2014 Calendar of Events

5th Jan. (Sun.), 9:00 a.m. — Messa in Italiano la Prima Domenica di Ogni Mese
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (3549 Navajo Street, Denver - map - website) has a Mass in Italian on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. It is a great opportunity to practice the Italian language and a challenge to keep up with Father Tim's Italian. Handouts include both Italian and English prayers so it's easy to follow. There will be a reception and breakfast in the Parish Hall following the Mass.

8th Jan., Wed., 5:30pm — IABA Meeting
The January IABA Membership Meeting will be Wednesday, January 8th at Romano's Italian Restaurant, 32 W. Springer Dr., Highlands Ranch (Directions — C-470 to Broadway, south about two blocks to Springer Dr., west 100 ft. and you're there! map) Our sponsors for this meeting will be Anthony Mirenda and Morgan Stanley of Wealth Mgmt., and Jeanne James of JNL Financial. Our host is Sue Calhoun of Romano's. The Social time will be 5:30 - 6:30 with food and a cash bar beginning at 6:30. So we can get a head count for food, please RSVP to bill.lucatuorto@yahoo.com, or call 303-887-9164, as soon as possible

17th Jan., Fri., 7:30pm — Cultural Meeting: Dante Alighieri Society
The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver will hold its first Cultural Meeting of the new year on Friday, January 17th, beginning at 7:30pm. The program will be held, as usual, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Hall, 3549 Navajo St. Denver(map). Nivea Soto-Lightbourn, Professor of Italian at CU Boulder, will give a presentation called, "Beyond Rome, Florence and Venice — Italy off the Beaten Path". Please join us for a fun and educational evening.

2nd Feb.(Sun.), 9:00 a.m. — Messa in Italiano la Prima Domenica di Ogni Mese
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (3549 Navajo Street, Denver - map - website) has a Mass in Italian on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. It is a great opportunity to practice the Italian language and a challenge to keep up with Father Tim's Italian. Handouts include both Italian and English prayers so it's easy to follow. There will be a reception and breakfast in the Parish Hall following the Mass.

12th Feb., Wed., 5:30pm — IABA Meeting
IABA will hold its meeting on Wednesday, February 12th, beginning at 5:30pm, at Patsy's Inn Italian Restaurant, 3651 Navajo St. (map). Our program will feature three speakers who grew up in the City of Pueblo Italian Community who will talk about their childhood. Hear about the steel plant, the bars, grandfathers and grandmothers, moms and dads, and what the 50's through the 70's was like. The good old days! Speakers Mark Giarratano , Charles Cuchiara , and Larry Pisciotta will be a panel that will keep your attention! As usual, we need RSVP's so we can plan space and food. If you know you will be attending, please RSVP to Bill Lucatuorto at bill.lucatuorto@yahoo.com or 303-887-9164.

21st Feb., Fri., 7:30pm — Cultural Meeting: Dante Alighieri Society of Denver
Please join the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver at its February Cultural Meeting on Friday, February 21st at 7:30 p.m. as the Dante Society enlightens members and guests about one of Italy’s oldest celebrations, Carnevale, with a presentation on the Maschere di Venezia (Masks of Venice).

In Italy, Carnevale is used to announce the beginning of Lent. Masks have always been a main feature of the Venetian carnival as everybody wore a mask to temporarily eliminate any social differences. Each mask represents a specific character.

With Ash Wednesday coming in early March, the Dante Society is pleased to have Daniela DeGarbo give a presentation on the story of Carnevale and the masks that have come to represent this annual Venetian festival. Daniela is a native of northeastern Italy and studied linguistics at the University of Udine. She is a member of the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver and currently teaches an Italian language class for the Dante Society.

Following Daniela’s presentation there will be a demonstration by “La Piccola Venezia” ( Cherry Creek shopping district) on how to paint your own Carnevale maschere. Please join us to see and learn more about the masks of Venice and enjoy refreshments afterward. We look forward to seeing you at Mount Carmel Parish Hall, 3549 Navajo Street, Denver (map). Attendees can enter from either the street entrance or the parking lot entrance. In case of inclement weather, please call John DiPentino at 303-522-6158. Members with an e-mail address will be notified as well.

