Monday, December 1, 2014

AIA FVG / American Corner Trieste - December 2014 Newsletter

AIA-FVG / American Corner Trieste  DECEMBER 2014

 Happy Holidays!  We just concluded the Best Thanksgiving Ever thanks to Gabrielle, American Cooking School, our volunteer chefs, clean up crew and band.  – Now we’re working on the December.  The theme for the month is “The Holidays” with a Holiday Matinée Film Series, Short Story, Family Date Night and the big event… Annual Santa Visit and Cookie Fest.  We wish you a season full of peace and joy. 

CLOSED for the HOLIDAYS – We’ll be closed from December 20th – January 7th.  We reopen on January 8th. 


Registration is open for Winter 2015 Courses.  Here are the links for courses for ADULTS and for MATERNA, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL and HIGH SCHOOL.  Something for all ages and all levels.  Click here to learn more about how our courses work. 

You can still purchase your Memberships for 2014/15.  The prices remain unchanged:  €35 for the Regular Adult Membership and €25 for Students age 16 and over, Teachers and over age 65.  To attend courses, the student (or their parent must be a member).  Membership is valid for checking out books, magazines, DVD’s and for the 2014/15 American Cinema Program in the Original Version at Cinema dei Fabbri from October until May.  Membership is valid one school year and must be renewed annually.  You can register at any time.  MEMBERSHIP CARDS Please pick up your final membership cards in the office during our office hours:  Monday to Friday 4-7 pm and Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9 am until noon.

AMERICAN FILM SERIESCinema Dei Fabbri, Shows at 2, 4, 6:30 and 9 pm – MEMBERS ONLY

Dec. 18th – Wreck-It Ralph  -Animation – (2012 – 101 min.)

Annual SANTA VISIT and COOKIE FEST - American Corner  - Dec. 5th – 5-7 pm
Open to the Public
AMERICAN COOKING SCHOOL - Holiday Cooking Demos, Recipes, Christmas Cookies and Treats.  Bring some homemade Christmas cookies to share.
SANTA VISIT – Decorate the Tree, Get your Picture taken with Santa, Read “The Night Before Christmas”, Sing Christmas Carols.

NATI per LEGGERE – In occasion of the Santa Visit on December 5th, we will read “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore.

TUESDAY MORNING REMIX in the American Corner
Dec.  9th, 10-11 am – SHORT STORY CLUB  The story for the month is A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote.   You can find the story on the above link.

 Dec.  16th, 10- 12 am. - TUESDAY COFFEE BREAK – 10-12 – Have a cup of coffee and some great conversation.

Holiday Film Festival. – Holiday Film Matinées in English at American Corner Trieste

 4/12 – ElfComedy with Will Farrell (2003 – 97 min.)

11/12 – The Muppet Christmas CarolComedy with Michael Caine and the Muppets (1992 - 85 min.)

18/12 – The Bells of St. Mary’sDrama with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman (1945 – 126 min.)

WINE, CHEESE and BOOKS – December 18th at 8 pm

A short story this month.  Monthly meetings are held in different venues each month.  Want to participate?  For details, send an e-mail to


AC TC – American Corner Teen Club meets every Friday afternoon from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  Open to all Middle and High School Students.  On the Highway to Teen Club.  Jr. Volunteering, Games, Films, Lego Mindstorms, Karoake – The sky’s the limit!

12/12/2014 – 4:30-6:30 p.m.– Our teens will participate in the Hour of Code – an international event to promote computer programming.

FAMILY DATE NIGHT, December 12th ,, 5-7 pm – How the Grinch Stole ChristmasComedy with Jim Carrey (2000 – 104 min.) – Open to the Public.  Bring your kids, see the movie and go for a pizza afterwards! 

60th ANNIVERSARY of  ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S NOBEL PRIZE in LITERATURE for The Old Man and the Sea,  Associazione Cinzia Vitale has organized a 1 day event including a conference, readings an exhibit and at the American Corner a projection of the film.  All events are  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Here is the link with the complete program.   

Dec. 10th, 8 pm - The Old Man and the Sea  - Film at Associazione Italo Americana – Open to the Public.

OUR AMERICAN DAYS 1945- 1954 – Projection at Cinema Ariston – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

22/12,  afternoon – time to be confirmed - The Film / Documentary that we projected at the end of October will be shown at Cinema Ariston.

MOOC – SHAPING THE WAY WE TEACH ENGLISH – The FREE on-Line course for Teachers of English Language Learners, offered by the US Department of State, will be repeated.  The 5 week course begins on January 5, 2015.  Register on-line on this link!

AMERICAN CORNER TRIESTE – Programs, consultation of the library, public internet access computers, and Wi-Fi are always free and open to the public.  It’s a great place to study, meet friends, bring your kids.  The US Department of State has granted us a Gold Standard rating in terms of programs, facilities, services! In addition to our regular library, we also feature and Education Advising Section, Children’s Corner Library and Women’s Space. 

Did you know? The U.S. Consular Information Program 

The Consular Information Program through the U.S. Department of State consists of three main components that provide information to the American public about travel to foreign countries including country specific information, travel warnings and travel alerts. The department issues fact sheets on more than 200 countries. The sheets contain information on entry requirements, crime and security conditions, areas of instability, road safety and other details relevant to travel. To find information about Italy or a future travel destination visit the links below:

Country Specific Information, click here.
Current Travel Warnings, click here.
Current Travel Alerts, click here.
STEP (Smart Traveler  Enrollment Program) enroll to receive updates from the US Embassy to Italy, click here.


Remember that we are a volunteer organization.  We are looking for people to work in the afternoons at the Front Desk, manage library checkouts and for a variety of roles.  Contact us!  We’ll keep you busy!

See you in the Association!       Happy Holidays!

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