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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.

CURRENT AND FUTURE EVENTS

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 several Monthly Dinners in 2023, a Winemaker Dinner in February and our annual Pizza event in July. Events are planned for November & December described in the following. As reported in the last newsletter, the heavy winter rains caused roof and ceiling damage at the Italian Cultural Center. Additionally, termite infestation was found and needed attention. This was addressed and damaged areas removed and replaced with new material and painted. The Foundation is seeking tax deductible donations earmarked for the NBICF Building Fund.

In order to raise funds to support our Travel Abroad Scholarships, the Board of Directors has authorized a Raffle for a Free Trip to Italy. 10 Days for 2 people in Tuscany!  Tickets for the raffle are $25. First Prize includes airfare, lodging, and transportation. Click on this link  to view and print a flyer with information on purchasing tickets.  For information on the  Terms & Conditions for the raffle, click here. 

Note: The winner of the raffle will be announced at the March 14 Dinner at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
Winners do not need to be present – they will be notified by phone & email. 

The next dinner event is scheduled for March 14 Dinner at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Dinner will be prepared by Pasta King Catering. Doors open at 5 Dinner at 6 pm. Dinner includes: Antipasti, Salad, Ravioli, Chicken Fettuccine, rolls, Dessert with Wine at the Table. No outside liquor allowed. Open seating – arrive early to ensure seating for your entire party. Reservations required by March 10.   To make a Reservation and pay online, visit the Reservation page by clicking here.  Click here for the mail-in reservation form.  Reservations required by March 10.

On Saturday, February 24 NBICF welcomes Viola Buitoni, Chef, Instructor and Author for a Talk & Tasting presentation from 2-4 pm at the NBICF Center. Seating is limited to 40. Reservations are required for this event by February 20.  Click here for a mail-in reservation form.  Also see the Newsletter insert with details about ordering her cook book Italy by Ingredient

The March-April Newsletter includes information additional activities and events. Click here to review the current newsletter. The following is a summary of activities described in the newsletter. 

  • February 24, 2024 – Saturday, 2 pm: Author Talk & Tasting, with
    Chef Viola Buitoni at the NBICF Center.
  • February 25 – Sunday, 1:30pm: Sundays at the Center with
    Diane McCurdy, film: Malèna (2000) 1h 32m Comedy/Romance (R)
    For a Mail-In reservation form for the Jan 29, Feb 18 & Feb 24 events click here. 
  • March 14, 2024 – Thursday, (doors open at 5pm, meeting and dinner at 6pm): Members Dinner Meeting at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. The winner of the Trip to Italy Raffle will be announced at this dinner. Winners of the Italy Trip and 2nd & 3rd place place winners of the Riviera gift certificates will also be announced. Winners do not need to be present.
  • March 24, 2024 – Sunday, 1:30pm: Sundays at the Center with
    Diane McCurdy, film: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001) 2h 11 m
  • April 28, 2024 – Sunday, 1:30pm: Sundays at the Center with Diane
    McCurdy, film: Finding the Mother Lode (2014) 1h 20 m Documentary

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.

Any offering described in this website should not be read as an endorsement or warranty by NBICF.
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