GITA Reunion Dinner Scheduled for Tuesday October 18 at The Pride Center

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October 12, 2016
Greetings from Gita: Gay Italian Americans.  Remember our membership is open to all.  You don’t need to be either gay or Italian to participate.  A fondness for Italian food, wine, art, music or culture is more than enough to qualify.

I apologize for having to postpone our previous dinner but we were all expecting a storm with a lot more drama.  Thank God we were spared.  I hope you all came out of it unscathed.

Our postponed dinner is upcoming next Tuesday, October 18.  We will be meeting at The Pride Center with the doors opening at 6:30 PM for this Post-Columbus Day Extravaganza.  Please let me know if you plan to attend and give me the names of the people in your party.

As a reminder, The Pride Center has no liquor license so we’ll be offering complimentary alcoholic beverages.
The Menu:

Bruschetta

Salad
Bread and Butter

Ossobuco Tortellini

Chicken Cordon Bleu w/Turkey Ham
Ratatouille
Dessert
Coffee, Beer, wine, etc.

$30 Inclusive – Payable at the door.  We’re unable to process credit or debit cards.

And once again we’ll be offering some lavishly extravagant gift prizes in our FREE raffle and many other surprises.

So, again, if you’d like to attend please let me know by providing the names of those in your party.

It should be a fun evening and we’re looking forward to seeing you all once again on Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 P.M.

Cheers,

Chuck and Juan
954-629-5525
[email protected]

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Gita Reunion Dinner Postponed until Tuesday October 18

 

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October 4, 2016
In response to growing apprehension about the looming storm and lots of cancellations we’re going to be postponing tomorrow’s scheduled Gita Reunion and Pre-Columbus Day Extravaganza until Tuesday October, 18 .

It’s hard to find available dates at the Pride Center but we were able to find this one.  Same time:  6:30 PM.

If you had planned to attend tomorrow’s dinner please acknowledge that you’re familiar with the cancellation.  And if you’re planning on attending on the 18th please let me know that as well.

I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but it looked like we weren’t going to have a very good time tomorrow.

If you have questions please feel free to call, text or email.

Thanks for your understanding and hope to see you on the 18th.

Cheers and stay safe,

Chuck and Juan
954-629-5525
[email protected]

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Gita Reminder for Reunion and Pre-Columbus Day Dinner October 5

 

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September 29, 2016
Greetings from Gita: Gay Italian Americans.  Remember our membership is open to all.  You don’t need to be either gay or Italian to participate.  A fondness for Italian food, wine, art, music or culture is more than enough to qualify.

Thanks to all of you who responded so enthusiastically to attend our Gita Reunion and Pre-Columbus Day Dinner at the Pride Center next Wednesday October 5.  Looks like we’re going to have a great crowd.  If you have not already signed up for the dinner please do so as soon as possible.

Remember, we’re meeting at The Pride Center.  It has plenty of space and plenty of free parking and we’ll be offering a terrific catered Italian menu from Giacomo and the new Cafe Primavera.  The Pride Center has no liquor license so we’ll be offering complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  We’ll be opening the doors at 6:30 PM. for this Pre-Columbus Day Extravaganza.  Please plan to pay at the door.  We are unable to process credit cards at the Center.

The Menu:

Bruschetta

Salad
Bread and Butter

Ossobuco Tortellini

Chicken Cordon Bleu w/Turkey Ham
Ratatouille
Dessert
Coffee, Beer, wine, etc.

$30 Inclusive

And once again we’ll be offering some lavishly extravagant gift prizes in our FREE raffle and many other surprises.

If you’d like to attend please let me know by providing the names of those in your party.

It should be a fun evening and we’re looking forward to seeing you all once again on Wednesday October 5 at 6:30 P.M.

Cheers,

Chuck and Juan
954-629-5525
[email protected]

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Gita Newsletter

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September 13, 2016
Greetings from Gita: Gay Italian Americans.  Remember our membership is open to all.  You don’t need to be either gay or Italian to participate.  A fondness for Italian food, wine, art, music or culture is more than enough to qualify.

