Villa Charities to Host Campus Visioning Session for Young Adults
Villa Charities is extending its broad-based stakeholder engagement process with a visioning session to engage young adults in the local community. This session will allow these participants to share their views on how Villa Charities, including the Columbus Centre and our other facilities on the Lawrence-Dufferin campus, can continue to serve Italian-Canadians and the community at large with enhanced cultural programs and services.

Try our New Fall Menu at Ristorante Boccaccio
Introducing our new fall menu at Ristorante Boccaccio at the Columbus Centre! We have crafted an inspired culinary selection that highlights fresh, seasonal ingredients in delicious and authentic Italian dishes. Visit Ristorante Boccaccio from now through November 30 and be entered for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate when you spend over $20.00 (excluding tax, not applicable on special theme nights). Book your table today and Buon Appetito!

New Samsung Galaxy ®
Tablet Referral Promotion at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club
A new Samsung Galaxy ® Tablet Referral Promotion is on now at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club, for current members. Introduce us to two new Executive Members or three new Adult General Members and you will receive a free Samsung Galaxy tablet device. Referrals are limited to the first 25 eligible members. Please be advised that members must be 18+ and possess a valid membership in good standing. Share the news with your friends and family on Facebook and use the hashtag #MyBestSelf. Visit our website for full rules and regulations.

Last Chance to Book Your Table for our Sicily Theme Night Dinner 
There’s still time to reserve your table for our Sicily Theme Night Dinner tomorrow, Friday October 26, at 7:30pm at Ristorante Boccaccio at the Columbus Centre. Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic Sicilian novel, "Il Gattopardo" by Tomasi di Lampedusa and enjoy a wonderful Sicilian menu prepared by master chef Gino Marchetti. It will be a unique evening of culture and cuisine as we serve up a prix-fixe gourmet dinner inspired by Sicilia. Tickets are $80 per person, including taxes and gratuities. Book your table now!

New Exhibition by Sholom Wargon Opens Tonight at the 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. Join Sholom Wargon in this very personal journey, as the character and qualities of his Invincible Wife quickly come to the fore. Slowly but surely, we develop our own personal connection with Erminia Tonelli, a wonderful woman full of courage, resilience, and love.

Enroll Your Child in New Acrobatics Class for Ages 4 to 7 at DanzArts Toronto
We are pleased to offer a NEW 12-week acro class at DanzArts Toronto at the Columbus Centre. Designed specifically for ages 4 to 7, this 30-minute class will focus on the fundamentals in acrobatics, including flexibility and strength, while working on new techniques such as splits, backbends, cartwheels and more. Classes run on Fridays at 4pm beginning November 9. Register your child today!

Discover Expert Cooking Tips in our Series of Unique Culinary Workshops
Join us Thursday, November 1 at 6pm for the next installment in our new series of intimate and interactive culinary workshops at the Columbus Centre, where we will learn how to make Stuffed Pumpkin and Gratinée with a distinct Italian flair. Enjoy a communal meal after the workshop with the other participants, paired with a glass of wine. Register today!

Toronto’s Immersive Christmas Experience: “If on a Christmas Night…”
Celebrate the holiday season and buy your tickets now for “If on a Christmas Night…”. Presented by Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre, this world premiere production is an interactive theatrical experience amid the backdrop of a Christmas celebration, through the lens of Italian culture. Writer and director Daniele Bartolini describes the show as “an invitation into someone’s home for a Christmas party, filled with surprises and warm interactions.” Watch the official teaser video now and buy your tickets today!

Don’t Miss the Final Installment of our Cultural Tuesday Series on Italian Belcanto
Explore the development of the Belcanto genre with Sebastiano Bazzichetto on Tuesday, October 30 at 7pm. This free event at the Columbus Centre will focus on the works of Donizetti that marked the 19th century including “L’elisir d’amore”, “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “Don Pasquale”. Visit Ristorante Boccaccio at the Columbus Centre before or after the presentation to enjoy a prix-fixe dinner with your choice of wine or Prosecco.

RSVP for our Cultural Outing to the Tafelmusik concert “Sound The Trumpet!”
Join us for our next Cultural Outing, to the Trinity-St Paul’s Centre, Monday, November 25 at 3:30pm for the Tafelmusik concert “Sound The Trumpet!”. This joyous Christmas concertos was conceived as a festive musical journey through baroque Europe, offering light and warmth on our dark winter nights. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by November 5.

Now Accepting Applications for our Seniors’ Apartments
Villa Charities is accepting applications for our three apartment buildings designed for seniors living within our community. Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo offer an independent living lifestyle to seniors with residences that provide excellent amenities and services in a central GTA location. Interested applicants aged 55+ are encouraged to fill out the contact form on our website today.

Art Show & Flu Immunization Clinic Held for Residents
On October 24, Villa Colombo Toronto held its first Resident Art Show at Sala Caboto. Throughout the past year, some of the residents participated in a new art program facilitated by Nick Biagini of Biagini's Colours to improve self-expression. This exhibit was an opportunity for the residents to showcase their amazing art work to staff and family members. Also, Villa Colombo Toronto launched their Flu Immunization Clinic to promote safe care during influenza season. Protect yourself and get your flu shot at Villa Colombo Toronto this year.

Villa Colombo Vaughan Event Highlights
Villa Colombo Vaughan held their Thanksgiving Open House on Monday, October 8. Families, residents and staff celebrated the holiday together and enjoyed a delicious meal and freshly baked pies, prepared in their Cucina Rustica kitchen during the Villa Colombo Vaughan apple and pumpkin pie fundraiser. Next week, the residents will be celebrating Halloween by visiting the Montessori School of Kleinburg to share treats with the students.

The Toronto City Opera Invites You to Autumn Fundraiser and Performance
Join us for an afternoon of arias and light refreshments in support of the Toronto City Opera on Sunday, November 4 at 2:30pm at the Columbus Centre. Soloists and chorus members will be performing selections from Mozart's “Le Nozze de Figaro” and Verdi's “La Traviata”, as a preview of the 2018-2019 season. Please RSVP by October 28 and kindly consider a donation to support the Toronto City Opera at

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