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updated 2/18/15

Classes & Programs for Spouses & Partners
Winter 2015: January 12th - March 20th

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! You are welcome to join 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. Welcome!


Spouse Workshops, Groups & Events

Meetup Groups

Bechtel Book Club. With Jessica Priestley.Monthly, Mondays from 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9 (Apr 13, May 11, June 8). The Bechtel Book Club meets once a month on Monday evenings for a friendly and informal discussion of a novel we have read (or, occasionally, short stories) over a glass of wine and snacks. 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 - please bring your significant other along if you would like to! If you would like to join the book club, please email Jessica at bechtelbookclub@gmail.com in advance. Book Club is free, but members are responsible for sourcing a copy of the book each month and should try to finish the book before the meeting. Books this quarter: Jan 12 - The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides. Feb 9 – The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan. Mar 9 – Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller. (Apr 13 – Purple Hibiscus, by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie. May 11 – Notes from the Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky. June 8 – Tender is the Night, by Scott Fitzgerald).

Wellness Book & Film Club With Ilane Maximo.Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm, on the following dates: Jan 13, Mar 10. . If you want to understand more about the constantly changing field of health, the obesity epidemic, sustainability issues… this is the club for you. Join us for friendly discussions of wellness-related books and documentaries aimed at increasing our knowledge of worldwide health problems and what we can potentially do to decrease them. Free, but members are responsible for sourcing their own books and films.

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.

Woman’s Night Out. With Sally Fox. 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, and to join the Woman´s Night Out email list please contact Sally at wnostanford@gmail.com

Going to the movies. With Kathrin Brunner. About every four weeks we will meet up to see a movie together in one of the cinemas near Stanford. There is no charge to join the group, but entrance fees to theatres will have to be paid by the participants. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about the next film occasion, contact Kathrin at kathrin@mosthigh.de

Adult Choir. With Isabelle Ang. Weekly, Wednesdays from 5.00-6.00pm. Let’s sing together and have fun! No experience required. This class will cover basic good singing posture, fundamental music theory, singing techniques and ensemble skills. Fee: $5 for music. Contact Isabelle with questions isabelle.ang@outlook.com

Beauty, Fashion & Style. With Priscilla Moura. Wednesdays 2.00-3.00pm on the following dates: Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 25. For those who want to learn more about make-up, skin care, hair tricks and women’s world. Upgrade your style and go for it! Free. Contact Priscilla with questions pbmoura11@gmail.com

Bechtel Hiking Group. With Viola. Meet other spouses who are interested in hiking and exploring the beautiful Bay Area. 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. Hike and Transportation is each person’s own responsibility. If you are interested in finding out more about the next hike, email international.hiking@gmail.com

Events & Workshops

Nutrition & Cancer: What is the link? With Ilane Maximo. Feb 18, 5.00-6.00pm. We all know that what we eat influences our health outcomes, including our risks of developing cancer. The workshop will show scientific evidence on how food can impact your risk of developing certain cancers. Ilane obtained her Masters in Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin, where she conducted her research on obesity and breast cancer. Free.

Success Without Stress. With Debanti Sengupta. Jan 28, 12.00-1.00pm. Whether it is the stress of a new academic environment, navigating the life at Stanford, or simply being far away from home, we could all use a little less stress in our lives. In this session, we will learn ways to deal with stress, relax the body and calm the mind with effective breathing techniques and guided meditation. It’ll be fun! Free.

Changing the World. With Ana de la Varga. Tuesdays, from 10.45am-12.15pm on the following dates:Jan 20, 27, Feb 10. Come and learn how social good is a part of many new business models. Explore how innovative thinking and new technologies can address important global challenges. We will discuss social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, the power of change of an individual, the broad meaning of philanthropy, etc, from our international point of view. Tools and resources to support us to create, measure and evaluate sustainable social impact in different areas will be presented. Let’s be the change we want to see! Free. Email Ana with questions delavarga.a@gmail.com

Spring Quarter planning meeting. With Magdalena Bull Feb 17th 1.00-2.00pm. Want to help plan the Spouse Program winter quarter? Want to teach a class at the I-center? Come discuss your ideas!