Hope everyone is doing well.  We are happy to report that we had an enthusiastic response to our previous newsletter suggesting an October Gita Dinner Reunion.

Thanks to those who offered suggestions on a venue for an October Dinner.  We looked at a number of potential sites and after an exhaustive search we eliminated the majority of them for one reason or another.  Some were to small.  Others too expensive.  Some too far away.  Most had no private space.  A few that were otherwise acceptable had horrible food.  And on it went.  You get the picture.

We finally chose The Pride Center.  It has plenty of space and plenty of free parking and we’ll be able to offer a terrific catered Italian menu from Giacomo and the new Cafe Primavera.  The Pride Center has no liquor license so we’ll be offering complimentary alcoholic beverages.  We’ll be opening the doors at 6:30 PM. for this Pre-Columbus Day Extravaganza.

The Menu:

Bruschetta

Salad
Bread and Butter

Ossobuco Tortellini

Chicken Cordon Bleu w/Turkey Ham
Ratatouille
Dessert
Coffee, Beer, wine, etc.

$30 Inclusive

And once again we’ll be offering some lavishly extravagant gift prizes in our FREE raffle and many other surprises.

If you’d like to attend please let me know by providing the names of those in your party.

It should be a fun evening and we’re looking forward to seeing you all once again on Wednesday October 5 at 6:30 P.M.

Cheers,

Chuck and Juan
954-629-5525
[email protected]

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August 27, 2016

 August 27, 2016
Greetings from Gita. Hope you are all doing well and managing to enjoy our warm summer weather.  Ugh.

As it has been more than three years since our last Gita Newsletter I realize that this comes as something of a “blast from the past.” Much has transpired during that time period, but we’re encouraged to learn that some of our Gita activities continue to thrive.

The Italian Language Classes, for instance, are still going strong.
The class meets every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7PM at the restored building (rear entrance) in Richardson Park which is across from Tropics in Wilton Manors on the ‘Drive’. The class fee is $20 a month.  This is an intermediate class; perfect for those wishing to brush up their skills on the beautiful Italian Language.  Newcomers are welcome.

Contact: Marco Sangiorgi; [email protected]

We’re also pleased to report that the Opera & Ballet Groups, under the capable direction of Tony Janik, continue to meet monthly at the Pride Center.  Ballet on the second Sunday of the month (September 11 will be SPARTACUS starring CARLOS ACOSTA with the BOLSHOI BALLET) and Opera on the fourth Sunday of the month (September’s selection TBA).  To join the fun please contact Tony at [email protected]

Juan and I don’t get around as much as we used to but when we do we frequently run into Gita members who we haven’t seen in ages.  It’s always a pleasure to see all of you.  We had a lot of fun times together over the years.  The most frequent question we get asked is “When are we going to have another Gita Dinner?”

  So, in response to an overwhelming outpouring of demand we’ve acquiesced and agreed to hold a Gita Reunion in October on the first Monday of the month as has been our custom.  Although we have some good ideas, the exact location of this event is still under consideration and will be determined by the actual number of those who might choose to attend.  (Suggestions for a locale are always welcome.)

The purpose, therefore, of this email is to find out how many of you might choose to attend such an event.  Please hit “reply” in your email server and tell me, please, whether you might want to attend and, if so, with how many people.  This is but a survey and is, of course, not binding.

Thanks for your time and can’t wait to see you on October 3.

Cheers,

Chuck Murabito  954-629-5525    and Juan Branger   954-224-5056

http://www.Chuckmurabito.com

 

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December 4, 2012

 August 27, 2016
Greetings from Gita. Hope you are all doing well and managing to enjoy our warm summer weather.  Ugh.

As it has been more than three years since our last Gita Newsletter I realize that this comes as something of a “blast from the past.” Much has transpired during that time period, but we’re encouraged to learn that some of our Gita activities continue to thrive.

