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In the early 1990s, a group of residents began lobbying Seattle city government to add another sister city to its roster – this time, one from Italy. It would be a first, since at the time Washington State did not have a sister city from the Bel Paese.   After some discussion, the group settled on the city of Perugia, the capital of Umbria. Perugia...

January 5, 2021. 8:00 pm Pacific. 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! Please click here to register. A link will be sent the day before the event. REGISTRATION. I...

More than a century ago, Our Lady of Mount Virgin, located in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood, was once the heart of Seattle’s Italian community. In 1915, when the church was built, about 215 Italian families called the neighborhood home. As new immigrants arrived, Our Lady of Mount Virgin was one of the first places they would visit for informa...

A first-generation Italian American, Anna Maria Pierini always felt her most fulfilling blessing was to be an Italian born in America.  She was born in 1949, in Reno Nevada, to Pete and Maria Pierini, natives of Lucca, Italy who kept the Italian language and cultures strong in the home. Anna Maria’s youth was spent between Carson City, NV, Lake Tah...

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to decimate businesses, arts and cultural organizations across the state, every once in a while there comes a silver lining. That was the case this fall when a business in Burien, Wash., forced to close its doors this past spring, ushered in an opportunity for Seattle’s Italian American community. A large property...

Seattle Opera’s opening-night stream from McCaw Hall of its new production; available for streaming until Dec. 4 to holders of season subscriptions (starting at $162 for a spring season that may be modified, and which include access to the fall virtual programs). Info: seattleopera.org While the world pins its hope on a coronavirus vaccine, anoth...

November 10, 2020. 8:00 pm pacific time. Zoom Meeting. Please REGISTER HERE for this event to receive the Zoom link prior to the event. This is a very exceptional presentation to swing into the Italian Christmas mood and start putting the tragedies of 2020 behind. Thanks to Antimo Cimino who will be the moderator of the upcoming meeting, we will he...

The Clark County Commission on Tuesday unanimously agreed to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day once a year but lawmakers were also clear that the new designation would not replace beleaguered Columbus Day despite sharing the same date. Beginning in 2021, every second Monday in October will be designated Indigenous Peoples’ Day, in part, to acknowle...

Tuesday September 1 at pm Pacific via Zoom. Register Here. Zoom link will be provided to attendees on Sunday. We have the rare privilege to host Anita Sanseverino from the East Coast this month to share the fascinating history of Naples. For Anita's full background, click here: Anita Sanseverino's Bio. Her presentation will focus on the illustrious...

My family started arriving in Portland from southern Italy in 1951, and established roots in the southeast area of the city. My Italian family felt that aside from the sunny weather they were used to south of Naples, the terrain and the things they enjoyed doing (gardening, fishing, mushroom hunting for porcini, & making wine) were just as vibrant...

Gary John Guglielmo, a third-generation member of Santa Clara County’s oldest continuously operated family winery, died unexpectedly July 15 at his home in Post Falls, Idaho, according to Gena Guglielmo.  Along with his two brothers, George E. and Eugene (Gene), Gary helped expand and guide the family winery established in Morgan Hill by their Ital...

Pope Francis on Saturday recognized the heroic virtue of the life of a 17th century Italian Jesuit missionary who evangelized – and mapped – much of what is now northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. On July 11, the pope formally recognized the life of Servant of God Eusebio Kino, S.J., as one of heroic virtue. Kino, an explorer and mi...