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This informal gathering is an ideal way to meet other spouses and learn about the many options for enriching your stay in the Stanford area. Conversation tables offer an informal way to meet others, practice English and share experiences. Join us every Friday, between 10 a.m. and noon! Also join Cris during the Friday Coffee for Songs for Children, around 11:00 am in the Back Lounge! We each bring a snack or fruit or juice to go with the coffee and tea provided by the I-Center. Volunteers are always needed to help set -up (at 9:30 a.m.) and put away afterward! Everyone (with and without children, new and returning) is equally welcome. First Friday Morning Coffee of the winter quarter is January 10. Welcome!
Art Museums and Exhibitions In & Around Stanford. With Saskia Jogler. Wednesdays, every two weeks. Starts Jan 15. No printed image can replace the experience of an original artwork. In this class, we are going to visit permanent art collections and temporal art exhibitions in and around Stanford. The Bay Area has much to offer in this matter with its great diversity of exhibition spaces, specialized collections and exhibition concepts. We will visit, for example, the San José Museum of Art, which focuses on contemporary art or Hanna House in Stanford, which is a National Historic Landmark. Depending on the location, we will catch a tour or roam the showrooms by ourselves. Afterwards, feel free to join a lunch or coffee for more discussion or just getting together. Please register for the class on the bulletin board, or write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included on the e-mail list where the individual visits will be announced. Our first excursion will take place at San José Museum of Art January 15. Fee will depend on the venue.
Brazilian Samba Class. With Elaine Nunes. Weekly, Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. From Jan 9 – Feb 20. Do Brazilian carnival colors and vibrance fascinate you? So, come to know the beauty and exuberance of Samba and learn how to dance the rhythm that best expresses the Brazilian soul. Please wear light clothes and comfortable shoes. Free.
Book Club. With Jessica Priestley. Mondays, monthly, 7:15 - 9:00pm. Starts January 13. Everyone is welcome to join the group, help select books and share opinions and perspectives on the readings. For anyone who is unfamiliar with book clubs, this is how they work: Read the novel in advance of each meeting, then come along for a friendly and informal discussion of what you thought about the book. Did you love it, hate it, or did you think it was just a bit average? And why? Whoever has suggested the book for the month might put together a few questions to help prompt discussion, but you can bring up any thoughts or questions you had about the book. It's a great way to think more about what you've read, and often you find other people have noticed things in the book that you completely missed. For any questions, please email Jessica at email@example.com. Free.
Career Development Meetup: The 'American Style' Résumé. With Andrea Chung. Friday, Jan 31 from 2:00-4:00pm. This class will be held at Stanford's Career Development Center, 2nd floor conference room (located at 563 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305). Please join us for a workshop focused on the 'American style' résumé! Topics that will be covered include: What kinds of information to include in an American style résumé; how to organize and format this information; different ways to present your résumé (e.g. standard vs. functional format); how to begin translating information from a CV to a résumé; other tips will also be presented such as addressing the question, "Does a résumé HAVE to be one page long?" This workshop will be led by Andrea Chung, a graduate intern at Stanford's CDC. Free.
Exercise Group. With Veronique Berger, Svetlana Lubava. Weekly, Tuesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Starts Jan 15. Come and join our exercise class! Every week, we do a different sport. Hop with us into the swimming pool, climb up the wall, or run around Lagunita. Experience fun and joyful moments with us by doing sports with friends from around the world. The class is generally free and everyone is welcome! No need to be particularly fit. We will meet every Wednesday at 3.30 p.m. at the Bechtel International Center. For some activities, you will need a Stanford spouse ID or courtesy card. For more information and to join the exercise group, please email Veronique and Svetlana (firstname.lastname@example.org). Clothing will depend on each week’s activity and will be communicated via email in advance.
GetINside-Lecture Series. With Bridget Lynch. Weekly, Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m. Starts Feb. 4. GetINside a foreign Country's Culture, Traditions and Tourist Hotspots. Spouses at Stanford University tell us something about their home country, favorite meals, fashion, traditions, culture, tourism centers or pop-culture. Everybody, including moms with kids, is welcome! This is a very informal get-together to meet new people and share experiences! If someone is interested to give a talk just email Bridget: email@example.com
Guys Night Out. With Ulrich Ritter. Once a month. Join other male spouses for a beer to meet others & share ideas about possible future activities. Contact Ulrich at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and the next date.
