Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Ariston Movie List is Here!!


18 November 2010, The Town (2010), director Ben Affleck, starring Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, John Hamm, presented at the 2010 Venice Film Festival
9 December 2010, Adventureland (2009), director Greg Mottola, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kelsey Ford, nominated 2010 Independent Spirit Award, best screenplay
10 December 2010, The Blind Side (2009), director John Lee Hancock, starring Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, (winner 2010 Oscar, best actress in a leading role) - At the Associazione Italo Americana del FVG / American Corner in Via Roma 15- showings at: 2,4,6,8 p.m. - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC- Offered by the US Consulate General Milan / US Embassy Rome.

20 January 2011, Toy Story III (2010), director Lee Unkrich, starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

3 February 2011, The Cove (2009), Director Louie Psihoyos, (winner 2010 Oscar, best documentary)

3 March 2011, Fair Game (2009), starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn

24 March 2011, The Messenger (2009), director Oren Moverman, starring Ben Foster, Steve Buscemi, Woody Harrelson, nominated 2010 Oscar, best supporting actor (Woody Harrelson), best screenplay

7 April 2011, The Social Network (2010), director David Fincher, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Bryan Barter, Dustin Fitzsimons

21 April 2011, The World’s Best Prom (2006), directors Chris Talbott and Ari Vena,
Filmed in Karoline’s home town of Racine, Wisconsin!

19 May 2011, My One and Only (2009), director Richard Loncraine, starring Renée Zellweger, Logan Larman, Kevin Bacon, selected for the Berlin International Film Festival

Invitation for a Conversation on Climate Change at MIB



Our guest will be Erik Hall, a 19-year veteran of the US State Department’s Foreign Service and currently the American Embassy’s Counselor for Environment, Science, Technology and Health Affairs in Rome, where he works to support and encourage bilateral scientific cooperation between the US and Italy.

OCTOBER 4, 2010
6:00-7:30 PM
L.go Caduti di Nasiriya 1 - 34142 Trieste

No. The Ceiling has NOT FALLEN

Just to clear a couple of things up from the article on page 18 of the Piccolo today.

1) No. The ceiling did not fall down. Some water entered the the building in the far hallway (nowhere near our classrooms or library) during the big rains a couple of weeks ago, and some paint fell from the ceiling. The Amministratore has been working to clean up and fix the problem. There were people working on the roof last Friday.


2) Yes. It is true that we are currently ironing out details for a new contract with our landlords so we can stay where we are in Via Roma, 15.

3). No. The proposed increase was not 30%. It was much lower.

4) Yes. We are confident that through transparency and good faith negotiating we will be able to keep our place in Via Roma. But, no matter what, the Association will live on. We have lots of things to do together this year and for years to come.

Thank you for your support, as always, and remember to ask us directly if you have any questions about what gets printed.

We'll tell you what's going on!


Friday, September 24, 2010

We are FEELING THE LOVE this week

Special thank you for being so nice to us this week: Federica G (who is helping us find our way out of the swamp legally and with lots of great fundraising ideas), Simonetta and Franco (who have volunteered to volunteer), San Giovanni in Rome (for helping us with our Amazon wish list and making it feel like Christmas every day), Davide P (for volunteering to help me with the accounting so that we can eventually grow and become great again, and so I can have a baby), Synergica (for using our Aula Magna for their classes), our front desk volunteers, Valentina, Roberta, Raquel, Leo and Denise (for being flexible, being nice to people, giving out the information and getting things done faster than I ever could), the nice people who have come in to renew their tessere (we love you), our new friends who are coming in to inquire about classes (we're so happy you found us), Luisella (for buying an Association bookbag and supporting the Association)... and anyone else who was nice to us this week that I forgot.

Thank you!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Adult Beginner Year-Long Course

MONDAYS: 5-7p.m.
Start date: October 18, 2010
End date: March 21, 2011
Number of hours: 40
Price: Euro 500*

*Participants must be members of the Association for 2010-2011

Class will not meet on the following holidays: Nov 1, Dec 27, Jan 3, March 7

Adult Advanced Conversation Year-Long Course

TUESDAYS: 7-9p.m.
Start date: October 19, 2010
End date: March 29, 2011
Number of hours: 40
Price: Euro 500*

*Participants must be members of the Association for 2010-2011

Classes will not meet on the following days: Nov 2, Jan 4, March 8

Adult Intermediate Conversation Year-long Course

THURSDAYS: 7-9p.m.
Start date: October 21, 2010
End date: March 31, 2011
Number of hours: 40
Price: Euro 500*

*Participants must be members of the Association for 2010-2011  

Classes will not meet on the following days: Dec 23, Jan 26

Friday, September 17, 2010

Elementary Year-Long Course

TUESDAYS*: 5-6p.m.
Start date: October 12, 2010
End date: March 22, 2011
Number of hours: 20
Price: Euro 250**

* A second group will be created on Thursdays if the maximum number of children is reached.
** There must be one member of the Italian American Association in the family. Members: 16+ years of age.