28th Feb., Fri., 7:30pm — Italian Movie Night: Dante Alighieri Society of Denver
The Dante Society is resuming the Italian Movie Night on Friday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m., in the parish hall at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 359 Navajo St., Denver (map). We are planning to show the 1991 movie and Academy Award Winner Mediterraneo by director Gabriele Salvatores. It is in Italian with English subtitles. “On a magical Greek island a soldier is about to discover that it is better to make love instead of war.”

1941, one year after Italy joined Germany against the Allies in World War II, a small group of misfit Italian soldiers is sent to a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea for four months of lookout duty. The soldiers include a lieutenant who likes art, a macho sergeant, a farmer accompanied by his beloved donkey Silvana, and other quirky people. They are not very good soldiers, but a cross section of average, independent men.

Pizza and beverages will be served.

1st Mar., Sat., 6–10pm — Venetian Carnevale 2014
The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver will hold a “Venetian Carnevale 2014” on Saturday March 1, from 6–10pm. This evening of fun will take place at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada (map/directions). The evening will feature a four-course sit-down dinner and dancing to dj music. There will be a cash bar and free valet parking. Formal or semi-formal dress will be required and Carnevale costumes are encouraged. Reserve your tickets now! Only $45 per person for a night to remember. For tickent/reservations or information contact John DiPentino at 303-522-6158. All proceeds go to the Dante Scholarship & Education Funds. This event is open to non-members also.

1st Mar., Sat., 8pm–1am — Carnevale di Venezia
Celebrate Carnevale in true Italian style at Carnevale di Venezia, A Masquerade Party, on Saturday, March 1st, from 8pm to 1am. This takes place at The Savoy Event Center, 2700 Arapahoe, Denver (map). Entrance is through the Red Door on the southeast side of building and then go upstairs. There will be an actor performing Commedia dell’Arte, and of course we’ll have the typical Italian pastries (Chiacchiere and Castagnole), with dance music from around the world.Carnevale 2014

Here is the program for the evening:

8:00pm — Doors open with dance music playing and typical Italian pastries
9:00pm — Commedia dell'Arte Performance by Professional Actor Nick Trotter
11:00pm — Winners announced for Costume Contest: Prize for Best Costume and Best Mask

The cost for Carnevale di Venezia is $25 if paid by February 28th and $30 on the day of the event (tickets available only at the door and cash only if not sold out by then. Discounted advance tickets may be purchased by contacting Jennifer Zundel at jenzundel@hotmail.com or by signing up for the event through the Meetup site.

2nd Mar. (Sun.), 9:00 a.m. — Messa in Italiano la Prima Domenica di Ogni Mese
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (3549 Navajo Street, Denver - map - website) has a Mass in Italian on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. It is a great opportunity to practice the Italian language and a challenge to keep up with Father Tim's Italian. Handouts include both Italian and English prayers so it's easy to follow. There will be a reception and breakfast in the Parish Hall following the Mass. This month's breakfast will be sponsored by the Italians of America organization.

4th Mar., Tue., 7:30pm — Comedy Night for Caruso Family Charities
Join us for a night of comedy, fun, and laughs featuring Josh Blue and Rocky LaPorte for a great cause — Caruso Family Charities. Our host will be Vic Lombardi of Channel 4. The event is a comedy doubleheader featuring two nationally-recognized comedians. This will all happen at ComedyWorks South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village, tel. 720-274-6800 (map and directions), on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $50/person for general admission.

Dinner is available before the show at Lucy’s (upstairs.) RESERVATIONS REQUIRED (Limit 200). A minimun of 75 people are needed to open the restaurant. Dinner guests will receive premium seating at the event. 20% of the dinner proceeds will go to Caruso Family Charities. Call 720-274-6868 to make a dinner reservation. Reserve your seats today! Register online now.

