Celebrate the Launch of Italian Heritage Month With Us!
Happy Italian Heritage Month! You are cordially invited to join us tonight at 6:30pm at the Columbus Centre, as we kick off the month-long celebration of Italian Heritage Month. Experience captivating performances, exhibitions and more as the best of Italian culture and heritage once again takes centre stage. Plus, join us Saturdays in June for a series of fun family events celebrating the life of Leonardo da Vinci.

Villa Charities Hosts Luncheon and Q&A Event with Formula 1™ Driver Antonio Giovinazzi
On Tuesday, June 4, Villa Charities Foundation hosted a memorable charitable event with special guest, Formula 1™ driver Antonio Giovinazzi. Guests in attendance enjoyed a delicious lunch and had the opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with Antonio, and participate in a Q&A. The pre-event press conference live stream is now available to watch on our Facebook page here .

Support our Community’s Seniors at the Villa Charities Golf Classic
Join us at the 43rd Annual Villa Charities Golf Classic on Wednesday, June 26 at the Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge. This year's Golf Classic will include exciting new activities on course, from taking a shot against NHL Alumni at our “Beat the Pro” hole to indulging in authentic food from regions of Italy. Register today and help us raise the necessary funds required to enhance the quality of life for our seniors.

Celebrate Leonardo da Vinci with our Series of Family Fun Events
As part of Italian Heritage Month, join us Saturdays in June for a series of fun family events celebrating the life of Leonardo da Vinci. Tailored for kids, “Leonardo da Vinci & Friends” is an interactive show that recounts the tremendous impact that Leonardo had on the world of art and science. “Da Vinci’s Code Scavenger Hunt” will lead participants through the Villa Charities campus to obtain clues that will allow them to decipher Da Vinci’s Code!

Viva Vitalità Italiana Exhibition Opens Tonight
In celebration of Italian Heritage Month, experience this outstanding collection of works by Italian and Italian-Canadian artists. This year's show will feature the photographic exhibition "Matera: Citta dei Sassi - European Capital of Culture 2019" by Marcello Tarantino, "City Views: Toronto in Transition (2004 - 2010)" by Dario Zini and the sculptural exhibition "Cement Mixer" by Ross Bonfanti. The exhibition runs until August 31 at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery.

“If on a Christmas Night…” Nominated for a 2019 Dora Award
We are excited to announce that the cast of “If on a Christmas Night…” presented by Villa Charities and created by DopoLavoro Teatrale, has been nominated for a 2019 Dora Award in the Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble category. Congratulations to the DLT team! The 40th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards will be presented on Tuesday, June 25 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

Book Your Appointment for Friday Chats with Anthony DiCaita
Come and meet with Anthony DiCaita, President and CEO of Villa Charities Inc., for a one-on-one conversation, and share your thoughts on our programs and services. These informal chats with Anthony will be held on the second Friday of every month, from 10am – 3pm. Appointments are 20 minutes each and must be scheduled in advance. Upcoming dates include Friday, June 14 and Friday, July 12. Contact us today to schedule your appointment – call 416-789-7011 ext. 240 or email csimpson@villacharities.com .

Villa Charities Celebrates Ontario Seniors' Month
June is Ontario Seniors’ Month! Villa Charities is committed to serving and engaging the seniors in our community with a variety of programs and services, including our apartments for independent seniors and culturally sensitive, high-quality long-term care at Villa Colombo Toronto and Villa Colombo Vaughan.

Spend the Day Painting Outdoors in “En Plein Air” Workshop
Create a canvas with an Italian-themed still life in our new “En Plein Air” workshop with Columbus Centre’s art instructor Sam Paonessa. Sam will demonstrate, provide helpful instruction, individual attention and constructive critique. Students will need to bring their own materials and easels. These workshops are recommended for participants with some previous experience. The first session will be held on Thursday, June 13 at 9:30am. Register today!

Become Your Own Pizzaiolo at Next Culinary Workshop
Join us on Thursday, June 13 at 6pm for the final installment of our spring term culinary workshops, where we will be learning how to make “Pizza from Scratch: Dough and Toppings”. The workshop will also include a pairing of wine and a communal meal to enjoy your culinary creations with the other participants.