The Italian Language Classes, for instance, are still going strong. 
The class meets every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7PM at the restored building (rear entrance) in Richardson Park which is across from Tropics in Wilton Manors on the ‘Drive’. The class fee is $20 a month.  This is an intermediate class; perfect for those wishing to brush up their skills on the beautiful Italian Language.  Newcomers are welcome. 
Contact: Marco Sangiorgi; [email protected]

We’re also pleased to report that the Opera & Ballet Groups, under the capable direction of Tony Janik, continue to meet monthly at the Pride Center.  Ballet on the second Sunday of the month (September 11 will be SPARTACUS starring CARLOS ACOSTA with the BOLSHOI BALLET) and Opera on the fourth Sunday of the month (September’s selection TBA).  To join the fun please contact Tony at [email protected]

Juan and I don’t get around as much as we used to but when we do we frequently run into Gita members who we haven’t seen in ages.  It’s always a pleasure to see all of you.  We had a lot of fun times together over the years.  The most frequent question we get asked is “When are we going to have another Gita Dinner?” 

 

  So, in response to an overwhelming outpouring of demand we’ve acquiesced and agreed to hold a Gita Reunion in October on the first Monday of the month as has been our custom.  Although we have some good ideas, the exact location of this event is still under consideration and will be determined by the actual number of those who might choose to attend.  (Suggestions for a locale are always welcome.) 

The purpose, therefore, of this email is to find out how many of you might choose to attend such an event.  Please hit “reply” in your email server and tell me, please, whether you might want to attend and, if so, with how many people.  This is but a survey and is, of course, not binding. 

Thanks for your time and can’t wait to see you on October 3.

Cheers,

Chuck Murabito  954-629-5525    and Juan Branger   954-224-5056

 

 

 

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September 30th, 2012

September 30, 2012
Greetings from Gita, hope everyone is doing well.

I’m still a bit tired from last month’s Newsletter so this one is going to be short.  Thanks for your kind replies. It was great to hear from so many of you.  I always enjoy that.  This is just to let you know that in response to your demands we’ll be resuming the Gita Dinners in October, at Primavera on Monday, October 8, 2012.

Should be a gala event. 

DINNER MEETING

 

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, October 8, 2012
We’re looking forward to seeing you at this month’s dinner on Monday, the 8th of October at 7 PM at Primavera Restaurant. Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park Boulevard just west of Dixie and east of KMart. Cost is $20 payable at the door.
There is currently space available for this dinner. We’re now featuring “Singles” tables for those who’d like to meet new friends.  Hope to see you there.

 

RESERVING SEATS AT DINNER


We are now accepting reservations for parties of ANY SIZE.  Our largest  individual round tables seat a maximum of 12. When you make a reservation, please give me the names (both first and last) of those in your party. ALL seats are reserved.  You can make a reservation by simply responding to this email.  When you make a reservation by email I ALWAYS respond. If you don’t get a response I probably didn’t get your email.

 

We have not had a dinner meeting since May so we’re happy return.

 

OPERA GROUP

Tony reports that starting with “Wagner’s Dream” at 9 PM on Monday Sept. 10th WXEL (Channel 42) will be broadcasting the Met’s new “Ring Cycle” for the rest of the week.  If you enjoy Wagner and missed it in the theatres, here is your chance to view it in the comfort of your own home.
The Opera Group generally meets on the fourth Sunday of the month at the Pride Center at Equality Park to view operas.Fr more information or to get your name on their emai list you need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at  [email protected]   or Tony Janik a  [email protected]

BRIDGE

 

Quick Tricks Duplicate Bridge Club meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 and Saturday afternoons at 12:30 at the Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club, Holiday Park, 700 NE 6th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33304.     

 

All games are charity games, Masterpoints are awarded and a portion of the entry fee is donated to Tuesday’s Angels. Quick Tricks games are sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League and the entry fee remains $6.00 for members $8.00 for non-members and membership is $10 for the first year.     

