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Beginning 5:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. dinner) Oct. 29, the India Association of Northern Nevada is hosting a dinner and cultural performance to mark Diwali (dee VAL ee), the Hindu festival of lights celebrating the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance.

The event takes place in the Paradise Ballroom of the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St.

Cost: $15 association members, $10 students with ID and children 5 to 12, $30 nonmembers ($35 after Oct. 24), $40 day of. Purchase: www.iannonline.org.

FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS AT RITZ-CARLTON LAKE TAHOE

Through Nov. 17, the “secret season” at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe features food and drink specials.

The flavors of fall menu in Manzanita restaurant is $55 ($75 with wine) Sunday through Thursday. On Wednesdays, bottles of wine are half off and tours of the wine room are offered. Themed Sunday brunch is $59 adults, $29 children.

The hotel is at 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee. Reservations/details: 530-562-3000.

2 COMMUNITY EDUCATION COOKING CLASSES

TMCC Workforce Development and Community Education is offering cooking classes:

■ “Indian Cooking,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22. At Damonte Ranch High School, 10500 Rio Wrangler Parkway. Cost: $79 plus $20 materials fee. Register by Oct. 26.

■ “Taste of Scandinavia,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5. At Faith Lutheran Church, 2075 W. Seventh St. Cost: $49. Register by Oct. 28.

To register, visit www.tmcc.edu/wdce, then click on Courses Offered link, on Upcoming Courses link and then on Food and Beverage link.

CRAFT WINE & BEER OFFERS JAPANESE SPIRITS

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Craft Wine & Beer, 22 Martin St., is hosting a tasting of Japanese beer, spirits and snacks. Cost: $10. Details: www.craftreno.net.

‘BARRELS & BITES’ TICKETS NOW BEING SOLD

Barrels & Bites, the fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows annually presented by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, runs 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Tuscany Ballroom of the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, 2707 S. Virginia St.

The event features 500 wines from around the world, plus beer, spirits, specialty cocktails, food, and live and silent auctions.

Cost: $50 in advance from www.barrelsandbites.com, $65 at the door.

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