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Handy delights, an Aussie wine dinner and more

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JUNE 26 -- Beer Tasting. If you're tired of the same old wine tastings and you like your beer cold and plentiful, then here is your chance to try a variety of new beers at Dolce Vita in NoDa. 7:30 p.m. Dolce Vita, 3205 N. Davidson St. 704-334-1052. www.dolcevitawines.com.

JUNE 26 -- An Aussie Wine Dinner. Based off of Australian diet and eats, Chef Jay has put together a five-course menu that's a feast of food including chilled melon soup, dry-spice crusted sashimi tuna, poached jumbo prawns, herb-crusted rack of lamb and more. Homemade pecan pie drizzled with a date reduction will end the meal and wines from Grateful Palate Imports will be paired with each course. $64.95. 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Vintage Wine Cellar, 12206 Copper Way, Suite 124. (Toringdon Shopping Center) 704-543-3977. www.vintagewinestore.com.

JUNE 28 -- Simon Kidgits Super Duper Mini Chefs. Along with Radio Disney, kids will get the opportunity to work hands-on with food, as well as learning kitchen safety tips and proper manners to use during meal times. The event will also feature a charity food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, prizes and other special gifts. Free for Simon Kidgits Club members, $5 for nonmembers. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. SouthPark (Center Court), 4400 Sharon Road 704-295-0975. www.simon.com.

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