine and Chocolates" is part of the popular fall wine-tasting seminars and features wine paired with handcrafted chocolate.

All seminars are from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the center, 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Cost for each session is $45, $40 for McLean tax district residents.

The next sessions are Nov. 8 on pinots (blanc, gris/grigio, noir, meunier and pinotage) and Nov. 15 on champagne and sparkling wines.

The series is offered to enhance students' experience of wine. Register in advance or pay by check at the door. For information, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 703-827-8255 or visit .

-- Compiled by BOB SAMSOT

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