March 1, 2008

Greetings from GITA. We had two very successful dinners in
February. At our first dinner on the 11th we were pleased to have as our
guests of honor Gay Italian authors Matteo B. Bianchi and Ivan Cotroneo.
These two novelist/screenwriters were introduced by Valerio Bartolucci,
who had organized their US visit. Matteo and Ivan were in town to present
offerings of their works to appreciative crowds at the GLCC’s Stonewall
Library, ArtServe Auditorium and at Cinema Paradiso. Valerio Bartolucci, a
novelist and writer for the Italian magazine, Babilonia, coordinated the
visits as part of the ArtExplosion activities here in Fort Lauderdale.
We’d like to thank Valerio for his initiative in coordinating these visits
and allowing both artists to join us for dinner at Gita.

Our Italian guests also provided copies of their books and
various memorabilia as raffle gifts at the first dinner and our friends
from EmbroidMe provided fabulous Gita Fashion at the second dinner. All of
this, when added to the regular raffle bounty of Gita Fashion and
Primavera Gift Certificates, made for a very profitable evening for the
lucky winners.

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, March 10,
2008 is sold out

Our next Gita dinner will be on the 10th of March at Primavera
at 7 PM. Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park Boulevard just east
of KMart. Cost is $20 payable at the door. This dinner is completely
booked.

2nd GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, March
24, 2008


We’ll be having a second March Dinner on Monday March 24 at Primavera at
7 PM. Seating is still available for this dinner.

RESERVING SEATS AT DINNER

We are now accepting reservations for parties of ANY SIZE up to
tables of 12. When you make a reservation, please give me the names (both
first and last) of those in your party. ALL seats will be reserved. When
you make a reservation by email I ALWAYS respond. If you don’t get a
response I probably didn’t get your email.

GITA MEMBER NEWS

SAGE presents “VARIETY SHOW 2008”:
Since many of our Gita members are also members of SAGE, we thought we
would extend our best wishes to SAGE on the occasion of their upcoming
“Variety Show 2008”. Featuring performances by the Ft. Lauderdale Gay
Men’s Chorus Ensemble, in-Harmony, the Lambda Chorale, Mr. Sandy Ross as
Marlene Dietrich, the New-Sagettes, and many other local favorites, this
promises to be a fun-filled evening. Billed as a night of “music and
dance, comedy and drag”, this will be a perfect way to top-off your Pride
weekend celebrations. Hosted by Mr. Sandy Ross (female impersonator
extraordinaire), the Show is being held at the Sunshine Cathedral MCC
(1480 SW 9 Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.) on Saturday, April 12th. General
Admission Tickets for the 8PM show are only $25. They may be obtained by
calling the SAGE office at: (954) 720-0833; or by e-mailing SAGE at:
[email protected],net. Hope to see you there.


SANTA FE OPERA TRIP ORGANIZED BY GITA MEMBER
PATRICK CASALI

Join Gita member, Patrick Casali (Professor Emeritus of Humanities) on
an exciting opera excursion (una gita) to Santa Fe, New Mexico: July 28 –
August 3, 2008. This is a 7 day Opera &Arts adventure sponsored by the
North Shore Senior Center of Chicago, combining the cultural
sophistication of an urban center with centuries-old traditions of a
Spanish and Native American heritage. Santa Fe is internationally famous
for its outdoor opera, film festivals, music and dance, as well as
galleries, world-class museums, sophisticated shopping (if fashion is your
passion) and fine dining; its allure as a special city is infectious.
There will be ample time for independent “discovery” while showcasing a
number of must-see sights and events, all designed to provide an
unforgettable experience. Scheduled operas include: Falstaff, The Marriage
of Figaro, and Billy Budd while Radamisto and Adriana Mater are optional.
The tour is all inclusive (airfare, lodging, operas, excursions, etc.) and
priced at $2,485 for double occupancy. For further details on this
exciting tour please contact Patrick at (954) 566-8257 and/or
[email protected]

REAL ESTATE CHAT

The Real Estate Discussion group met in January and reviewed
the current market. Most reported an uptick in activity with more sales
being recorded. Certainly good news for the market. Many people are taking
advantage of the dramatically low selling prices that are currently
available. Great news for buyers and not very good news for sellers.

