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Cooking classes and tournament at Carson Valley Golf Course

Amy Roby

Just in time for the holidays, Carson Valley Golf Course is offering a series of cooking classes featuring chef and culinary instructor Steven Bottoms.

There are three classes left in the Saturday series, each offered from 2-6 p.m.:

Nov. 17 is a Chinese menu including black bean chicken, dan-dan noodles, smacked cucumber salad, brown jasmine rice, stir-fried broccoli with chili and Sichuan pepper, and steamed squash with spicy black bean sauce.

Nov. 24 features all manner of sauces including Hollandaise, pesto, wild mushroom, mustard tarragon vinaigrette, and caramel rum.

Cat-faced spiders, also known as jewel spiders, are excellent predators and welcomed by gardeners for their ability to hunt harmful and invasive insects. Part of the orb-weaving spider family, they spin conical shaped webs among vegetation, near porch lights and windows, under eaves, and within woodpiles.

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Dec. 1 is a Thai menu and includes Pad Thai noodles, Tom Yam Kung (hot and sour prawn soup), Ho Muk (steamed curry chicken), Po Pia Tod (Thai egg rolls), chicken satay with peanut sauce, and fried bananas with coconut ice cream.

Each class is limited to six participants, and reservations must be made the Monday prior to the class. Advance payment of $75 secures the reservation. Each class must have at least five participants or be subject to cancellation.

Turkey Shoot

CVGC's annual Turkey Shoot tees off Saturday with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Tournament play is best 15 holes, and golfers can earn up to three mulligans by donating canned goods (3 cans = 1 mulligan).

$40 covers the cart, game, soup, and $10 prize fund. Winners will be awarded turkeys, and participants will have an opportunity to "putt for pie" and play "turkey bowling."

CVGC is located at 1027 Riverview Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos. For information, to make a reservation, or to schedule a tee time, call 775-265-3181 or log on to carsonvalleygolf.com.

Spider update

After consulting with the state entomologist via email, reading through a lively debate on Facebook, and reader response, the consensus seems to be that the spider I saw last week was an Araneus gemmoides, or cat-faced spider.

These spiders, also known as jewel spiders, are excellent predators and welcomed by gardeners for their ability to hunt harmful and invasive insects. Part of the orb-weaving spider family, they spin conical shaped webs among vegetation, near porch lights and windows, under eaves, and within woodpiles. Aside from the fact that they might inhabit the occasional nightmare, they are considered harmless to humans.

Cat-faced spiders mate in late summer, and the female spider dies after producing a silky egg sac at the end of mating season. The eggs mature over the winter and hatch in the spring.

Regarding the one I saw, the awkward angles of the spider's legs and the fact that it was in the middle of the street indicate that it was probably dead.

Thanks to all who contributed their knowledge and helped solve this arachnid mystery.

Amy Roby can be reached at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com.