SPRING 2018 I talian A merican D igest PAGE 9 C o m m u n i t y C a l e n d a r 2018 Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11 307 E. Railroad Ave. in Independence, LA This is the 10th anniversary of the Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival! Join us for delicious Sicilian food, carnival rides, live music, shopping, spaghetti eating contest, parade, pageant, and much more. We hope you’ll celebrate with us! or stopping by the AICC, 537 S Peters St., in New Orleans. Lecture: Walk with Me Through Venice Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. American Italian Cultural Center Join us for the final installment of the AICC’s series of walking tours through Italy’s greatest cit- ies as we stroll through Venice. Tom Cortazzo will explore Ve- netian history and explore the city’s many landmarks. Come experi- ence the cap- tivating pearl floating on the Adriatic Sea. Free for AICC members and students with a valid university or high school ID; for non-members, the suggested donation is $10. 37th Annual West Bank Italian Open Golf Tournament Sunday, April 8 Timberlane Country Club in Gretna The event begins with an Italian style brunch, followed by a noon Shotgun Start. Several of the holes throughout the 18 hole course, also feature foods, snacks and beverage from local restaurants, for the players to enjoy. The Paretti Family is sponsoring “A Hole In One Wins A 2018 Range Rover Velar” which is certain to make the event interesting. At the end of the day, the tournament culminates with the Award Ceremony and door prize drawings. Anyone interested in entering as an individual or a 4 member team, can call Wayne at 504-432- 8502 for more information. Spring Italian Language Classes Saint Joseph’s Day Drawing: Monday, March 19 at 5 p.m. American Italian Cultural Center This is your opportunity to win a beautiful hand- made bracelet from Valobra Jewelry. The 14K white gold bracelet features eleven emerald-cut Brazilian amethysts surrounded by 1.63 carats of full-cut, pavé-set diamonds. The retail value is $5,000 and raffle tickets: are $100. Only 150 tickets will be sold for the brace- let; for each ticket purchased, the AICC will mail the purchaser a ticket and a lucky fava bean. Purchase tickets by calling (504) 522-7294, visiting www.AmericanItalianCulturalCenter.com, Starting April 2 Learn the Italian language with us this Spring! The AICC hosts 8-week classes in downtown New Orleans and in Metairie. The classes meet once a week for 1 1/2 hours. All classes are taught by a native Italian and have a friendly, motivating environment. The AICC offers four different class levels: novice, intermediate, ad- vanced/superior, and a traveler’s course specifi- cally for those going to Italy. Early-bird pricing available until March 17. Italian Movie Night: Ustica, Gli Anni Del Diamante Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. American Italian Cultural Center Join the AICC and the Congregazione di San Bartolomeo Apostolo for the 2017 documentary Ustica, Gli Anni Del Diamante (Ustica, the Dia- mond Years). From 1971-2005, Ustica, a small island in the Mediterranean Sea just north of Palermo, captured the world’s attention for its success in both baseball and softball. The Ustica Baseball Club and the Ustica Softball Club both had tremendous success playing locally, nation- ally, and internationally—in fact, the team even played in New Orleans! The movie will be shown in Italian with English subtitles. The movie is free for AICC Members and stu- dents with a valid university or high school ID; for non-members, the suggested donation is $5. Italian Heritage Festival April 20 -22 400 block of Williams Blvd in Kenner The Italian Heritage Festival is a fun-filled, fam- ily event that offers live music, food, rides, games and crafts. The festival is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under get in free as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. Free admis- sion to all law enforce- ment officers and their families. For more information, visit italianheri- tagefestival.com. Opera in the Piazza Friday, June 15 Look for details in the upcoming Summer issue of the Italian American Digest!