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July 11, 2001|Angela Pettera

THURSDAY

Science and Cooking: Better cooking through science is the focus of this class taught by Times' Food Editor Russ Parsons. Dishes include salmon three ways and strawberry shortcake. 6:30 p.m. Let's Get Cookin', 4643 Lakeview Canyon Road, Westlake Village. (818) 991-3940. $60.

Eat for Art: The Palos Verdes Art Center is teaming with the Los Angeles chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for this fund-raiser. Food is provided by South Bay restaurants including Aioli, Chez Melange, Gin Lee's Bistro, Peninsula Grille, Restaurant Christine, San Pedro Brewing Co., Soleil and 22nd Street Landing. Wine comes from California wineries such as Barefoot Cellars, Blackstone Winery, Callaway Vineyards, Castle Rock Winery, Gallo of Sonoma, Kendall-Jackson and Pedroncelli Vineyards. 7 p.m. Private home in Rolling Hills Estates, Palos Verdes. For tickets, call the Palos Verdes Arts Center, (310) 541-2479. $125.

SATURDAY

Summer Passport Tasting: The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Assn. puts on this tasting event every summer. One ticket admits you to 14 wineries, along with food to graze on from the French Gourmet. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Begin at either Keyways Vineyard & Winery, 37338 De Portola Road, Temecula or Callaway Vineyard & Winery, 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula. For tickets, call (800) 801-9463 or visit http://www.temeculawines.org. $55.

SUNDAY

Eat, Drink and Be Well: The Wellness Community-South Bay Cities, a cancer charity, hosts its annual food and wine fund-raiser. Participating restaurants include Aimee's Bistro, Beluga, Cafe Diem, Cafe Pierre, L'Opera, Misto Caffe & Bakery, Il Toscano, Kincaid's Bayhouse, the Madison, Tangerine Grill and Torrance Bakery. Among the wineries are Alize, Bedford Thompson, Buttonwood Farm, Carmenet, Chalone, Cottonwood Canyon, Eberle, Echelon and Fetzer. 3 p.m. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. (310) 544-6815. For tickets, call the Wellness Community at (310) 376-3550. $100.

Easy Seafood: Italian stuffed clams, sesame-crusted ahi tuna and Cajun grilled sea scallops are some of the recipes taught in this hands-on class. 3 p.m. In the kitchen of Spaghettini Cucina, 6467 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach. (562) 431-3606. $70.

Wine Time: The South Bay Academy of Food & Wine teaches you about Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Rhone and Chianti wines. 4 p.m. Too Chez, 2325 Palos Verdes Drive W., Palos Verdes. (310) 265-8677. To register, call Ed Masciana at (310) 539-5552. $40 in advance.

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