Unique, Italian Exhibit Opens Italian Fest Collinsville IL

by: Annette M. Graebe

Collinsville’s Italian Fest is launching its 35th birthday party with a rare photo exhibit called ITALY: BEHIND THE SCENES.

The show takes visitors for a quick trip to Italy — off the beaten path — to places rarely seen on commercial tours.  It goes deep into Italy’s regions – from the mountains to the sea – to visit “the amazing, the unusual, and the unknown.”

The exhibit, open now through Oct. 7, is located at Collinsville Library, 408 West Main.

Library hours are Mon. – Thurs. (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.), Fri./Sat. (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), and Sun. (1-5 p.m.)  The library closes at 3 p.m., Sept. 22, for the parade, and will be closed Sept. 28.

AND Italian Fest doesn’t end there. Learn more about the big Main Street Festival (Sept. 21 & 22), the bocce tournament (Sept. 22nd, Glidden Park), Italian Film (Sept. 20), parade (Sept. 22), and more at www.italianfest.net.

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

  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Flu ( 3 years and older ) and pneumonia vaccines
    • MUST present health insurance card 
  • Health insurance education
  • Nutrition Education and Assessment
  • Alzeimher’s Education and Information Sessions
  • 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
    • Agencies with information and services:
    • Health Literacy Ministry
    • Alzheimer’s Association
    • Center for Hearing and Speech
    • Oasis Lifelong Adventure
    • Aging Answers
    • We Care Mobile Dental
    • Body, Mind Spirit and Holistic Solutions
    • Louis Community College Department of Food Science
    • Abbott EMS
    • Missouri Poison Center
    • Nursing Specialties-Nurses for You
    • St Ambrose Prayer Shawl Ministry

Please contact Loretta April, 314-550-4059

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

by Loretta Vitale April

CIAO St Louis and St. Ambrose Church have joined together to bring the community a Health And Wellness Fair, Sunday, October 14, 2018, in the Church Hall from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The event is a first of its kind for the parish.

When CIAO Board member and parishioner, Loretta Vitale April, asked Monsignor Bommarito what he thought of the idea of a health Fair for the parish, he was very enthusiastic.

Ellie Sicola (Nursing Director for Senior Services, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at St. Anthony’s/Mercy Hospital) and Jeanie Smith (Clinical Nurse Manager, High Risk Cardiology at Barnes Jewish Hospital) are sisters, who also serve on the CIAO St Louis Board, came up with idea. “We wanted to reach out to the Hill community, as well as serve the families here,” said Ellie Sicola. CIAO is part of the neighborhood. Its office and studio is located inside The Hill Neighborhood Center.

Together, Ellie and Jeanie began approaching their many contacts and vendors in the healthcare field. Loretta joined their committee as the liaison for St. Ambrose church and recruited a few RN parishioners to help out, including Judy Brusatti, Marsy Camino and Domenica Allen. “This committee has put together an amazing event that will be enjoyed by the whole family,” said Loretta.

Among the highlights of the Fair will be free health screenings, including blood pressure. St. Louis Community College Nutrition and Food Service students accompanied by their professor, Jeanne Florini, will prepare food for tasting and educate children and adults on healthy eating. Jeanne Florini is also a CIAO Board member. “My students are very excited to come to St. Ambrose to share what they have learned with our community,” said Professor Florini.

The Visiting Nurses Association will be giving flu and pneumonia vaccines. “If you want your flu shot, it’s free, but you must bring your insurance card and/or Medicare card with you.” Jeanie wants to remind everyone that this very important.

A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association will be giving informational workshops throughout the morning, every half hour.  The sessions will provide important education and resources for Alzheimer’s patients, families and caregivers.

In addition, Cardinal Glennon Hospital will be there with health and safety information. There will also be information and education for adults and the elderly.

When guests come in to the fair, they will sign a guest list and be given a free bag with goodies inside and they will sign up for the free raffles. Among the free raffles includes a blood pressure machine, several first aid kits and many other prizes. Guests will be treated to healthy snacks, including fruit and granola bars.  The Parish Mount Carmel Sodality will be hostesses for serving.  Marie Wohlert, President of Mount Carmel said, “We are so happy to be a part of the Health Fair, it’s a great parish event”.

The Committee is continuing to work on making this Health Fair the most fun and most informative.  So be prepared for some surprises not talked about here.

Families and individuals will visit the many agencies and vendors who are providing information and education (and giveaways).  Each agency/vendor will have a table where they can greet guests and offer information and education.