8th Mar., Sat., 8:30am — Annual Bocce Tournament: Tirolesi Trentini del Colorado
Tirolesi Trentini del Colorado will hold their Annual Bocce Tournament on Saturday, March 8th. at Mickey’s Top Sirloin, 6950 Broadway, Denver (map). We will be limiting the action to only sixteen (16) teams so sign up fast! Our tournament starts at 8:30am with check-in and then a continental breakfast at 9:00am. The cost is $100 per team, which includes tournament, breakfast, lunch, and beverages. Checks payable to TTDC should be sent to Anna Vann, 6895 Morrison Drive, Denver, CO 80221. 1st & 2nd place prizes will be awarded. There will be a raffle drawing as well! For more information contact Anna Vann at 303-650-1057 or tmvenv@msn.com. Click here to download a team application.

13th Mar., Thu., 7pm — Columbus Day Parade Committee Meeting
The Columbus Day Parade Committee will be meeting the second Thursday of every month. For March, the meeting will be held at Bova's Italian Restaurant at 7169 Federal Blvd., Westminster, CO (map). The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm and all are invited to attend. General updates for old and new business to be provided, but we hope to concentrate on committee endeavors.

14th Mar., Fri., 6–8pm — Wine Tasting: Sister Cities
Potenza Denver Sister Cities is having a wine tasting at Water2Wine], 9608 East Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village (one and a half blocks east of i-25 on Arapahoe Road). on Friday, March 14th, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. The cost is $28/person pre-paid through the DCSI website or by check or $32/person at the door. Enjoy wonderful international appetizers, wonderful wines, and a fabulous drawing for great prizes! Proceeds are to benefit scholarships for Denver Center of International Studies students. If you would like to bring an appetizer or dessert or silent auction item. Please contact Maria Scordo Allen at 303-224-9927. We would love to share your specialty! For more information and make reservations call Denver Sister Cities at 303-832-1336.

14th March, Friday, 7:30 p.m. — Cultural Meeting: Dante Aligheri Society of Denver
Join the Dante Aligheri Society and scholar Silvio Caputo, author of the widely recognized novel Death of Spring, for a discussion of the Ludlow Massacre and the tragic conditions of Las Animas County’s 20th century coal mining fields. The presentation on Friday, March 14th, at 7:20pm, includes a slideshow of Glen Aultman's photographs taken during the early 1900's. The free cultural meeting will take place in the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 3549 Navajo Street, Denver (map).

16th Mar., Sun., 12:00–5pm — Spaghetti Dinner: Sons of Italy
Sons of Italy Lodge 2075 will host a spaghetti dinner at their lodge at 5925 West 32nd Avenue, Wheat Ridge (map). Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, a salad, drink and a desert. Everyone is welcome. Service starts at 12 noon and will continue until 5 pm. The cost is $10 for 12 years and older, $8 for6 to 8 years, and under 6 is free. This is a fund raiser for ARC and their truck will be there collecting donations. Get $1 off on the dinner if you bring a trash bag of gently used articles.

28th March, Friday, 7:30 p.m. — Italian Movie Night: Dante Aligheri Society of Denver
Come laugh with the Dante Aligheri Society of Denver on Friday, March 28th, at 7:30pm, as it presents the 1992 comedy, Ciao, Professore!, by Director Lina Wertmuller. The free movie night will be held in the Parish Hall at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 3549 Navajo Street, Denver (map).

A bureaucratic snafu sends Marco Tullio Sperelli, a portly, middle-aged northern Italian, to teach third grade in a poor town outside Naples. His first challenge is to increase attendance, collaring his students one by one from home, jobs, or delinquent idleness. Then he must convince his students that classroom learning has real-world payoffs. Meanwhile, Sperelli's students draw their gentle, self-deprecating teacher into their gritty lives outside the classroom. North-South contrasts abound, including an hilarious soliloquy on the nature of Switzerland.