 

Our evening games are “Open” and our Saturday afternoon game is “0 to 7000 Invitational”. Come out and enjoy bridge, earn points and support Tuesday’s Angels all at the same time.  If you have any questions, please contact Jack De Crescente at 954-636-2050 or at [email protected]

 

      

ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

The GITA Italian Language class (Classe Italiano) has taken the summer off and is in a restructuring period.  The classes are free to all students. In lieu of charging a fee, and because the lessons are provided by volunteers, the participants are invited to make a modest donation to Tuesdays Angels.
For more details you please contact Bobby Caruso at


MAH JONGG

Mah Jongg anyone? this ancient game from China combines skill and luck and is played with tiles. If you like cards or board games and a challenge, you will probably enjoy it. Beginners welcome. Contact Keith at 954-446-5666.


REAL ESTATE

 

The Real Estate Market continues to thrum along.  We continue to see positive movement in the real estate world.  While buyers have had all the best of it for some time now the decrease in real estate inventory has given sellers much encouragement.  Sellers are getting multiple offers, and in some cases, getting above “asking price.”  Your home is probably worth a bit more than it was a year ago.  They tell us that prices have risen at least 5% since last year.  

 

It’s a great time to buy, sell or refinance something.  Let us help you.  We work with Castelli Real Estae Services for Real Estte and work with The Title Company of South Florida for all or your title work needs.  And if you’re thinking of buying or refinancing find how much we can save you on your title insurance and closing costs.

 

PICTURES


Pictures from practically all previous dinners since 2003 can be found on the GITA website.  From the home page select “Photo Gallery” then select GITA-Dinners. If you’d like prints, suitable for framing, of any of the photos on the website just let me know.
BUSINESS CARDS


We are hoping to add more member’s business cards to our website. If you’d like us to add your card you need to either send me a card or email me a scan of your card. The more the merrier.

 

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you all very soon.
Chuck Murabito     954-629-5525                  Juan Branger     954-224-5056
Castelli Real Estate Services
The Title Company of South Florida

   

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September 11, 2012

September 11, 2012

Greetings from Gita

We hope everyone is doing very well.  It’s been a while since our last Newsletter and now that we’ve passed Labor Day and are heading into the Fall we thought it was time to bring you up to date on our activities.  I apologize for abandoning you all this summer. Gita is alive and well but we decided that after nine years and 109 consecutive dinners we needed a vacation.  So we’ve taken a few months off from Gita and have been working hard at Real Estate, Title Insurance and moving.


We started Gita in May nine years ago at the Italian American Civic League in Wilton Manors and we’ve held a dinner meeting each month since then. In fact, we celebrated our 109th consecutive dinner at Primavera in May.  That’s a lot of dinners and we thank all of you for your wonderful support over the years.  Many of you have been coming since the beginning and we’re extremely appreciative of your support.  It has been a lot of fun and you’ve all been terrific. We’re happy that the bridge, opera, and dance groups and the Italian Language Classes continue to thrive and attract new followers and thank Ron Webb, Jack DeCrescente,  Dominic Bisignano, Tony Janik, Mario Petri, Bobby Caruso, John Ritter and many others for their efforts in starting these groups and keeping them going over the years. But, as we said, although we needed a vacation we have every expectation of resuming the dinners in the Fall. Stay tuned.

 

Since the beginning of the year life has been pretty hectic for Juan and me.

 

Last winter we decided to downsize. When we bought our home many years ago one of our main concerns was to be able to accommodate my mom who was no longer able to live on her own. Since her passing we realized that as comfortable as it was we really didn’t need or want a four bedroom home. As the real estate market picked up we noticed that because of a lack of inventory our house was worth quite a bit on the rental market. There is a shortage of good rental properties of all types. When we checked the MLS we found that there were only three houses of any size for rent in our neighborhood and none had four bedrooms. So, we figured we’d rent our house and move to something smaller. The “something smaller” turned out to be a sailboat.

 

We reasoned that a sailboat would give us a cozy place to live and also provide the opportunity for us to do some traveling one of these days. When Juan and I first met back in the ’80’s I was living on a sailboat so returning to that lifestyle was not a totally unknown endeavor; at least for me. We originally thought we might get away on the boat for the summer but that turned out to be a bit optimistic. Not only did we need to find the boat and get our house rented but we also needed to keep pace with the all-of-a-sudden brisk and resurgent Real Estate Market. And on top of all that to prepare for the boat I decided to get my Yacht Captain’s License. So, in the Spring I took a bunch of courses at the local Sea School and passed the rigid Coast Guard exams and now have a Master Captain’s License in the event we decide we’d like to do some chartering or sailing classes.