For a complete list of participants and services being offered at the Family Health Fair, please see the flyer in this issue and in the St. Ambrose church bulletin.

Rudolph Edward Torrini Dies at 95 years of age

Rudolph Edward Torrini
Born March 31, 1923 (age 95)
Died: September 5, 2018
St.Louis, Missouri

Education BFA, Washington University 1949; Fulbright Scholar, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze 1949; MFA, University of Notre Dame 1958

Known for Sculpture, Wood Carving, Drawing
Notable work Italian Immigrants, Martin Luther King, Union Soldier
Rudolph Edward Torrini (born March 31, 1923) is an American artist most known for his sculptures, wood carvings and bronze public monuments in the St. Louis area, including “The Immigrants”, “The Union Soldier,” and “Martin Luther King.” A student of Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, his work is also influenced by the works of Auguste Rodin. Torrini trained and taught Bob Cassilly, founder of the City Museum in St. Louis, and also helped establish the Master of Fine Arts program in Fontbonne College.


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

Ciao St Louis Annouces New Partner to Promote Italian Heritage

Ciao St Louis continues to find the best partnership to promote Italian Language and Culture in North America.  For those of us who can read Italian we suggest Grandanglore for up to date information and news that matters.

Ciao St Louis continua a trovare il miglior partenariato per promuovere la lingua e la cultura Italiana nel Nord America. Per quelli di noi che sanno leggere l’Italiano, consigliamo “Grandanglore” per informazione aggiornate e notizie importanti

Celebrate the young women in our community with the annual Miss Italian St. Louis Pageant

Miss Italian St. Louis, Junior Miss Italian St. Louis and their Maids will be chosen at the Miss Italian St. Louis Pageant which will be held on Saturday Sept. 15, 2018. Each winner will receive a scholarship prize of up to $500.

The pageant is one of the many ways the Ciao St Louis furthers the common good and general welfare of the people of the Italian American community; and, provides educational opportunities to the general public concerning the contributions of Italians and Italian Americans to western civilization and the United States of America.

The requirements to enter the Pageant for Miss Italian St. Louis are as follows: 18 to 21 years old as of Sept. 15, 2018, applicant must be of Italian descent, a completed application form accompanied by an essay, attendance at required events. The winner of the Miss Italian St. Louis category will receive the Rose Anne Saracino award of $500.  Junior Miss Italian St. Louis applicants will be 14 to 17 years old will receive the Lena (Deluca) Vitale award of $250 and Little Miss Italian St. Louis 10 to 13 years old will receive $100.

The Pageant which will be held on Saturday Sept. 15, 2018 beginning at noon. Winners will attend the Recognition Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at 7 p.m. and the Italian Festa on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Time: Pageant begins at noon
Date: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

Application deadline: Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018
Application fee: Miss and Junior: $20.00 Little Miss: $10
Contact: Miss Christina Bartels, Chairperson P.O. BOX 5174 St. Louis, MO 63139 email: cmbartels1s@gmail.com

Festa di Ferragosto By Marianne Peri-Sack

CIAO ST. LOUIS and the Sicilian Cultural Association of St. Louis combined efforts to bring Festa di Ferragosto to St. Louis on Aug. 12 at Orlando Gardens at the Hoffmeister location. The price was $50.00 each which included buffet dinner and open bar from 4-9 p.m.

Like most Italian things, this holiday is steeped in tradition and goes back to Emperor Augustus who founded it in 18 BC under the name of Feriae Augusti (Festivals Holidays) adding it to earlier ancient Roman festival that fell in the month. These holidays normally celebrated the harvest or a long period of rest which were a welcome relief after the intense period of hard labor. This is also the period when many Italians go on vacation. Horse races were organized such as the “Palio dell’ Assunta” the colorful and famous race in Siena. People from all over the world come to watch this event. Celebrations are many and varied from town to town but the holiday is often celebrated in conjunction with Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, a public holiday in Italy.

The highlight of the evening was the performance of Savio De Martino direct from Italy. The singer-songwriter began his artistic career at the age of 7 years. He offers a varied repertoire of Italian pop to jazz, from blues to good light music and his talents and passion for music have brought him a wider and wider audience. Quite a trooper, De Martino performed for five hours straight and the happy dancers filled the dance floor all during that time. Also, from Chicago was fantastic Italian DJ who played the music with multiple lighting effects while also projecting live videos of musical extravaganzas. It was a splendid evening for those wanting to celebrate their culture while having a great time.



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.


Francesca Allhoff ( Zanti)

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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