29th March, Saturday, noon – 2 p.m. — Cooking Class: Dante Aligheri Society of Denver
Please join the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver and Gisella Isidori, International Food and Travel Consultant, for its March cooking class on Saturday, March 29th, at 2pm, in the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 3549 Navajo Street, Denver (map). The “hands-on” class will feature traditional Easter dishes from several different regions of Italy. The meal will include an antipasti (Torta Pasqualina), primo piatto (Gnocchi alla Romana), secondo piatto (Scottadito di Abbacchio with Salmorigano Sauce), dolce (Chocolate Salami) and wine with typical Italian breaks in between each serving to enjoy each other’s company. The cost is $30 for non-members and $25 for members. Mark your calendars and sign up today! For more information, contact Susan Gurule at 303-524-9502.

6th Apr. (Sun.), 9:00 a.m. — Messa in Italiano la Prima Domenica di Ogni Mese
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (3549 Navajo Street, Denver - map - website) has a Mass in Italian on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. It is a great opportunity to practice the Italian language and a challenge to keep up with Father Tim's Italian. Handouts include both Italian and English prayers so it's easy to follow. The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver will be hosting breakfast following the Prima Domenica mass. The breakfast will be served in the parish hall.

6th Apr., Sun., 1:45–4:00pm — Pavarotti's Table
Pavarotti's Table, Il Circolo Italiano di Denver's annual cultural event, will be held on Sunday, April 6th, 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm. The performance with begin promptly at 2:00 pm. The venue is the Greenmountain United Methodist Church, 12755 W Cedar Drive, Lakewood (map). The singers of the Opera Colorado Ensemble will provide the cultural entertainment. A reception will follow with light refreshments. The cost of this delightful afternoon is $5/person for members of Il Circolo Italian di Denver and $10/person for non-members.

9th Apr., Wed., 5:30pm — Membership Meeting: IABA
IABA will meet on Wednesday, April 9th. The usual start time is 5:30pm networking time, with some food and the meeting will start between 6 and 6:15. A thank you in advance to our hosts, Terry Cervi and Chris Amato ! Also, thank you to our guest speakers Gina Oldenburg and Anne Ripeppi. Of course, we will also have our Biz Bite people and their short presentations. The meeting this month will be held in the Portola Room located at the Streets at Southglenn. The address is 6851 S. Gaylord St. (approx. University & Arapahoe Rd -- map), However, the lobby entrance is located on Vine St. directly across the street from the 24 Hour Fitness. Someone will be in the lobby to greet you and direct you to the room. The cost is the usual $5 per person with an RSVP, or $7 if you did not RSVP. This all is collected at the door. RSVP's are very important so we can ensure we have enough space and food. If you know you can make the meeting, feel free to RSVP now. If not, please RSVP no later than the day before the meeting. RSVP to Bill Lucatuorto at bill.lucatuorto@yahoo.com., or 303-887-9164.

10th April, Thu., 7pm — Columbus Day Parade Committee Meeting
The Columbus Day Parade Committee will be meeting the second Thursday of every month. For April, the meeting will be held at Dino’s Italian Food at 10040 W. Colfax Ave, Lakewood (map). The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm and all are invited to attend. General updates for old and new business to be provided, but we hope to concentrate on committee endeavors.

13th April, Sun., 2– 4pm — Bowling with the Italians of America
The Italians of America are sponsoring bowling at Elitch Lanes, 3825 Tennyson  Denver (map) on Sunday, 13th April, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The cost is $20 which includes shoes and all the bowling you can do! Come out, have some fun and help the IOA to support local charities.

18th Apr.,Fri., 6:00pm — Italian Film Festival
The Italian Film Festival on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder kicks off on Friday, April 18th, at 6:00pm in Atlas 100. Admission is free. For information contact Tina Pugliese at pugliese@colorado.edu. For information and details click here.