 

So, the Xtreme downsizing began – from four bedrooms into 40 feet. Little did we realize what a huge job we had undertaken.   It took months to find the right boat and then many more months to clear out the house to make it suitable for tenants. We did flea Markets, yard sales, Poverello, Craig’s List, give to friends, etc. It was not until the beginning of August that everything came together and the tenants moved in and we moved onto the boat in Fort Lauderdale. 

 

Moving onto a sailboat presents a challenging learning curve. My first sailboat was 30 feet long and had a small gasoline engine, a radio, a compass and not much else. The new boat is only 10 feet longer but is packed with a million things that can go wrong or make your life a lot easier when they go right.  From electronics to generator to solar panels to refrigeration to running water to air conditioning, to a myriad of hoses and and small electric motors, to sails and rigging, etc.  Hard to imagine how they cram it all in, but they do. And as a mariner, it’s important that you understand everything about the boat, in the event you’re in Shangri La and one of the something or others stops working. The other thing about living on a sailboat is that it’s very physical lifestyle. Lots of climbing or leaping from the dock to the boat deck and over the gunwale down into the cockpit and then climbing up and down the companionway into the main salon while hauling yourself this way and that. Makes you feel like a monkey but it’s more convenient than joining a gym.  

 

So far, we’re getting very limber and liking it a lot.

 

And during all of this time the real estate market continued to take healthy leaps forward. Juan and I became very busy showing properties to folks who were looking to make some sound investments. He is particularly helpful with the International shoppers. It doesn’t take much to improve on the skimpy interest rates that people are getting on their money these days. Buying rental properties is just one way to do that. I presume you’ve heard it before but there really is a lack of inventory in both the resale and rental markets. Sellers are occasionally even receiving multiple offers on their properties.

 

So, if you’re looking to invest in the real estate market or looking to sell your property or, at least, find out how much it’s worth, or if you just want do talk “real estate” don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d be more than happy to help. And if you’re looking to refinance we’d like to save you some money on your title insurance.

 

Additionally, as I turned 70 last month and Juan and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary, I admitted to myself that I don’t have quite the energy level as I used to. Consequently, we decided that it was time to retire from the restaurant business so that we could once again have a social life and could concentrate on real estate, title insurance and sailing full time.  The past three years at Primavera have been terrific and although it’s a tough business it’s easier when you’re young.  Thank  you for letting us host your parties and celebrations.   

 

And, finally, it is with great sadness that I report the passing of our truly beloved professor of the Gita Italian Language Classes, Il Maestro, John Ritter. For the past three years John volunteered his time and talents hosting the classes at his home. He was a gifted and entertaining teacher who was able to draw on his multi-cultural experiences from the years when he owned a restaurant in Rome. We are truly grateful for having benefited from his talents and will miss him enormously. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones.

 

Thanks to all of you for your continued support.

 

 

DINNER MEETING 

We have not had a dinner meeting since May but plan to return in October.  Stay tuned. 

OPERA GROUP


The Opera Group generally meets on the fourth Sunday of the month at the Pride Center at Equality Park to view operas.  
For more information or to get your name on their email list you need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected] or Tony Janik at [email protected]

Tony reports that starting with “Wagner’s Dream” at 9 PM on Monday Sept. 10th WXEL (Channel 42) will be broadcasting the Met’s new “Ring Cycle” for the rest of the week.  If you enjoy Wagner and missed it in the theatres, here is your chance to view it in the comfort of your own home.

BALLET


The Ballet Group generally meets on the 2nd (second) Sunday of the month and the Opera Group meets on the 4th (fourth) Sunday of the month.  The Ballet Group also meets at the Pride Center at Equality Park.    

