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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 spring quarter is April 11. Welcome!
Yoga for All-Vinyasa Flow Yoga. With Yuko Ikeda. Weekly, Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. And every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10:15 -11:45 a.m. Ongoing. 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, Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. And every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. Ongoing 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
Summer and Fall Quarter Planning Meeting. With Karin Baage. Wednesday, May 20 at 1:30-3:30 p.m. Would you like to teach a class at the I-Center in the summer or in the fall? 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 coming quarters of 2014. Cookies and coffee/tea will be served. Free.
Woman’s Night Out. With Sally Fox. Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8:00 p.m. Come and meet new friends or old over a wine or a coffee! For more information, especially about the changing locations, & to join the Woman´s Night Out email list please contact Sally at email@example.com.
Life Changes and Transitions. With Anna Fernandez. Wednesday, April 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A chance to hear how others have successfully made the changes to living at Stanford (career adjustments, cultural differences, new community & more). Those who are leaving Stanford are more than welcome to join. Come with your questions and your hopes. Free.
Focus on the Positive. With Sanne Lim. Thursdays, April 17 & May 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The class Focus on the Positive was taught in the Fall quarter, and we had a great class and learned a lot together. The group is interested in a follow-up, which will take the shape of two workshops. The intent of the workshops is a) to go deeper into the exercises and learn from the Fall class series, and b) to support each other in sustaining the practices. We will share our experiences from the past few months – what worked well and what was challenging – to explore helpful ways to continue to implement positive practices in daily life. There will also be variations or new exercises to deepen the learning. The class caters to people who participated in the Fall series, but if you have experience with positive psychology and mindfulness practices and wish to share with and support others, please come along. To sign up contact Sanne: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Arabic Language & Culture. With Mohamed Elsayd, and Ruba Alkoudsi. Weekly, Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Starting April 10. We will do an introduction to Arabic language & culture and in sessions get to know about the nature and history of Arabian countries. Free.
Chinese. With Jess Zhang. Weekly, Tuesdays from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Starting April 8. The class will provide students with the basic skills to communicate in Chinese and offers an overview of various cultural, political, and touristic topics regarding China. By the end, you will have skills to communicate on a holiday to China or impress your Chinese friends with some language skills and knowledge on contemporary topics. Fee: $5.00 for photocopies.
French Language and Culture. With Laura Paiser. Weekly, Mondays from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Starts April 7. This class is an introduction to the French language and French culture. It combines basic grammar points and vocabulary for everyday situations. Free.
French Literature. With Mauricio Narváez. Weekly, Tuesdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Starting April 8. You’ll read in their context some fragments of the most famous French writers. (Zola, Balzac, Flaubert, Proust, Céline….). You’ll improve your French language (vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation) and know different points of history and culture related to this literary works. Requirements: to have good basis of French language. Free.
Italian Beginner-Intermediate Level. With Francesca Lorenzon. Weekly, Thursdays 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Starts April 10. Basic level class (A1/A2):
building vocabulary, grammar, reading, pronunciation and basic conversation skills. Fee: $5.00 or make photocopies at home.
Italian Conversation Class. With Francesca Lorenzon. Weekly, Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Starting April 9. This Italian conversation class is meant for those who already have the basics and would like to practice their conversation skills at an intermediate & advanced level.
Japanese Conversation & Culture. With Minako Abe & Mako Sugino. Weekly, Mondays from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Starts April 7. This class is the second series from the fall quarter 2013. 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. Starts April 10. 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.
Beginner Spanish II. With Daniela Lucia Jaume Raggio. Weekly, Tuesdays from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Starts April 8. This class is for those that took Spanish for beginners in the fall or winter quarters and are interested to continue to learn this exciting language. Free.
Turkish Language & Culture for Beginners. Murat Baday. Weekly, Tuesdays from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Starts April 8. 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!!!).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 Cooking Class. With Robert Paugh. Thursdays, April 3, 10, 17 & May 1 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. American Foods Cooking Class will meet for four classes as follows:
April 3: Asian Pork with Noodles.
April 10: Sweet & Sour Chicken.
April 17: Lion’s Head Meatballs.
May 1: Chop Chae with Chicken.
Class size is limited to six students. Class fee is $10.00 per class, or $35.00 if you sign up for all four classes. Bring storage containers to take food home from the class. Max 6 students per class. To attend, sign up and pay for the class, please contact Robert: email@example.com
Ice Cream Making Demonstration. With Vida Revilla. Friday, April 25 from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Come see cold refreshing deserts like ice cream and frozen fruit yogurt being made in just 30 minutes. Free.
Light & Healthy Meals. With Anna Konopka. Weekly, Fridays from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Starts April 11. Spring’s is just around the corner! We can already smell it in the air. The long awaited fresh produce is making its way to farmer’s markets and local grocers. Our bodies need replenishing after winter so our diets should be full of nutrients and vitamins from fresh fruits and vegetables. Crisp salads, vegetable dishes, grilled meats and seafood, and healthy whole grains should replace the hale and hearty winter food on our tables. Healthy meals don’t need to take hours to prepare and everyone can learn how to prepare food that’s also good for you. The benefits of healthy diet are countless so it is well worth it. Learn how to prepare a variety of fresh-tasting, light and healthy dishes inspired by flavors and ingredients from different parts of the world, and discover your talent for cooking. Join me in the Kitchen this Spring Quarter and let’s appreciate good food together!
