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Posted on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 11:22 a.m.

Ann Arbor food and drink calendar

By AnnArbor.com Staff

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Today

NO Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief at the Wine Bar. 5-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, at the wine bar. Each Thursday evening, experts lead an exploration of wine, cheese and appetizers. Wine tasting canceled the week of Christmas. 734-997-7500.

Friday

Drunken Santa Pub Crawl. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Various locations in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town. The Depot Town Merchants Association hosts its first ever Santa Crawl. Naughty or nice, all are invited. Drunken Santas can enjoy drink specials at each stop along the path, which goes from the Corner Brewery to Powell’s Pub, Aubree’s, Sidetrack, Cafe Ollie and concludes at Woodruff’s. Most of the vendors will list some type of happy hour special for those on the hour. For example, Cafe Ollie will offer discounts on all Michigan beers and wines. The drunken Santas will spend about 45 minutes at each bar, and Woodruff’s will feature live music from Sharky and the Habit and Gnome Village. There's one catch: You have to dress like Santa to join the fun. $5. cafeollie@gmail.com.

Monday

Milan Senior Nutrition Program. 11:45 a.m. Milan Senior & Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Court, Milan. In partnership with the Washtenaw County Senior Nutrition Program, they offer a nutritionally balanced meal three afternoons a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There is a suggested donation of $2.50 for anyone who is 60 years or older and a fee of $5 for anyone under the age of 60. They do ask for 48 hour advanced reservations. Please call or stop by the office. 734-439-1549.

Tuesday

Lunch is Served. Noon-1 p.m. Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. Repeats every Tuesday and Friday. Reservations are required with two days prior notice. Suggested donation for those over 60 years of age is $2.50, for all others, $5. Call 734-998-9353 for reservations.

Wednesday

Pizza Party! 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Learn to make your own pizza dough and sauce. Practice preparing your favorite toppings while your dough rises. This is a kids-only class for children ages 10-15 years. $45. 734-645-1030.

Wednesday Wine Tasting. 6:30 p.m. Paesano's Italian Restaurant, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. This informal wine tasting allows patrons to sample five up and coming wines from Italy. Joined by one of Paesano's knowledgeable wine purveyors, the staff creates tasty appetizers to accompany the bold flavors. $25. www.paesanosannarbor.com.

Thursday, Dec. 29

Pasta Party. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This kids-only class will teach youth ages 10-15 to roll up their sleeves and make their own fresh pasta and sauce including pasta al pomodoro and fettuccine with bacon and orange sauce. $45. 734-645-1030.

Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief at the Wine Bar. 5-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, at the wine bar. Each Thursday evening, experts lead an exploration of wine, cheese and appetizers. This week’s topic: Sparkling wines. 734-997-7500.

Saturday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve with the Kennedys. 5 p.m. Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor. Join the Roadhouse as we celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Kennedys! Continuing our tradition of celebrating past presidents on the eve of the New Year, this year we celebrate our 35th President of the United States of America, President John F. Kennedy. It has been said while President Kennedy was in the White House he was a small eater and often had to be reminded it was time for dinner; politics always took preference over food. On New Year’s Eve we will let the food take preference and serve a meal featuring President Kennedy’s favorites as a child and as a president. Chef Alex has crafted a menu full of East Coast favorites in honor of President Kennedy’s summer home in Cape Cod, his time spent at Harvard and from his life in the White House. Price TBA. Rerservations required by calling 734-663-3663.

Mercy's New Year's Eve. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Mercy's At the Bell Tower, 300 S. Thayer, Ann Arbor. Join us for music, dancing and a complimentary glass of “pink” champagne. A portion of proceeds will be donated to U of M Comprehensive Cancer Research benefiting Breast Cancer research. Mercy’s is offering two different prix fixe meals: four courses for $65 and eight courses for $95. 734-996-3729.

Brew Year’s Eve. 8:30 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Beer releases on the hour from 8:30-11:30. DJ at 9 p.m. No cover charge. 734-213-1393.

To submit events for this calendar, e-mail calendar@annarbor.com.