   

BRIDGE    

Quick Tricks Duplicate Bridge Club meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 and Saturday afternoons at 12:30 at the Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club, Holiday Park, 700 NE 6th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33304.     

 

All games are charity games, Masterpoints are awarded and a portion of the entry fee is donated to Tuesday’s Angels. Quick Tricks games are sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League and the entry fee remains $6.00 for members $8.00 for non-members and membership is $10 for the first year.     

 

Our evening games are “Open” and our Saturday afternoon game is “0 to 7000 Invitational”. Come out and enjoy bridge, earn points and support Tuesday’s Angels all at the same time.  If you have any questions, please contact Jack De Crescente at 954-636-2050 or at [email protected]

 

      

ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES 

The GITA Italian Language class (Classe Italiano) has taken the summer off and is in a restructuring period.  The classes are free to all students. In lieu of charging a fee, and because the lessons are provided by volunteers, the participants are invited to make a modest donation to Tuesdays Angels.
For more details you please contact Bobby Caruso at
.
MAH JONGG 


Mah Jongg anyone? this ancient game from China combines skill and luck and is played with tiles. If you like cards or board games and a challenge, you will probably enjoy it. Beginners welcome. Contact Keith at 954-446-5666.


REAL ESTATE

 

We’re definitely seeing some positive movement in the real estate world.  While buyers have had all the best of it for some time now the decrease in real estate inventory has given sellers some encouragement.  Your home is probably worth a bit more than it was a year ago. 

 

It’s a great time to buy something or refinance something.  Let us help you.  We work with Castelli Real Estate Services for Real Estate and work with The Title Company of South Florida for all of our title work needs.  And if you’re thinking of buying or refinancing find out if we can save you some money on your title insurance and closing.  

PICTURES


Pictures from practically all previous dinners since 2003 can be found on the GITA website.  From the home page select “Photo Gallery” then select GITA-Dinners. If you’d like prints, suitable for framing, of any of the photos on the website just let me know.

 

BUSINESS CARDS


We are hoping to add more member’s business cards to our website. If you’d like us to add your card you need to either send me a card or email me a scan of your card. The more the merrier.

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you all very soon.
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May 7th, 2012

Greetings from Gita.

We hope everyone is doing well.  Another month has flown by and we’re into May already.   Hard to believe.  For the past 9 years we’ve been able to have Gita dinners 12 months a year.  This summer Juan and I are planning on doing some traveling so we will probably take a month or two off.  We’ll keep you posted.

We thank you all for your good wishes and continued support and hope to see you very soon.

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, May 14, 2012

The Gita Dinners for the past few months have been very well attended and we’ve had some fun.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at this month’s dinner on Monday, the 14h of May at 7 PM at Primavera Restaurant. Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park Boulevard just west of Dixie and east of KMart. Cost is $20 payable at the door.  There is currently space available for this dinner. We’re now featuring “Singles” tables for those who’d like to meet new friends.  Hope to see you there.

RESERVING SEATS AT DINNER

We are now accepting reservations for parties of ANY SIZE.  Our largest  individual round tables seat a maximum of 12. When you make a reservation, please give me the names (both first and last) of those in your party. ALL seats are reserved.  You can make a reservation by simply responding to this email.  When you make a reservation by email I ALWAYS respond. If you don’t get a response I probably didn’t get your email.


PRIMAVERA has been very busy during the winter season.  Thanks to all of you who’ve chosen to avail yourselves of the restaurant’s flexible party configurations.

So, remember Primavera can provide a variety of banquet services.   When you’re planning a party plan on talking with Giacomo at Primavera – 954-564-6363.


OPERA GROUP

The Opera Group generally meets on the fourth sunday of the month at the Pride Center at Equality Park to view operas.   For more information or to get your name on their email list you need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected] or Tony Janik at [email protected]


BALLET

The Ballet Group generally meets on the 2nd (second) Sunday of the month and the Opera Group meets on the 4th (fourth) Sunday of the month.  The Ballet Group also meets at the Pride Center at Equality Park.    

On Sunday, May 13th at 1 PM in the Pride Center in Wilton Manors we will present MAO’S LAST DANCER.

