By Tom Cesarini
Now that fall has arrived, it’s time to get ready for all the upcoming holiday festivities. Before we start talking about candy corn, stuffing, and egg nog, however, let’s talk about this month’s celebratory theme: October is a time when we collectively honor Italian American culture in our nation and the many contributions of Italians to the fabric of our society. Our calendar this month is chock full of cool events, so check us out at the Little Italy Dog Park. And you can help to support our efforts in the community by visiting our espresso bar at Amici House. Come for a cup of amazing coffee, stay for lunch, get some work done, or just relax under the trees in the idyllic park setting. Your support helps to fund our arts, culture, and education programs and helps unshel-tered and at-risk youth at Washington Elementary, our charitable partner in the neighborhood. We will see you at Amici House!
October 9 | Little Italy Walking Tours
Our cultural excursions of the Italian neighborhood are back in action! Join us for a wonderful walking tour of Little Italy and learn about the history of this colorful quarter. We start with a Sicilian breakfast at Cafe Zucche-ro, take a tour exploring the sites and sounds of Little Italy and focusing on the heritage aspects of the communi-ty that culminates at Amici House for some further history and even some shopping.
Get your tickets at www.conviviosociety.org.
October 16 | il Club Chiacchiere (Chat Club)
Our newest program is growing! Chat Club offers a winning combination of conversation (in Italian, of course), vino and appetizers. Join us for lively talk among old friends or make some new ones while you’re at it and in-dulge in the beauty of the Italian language. Register at www.conviviosociety.org.
October 22 | Musicarramba! International Music Series
Our monthly music series features a variety of talented local performers spanning multiple music genres. This month we are proud to feature the Carlos Velasco Quartet, taking us on a magical musical journey of Italian and Latin favorites. Get your tickets at www.convivio.yapsody.com.
— Tom Cesarini is the chief leadership officer and founder of Convivio and also serves as the Italian Honorary Consul in San Diego. Convivio provides advocates, donors, and volunteers the organizational capacity to ad-vance Italian cultural identity, preserve Italian cultural-heritage assets, cultivate community and fellowship, and foster multicultural awareness through the humanities. Visit: conviviosociety.org | Follow: @conviviosociety