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CIAO St Louis and St. Ambrose Church Family Health & Wellness Fair

When: Sunday, October 14, 2018
from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: St. Ambrose Church Hall
  • Blood pressure screenings 
  • Free flu ( 6 months and older ) and pneumonia vaccine
    o  MUST have health insurance card 
  • Health insurance education 
  • Nutrition Education and Assessment 
  • Healthy food tastings 
  • Many vendors providing health education and resources that are available to the community 
  • Health awareness activities for children 
  • Free Raffles 
  • Healthy Refreshments
    o  Agencies with information and services:
    o  Health Literacy Ministry
    o  Alzheimer’s Association
    o  Center for Hearing and Speech
    o  Oasis Lifelong Adventure
    o   Aging Answers
    o  We Care Mobile Dental
    o  Body, Mind Spirit and Holistic Solutions
    o  St. Louis Community College Department of Food Science
    o  Abbott EMS o Missouri Poison Center
    o  Nursing Specialties-Nurses for You o St Ambrose Prayer Shawl Ministry

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, Please contact Loretta April, 314-550-4059
    Sunday

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Miss Italian St Louis 2000 Shares Her Experience and Memories

Dear Friends of the Italian American Community,

My Grandfather Joseph Zanti who was so proud that his granddaughter was Miss Italian St. Louis. He made my take him to the Bocce Club so he could show me off.

I wanted to touch base with you regarding my Miss Italian St. Louis experience.  In 2000 I was named Miss Italian St. Louis. Though it was 18 years ago, I have felt that it was only yesterday that I was crowned. I always took pride in my Italian heritage, and being Miss Italian just added to it. However, it was more than just representing my pride and culture to the city, it was about learning my new things, for example the origin of the Sicilian dialect that was spoken at one of the meetings for the Sicilian Cultural Association. I found a deeper meaning of what being Italian meant.

One of my favorite memories was assisting the various Italian dignitaries place a wreath by Christopher Columbus’s statue in Tower Grove Park. To me, Columbus represents the courage and determination of all the Italian immigrants ( my grandparents, father, and aunts and uncles included.). It saddens me that others do not know it’s significance to the Italian community. I still cherish my crown and sash, and have placed it in a keepsake box in which I still show to new friends and family. And though my grandparents are both now deceased, I feel very blessed to have experienced the rich traditions so I can now pass on to my family.

Grazie,

Francesca Allhoff ( Zanti)

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Italian Class Offered by FIAO Begin Sept. 10, 2018

Fall 2018 Italian Language Classes

Sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Organizations of the Metropolitan St. Louis Area
The twelve-week classes will begin the week of September 10, 2018 and will end December 6, 2018

The following classes will be offered:

• Beginner’s I Italian
Monday evenings- 7:00-9:00p.m. Instructor: S. April

• Advanced Italian
Monday evenings- 7:00-9:00p.m. Instructor: G. Leopardi

• Italian for Travelers (6 weeks) begins on September 27 Thursday evenings- 7:00-9:00p.m. Instructor: B. Klein

• Special Topics Course Thursday evenings- 7:00-9:00p.m. Instructor: G. Leopardi

Click Here For Application To Register For Class

Our courses place an emphasis on communicating in Italian. Textbooks are primarily in Italian.

All adult evening classes are taught at St. Ambrose Church Hall on Wilson and Marconi Avenues.

Tuition for our 12-week classes is $90; one night per week; 2 hours per night; there are no classes the week of Thanksgiving. Our Italian for Travelers is a 6-week class and the cost is $45.

The Federation of Italian-American Organizations has as its primary purpose the preservation and promotion of our Italian-American culture and heritage through the advancement of education, art, music, language, literature and culture. The member organizations are:

CIAOStl, Fratellanza Society, Hill 2000, Hill Business Association, Il Pensiero newspaper, Italian Club of St. Louis, Italian Open, La Festa di Santa Fara of St. Louis, Misericordia Society, the National Italian-American Bar Association, Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, St. Roch Catholic Church and UNICO-St. Louis Chapter.

For additional information or to register, please visit contact us at: 314-680-6871 (Marie) or mcucciabrand@gmail.com

 

Click Here For Application To Register For Class

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Planning Removal of Columbus Statue From Tower Grove Park

This statue was commission by Henry Shaw when Italians where put to death by hanging in New Orleans. It was also a show of support for Italians who were discriminated against. Henry Shaw hired many Italian people to work in the garden and this was his way of showing his support and thanking them for their contributions. Ciao St Louis says “Keep It There”

Tower Grove Park, residents look into potential removal of Columbus statue

Park officials also have formed a commission to look into what should happen with the statue.