The recent passage of Amendment 1 has prompted many to take
advantage of the new “portability” feature of the tax program by exploring
the possibility of moving without losing their homesteaded tax advantage.
If you’d like to know how this Amendment affects you don’t hesitate to
call me or any of the fine realtors in our Gita group.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

Mario has gotten our Italian Language Classes going again. The
classes are organized to accommodate all ranges of ability from beginner
to advanced. If you’re interested in learning the language you ought to
take advantage of this great opportunity. For more information contact
Mario at [email protected]

OPERA GROUP

The Opera Group meets frequently to view operas. Some are live
and others are on film. To get more information and to get your name on
their email list you need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at
[email protected]

BRIDGE GROUP

The Bridge Group is back in business and plays a pleasant and
instructive duplicate bridge game on alternate Mondays. Mike Donnelly
provides professional instruction and runs the game. If you’d like to join
the fun or get more information contact Ron Webb 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
954-832-9403.

BOOK BEAT

Finally got around to reading Barack Obama’s book, Dreams From
My Father . In 1990 Obama was elected by his peers as the first black
president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review in its 104 year history.
He wrote this book in 1995 as he was just beginning his political career
in Illinois. This unsentimental memoir recounts his experiences in coming
to terms with his life as the son of a black African father and a white
American mother. It’s a well written book that gave me a great deal of
respect for him and his accomplishments.

Am also recommending The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford. This
is Ford’s third book following his Pulitzer Prize winning Independence Day
. The protagonist, Frank Bascombe, returns as a successful realtor on the
Jersey Shore. This story takes place in November of 2000 just before
Thanksgiving as the presidential election hangs in the balance and a
postnuclear-family Thanksgiving looms in front of him, along with crises
both marital and medical. The book is hilarious and captivating.

PICTURES

Pictures from all previous dinners since 2003 can be found on
the Gita website. From the home page select “Photo Gallery” then select
GITA-Dinners. The site is best accessed using Internet Explorer or Mozilla
Firefox. If you’d like prints, suitable for framing, of any of the photos
on the website, just let me know.

UPCOMING GITA COOKING CLASSES

Chef Giacomo is presenting a number of cooking classes in the
month of March. The regular charge is $50 per person but Gita members get
a 20% discount of $10. Classes are demonstration style, with printed
recipes for your recipe book. Items on the menu will be served with the
featured wines and coffee. To make reservations call Primavera at
954-564-6363 and be sure to tell them at the time that you are a Gita
member. Classes are approximately 2 hours long. His classes are
instructive and entertaining and delicious.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 5, 2008. STARTING AT 1 p.m
FEATURED WINES:
APPETIZER: AVOCADO CRAB CAKES
FIRST COURSE: FUSILLI WITH EGGPLANT BOLOGNESE
SECOND COURSE: VEAL STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST, WITH SOUR CREAM SAUCE
DESSERT: STRAWBERRY CAKE
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SUNDAY MARCH 16 , 2008. STARTING AT 1 p.m.
FEATURED WINES: PINOT GRIGIO &AMARONE
APPETIZER: SPINACH STUFFED MUSHROOMS CUPS
FIRST COURSE: RISOTTO ALLA MILANESE
SECOND COURSE: BEEF OSSOBUCO
DESSERT: TIRAMISU=
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WEDNESDAY MARCH 26, 2008. STARTING AT 1 p.m.
FEATURED WINES: VERNACCIA &VALPOLICELLA
APPETIZER: SOFFIATELLI (PASTRY SHELL WITH 4 CHEESES FILLING)
FIRST COURSE: FETTUCCINE WITH PESTO
SECOND COURSE: SEA BASS WITH ASPARAGUS CRUST, DIJON MUSTARD &WINE SAUCE
DESSERT: CREAM PUFFS


BUSINESS CARDS

We are adding 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 modest
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 to
all of our donors.


Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you on the 10th and/or
the 24th.


Chuck Murabito

Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial

954-629-5525

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