Thursday, September 3, 2015

CCR Talk & Aperitivo: Children's Bilingual Language Development - October 2, 2015

Myths and Strategies: Children's Bilingual Language Development 

This interactive talk will discuss some of the common myths parents, teachers, and professionals hold about bilingual language development in preschoolers. For example: Do children learning two languages show a language delay? Is language mixing a cause of concern? Is it better to learn a second language after age 3, when the first language has been acquired? Is perfect bilingualism achievable? What happens to language dominance if we move to another country? How can I best maintain my child's two (or three) languages? Recent research has suggested answers to these questions. In addition, strategies parents, teachers, and other professionals can use for helping children develop one or more languages will be described, with an emphasis on fostering bilingualism.

Luigi Girolametto is a Full Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Faculty of Medicine,
at the University of Toronto. His recent research focuses on bilingual language development in children between 2½ and 5 years of age. The children in his studies speak over 40 different languages in the home, reflective of Toronto's multicultural mix. In Rome, Italy, Luigi is working with Dr Cristina Caselli at the CNR, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, as a consultant to a screening project to determine language delay in 2 year olds. With his colleagues, he is developing a shared book reading intervention (in English and Italian) that can be used for families of children with a delay in vocabulary acquisition.

For more information on Luigi's work, go to: 

Everyone welcome: parents, grandparents, teachers, students -- anyone with an interest in the subject.

Where: Residence of CCR members (Prati area -- details will be sent to registered participants)
When: Friday, October 2, 2015 
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Contribution: Free to attend but please bring an appetizer and/or bottle of wine (depending on the number of people in your group) for the "potluck aperitivo" that will follow.
RSVP: ATTN Linda at by Sept. 30, 2015

Membership Renewal Aperitivo - September 23, 2015

This is the "apero opportunity" to hear about everything that's coming up and to pay your memership dues for 2015-2016. But we'll be pleased as Punch if you bring along some friends even if they aren't planning to become members... because we love to meet new people! The CCR Executive will be there to provide any information you might need.

This is also a good time to also reserve and pay for the official opening, as it will not be possible to participate in this embassy residence event without making prior arrangements.

We'll have our own reserved area at the huge and modern "MomArt" near Piazza Bologna. They offer a great buffet aperitivo, including pizza from the wood-burning oven right in the centre of the venue.

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
MomArt Café, Viale XXI (Ventuno) Aprile, number 19 (a few blocks from Piazza Bologna), tel.: (+39) 06 86391656
Cost: €10.50 for your first drink and unlimited access to the buffet, €6 for additional drink selections
RSVP required to book the correct number of seats: by noon on the 21st.
For the ninth year straight, CCR membership fees have remained frozen! Categories and costs here.

End of Summer Pop-up! - September 16, 2015

Here's our first chance to get together for a drink and nibbles and catch up at the end of the summer. This informal CCR get-together will take place at DoppioZeroo, a well-known foodie venue in the Ostiense area that was among the first in Rome to offer a buffet-style aperitivo featuring their in-house bread products in addition to a wide range of salads -- from pasta and rice to fresh vegetable and seafood.

Look for the table with the Canadian flag, where Anna can take your membership dues in case you can't make it to our main membership renewal event the following week.

When: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: DoppioZeroo, Via Ostiense 68 (at Piazza del Gazometro), tel. 06 573 019 61
Cost: €10 (includes 1 drink and appetizer buffet) or €9 with a non-alcoholic drink selection
Note: No reservations or separate payment needed for this casual get-together. Each participant will be responsible for their own bill and seating arrangements.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Summer Reading for the CCR Book Club / Woks'n'Toks Suggestions

For those hoping to join our ever-popular CCR Book Club in the coming season, we have some advance information if you'd like to acquire the first picks during the summer. The books selected for our first two meetings after the summer holidays will be "The Art Forger" by Barbara Shapiro for our September meeting and "Three Day Road" by Joseph Boyden for October. 

The September meeting will probably take place the last Friday of September but look for further details in our first CCR bulletin in early September 2015.

Our CCR guide, Olivia Ercoli, is planning itineraries for the new club season and would like to know whether CCR members have any suggestions or requests for upcoming walk destinations or talk topics. Send your ideas to ATTN Peter and Olivia.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

CCR Season Closing Fête - June 17, 2015

The gorgeous setting of Hotel Palazzo Montemartini will welcome our fabulous fête to close the 2014-2015 season of the Canadian Club of Rome. We will also be honoured by the presence of the Ambassador to Italy, Peter McGovern, and Madame Sharon McGovern, along with the new Ambassador to the Holy See, Dennis Savoie, and Madame Claudette Savoie, at this gala evening.

The five-star Palazzo Montemartini's luxurious spaces, which are both contemporary and classic, surround sections of the ancient Servian Walls. Our delicious buffet, designed by executive chef Simone Strano, will be served in their stylish "Senses" restaurant and lounge. 

Nori salmon with salmon roe and green apple foam
Cous-cous with vegetable confetti, almonds and Mediterranean spices
Mini beef burgers with mustard and leafy greens
Mini salmon burgers with cocktail sauce and Belgian endive with orange
Crunchy breaded shrimp lollipops
DOP parmigiano reggiano crisps
Classic panzanella (bread & tomato salad)
Sicilian vegetable caponata
Eggplant Parmigiana
Mini rice balls with saffron, peas and Primo Sale cheese
Mini rice balls with veal ragù and mozzarella
Crêpes with Cantabrian Sea anchovies
“Cacio e pepe” (pecorino romano & pepper) crêpes
Mini focaccia sandwiches with prosciutto crudo and rocket greens
Bread sticks with fennel seed and sesame
Vegetable tempura with sweet & sour sauce
Mini tartares with “Chianina” variety beef, with caper flowers and anchovy filets

Sicilian cannoli with sheep’s milk ricotta and nuts
Mini fruit salad with mint and lemon
Assorted maccarons
Passion fruit mousse and coconut crisp 

Water, white & red wines, prosecco, non-alcoholic cocktail, coffee

When: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Palazzo MontemartiniLargo Giovanni Montemartini 20 
Cost: CCR members €45, guests/non-members €60 (NB: event costs are partially sponsored by the CCR); advanced payment required. 
RSVP & Advance payment completed no later than June 12th 3:00 p.m. to
Suggested attire: Best cocktail/elegant informal.
NB: You are financially responsible for your reservation: advanced payment required. Open seating -- no assigned seats except for CCR guests of honour.