ST. LOUIS — A public meeting is being held over the weekend to discuss the potential removal of the Christopher Columbus statue in Tower Grove Park.

The meeting was formally set up as an event on Facebook, titled ‘Plotting in the Park for Columbus removal.’ The event’s creator, Chris Singer, said the meeting will be for people interested in removing the statue, or for those who want to know why the group wants the statue taken down.

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118th Annual Feast of Maria SS. Lauretana of Altavilla Milicia

August 31 – September 3
Aug 31 at 3 PM to Sep 3 at 11 PM
8400 W Church St, Niles, IL 60714, United States

Join us this Labor Day weekend as we celebrate the 118th Annual Italian Fest honoring Maria SS. Lauretana in Niles!

The Feast of Maria SS. Lauretana is one of the oldest running Italian Festivals in the Chicagoland area. Famously known for its “Volata” or “Flight of the Angels”, the Feast has become a tradition to many in Chicago’s Italian-American community.

This family-friendly festival features the best food, carnival rides, games, fireworks and live entertainment.

This Labor Day weekend, enjoy a real piece of Italian tradition in Niles at The Feast of Maria Santissima Lauretana.

About the Feast:

The 118th Annual Feast of Maria SS. Lauretana is one of the oldest running Italian Festivals in the Chicagoland area. Famously known for its “Volata” or “Flight of the Angels”, the Feast has become a tradition to many in Chicago’s Italian-American community.

From it’s humble beginnings in Chicago’s Northside “Little Sicily” neighborhood, the Feast has flourished for 118 years and draws thousands of people from all over to enjoy a Labor Day weekend of culture, live music, food, rides, games, and most importantly to honor our Holy Mother under the title of Maria Santissima Lauretana.

The feast reaches its culmination on Sunday when it kicks off with a morning procession. The mass that follows has been celebrated by faithful priests and bishops; namely the late Cardinal Francis George who was a close friend of our society and a devotee of our Blessed Mother. The afternoon is kicked off with the main procesion which includes the Throne of the Blessed Mother and The Volata, or Flight of the Angels. The Flight of the Angels has been a time-honored tradition going back to Altavilla Milicia, Sicily. The evening wraps up with a beautiful fireworks display.

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Ravioli Dinner To Benefit The Sick & Elderly Program On The Hill Sept. 23, 2018

Sunday, September 23 at 12 PM – 6 PM
Hosted by The Sick and Elderly Program of the Hill, Inc.
Come support The Sick and Elderly Program of The Hill at our annual fundraiser, The Ravioli Dinner. It occurs the fourth Sunday of September every year. Mark your calendars! 9/23/18

The Sick and Elderly Program of The Hill is a non-profit organization that provides medical equipment and supplies free of charge to the residents of The Hill neighborhood. We have been running this program since 1972 and would love to see you there!

Tickets are $10/adults $5/kids(10 and under) ahead of time or $11/adult $6/kids (10 and under) at the door. Please contact Debbie Hilderbrand (Bianchi) or message The Sick and Elderly Program of The Hill Facebook Page.

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MISS ITALIAN SAINT LOUIS 2018-2019

DIRECTIONS AND THE ROLE OF MISS ITALIAN ST. LOUIS:

Click here to download an application

Please read each of these points very carefully to understand the required activities and events for Miss Italian St. Louis, Junior Miss Italian St. Louis, Little Miss Italian Saint Louis and their Maids. The winners must attend the following events. Please apply only if you can attend the required events.

  1.  All applicants must attend the Pageant, which will be held on Saturday, September 15th from 12:00 pm. to 3:00 p.m. The applicants will be interviewed individually. Applicants will be notified of the exact location and schedule for the days events. Family members are welcome to attend the event.

2.  All winners must attend the celebratory luncheon. Sunday, September 16th 2 to 3:30 pm at Bartolino’s Osteria.

3.  All winners must attend the Columbus Day Parade and Festa on Sunday, October 7 from 11a.m. to 6p.m. The Parade begins at Shaw School on Botanical and Macklind Avenues. The winners will meet at 11:00 a.m. at Shaw School and ride on the Miss Italian float. The parade begins at noon and ends at Berra Park for the Festa. The Festa ends around 6:00p.m.

