WEDNESDAY

STRONG ALE TASTING: Sample beers from more than 10 local brewers. 7 p.m. $40. R.F.D. Washington, 810 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-2030. www.lovethebeer.com.

SATURDAY

BREWER’S BALL: The eighth annual micro-beer and food tasting gala, a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will feature live entertainment and a silent auction. 7 p.m.-midnight. $115. Stars and Stripes Club, Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 301-657-8444. Ext. 201. metrodc.cff.org/brewersball.

KIDS’ COOKING CLASS: Children will learn how to make, frost and decorate cookies. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Food for Others. 3-4 p.m. $15, not including tax and gratuity. Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, third floor, 1714 International Dr., McLean. 703-442-9110. www.wildfirerestaurant.com/mclean.

SUNDAY

COCKTAIL PARTY CLASS: Participants will learn the techniques of making cocktails, how to stock a basic home bar and three recipes. 5:30 p.m. $75. The session repeats March 11. Last Exit, 3155 Mount Pleasant St. NW. 703-618-8633. marshall@scofflawsden.com. scofflawsden.com.

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MARCH 9

CALIFORNIA BARREL EVENT: A six-course vintners’ dinner at 7 p.m. will be paired with 18 wines, followed on March 10 by two tasting sessions of the 2009 and 2010 vintages featuring 42 wineries (12:30-3 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m.). Dinner $325, including tax and gratuity; tasting sessions $125 each. Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-338-1433. www.bassins.com.

MARCH 11

BASICS OF HOME DAIRY: Rob Moutoux of Moutoux Orchard demonstrates how to make yogurt, soft cheeses and kefir. 1-4 p.m. $25, plus $5 materials fee. Mountain View Farm, 11661 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville. 571-271-2136. mvforganics.com.

MARCH 12

WINE DINNER: Five courses will be paired with wines from Delectus Vineyard and Winery. 6:30 p.m. $100, not including tax and gratuity. Bazin’s on Church, 111 Church St. NW, Vienna. 703-255-7212. www.bazinsonchurch.com.

MARCH 13

DINNER FUNDRAISER: Volt hosts “Life, Luck, Laughter,” featuring two special prix-fixe menus, with proceeds supporting the Weinberg Center for the Arts Capital Campaign. 5-10 p.m. $300 for the 21-course tasting menu with beverages at Table 21; $150 for the three-course menu with wine pairing; $75 for the cocktail hour with an open bar and canapes; all include tax and gratuity. Volt, 228 N. Market St., Frederick. 301-696-8658. www.weinbergcenter.org.

Becky Krystal

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