18th Apr., Fri., 7:30 p.m. — Cultural Meeting: Dante Aligheri Society of Denver
Join the Dante Aligheri Society and Diana Williams for “Dishing the Dirt on St. Peter’s,” a historical tale of intrigue, gigantic egos, changed plans, and, finally, the massive St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the building at the center of the Roman Catholic world. The free cultural meeting will take place in the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 3549 Navajo Street, Denver (map) on Friday, April 18th, at 7:30pm. Non-memers are always wel come.

21st Apr., Mon., 6:00pm — Italian Film Festival
The Italian Film Festival on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder continues on Monday, April 21ar, at 6:00pm in Atlas 100. Admission is free. For information contact Tina Pugliese at pugliese@colorado.edu. For information and details click here.

22nd Apr., Tue., 6:00pm — Italian Film Festival
The Italian Film Festival on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder wraps up on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 6:00pm in Humanties 1B50. Admission is free. For information contact Tina Pugliese at pugliese@colorado.edu. For information and details click here.

26th Apr., Sat., 10:am — Bowl-A-Thon
On Saturday, April 26th, OSIA, Denver Grand Lodge, will be holding its 2nd annual a Bowl-A-Thon. Proceeds will benefit the official charities of the Sons of Italy. $25 per person includes bowling and shoes, prizes and games. The activities begin at 10:00 a.m. at Wheat Ridge Lanes, 6595 W. 38th Avenue (map). Everyone is welcome!

27th Apr., Sun. — Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Sons of Italy, Royal Gorge Lodge #2866, will be holding a spagetti dinner fundraiser at the Canon City Elks Lodge, 401 Macon St., Canon City (map), on Sunday, April 27th. 50% of the proceeds goes to our Scholarship/ Education fund. All are welcome. They will be serving up spaghetti, meatballs, sausage and delicious desserts from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. For more information call Bill Scutti at 719-269-3519. All are welcome.

3rd May, Sat. — Mother’s Day Tea and Vintage Fashion Show
Reservations required. Call Anne at 303-235-9308.

4th May (Sun.), 9:00 a.m. — Messa in Italiano la Prima Domenica di Ogni Mese
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (3549 Navajo Street, Denver - map - website) has a Mass in Italian on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. It is a great opportunity to practice the Italian language and a challenge to keep up with Father Tim's Italian. Handouts include both Italian and English prayers so it's easy to follow. There will be a reception and breakfast in the Parish Hall following the Mass.

4th May, Sun. — 29th Annual Scholarship Luncheon: Dante Aligheri Society of Denver
Celebrate with the Dante Aligheri Society of Denver as we award college scholarships at our 29th Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard (map). Scholarship winners are worthy students who are enrolled in accredited college programs in Italy. These students will be studying aspects of Italian culture such as art, music, literature, archeology, and language. Festivities will begin with performances from our music scholarship recipients followed by the presentation of all scholarships. The cost to attend is $30 per person, and the deadline to register is April 29. For more information, please contact John Giardino at 303-378-9736.

8th May, Thu., 7pm — Columbus Day Parade Committee Meeting
The Columbus Day Parade Committee will be meeting the second Thursday of every month. For May, the meeting will be held at Marco’s “coal-fired” Pizzeria in Englewood at 10111 Inverness Main Street, Englewood. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm and all are invited to attend. The proposed discussions for the meeting are dignitary selection process, parade staging and upcoming events such as the Bocce Tournament.

10th May, Sat. — Rodder's Ball: Italians of America
The Italians of America will be sponsoring their annual Rodder's Ball, on Saturday, May 10th. The location is the Potenza Hall at 1900 W 38th Street in Denver (map). The car show opens at 5:30pm, dinner will begin at approximately 6:30, and there will be dancing until 10 pm. Tickets are $25/person. Anyone wanting a ticket should contact Clyde Weatherford at 720-951-0008. Hope to see you there!

13th May., Tue., 11:00am –9:00pm — Dining to Donate: Columbus Day Parade Committee
Support your Columbus Day Parade Committee by joining us for a "Dining to Donate" day on Tuesday, May 13th, at Applebee's, 5265 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada (map). This is a new fundraiser activity. Applebee's will donate 15% of your total check to the Columbus Day Parade Committee. This is an all-day activity beginning at 11:00am and going until 9:00pm so have lunch or come by for dinner. For your meal to be counted towards the Columbus Day Parade Committee donation just show your parade flyer (click here to download and print). For more information call 303-224-9927.