4.  All winners must attend the  Recognition Dinner. Saturday, September 29 7PM

5.  There are other dinners and events sponsored by the Italian-American organizations in the Metropolitan St. Louis area that we encourage you to attend. Applicants must complete 1 event every month. Here are a few examples of these events:

a.  Wreath-laying ceremony at the Christopher Columbus statue in Tower Grove Park on October 10 at 10a.m.

b. The Italian Club of St. Louis October dinner

c.  Volunteering at nursing home

d. Volunteering at the humane society.

AWARDS:

One of the applicants in the 18-21 age groups will be named: ͞Miss Italian St. Louis and one will be chosen as her Maid.

Miss Italian St. Louis will be awarded the Rose Anne Saracino scholarship of $500.00.

One of the applicants in the 14-17 age groups will be named:
Junior Miss Italian St. Louis and one will be chosen as her Maid. Junior Miss Italian St. Louis will be awarded the Lena (Deluca) Vitale scholarship of $250.00.

One of the applicants in the 10-13 age groups will be named Little Miss Italian St. Louis and one will be chosen as her Maid.

In addition to the title ofMiss Italian St. Louis 2018-2019 and Junior Miss Italian St. Louis 2018-2019 and Little Miss Italian Saint Louis 2018-2019, the winners will receive official crowns, sashes, and flowers at the Miss Italian St. Louis Pageant on Saturday September 15th. The monetary awards will be presented after the Columbus Day Parade at The Festa in Berra Park.

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF THE APPLICATION:

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

The requirements to enter the Pageant for Miss Italian St. Louis are as follows:

  1. 18 to 21 years of age

2.  Of Italian descent

3.  Submission of the application form, essay and digital photo to the committee by Saturday, September 1st

4.  Must attend the required events The requirements to enter the Pageant for Junior Miss Italian St. Louis are as follows:

  1.  14 to 17 years of age

2.  Of Italian descent

3.  Submission of the application form, essay and digital photo to the committee by Saturday, September 1st

4.  Must attend the required events The requirements to enter the Pageant for Little Miss Italian St. Louis are as follows:

Due by Saturday, September 1st

  1.  10 to 13 years of age

2.  Of Italian descent

3. Must attend the required events

JUDGING:

An independent panel of judges will conduct the judging. You will be judged on the following four areas:

1. General poise and appearance

2. Individual interviews. Each contestant will have a brief interview with each judge.

3. Oral presentation. Each contestant will be asked to respond to one question. You will be advised of these questions prior to the Pageant in order to give you ample time to prepare. Please remember that a key factor is how you celebrate your Italian heritage today and how you plan to celebrate it in the future.

4. Application and Essay.  Your application and essay will be reviewed prior to the day of the Pageant.

Please return the application form, essay, $20.00 application fee for Miss and Junior Miss and a $10.00 application fee for Little Miss, and a digital photograph to:

Ms. Christina Bartels

1935 Marconi

St. Louis, MO 63110

Due by Saturday, September 1st, 2018

If you have any questions, please email: cmbartels1s@gmail.com

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New Business On The Hill

Written by Carina Marino – Il Pensiero

“Organic, sustainable & garden-inspired”


City House Country Mouse will open its doors at 2105 Marconi Ave. 63110 on Thursday, August 16 for an open house from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17, 2-8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 18 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The event will feature 15% off all flower arrangements and a flower bar with flowers from local favorite farmers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to register for a chance to win a designer’s choice flower arrangement. A winner will be selected each open house day.

Refreshments (while supplies last) will be provided by the following Green Dining Alliance vendors:

Thurs. Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.
Confluence Kombucha vegan small bites & kombucha

Fri. Aug. 17 at 5 p.m.
Seed Sprout Spoon seasonal hors d’oeuvres

Sat. Aug. 18 at 10 a.m.
Kitchen House Coffee cold brew coffee, bagel bites and sweet treats

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Mark Mantovani Candidate for St Louis County Executive

Mark Mantovani, Democratic candidate for St. Louis County Executive, visited the CIAO St Louis studio, and talked to us about his Italian heritage. Like every Italian-American, Mark’s has a very interesting story to tell about his Italian family. Listen and enjoy this story of one family’s immigrant experience.

Click below to listen to our podcast and Mark Mantovani’s as we discusses the issues and the campaign for County Executive.

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