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VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASSES Debby DeGraaff teaches free weekly classes in vegetarian cooking. This week, students learn how to prepare cucumber (10-11 a.m. Thurs., July 14) and Arame (7-8 p.m. Wed., July 20). Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-873-7428).

TROPICAL RUM PUNCH PARTY Saffron's Restaurant hosts this complimentary tropical rum punch and appetizers party. Please call to R.S.V.P. 5:30-7 p.m. Fri., July 15. Saffron's Restaurant, 1700 Park St. N., St. Petersburg (727-345-6400).

RAW LIVING FOODS MADE EASY Joseph Custer demonstrates how to make strawberry and coconut cream parfait. Free. 11 a.m. Sat., July 16. Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater (727-345-6400).

LET THEM EAT CAKE DESSERT CLASSES This week, students learn the secrets of advanced pie-making. $100 per person. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., July 16. Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S. West Shore Blvd., Tampa (813-837-6888).

BLENDER DINNERS Kerrie and Robert Broe present this class, at which students learn to make creamy almond gazpacho, curried carrot soup, a cucumber mint julep slushy and chocolate pineapple dessert soup with dates and seasonal fruits. Free. 6:30 p.m. Wed., July 20. Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater (727-345-6400).

KOBRAND WINE DINNER BENEFIT The nonprofit Abilities Foundation hosts yet another winemaker dinner to raise funds for people with disabilities. Executive Chef Scott Lazlo and Italian Wine Specialist Daniel Burgio present a menu of food and wine pairings that include an appetizer reception; a four-course meal featuring salmon, sea bass, lobster and beef tenderloin; and a delicious dessert finale. To make reservations, call 727-538-7370, ext. 349, or send an e-mail to [email protected]. $80 per person. 6:30 p.m. Wed., July 20. Bascom's Chop House, 3665 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater (727-538-7370).

COFFEE & ART SERIES Join curators and art experts for personal tours and listen to interesting anecdotes about the Tampa Museum of Art, all while enjoying coffee and gourmet breakfast pastries. $10. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Registration required. 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa (813-274-8130 or www.tampamuseum.com).

CONVERSATIONAL CUISINE Learn to speak conversational Italian, plus enjoy dinner and a five-week course that immerses you in Italy's language, foods, culture and customs. $185. 6-7 p.m. Thursdays. Reservations required. Several other classes are also available. Bellagio Ristorante, 10 Beach Drive, downtown St. Petersburg (727-866-6892 or www.learnitalian.us).

APRON'S COOKING CLASSES Classes at Apron's require reservations and are located at the Citrus Park Publix Shoppes, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465 or www.publix.com/aprons/schools/Tampa/Calendar.do).

FARMERS MARKETS YBOR CITY FRESH MARKET 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each Sat. Centennial Park, Eighth Avenue and 18th Street, Tampa (813-241-2442 or [email protected]).

SAFETY HARBOR FARMER'S MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Sat. The Gazebo at John Wilson Park, 401 Main St., downtown Safety Harbor (Linda 727-726-6407 or [email protected]).

OLD PALM HARBOR FARMER'S MARKET 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each Fri. Rheba Sutton White Chapel/Harbor Hall Parking Lot, 1190 Georgia Ave., located between 11th and 12th streets, one block south of Florida Avenue, in downtown Palm Harbor (727-934-7001 or [email protected]).

BRANDON FRESH MARKET 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each Sat. 301 S. Parsons Ave., Brandon (813-684-6806).

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