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Festival to honor Columbus

The non-profit Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater and the city of Clearwater are sponsoring a celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World.

Admission is free. U.S. Rep. Michael Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, will speak from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Auto displays, arts and crafts and children's activities will be part of the festivities.

A portion of the proceeds of sales at this event in Clearwater's waterfront Coachman Park will be used by the club for programs that help feed and shelter needy children in Pinellas County.

The menu will include Spanish, Irish and Portuguese food as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, spaghetti, pizza and desserts sold in booths around the park.

Saturday's entertainment includes the June Bug clown act, 1 to 3 p.m.; music by Joe Valentine, 3 to 4 p.m.; vocals by Dino DiLiberti, 4:15 to 5 p.m.; karaoke, 5:15 to 6 p.m.; and jazz by the Garden Avenue Seven, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Featured Sunday will be the YoYo and Topsy clown act, noon to 3 p.m.; music by Carl and Lisa, 3 to 4 p.m.; Dino DiLiberti, 4:15 to 5 p.m.; Dixie music by Laurie Mann, 5:15 to 6 p.m.; and music by Kathy Macabee and Friends, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

On Monday's schedule are Carl and Lisa, 4:15 to 5 p.m., and music by Sunset Run, 5:15 to 6 p.m., Buddy Verdi, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Celebrate discovery

Discovery of America, a celebration of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America, is planned from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 4 to 9 p.m. Monday at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. Food, art, gifts, auto displays, children's activities and entertainment are planned. Call 791-8698, 786-2661 or 797-0082.