At present in-person events in Portland have been canceled due to COVID-19.

We are hosting events via Zoom. See our upcoming events below.

And check out our Calendar Page for more events in the Italian community!

DECEMber 2020 Event

It's a Virtual Party!!

December 1, 2020

7:00 pm

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Pina Di Rosa

Join us for our yearly Christmas party! Unfortunately, we won't be gathering together in person but that's not stopping us from enjoying beautiful Italian Christmas music sung by Pina Di Rosa. Even if you are growing weary of Zoom events, this one will be the highlight of December with Pina singing traditional Neapolitan songs as well as other Italian Christmas favorites.

Most of you know Pina, but for those who do not, here is a brief bio:

Pina was born in the south of Italy, in Naples, but lived many years in Brescia, in the north. She earned her degree in nursing and practiced for over 25 years in the fields of psychiatry and psychology.

Her passion for the study of humanities led her back to school where she graduated from the Università Degli Studi di Pavia with high honors in Italian Language and Literature, with a thesis of Latin Paleography on the handwriting of the poet Giacomo Leopardi. She has earned the DITALS (Certificate of proficiency in teaching Italian as a second language).

She also loves music and is a singer and guitarist. Pina plays in different venues in and around Portland and has published two CDs of her Italian music. She has also always had many compliments on her cooking skills, and teaches Italian cooking classes for children and adults! Pina is a world traveler as well, and during a trip to Turkey, she met her husband, an American, and that is how she ended up here in Portland.

A beautiful article about Pina at

Join us for a relaxing hour of music and note there will be a raffle with a few prizes!

Please register for this event to receive the event link prior to the event: REGISTRATION

2021 Events

We're lining up some great speakers and events for 2021. Check out what is coming up next!

January 2021

January 5, 2021

8:00 pm Pacific

Part-Time Adventure or Full-Time Life in Italy


Susan Darin Pohl

To start off the new year, we are privileged to have Susan Pohl presenting her unique story from Umbria, Italy. Has there been a time over the years that you wanted to pick up and leave the US? Susan did it seven years ago! In her presentation she will discuss:

1. Why Italy?

2. Part time adventure or a full-time life?

3. Italy is a big country, how to choose where to live?

4. The Joys and the Challenges

5. Things I wish I knew in the beginning

We will have Q&A at the end as time permits.

You will enjoy getting to know Susan. Here’s a brief bio:

Susan is a dual US/Italian citizen. She has a home in Florence, but primarily lives in Umbertide, Italy with her husband best known as "the Stoic One" (given name Gary) and her precious dog Luca. She has been seen on an episode of House Hunter's International where she helped friends fulfill their dream of living in Italy. She has entered musings in posts on and She is also the author of several books. My Five Stones, is a fascinating journey through her life experiences (Italian edition: Il sentiero delle cinque pietre.) And an anthology of women's stories is captured in Tales of our Lives: Fork in the Road.

Professionally, Susan Pohl is an executive coach with over 30 years of experience helping people and organizations attain short term and long-term goals. Her background includes working with senior executives and managers, from small private companies to multi-billion dollar publicly traded organizations.

Her corporate background includes human resources positions at Apple Computer and as head of human resources at Taligent, an Apple/IBM spin-off. In addition, she held human resources positions at several start up computer companies.

Clients include: Apple Computer, Becton Dickenson, Citibank, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, NVIDIA, SanDisk, Synopsys, Stanford University, Verisign and IDinsight.

Ms. Pohl’s pro-bono work has included coaching at Catholic Charities, the Federal Correctional Institute for Women in Dublin, California, and The Coaching Fellowship.

She is also an Executive Fellow in leadership coaching at the Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) at Santa Clara University.

Susan Pohl holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, a Master in Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California and a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

With Susan Pohl's fascinating and diverse background, you won't want to miss what stories she will reveal at this event!

Please click here to register. A link will be sent a few days before the meeting. REGISTRATION.

Stay tuned for more details about these upcoming events:

February 2021 will feature a cooking demonstration from Italy.

March 2021 is a virtual archeological museum tour from Italy. Take a trip back in time with this presentation!

April 2021 Anita Sanseverino will be joining us talk about the Food of Naples.

May 2021 Pina Di Rosa will be presenting a mini "Fun with the Italian Language" session. Brush up, we may all be able to travel to Italy soon!

Check back for more 2021 events