CCIS Music Potluck Night. With CCIS Events Ragna & Tina. Sunday, February 15, 6.00pm – 8.00pm. Everyone welcome! Free.

CCIS International Winter Swap. With CCIS Events Ragna & Tina. Friday, February 20, 10.00am – 12.00pm. Get rid of your old stuff & come back things you need! Clean your closets at home and bring everything you do not need anymore (e.g. clothes, toys, books, etc). We will put everything people bring on tables and you take what you like. It’s a lot of fun for you & the kids! Remaining things will be donated to a nonprofit-organization. Free.

Transition and Career

Work Panel Discussion. With Magdalena Bull. Feb 2nd, 4.30-7.30pm. Come and listen to how people in our community have found work. The event will start with a brief introduction on how to apply for your work permit. Then we will be joined by men and women who have found work here in the Bay Area and who will share their job hunting strategies and experiences with you. We will end the evening with a networking hour. Refreshments will be served. Come with your notebooks and questions for this informal evening at the I-Center. Free.

Career Development Workshops. With Jessica Li. Every Tuesday, 3.30-5.00. Starts Jan 13th. Come join Jessica, a graduate intern from Stanford’s Career Development Center, for 10 career development workshops. Topics will include job search strategies in the U.S., interview preparation, resume review, networking, and so much more! Participants who take part in at least 6 out of the 10 sessions will be eligible for unlimited 1-on-1 career counseling appointments at the Career Development Center. Maximum number of participants is 15. These will be allocated on a first-come-first serve basis. Please email Jessica for questions and to secure a space jmli3512@stanford.edu

Job Search Networking Group. With Emrah Gursoy. Weekly on Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm. Starts Jan 14. A group of professional spouses looking for jobs at companies in the area. The format is a combination of a panel (learning from other internationals who have successfully found jobs) and a support group of peers sharing learning – we can also do some workshop sessions for resumes, case interview practices, etc. This group is intended for those who are eligible to work in the US. Although our group is open to anyone and everyone, it is more geared towards professionals looking for full-time positions in for-profit companies (rather than academic, volunteer or on-campus positions). This group helps members in 3 ways: 1) Learn from the experience of other internationals that have gone through the job search process in the US and successfully found jobs. Particular focus on “the American way” to look for jobs including how to write resumes, interview and network the American way. 2) Share contacts at target companies with each other to extend network (Lack of a local network is one of the biggest disadvantages of internationals looking for a job). Learn from each other’s experiences interviewing at target companies. 3) Use each other as resources for proofreading resumes, mock interviews, case interview practicing, etc. The fee for this program is a promise to buy drinks to the group when you get a job and receive your first salary payment :) Contact Emrah eegursoy@hotmail.com with questions.

Professional Liaison Workshops for International Spouses. With Henry Lum & Rebecca Lunn. Weekly on Fridays 9.45-11.00am Starts Jan 16. Provide opportunity for international spouses who cannot work in the U. S. with an opportunity to talk with local professionals in their career field.  Also learn about other careers and interact with other professionals.  Enhance your English communication skills through presentations, discussion of idioms commonly found in newspapers, and discussion of articles of current interest. Free.

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. Free.

Film screening: Women In a New Land. With Gwyn, Anna, Mai & Magdalena. Feb 25th 5.30-7.30pm. 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 & Anna, who were involved in making the film. Magdalena & Mai will also be there to share their experiences of what it was like to come to Stanford. Light refreshments will be served. Free.

