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September 27, 2000|ANGELA PETTERA

Cookbook Signing: Nancy Silverton signs copies of her new cookbook, "Pastries from the La Brea Bakery (Villard, $35)." Books will be for sale. 6 p.m. Bloomingdale's Century City, housewares department, 10250 Little Santa Monica Blvd., Century City. (310) 772-2100. For details, call (310) 772-7142. Free.

Thursday

Paella Party: Make orzo paella with sausage, clams, shrimp and mussels in this quick class. 6:30 p.m. A Store for Cooks, 30100 Town Center Drive, Suite R, Laguna Niguel. (949) 495-0445. $18.

Friday

Lobster Festival: The Port of Los Angeles second annual lobster festival at Ports o' Call Village in San Pedro includes steamed Maine lobster meals, kids' games, arts and crafts, the traditional LobsterDog pet parade (noon on Saturday), cioppino cook-off (noon on Sunday) and boat tours of Los Angeles Harbor. 4 p.m. to midnight. Berth 77 in Ports o' Call Village at Sixth Street and Harbor Boulevard, San Pedro. Call (310) 366-6472 or visit the Web site at http://www.lobsterfest.com for more information. Adults, $6; kids under 12, free. Also Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday

Great Greek Cathedral Fest: St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral celebrates Greek culture with food, folk dancing, music and cooking demonstrations. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. St. Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave., L.A. (323) 737-2424. $3 admission; food priced separately. Also Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Top Banana: Do something different: Make fried bananas in a bag with ancho caramel, an Asian banana split and more. 10:30 a.m. Epicurean School of Culinary Arts, 8759 Melrose Ave., L.A. (310) 659-5990. $65.

Sunday

Food Network Day: The Food Network visits Orange County with some of its chefs and hosts to sign cookbooks and give cooking demonstrations. Celebrities include Bill Boggs of "Bill Boggs Corner Table," Jacques and Claudine Pepin of "Jacques Pepin's Kitchen," Nick Stellino of "Cooking Live," Tyler Florence of "Food 911" and Jacqui Malouf of "Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay." Noon to 5 p.m. Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine. (949) 975-1234. Call (800) 949-2433 for tickets. $35.

Taste of Autumn: Citrus Community College throws a food and wine tasting event to raise money for its programs and new library. Participating restaurants include Bistro 45, Cafe Bizou, Clearwater Seafood, Hugo Molina, McCormick & Schmick's and Tommy Tang's. 4 to 8 p.m. In front of the Campus Center at Citrus Community College, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora. (626) 963-0323. Call the Citrus College Foundation Office for tickets at (626) 914-8825. $55 to $65.

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