Villa Charities Offers a Choice of Two Events to Bring in the New Year

Join Villa Charities to bring in the New Year with family and friends at two special dining events.

Ristorante Boccaccio will host a four-course gourmet dinner on
Dec. 31 featuring an appetizer, choice of pasta, choice of main course and molten lava cake for dessert. The full menu is provided below. The meal is priced at just $65 per person, with seatings from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

Call Ristorante Boccaccio at 416-789-5555 to book your table.

Or choose the Columbus Event Centre's New Year's Eve Gala for an evening of great food, drink and music in the Sala Caboto Ballroom at 40 Playfair Ave. The event starts at 6 p.m. with antipasto, pasta, an entrée, dessert, late night snacks, party favours, Spumante for midnight toasting, deluxe open bar and musical entertainment. All of this is offered for $110 per person including taxes, or $50 for children 10 years and under.

For more information on the Columbus Event Centre Gala or to purchase tickets, please call 647-259-5471 or email

Ristorante Boccaccio New Year's Eve Dinner Menu

Choice of
Crudo di Mare
Seafood carpaccio Trio
Antipasto All'Italiano
Traditional Italian Mix Antipasto


Cresfelle RIpiene al Ragu di Cervo
Crepes Filled with Ricotta Venison Ragu
Gnocchi di Castagne al Sugo di Cinghuale
Homemade Chestnut Gnocchi with Wild Boar Bolognese

Choice of
Filetto di Manzo al Port e Fichi
Roast Beef Tenderloin with a reduction of Port and Figs
Yukon Gold Duchesse Potatoes, Shaved Black Truffles
Filetto di Orata e Gamberone All Acqua Pazza
Arctic Char and Black Tiger Shrimp
Fingerling Potatoes, Braised Fennel
Costate d'Agnello in Crosta con Miele, Pistachio
Baked Ontario Rack of Lamb
Honey Mustard Pistachio Crust
Budino al Caffé
Coffee Mousse

Columbus Event Centre New Year's Eve Gala: Food and Drink

Holiday Season Private Dining Events at Ristorante Boccaccio

Ristorante Boccaccio is a popular venue for private Christmas season dining events. Limited bookings are still available for pre-Christmas lunches or dinners.

Call 416-789-5555 to book your event.

Make Ristorante Boccaccio Your Destination for All Your Special Events

Ristorante Boccaccio is suitable for large parties, baptisms, confirmations, communions, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, and family gatherings. 

Celebrate any special event with us. We would be more than happy to serve you and create a memorable evening.  

Contact us at 416-789-5555 for more details and to make reservations!


Central Italy Needs Your Help This Christmas

Central Italy continues to rebuild and recover from the massive earthquakes that struck the region this summer and fall. During this season of Christmas giving, please consider a donation to the Central Italy Earthquake Relief Fund (CIERF).

The Relief Fund is reaching out to all Canadians for donations to help devastated communities in Umbria, Lazio and Marche get back on their feet. CIERF will provide a lasting contribution that will have a positive and profound impact on the hardest hit communities, their economies and residents.

The initiative has been organized by Italian Canadian organizations, businesses and community leaders: the Villa Charities family of organizations; the Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association; Centro Scuola e Cultura Italiana; Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario; National Congress of Italian-Canadians; IC Savings; other members and leaders from the Italian community and friends of Central Italy. For more information visit

Please Donate Today
We urge you to donate online or in person at the Columbus Centre, at any branch of IC Savings, or by contacting Jean Jarvis at

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Health & Fitness

Healthy, Active Gift Ideas for Christmas

Columbus Centre Athletics is offering healthy, active gifts for your friends and family.

Visit the Athletic Centre now and through the Holiday season to purchase gift certificates for memberships, personal training and massage. There is something for every preference and budget, for both members and non-members:

Membership Gift Certificates

1. Three-month Health Club Membership..............$245
2. Three-month General Membership ..............$145
3. Three-month Senior or Student General Membership..............$125

Personal Training Gift Certificates

Purchase up to ten, 60-minute personal training sessions for just $65 a session!

Massage Gift Certificates

Gift certificates can be purchased for any type of massage offered at the Athletic Centre, from 30- to 90-minute sessions, at current rates.

Free 12-Day Membership Gift Certificates

Members aged 18 and over will be eligible for two free gift certificates for 12-day memberships, to give to family and friends. Each pass is good for 12 consecutive days in the Centre's General Membership facilities.

Purchase your gift certificates at the Athletic Centre membership office, or call 416-789-7011 ext. 213 for more information.


Register for Winter Term Art and Music Classes

Register now for Winter term art classes and private music lessons at the Columbus Centre.

Winter term music classes will be held Mondays to Saturdays starting on the week of Jan. 9 and ending March 27. A 10-class package is available at the following rates:

30 minute lessons at $34 = $340
45 minute lessons at $45 = $450
1 hour lessons at $58 = $580

Also this winter, the Columbus Centre will offer painting, acrylic, charcoal and oil workshops with artist and instructor Sam Paonessa. The 10-class term begins on Jan. 17, with classes every Tuesday at either 1-4 p.m. or 6:30-9:30 p.m. The classes are available for $315 plus HST.

To enroll or for more information on music and art classes, contact or 416-789-7011 ext. 244.

DanzArts Toronto Gets Into the Christmas Spirit

DanzArts Toronto is holding Christmas Spirit Week from Dec. 13-19. Dancers are encouraged to show their Christmas spirit by accessorizing in Christmas colours. This includes bodysuits or dance attire and fun hair accessories!

Separately, DanzArts Toronto’s Grade 1 and 2 RAD Ballet classes held a “Character Ballet” colouring contest, with the winner was chosen by the company’s Advanced RAD class. Congratulations to the contest winner, Sara Leo!!

Cultural Arts Department Holiday Hours

The Cultural Arts Department will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 26, 27, and 31, and Jan. 2. All music and dance classes will resume on the week of Jan. 9.


Venetian Ball Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets to The Venetian Ball on March 30, 2017, are on sale now! For information, please click here.


Columbus Children's Centre Hosts Christmas Open House

The Columbus Children's Centre recently held its annual Christmas Open House. The children enjoyed gingerbread cookie decorating, crafts, a photo booth and a singalong with special guest Tony Astri. Parents joined their children at the Open House and participated in the activities.


Santa Visits Villa Colombo Vaughan

Santa brought joy and cheer to Villa Colombo Vaughan on Nov. 27 when he dropped in to the long-term care home's 10th annual Santa Day Celebration! Residents, family and staff came together in Piazza De Gasperis to see St. Nick and kick off the holiday season.

The event included live entertainment and carols, and servings of panettone helped make the event even more festive! Thank you to all the families who attended the festivities and made the event so memorable.

Later in the week, Villa Colombo Vaughan invited volunteers to celebrate another wonderful year together. The event featured dancing to music by Giordano Cattonar, delicious food, delightful company and full hearts.

Share the Christmas Spirit with Villa Colombo Toronto Residents

There is still time to donate gifts to Villa Colombo Toronto residents through the annual Giving Tree program.

Please stop by the Christmas tree on the Concourse Level of Villa Colombo, in front of the Admissions Office, to make your contribution. Each gift tag on the tree represents a resident in need.

Follow these steps to make this Christmas great for every one of them!

1) Take a tag.
2) Purchase the item(s) listed.
3) Wrap the gift in a gift bag, and attach the tag (please no wrapping paper).
4) Return the gift to reception by Dec. 16.

Gifts will be delivered to residents on Dec. 24.

Please contact Justine Dudziak if you have any questions, at 416-789-2113 ext. 2335.


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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