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You pull out a credit card to pay your bill--and the restaurant only takes cash. You wanted to go out for food and live music but you didn’t know where to go. Sound familiar? Now eating out is easier than ever. Future Fone, a Pasadena-based company, has come out with a free restaurant hot line. The 24-hour Dine Line is a computerized information system that advertises restaurants throughout Southern California. Call (800) 542-DINE and Dine Line will recommend their advertisers by location or speciality. Additional information is available, such as restaurant hours, parking availability, whether you need reservations, acceptable dress code, price range, what credit cards are accepted and a list of daily and weekly specials.

You can rent just about anything these days--cars, furniture, magicians. Now you can rent the Easter Bunny. The City of Montebello’s Parks and Recreation Department will start booking appointments for Mr. Bunny on March 5. He is available to hop over to your home or party from March 11 through March 30. Forms are available at the Parks and Recreation office. The cost is $25 for a half hour with an additional fee for non-residents. Call (213) 887-4540 for details.

The Long Beach Rescue Mission will serve traditional Easter dinners on Easter Sunday, March 31. Everyone is welcome. Easter services and dinners will be held at Samaritan House, 1335 Pacific Ave., at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Food contributions such as boneless hams, canned vegetables, instant potatoes, yams, dinner rolls, margarine, colored Easter eggs and decorated Easter cupcakes are needed. Financial contributions are much appreciated. For information, call (213) 591-1292.

Wine Tasting. Bristol Farms’ vertical tasting of Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon, a Bordeaux-styled Napa Valley red wine, with bread and cheese. Chez Melange, 1716 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach. (213) 541-9157. 7 p.m. $20.


Food Preserving. Spend 40 hours learning how to safely can, dry and freeze fresh produce, make jams, jellies and pickles and pick up a Master Food Preserver certificate. Those accepted into the program will receive 40 hours of training. In exchange for the training, students must donate at least 40 hours to the program within one year. University of California’s Common Ground Garden Program, 2615 S. Grand Ave., Suite 400, Los Angeles. (213) 744-4341. Thursdays at 10 a.m. A $50 materials fee is charged, but a fee waiver is available for qualified low-income applicants.