16th May, Fri., 7:30pm — Cultural Meeting: Dante Aligieri Society of Denver
Please join the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver as Alisa Zahller Senior Curator for Artifacts and the Curator of Art and Design for the Colorado History Museum shares some of Denver’s food distribution history and the Denargo Markets. Long before the era of King Soopers and Whole Foods, stagecoaches and ox-drawn wagons hauled produce to the Denver area. Alisa will share with us information about the distribution of that food: peddling, farming and the Denargo Markets as well as its links to businesses today. Many Italian families in Colorado have ties to this major Colorado industry.

In 2007, Alisa curated The Italians of Denver exhibit at the Colorado History Museum and in 2008 she wrote the book Italy in Colorado: Family Histories from Denver and Beyond [see Resources].

You don’t want to miss this presentation. There is no charge to attend the Dante Society’s cultural meetings, held at the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 3549 Navajo St., Denver (map). Refreshments are served following each presentation.

17th May, Sat. — Spring Wine Tasting
Sons of Italy, Royal Gorge Lodge #2866, will be holding their Spring Wine Tasting on Saturday, May 17th. For more information call John Carochi at 719-429-6667.

17th May, Sat. — Bocce Tournament
Sons Of Italy Lodge 2075 Bocce Tournament is on May 17th. Cost is $125 per team.

23rd May, Fri., 7:30pm — Italian Movie Night
Laugh with the Dante Aligheri Society of Denver as we enjoy the funny, yet touching, Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch), the 2009 Venice Film Festival winner by Gianni DiGregorio. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23rd, at the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 3549 Navajo Street, Denver (map). There is no charge to attend the Dante’s Italian Movie Night and popcorn and refreshments are included. This is the third film of the 2014 Italian Movie Night series.

Broke, and armed with wine and a wry sense of humor, middle-aged Gianni resides with his 93-year-old demanding mother in their ancient apartment. Condo debts are mounting, but if Gianni looks after the building manager's mother during the Pranzo di Ferragosto (Italy's biggest summer holiday and the Feast of the Assumption), all will be forgiven.  Soon the building manager shows up with an auntie, and then a doctor friend appears with his mother in tow... Can Gianni keep four lively mothers well-fed and happy in such cramped quarters?

24th May, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. — Dante Alighieri Spring Bocce Tourney
Register now for one of 16 teams to compete at the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver Spring Bocce Tournament at Mickey’s Restaurant, 6950 Broadway, Denver (map). To join a team, the cost is $25 per person, $15 for minors 10 to 17. $15 spectator cover charge, includes lunch. Prizes! Join us for a whole lot of fun. To register, please contact John DiPentino at 303-522-6158 or by email at johndipentino@gmail.com.

1st Jun. Sun.), 9:00 a.m. — Messa in Italiano la Prima Domenica di Ogni Mese
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (3549 Navajo Street, Denver - map - website) has a Mass in Italian on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. It is a great opportunity to practice the Italian language and a challenge to keep up with Father Tim's Italian. Handouts include both Italian and English prayers so it's easy to follow. There will be a reception and breakfast in the Parish Hall following the Mass.

3rd Jun., Tue. — Bocce League Starts
Sons Of Italy Lodge 2075 Bocce League Starts June 3 at 6:30 pm. at the Denver Lodge bocce courts. $160 per team for the season.

4th Jun., Wed., 8:00am — Bocce Tournament: Rocky Mountain Senior Olympic Games
Show your stuff on the bocce court by competing in the Rocky Mountain Senior Olympic Games at the Anthem Courts at 165th Avenue and Lowell Street, Broomfield, CO. Check in time is at 8:00am and games begin at 9:00am. The cost is $60 for a 4-member team which can comprise any combination of men and/or women. Because this is a senior event at least 2 members of your team must be 50 years old or older and no one under the age of 30 years old will be eligible to compete. Only the team captains need to complete the registration form with team roster (click here). Registration forms and fee (checks payable to RMSG) should be mailed to: RMSG, 1010 Sixth Street, Greeley, CO 80631.

