The North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation, is the coming together of people of all ancestries who are interested in sharing and enjoying things Italian. NBICF  was founded in 1985, as a 501C Non-Profit Corporation, to celebrate Italian Culture and provide the large Italian community of Sonoma County a focal point for common interests.


The Board of Directors sends its best wishes to all. This past three years have been challenging for the Foundation as fundraisers and events were postponed or canceled.  See the newsletter for information on all planned activities.

We held a Monthly Dinner in January and a Winemaker Dinner in February. Events are planned for April, May, June and July described in the following. As reported in the last newsletter, the damage to the roof and ceiling at the Italian Cultural Center will need to be repaired. The estimated cost exceeds $10,000. The Foundation is seeking tax deductible donations earmarked for the NBICF Building Fund.

The Annual Italian Summer Camp taught by Professor Joli Love is scheduled for July 10-14 at the Italian Cultural Center. See the current newsletter for the detailed activity schedule and reservation form. 

Sundays at the Center with Diane McCurdy –  Door open 1:30 – Movie at 2pm
May 28 – Movie – I Love You to Death (1990) 1h 37m Dark Comedy
June 25 – Movie – The Unknown Woman (La sconosciuta) (2006) 1h 58m (R)

May 21, 2023 – Sunday, Lecture at the Center, Author Kathleen Ann González
Featuring her book Giacomo Casanova, 2 pm–4 pm Doors open at 1:30pm,
$5.00 for members, $7.00 for non-members. Seating is limited to 40 people.
The May 21st lecture has been cancelled  — it may be rescheduled at future date. 

June 23, 2023 – Friday, NBICF Dinner Dance (doors open 5pm, dinner 6pm). Father Denis O’Sullivan Parish Center, 320 Tenth St. Santa Rosa, CA. This gala event features music by the Continental Duo with dinner prepared by Check In Catering and the NBICF Mangiamo Committee. Menu: Antipasti, Caesar Salad, Focaccia, Chicken Parmigiana with Scalloped Potatoes and Grilled Vegetable, Dessert and Wine. $35/member, $38/guest, $10/Teen (13-18), $5/Child (5-12), under 5 free. Prepaid Reservations Only Required by June 16.

To make reservations for the dinner and pay by credit card, visit the Reservation page by clicking here.  The Mail-In Reservation Form for the June 23 Dinner Dance was not available prior to the May-June Newsletter publication. If you do not wish to reserve online, use the Generic Dinner Reservation Form available by clicking here.  
Make sure you specify Names, Event Date and Member & Guest Names and Reservations details. Do not specify Seating Preference – Open Seating Only. Arrive early to ensure seating for your entire party. 

Click here to review the current newsletter. The following is a summary of topics described in the May- June newsletter. 

  • May 21, 2023 – Sunday, Lecture at the Center, Author Kathleen Ann González
    This event was cancelled on May 18 – it may be rescheduled. 
  • June 3, 2023 – Paint Italy at the NBICF Center Saturday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Scene of Napoli and Mt. Vesuvius – Instructor Susan Adler
  • June 23, 2023, Friday , NBICF Dinner at St. Rose Parish Center. Go to Reservation page for menu, dinner prices and reservation details. 
  • July 10 – 14 – Monday – Friday, 9-Noon: Italian Summer Camp for Youth at the
    NBICF Cultural Center: Instructor: Professor Joli Love.
    This camp is a language immersion experience for youth ages 6–12 years.
    Fee – $95.00 (Additional discounts are available for multiple siblings)
  • Click here for a mail-in reservation forms for the May 21 and July Summer Camp events.
  • Information about Zoom based Italian Language Classes taught by SRJC instructor Dave Henderson (May 17 – June 28), (May 25 – July 13), (June 6 – July 11)
  • Article reprinted from Primo Magazine: “People of Italian heritage have played a major role with significant presence in a number of countries”.
  • “Learning Italian is Easy” by Christl Unglaub, Board member, born in Germany, hooked on Italy, and living in America!

With the loss of revenue the past three years and the building repairs, the Board is focused on minimizing expenditures and encouraging members to take advantage of local merchant Oliver’s Market program for donating a portion of eligible purchases to NBICF. The application required for making this donation is included in the current newsletter or click here for a printable form. 

   Italian Citizenship Assistance (ICA) has joined NBICF as a new business member. ICA is one of the largest Italian-American firms that provides assistance to individuals of Italian descent who are interested in obtaining dual citizenship.
For information on ICA, visit their website by clicking here.

For a list of all upcoming events, visit the News & Events page. 

Click here for Membership Renewal or New Membership Application

For a master calendar of all planned activities, click here. 

NBICF has about 250 active members and offers a variety of programs including monthly dinners for members and guests, fall festival, choral group, travel study tours, language classes, college scholarships, and much more. For important announcements about activities and events, see the News & Events page.

The panel on the right lists several News & Events Categories, e.g. Monthly Dinners. By clicking on the Category of interest, you will see all the posts in that Category. For information on membership, visit the Membership page. 

NBICF’s College Scholarship Program for students studying Italian Language is the focal point for fund raising activities such as Festa Italiana, Wine Maker Dinners where local Italian Cuisine is paired with the fine wines of Sonoma County, special holiday dinner programs, and frequent Cultural Events featuring guest speakers, Italian Movies and Operas, etc. For more information on the Scholarship Program, click here. 

In 2000, a building in downtown Santa Rosa was purchased and serves as NBICF’s permanent home, the Italian Cultural Center, providing office space, classrooms, meeting rooms and a research library. For a summary of the NBICF activities, visit the About Us page.  

To contact us via email, visit the Contact page by clicking here.

The Foundation is managed a group of volunteers elected by the membership. For information on the Board of Directors, click here. 

To view a video from a past event : the 2013 Festa Italiana, click here

Our Newsletter, Mosaico Culturale, is published 6 times annually. Click here to view the Mosaico. 

To support NBICF’s goal of fostering Italian Culture in the community, consider making a tax deductible donation. Donations may be made optionally to a specific fund, e.g. General Fund, Scholarship Fund, Building Fund, or In Memoriam.
Click here make a Tax Deductible Donation to NBICF.

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