Learn how to make three delicious craft cocktails with Six Peaks Grille master mixologist Tamaneaka French on Dec. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants will use fresh, seasonal ingredients provided. The cost is $60 per person with small bites provided. Reservations are required. | (530) 581-6610
Take a stroll along the river
The Downtown Reno Wine Walk along the Truckee River in the Riverwalk District is on Dec. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. Every third Saturday of the month, visit any of the participating Riverwalk District merchants to get a map of Wine Walk merchants. Go to the participating merchant of your choice, and, for a $20 wine-tasting fee and valid photo ID, receive a wine glass and an ID bracelet to sample wine at any participating merchant. Strollers and pets are not advised because of large crowds. | renoriver.org
Not just gingerbread
Carson Valley Arts Council’s Gingerbread House Decorating Contest is held at Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. The annual contest is open to individuals, families, organizations and clubs. Entries can be classical gingerbread houses or unconventional, using other media. Winners will be announced at an artists’ reception on Dec. 17. Applications and complete rules are at the community center, museum or Copeland Cultural Arts Center. | (775) 267-5635 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dining for schools’ cards
Three new local restaurants have joined more than 40 participating in the Excellence in Education Foundation’s Dining for Schools fundraising program this year. Hacienda Del Lago in Tahoe City, Whitecaps Pizza in Kings Beach and Yamakai Fish and Sushi Co. in the Village at Northstar are the most recent additions. Each Dining for Schools cardholder receives 50 percent off an individual dinner entrée at participating restaurants. Some restrictions apply.
Mountain Valley Meats in Truckee is another new addition. It will offer a 15 percent discount on in-store purchases made Sunday through Thursday during the valid non-holiday period.
Dining for Schools Cards are available for $50 per card and are non-transferable. All proceeds benefit the Excellence in Education Foundation. Cards are valid Sunday through Thursday only (holidays excluded) through Dec. 14 and from April 15 through June 14, 2018.
Several restaurants offer an extended period from Jan. 7 through April 5, 2018. Cards may be used for an unlimited number of times at any participating restaurant. They are available at Safeway in Truckee and Kings Beach, Save Mart in Truckee and Tahoe City, Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee, The Store in Tahoe City and online. | exined.org
Art of the Mixology
Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe hosts Art of the Mixology during the winter. This entertaining, educational experience will feature freshly cut herbs, classic ingredients such as bitters and infused liquors to create three unique cocktails paired with appetizers. Dates are Dec. 10 and 17; and Sundays from Jan. 7 to April 8 from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $60 per person Reservations are required. | ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe
Pop in for a Pop Up Truckee
Stella at Cedar House Sport Hotel offers a Pop Up Dinner Series several times per month. Designed and formatted like a spirited dinner party, a Stella Pop Up event is an exploration into creative cooking. Guests are encouraged to walk around the kitchen, joining conversations that are free flowing and educational. There is one tasting menu for each gathering, seating is communal and each course is served at the same time with commentary from the Stella kitchen team. The cost is $97 per person. The series includes Holiday Pop Up on Dec. 27 to Dec. 31; Holiday Retrieval Pop Up on Jan. 5 and 6, 2018; Taste of Persia Encore Pop Up on Jan. 13 and 14; Winter in Paris Pop Up on Jan. 19 and 20 and Eclectic Extravaganza Pop Up on Jan. 26 and 27. | RSVP cedarhousesporthotel.com
Reno Beer Crawl
If you’re visiting Reno on the 4th Saturday of the month, you will inevitably, and luckily, enter the wacky world of the Reno Beer Crawl. Purchase a commemorative cup or glass and get drink specials at as many as 20 different locations. It’s an easy walk (or crawl) to each beer crawl location as they are all in the heart of downtown Reno. Upcoming dates are Dec. 23, Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and March 24. | renobeercrawl.com
Dinner by the light of the moon
After the mountain closes and the winter moon rises, experience a snowshoe tour to the mid-mountain Chalet at Alpine Meadows. Enjoy an intimate seated dinner where guests will be served an Alps-inspired menu with dishes like potato cheese soup, chicken cordon bleu and apple strudel. Offered on Dec. 26 and 27, Jan. 13 and 14, Feb. 17, 18 and 24, and March 10. | RSVP (800) 403-0206
Farm to Table
Guests enjoy a cozy, family-friendly dinner created by Squaw Valley’s talented chefs in collaboration with the Tahoe Food Hub and local farmers at a Farm to Table Dinner on Dec. 29 at Olympic Village Lodge at 6 p.m. Gather to enjoy a family-style meal beside the grand fireplace with a majestic view of the winter wonderland. Cap the evening with an all-ages movie that kids can enjoy in comfortable seating while parents and adults are treated to dessert. Special wine & beer selections available for additional purchase. | RSVP squawalpine.com
Caliente offers tequila tastings on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Admission is complimentary if you purchase one full-priced cocktail from the bar before the tasting. Participants must be age 21 and older to attend. Complimentary appetizers are included. Next event is Jan. 4. | calientetahoe.com
Huskies like hops
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom in Truckee hosts Hops for Huskies on the first Friday of every month from 3 to 8 p.m. Stop by and enjoy the local brews and $1 from every beer purchased benefits Tahoe Husky Rescue. The next event is on Jan. 5. | tahoehuskyrescue.org
Downtown Wine Walk
Carson City, Nev.
Take pleasure in a stroll through historic downtown while enjoying a wine walk on the first Saturday of every month from 1 to 5 p.m. The next event is on Jan. 6. | visitcarsoncity.com
Perfect end to the day
Incline Village, Nev.
Diamond Peak offers Last Tracks Wine/Beer Tasting events on select Saturdays from Feb. 10, 2018, through the end of the ski season. Last Tracks participants have the opportunity to take advantage of a late-day lift ticket valid from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a final chair ride up to Snowflake Lodge for wine or craft beer tastings and appetizers. When the event is over, participants enjoy one final run down a freshly groomed trail. Last Tracks features a different winery, brewery or themed flight each week. Tickets are $54 and include a ski lift ticket valid from 2 to 4 p.m. Diamond Peak season passholders receive a $5 discount. Participants must be able to ski or snowboard down an intermediate run and be 21 or older to attend. | Tickets (775) 832-1253
Strange but tasty
The Brewer’s Cabinet Strange Brew Festival is slated for May 19, 2018. Buy a ticket now for $10 off the $55 ticket price. Most of the offerings from local breweries will only be available at this festival: uncommon beer, in many cases, specially crafted for the event. Strange Brew will be complimented with live music from local bands and a tasty barbecue. | thebrewerscabinet.com