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updated 7/31/14

Classes & Programs for Spouses & Partners
Summer 2014 - June 16 - August 15

All the classes and activities take place at the Bechtel International Center unless it says otherwise.



Friday Morning Coffee

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 spring quarter is April 11. Welcome!

Spouse Workshops, Groups & Events

  • Bechtel Book Club. With Jessica Priestley. Monthly, Mondays from 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. Starts July 7. The Book Club meets once a month on Monday evenings for a friendly and informal discussion of a novel we have read. It's a great way to think more deeply about why you loved or disliked a particular book, and to hear different perspectives on it from other Book Club members. Novels are chosen by Book Club members, so you will have a chance to put forward books for discussion that you are particularly interested in reading. The Book Club is also open to partners. For any questions, please email Jessica at bechtelbookclub@gmail.com. Free. But members are responsible for sourcing a copy of the book each month.
  • Guys Night Out.With Ulrich Ritter. Join other male spouses for a beer to meet others & share ideas about possible future activities. Contact Ulrich at: ulrich.j.ritter@googlemail.com for more details and the next date.
  • Hiking Group.With Céline Margot Alassimone, Janina Kress and Viola Roner. 1 or 2 hikes per month on Saturdays . Let’s go hiking together in the beautiful landscape of the Bay Area. We usually meet at 10am at Cine Arts Theater in Palo Alto Square, 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (http://g.co/maps/kw2ew). From here we carpool and the cost of gas is shared. We will try to alternate drivers equally for those of you who drive and have a vehicle. Typical hike length is 2-5 hours (3-8 miles) and hikes range from easy to moderate. Good physical fitness and sturdy shoes are recommended for longer hikes. Usually we have a short break for lunch or a snack. We recommend bringing: Lunch/snacks, Plenty of water, Sunscreen, Sunglasses/hat/raincoat, Camera/binoculars if available. For more information and to join the hiking email list please contact Céline, Janina &Viola: (international.hiking@gmail.com). RSVP required 2 days prior to each hike. Fee: Costs of gas will be shared. Occasionally, there will be a parking fee depending on park location, which is also shared.
  • Woman’s Night Out. With Sally Fox. Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8:00 p.m. 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 at wnostanford@gmail.com.

  • Work Panel Discussion. With Karin Baage. Monday, June 30 from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Come and listen to how people in the community have found work. The event will start with a brief introduction on how to apply for your work permit, and what to think about before looking for a job. Then we will be joined by 5 men and women who have found work here in the Bay Area and who will share their job hunting strategies and experience with you. Refreshments will be served. Come with your notebooks and questions for this informal evening at the I-Center. Free.

Exercise Classes

  • Indian Classical Dance Bharatanatyam. With Sharanya Sampath. Friday, August 8 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Come and get an insight into one of the oldest dance forms of the world, its technique and nuances and some insight into how the postures evolved. Free.
  • Exercise Group. With Veronique Berger. Weekly, Tuesdays, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Starts June 17. Notice: Sometimes the time of the class changes. So check your emails for dates! 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. Class is generally free and everyone is welcome! No need to be particularly fit. We will meet every Tuesday at 5:00 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 (run.around.stanford@gmail.com).  Clothing will depend on each week’s activity and will be communicated via email in advance.

  • Yoga for Beginners. With Magdalena Bull. Weekly, Mondays, starts June 16 from 5:15-6:45 p.m. Come and join us for a playful yoga class with a focus on conscious and mindful exploration of movement - a moment to stop and connect with yourself and others. Although this class is aimed at beginners, those with an already existing practice are also encouraged to join. Bring yourself, a yoga mat and a bottle of water. Wear comfortable clothing suitable for exercise and stretching – you will get warm! Free

  • Yoga for All-Vinyasa Flow Yoga. With Yuko Ikeda. Weekly, Thursdays, starts July 24 from 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. 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, starts July 24 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 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.

  • The Works. With Lindsay Walker. Weekly, Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Starts June 25. Fun and fitness at the same time! Full body cardio and muscular endurance using your body weight with Kinesiologist and personal trainer Lindsay Walker. Suitable for all fitness levels and goals. Bring water and close-toed shoes, wear comfortable clothes. Free


