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Cynthia Nims' book, "Gourmet Game Night"

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Jazzbones (2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma) has opened its raw sushi bar at 7 p.m. Monday nights during its popular Rockaraoke live band karaoke night.


Understanding and tasting styles of beer with Doug Tiede, Great American Beer Festival award-winning brewer every Saturday in February from 1-2:30 p.m. at Morso (9014 Peacock Hill Ave., Gig Harbor). The cost is $20 a class or $75 for the series. Reserve your spot at 253.530.3463.


Morso Wine Bar (9014 Peacock Hill Ave., Gig Harbor) will host a blind wine tasting featuring five of Vinum Distributors top-selling wines from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.


Saint Martin's University students participating in Campus Ministry's annual mission service trip will host a pancake breakfast for the public from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Norman Worthington Conference Center (5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey). Tickets are $5, which includes pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, and beverages, and can be purchased at the door or beforehand at the Campus Ministry office.


Dirty Oscar's Annex (2309 Sixth Ave., Tacoma) will launch a new light-bite dining menu on Monday, Feb. 20. The "Perfect $10" menu combines dining and drinking into one tidy package with near limitless options: $2 beer, $3 shot, $5 wine - your choice plus a $5 Bite to total $10. The $5 Bites include Dirty Oscar's signature flatbread; tempura cauliflower; deep-fried pickles with chili oil aioli; white cheddar and roasted garlic grilled cheese sandwich; sausage and egg breakfast sandwich; grilled naan and peanut curry and more. The "Perfect $10" menu is available daily from 4-6 p.m., after 10 p.m. and Friday noon to 6 p.m. Kitchen open late nightly till 1 a.m.


Morso Wine Bar (9014 Peacock Hill Ave., Gig Harbor) will host a Fat Tuesday Celebration with Cajun cuisine and King Cake frown in from Haydel's Bakery in New Orleans from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.


The Bayview School of Cooking (516 W. Fourth Ave., Olympia) will host Seattle-based cookbook author and chef Cynthia Nims who will discuss and cook from her book, Gourmet Game Night, which features bite-size meals for board-game parties, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. The cost is $55. Reserve your spot at 360.754.1448.


El Gaucho (2119 Pacific Ave., Tacoma) hosts a Duckhorn Vineyards Wine Dinner at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. The price is $95. To reserve space, call 253.272.1510.


Toscanos Café and Wine Bar (437 29th St. NE, Puyallup) will host a Hestia wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. For more details, call 253.864.8600.


Primo Grill (601 S. Pine, Tacoma) hosts pasta-making class at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. The cost is $65, which includes a glass of wine. Reserve your space at 253.383.7000.


Chambers Bay's Executive Chef Dustin Joseph and his culinary team are collaborating with Pierce County Parks & Recreation to host a series of cooking and culinary classes. The classes, open to those 21 and older, are held at the Environmental Services Building at Chambers Creek Regional Park (9850 64th St. W., University Place). Joseph and his team instruct participants on various culinary skills, dishes and techniques, with each two-hour class focused on a separate facet of cooking. Space is available for the Sauces 101 class March 12 and Perfect Grilling April 16. Classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $50 per person or $95 per couple. For more information, call 253.798.4703.


TWOKOI Japanese Restaurant (1552 Commerce St., Tacoma) offers an awesome weekday lunch deal for those you dig sushi rolls. For $19 you may chow down as many rolls as you can at the sushi bar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Go for it.


The Weekly Volcano Happy Hour Mobile App has up-to-date listings of happy-hour offerings from bars, clubs, taverns and restaurants from Tumwater to Federal Way, from Gig Harbor to Bonney Lake. As of now, some 260 happy hours are listed - with more being added on a constant basis. Download the free app at


As part of the Weekly Volcano's Nosh League, you can meet up with like-minded foodies at locally owned restaurants and businesses and take advantage of special discounts, win restaurant gift certificates, and learn tips from chefs and food producers. To join, click here.

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