Hiking Group. With Helena Dietrich & Céline Margot Alassimone. Bi-weekly, Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Dates: Jan 22, Feb 5, Feb 19, March 5, March 19. Location: Meet in the parking lot in front of the Cine Arts Theater in Palo Alto Square, 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Join us for our bi-weekly hike to explore the spectacular nature of the bay area. Typical hike length is 2-5 hours (3-8 miles) & ranges from easy to moderate. Please note good physical fitness & sturdy shoes are highly recommended. Also suggested are: snacks/lunch, water, sunscreen & sunglasses, a raincoat, hat, camera, & binoculars if available. For more information and to join the hiking email list please contact Helena & Céline: (email@example.com). RSVP required 2 days prior to each hike. Fee: Gas contribution and occasional parking fee contribution required depending on park location. Hike and Transportation is each person’s own responsibility. For more information see the Bulletin Board at the I-Center.
Movie: “Women in a New Land”. With Magdalena & Sanne, Anna & Gwyn. Monday, Jan 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join us for the screening of this film featuring the lives of four spouses who came to Stanford to accompany their husbands. Created and filmed by Maria Vaccaro, herself a spouse from Belgium, the film illustrates the many challenges faced by women (with and without children) whose lives and careers are interrupted by this international experience. After the screening, share your impressions during an informal discussion with Gwyn Dukes and Anna Fernandez, who were involved in making the film. Refreshments will be served. Free.
Easy Yoga for Beginners. With Yuko Ikeda. Weekly, Thursdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Starts Jan 16. This Yoga class is for beginners. Please wear comfortable clothing that is suitable for stretching and ease of movement. Please don’t eat anything heavy 3 hours before the class. A light snack is ok. Bring your yoga mat and a bottle of water! Free
Yoga for All-Vinyasa Flow Yoga. With Yuko Ikeda. Weekly, Thursdays from 10:15 -11:45 a.m. Starts Jan 16. This Yoga class is from level 1 to level 2. Vinyasa flow moves steadily from pose to pose in sequences of movements synchronized with ujjyayi pranayama, often pausing to hold poses for various lengths of time while maintaining the rhythmic flow of the breath. Please wear comfortable clothing that is suitable for stretching and ease of movement. Please don’t eat anything heavy 3 hours before the class. A light snack is ok. Bring your yoga mat and a bottle of water! Free.
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga with Babies. With Yuko Ikeda. Weekly, Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Starts Jan 16. This is a prenatal and postnatal Yoga class for moms with babies! Please wear comfortable clothing that is suitable for stretching and ease of movement. Also bring some baby toys and an organic blanket. Please don’t eat anything heavy 3 hours before the class. A light snack is ok. Bring your yoga mat! Free.
Woman’s Night Out. With Sally Fox & Suzanne van Winden. Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8:00 pm. The Woman´s Night Out is an informal get-together for women & a wonderful way to exchange experiences with other international spouses at Stanford. For more information, especially about the changing locations, & to join the Woman´s Night Out email list please contact Sally and Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Quarter Planning Meeting. With Karin Baage. Tuesday, Feb 11 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Would you like to teach a class at the I-Center in the spring quarter? Maybe you would like to teach a language? Or a cooking class? Maybe you have a hobby you would like to share? If so, please come to our Planning Meeting. We will brainstorm your ideas and together plan the spring quarter of 2014. Cookies and coffee/tea will be served. Free.
ZUMBA. With Katie Detwiler. Weekly, Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Starts Jan 8. Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. Free.
Chinese II. With Mengya Marcella Jiang. Weekly, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. From Jan 14 – Feb 13. This class is a continuation of Chinese I which started in the fall quarter. We will continue our class with more speaking and listening exercises. Fee: $5.00 for photocopies.
Chinese III. With Mengya Marcella Jiang. Weekly, Tuesdays from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. From Jan 14 – Feb 11. We will continue our journey into the difficult but interesting language. Writing Chinese characters will be introduced from this level. Fee: $5.00 for photocopies.
German language & Culture Class. With Veronique Berger. Weekly, Wednesdays, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. From Jan 15 – Feb 26. The class will provide students with the basic skills to communicate in German and offers an overview of various cultural, political, and touristic topics regarding Germany. By the end, you will have skills to communicate on a holiday to Germany or impress your German friends with some language skills and knowledge on contemporary topics. Anybody who shows up in Lederhosen or Dirndl will receive a free beer by the instructor! Fee: $3.00 for photocopies.
French Language and Culture. With Laura Paiser. Weekly, Mondays from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Starts Jan 13. This class is an introduction to the French language and French culture. It combines basic grammar points and vocabulary for everyday situations. Free.
Italian Language & Culture. With Francesca Lorenzon. Weekly, Thursdays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Starts Jan 9. The class provides students with the basic skills to communicate in Italian and offers an overview on aspects of Italian culture, with a special focus on the arts. Free.
Japanese Conversation & Culture. With Minako Abe. Weekly, Mondays from 2:30 - 4:00p.m. Starts Jan 13. This class is for beginners. You will practice easy conversation through Japanese culture; like greeting, traveling, shopping, way of life, etc. Please let me know your favorite topics you want to learn! Free.
