Friends who Volunteer Together Stay Together

Jan Grossi and Josie Cuda are well known and respected Villa Charities' Foundation event volunteers. Many of our event supporters recognize these two lovely women because they have generously volunteered their time for numerous years.

Jan started volunteering for Villa Charities' Foundation in 1999 at the Venetian Ball. What a way to start! She continued to support other fundraising events and loved it so much she recruited her friend Josie Cuda to get involved.

Volunteering is an important part of their lives. Jan remarks, "I'm a people person, and volunteering allows me the opportunity to grow and make new friendships while supporting this important neighborhood organization". Josie agrees: "We are fortunate people and giving back to the community is important. Volunteering is enjoyable and it doesn't have to take too much of your time".

Both understand that in order to have a successful fundraising event, volunteers are an absolute necessity. If you have time to spare and, like Jan and Josie, want to help make a difference through volunteerism, please contact Cinzia Del Zotto at 416-789-7011 ext. 337.


Early Bird Registration for Fall Music Programs Starts Monday

Early bird registration for Fall programs at the Columbus Centre School of Music starts Monday. Register between August 10 and 21 to qualify for an early bird discount of up to 10 percent.

We look forward to welcoming back returning and new students to our fall programs. The Columbus Centre School of Music offers instruction in a wide array of instruments - piano, accordion, brass, drums/percussion, flute, guitar, organ, woodwind and voice - for both children and adults.

Registration opens Monday, August 10.

Early Bird: 10% discount if paying in full from August 10-21.

5% off when paying in 3 installments (must be registered in all 3 terms)

  • 1st installment due at registration.
  • 2nd installment due January 8, 2016
  • 3rd installment due March 24th, 2016
5% Sibling discount applies to second and third child.

We will place you or your child with the appropriate instructor based on your level and musical interest.

Contact us at 416-789-7011 ext. 244/248 or /

The Columbus Centre School of Music is offering Summer Term music lessons. Sign up for a minimum of 5 lessons. The term runs to Sept. 4.

$32x30 minutes Lessons, $160
$42x 45 minutes Lessons, $210
$55x 1 hour Lessons, $275

Looking ahead, early bird registration for the School of Music's 2015/2016 season is August 10-21. Early bird registrants receive a 10% discount if paying in full or 5% if paying in 3 installments.

Discounts (Discounts cannot be combined):
Sibling discount - each additional child is 10% off.
Columbus Centre staff - 10%

Contact us at 416-789-7011 ext. 244/248 / Or click here to learn more.

Impressionist Painting Workshop (August 15)

Students in the upcoming Impressionist Painting Workshop will learn the principles of visual expression and will develop observational skills, looking at the practical aspects of art-making and the more advanced concepts of shape, values and edges.

This is standalone class. Students who took the recent Figurative Drawing Workshop will be able to build on the skills learned in that class.

Plenty of individual attention and guidance will be provided.

Time: 9:00 am- 4:30 pm
Price: $95.00 + HST
Location: Room 301
Instructor: Sam Paonessa

Fall Term Art Classes 2015

10 week program, Mondays and Tuesdays. Inquire for more details.

Contact Rachel Miller, or 416-789-7011 ext. 244/248 for more details or to register.


Ristorante Boccaccio Refreshes and Renews During Summer Break

Ristorante Boccaccio is on its annual summer break as the team plans new menu items and seasonal specials for the fall dining season.

Executive Chef Gino Marchetti is working with Chef de Cuisine Nick Huey and the staff to get the kitchen ready for our reopening on August 25th. Diners will experience a revamped fall/winter menu, a fresh take on our ever-popular themed dinners and, of course, our great selection of high quality, affordable Italian wines.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Ristorante Boccaccio, located in the Columbus Centre, on August 25th.

To learn more, visit or call (416) 789-5555 to make a reservation.

Summer BBQ

The summer BBQ on Caffè Cinquecento's outdoor patio continues during lunchtime through the rest of August. Join us at the Columbus Centre for BBQ favourites prepared fresh for you.

Indian Summer Heat Cooking Class (1 spot left!)

Get ready to have those taste buds sizzle and your tongue tingle at the "Indian Summer Heat Demo Cooking Class" at Columbus Centre, on August 18. Only one spot is still available!

Indian culinary favourites naan bread, butter chicken, basmati rice, spiced potatoes, and a sensational mango and pistachio kulfi will be featured.

"Taste of Tuscany" Cooking Class

Enjoy a night of good company and great food at Taste of Tuscany, an interactive cooking class offered at Columbus Centre on August 25.

This multi-sensory dinner will provide edible, verbal and visual storytelling of the old world, highlighting Tuscany. Tuscany has a rich culinary heritage, with dishes that are simple to make!

