Central Italy Earthquake Relief Fund Nears $500,000 Mark
Funding needs rise as more earthquakes hit central Italy

The Central Italy Earthquake Relief Fund (CIERF) has reached almost $500,000 in donations received and pledged.

Significant additional funds are being raised through ongoing donations and major fundraising events such as "Una Serata Esclusiva" an event held on Nov. 12. Hosted by the Remo Ferri Group at Ferrari of Ontario, the evening was an incredible success, featuring the best in Italian food, wine and high-end automobiles, and raised an estimated $400,000. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., was the guest of honour.

CIERF plans to raise several million dollars to help the hardest-hit communities in Umbria, Lazio and Marche get back on their feet. Villa Charities and other CIERF organizers are reaching out to all Canadians to contribute to a legacy that will aid the towns and villages where many lives were lost, families destroyed and streets laid in ruin.

"Together, we can provide a significant contribution that will have a lasting and profound impact on the residents, communities and economies that have suffered enormously," said Eligio Gaudio, President of CIERF and President and CEO of Villa Charities Inc.

Central Italy's need for assistance has grown following other major tremors in the region, including a 6.6-magnitude earthquake in Marche and Umbria on Oct. 30 - the most powerful to hit Italy since 1980.

We urge you to donate online at www.centralitalyearthquakerelieffund.com, or in person at the Columbus Centre, at any branch of IC Savings, or by contacting Jean Jarvis at jjarvis@villacharities.com. We also hope you will attend an upcoming fundraising event; listings are posted on the CIERF website.


Venetian Ball Tickets on Sale

Tickets and tables for The Venetian Ball, Villa Charities' signature fundraising event, are now on sale.

Villa Charities invites you to step back to the Jazz era at this spectacular event, where the glamour, mystique and sounds of some of the most legendary jazz lounges will come alive.

The Venetian Ball will be held on the evening of Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Over 1,000 guests will enjoy exceptional dining, entertainment and camaraderie amongst old and new friends.

The Venetian Ball, the premier social event in the Italian Canadian community, is a celebration of the pride we have in our culture, heritage and achievements. The event plays a significant role in raising the funds needed to ensure that Villa Charities can continue to provide its unique brand of high-quality, culturally sensitive programs and services to the community.

To purchase an individual ticket and for more information, please click jjarvis@villacharities.com. Tickets include cocktail reception, dinner, live music and silent and live auction.

Corporations will be issued a Business Letter and individuals will receive a Charitable Tax Receipt post-event in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.


White Truffles Now in Season at Ristorante Boccaccio

White truffles are in season, and they're on the menu at Ristorante Boccaccio right now.

For a very limited time, Ristorante Boccaccio is offering white truffles shaved tableside. Chef Gino Marchetti is celebrating this seasonal delicacy in some of his favourite dishes such as Risotto di funghi, porcini broth and seasonal mushrooms with a shaving of white truffles, and Pappardelle carbonara with white truffles.

Quantities are limited, so don't miss this opportunity. Make your reservation today online or by calling 416-789-5555.

Last Call for Ristorante Boccaccio's Friuli-Themed Dinner

Limited seating remains available for Ristorante Boccaccio's Friuli-themed dinner on Friday, November 18.

Join us for a culinary journey to Italy's Friuli region featuring a four-course meal of local delicacies and wines.

This special dinner is offered for just $95 per person inclusive of food, wine, taxes and gratuities.

Friday is coming right up! Book your table online now or call 416-789-5555.


Daycare Launches Social and Emotional Skills Program

Columbus Children's Centres recently launched "Seeds of Empathy," a respected international program that fosters social, emotional and literacy skills in children 3-5 years old while providing professional development for their educators.

Under the program, teachers initially lead theme-based sessions that explore different feelings and emotions through stories and activities. Then a volunteer mother and baby visit every three weeks, and the children are taught about feelings and emotions while watching the baby grow.

Columbus Children's Centres had to demonstrate a strong commitment to the program before joining a limited number of new daycare centres accepted by Roots of Empathy, the organization behind the program. It is offered in early childhood learning centres in California, Germany, England and many other places. Another version of the program is offered to school-aged children.

Roots of Empathy seeks to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. The organization provides all of the materials and training used in the program.


Sign Up for Free Trial Music Lessons: Limited Spaces Available

Register now for free trial lessons at the Columbus Centre School of Music during the week of Nov. 21 to 26. Spaces are limited, so call to book your free lesson today!

The school offers private, one-on-one lessons in a wide array of instruments - piano, voice, guitar, drums/percussion, flute, brass, organ and woodwind - for both children and adults. Lessons are offered six days a week, from Monday to Saturday.

With almost two months to go before the Christmas break, there is still time to register for fall term music lessons.

Contact us at 416-789-7011 ext. 244/248 or dagostino@villacharities.com/ cultural@villacharities.com to register or for more information.

Christmas Recitals

The School of Music's Christmas Recitals will be held on Nov. 29 for students of Mila Germanovsky, Sandra Krstin and Aysel Taghi-Zada, and on Nov. 30 for students of Marco Marrone, Joey Niceforo, Stefan Bildy and Lauren Libfeld.

Winter Term Music Classes

Register now for Winter Term private music lessons. Classes are held Monday to Saturday. To enroll or for more information, contact dagostino@villacharities.com or 416-789-7011 ext. 244.

Winter Term Adult Art Classes

Registration is open for Winter term adult art classes at the Columbus Centre. We offer painting, acrylic, charcoal and oil workshops every Tuesday, either 1:00-4:00pm or 6:30-9:30pm. To enroll or for more information, contact dagostino@villacharities.com or 416-789-7011 ext. 244.

DanzArts Toronto Recreational Open House

DanzArts Toronto will host its fall Recreational Open House during the week of Nov. 21 to 26. Parents are invited to watch the last 20 minutes of their child's class during the Open House.

Boys - Let's Dance!

DanzArts Toronto has 18 boys dancing with the studio this year! If your son is interested in trying dance, please call Kaitlin at 416-789-7011 ext. 250.


Villa Colombo Vaughan Celebrates 10 Years!

Villa Colombo Vaughan celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 30 with a music- and food-filled event for residents, families, volunteers, dignitaries and staff.

The "10 Anni Di Amore" celebration featured a selection of delicious, traditional Italian dishes and entertainment by Daniele Monticelli, who played a mix of old favourites and contemporary tunes.

The long-term care facility received words of praise and certificates from federal, provincial and local politicians and others for a decade of excellence in providing culturally sensitive care to seniors. Speakers included King-Vaughan MP Deb Schulte, Vaughan MPP Steven Del Duca, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, Rina Tiberini, Chair of the Villa Colombo Vaughan Board of Directors, and Joseph Gulizia, President and CEO of UniversalCare.

A special thanks to UniversalCare, the Villa Colombo Vaughan management team and staff who organized and assisted during the event, and the event's generous food suppliers, Pizzaville, Vincentina Meats and Mario's Bakeshop.


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

Contact: dagostino@villacharities.com
or 416-789-7011 x244

DanzArts Toronto
DanzArts Toronto Company Showcase
Friday, March 10
Contact: 416-789-7011 x250 or dance@danzartstoronto.com


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)
Contact: dagostino@villacharities.com
or 416-789-7011 x244


Fall & Winter program guide
Now available at Columbus Centre

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