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The annual event will be on Sunday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m. and will be held at the NorthPark East Association Clubhouse, 9996 Grove Street, Westminster.  As usual, the Society will be providing wine, coffee, gelato and sodas along with cups, plates and plastic ware.  Members whose last name begins with A through R are asked to bring heavy hors d'oevres, and members with last names beginning with the initial S through Z are asked to bring a dessert.  For additional information and RSVP please contact Vera Buffaloe at 303-886-0608,  buffaloev@gmail.com.

We are asking that you bring a white elephant gift for the member exchange; no need to go shopping, just look around your house for something you wondered why you bought in the first place.

Street Directions to NorthPark East Association Clubhouse:  The best and easy way is to go North on Federal Blvd. to the street light of Northpark Ave. (100th), (if you pass 104th Ave., you went too far) turn left (West) at Northpark Ave., go one block and turn left at 99th Ave., turn left again at Grove St., go 2-1/2 blocks.  The clubhouse will be on your right side.

If you would rather use Map Quest or Google Map, use/enter 9897 Grove Street.

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It’s that time of year again.  Membership renewal cards will be going out at the end of the month.  I hope you will join us for another year of interesting lectures, movies and fun.  Please review the information on the card and make any corrections before mailing it back to me with your payment.

Attention students:

If you plan to continue taking language classes in 2020, it will be necessary for you to renew your membership regardless of when you joined the DAS.  Please pay for your class and membership at the same time.  If I receive payment prior to mailing the renewal cards, I will not send a card to you.  Instead I will check your current information from your registration and fill the card out for you.   Grazie, Rhonda.


My sincere wishes to you and your families for a Joyous Holiday Season. As I near the end of my first year as your president of the Dante Alighieri Society, I want to express my thanks to all who have given of their time, talents and treasures to keep the Society strong and relevant to our Italian community. A special thanks goes to my Board of Directors who have not only supported me but each other in maintaining the viability of the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver.

The success of October’s Italian Heritage Month is definitive proof of the support the Board has provided for our goal of promoting the Italian culture. Susan Gurule, who masterminded Italian Heritage Month, deserves a special “Thank You” for her efforts. She will be joining the Board in January as our new Vice-president for Programs and my personal liaison to the other Italian organizations.

Just a reminder, the Society is still seeking someone for the Scholarship Committee Chairperson position. Pamela Marcantonio and Veronica Goodrich agreed to being interim co-chairs of the Committee for this year with the understanding that a permanent Chair would be in place for next year’s campaign. So please contact me in you have interest in the position.  Buon Natale a tutti! 

John Giardino



The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver gives a warm welcome to our latest member:  Francesca Howell of Boulder.


The Society is starting a new feature in the Notiziario that will be called “Dear Dante Alighieri Society”.  You will be able to write in with your thoughts and suggestions. Letters should be 50 words or less. We will publish four letters a month and respond when appropriate.  We are anxious to hear from you.  Vice President Nick Napoli niju315@gmail.com or 315 Monroe St., Denver 80206.


As the twenty plus people sat around the card tables on Saturday afternoon on October 26th, the feeling was that we wanted to continue on a regular basis to play Scopa. We were having so much fun playing Scopa we didn't get around to learning Briscola, which we want to learn how to play. Because we want to include all members and guests, what I'd like to know is who wants to continue to play Scopa on a monthly basis. Please email me at susangurule@msn.com or call me at 720-484-1014 to let me know if you want to play. Thank you, Susan


Applications for our Dante Alighieri Academic and Music Scholarships are now available online at the Dante website, https://dantealighieriofdenver.com/ .  Colleges and universities have been notified of this opportunity for those students who are hoping to participate in study-abroad programs in Italy.  The application deadline is April 4, 2020, giving the Scholarship Committee ample time to determine scholarship winners prior to the May 3, 2020, Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Arvada Center – save the date now.



