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Party like it's 1987

The Ritz Grill (15 S. Tejon St.) is celebrating its 20th anniversary from Aug. 13-19. The weeklong party includes a $19.87 nightly prix fixe menu, drink specials, live music and more. Call 635-8484 for details.

Nice legs!

The Broadmoor has garnered 2007 Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards for all three of its fine-dining establishments. Penrose Room, Charles Court and Summit were recognized for interesting, diverse selections that suit their respective cuisines. Charles Court and Summit received an Award of Excellence, while the Penrose Room earned the more prestigious Best of Award of Excellence. Visit

In the garden

The Trails and Open Space Coalition is holding its 12th Gala in the Garden Dinner and Silent Auction at Rock Ledge Ranch (3202 Chambers Way) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 10. A tropical theme, complete with Margaritaville-style music, contests and cuisine by Garden of the Gods Gourmet invites beach-style dress. Tickets are $40. Call 633-6884 or visit for reservations.

'Excuse me, waiter, there's a squirrel in my pasta'

Nothin' goes together better than noodles and trees. The 15th annual Pasta in the Park will be at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 at TESSA's new Myron Stratton Campus (2525 S. U.S. Hwy 115) home. Live music and a pasta cook-off will benefit the organization, with tickets costing $75. Visit or call 785-6808 for more.

Think independent

Caspian Cafe, (4375 Sinton Road) will host its IRC (Independent Restaurant Cooperative) dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 14. For $50, plus tax and gratuity, you get five courses of Mediterranean food paired with wines. Call 528-1155 or visit for more.

Jack and the beer stout

Brewer John Dunfee at Arctic Craft Brewery (2506 E. Platte Place) is releasing a "Butter Jack Stout" beer at 6 p.m. on Aug. 9. The brew, hovering near 17 percent alcohol by volume, is a butterscotch stout that's been aged in used bourbon barrels for a year. Dunfee says the flavor starts with dark chocolate and a hint of butterscotch and "as for the finish, watch out." Call 477-1340 for more.

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