The current tension over personal freedom for a Chinese dissident between China and the USA which over powered the meetings scheduled for Secretary of State Clinton has inspired our choice for Sunday’s meeting.

Internationally acclaimed and award winning MAO’S LAST DANCER is the fascinating true and epic tale of Li Cunxin, a peasant boy from rural China who beats impossible odds to become a world-renowned ballet dancer.  Through breathtaking talent and sheer determination, Li makes his way to the United States, but when he falls in love with an American woman, he must risk everything to remain here.  The resultant political and cultural crisis of thirty years ago is echoed in today’s headlines.

Filmed on location in China, with surprising co-operation and help from China, you get a glimpse of the training that is providing so many of today’s brilliant Chinese dancers – including the film’s star.  It was also filmed in the real locales in Houston and Washington, D.C.

Add some exciting dance sequences from classic, modern and Chinese ballets to the real life drama and your are in for an afternoon that will stir your soul and leave you cheering.

 

R.S.V.P. to either Tony at [email protected] or to Dominic at [email protected]  

 

BRIDGE

Quick Tricks Duplicate Bridge Club meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 and Saturday afternoons at 12:30 at the Hagen Park Community Center in Wilton Manors.  All games are charity games, masterpoints are awarded and a portion of the entry fee for all games is donated to Tuesday’s Angels. Quick Tricks games are sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League and the entry fee remains $6.00. Come out and enjoy bridge, earn points and support Tuesday’s Angels all at the same time.  If you have any questions, please contact Jack De Crescente at 954-636-2050 or at [email protected]


ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES 

The GITA Italian Language class (Classe Italiano) continues to offer weekly sessions in the joy of learning to speak Italian. The classes are free to all students. In lieu of charging a fee, and because the lessons are provided by volunteers, the participants are invited to make a donation to Tuesdays Angels.

The classes meet Wednesdays at the home of our Maestro, Johnny Ritter, from 6:30PM to 8PM. Newcomers are always welcome.  For more details you may contact Bobby Caruso at b[email protected].   

MAH JONGG

Mah Jongg anyone? this ancient game from China combines skill and luck and is played with tiles. If you like cards or board games and a challenge, you will probably enjoy it. Beginners welcome. Contact Keith at 954-446-5666.  

REAL ESTATE

We’re definitely seeing some positive movement in the real estate world.  While buyers have had all the best of it for some time now the decrease in real estate inventory has given sellers some encouragement.  Your home is probably worth a bit more than it was a year ago. 

 

It’s a great time to buy something or refinance something.  Let us help you.  We work with Castelli Real Estate Services for Real Estate and work with The Title Company of South Florida for all of our title work business.  And if you’re thinking of buying or refinancing find out if we can save you some money on your title insurance and closing.  

PICTURES

Pictures from practically all previous dinners since 2003 can be found on the GITA website.  From the home page select “Photo Gallery” then select GITA-Dinners. If you’d like prints, suitable for framing, of any of the photos on the website just let me know.

BUSINESS CARDS

We are hoping to add more member’s business cards to our website. If you’d like us to add your card you need to either send me a card or email me a scan of your card. The more the merrier.

DINNER RAFFLE

Each month at our dinners we have a raffle and give away extravagant prizes. There is no charge to participate in the raffle. Again this month we will be accepting modest raffle gifts from interested members who choose to promote their business in this most entertaining way.   

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you all on the 14th.

Chuck Murabito

Castelli Real Estate Services
The Title Company of South Florida

954-629-5525  

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April 5th, 2012

Greetings from Gita.

We hope everyone is doing well.  The Season seems to be winding down.  We can already see the reduced traffic on the highways.  We’re happy to note that the number of buyers has increased this Spring.

We thank you all for your good wishes and continued support and hope to see you very soon.


GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, April 9, 2012

The Gita Dinners for the past few months have been very well attended and we’ve had some fun.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at this month’s dinner on Monday, the 9th of April at 7 PM at Primavera Restaurant. Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park Boulevard just west of Dixie and east of KMart. Cost is $20 payable at the door.  There is currently space available for this dinner. We’re now featuring “Singles” tables for those who’d like to meet new friends.  Hope to see you there.


