Mostly Opera, a non-profit theater group featuring local and regional singers, along with dancers from the Scranton Civic Ballet, will present "Viva Italia!" an evening of Italian songs, in celebration of Columbus Day, on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Scranton Hilton.   The event will feature a full course dinner with an Italian theme to accompan...

by Michael Muskal   In addition to a three-city tour in the United States this year, Pope Francis will visit South America and Africa, it was reported on Monday. The pope said he will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay as well as the Central African Republic and Uganda. Details on the trip were still pending.   In the United Sta...

Patrick L. Gilkey, a Lincoln High senior has been awarded a 2015 Corona D'Italia $500.00 scholarship. This award is given to a child or grandchild of an active member of the Corona D'Italia Lodge #807 or Sons of Italy #607 who attain the scholastic record and involvement in school activities as required.   The grandson of member Mary Jane Fo...

Dal 20 al 27 ottobre 2013 la IACCGP organizzerà a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, una missione esplorativa imprenditoriale e commerciale, rivolta a tutte le imprese italiane interessate ad avviare o rafforzare rapporti economici con le imprese locali della Greater Philadelphia, un mercato di sicuro interesse nel quale sono in atto divers...

Author and scholar Dr. Simone Cinotto will deliver a lecture and sign copies of his new book, The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City at Drexel University's Center for Hospitality and Sport Management on Monday, May 12 at 5pm.   In his talk, Cinotto will discuss how food was at the center of the lives of immi...

DisCanto is a group of Italian conservatory-trained musicians who reinterpret traditional Abruzzese and ethnic southern Italian songs through contemporary and traditional instrumentation.   Sung in dialect, the songs evoke the Apennine Mountains, which have defined Abruzzo's culture, and cover historical themes of celebration, mourning, and...

Three local standout athletes were among those honored at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Chapter's 29th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner held this past April. Monessen's Donna DeMarino Sanft was a Hall of Fame inductee while Louis "Bimbo" Cecconi of Donora received the Frank A. Santamaria Lifetime Achievement Award. B...

La Festa Italiana will be extended to four days this year, starting Friday, Sept. 4, and running through Monday, Sept. 7. Organizers decided to start early for the 40th annual festival, which traditionally spans Labor Day weekend, because it coincides with First Friday, said Christopher DiMattio, chairman of the La Festa committee.   Fe...

by Tim Jimenez   A month-long celebration of Italian culture called "Ciao Philadelphia" wraps up with a number of events this week. There's an Italian Cinema Night at Widener University on Wednesday. On Friday, it's a Wine and Cheese tasting at Drexel.   Andrea Canepari is Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia. For a second yea...

by Bob Kalinowski   Neno Sartini, one of Northeastern Pennsylvania's leading advocates for veterans, died on Tuesday afternoon, his wife said. He was 85. Sartini served in the Air Force for 27 years, retiring as a master sergeant. The Wilkes-Barre man fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his ser...