Thank You for Attending our "Porte Aperte" / Open House Event
We would like to thank everyone who attended our “Porte Aperte” / Open House event on Sunday, September 23. Over 500 people of all ages from the entire community enjoyed an afternoon of free activities and special events on the Villa Charities campus including pop-up fitness classes, interactive dance demonstrations, rock climbing, face painting, soccer challenge, bingo, bouncy castle, an Italian music performance and more. The attendees participated in all the programming and were lining up for delicious wood-fired pizza and Beaver Tails! Stay tuned for news on future events on the Villa Charities campus.

Villa Charities Visioning Project Continues with Campus Visioning Sessions
Villa Charities continued its broad-based stakeholder engagement process with the visioning session for the Arts & Culture community, which was held on Tuesday, September 25. Upcoming sessions are also planned for the Italian community, long-term care community and health care sector. The Villa Charities Visioning Project is intended to gather input from all these groups and will help us develop our campus-wide strategy.

We Want Your Feedback! A Reminder to Take our Survey
Villa Charities is undertaking a survey through The Strategic Counsel to solicit feedback from our customers and other users of our facilities and services. We want to better understand your needs, how well we are presently serving them and how we can best meet them moving forward. If you haven’t already completed the survey, please take a few minutes to provide your feedback on how you currently engage with Villa Charities, and about our services and facilities.

New Capital Investment Projects Move Forward at Villa Charities
The Villa Charities property management team continue to implement significant infrastructure projects for Villa Charities properties, identified as urgent needs by our recently conducted building condition assessment. New capital investment projects include asphalt repair and repavement at the Villa Charities campus, IT infrastructure upgrades and replacement of HVAC equipment.

Tickets on Sale Now for "If on a Christmas Night..."
Tickets are now on sale for our world premiere production of “If on a Christmas Night…” at the Columbus Centre. This immersive Christmas experience presents a series of adventurous and comical situations around the celebration of Christmas, through the lens of Italian and Italian-Canadian culture. You won’t want to miss your chance to enjoy this charming and unforgettable holiday show with your family and friends. Start planning your Christmas festivities early and buy your tickets today!

Join us for the Columbus Event Centre Thanksgiving Luncheon & Dinner
Celebrate the holiday with us and reserve your spot for the Columbus Event Centre Thanksgiving Luncheon & Dinner on Sunday, October 7 in the Sala Caboto Ballroom. Seatings are at 12pm and 5pm. Tickets are available for $40 for Adults and $30 for Children, inclusive of all applicable taxes. Make your reservation today and enjoy an authentic Italian-style Thanksgiving meal.

Culinary Workshops Explore Traditional Recipes for Contemporary Living
New this fall, the Columbus Centre is launching a series of unique culinary workshops and social dinners with a distinct Italian flair. Join us beginning October 4 for an intimate and interactive cooking experience, where you’ll explore beginner-level rustic Italian recipes for contemporary living. 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!

Display Your Art Skills in our New Impressionist Painting Workshop
Calling all inspiring artists! Now is your chance to try your hand at impressionist painting in our new workshops for adults. Recreate Monet’s classic painting Water Lilies on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30pm. The classes are available for $40 + HST per person. All materials including paint and a canvas will be provided.

Join us for Spaghetti and Western Movie Night at Caffè Cinquecento
Enjoy one of Italian Director Sergio Leone’s most celebrated Western classics A Fistful of Dollars paired with a delicious plate of Spaghetti al Pomodoro and Spaghetti Carbonara on Friday, October 5 at 7pm. Tickets are available for $20 + HST per person. Please be advised that the movie will be screened in the original English version. Make your reservation today!

Spaces Available at Columbus Early Learning Centres
For more than 30 years, our Columbus Early Learning Centres have provided the highest quality of child care for children ages 18 months to 12 years. Our professionally trained and licensed staff are committed to the well-being, safety and happiness of children as they grow and mature in all aspects of life. Spaces are available at our Centro Abruzzo and Casa Del Zotto child care centres.

Final Installment of our Cultural Tuesday Series on Michelangelo
Don’t miss your last opportunity to explore the life and works of Michelangelo Buonarroti with Renaissance Studies professor Sarah Rolfe Prodan, as part of our free Cultural Tuesdays series at the Columbus Centre. Join us Tuesday, October 2 at 7pm as we examine Michelangelo’s final non-commissioned sculptures and his friendship with Ischian poetess Vittoria Colonna. Visit Ristorante Boccaccio before or after the presentation to enjoy a prix-fixe dinner with your choice of wine or Prosecco.

Thank You to All Sponsors of the 42nd Annual Villa Charities Golf Classic
Villa Charities Foundation would like to express our thanks to Lady York Foods and all our valued sponsors, donors, volunteers and partners who provided their support and contributed to the success of our 42nd Annual Villa Charities Golf Classic on Wednesday, September 26. A special thank you to former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Rick Vaive for participating in our "Beat The Pro" contest. We hope to see you all next year! See a full list of our event sponsors here .
Volunteers at Villa Colombo Vaughan are Recognized for Contributions to Residents
On Wednesday September 12, Villa Colombo Vaughan hosted the annual appreciation and education dinner for all our wonderful volunteers. Deputy Mayor of Vaughan, Mario Ferri presented the volunteers with a Volunteer Service Award for their endless contributions to the residents. Our Volunteer Coordinator Jessica and all the staff at Villa Colombo Vaughan would like to thank the volunteers who continue to dedicate their time to our residents

RCMP Plant a Tree to Remember the Internment of Italian-Canadians
On September 18, at an official ceremony in Ottawa attended by children and grandchildren of internees, the RCMP formally acknowledged its role in executing the coerced removal and encampment of 600 men of Italian origin. At the beginning of WWII, these men were taken from their families and sent to labour camps until September 1943, when the Fascist Government fell, and Italy ceased to be at war with Canada. Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre join the families of the internees and the entire Italian-Canadian community to express their appreciation for this formal acknowledgment by the RCMP.

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