7th Jun., Sat. — Golf Tournament
Sons of Italy, Royal Gorge Lodge #2866, will be holding a Golf Tournament at Sumo Golf Village in Florence (map) on Saturday, June 7th. For information on entering a team and the cost call John Carochi at 719-429-6667.

8th Jun., Sun., 12:00pm — Golden Lion Awards and Scholarship Luncheon
Sons of Italy Grand Lodge of Colorado will hold their Golden Lion Awards and Scholarship Luncheon on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at the Lakewood Country Club, beginning at 12:00pm (noon). They will be honoring Lou Carleo, Frank DeAngelis, and Ernie Marranzino along with our scholarship recipients. Reservations required. Contact Pam at osiadenver@comcast.net.

16th Jun., Mon. — Annual Joe Ciancio Sons of Italy Invitational
Sons of Italy Denver Lodge 2075 Golf Tournament at Willis Case Golf Course, Denver. For more information and to get a registration form contact Helen Marzano Frei at osiadenver@comcast.net.

28th Jun., Sat. 6:00pm — Sky Sox Game
Sons of Italy, Royal Gorge Lodge #2866, will be attending the Colorado Springs Sky Sox game on Saturday, June 28th. Seating will be on the Picnic Terrace at 6:00 pm. For information call 719-429-6667.

6th Jul.(Sun.), 9:00 a.m. — Messa in Italiano la Prima Domenica di Ogni Mese
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (3549 Navajo Street, Denver - map - website) has a Mass in Italian on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. It is a great opportunity to practice the Italian language and a challenge to keep up with Father Tim's Italian. Handouts include both Italian and English prayers so it's easy to follow. There will be a reception and breakfast in the Parish Hall following the Mass.

27th Jul. Sun — Red Lion Run Car Show
The Italians of America will be having their Red Lion Run Car Show. on Sunday, July 27th. Stay tuned for details!

3rd Aug. (Sun.), 9:00 a.m. — Messa in Italiano la Prima Domenica di Ogni Mese
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (3549 Navajo Street, Denver - map - website) has a Mass in Italian on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. It is a great opportunity to practice the Italian language and a challenge to keep up with Father Tim's Italian. Handouts include both Italian and English prayers so it's easy to follow. There will be a reception and breakfast in the Parish Hall following the Mass.

15th–17th Aug., Fri.–Sun. — 122nd Annual Feast of St. Rocco
Celebrate the 122nd annual Feast of St. Rocco at Potenza Lodge Hall, 1900 W. 38th Ave., Denver (map) Friday through Sunday, August 15th, 16th, and 17th. Doors will open at 5pm on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday after the Procession. There is no charge to attend but who can resist the Italian sausage sandwiches, pizza fritta, hot dogs, and other goodies. There will be beverages of choice including beer and wine as well. And then there are the games! Try to win an Italian salami or a huge block of mozarrella or a large bottle of olive oil. And don't forget the homemade cakes and more. There will be a grand prize raffle of $3,000 with a 2nd prize of $2,000, and 3rd and 4th prizes of $500 each. Raffle tickets are $25 each with a limited number sold. Da Boogie Man will be providing the music all nights of the festival. So make your way to 38th and Shoshone in August and join the fun.

The annual blessing of the statue of St. Rocco (Patron Saint of the Potenza Lodge) and the traditional bidding for the honor of carrying St. Rocco in a solemn procession will begin Sunday at 3:00pm at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 3549 Navajo Street, Denver (map).The feast starts immediately following the procession

15th–24th Aug. — Zoppé Italian Family Circus
The Zoppé Italian Family Circus will be back in Wheat Ridge in 2014. Dates are August 15-24th at Anderson Park located at 4355 Field Street, Wheat Ridge (map). There will be 14 performances to choose from during the Wheat Ridge run. Any organization or business who would like to be a sponsor for the Zoppé Italian Family Circus should contact Gina Hallisey by email at gina@getconnectedevents.com or by phone at 303.726.6111.