The Tuesday class will not meet on the following days because of holidays: November 2, January 4, March 8

Middle School and High School Year-long Courses

WEDNESDAYS: 5-6:30p.m.
Start date: October 20, 2010
Finish date: June 1, 2011
Number of hours: 40
Price: euro 500*

WEDNESDAYS: 6:30-8p.m.
Start date: October 20, 2010
Finish date: June 1, 2011
Number of hours: 40
Price: euro 500*

*There must be at least one member of the Italian American Association in the family. Members: 16+ years of age.

Classes will not meet because of holidays: December 8, 29; January 6; March 9; April 27

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Living Diplomacy is TODAY!

Don't forget to come to the Association today from 6-7:30 to hear Jack Hillmeyer's talk on his experiences working for the US State department.

See you later!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11 Nine Years Later

Be sure to watch Tele4 today. Denise, our AC Coordinator, will be commenting on September 11 from her American perspective. Here is what Slate has to say about it.

For me, it seems so recent, yet it also feels like a really long time ago. I remember going to NYC one month after it happened (I was living not far from Boston, on Cape Cod, at the time) and visiting Ground Zero, where there was STILL smoke coming up (how long did that place continue to smolder?), walking through a maze of makeshift walls with letters, drawings, and flowers stuck to it remembering the people who were killed in that terrible disaster. I remember visiting the church  next door that served as a temporary hospital for survivors and wondering why it was still in perfect condition. The entire area is a different place now, and it will be interesting to see how it evolves as time goes on.

I still can't believe it ever happened. It is so awful.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wonder what it's like to be a US Diplomat?

Me too. I even took the exam to try to be one. But I didn't pass the second step (Darn it!).

I still have a huge curiosity about the lifestyle though. For one US diplomats move from country to country about every two years and in between those assignments they get to live in Washington D.C. (which is a great city, by the way). How neat is that?

I definitely want to know the NITTY GRITTY about Diplomatic Life, so when Jack Hillmeyer is here talking about his experiences working for the State Department next Thursday, September 16th (6pm at the Association), I plan on sitting in the front row and asking lots of (personal and embarassing) questions (we're friends. I think I can get away with it). He will also be showing a video on Hillary Clinton before his talk, just in case you're wondering what it's like to be the Secretary of State (I can't imagine, I'm having a difficult enough time running the Association!)

I hope you'll come, too. It will be a good opportunity for us to meet again and we will give you an overview of everything you need to know about this year at the Association.

You can even ask us personal and embarassing questions too (like, You're still here?? But I read in the Piccolo...) and we will ANSWER THEM!

See you Thursday, although I hope to see you sooner for Intensive Class sign-ups, of course!

A Word About Newsletters

We love telling you what we are doing every month, but it's getting more and more difficult to send them to you (members who are on our mailing list and happy to receive news and participate in Association life). You see, no one likes SPAM (neither do we) and, unfortunately, newsletters look a lot like SPAM. If you're not receiving our newsletter, then you probably have a good SPAM FILTER, or OUR SPAM FILTER isn't letting US send the newsletter to YOU.

So it's a good idea to check this blog VERY OFTEN. It will tell you everything you need to know. Subscribe to it and you can get email updates or have updates on your GOOGLE reader or iGoogle (that's what I do). If you do that, you will realize that the Newsletter will only tell you things you already know.

This blog will KEEP YOU IN THE LOOP, so to speak.

Who Should Take the Beginner's Intensive Course

Take the Beginner's course if:

1. You like English.
2. You want to speak well.
3. You have time on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5pm-7pm.

Do not be afraid. I will be nice to you!

Who Should Take The Advanced Intensive Course

You are an excellent candidate for the Advanced intensive course if:

1. You have wanted to take up English again for a long time but haven't made time to do it.

2. You read in English regularly and understand most of what you see.

3. You haven't used your spoken English in a while and feel a little rusty.

4. You need a swift kick in the pants to get going again in English.

I will do the kicking. Ha ha.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

There's still time to sign up for Adult Intensive Courses

They start next week, so give us a call TODAY if you can for more information or to sign up. You can also come to the Association between 4-8pm. Details on courses are in the sidebar to the RIGHT or HERE...