Join Us Tomorrow for our Next Pizza Nel Parco Event at the Columbus Centre
Our popular Pizza in the Park event returns tomorrow, Friday, October 12 from 11:30am - 7pm. Drop by for lunch or dinner on the Caffè Cinquecento patio at the Columbus Centre for individual, made-to-order pizzas baked in an authentic, wood-burning oven. Choose from Margherita, Vegetarian or Sopressata/Pepperoni. Place your order in advance and avoid the line-ups.

Villa Charities Visioning Project To Host Final Campus Visioning Session
Villa Charities continued its broad-based stakeholder engagement process with the first of two visioning sessions for the Long-Term Care & Health Care community, held on Wednesday, October 10 at Sala Caboto. Our final visioning session, for Long-Term Care Clients and Recipients, will take place next week. We would like to thank everyone who has attended the visioning sessions to date and for providing valuable input to help us develop our campus-wide strategy.

Reserve Your Table for Sicily Theme Night Dinner at Ristorante Boccaccio
Join us for our Sicily Theme Night Dinner on Friday, October 26, 7:30pm at Ristorante Boccaccio at the Columbus Centre, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the iconic Sicilian novel, “Il Gattopardo”. Enjoy a wonderful Sicilian menu prepared by master chef Gino Marchetti while listening to stories behind one of the most acclaimed publications in 20th century Italian literature. Tickets are $80 per person, inclusive of the cultural presentation, dinner, wine, taxes and gratuities. Book your table today!

Explore Italian Opera in our Cultural Tuesday Series at the Columbus Centre on Belcanto
Experience Cultural Tuesdays at the Columbus Centre with our series on The Three Masters of Italian Belcanto on Tuesday, October 16 at 7pm. This free event will explore Rossini’s musical twist, “Barbiere,” “Cenerentola” and “Guglielmo Tell”. Visit Ristorante Boccaccio before or after the presentation to enjoy a prix-fixe dinner with your choice of wine or Prosecco.

Refine Your Cooking Skills in our New Culinary Workshops at the Columbus Centre
Join us Thursday, October 18 at 6pm for our next intimate and interactive culinary workshop at the Columbus Centre, where we will be learning how to make the perfect selection of Venetian fingerfood from expert chef Franco Berti, including Arancini and Crostini. All workshops include a pairing of wine and a communal meal to enjoy your culinary creations with the other participants. Register for 4 or more of our upcoming workshops and get 1 class for 50% off!

New Art Exhibition Opening at Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery
We are pleased to present the exhibition "My Invincible Wife: The Erminia Tonelli Story” at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in the Columbus Centre from October 25 to November 30. Initially conceived as a personal tribute in memory of Erminia Tonelli, this captivating exhibit by Sholom Wargon tells the story of a brave girl and woman who exemplifies the collective story of the Italian-Canadian diaspora of the postwar period. Be the first to see this exhibition of courage, resilience and love at the opening reception on Thursday, October 25 at 7pm.

Parole, Parole... Join Us for an Evening of Songs at the Columbus Centre with Claudio Santaluce
In celebration of the Week of the Italian Language, we invite you to an evening of music and words on Thursday, October 18 at 7pm at Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre. Join the sing-along as Claudio Santaluce takes us on a wonderful musical voyage through some of the most beautiful Italian songs of all time, with classics by artists such as Mina, Claudio Villa, Celentano, Gianni Morandi, Massimo Ranieri, Lucio Dalla, and Andrea Bocelli.

Register for the Columbus Centre School of Music
Spots are still available for the Columbus Centre School of Music’s 2018/2019 season. We offer private lessons in vocal, piano, drums, guitar, violin and more! One of our vocal students, Sophia Lygdas recently represented Toronto in the Cantagiro Youth Singer’s Competition in Fiuggi, Italy. Follow in Sophia’s footsteps and register for music classes today!

Join Us for our Next Spaghetti and Western Movie Night at Caffè Cinquecento
Enjoy one of Italian Director Sergio Leone’s most celebrated Western classics For A Few Dollars More paired with a delicious plate of Spaghetti al Pomodoro and Spaghetti al Pesto on Friday, October 12 at 7pm. Tickets are available for $20 + HST per person. Please be advised that the movie will be screened in the original English version. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy an evening of film and food at Caffè Cinquecento at the Columbus Centre. Make your reservation today!

Spaces Still Available for our New Theatre Classes at the Columbus Centre
New this fall, we are excited to offer a range of theatre classes for all age groups at the Columbus Centre, taught by internationally acclaimed DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT). These classes provide students with the opportunity to perform in the ensemble and practice their acting skills in a professional environment, such as the Villa Charities and Columbus Centre’s Christmas production “If on a Christmas Night…”. No previous acting experience is required. Fall term classes are running until November 27 only so be sure to register now while spaces are still available!

Don't Miss the World Premiere of "If on a Christmas Night..."
Buy your tickets now for our world premiere production of “If on a Christmas Night…” at the Columbus Centre. This charming and unforgettable holiday show is the perfect holiday event for family and friends, presenting a series of adventurous, comical and moving scenarios amid the backdrop of a Christmas celebration, through the lens of Italian and Italian-Canadian culture. Every performance welcomes the participation of children while matinees on Saturdays and Sundays are dedicated to family participation through special performances.

Event Highlights: Villa Colombo Vaughan Residents Prepare for Thanksgiving
The Villa Colombo Vaughan residents and staff enjoyed preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday by participating in the popular apple and pumpkin pie fundraiser. Family and friends had the opportunity to enjoy freshly baked pies from our Cucina Rustica kitchen, just in time for the Villa Colombo Vaughan Thanksgiving Open House, which was held on Monday, October 8.

Commemorate Remembrance Day with the Marylake Concert Series
Visit the Marylake Shrine of Our Lady of Grace on Sunday, November 11 at 2:30pm for “Remember The Great War: 100 Years”, an afternoon of song, music and contemplation in commemoration of the Great War. Enjoy special performances featuring the Coro San Marco and presentations by the King Historical Society, King Museum and King Library. Tickets are available for $15 per person.

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