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EAT, DRINK, LEARN // Global goodies galore

An impressive spread of ethnic foods, along with live entertainment and other activities, should make the Beverly Hills International Festival a lively weekend destination.

The International Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lakeside Park in Beverly Hills. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Monday.

It's a good idea to skip breakfast and be prepared to taste homestyle ethnic dishes found at the food court. Just follow your nose.

Foods, such as Cuban style roast pork and other traditional dishes from the Spanish American Club, as well as kielbasa and other sausages from the Polish American Club and pastries from the German American Club, will be found in the food court. Other groups scheduled to have food or traditional clothing displays are the American Irish Club and the Wei Wei Ritzhaupt Chinese Club.

A merchant's section will include insurance, real estate and financial businesses offering free information and services.

Other activities include an auction for golf packages at Twisted Oaks, a canoe and johnboat rental, a leaf candy dish and other items. There will also be a flea market.

During the festival, several community groups will perform, and representatives from the groups will walk around in their homeland's traditional attire.

Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs.

- Another outdoors event this weekend will be Cracker Days at Rainbow Springs Park, on U.S. 41 about 2 miles north of Dunnellon. The park is the headwaters of the Rainbow River and an overlook provides a view of the spring pond that feeds the entire river.

Cracker Days will feature several authentic camp displays, such as soap makers, cattle camps and weavers.

There will also be live entertainment both Saturday and Sunday. Among the entertainers on Saturday will be the Shade Tree Pickers at 10 a.m.; the Lytle Family gospel and bluegrass group at noon; storyteller Duke Stoetzer at 1 p.m.; and storyteller and signer Billy Roberson at 2 p.m. On Sunday, Roberson will perform at noon, followed by Jesse and James, an acoustic duo, at 2 p.m.

A Gardening Day will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at the park. Regular admission, which applies to Cracker Days and Gardening Day, is $1.

- Country music star Pam Tillis will perform Saturday at Silver Springs Nature Park, near Ocala in Marion County.

Known for hits such as Maybe it Was Memphis and Shake the Sugar Tree, Tillis, a two-time Grammy winner, is scheduled to take the stage at 3 p.m. Music begins at noon. Bring lawn chairs or rent them from the park. The venue is an outdoors amphitheater. The concert is included in the admission price, which is $32.99 for adults. Guests who bring in any Coca-Cola product will receive $8 off the adult admission price.

Silver Springs is a mile east of Ocala on State Road 40 (Silver Springs Boulevard). Call (352) 236-2121 or visit the Web site at

Jorge Sanchez covers arts and entertainment in Citrus County. Call 860-7313 or e-mail