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Language Classes

  • Informal English Classes
  • German for Beginners. With Christina Lentz. Weekly, Wednesdays from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Starts June 18. This class is an introduction in German language and culture: You will learn basic communication skills and get an idea about different aspects of living in and travelling to Germany. Minimum number of students is 3.
  • German Summer Workshop. With Ray & Monika. Weekly, Tuesdays from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Starts June 17. Through conversations your spoken German will be improved. Fee: A small fee will be collected for photocopies.
  • German in Action. With Monika Joanna Perek-Shen. Weekly, Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Starts June 17. This is an intermediate level class. Through conversations your spoken German will be improved. Fee: A small fee will be collected for photocopies.
  • Introduction to French. With Laure Poreaux & Christine Schanck. Weekly, Thursdays from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Starts June 26. Have you always wanted to learn another language? Or have you got some basic knowledge in French and desire to refresh it or build it up? Maybe you are just curious and would like to try something new? You are all welcome to join “Introduction to French” and learn about basic information, rules and grammar needed to start French, daily used vocabulary, pronunciation and hopefully end up being able to keep a small conversation in French. Classes will be fun, interactive and adapted according to your skills. Fee: $3 to pay for copies provided during classes.
  • Italian Beginner. With Francesca Lorenzon. Weekly, Thursdays from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Starts June 19. A wide overview on Italian: grammar, vocabulary, reading, speaking, culture. Free.
  • Italian Conversation. With Francesca Lorenzon. Weekly, Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Starting June 18. This class is meant for those who are already fluent in Italian at a intermediate-advanced level. We will talk informally, reading some extracts from Italian literature, expand our vocabulary with synonyms and antonyms and so on. Free.
  • Japanese Conversation & Culture (Intermediate Level). With Mako Sugino. , Mondays from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.July 28, Aug. 4, Aug 11 This class is third series from fall quarter. You will learn grammar and useful conversation through Japanese culture; like greeting, traveling, shopping, a way of life, etc. Free.
  • Beginner Spanish With Daniela Lucia Jaume Raggio. Weekly, Thursdays from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. From June 19 – July 31. This class is for beginners. We are going to learn basic grammar, vocabulary and any other interest that you bring up in the class. The teacher will provide the books for free. Fee: $5 for copies (only if you don’t have the workbook form the spring quarter).
  • Beginner Spanish III. With Daniela Lucia Jaume Raggio. Weekly, Tuesdays from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Starts June 17 – July 29. This class is for the students that were part of the Spanish class last quarter or for those that already have a base of Spanish. Fee: $5 for copies (only if you don’t have the workbook form the spring quarter)

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Cooking Classes:

Please note: For most cooking classes there is a fee (EXACT CASH ONLY!!!).To register and pay for a cooking class, please email the teacher for that cooking class. Ask them about refunds, recipes and other issues concerning your attendance.  The reason for this is that the teacher gets the funds to purchase the ingredients for the class.

  • Hani’s Mommy’s Secret Recipes – Korean Foods. With Hani Hyunkyung Doh. Mondays: Jun 30, July 7, July 14 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Korean food is healthy and diverse. I’ll teach you two different dishes in each class. One will be a typical Korean dish, and the other one will be a fusion of Western and Asian influences. All Korean foods learned in this class do not require any special ingredients sold only in Korean grocery markets. Hani’s mommy’s special recipes will guide you to make decent dishes using cooking materials easily obtained from common grocery markets such as Safeway and Trader’s Joe. I hope all the class members will have fun together. Menu: Jun 30: Steak Bibimbap (Korean mixed rice with beef and vegetables) & Gamjajeon (Potato pancake); July 7: Bossam (Boiled pork wraps) & Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Sauce; July 14: Dakkochi (Grilled skewered chicken) & Sweet potato Baguette Pizza. Fee: $12.00 per class. Min. 4 & Max. 6 students per class. To attend, sign up and pay fee please contact Hani: dhk812@gmail.com
  • Ice-Cream Making and Cookie Baking. With Vida Revilla. Friday, July 11 from 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Come see cold refreshing desserts like ice-cream and frozen fruit yogurt being made in just 30 minutes. Free.
  • Solar cooking Demonstration. With Vida Revilla. Friday, July 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sunshine with its many roles, can transform edibles into a delicious meal. With the use of a solar oven, we will demonstrate simple sun-cooked dishes. Free.

Arts, Crafts & Photography: . Check board for details about materials you’ll need to bring to class.

