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    Creative at Christmas
    December 8-19, Kotturpuram
    Let your child try something new this Christmas. Rainbow Fish Studio is offering fun-filled after-school workshops, where children will be taught an art or craft themed around Christmas, each day. For ages 5 to seven and seven to 12. At the centre in Kotturpuram. Rs.2,500 (three days), Rs.4,250 (six days), Rs.6,250 (10 days). Details: 24470438

    forum food festivalCelebrate food
    December 6-7, Forum Vijaya Mall
    Have an insatiable appetite? Forum Vijaya Mall is hosting the Chennai Food Festival for you to relish both modern and authentic tastes of South Indain delicacies. There will be food demonstartions by chefs in addition to cooking classes. Featuring popular outlets like Kailash Parbat, Wang’s Kitchen and many more. Details: 49049000

    ikatPlay with ikat
    Till December 14, CP Art Centre
    Inspired by India’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, C P Ramaswami Aiyar foundation is hosting a Pochampally Ikat art mela. Explore varieties of handloom products like scarves, saris in silk,  cotton dupattas and shirt kurtis in exquisite designs. From 10 am onwards. Details: 24341778
    Make the connection
    Till December 7, Chennai Trade Centre
    Don’t miss the Food Style expo at the Chennai Trade Centre. An excellent opportunity for bakers, beverage  dealers, distributors and agencies to make contacts. Many leading bakery, beverage, food related companies will be participating. Open from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm. Details: 65480175

    bake a cakeBake easy
    December 7, CIT colony
    Master the art of baking delicious goodies this Christmas from home baker Sara Koshy, at the Gormei Market. Learn to bake steamed Christmas puddings, cupcakes, white chocolate and cranberry shortbread, almond clusters and nut fudge. From 3 pm to 6 pm. Details:42172229

    book2Girl power
    All season, In stores
    In an environment sensitive to crime against women, comes New Delhi-based author Ravinder Singh’s latest read, Your Dreams Are Mine Now. Set in the capital, the novel tracks the experiences of Rupali, a naïve small town girl from Orissa who clings to her ideals even as her college life exposes her to some harsh realities. Set to launch soon in the city, the book is available at leading book stores.Rs.175. Details: flipkart.com

    adopt a petPaws a moment
    December 6, Velachery
    Want to meet your new best friend? The Blue Cross of India adoption drive is here. The event will feature Indian puppies, kittens, cats and a few abandoned adult pedigree dogs as well. All adoptions are free and require address and ID proof. At their shelter at 72, Velachery Main Road, Guindy, between 1 pm and 5 pm.  Details: 9840297942

    Plum CakeThe plum cake rush
    December, Across town
    While many home bakers have already run out of stock of Christmas plum cake, there’s still hope:  For a rich plum cake with Californian prunes soaked for three months and further basted with alcohol, get in touch with Linu Freddy before December 15. At Rs.500 for 500 gms. Details: 9176245518. Sujani Nagarajah of The Sweet Art Cafe in Vadapalani makes a Sri Lankan plum cake featuring an assortment of 30 fruits, nuts and spices, soaked in brandy and finished with a layer of almond icing. Order before December 20, at Rs.2,200 a kilo. Details: 9677282600. Also offering an eggless version of her plum cake is Shalini Padmanabhan of Piece of Cake in Anna Nagar. Using ginger chips, orange peel and a variety of raisins, soaked in liquor for a year — her cake promises to be a heady affair. There’s a non-alcoholic version too. Order a week in advance at Rs.1,000 a kilo. Details: 9940489976

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