Enjoy a Delicious Family-Style Meal at
Cena in Famiglia!
Villa Charities Foundation is excited to host a new charitable event, inspired by the traditional Italian Sunday dinner! On Sunday, August 25, come enjoy a cocktail reception and three-course meal with your loved ones in our beautiful garden setting at Sala Caboto Gardens and help support our mission to celebrate and promote Italian heritage, culture, language, arts, food and family values. Tickets are on sale now!

New Interactive Art Installation Coming to the Columbus Centre
Coming up in August, Villa Charities is proud to present a new interactive art installation, “IMPACT: A Dialogue on Art & Memory”, by artist Sara Dalla Guarda. This unique installation deals with the topics of Alzheimer’s and dementia by focusing on how people tend to associate memory with inanimate objects, creating sentimental attachment. You won’t want to miss this thought-provoking experience, on display in the Columbus Centre lobby from August 12 – 31.

Final Chance to Enjoy Summerlicious at Ristorante Boccaccio
Don’t miss your last chance to enjoy Summerlicious at Ristorante Boccaccio, which ends July 21. Reserve your table now and savour our special prix fixe lunch ($23) and dinner ($33) menus featuring delicious, inspired dishes like Insalata Rosa e Verde, Casarecce con Pollo Affumicato and Saltimbocca di Maiale.

Villa Al Fresco Kicks Off with Columbus Concert Band Performance
The first event in our new Villa Al Fresco series of summer activities at the Columbus Centre was held on Tuesday, July 9 with a summer evening concert by the Columbus Concert Band. Over 200 people gathered in the Sala Caboto Gardens to enjoy a programme of classic songs and wood-burning oven pizza. Bring your family and friends and join us for upcoming Villa Al Fresco events all summer long – there is something for everyone!

Experience Classic Italian Cinema Under the Stars at Cinema Al Fresco 2019
As part of our new Villa Al Fresco series, join us for Cinema Al Fresco and enjoy classic Italian cinema outdoors in the Sala Caboto Gardens. Don’t miss our screening of the classic film Il Sorpasso (Risi, 1962) on Thursday, July 25 at 9pm. Admission is free.

Dance the Night Away at our Ballo Liscio (Social Dancing) Event
As part of our new Villa Al Fresco series, we invite you to join us for our next evening of social dancing. Grab your dance partner and drop by the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery on Friday, July 26 at 7pm. Admission is free and no RSVP required.

Test Your Knowledge at our Italian Family Trivia Night
Are you a trivia whiz? Then you won’t want to miss out on an evening of family fun at our Italian Family Trivia Night on Thursday, August 15 at 6:30pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. Challenge your family members on general topics such as Disney, Italian culture, pop culture and more. All ages are welcome. Prizes will be awarded!

Out of the Box Marketplace Presents “Hello Summer Market”
Join us for a fun family day filled with shopping, activities and more at our curated pop-up market showcasing local small businesses. Vendors include health & wellness, baked goods, women’s jewelry, apparel and beauty. Grab a free swag bag and light refreshments while your kids enjoy games! The first pop-up of the summer will be held on Friday, July 26 at 4pm in the Columbus Centre courtyard. Don’t miss it!

Explore our Viva Vitalità Italiana Exhibition at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery
Our annual Viva Vitalità Italiana exhibition is on display at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre through August 31. The showcase includes 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 “Cement Mixer” by Ross Bonfanti.

Skip the Line and Order Now for our Next Pizza Nel Parco
Drop by for our next “Pizza in the Park” lunch or dinner on Friday, July 26 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.

Local Italian-Canadian Artist Brings his Creative Vision to the Columbus Centre
On Friday, June 28, Artist Anthony Ricciardi staged an “art incursion” by painting the gazebo and benches on the Columbus Centre grounds. Anthony’s work has been shown worldwide in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Brazil, Miami, and London, and is currently being showcased at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Check out this a one-of-a-kind splash of creativity in the Columbus Centre courtyard, on display until August 6.

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. The next date for these chats is Friday, August 9. Contact us today to schedule your appointment – call 416-789-7011 ext. 240 or email csimpson@villacharities.com .

Last Chance to Get Your Student Summer Special Membership
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 for the Columbus Centre Athletic Club valid to September 20 for students ages 13 - 25 with a student ID. Register by July 31!

Spaces Still Available at Columbus Centre Summer Camp Through August
Our Columbus Centre Summer Camp programs will spark your child’s curiosity and encourage them to explore themes including nature, sports, food, art and more. With 14 different camps to choose from, including dance, art, tennis, kitchen and magic camps, your child will be engaged and active this summer. There are still spots available for camps throughout August.

Fall Dance Programs for All Ages, Interests and Skill Levels
DanzArts Toronto is offering a wide variety of dance programs this fall! Join DanzArts Toronto at the Columbus Centre for classes in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, acrobatics and more! Classes begin September 9, so register today and let your passion for dance take centre stage.

Plan an Unforgettable Event with the Columbus Event Centre
For over 30 years, Columbus Event Centre has been producing extraordinary weddings and events with distinct Italian flair in the city of Toronto. Although CEC specializes in producing weddings, we also cater to proms, banquets, meetings, corporate conferences and other social occasions. Contact us today to book your next event with the Columbus Event Centre!

Watch the Giro 2019 Event Highlights Video
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. The full photo gallery is now available to view on the Villa Charities website here.

Residents Celebrate Canada Day at Casa Del Zotto
On Thursday, July 4, our Independent Seniors’ Apartments hosted a special Canada 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.

Summer Co-op Opportunity at Villa Colombo Toronto
This summer, Villa Colombo Toronto is offering students a co-op placement opportunity in our Recreation Program Department. The students will have the chance to provide seniors with recreational activities and participate in special programs such as Horticulture Therapy, Art and Yoga Programs. To learn more about this opportunity please contact volunteer@villacolombo.on.ca or call 416-789-2113 ext. 2216. 

Villa Colombo Vaughan Upcoming Summer Events
On Wednesday, July 24, Villa Colombo Vaughan will be hosting a paint night for the residents in the garden. Other upcoming events include an afternoon of coffee and biscotti on July 26 and a birthday celebration for the residents featuring The Sparklettes on July 31.

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