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 year 2021 was a challenging year for the Foundation as fundraisers and events were postponed. The Board held four To-Go Dinners in February, April, July & October. To celebrate Natale (Christmas) the Piccolo Mercatino di Natale was held at NBICF Center on November 20. 2022 Board elections were held in November. The new Board was installed in January. The Board had made plans for a monthly dinner in March to celebrate Festa di San Giuseppe, however due to the recent virus situation, the Board decided to schedule three To-Go Dinners for March 19, April 30, 2022. and May 28.
The Board is planning outdoor events for the Summer and Fall. The Italian Summer Camp for Youth was held June 20-July 1. This 2-week camp is a language immersion experience for youths 6 to 12 years old. Dr. Joli Love returned as the instructor.
For a flyer describing the details of the summer camp, click here.
On July 26 5:30-8:00 pm we will hold the Eighth Annual Pizza, Birra e Vino at the Center. The menu includes Antipasti, All-you-can-eat pizza, Salad, Dessert and
complimentary wine or beer. $25.00 per person
This event is limited to 60 guests (members and non-members welcome).
As of July 20, this event is at capacity so the reservation window is closed.
Sundays at the Center with Diane McCurdy is back. House of Gucci will be shown on July 31 and The Double Hour (La doppia ora) on August 28 – 1:30 pm at the Center
NBICF will host a booth at the Sonoma County Finding History Event on August 6 at Finley Community Center – 10 am-2 pm – NBICF’s exhibit features Italian American History in Sonoma County hosted by historian Kathy Dowdall – For a flyer on this event, click here.
With the loss of revenue from canceled dinners and fundraising events, 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.
In addition, Amazon through the AmazonSmile program will donate a portion of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. If you use Amazon, type Amazon Smile in the search box.
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.
NBICF has about 300 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.
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.
Any offering described in this website should not be read as an endorsement or warranty by NBICF.
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