Exercise Classes

Yoga for Beginners. With Magdalena Bull. Weekly on Mondays from 5.30-7.00 pm. Starts Jan 26. 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. Contact Magdalena prior to joining the class, and to be added on to the mailing list olofssonmagdalena@gmail.com

Yoga for All-Vinyasa Flow Yoga. With Yuko Ikeda. Weekly on Wednesdays from 10.15-11.45am. Starts Jan 14. This fun, emerging set to mellow healing music teaches the fundamentals of Vinyasa Yoga Flow including sun salutations, standing poses, balancing poses, seated and reclining poses, backbends, core isolation and strengthening. There is no set sequence and the teacher brings her own style.  Special emphasis is placed on moving into and out of postures safely, correct alignment, using the breath, and learning to quiet the chatter of the mind to find place and inner stillness. Aimed primarily at newer students and those with a casual practice. Come along and discover just how good yoga can make you feel! Please bring own yoga mat, towel, ice water, and wear comfortable clothes. Free.

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga with Babies. With Yuko Ikeda. Weekly on Wednesdays from 12.00-1.00pm. Starts Jan 14. This special class is designed to support both prenatal and postnatal women with their new baby’s, through all the physical and emotional changes. Come share the evolutionary process of motherhood by connecting with other women, allowing the opportunity for onward reflection, providing a health physical and emotional outlet for your experiences. Please bring your own yoga mat, towel, ice water, and wear comfortable clothes. Free.

Climbing Meetup. With Tessa and Magdalena. Weekly on Thursdays from 11.00am-1pm. Starts Jan 15. If you want to be active, have some challenges and have some fun, join the climbing meetup at the new Stanford Climbing Wall, 285 Santa Teresa Street (NOT the bouldering center at Galvez Street)! Climbing is a great sport to improve techniques, strength and flexibility and we will be there to share some of our tips and tricks. All levels of experience welcome. If you are a beginner, you are welcome to join us for bouldering. If you wish to rope climb, you will need to pass a test for a green belay card. The Climbing Gym holds several free belay classes each week, check out the schedule here. Please bring water and wear stretchy and comfortable clothes suitable for exercise. You can borrow harnesses and belay devices from the wall. This group is free, but shoes can be rented from the Outfitting Center next door for $2. Please note that the Outfitting Center do not open until 2pm on Thursdays - you will need to rent shoes prior to the session! Check out their opening times here. Email Magdalena with questions olofssonmagdalena@gmail.com

Free Style Bollywood Dance. With Amrita Kahaly. Weekly on Tuesdays from 5.00-6.00pm. Starts Jan 20. Learn basics of some Indian different dance styles through Bollywood dancing. The style of dancing in earlier Bollywood films was based on Indian Classical Dance or Folk Dances from various parts of India. These dances included the classical art forms of Kathak and Bharat Natyam. It is not unusual to see Western pop and pure classical dance numbers side by side in a Bollywood film. Over the years, Bollywood movies have developed their own signature style of song and dance, which combines the rich texture of Inida’s many classical and folk dances, fused with elements of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Arabic and Latin forms. For performing Indian Dance, there are some dress codes (traditional Indian wear) to follow, but for learning you can wear anything you feel comfortable while exercising :) Just bring yourself and a water bottle. Send me an email prior to Jan 10th to register for the dance class amritakahaly.ghosh@gmail.com

Bollywood Fusion Two-part Dance Workshop. With Srishti Goyal. Friday, Feb 13 & 20, 2.00-4.00pm. Bollywood fusion is what I like to call an "Indian Spin" on the international dance styles like jazz, theatre, dance hall, hip-hop, Latin, Salsa. These styles are made Bollywood by adding a flavor of "thumka" and "jhatka" to them and performing them on some Desi Beats. Each song has its own feel and its own style associated with it. The class will have a choreographed stretching session, some basic techniques as well as a little bit of "across the floor" technique. We will also focus on actual choreography. Free. Contact Srishti to sign up srishti7389@gmail.com