The Dante Alighieri Society will offer a 10-week winter session of Italian language classes, beginning January 13, 2020.  The schedule for winter classes will be posted on the Dante Alighieri website by December 1, and is listed below.  Students must register and pay for classes through the website.  The classes are taught by experienced and talented bi-lingual teachers.  Each class meets for 90 minutes, once a week, at 3549 Navajo Street, Denver, in the parish offices of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.  Cost is $115 for members and $145 for non-members.  New members are welcome to join the Dante Alighieri Society when they register for classes.  For more information, please contact the Education Chair Suzanne Fasing at suzannefasing@yahoo.com  or call 303-810-9042.   To register and pay for classes, visit the web site:  https://dantealighieriofdenver.com/classes/language-classes

The registration deadline for the winter session is January 6, 2020.



Beginner Level Italian Classes

Beginner 1.  Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning March 25, 2020 through May 27, 2020 (Brunetti). In this class students with little or no knowledge of Italian will learn to communicate in simple everyday situations. Students will study the basic building blocks of the Italian language, including the alphabet, rules of pronunciation, basic syntax, and grammatical structures. Topics include subject pronouns, definite and indefinite articles, regular verbs in the present tense, and noun-adjective agreement.
Required Text: 
The Italian Project 1a.

Beginner 2.  Mondays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning March 23, 2020 through June 1, 2020 (no class on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020) (DiMaggio). In this class students will build upon their existing knowledge while incorporating new vocabulary and grammatical structures through conversation, role plays, listening, reading and writing activities. Topics include irregular and modal verbs in the present tense, articulated prepositions, and possessive adjectives.
Required Text: The Italian Project 1a.

Beginner 3.  Tuesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning March 24, 2020 through May 26, 2020 (Jensen).  In this class, students will build upon their existing knowledge  through conversation, role plays, listening, reading and writing activities.  Topics include past verb tenses, prepositions, telling time, and ordering in a restaurant.
Required Text: The Italian Project 1a.

Beginner 4.  Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning March 26, 2020 through May 28, 2020 (Brunetti). In this class students will build upon their prior studies through role plays, listening, reading and writing activities. Topics include the past and future verb tenses, and train travel.  Required Text:  The Italian Project 1a.

Intermediate 1.  Mondays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning March 23, 2020 through June 1, 2020 (no class on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020) (DiMaggio).  In this class students will build upon their prior studies through role plays, listening, reading and writing activities. Topics include past verb tenses and possessive pronouns.  Required Text:  The Italian Project 1b.

Intermediate 2 will be offered in future sessions.

Intermediate 3.  Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning March 25, 2020 through May 27, 2020 (Brunetti).  In this class students will continue to expand their studies of increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary through listening activities, role plays, readings, education videos and written assignments. Topics include direct object pronouns, reflexive verbs and the impersonal form.
Required Text: The Italian Project 1b.


Italian Literature 202.  Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning March 24, 2020, through May 26, 2020 (Jensen).  Advanced Intermediate class on Alessandro Manzoni’s I Promessi Sposi.  The book is a shortened and easier version than the original.  Students will read, listen and discuss book as well as do grammar, vocabulary and comprehension exercises on each chapter of book.  A strong knowledge of language is necessary to engage in conversation.  Students will discuss the book in present, past, future and conditional tenses. Required Text: I Promessi Sposi (ISBN: 9788853617637)  Students may purchase this book from internet booksellers, including applauselearning.com, bookdepository.com, europeanbookshop.com or by clicking this link for the publisher of ELI graded readers:     by clicking this link: 


Conversation 207.  Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning March 26, 2020 through May 28, 2020 (Brunetti).  This class will be full immersion. Students will be able to converse, understand, and write on a variety of subjects including but not limited to art and literature. Emphasis will be on becoming “linguistically flexible.”
Required Text: The Italian Project 2b.