Times: Demo classes are 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Interactive classes are 6.30pm - 9.30pm.

Prices: Demo Classes are $55 + HST/person. Interactive Classes are $65 + HST/person.
Book 2 classes in same month and save $5 (e.g. book both August classes)

Register in person, via email, or by phone. Contact Daniela, or 416-789-7011 ext. 244.

Refund policy: Refund 5 working days before class starts, less $50 administrative fee. No refund for any missed lessons.

Note: All dishes and wines stated above are examples and the Chef may choose other options. Each lesson includes a complete 3-course meal and beverage. Columbus Centre has the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment.


Fun and Sun at Columbus Centre Summer Day Camps

The fourth session of Columbus Centre Summer Day Camps began this morning.

Last week, the kids held a dance recital and art exhibit, and staff challenged them to a game of dodgeball on the sand at Beach Blast. They are also honing their volleyball skills and enjoying recreational swim "water play" days twice a week.

Register your child now: there are five more weeks of day camps!

Columbus Centre Summer Day Camps offer a wide variety of sports and specialty camp options for almost any kid aged four to 16 years old. The activities include Visual Arts & Crafts, Cartoon & Animation, Dance, Rock Band, Kitchen, Karate, Soccer and Ultimate Sports, plus combo camp packages.

The camps run to September 4.

For more information or to register, click here. Or call 416-789-7011 ext. 244/248.

Our camps offer:

  • General and Specialty Camps
  • Full Day and Half Day
  • Extended Care and Hot Lunch
  • Qualified instructors & counsellors (CPR/First Aid certified and Police Check)
  • Parent sign-in and sign-out / ID check
  • Indoor and outdoor facilities
  • Low counselor to camper ratio
  • Excursions and special on-site presentations

Session 4 (2 weeks): August 4 to 14
Session 5 (2 weeks): August 17 to 28
Session 6 (1 week): August 31 to September 4 - General Camp & Tennis Camp only

Note: There are no variations on the above dates (no daily or weekly registrations permitted).

Holiday alert: Mon. August 3 (Session 4)*


We offer a delicious varied menu of hot lunch with drinks. Parents should still pack snacks and additional drinks for their children.

Price: $40 (per 1 week session) Monday to Friday, includes Friday BBQ
$80 (per 2 weeks session) Monday to Friday, includes Friday BBQ


Every Friday we offer BBQ lunch (pizza & hotdogs/burgers). A fee will apply only if the camper is not taking the Hot Lunch option.

Price: $8/per Friday

Please be aware that the Columbus Centre is a "NUT AWARE" environment.


A.M. only (7:30am - 9:00am)
P.M. only (4:00PM - 6:00pm)

A.M. or P.M. only $25 (per 1 week session) $40 (per 2 weeks session)

Both A.M. and P.M. $40 (per 1 week session)

Fall term registration is open now for DanzArts Toronto recreational and competitive dance programs.

Contact or 416-789-7011 ext. 250 to register or for more information. Classes start Sept. 14!


Tuition Fees 2015-16

CLASS/ES per WEEK FULL COST 2 Installments of
Kinderdance (45min) $395 $197.50
1 class $525 $262.50
2 classes $985 $492.50
3 classes $1,450 $725
4 classes $1,920 $960
5 classes $2,360 $1,180

$120 Recital Costume fee to be paid at time of registration

If paying in two installments: 1st Installment due at time of registration; 2nd installment due January 4th, 2016.


In Bocca

San Valentino Night with Baritone Paolo Busato
Tuesday, February 14
Tickets: $75.00

Celebrating International Women's Day with Gina Valle
Wednesday, March 8
Tickets: $75.00 per person

For Reservations call: 416-789-5555


Christmas Studio Art Exhibit
Works by 14 artists
Now to Jan. 30

Still Waters En Plein Air
Miriam Melamed
Lower Gallery
Now to Feb. 5

In-Between The Lines
Simma Sudaley and Yehuda Lang
Upper Gallery and Atrium A & B
Feb. 1 to March 6

My T.O.
Giancarlo Piccin
Lower Gallery
Feb. 1 to March 6


Adult Art Classes
Spring Term: April 25-June 27
Now accepting registrations

School of Music
Winter Term ends March 27
Registration ongoing

or 416-789-7011 x244

DanzArts Toronto
DanzArts Toronto Company Showcase
Friday, March 10
Contact: 416-789-7011 x250 or


Join for $0 Down/$39 Month
& Free Personal Training Session


March Break Camps
March 13-17 for children ages 4-12
Early Bird Registration ends Jan. 27
with 10% off
Looking for Volunteers and Leaders in Training (ages 13-17)
or 416-789-7011 x244


Fall & Winter program guide
Now available at Columbus Centre

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