Dance Exercise. With Vida Revilla. Thursdays 5.30-6.30pm. Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12. Various low-impact dances like jazz ballet, belly dancing, Bollywood, hip-hop will be viewed on the screen and students follow. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water to hydrate. Free. Contact Vida with questions v_revilla@yahoo.com


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Language Classes

Informal English Classes

Japanese Conversation & Culture (Beginners). With Mako Sugino. Weekly, Thursdays from 2.30-4.00pm. Starts Jan 29. This class is second series from fall quarter. You will learn grammar and useful conversation through Japanese culture; like greeting, traveling, shopping, a way of life, etc. Free. Email Mako with questions wo.xihuan22chesuko@gmail.com

Japanese Conversation & Culture (Intermediate level). With Mako Sugino. Weekly, Mondays from 2.30-4.00pm. Starts Jan 26. This class is fifth series from fall quarter. You will learn grammar and useful conversation through Japanese culture; like greeting, traveling, shopping, a way of life, etc. Free. Email Mako with questions wo.xihuan22chesuko@gmail.com

Basic Chinese & Culture. With Ching-Wen Hsu. Weekly, Fridays from 3.00-5.00pm. Starts Jan 23. The class is designed for the beginners to learn basic Chinese and Chinese culture. Students will learn the pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and conversation. The topics of the class will be discussed in the class, such as travelling, food, traditional culture or modern culture. There can be some homework for students who want to practice writing Chinese characters. Free.Email Ching-Wen with any questions happyshycolor@gmail.com

Polish Language. With Aga Konik. Weekly on Thursdays from 1.00-2.00pm. Starts Jan 15. Practical instruction of Polish Language for all levels of students. The program of the course can be tailored to the expectations of the participants. Times and dates are also flexible. If you are interested in attending but cannot make the advertised, we can work out an alternative schedule. If you want more information, email Aga aga.konik79@gmail.com Free.

Italian for beginner/intermediate students. With Francesca Lorenzon. Weekly, Thursdays from 4.30-6.00pm. Starts Jan 15. Italian language from the basics on. By reading some small easy text we will discover or improve our knowledge of Italian culture, vocabulary and grammar structures. Free.

Italian Conversation advanced level. With Francesca Lorenzon. Weekly, Wednesdays 4.00-5.30pm. Starts Jan 14. We will read and discuss literary works of Italian writers (or abstracts of them), newspaper articles and so on. It is a good way to improve your already wide vocabulary and to practice your Italian. Free.

Spanish: Beginners. With Daniela Lucia Jaume Raggio. Mondays 9.30-11.00am. Starts Jan 12. This class is for those wanted to learn some basic grammar and vocabulary about this exciting language.  We are going to learn grammar, vocabulary and any other interest that you bring up in class. The teacher will provide the books for free.  Email Daniela with questions dalu09@hotmail.com

Spanish: Intermediate. With Daniela Lucia Jaume Raggio. Wednesdays 9.30-11.00am. Starts Jan 14. This class is for those that took Spanish for beginners before at the I-Center, or for anyone that already knows some basic grammar and vocabulary. We are going to learn grammar and vocabulary about this exciting language. We are going to learn grammar, vocabulary and any other interest that you bring up in class. The teacher will provide the books for free.  Email Daniela with questions dalu09@hotmail.com.

Turkish Language & Culture for Beginners II With Murat Baday. Weekly on Thursdays, 5.00-6.30pm. The class provides students with the basic skills to communicate in Turkish and introduces Turkish tradition. There will be Turkish movies and songs. Free. Contact Murat with questions baday@stanford.edu

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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.

