Luncheon and Q&A Event with Formula 1™ Driver Antonio Giovinazzi
Villa Charities Foundation is excited to host a memorable charitable event on Tuesday, June 4 with special guest, Formula 1™ driver Antonio Giovinazzi. Guests attending this exclusive luncheon, presented by Craft Development Group and Montecassino Hotel and Event Centre, will have the opportunity to meet Antonio Giovinazzi and participate in a Q&A.

Guests at the event can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a VIP Race Experience for two, available through the Antonio Giovinazzi Official Fan Club, which will bring Antonio’s supporters to the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Italy in September 2019. The winners will attend the Formula One events on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 including the Free Practice Session 3, the Qualifying Session (Sept. 7), and the race (Sept. 8). The package also includes return airfare for two to Milan, one-night hotel accommodation and transportation from the hotel to the race circuit. There is a limited number of tickets available so buy your tickets today!

Join Us for the Next Villa Charities Community Open Forum
We invite all members of the community to join us at a public meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30pm to discuss the highlights from the Villa Charities Annual General Meeting. The event will include brief presentations and Q & A sessions with Villa Charities Inc. and each of the Affiliate organizations. The event will be livestreamed on our Facebook page here .

Celebrate Italian Heritage Month with us in June
The best of Italian culture, heritage and cuisine will once again take centre stage at Villa Charities, during Italian Heritage Month in June. We invite you to join us as we present a month full of exciting programs and exhibitions for the whole family, including a line-up of unique and immersive experiences for families to celebrate the accomplishments of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Take your Taste Buds on a Trip to Italy at our Annual Golf Classic
Journey through different regions of Italy with delicious food stops at the 43rd Annual Villa Charities Golf Classic, presented by Lady York Foods, on Wednesday, June 26 at the Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge. Experience the “Taste of Toscana” before you tee off, then travel through the “Taste of Campania”, “Taste of Abruzzo” and “Taste of Genovese”. Finish off your day with an Italian-themed cocktail reception. Register today and help us raise critical funds for the seniors in our long-term care facilities.

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, May 10 and Friday, June 14. Contact us today to schedule your appointment – call 416-789-7011 ext. 240 or email .

Centro Scuola Moves to New Home in Casa Abruzzo
Villa Charities and Centro Scuola are pleased to announce that Centro Scuola will be relocating from the Columbus Centre to Casa Abruzzo this September. This move will allow them to offer their Italian language learning and cultural exchange programs in larger and enhanced facilities at this new location.

Viva Vitalità Italiana Exhibition Returns to Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery
Experience the annual Viva Vitalità Italiana exhibition, presenting works by Italian-Canadian and Italian artists, in celebration of Italian Heritage Month. Celebrate the launch of Italian Heritage Month at the Viva Vitalità Italiana exhibition opening reception taking place on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30pm.

Last Chance to Enhance Your Italian Skills in Learn by Doing Program
Don’t miss your final opportunity to enhance your Italian skills while doing yoga or enjoying a delicious meal and conversation at Ristorante Boccaccio in our “Learn Italian by Doing” Program for beginner and intermediate levels, taking place every Thursday and Friday until June 7 at the Columbus Centre.

Prepare Lasagna in New Ways at Next Culinary Workshop
Join us on Thursday, May 30 at 6pm for the next installment of our spring term culinary workshops, where we will be learning how to make “Traditional Lasagna - Re-invented (vegetarian)”. The workshop will also include a pairing of wine and a communal meal to enjoy your culinary creations with the other participants.

Skip the Line-up and Order Now for Pizza Nel Parco
Drop by for our next “Pizza in the Park” lunch or dinner on Friday, May 31 at 12 - 2:30pm and 3:30 - 7pm at Caffè Cinquecento for individual, made-to-order pizzas baked in an authentic, wood-burning oven. Choose from a Margherita, Vegetarian or Sopressata/Pepperoni pizza.

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!

Presentations on Dante’s Commedia at Cultural Tuesdays
Our latest free Cultural Tuesdays series continues at the Columbus Centre on Tuesday, May 28 at 7pm. Renaissance scholar, Dr. Sarah Rolfe Prodan returns to present a discussion around “Paradiso”, the third and final canticle of Dante’s “Commedia”.

Book an Audition for DanzArts Toronto’s Competitive Programs
Think you have what it takes to be a part of our Competitive company at DanzArts Toronto? Auditions for our full time and part time Competitive Dance Programs, beginning fall 2019, will be held on Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4. We will also be holding auditions for our Enriched Intensive Training Program on Wednesday, July 3. If you are interested in booking an audition, contact us now to learn more.

Tennis and Fitness Summer Special Memberships On Sale Now
Take advantage of the Columbus Centre Athletic Club’s 2019 Summer Special and enjoy Tennis and Fitness 3-month memberships. The memberships are valid for any three months from now until September 20. Register today!

Learn The Secrets of the Magic Trade at our Summer Camp
Have you ever wondered how a magician was able to wow a crowd again and again? Our Magic Camp at the Columbus Centre will give you the chance to learn various magic tricks and techniques with the help of a professional magician, including sleight of hand, stage presence and parlour magic. Wow your family with your very own magic show and register for the Columbus Centre Summer Camp today!

Student Summer Special Offer at Columbus Centre Athletic Club
This summer, improve your endurance,
strength and overall physical fitness
with our state-of-the-art treadmills,
cross-trainers, spinning bikes, weight
room and more! We have special summer memberships available for students age 13 - 25 with a valid student ID. Join the Athletic Club today!

Columbus Early Learning Centres Celebrate Mother’s Day
On Thursday, May 9, the Columbus Early Learning Centres invited parents to join their children in the afternoon for a special Mother’s Day celebration to enjoy snacks and arts & crafts. Columbus Early Learning Centres is now offering high-quality child care programs before and after school at Regina Mundi and St. Charles. Contact us today to learn more.

Last Chance to Register for Giro 2019!
It’s almost time for the 13th Annual Villa Charities Giro cycling fundraiser on Sunday, May 26 at the Veneto Centre in Woodbridge - but it’s not too late to register! Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at the event for your chance to win our fantastic prizes. Register now!

Residents Celebrate Mother’s Day at Casa Del Zotto
On Thursday, May 9, our Independent Seniors’ Apartments hosted a special Mother’s Day lunch for the residents. Organized by Centro Anziani, residents at Casa Del Zotto were treated to a delicious meal and enjoyed listening to Italian-themed music.

North York Concert Band Perform at Villa Colombo Toronto
On May 23, the North York Concert Band performed for the residents and their families in Sala Caboto. The North York Concert Band is a community-based ensemble of approximately 50 musicians and performs a wide variety of concerts for the general public including nursing homes, hospitals and for many other organizations.

Joseph Gulizia Receives ICCO Community Building Award
Congratulations to Joseph Gulizia, President and CEO of UniversalCare Canada Inc., who has been awarded with the ICCO Community Building Award at the 2019 ICCO Business Excellence Awards. UniversalCare Canada Inc. is the manager of Villa Colombo Vaughan. The award honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to the fabric of Canadian life through their social engagement, volunteerism and/or philanthropy.

Tickets Now on Sale for “Piovani in Concert – ICFF Musica”
Oscar-winning composer Nicola Piovani will grace the stage of the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Thursday, June 20 at 8pm for an exclusive concert. Enjoy an evening of music and reflection on a lifelong career in the spotlight as this renowned Italian musician shares with Canadians some of his most memorable pieces and unreleased works. Tickets are available for $20 +HST.

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