Register for Summer Lessons at the School of Music
Our Columbus Centre School of Music's expert instructors and one-on-one or semi-private lessons will help you discover your musical passion and learn an instrument in a comfortable, engaging and fun environment. Our music lessons are perfect for people of all ages and skill levels.

Introducing Villa Al Fresco at the Columbus Centre
Join us for Villa Al Fresco, a series of exciting new summer programs and activities on Thursdays and Fridays at the Columbus Centre beginning July 11. Bring your family and friends as we highlight Italian culture and heritage – there will be something for everyone!

Book Presentation: Corrado Paina in Conversation with Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke
Co-presented by Villa Charities and Istituto Italiano di Cultura, join Corrado Paina in conversation with Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke and poet Madeline Bassnett to present the new poetry collection "A Toast to Illness" on Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30pm. This collection is direct poetic testimony from Corrado’s extended affliction with cancer.

Registration for Summer Athletics and Aquatics Programs Begins June 24
Get fit and have fun at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club this summer! Member registration for the Athletic Club's summer athletics and aquatics programs begins Monday, June 24 with Non-Member registration starting Wednesday, June 26. Check out all our classes for a range of ages, abilities and interests and plan your summer workout schedule now!

Dance the Summer Away at Columbus Centre Dance Camp
Students in the Columbus Centre Summer Camp’s Dance Camp will enjoy a daily schedule of hip-hop, modern, jazz and musical theatre in a positive atmosphere, where they can explore their maximum potential and have fun! The instructor will focus on technique and performance and there will be a performance by the campers for parents on the last day of camp!

Drop by our Open Classes this Summer at DanzArts Toronto
Starting June 18, attend our open classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30pm and work with DanzArts Toronto faculty and guest instructors to improve your technique, develop your style and stay in shape this summer! These classes will include ballet technique, jazz, contemporary and conditioning and are open to all dancers ages 8 and up. 

Community Raises $140,000 at Annual Villa Charities Giro Event
On Sunday, May 26, the 13th Annual Villa Charities Giro cycling fundraiser tested the endurance of 183 riders through the scenic regions of Vaughan, Kleinburg and King City, where the cyclists enjoyed Italian-themed rest stops with gourmet food and beverages along the way, including Villa Colombo Vaughan. Thank you to all our valued sponsors, donors, partners, riders and volunteers for helping us raise approximately $140,000 in support of Italian culture and heritage, and culturally sensitive long-term care.

Casa Del Zotto to Host Father’s Day Celebration
Villa Colombo Community Services would like to invite all seniors’ apartment residents and their families to attend a Father’s Day Celebration on Thursday, June 13 at 12:30pm in the Casa Del Zotto Common Room. Tickets are available to purchase for $25 at Centro Anziani. If you would like to attend, please purchase tickets by Tuesday, June 11.

Villa Colombo Toronto Seniors’ Month Events in June
June is Seniors’ Month and it is a time to honour all of the wonderful contributions our seniors have made to our community. In celebration of this special month, Villa Colombo Toronto will be offering a variety of special events. On June 10, North Toronto Community Band will perform in Sala Caboto at 6:30 pm. Other events include a Bingo afternoon on June 11 at 1:30pm and our annual Porchetta and Beer Night on June 12 at 6:30pm.

Villa Colombo Vaughan Events in June
The residents at Villa Colombo Vaughan are improving their cooking and baking skills at the Cucina Rustica cooking socials, held every Monday to Thursday. Other events in June include the Italian Heritage Month celebration with Coro Italia Toronto on June 5 and our upcoming Karaoke Night on June 9.

“Land of Triumph and Tragedy: Voices of the Italian Fallen Workers” Book Launch
On Thursday, May 23, members of the community and VIP guests celebrated the launch of the new book, “Land of Triumph and Tragedy: Voices of the Italian Fallen Workers,” the full story of the Italian immigration to Canada, including the history of the Italian Fallen Workers. Attendees had the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book during the event and listened to presentations from the authors Paola Breda and Marino Toppan, along with other special guests.

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