American Foods: American Dinners in a Single Recipe. With Robert Paugh. Thursdays, 11.00am-2.00pm, Mar 5 & Mar 12. Want to learn how to prepare an American Dinner in one single recipe? The American Foods Cooking class will meet for two classes as follows: Mar 5: Beef Stew with Vegetables. Mar 12: Asian Pork with Noodles. Class size is limited to 4 students. Class fee is $14.00 per person. PLEASE NOTE: This class meets at Robert’s home in Palo Alto. To attend, sign up and pay fee please contact Robert rlpaugh@gmail.com

Nutritious & Delicious Cooking Class. With Ilane Maximo. Date TBD, 12.00-3.00pm. Healthy cooking can be easy, quick and desirable! In this class, we will prepare meals that are nutritious and delicious, using plant-based ingredients as the main ingredient. If you are interested in joining the class and have any food allergies (almonds, cashews, coconut, gluten, dairy, soy, etc), please contact Ilane so that she can tweak the menu for the class. Class size is limited to 6 students. Class fee is $12.00 per person. To attend, sign up and pay fee please contact Ilane ixfmaximo@gmail.com

Chala Braiding and Baking. With Lior Noyovitch. Tue Feb 10th, 5.00-6.00pm. Let’s learn the braiding skills of the great, delicious, sweet, braded, jewish Chala bread! Fee: $5. Contact Lior with questions and to sign up liorno@gmail.com

Practicing French by Cooking. With Patricia Boutigny. Thursdays, 11.00am-2.00pm. Starts Jan 8. Would you like to learn more about French cuisine and French language? In this French class, there will be time for cooking traditional French recipes, a time for studying a little grammar and/or culture, time for playing a role to practice your French and some time for eating! This class requires a basic French knowledge – not suitable for complete beginners. Class size max 8 students. Don’t forget to bring an apron and some airtight boxes to bring back home any leftovers! Fee is no more than $20.00 per class. There are 10 classes in total. To attend, sign up and pay the fee please contact Patricia patricia.boutigny@gmail.com

Healthy & Fast: Korean Cooking Class. With Anna Kim. Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 9 from 11.00am-1.30pm. We are going to learn the easy way to make some of the most popular Korean food. Korean traditional drinks or desserts will be served when tasting the dishes each class. If you are a vegetarian or a person who doesn’t like certain flavors, substitute ingredients like tofu or different sauce can be provided upon request. We’ll learn how to make Korean food within 30 minutes at home. MENU: Jan 26 Bulgogi & Gyeranmari: Bulgogi is one of the most well-known sweet meat dishes and Gyeranmari is rolled omelet which is perfect for quick & healthy breakfast. Feb 9 Bibimbap & Doenjang Jjigae: Bibimbap is steamed rice topped with a variety of colorful vegetables, sliced meat and fried egg. Mix it with gochujang sauce and sesame oil to eat. Doenjang Jjiggae is soybean paste stew. Feb 23 Haemul Paejon & Kimchi Jeon: Crunchy & filling, Haemul Pajeon is Korean Pancake studded with a variety of seafood. Kimchi Jeon is a pancake with Kimchi, which is one of Korea’s representative foods. Mar 9 Dakbokkeumtang: Dakbokkeumtang is Korean chicken stew with healthy vegetables like potatoes. This is one of Korea’s favorite dishes. Class size is limited to 6 students. Class fee is $12.00 per class, $45.00 if you sign up for all four classes. To attend, sign up and pay fee please contact Anna ilovekan@gmail.com

