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To think that Club Italia started in a corrugated iron shed decades back, it’s amazing to see how the club has grown and evolved into a modern meeting place, with large numbers of people enjoying activities and entertainment. But where Club Italia really shines is in its catered functions.

Leanne Grist from the club says that every type of occasion can be made a memorable one, not least for the authentic Italian cuisine and renowned hospitality on offer.

“We can accommodate up to 450 people in our modern space, whether it be for a wedding, birthday party, or a business function or seminar,” she says. “We provide audio and visual equipment, as required, and a great range of menus to suite tastes and budgets.

“We can also host small and large training sessions in our upstairs rooms which can be divided into spaces to suit.

“Whatever the ‘do’, we go out of our way to make it one to be remembered. The club’s atmosphere, both inside and out, is perfect for having a great time.”

Club Italia is also home to ballroom dancing. Every Sunday night, from 6-10pm, the dance floor becomes “the friendliest in town”.

“It’s ballroom dancing at its best,” Leanne continues. “Latin, modern and new vogue styles are all covered and participants get to literally dance the night away. Our bistro puts on a home-cooked meal (starting from just $11) on Sunday night, too, while the bar stocks all the favourite drinks.”

Every Thursday and Sunday afternoon, indoor social bocce comes to the fore. Bocce, considered the oldest game known to man, is terrific for school recreational and sporting activities. It also proves to be a great way to meet new friends and catch up with old – and it suits all ages and fitness levels.

The pace slows somewhat at noon on Thursdays. It’s eyes down for bingo, with prizes to be won and a chance to socialise in a relaxed, fun way.

It steps up again on Saturday, February 15, when the regular family disco brings light, music and lots of action. Between 6pm and 10pm, the disco includes a meal so friends and family can gather around good food as the kids (who must be accompanied by an adult) get dancing.

Bookings for the disco are essential, drinks are at bar prices (no BYO), and the cost is $10 for a child, $15 for adults. Look out for the next one on March 21.

Club Italia, 515 Bellarine Highway, Moolap. Inquiries: Office opens: 9am-3pm Tuesday-Thursday; and 9am-3pm Friday. Inquiries: 5250 2349 or www.clubitalia.com.au

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