Reserve Your Table for Our Upcoming
Theme Night Dinners
On Wednesday, October 23 at 7pm, join us for our Tex Willer Evening, an illustrated and lively dinner and conversation in celebration of the epic Italian comic book “Tex”, with Professors Luca Somigli and Antonio Ricci. As we dine on a western-themed menu, we’ll explore the impact of this Italian-made interpretation of the American Old West that became one of the most popular monthly comic book series in Italy. Plus, book your table for our Sicilia Theme Night Dinner on Friday, October 25 at 7pm. The balmy Mediterranean island of Sicilia has a distinct multicultural cuisine; it’s colourful, sweet, hearty and aromatic, making use of ingredients like saffron, ricotta and Pecorino cheese. You won’t want to miss these unique dining experiences. Make a reservation now!

Villa Charities Partners with ICCO for Upcoming Conference
Villa Charities is very proud to support the IT@CA conference on October 25, 2019 as the Major Sponsor. This symposium brings Italy's leading academic and industry leaders to Canada to share their vision for the future of Italy with their inspirational success stories.

Don’t Miss the Return of Our Popular Diaspora Series
On Wednesday, October 30, our popular Diaspora Series returns to the Columbus Centre with “Sicilians in the ‘Magic City’ of the South: The Italians of Birmingham, Alabama.” This exhibit illustrates the phases that led to the integration and cultural hybridization of the Italian community of Birmingham on the road to its Americanization. Join us for this free presentation at 7pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. Co-presented with Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Immerse Yourself in Fashion and Art at Next Cultural Tuesdays Series
Join Dr. Sebastiano Bazzichetto for our next Cultural Tuesdays series, “Italian Art and Fashion, Never Been So Close” to learn about Italian fashion throughout the centuries and art history including frescoes, paintings, statues and mosaics. Drop by the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery on Tuesday, October 15 at 7pm for the first lecture, “The Roman Way: From the Republican to the Imperial Wardrobe.”

Refine Your Cooking Skills with Our Culinary Workshops
In partnership with Cucinato Italian Culinary Studio, join us for our interactive culinary workshops and make your own Italian favourites. Register for the next workshop on Wednesday, October 30, where we will be cooking Gnocchi Fatti in Casa / Homemade Gnocchi. Workshops will include a communal meal to enjoy your culinary creations with the other participants.

Hone Your Italian Language Skills in “Learn Italian By Doing” Program
Join facilitator Violante Binazzi every Thursday and Friday until November 21 for “Italiano A Tavola (Dinner and Conversations)” and enjoy a delicious prix fixe dinner at Ristorante Boccaccio while engaging in lively Italian conversation. Other “Learn Italian by Doing” workshops include “Impara l’Arte” with Violante Binazzi, every Thursday at 5:30pm and “Travel through Italy” with Angelita Papa, every Wednesday at 7pm.

Dance the Night Away at “Ballo Liscio” (Social Dancing)
Back by popular demand! Join us on Thursday, October 17 at 7pm for “Ballo Liscio”, an evening of social dancing at Sala Caboto. Free event and no RSVP required.

Enjoy the “Sicilia in Piazza” Exhibition Photographs
The photographic exhibition “Sicilia in Piazza” by Armando Rotoletti is on display at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre. The photographs of the Sicilian squares of famous cities and towns featured in the exhibition are included in Armando’s photographic book, “Striking Piazzas of Sicily”. If you are interested in purchasing this book, please call 416-789-4011 ext. 248 before the exhibition closes on November 6!

Visit Our Unique Exhibition of Watercolour Art at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery
The “International Watercolour Exhibition – Italy-Canada” presents artists from different environments: Italy, with its Mediterranean expressiveness and Canada, with its multilayered cultural tapestry and Indigenous artists who retain the roots of their heritage. Both different in origin but offering a common expressive language: watercolour. Visit the exhibition in the Upper Gallery until Wednesday, November 27!

We Are Looking for Board and Committee Members!
Are you interested in getting involved with a non-profit organization that celebrates and promotes Italian Heritage, Culture, Language, Arts, Food and Family Values? Would you like to share your experience and expertise to support an organization that provides culturally sensitive long-term care, housing for independent seniors as well as educational, cultural and athletic programs? If so, we are looking for someone like you to join one of our Boards or Board Committees. Deadline to apply is October 31.

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 for these chats are Friday, October 11 and Friday, November 8. Contact us today to schedule your appointment – call 416-789-7011 ext. 240 or email .

Become a Nutrition Expert at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club Nutrition Seminars
What is protein? How much do I need? Can I eat too much? Many people fail to consume the required amount of protein for the goals they are trying to achieve. Learn all about protein and why it can change the way you look at our next nutrition seminars on Tuesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 24. Register now!

Register Your Child for Our Kinderdance Program at DanzArts Toronto
Our Kinderdance program at DanzArts Toronto is perfect for kids ages 3 to 5 who love to move and dance. This 12-week class is an excellent introduction to jazz and ballet fundamentals and will help students develop the basics of rhythm, balance and coordination in a positive and encouraging environment. Contact us today to learn more!

Foundation Board Members Receive the CIBPA 2019 Awards of Excellence
Congratulations to Toni Varone and Nina Perfetto, Directors on the Villa Charities Foundation Board for winning 2019 Awards of Excellence presented by the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association at their 67 th Annual President’s Ball on October 4, 2019.

Residents Invited to Attend Next Monthly Outing to Casino Rama
On Tuesday, November 5, the residents at Casa Abruzzo are invited to join us for our next monthly outing to Casino Rama in Orillia. Cost for the trip is $8.00 per person, with a lunch buffet and transportation included. If you are interested in attending, please call 416-243-8384 for more information.

Villa Colombo Toronto to Host Art Show
On Wednesday, October 23, Villa Colombo Toronto will hold their 2nd Annual Art Show, featuring works of art created by the residents in their weekly art classes. All families and friends of the residents are invited to attend the Art Show to view their masterpieces. We would like to thank the Villa Colombo Toronto Auxiliary for donating the funds to construct the new art studio.

Residents at Villa Colombo Vaughan Enjoy Apple Picking Outing
To kick off the beginning of the fall season, the residents at Villa Colombo Vaughan attended an outing to Pine Farms Orchard in King City for an afternoon of apple picking. The apples were brought back to the Villa Colombo Vaughan baking program to make fresh apple cake for everyone to enjoy.

Join L’Altra Italia and ICFF for "Tutta un'altra vita"
L’Altra Italia and ICFF are excited to announce the opening of the 2019-2020 season of the Monthly Program. This month, they are presenting ‘‘Tutta un’altra vita/A Completely Different Life" starring the amazing Enrico Brignano as a woeful taxi driver whose life is changed forever when he stumbles into a life of lavish luxury! Don't miss your chance to see the International Premiere of one of the funniest films of the year! 

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