The Dante Society’s Italian conversation group usually meets on the fourth Saturday of every month, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Brew Culture Coffee Shop, 3620 West Colfax Avenue in Denver.  The group will not meet in December due to the holiday break.  The conversation group is open to all Dante language students and Society members from beginners to fluent speakers.  There is no charge to meet.  This conversation group gives students and members a chance to practice speaking Italian in a welcoming and supportive environment.  It complements the very robust program of Italian language classes offered by the Society.  Future dates will be published in the Notiziario.  If you would like to participate, or if you would like more information, please contact the Education Chair, Suzanne Fasing at suzannefasing@yahoo.com



DIA is getting direct Norwegian Air flight to Italian capital in 2020.  Put on a stylish sunglasses-scarf combo and start saying “Ciao” into the mirror, Denver.  Come springtime, there will be a direct flight from DIA to Rome.  Norwegian Air will launch seasonal service between DIA and the Italian capital on March 31, the low-cost international carrier announced.  (The Denver Post, November 12, 2019)


Dante discount card

Once again, the agreement between the Vatican and the Dante has been renewed once again for the year 2020.   It allows us to visit the museums at a lower price and get in front of the long lines simply by presenting the Dante Society membership card. The cost to visit the Museums is 16 euros per person, and 1 euro if you decide to purchase the Art and Faith DVD on the Treasures of the Vatican.   The Dante membership card may be obtained by contacting Rhonda Hopkins at 720-596-4169, rhop626@gmail.com, or Gianfranco Marcantonio at 303-494-3080 glm3942@yahoo.com .

For additional privileges for Dante members while in Italy, please visit the following site: http://ladante.it/diventa-socio/le-convenzioni



The excellence of Italian cuisine at Expo 2020 Dubai. 

The excellence of Italian cuisine will be present at the Expo 2020 in Dubai. It will do so at one of Culinary Experience Pod, among many others, eagerly awaited news of the World Expo which kicks off on October 20 next year.

The Commissariat of Section proceeded, through the Directorate General for the promotion of the country's system of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to warn the associations of Italian cuisine, receiving two expressions of interest. The events will now be forwarded to the organizers of Expo 2020 for evaluation. The Culinary Pod will be located at the District of Opportunity Expo 2020.

Italian Pasta grows with supply chain contracts. 

It is experiencing a sharp turn sovereigntist the pasta with the emergence and rapid proliferation of brands that guarantee the Italian origin of the grain used with the entry into force in February 2018 compulsory indication of origin on the label, strongly supported by Coldiretti. And 'what the main European agricultural organization that has called for support to supply chain contracts with rewards for quality improvement at the table of grain and pasta convened by the Minister of Agriculture Teresa Bellanova.

italian tasteA phenomenon that involves virtually all major pastarie industries that have developed its own line 100% Made in Italy. We must support the cultivation of durum wheat in Italy, which fell below the 4 million tons, down 5% compared to 2018. The Coldiretti also calls for action to improve the storage centers for improving the quality, promotion and transparency on prices with the start of the Ministerial Committee on National (Cun).

Italy is Europe's largest producer and second largest durum wheat for the dough on a cultivated area dropped to 1.2 million hectares concentrated in southern Italy, especially in Apulia and Sicily, which alone account for about 40% of the national production.

Milan Wine Week: actions to promote the Made in Italy wine. 

Finance and Credit, digital transformation and competitiveness, internationalization and marketing in the global era, trade and protection of the exchanges, innovation and sustainability: these are the challenges that draw the current competitive landscape of Made in Italy wine.

As discussed more than 100 entrepreneurs and top managers of companies in the industry with experts of the individual disciplines, in Wine Business Forum, center of Milan Wine Week event. Internationalization, Credit and Finance, Innovation and Sustainability, Commerce and trade protection, digital transformation and competitiveness: these are the themes addressed in the five working groups. (ItalPlanet News)


Over the past 2 years, King Soopers has generously donated over $1,200 to our Scholarship program based on your purchases.

Unless the bottom of your King Soopers receipt says “we are donating to the Dante Alighieri Society..” the Dante isn’t benefiting from your purchase.  You can link your King Soopers loyalty card (phone #) to The Dante by selecting BF884 from King Soopers website/community rewards.  It’s a bit complicated:  contact Carol Marsala ( clmarsala@gmail.com 303.237.0688) for information.

2020 Calendar

Cultural Meetings

Feb. Friday 14

March, Friday 13


Friday 14 - Night at the movies      



Language – Spring begin March 23, 2020


NOTE: Cultural meetings, movies, and cooking classes take place at Mt. Carmel Church Parish Hall, 3549 Navajo St., Denver.

Language classes are taught at Mt. Carmel Church Office.