La Befana arriva alla BIS!

On Sunday, January 8th from 2:30 to 4pm  BIS-Biblioteca Italiana Seattle and Il Punto! will be welcoming you with a special kids event: “La Befana”.

In the Italian tradition, la Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on the Epiphany Eve (night of Jan. 5th). This old woman looks more like a witch, but a good one: your kids will have the chance to see her, listen to a story, of course ask her questions, and receive candies, if they did indeed behave during the year!

A little snack will be provided by il Punto! Adults may stay and purchase a coffee at caffè Musica.

The event is free. Tickets can be reserved at https://labefanaarrivaallabis.eventbrite.com

If you are not a member of Il Punto! Italian Cultural Center, we encourage to subscribe for 2017. Family membership are only $75. https://ilpuntoseattle.org/how-to-support-us/membership/

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4 scholarships for one month of language study in Perugia from SPSC

Each year, the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association awards up to four scholarships for one month of language study in Perugia, Italy. Each scholarship is worth approximately $1,200. It includes one calendar month of intensive language study at the University for Foreigners (Università per Stranieri) located in the historic heart of Perugia. There is also a stipend that can be used for room and board or to defray the cost of transportation.

The application process is easy. Fill out the attached application form and email it to the SPSCA scholarship chair Erica Mallin at qbee2u@msn.com.

You can also download the application form as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at the Association website. Go to www.seattle-perugia.org and click on Learn.

You’ll need to hurry, though. The application deadline is Dec. 31, 2016.  If you are not a member of the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association, not to worry. You can still apply this month and join at the same time.

If you are one of the lucky recipients, you can choose which month you want to travel. SPSCA board members will provide suggestions for apartment rentals and share their favorite Umbrian restaurants and sightseeing tips with you.

There is no age limit or proficiency level required. While in Perugia, you’ll have the chance to improve your language skills, meet students from all over the world and see what it is like to live in one of Italy’s most historic and well-preserved cities.

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Aperitivo in the City con Il Punto! – December 6th

Italian friends working in the city or nearby, join us for our December Aperitivo! It’s an opportunity to meet new people and have a lot of fun “all’italiana”!

We will provide some snacks, while you can purchase some great beer at the bar.

When: December 6th from 6.30 to 8pm
Location: Optimism Brewing Company  on 1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
(http://optimismbrewing.com/)

The event is open to member and non members. Let us know if you are coming and invite more friends through our facebook event page.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1697753350466504/

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Italy’s Nominee for Best Foreign Picture is a Vivid Documentary about the Refugee Crisis – Screening on Dec 8th @ NW Film Forum

Beginning on December 8th at 7:30pm, “Fire at Sea”, the newest film from acclaimed Italian director, Gianfranco Rosi, and winner of the 2016 Berlinale Golden Bear will be making its Seattle premiere. The film centers on Samuele, a young boy who lives on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, which is the closest European landmass to Libya and Tunisia. While Samuele’s life follows a steady pattern of going to school and hanging with friends, everything around him speaks to the thousands of men, women and children who, for the past 20 years, have braved the ocean to Lampedusa in search of freedom. Simultaneous to following Samuele and other residents around the island, Gianfranco Rosi documents a few of the many horrifyingly conditioned boats that wash ashore, as migrants finally reach land after a harrowing journey. The two worlds, that of the newly arrived refugees, adrift and traumatized, and the timeless Sicilian locals, shaped by generations of devotion to the sea and the church, have little interaction, but are powerfully linked.

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We hope you’ll join NW film Forum and Il Punto! for this beautiful and timely documentary that explores the complex impact of the refugee crisis both on the refugees themselves and the Italian locals who come to share their home.

You can learn more about the event and buy tickets on our website: http://nwfilmforum.org/live/page/calendar/4140

and on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1697493190578848/

Northwest Film Forum is located at 1515 12th Ave between Pike & Pine in Capitol Hill. Phone number is (206) 329-2629. We hope to see you at the theater!

 

 

Prosecco: A wine for the Holidays – December 13th

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Learn about Prosecco in this pre-holiday event sponsored by Il Punto.

Marc Stotlland with Mionetto Imports is going to share his knowledge about this very popular and versatile sparkling Italian wine. You will also have the chance to taste samples and appreciate the subtleties among the different types.

Date and Time
Tue, December 13, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM PST

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Location
Il Punto! Italian Cultural Center
14300 Greenwood Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98133

This event is free for Il Punto! members but open to everyone for a $5 charge.

