To celebrate our 15th anniversary year, PBSCA will be joining Customized Journeys on a very special 10-day group trip to Bologna and surrounding areas! We will experience all the delicacies of Emilia Romagna and neighboring Piedmont -- from Prociutto di Parma to Barolo -- as well as taking time to relax and enjoy the finer things in life. Interested in joining us? All the details can be found on the Customized Journeys website.
Our friends at E&R Wine Shop will present this tasting featuring a variety of wines from the environs of Bologna and throughout Emilia-Romagna. Reds, whites and sparkling wines will be poured. Complete details soon. $20 per attendee with 50% supporting Portland Bologna Sister City Association.
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Mark your calendars now for Sagra, our annual fundraising even to support our Youth Exchange program. Join us for an evening of celebration:
- Live music from Portland's own Mbrascatu
- Delicious local Italian food from our friends at Bocci's on 7th
- Dessert from the delightful Gelato Maestro
- A selection of fine wine (your first drink included in ticket price!)
- Stories from Bologna from our Youth Ambassador
- A silent auction including fine art, travel, food, and other temptations
Enjoy delicious Italian appetizers and wine, relax in our hosts' lovely garden, or take a dip in the pool! We will gather from 2-5 pm to enjoy the summer weather and celebrate our Youth Exchange participants. We can't wait to hear stories about their trip!
Our friend Ted Secolo has generously agreed to host the party at his lovely home in North Plains, just about 30 minutes from downtown Portland. You will love this beautiful country setting, and kids (or kids at heart) will enjoy the pool.
$15-$25 sliding scale suggested donation per adult, kids and teens welcome at no charge!
(Donations will be collected at the event. Cash, check, or card.)
Get the scoop at our June 27 information session!
Join Customized Journeys on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:00 pm at their offices at 431 NW Flanders Street #100, and you will:
- Hear all the details of the trip
- Meet your prospective fellow travelers
- Get all your questions answered
- Enjoy light appetizers and drinks!
Please RSVP here if you would like to join us!
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We are gathering at an honest-to-goodness Italian family dinner, complete with long tables, set end to end, covered in tablecloths and laid out for our very first La Polenta dinner. Grab your moms, dads, kids, aunts, uncles, and nonni and drive to Club Paesano Cedarville Park on Wednesday, June 7th. The park is located at 3800 W. Powell Loop in Gresham (just east of SE 182nd and Powell Blvd). Arrive at 6:00pm to help set up; dinner will be on the table at 7:30pm; we will all clear the table and clean up about 8:30pm. Your only cost is to bring one bottle of wine! The dinner will be homemade polenta with meat sauce (vegetarian option available) served family-style on large platters in the center of the table, Parmigiano on the side, Caesar salad, and fresh bread, followed by your choice of chocolate or rum cake for dessert. There will be non-alcoholic beverages for the bambini. Coffee and water will be available too. A simple meal, shared by friends and family. The Amici d’Italia, Club Paesano, and the Portland-Bologna Sister City Association have teamed up to present this “Italian family” event. This is an evening with no agenda, simply a time for la famiglia Italiana to sit together around a communal table. And just like any Italian family dinner, everyone will help set up, serve, and clean up.
Join us for a sumptuous, four-course dinner including apperitivi, lambrusco, pasta, main course, wine and dessert at the cozy a Cena Ristorante in Sellwood. Bolognese chef Gabriele Gabeski is ready to serve us up a feast! Click here to check out the menu! Enjoy old friends and new and learn more about our upcoming trip to Bologna with Portland's very own, Customized Journeys. Basic ticket price at $60 covers dinner, wine and gratuity. Buy a $75 ticket to donate $15 to PBSCA!
Join us to preview some of the great Italian films coming our way next month in the Italian Film Fest. Share vino, appetizers, and great company as you get the first look at the film fest. Your $25 ticket provides you with a great time and supports both PBSCA and the film fest!
Join us for an informal, no-host happy hour and conversation with Gabriele Manella from the University of Bologna. Gabrielle is here for a few short weeks to learn more about Portland's approach to urban sustainability and local participation. Come participate! Learn about lessons from Bologna and share your perspectives on Portland. RSVP is appreciated but not required.
It’s time once again: time for our annual Youth Exchange fundraiser, the PBSCA Sagra.
In Italy, a Sagra is a village fair celebrating local specialties and the earth’s abundance. Well, we’re not in Italy, but we can offer you its spirit, and an occasion to meet new and old friends, learn more about our sister city Bologna, dance, dine and imbibe, bid for tempting auction items while supporting the youth exchange between our two cities that we sponsor every year. This year our Sagra takes place in the new Lagunitas Brewing Company community space for non-profits. Come join us. Enter a raffle and bid for special offers. Restaurant gift certificates, fishing on the Willamette, premium Oregon wines, mountain cabin getaway... the list is better than ever! Tickets are $60/person or $55/person for two or more. Get your tickets today!
Join us at Velo Cult to celebrate the cycling connections between Bologna and Portland. Four cyclists from the Po River Delta have chosen Portland as their starting point for a 1400 km ride to San Francisco with the aim of building friendship and promoting cycling throughout the world. Our sister city of Bologna has asked us to welcome them and share Portland's bike culture with them. What better place than Velo Cult? Event is free, casual, no host bar and snacks. Come raise a glass to the bicycle as a vehicle of friendship, peace and sustainability!
Mark your calendars now for our Summer Social and farewell event for our Youth Exchange. Our Italian guests and their host families will all be there and we hope you'll join us to help them wrap up their trip on a fun note. We're planning an all-American barbecue in the country just 30 minutes west of downtown. Sign up now and we'll send directions and details before the event. In the event of inclement weather the event will be cancelled and you will be notified via email. Contact us with any questions. See you there!
Join us for our Annual Amici Dinner on Thursday, June 23rd at 6 pm. This year we will be enjoying the fabulous food of Luce Restaurant on 21st and E. Burnside. Antipasti, pasta, vino, friends and great conversation... what more could you want? It will be lovely evening and even better with your company.
Lambrusco tasting and snacks in the new Grassa Restaurant on NW 23rd!
Grassa Restaurant welcomes La Citta Grassa (aka Bologna) to it's new digs on NW 23rd with a Lambrusco tasting event organized and curated by PBSCA and our own Amelia McCandlish of Winemaker Tours. Learn the real story about the fizzy red wine from Emilia Romagna that pairs so well with Bolognese cuisine. Tickets just $30/person but hurry as space is limited!
Join us for an informal and informative tasting of wines from Emilia Romagna at E&R Wine Shop. We will sample and learn from the experts about roughly a dozen wines while we nibble on wine's perfect companions: bread, cheese and cured meats from Olympia Provisions. It promises to be a fun and interesting event so join us! Pay now with the link or pay at the door. Price $15.
There are just a few spaces left for this unique opportunity to make (and eat!) the classic Italian "sandwich" that is a fantastic meal in Bologna. Domenico Tupone will show us how to make the great flatbread at the heart of these sandwich-like meals and combine it with various fillings. The price of $40 includes the lesson, ample samplings of piadina and wine. If you would like to join us, please RSVP via email by January 7th at firstname.lastname@example.org
PBSCA Summer Social: Picnic and Bocce at Sellwood Park
Come meet our Youth Ambassadors just back from Bologna. Learn to play the Italian game of Bocce ball while enjoying Olympia Provisions Italian sausages, salads, dessert and Italian wine, beer and sodas. Buy your tickets now!