Kansas City's Italian community has celebrated Columbus Day since as far back as 1884. But Daughters of Columbus member Jody Valet says most of the holiday festivities have died out over the years. "We are hoping to bring back a little of that tradition with the first annual Columbus Day Social," she says. Today's event at the American Sons of Columbus (2415 Independence Avenue, 816-483-7201) has a little something for everyone: an Italian auto show, homemade cannoli, performances by Malena Marcase and Mango Yango, wine tastings and, of course, a live broadcast of Live From Jasper's Kitchen with Jasper Mirabile. Asked why it's still important to honor Columbus, Valet explained: "I don't think I could sum it up any better than my friend Carl DiCapo did in a Kansas City Star article in 1992: 'Columbus was an Italian, but what he did was make [the United States] an ethnic celebration. ... Columbus didn't discover America; he founded America and allowed all great ethnic groups to come to America.' " The Columbus Day Social runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.