Pre-registration is required. Find the tickets here
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prosecco-a-wine-for-the-holidays-tickets-29320496394

After the event, you are welcome to stay and enjoy dinner at Caffe Musica! http://www.caffemusica.com/

IT’S OCTOBER! MICROSOFT EMPLOYEE GIVING CAMPAIGN

Microsoft’s annual Employee Giving Campaign takes place in the U.S. throughout the year, with a special push every October.

Il Punto! is listed among the organizations you can donate to. If you are a Microsoft employee or someone in your family is, please consider to donate to us!

More info here

Moreover, for every hour of time you dedicate to our cause Microsoft donate to our organization $25! Yes! Microsoft is paying to us your time as volunteer! Just volunteer at one of our events and enter your hours on the microsoft portal.

Remember!
Microsoft volunteers can submit all match requests via http://give (internal only site).
Microsoft donors can submit their match requests via http://give.

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Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni

Puget Sound Concert opera is pleased to announce its next production: Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni

Saturday October 8 at 7:00 PM
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church
411 156th Ave NE Bellevue WA

Sunday October 9 at 2:00 PM
Music Center of the Northwest
901 North 96th Street Seattle WA

Sung in Italian with supertitles in English and Italian, Cavalleria Rusticana will be performed concert style with soloists, chorus of over 20 singers and a 11 piece chamber orchestra. Featured performers include Gino Lucchetti, Charles Robert Stephens, Regina Thomas, Katie Stevenson, Victoria Chaussee. Conducted and arranged by Bernard Kwiram.

Admission at the door: $20, cash or checks. They cannot accept credit cards at this time.

More info on their website

 

Inaugurazione Italian Cultural Center (Grand Opening) – Saturday September 17th

Join us anytime from 2-6pm Saturday Sept. 17, 2016
Location: 14300 Greenwood Ave N, Ste A Seattle, WA

 

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The Grand opening is part of a week of events hosted at caffe’ musica. http://www.caffemusica.com
Great food, live music, wine tasting, games, and other activities.

 

Activities:

  • Walk around the new space
  • Participate to the small book sale in the library room from 2-4pm. You can take home some nice Italian books for a little donation.
  • Caffe’ Musica invited author Jill Ginsberg to present her book. Listen to her presentation about “4 healthy lifestyle philosophies we should steal from the Italians” from 2-4pm in the caffe’ Musica space.
  • Became a member or renew your membership for 2017! Ask our volunteers at the membership table. (credit card payment available)
  • Learn about our Bimbi BIS program, the new Italian conversation groups (now also on the Eastside!), and wine walk on October 22nd.
  • Toast a glass of wine with friends
  • Try the new food at caffe’ Musica. For the occasion espresso will be half price and there will be some complementary cold brew coffee available.
  • Stay with us longer and enjoy the music of Reggie Garret from 6.30 at caffe’ musica.

ITALIAN FALL FESTIVALS

So many Italian Festivals and events are waiting for our community this September!

Sept 9-11th  San Gennaro Festival

Location: 1225 South Angelo Street, Seattle, WA
Festival Hours
September 9th:   6pm – 10pm
September 10th:  10am – 10pm
September 11th:  10am – 6pm

For a full schedule please visitwww.sangennarofestivalseattle.org

Saturday Sept 17th Inaugurazione Italian Cultural Center (Grand Opening)

Visit Il Punto!, BIS (Italian Library), Caffe’ Musica & Rare Earth Music Studio all under one roof.

Join us anytime from 2-6pm Saturday Sept. 17, 2016
Location: 14300 Greenwood Ave N, Ste A Seattle, WA

Program:
2-4pm: Visit the center & learn about our programs. Small book sale at the library.
4-6pm: Ribbon cutting, toast and appetizers
6pm +: try the new Italian menu from Caffe’ Musica
8pm +: live music
Connect with old friends and new!

This is a family friendly event.
More info on www.ilpuntoseattle.org

The Grand opening is part of a week of events hosted at caffe’ musica. www.caffemusica.com
Great food, live music, wine tasting, games, and other activities.

September 24-25 Festa Italiana Seattle
From 10am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center

This Italian Festival features food, music, art, dance and participatory activities for the entire family. There’s “The Great Italian Chefs” cooking demonstrations, the Festa Grape Stomp, the Bocce Tournament, children’s activities, an historical photo collection, a contemporary exhibit of photos of Italy, an Italian Classic Vehicle Show, and three stages with Free Entertainment.

More info on their website

Il Punto! will be to these events with a booth. If you would like to volunteer to one of these events, let us know! it is a great way to make new friends and new connections.