RESERVING SEATS AT DINNER

We are now accepting reservations for parties of ANY SIZE.  Our largest  individual round tables seat a maximum of 12. When you make a reservation, please give me the names (both first and last) of those in your party. ALL seats are reserved.  You can make a reservation by simply responding to this email.  When you make a reservation by email I ALWAYS respond. If you don’t get a response I probably didn’t get your email.

PRIMAVERA has been very busy during the winter season.  Thanks to all of you who’ve chosen to avail yourselves of the restaurant’s flexible party configurations.

So, remember Primavera can provide a variety of banquet services.   When you’re planning a party plan on talking with Giacomo at Primavera – 954-564-6363.


OPERA GROUP

The Opera Group generally meets on the fourth sunday of the month at the Pride Center at Equality Park to view operas.   For more information or to get your name on their email list you need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected] or Tony Janik at [email protected]


BALLET

The Ballet Group generally meets on the 2nd (second) Sunday of the month and the Opera Group meets on the 4th (fourth) Sunday of the month.  The Ballet Group also meets at the Pride Center at Equality Park. 

 

April brings many things–especially holidays this year.  As a result, there will be no Ballet Group meeting on the 2nd Sunday.

 

All is not lost, however.

 

We will have a special treat for everyone on the 4th Sunday, April 22nd.  An opera which will be staged as a ballet, intermingling the singers and dancers in an incredibly beautiful experience.

 

Watch your email for further details.

 

In the meantime, enjoy your holiday.

 

Dominic, Tony and Arthur.

Here again, to get your name on their email list you need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected] or Tony Janik at [email protected]

 

BRIDGE

Quick Tricks Duplicate Bridge Club meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 and Saturday afternoons at 12:30 at the Hagen Park Community Center in Wilton Manors.  All games are charity games, masterpoints are awarded and a portion of the entry fee for all games is donated to Tuesday’s Angels. Quick Tricks games are sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League and the entry fee remains $6.00. Come out and enjoy bridge, earn points and support Tuesday’s Angels all at the same time.  If you have any questions, please contact Jack De Crescente at 954-636-2050 or at [email protected]


ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES 

The GITA Italian Language class (Classe Italiano) continues to offer weekly sessions in the joy of learning to speak Italian. The classes are free to all students. In lieu of charging a fee, and because the lessons are provided by volunteers, the participants are invited to make a donation to Tuesdays Angels.

The classes meet Wednesdays at the home of our Maestro, Johnny Ritter, from 6:30PM to 8PM. Newcomers are always welcome.  For more details you may contact Bobby Caruso at [email protected].   

MAH JONGG

Mah Jongg anyone? this ancient game from China combines skill and luck and is played with tiles. If you like cards or board games and a challenge, you will probably enjoy it. Beginners welcome. Contact Keith at 954-446-5666.  

REAL ESTATE

 

It’s a great time to buy something or refinance something.  Let us help you.  We work with Castelli Real Estate Services for Real Estate and work with The Title Company of South Florida for all of our title work business.  And if you’re thinking of buying or refinancing find out if we can save you some money on your title insurance and closing.

 

 PICTURES

Pictures from practically all previous dinners since 2003 can be found on the GITA website.  From the home page select “Photo Gallery” then select GITA-Dinners. If you’d like prints, suitable for framing, of any of the photos on the website just let me know.

BUSINESS CARDS

We are hoping to add more member’s business cards to our website. If you’d like us to add your card you need to either send me a card or email me a scan of your card. The more the merrier.

DINNER RAFFLE

Each month at our dinners we have a raffle and give away extravagant prizes. There is no charge to participate in the raffle. Again this month we will be accepting modest raffle gifts from interested members who choose to promote their business in this most entertaining way.   

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you all on the 12th.

Chuck Murabito

Primavera Restaurant
Castelli Real Estate Services
The Title Company of South Florida

954-629-5525  

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