  • In the Eyes of the Artist. With Valentina Longhino. Weekly, Mondays, from 4:30 – 6:15 p.m. Starts June 23. Get ready to get inside the mind of history’s (past and present) most famous Artist, understand them, become them and get IN THE EYES OF THE ARTISTS! During the first 30 minutes each class we’ll see different artists, their thoughts, struggles, context, techniques, available materials and of their specific times. This will be followed by an open discussion where we will all be able to share our thoughts and impressions about them. Finally, you create a piece of your own following the specific artistic style learned in class. By the end of this course you will find yourself knowing lots of different techniques as well as artist around the world. You will be able to understand how Art evolved together with society in a given context, recognize styles, and techniques and finally create your own combined and personal styles starting from these specific techniques. GET READY TO PAINT! No more than 10 persons, and no less than 3. During the first class we are going to use just pencil and paper, but after this, each alumni will have to bring all the necessary material to work (therefore materials are not included). Fee: $17

  • Needlepoint Workshop. With Judi Chun. Tuesday, July 1 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Judi Chun will lead a class on making a needlepoint Stanford souvenir keychain. No prior experience necessary.  Children welcome if accompanied by parent. Keychain blank and thread will be provided, but please bring scissors if you have them. Cost for keychain blank is $20 per person (bring payment to first meeting). Sign up in advance so that instructor can order supplies. There will also be samples available of other types of needlepoint work for those interested (pillow, door hanger, frame, etc.). Contact instructor with questions: judichun@stanfordalumni.org (This is a repeat of a class given in May for those who were unable to attend then. Students wishing to needlepoint an additional keychain, or other project of their choosing, are welcome.) Fee: $20 per person.

  • Sewing Group. With Anke Friedrich. Weekly, Mondays, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Starts June 16. Restyle or make new! Restyle or reuse your old clothes and home textiles, make simple new clothes, patchwork or home textiles, students have their own materials and patterns. Basic skills using sewing machines needed. Max. 7 students using the 5 machines we have. It is possible to bring your own sewing machine. Please bring basic supplies: scissors, pins, tape measure, eye needles, threads etc. The use of the machines is free - if you want to use some of the materials we have, the fee is $10 - or bring left-over-fabric to share! Contact Anke to check for availability: ankefriedrich55@hotmail.com.

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Especially for Parents and Children

  • Baby and Toddler Group. With Cristina Moreno Gonzalez. Weekly, Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ongoing. If you're looking for buddies for your baby/toddler to play with and you also want to make connections with other parents at Stanford, you're all welcome to the group. We meet every Wednesday at Bechtel's patio at 10:30 a.m. We have a singing together activity at 10:45, then free play inside or outside (depending on the weather) and we finish with story time! Bring a song or a tale from your own country and explain it to all of us (you can bring a book, or puppets, ...whatever you want!). It would be wonderful for our kids to hear tales and sing songs from all around the world! And it's also a nice experience for parents too. Contact Cris (bechtel4kids@gmail.com) with questions or suggestions. All are welcome at this informal playgroup!
  • Beginning Chinese for Kids. With Yumin Liu (Sarah). Weekly, Fridays from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Starts June 20. Come and expose your kids to the #1 most widely spoken language on the planet-Mandarin. The class will start from the sound system-pinyin, and move onto topics such as greeting, number, self-introduction, animals, family, colors and so on. Songs, stories, games, poems, and projects are also used to keep learning fun. The curriculum is aligned with level 1 CA world language standards. The teacher is certified and experienced in K-12 Chinese language teaching. Parents are welcomed to join and learn with the kid. The student age is 4-12 years old. Fee: $5 for materials. Additional materials available for purchase.
  • Sports, Games and More – Outdoor Fun Activities for Kids. With Nancy Windisch-Samusik & Annechristin Mei. Every other Wednesday (biweekly) at 4:00 p.m. Starting June 18. We want to meet biweekly on Wednesday afternoons to have fun with our kids while doing sports & games outside. The idea is to offer a special program full of entertaining and active outdoor games tailored especially for small children. Playing with our little ones is one of the best things we can do for them. Especially during the first years, play and physical activity are vital parts of our children’s development. Playing games together has some huge advantages. Besides the positive impact it has on building up relationships with each other, playing physically active games helps our children to build confidence, coordination and motor skills. Target group: children starting from 1 to 5 years. The kids should be able to walk or at least to crawl so we can find other kids with the same age to play with. When: Wednesday (biweekly) starting June 18 at 4 p.m. in Alexander Peers Park (Palo Alto, CA 94306). We will provide the program schedule and the equipment. You just have to bring your own kids, a lot of fun of playing games and some clothes, which can be used to play outdoors. Free
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Career, Education & Information

  • rainbow head The Resource Center for International Families provides information about getting settled in the Stanford area and building your life here. Spouse volunteers are available to speak with you in many languages about continuing your education, volunteering, employment, recreation, & travel. Hours are posted in the lobby and on the website.


  • Professional Liaison for International Spouses. Meet a local person with similar career interests. This program is for spouses who are not eligible for employment.  Application forms are in the I-Center lobby on the CCIS notice board across from the desk.

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Contact information

For more information and updates, contact Karin Baage, kbaage@stanford.edu

For advice, send email to stanfordfamilies@gmail.com

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