Beginner Spanish. With Daniela Lucia Jaume Raggio. Weekly, Tuesdays from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Starts Jan 14. This is a Spanish class for beginners. We are going to learn some basic grammar, conversational vocabulary and any other interest that you bring up in the class. The teacher will provide the books for free. Free.
Turkish Language & Culture for Beginners. Murat Baday. Weekly, Tuesdays from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Starts Jan 14. The class provides students with the basic skills to communicate in Turkish and introduces Turkish tradition. There will be Turkish movies and songs. Free.
Please note: For most cooking classes there is a fee (EXACT CASH ONLY!!!). If you sign up for the class and pay, make sure you ask the teacher about their cancellation rules. The reason for this is that the teacher gets the funds to go purchase the ingredients for the class.
Indian Regional Cooking. With Juthica Stangl. Tuesdays, Jan 21, 28, Feb 4, 11 & 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Food in India is quite different from the north to south. In this class we will try typical recipes and flavors from all over the country. Join us on this culinary journey through India!
Jan 21, North India: chicken Do-piaza, Paratha (bread), Raita, garbanzo flour dumpling in yogurt sauce, mango Lassi.
Jan 28, Bengal: Luchi (Fried bread), fish in mustard and yogurt sauce, rice with peas and whole spices, spinach with a spicy cream sauce, tomato chutney.
Feb 4, South India: Chicken with coconut, Dosa, Cabbage with caraway seed, Mango pudding.
Feb 11, Central India: Navaratna rice (rice with nuts, raisins and spices), chicken in lentil sauce (murgh dhansak), vegetable korma, and Shah Tukra (Indian bread pudding).
Feb 18: a surprise! We will also cook up snacks from India in general, like samosa, pakora, fish tikka, various chutnys. It is a hands-on class, so bring an apron if you wish.
Fee: Fee: $12 per class. Min 4 students and max. 6 students per class. To attend sign up and pay fee email Karin at email@example.com
American Foods Cooking Class. With Robert Paugh. Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. January 9, 16, 30, February 6 & 13. This class will be repeated on Wednesday, Feb 19, Thursdays March 6 & March 13 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Learn how to prepare six or more recipes that are considered American versions of Italian Recipes. We will prepare Pizza, Pasta, Salads and Main dishes and pasta side dishes.
January 9: Pizza Dough Preparation, Pizza Sauce Preparation, Cooking a California Style Pizza, Italian Salad.
January 16: Deep Dish Pizza, Neapolitan Pizza, Italian Salad.
January 30: Pasta Main Dish.
February 6: Two kinds of Lasagna.
February 13: Pasta side dishes.
Min 4 students per class & max 6 students per class.First set of classes Fee: $10.00 per class or $45.00 for all 5 classes. Second set of classes Fee: $10.00 per class. To sign up for the class, please email Robert: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fondue Cooking Demonstration. With Vida Revilla. Friday, March 7, from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Originating from Europe and has been widely popular in other parts or the world including the United States, fondue has been viewed as a classic way of gathering around the table. We will prepare 2 kinds, open to everyone, kids have to be accompanied. Free.
Hale & Hearty Winter Food. With Anna Konopka. Fridays, from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 21, 28, March 7, 14 & 21. Winter is that time of the year when we all crave comfort foods. As soon as the temperatures drop our bodies ask for hale and hearty meat stews, pasta dishes and fried foods. A bowl of steaming hot soup to warm up in cold weather also does the trick. A common misconception is that those savory, hearty meals take hours to prepare. Sometimes it is true but there are plenty of dishes that are rich and satisfying that can be prepared relatively easily and quickly. If you want to learn how to prepare a rich variety of satisfying warm dishes inspired by flavors from different parts of the world, and wish to discover an international menu of delicious and comforting main courses you must join me in the Kitchen this Winter Quarter!
Jan 10: Moroccan Shakshuka Peppers, Tomatoes & Egg with Warm Pita Bread.
Jan 17: Oriental Curry Coconut Spicy Seafood Laksa with Udon Noodles
Jan 24: Panko Schnitzels with Wasabi Potato Purè & Soy Sauce Sugar Snap Peas.
Jan 31: Anchovies Tart with Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes, Olives & Capers.
Feb 7: Egg & Potato Frittata with Spinach, Broccoli & Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
Feb 21: Curried Lamb Kebobs with Golden Raisin Cous Cous & Yogurt-Cucumber-Mint Raita.
Feb 28: Wild Cremini, Potobella & Farro Soup with Caraway Seed Scones.
Mar 7: Shredded Potato Pancakes with Fried Polish Kielbasa & Horseradish-Cheddar Sauce.
