Big Martini Event, McCormick & Schmick's, 235 SW 1st, Thurs Dec 7, 4-9 pm

Guzzle martinis for a good cause at Portland's Big Martini Event. Six-dollar martinis, and 100 percent of the proceeds go straight to the Alzheimer's Association. Finally, some good will come out of your drinking problem. Don't miss the Crater Lake Vodka $10,000 Olive Toss either, for your chance to win some cold hard cash. AH

A Book, a Cook, and a Class, Pastaworks, 3735 SE Hawthorne, Tues Dec 12, 7 pm, email for tickets

Navarre's John Taboda hosts this monthly class that highlights a different cookbook each month. December's class features regional Italian cuisine from the classic Silver Spoon Cookbook—practice basic cooking skills and learn about Italian cuisine as you test out recipes from the book. The class is held at Pastaworks, and the $40 fee includes some munchies. AH

Nutcracker Pancakes, Dec 8-24 at any Elmer's Restaurant in Portland or surrounding areas

Support the righteous Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) by eating Nutcracker Pancakes at your local Elmer's diner. The Nutcracker Pancake, of course, is banana nut cakes topped with hazelnut praline sauce, and from December 8-24, one dollar from every Nutcracker Pancake sold will be donated to the OBT. AH