Traditional Eastern European Cooking. With Anna Konopka. Weekly, Fridays, 12.30-3.00pm: Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20. Rich in culture and food history, the nations on the Eastern Europe —Poland , Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary — have all contributed something unique to the Eastern European cuisine, which is very rich and diverse. The cuisine of the region is strongly influenced by climat and it varies, depending on a country. Key components are the same however and include meat & polutry, root vegetables, grains and crops. Moderate climat calls for foods that can satisfy hunger and keep body warm in cold weather, hence meat is a very important ingredient in Eastern European cooking. Beef, pork, lamb, goose & duck are very popular all around the region. The climate is also great for growing root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, celeriac, potatoes, turnips, beets and radishes. Because Eastern Europe is also abundant in lakes and rivers, fresh-water fish can be found in recipes too. Spices and herbs include cloves, bay leaf, majoram, rosmary, thyme, garlic, onions, parsley and dill. Hungarian Goulash, Polish Pierogis, and Russian Borscht are just a few well known examples of the native dishes of Eastern Europe. Golabki - cabage leaves stuffed with meat, schnitzels - pork cutlets , and pyzy - potato balls filled with with pork belly & onions are some of the less known delicacies. If you are passionate about food and cooking and want to learn how to prepare hale and hearty recipes that evoke the essence of the Eastern Europe join me at the Bechtel Kitchen this Winter Quarter. Cheers! Jan 16 Poland: Golabki – Cabbage stuffed rolls stuffed with beef & bulgur wheat served in rich tomato gravy. Jan 23 Ukraine: Borscht (vegetarian) – Traditional red beet soup & fried potato pancakes. Jan 28 Czech: Schnitzels – Pork cutlets served with mashed potatoes and dill pickle salad. Feb 6 Lithuania: Poached salmon in cream sauce served with dill cucumber salad & dill pickle salad. Feb 13 Poland: Roast duck stuffed with apples served with potato knedle & sauerkraut salad. Feb 20 Russia: Pierogi (vegetarian) – Traditional dumplings with two types of filling 1) with sauerkraut & mushrooms, and 2) with potatoes & farmer cheese. Feb 27 Hungary: Goulash – Traditional beef stew with root vegetables served with brown kasha. Mar 6 Slovakia: Lima bean, white sausage & smoked bacon soup served with garlic & rosemary bread. Mar 13 Belarus: Potravka – Chicken stew in horseradish sauce served with barley & roasted parsnips. Mar 20 Russia: Trout baked in sourcream sauce served with boiled baby potatoes & caramelized onions. Fees: Single class $20, 3 classes $55, 5 classes for $90, all 10 classes $170. Max 8 students per class. Please bring aprons to protect clothes from stains and damage. Bring plastic containers for any food leftovers. To inquire about the class, sign up and pay, or if you have any questions about the class or menu, please contact the teacher Anna anna.konopka@me.com

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

Art History: Western Fine Art and Japanese Arts and Crafts With Celine Bonnet-Laquitaine.Weekly on Wednesdays,3.00-5.00pm. After an introduction and a first approach of Western art history in late 2014, we chose to divide this class in two topics: you can choose one or both! 1- Discover Western art through Impressionism in Europe: from the conservative Academy to the freedom of modern art, and its influences in California. 2- Discover the Japanese traditional crafts and contemporary artists. This teaching is not an expertise but the result of personal observations, studies, making and meeting with Japanese artists and artisans during 4 years living in Japan, between the big city (Tokyo) and the countryside (Saitama). It will be taught alternately: Starts January 14 with Western art, then Jan 21 with Japanese arts, then Jan 28 with Western art, and so on. It would be interesting to visit the free Cantor Arts Center to see the Western and Japanese arts and check what you would like to understand better. Free. Email Celine with questions tseline00@gmail.com  

Learning Photography in the US. With Nicolas Pomares. Weekly, Wednesdays from 9.15-10.45am. Starts Jan 14. During your stay in the US, take the opportunity to shoot fabulous pictures and improve your skills in photography. Everyone is welcome, from basic to advance level. You can bring your laptop, camera, tablet, phone, whichever you prefer. Together, we will discover some American photographers, movie makers or painters, to enhance the artistic intention. Then we will see how to use your DSLR (or other cams) and how to manage ISO, shutter speed, aperture, what is framing, depth of field, exposure, bokeh, flare, how to shoot landscape, portrait, street photography, what is digital photography (raw file, jpeg, etc) pr post-processing (contrast, sharpness, BnW, creating panoramic view) etc. We will also discuss the ‘do’s and don’ts’ about your best shots. We will work towards an exhibition at the end of the quarter. So, let’s enjoy this land of wide open spaces and unique light! Please bring your own camera or phone if you are interested in learning more techniques. You are most welcome to attend the workshop without a camera or phone too. Come and learn all about techniques together! Free. Email Nicolas with questions nicopoms@gmail.com

