See Our Upcoming Events Below

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To kick off the new year, on January 4th, we have Patricia Badia-Johnson giving a talk about her book, 'Orienta... She is the Dance.' This talk introduces participants to the extraordinary life of Orienta Badia - a second generation Italiana who possessed rare and pertinent talents that still remain so in 2022. She was born with the gift of dance and helped support her family during the Great Depression. She unknowingly followed the Italian immigrant tradition of writing down the history, values and traditions of her family and culture-and write she could! The book brings to light so many current issues and how they were dealt with during the great Depression and the decades that followed.

The book “Orienta...She is the Dance” can be purchased from the following sources:

Barnes and Noble - Amazon - Dorrance Publishing


On Tuesday, February 1st, we have Natalie Smargiassi, speaking to us about what it's been like to renovate her ancestral home in Italy. Have you ever dreamed of renovating a home in Italy? Join this event to hear Natalie Smargiassi share her experiences renovating the home of her great grandmother. Natalie will also talk about the area of Northern Lazio in the Tiber River Valley. This area is filled with beautiful castles, Etruscan and Roman historic sites, and amazing scenery. All the famous characters of the Renaissance lived in the surrounding towns but this area of Italy, close to Rome and Tuscany remains off the beaten path of many tourists.


Moving on to March 8th, we have Julie Brown of Bel Paese Geneology speaking to us about Italian Citizenship and how to obtain Italian Citizenship by descent.

Before 1920, 4 million Italians immigrated to the U.S. Today, 17 million Americans identify as having Italian origins. Some, including you, may qualify to obtain Italian citizenship through an immigrant ancestor. Julie Brown, of Portland-based Bel Paese Genealogy, will present an overview of how to obtain Italian citizenship by descent and the different types of service providers who can help you through the application process. As always, there will be plenty of time for questions!


Incontri Letterari ~ Italian Literary Group


Michela Navarria, a native Italian speaker, will lead a literary group in which we will read Italian literature and then share in Italian conversation! We will meet via Zoom on Wednesday evenings starting October 27th 2021 from 7:00-9:00pm.

For our first book we will read; Great Italian Short Stories of the Twentieth Century / I grandi racconti italiani del Novecento: A Dual-Language Book. All participants will need to purchase the book.

Follow this link below to purchase the book on Amazon.

More about Michela:

Michela grew up in southern Italian speaking Switzerland, traveled around the world and also graduated in Bologna in Arts, Music and Theatre, then started her journey into cultural management, before moving the the US with her husband and daughter.

Michela è crescita nella Svizzera italiana, ha viaggiato e si è laureata all’università di Bologna in Discipline delle Arti, della Musica e dello Spettacolo (DAMS). Ha inoltre intrapreso un corso in Cultural Management, prima di trasferirsi in USA con suo marito e sua figlia.

As a cultural promoter she feels almost obliged to keep her origins, her language and her culture alive, hoping that this passion can be happily shared through the Italian Literary Group.

Come promotrice culturale si sente quasi in obbligo di mantenere viva le sue origini, la sua lingua e la sua cultura, e spera tanto che questa passione si possa condividere in armonia e tramite il piacere della lettura di gruppo, o i cosiddetti Incontri Letterari.