Mar 14: Wasabi-Ginger-Honey Glaze Mackerel in Soy Sauce with Jasmine Rice & Snow Peas.
Mar 21: Mesquite Fried Chicken with Dry Apricot Wild Rice & Honey Roasted Parsnips.
Max. 6 students per class. Please bring your own aprons and containers for any leftovers.Fee: $13.00 per class. To inquire about the class, rsvp, sign up and pay or if you have any questions, please contact Anna Konopka via email at email@example.com
St. Patrick’s Day Treat Making for Kids & Adults. With Vida Revilla. Friday, March 14, from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. We’ll be making colorful edible treats for St. Patrick’s. Kids have to be accompanied by a parent. Adults are welcome. Free
Valentine’s Day Treat Making for Kids & Adults. With Vida Revilla. Friday, February 14 from 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. We’ll be making colorful edible treats for Valentine’s Day. Kids have to be accompanied by a parent. Adults are welcome. Free.
Jewelery Making with Beads. With Anke Friedrich. Weekly, Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Starts Jan 15. Bring out the designer in you! We are making rings, necklaces, bracelets or earrings with glass or metal beads. No special knowledge is needed, but basic knowledge in crocheting is helpful for some patterns. The basic tools and findings will be there - please bring beads, feathers, charms, pendants and whatever you want to use! Fee: 10$
For any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating Art (for Adults). With Valentina Longhino. Weekly, Mondays, from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Starts Jan 13. In this class we are going to learn diverse drawing and painting technics as well as learn about masterpieces by artist from all around the world. The class will be also focused about freeing our imagination and capturing those ideas in canvas or paper to create our very own masterpieces! In our 1st class, we will begin by sketching for which I will bring different kinds of papers and pencils. Previous experience is not a requirement. All levels are welcome. It’s never late to unleash the artist inside you, not take it to the next level. Come eager to work, enjoy and have a good quality artistic time! Materials to use: Paper, Canvas, Pencils, Pastels, Ink, Oils, Acrylics, brushes, Rags, Comfortable clothes, pot for water. Fee: Everyone brings their own materials.
Afternoon Play Date. With Karin Sterky. Parents with kids of all ages will meet one Tuesday every month at 2:00 p.m. in a park, museum etc. Please see the bulletin board or the spouse program newsletter for more details. Bring your afternoon snack and join us! Next outings: Tuesday, January 28, February 11 and March 11.
Baby and Toddler Group. With Cris. Meets Weekly, Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the I-Center patio or Assembly Room. Contact Cris (email@example.com) with questions. All are welcome at this informal playgroup!
Chinese For Kids. With Lanfang Yue. Weekly ,Mondays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Starts Jan 13. All classes will be held in the Sydney Room (child friendly playroom) at the Graduate Community Center on Escondido Road. . For more information, email Lanfang firstname.lastname@example.org. In this class, we’ll teach children basic Chinese words and simple conversations.Max 15 participants. Free.
English Discussion Group for Moms with Babies. With Henry Lum. Weekly, Fridays, 9.30 – 11.00 a.m. Starts Jan 10. These classes are held at the I-Center. Come and discuss American idioms, strengthen vocabulary skills, and discuss articles of current interest. Free.
Fun for Kids (and Parents). With María Soledad Gómez Manchón. Fun for Kids is an outing-series for parents with kids. We will have the outings one Tuesday each month at 10:00 a.m. Each family provides its own transportation, or you can arrange to carpool or get a ride with others. Please see the bulletin board for more details or contact María (email@example.com) for more information. Next Outings: Tuesday, January 14: Randal Museum, San Francisco.
Tuesday, February 18: Coyote Point, San Mateo.
Tuesday, March 18: Habitat Children’s Museum, Berkeley.
Making little Artist. With Valentina Longhino. Weekly, Mondays, from 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Starts Jan 13. In this class children are going to learn how can they realize on the paper their dreams and fantasies. What materials they can use to do that, what different technics they can use, the aim is for each child to explore art with freedom and great motivation, discovering their personal likes and dislikes, and experiencing the satisfaction and fulfillment of creation under their unique and personal style. The workshop will consist of several units covering a variety of drawing and painting techniques using different materials and approaches. Comfortable clothes, which you don’t mind getting a possible stain on or an apron, as you prefer best.Fee: $5 per class per child or $15 per month (4 classes) per child.
Marketing Class, Part 2. With Henry Lum. Weekly, Mondays from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Starts Jan 6. These classes are held at the 2nd floor, Children’s Play Room at the Graduate Community Center in Escondido Village. Come and create your business’ vision and mission statements. Marketing Class, Part 2, is a continuation of the Marketing Class, Part 1, taught during the 2013 Fall Quarter. Free.
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