7th Sep. (Sun.), 9:00 a.m. — Messa in Italiano la Prima Domenica di Ogni Mese
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (3549 Navajo Street, Denver - map - website) has a Mass in Italian on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. It is a great opportunity to practice the Italian language and a challenge to keep up with Father Tim's Italian. Handouts include both Italian and English prayers so it's easy to follow. There will be a reception (sponsored by the Columbus Day Parade Committee) in the Parish Hall following the Mass.

13th Sep., Sat., 10am- 10pm — Italian Festival
Sons of Italy, Royal Gorge Lodge #2866, will be holding their 2nd annual Italian Festival at the Macon Plaza in Canon City (map), on Saturday, September 13th, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Admission is free. Everyone is invited. There will be entertainment, bocce, food, beer and wine, music, dancing and vendors. The fee for vendors is $60.00 and to rent a space and get more information call 719-429-6667.

Italian Heritage Month

5th Oct. (Sun.), 9:00 a.m. — Messa in Italiano la Prima Domenica di Ogni Mese
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (3549 Navajo Street, Denver - map - website) has a Mass in Italian on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. It is a great opportunity to practice the Italian language and a challenge to keep up with Father Tim's Italian. Handouts include both Italian and English prayers so it's easy to follow. There will be a reception in the Parish Hall following the Mass.

11th Oct. Sat. — Columbus Day Parade
The highlight of Colorado Italian Heritage Month is the Columbus Day Parade. The first recorded ceremony commemorating Columbus in America occurred in 1792 in New York, 300 years after the famous voyage. That same year there was a monument dedicated to Columbus in Baltimore, Maryland and in 1892 a statue raised in New York City, and replicas of the three ships displayed at the Chicago Exposition. In 1905, Colorado became the first state to observe Columbus Day, with other states following through 1937 when President Roosevelt declared that every October 12th was to be recognized as Columbus Day. In 1971, the observed day became the second Monday in October.

This year, the Columbus Day Parade will be held in downtown Denver, on Saturday October 11, 2014. Details of the parade route and time can be found on the Columbus Day Parade web site .

Join the Denver Columbus Day Parade Committee
If you would like to be part of this exciting event, contact the Columbus Day Parade Committee President, Dr. Rita DeFrange by phone at 970-685-1327 or by email at president@columbusdayparade.org.

19th Oct., Sun. — Spagetti Dinner Fundraiser
Sons of Italy, Royal Gorge Lodge #2866, will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at the Florence Elks Lodge,131 East Front Street, Florence (map), on Sunday, October 19th. 50% of the proceeds goes to our Scholarship/Education fund. They will be serving up spaghetti, meatballs, sausage and delicious desserts from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. For more information call Bill Scutti at 719-269-3519. All are welcome.

25th Oct., Sat. — Halloween party: Italian Presidents Federation
Mark your calendar for the big Halloween party sponsored by the Italian Presidents Federation. More to come.

2nd Nov.(Sun.), 9:00 a.m. — Messa in Italiano la Prima Domenica di Ogni Mese
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (3549 Navajo Street, Denver - map - website) has a Mass in Italian on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. It is a great opportunity to practice the Italian language and a challenge to keep up with Father Tim's Italian. Handouts include both Italian and English prayers so it's easy to follow. There will be a reception in the Parish Hall following the Mass.

7th Dec. (Sun.), 9:00 a.m. — Messa in Italiano la Prima Domenica di Ogni Mese
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (3549 Navajo Street, Denver - map - website) has a Mass in Italian on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. It is a great opportunity to practice the Italian language and a challenge to keep up with Father Tim's Italian. Handouts include both Italian and English prayers so it's easy to follow. There will be a reception in the Parish Hall following the Mass.