Fall & Winter 2020/2021 Program Guide Sept. 2020 v2 - Page 3

Welcome Back to Villa Charities and to a New Season of Programs and Events Welcome back! All of us at Villa Charities are thrilled to reopen our doors to you, and we’re delighted to resume our programming, activities and events. As we usher in the fall and winter seasons, you’ll notice that this guide has been fully redesigned. While the look is different, you’ll still find many of your favourite offerings along with a lineup of new programs and events. Committed to the Safety of the Villa Charities Community Another important set of changes we’ve introduced are new protocols and procedures at the Columbus Centre and all Villa Charities facilities to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The new practices, established in accordance with public health recommendations and provincial guidelines, reflect our commitment to keeping you, your family members and our staff safe so that everyone can continue to enjoy the many programs and services we offer. I encourage you to review our “Protocols and Procedures” Digital Guide, where you’ll find a summary of the measures we have put in place. You can find the guide on our website at villacharities.com. Great New Programs and Events for Fall and Winter We’re excited to introduce a full lineup of new programs and events spanning cultural arts, athletics, language, art, theatre and more. They include Bliss Yoga and TRX® circuit training at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club; Adult Tap classes for beginners at DanzArts Toronto; and our popular “Learn Italian by Doing” language classes, now offered both online and in-person. Learning options include our new "Club del Libro" series and private classes customized to meet your interests, learning objectives and requirements. journeys through seven decades of Federico Fellini and his filmography, commemorating the Maestro’s 100th birthday. Our superb Diaspora Series will offer new presentations and installations exploring Italian culture, heritage, society and influences. The series will include readings and presentations by two authors – Rosanna Lo Presti for her book “Ritorno alle Origini” and Eufemia Fantetti for her book “My Father, Fortune-tellers & Me: A Memoir". Back by popular demand, “The Nonna Monologues” returns for a limited engagement following a sold-out run in 2019. Created by acclaimed theatre company DopoLavoro Teatrale and director Daniele Bartolini, the production features two talented performers who delight the audience with their epic Nonna stories and compete for the honour of being voted as the winner of a hilarious ‘Nonna challenge’. With great anticipation, we invite you to join us in celebrating the Columbus Centre’s 40th anniversary this October. The celebrations will include the “40 Under Forty” exhibition at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery featuring works by 40 young Ontario-based artists, all born after the Columbus Centre was established. We are also excited to present a special 40th Anniversary collage by accomplished multimedia artist Franco Berti. The work, specially commissioned by Villa Charities, will serve as a memorable and welcoming symbol for the Columbus Centre community. We’re excited to introduce each of these new experiences to you. This year, after the long COVID-19 shutdown, we’re just as excited to bring back our regular programming in Italian culture, dance, theatre, art, language, athletics and more. I encourage you to explore the offerings listed in this guide, and look forward to seeing you on the Villa Charities campus this fall and winter. We’re also resuming our popular Cultural Tuesdays program with engaging new presentations on Bellini, Vecellio, Veronese, Tintoretto and other famous Italian painters through the ages; the culinary traditions of Italian Jews, from iconic Italian dishes created by Italy’s oldest Jewish communities to traditional Italian recipes adapted to Jewish holidays; and a new lecture series that Sincerely, Anthony DiCaita President and CEO Villa Charities Inc. FALL & WINTER 2020 / 21 | 3