1. Gingerbread Homes for Animals, A series of gingerbread houses designed for animals by New York City pastry chefs will be on display through Sunday, December 11, 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m., at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center at Central Park, 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues. A raffle of the houses will benefit at-risk animals. Call 212.860.1370 for more information.
2. British Cheese, Avice Wilson, author of Forgotten Harvest: Story of Cheesemaking in Wiltshire, will lead a discussion and tasting of English cheeses on Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Murray's Cheese, 254 Bleecker Street. $50/person (212.243.3289, ext. 25).
3. Garden Demonstration: Heirloom Apples and Homemade Cider, Apple expert Charles Day and cidermaker Steve Schultz will discuss techniques, equipment, and the best apples for making homemade apple cider, Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m., at Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue. Free with admission to Wave Hill (718.549.3200).
4. Slow Spirits: R(h)um, Slow Food New York City and CocktailDB.com will present a seminar and tasting on rum led by Edward Hamilton, author of The Complete Guide to Rum, on Monday, December 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Flatiron Lounge, 37 West 19th Street. $40/person in advance ($35 for Slow Food members), $45/person at the door. Limited seating (RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org).