Needlepoint Workshop. With Judi Chun. Weekly on Tuesdays from 2.00pm-4.00pm. Starts Jan 13. Judi Chun will lead an informal needlework group. Anyone is welcome to attend with any type of needlework project or without (you can come just to chat and/or watch and learn). However, beginners wanting to learn needlepoint (the focus of the group) will have the opportunity to make 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 (no cost if you bring your own project). There will also be samples available of other types of needlepoint work for those interested (pillow, door hanger, frame, etc.). Contact instructor with questions. (This is a repeat of an ongoing workshop. Students wishing to needlepoint an additional keychain, or other project of their choosing, are welcome.)

Handmade Card Making Workshop. With Harsha Jain. Feb 2nd, 2.30pm-4.30pm. Valentine’s Day being around the corner, it’s the perfect time to make some beautiful handmade cards using different stamping techniques to send to your loved ones. In total, we will make 4 cards that can be given during all occasions. You can pretty much put any sentiment on the card, so that you can be set for whatever you need. All supplies will be provided. However, if you have a favorite adhesive, please feel free to bring it. Maximum 8 participants. Fee: $18. Email Harsha with questions and to book your space in the workshop harsharjain@gmail.com

Pearl Craft. With Harsha Jain. Weekly on Thursdays, 10.30am – noon. Starts Jan 15. Open to everyone who is interested in learning beautiful white & crystal pearl coasters, runners, dining table mats etc. No prior experience necessary. Pearls (white & crystal), fishing line will be provided, but please bring a needle if you have them. Cost for materials is $15. Can make up to 3 coasters and 2 corner table mats with the materials. Sample pictures will be mailed to those who sign up, to have clarity of the finished piece. Contact Harsha with questions harsharjain@gmail.com

Art & Craft Classes. With Margo A. Holley & Lijun Wang. Saturdays, 5.15-6.15pm. Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21.
Classes as follows: Jan 24: Decorative Card Making using rubber stamps – part 1. Jan 31: Decorative card making using rubber stamps – part 2. Feb 21: Decorative Card making, introduction to copic marker coloring – part 1. Feb 28: Decorative card making, copic coloring stamped images – part 2. Mar 7: Decorative Card making, (mounting your stamped image on decorative paper). Mar 14: Decorative Card making (Embossing techniques) - Part 1. Mar 21: Decorative Card making (Embossing techniques) - Part 2. Fee: $5 per class for materials. Max 15 participants. Please contact Margo with questions, to pay the fee and to sign up for the class mculp@stanford.edu

Sewing Group. With Nur Turan. Weekly Thursdays 1.30-3.00pm. Start Jan 29. 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, but if you want to use some of the materials we have, the fee is $10 - or bring left-over-fabric to share! Contact Nur to check for availability: fnur@hotmail.de

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Especially for Families and Children (parents must stay with children at all times)

Baby and Toddler Group. With With Nevin & Marta. Weekly, Mondays from 10.30am–12.00pm. Starts Mon, Jan 12. 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 Monday 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 Marta mgwiazdowska@gmail.com with questions or suggestions. All are welcome at this informal playgroup! Free.

Friday Morning Coffee Singing. With Nancy Windisch-Samusik. Weekly, Fridays from 11.00-11.30am. Starts Fri, Jan 23. Come with your baby or toddler and join our singing circle every Friday at 11.00am as part of Friday Morning Coffee in the Back Lounge. We sing songs together and perform finger plays and movement for kids of all ages. You are all welcome to join us and bring your own favorite songs to our circle! 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 Magdalena Bull, mbull@stanford.edu

For advice, send email to stanfordfamilies@gmail.com

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