On-Site Programs and Services Suspended
Under Current COVID-19 Measures
Earlier this week, the provincial government announced new restrictions that will require many closures and additional capacity limits be implemented in an effort to fight the current COVID-19 wave that is upon us. As a result, all on-site recreational and fitness programs are suspended for a minimum 21-day period, to January 27th at the earliest.
For Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre, this means that we are unable to offer
in-person programs, classes and events during this timeframe. The closure affects the following departments:

·        Cultural Events and Programming
·        Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery
·        Columbus Centre Athletic Club
·        DanzArts Toronto
·        Columbus Centre School of Music
·        Art Programs
·        Columbus Event Centre

However, we are moving most of our programs online and/or will continue to offer them virtually, as we have been doing throughout the pandemic. Some of our events have been rescheduled to later dates so that they can proceed when in-person activities have been approved to resume.

Please note that our Columbus Early Learning Centre child care facilities remain open and will continue to operate under the current provincial and local public health guidelines.

You can connect with us through social media (FacebookTwitterInstagram) for the most recent updates and continue to check our website. Current members and patrons will also be notified directly with updates regarding their programs.
We will continue to share information when the guidelines have changed. Stay tuned for updates!
  
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and safe year ahead.
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Villa Charities Congratulates Ralph Chiodo on Appointment to Order of Canada
Villa Charites offers our sincere congratulations to Ralph Chiodo, C.M., O.Ont. on his appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada, for his community engagement and generous philanthropy, and for his leadership in the automotive industry. Mr. Chiodo is a long-time supporter of Villa Charities, and we would like to acknowledge this tremendous achievement.
New Date for “So I Married A Mangiacake” Performances
Villa Charities is proud to present
“So I Married A Mangiacake,” which has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 5, 3pm & 8pm at The Royal Theatre. Through memories, family footage, and music, professional stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Guido Cocomello comedically explores how meeting his wife Mangiacake) and his father’s death, influenced his life. This one-man show is a feast for your senses that will have you howling at our cultural differences and will make you want to hold your loved ones closer. Best availability for 3pm matinee.
 
Travel Virtually Through Italy with Our “Learn Italian by Doing” Series
Take a virtual journey through the beautiful regions of Italy while learning and practicing Italian with our “Travel through Italy with Adele Addorisio” workshop, every Wednesday at 7:45pm beginning January 31. Continue your language journey with our “Club del Libro” series with Violante Binazzi. Violante will guide you through literary adventures, exploring and discussing contemporary Italian literature monthly, beginning Wednesday, January 26.

Book Your Virtual
One-on-One Meeting for Friday Chats with the CEO
You can have a virtual meeting with Marco DeVuono, President and CEO of Villa Charities Inc., for a one-on-one conversation to answer any questions or to share your thoughts on our programs and services. These informal chats with Marco will be held using GoToMeeting on the 2nd Friday of every month, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Appointments are 20 minutes each and must be scheduled in advance. Upcoming Friday Chats are scheduled for Friday, January 14 and Friday, February 11. Contact us today to schedule your virtual meeting – call 416-789-7011 ext. 240 or email csimpson@villacharities.com.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Sign Up for Giro with FREE Registration
We are once again gearing up for Giro! After a short hiatus, Giro will return to the Veneto Centre in Woodbridge on Sunday, May 29, 2022. Register before February 15th and you will receive FREE registration (regular $100).

Explore Your Musical Talents with our Online Music Classes
Have you always wanted to learn how to play an instrument? The new year is the perfect time to explore your musical passion. Our music instructors are teaching private lessons virtually via apps such as ZOOM, Facetime or Skype. For scheduling and more details visit our website. Winter term classes begin the week of January 10th.
 
New Year, New You – Try our Live Virtual Group Fitness Classes
Achieve your New Year’s resolutions this year! Virtual Group Fitness classes are the perfect workout from home with certified instructors to motivate you every step of the way.Our weekly Instructor’s Choice class allows instructors to bring their own flavour and choice to the classes. It can be a Body Blast, HIIT, Fine Toning or even a high-energy ZUMBA® class! Monthly membership fee is only $24.99 + HST and includes access to our full fitness class video library. For more information, visit our website and register today.
 
Start Today with Your Virtual Personal Trainer
Personal training is one-on-one instruction that incorporates exercise screening, goal-setting and health education. At Columbus Centre Athletic Club, our first-class personal training program is designed to help you reach higher levels of fitness. Think of a trainer as your personal fitness coach. We offer virtual personal training to help you meet your fitness goals from the comfort of home.

Express Your Artistic Creativity in 2022 with Art Programs
Register today for our winter 2022 painting workshops and start expressing your artistic skills. Suited for participants of all skill levels, our Artista Painting Workshop and Landscape Painting classes are perfect for students who have a passion for painting and want to further their understanding of painting principles. For intermediate to advanced students, we offer our monthly virtual Masterclass series, giving students a chance to paint their own masterpiece, while enhancing their understanding of specific painting techniques. All our classes have capacity limits, which allows for one-on-one instruction. Register today!.
 
Virtual 3D Tours for Seniors’ Apartments Now Available
Are you interested in applying to live in one of our three apartment buildings designed for seniors in our community? You can now experience a virtual open house for our apartments. View a 3D tour of the units, as well as photos of the buildings’ many features and beautiful nearby green spaces. Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo offer an independent living lifestyle to seniors with residences that provide excellent amenities and services in a central GTA location. Interested applicants aged 59+ are encouraged to fill out the contact form on our website today. 
 
Villa Colombo Toronto is Hiring!
Are you a dedicated and passionate health care professional? We invite you to join our highly trained and dynamic team at Villa Colombo Toronto. Villa Colombo Toronto is a RNAO Best Practice Spotlight Organization and offers competitive compensation and benefits on par with hospital rates, HOOPP pension program and other benefits including access to cultural and fitness programs at the nearby Columbus Centre. We are now hiring for many positions including RNs, RPNs, PSWs and Recreational / Dietary Aides
 

Caffe Cinquecento Open
for Take-Out and Catering
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, Caffe Cinquecento Italian Bar & Eatery in the Columbus Centre is currently offering take-out and catering services. Our retail section is also open for your shopping needs.

Visit our website for more information and check out our catering menu.