April 11: Patagonian Scallops, Asparagus & Shiitake Mushrooms Spaghetti al Olio with Caraway Seeds
April 18: Quinoa, Kale & Garbanzos Salad with Feta, Dried Apricots & Roasted Almonds
April 25: Bell Peppers Stuffed with Ground Lamb, Herbed Cous Cous, Raisins & Feta
May 2: Wehani Rice & Baby Bok Choy Salad with Bean Sprouts, Enoki Mushrooms & Tofu
May 9: Spinach Pesto Wheat Flatbread with Asparagus, Broccoli, Artichokes, Ricotta & Eggs
May 16: Farro, Butter Beans & Prawn Salad with Shimeji, Spinach, Fennel & Grapefruit
May 23: Orange & Bell Pepper Beef Stir Fry with Ginger & Cashew Nuts over Wild Rice
May 30: Beluga Lentils & Gold Baby Beets Salad with Carrots, Mango & Fresh Cilantro
June 6: Chicken & Rainbow Chard Pie with Jalapeños, Monterey Jack Cheese & Sesame Seeds
Please bring your own aprons to protect clothes from stains and damage and containers for any possible leftovers. Due to the high popularity of the class, payments must be received in advance. Cancelation policy available upon inquiry. Cash only. Max. 6 students per class. Fee: $15 per class or these packages: Amateur: 3 classes for $40. Enthusiast: 5 classes for $65. Devotee: full quarter - $115. Sign up for all the classes and save 15%! To inquire about the class, sign up and to pay or if you have any other questions, please contact Anna: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to cook in a healthy and easy way at home – Brazilian style. With Natalia Pereira. Wednesday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. In this class I will teach how to cook the most popular Brazilian dish. Explaining why this dish is healthy; what are the nutritional properties of this dish; - This dish is considered the best combination of nutrients because it is made with all essentials nutrients our body needs. Fee: $10. Max. 6 students per class. To attend, sign up and pay fee please contact Natalia: email@example.com
April 17: Bulgogi (Korean marinated beef) & Bulgogi pizza
April 21: Haemool Pajeon (Korean seafood pancake) & Mussel and Tomato stew
May 5: Tteok-galbi (Korean meat ball) & Salad with pineapple dressing
May 19: Korean-style chicken & Sweet pumpkin soup
Fee: $12.00 per class. Min. 4 & Max. 6 students per class. To attend, sign up and pay fee please contact Hani: firstname.lastname@example.org
Solar Cooking Demonstration. With Vida Revilla. Friday, May 16 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.
Crafts-Workshops. With Anke Friedrich, Ruba Alkoudsi & Judi Chun. Weekly, Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Starts April 9. In a series of workshops we will be making rings and necklaces, greeting cards and key chains. Every time there will be a different project and it is possible to join for 1, 2, 3 ...or all projects! So sign up for our e-mail list and we will inform you about the upcoming projects, fees and things to bring along. Please contact email@example.com Fee: $4-$20 (depending on the project).
Creating Art (for Adults). With Valentina Longhino. Weekly, Mondays, from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Starts April 7. During this 1 hour and 30 minutes we are going to learn diverse drawing and painting techniques as well as learn about masterpieces by artists from all around the world. The class will be also focused on freeing our imagination and capturing those ideas on 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. This is about you. It’s never too late to unleash the artist inside you, and 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: Each bring their materials. I’ll talk about this in each class.
Sewing Group. With Anke Friedrich. Weekly, Mondays, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Starts April 7. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Tuesdays April 1, May 13, June 3.
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 (email@example.com) with questions or suggestions. All are welcome at this informal playgroup!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Focus on the Positive – For Parents. With Sanne Lim. Wednesdays, April 9, 23, May 7 & 21 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Sydney Room, Graduate Community Center, Escondido Village, Stanford. This class was taught in the Fall quarter with success. Per request this class is now for parents specifically! Being at Stanford can be a wonderful and stressful experience, and if you are a parent, the intensity level goes way up! While the student experiences high academic pressure and workload, the spouse/partner faces the challenge of putting his/her own career or interests on hold and possibly feeling stuck. So both parents may find that their mood goes down, and frustration up. This might influence your relationship with yourself, your partner and your children and how you live your life. It is possible to engage in small exercises in daily life that help you focus on the positive and feel a sense of self, satisfaction and meaning. The class is interactive, and we will practice techniques that come from positive psychology and are science based. Research studies show that the exercises we will practice are skills you can use to build optimism, resilience and greater positivity in your life. Start learning at Stanford and take your skills with you wherever you go next. Come with or without your children. Up to you. (Non-parents are welcome if there is room.) All participants need to sign up by contacting Sanne Lim: email@example.com.
Sports, Games and More – Outdoor Fun Activities for Kids. With Nancy Windisch-Samusik & Annechristin Mei. Every other Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Starting April 9. 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 April 9th at 3:30 pm in Alexander Peers Park (Palo Alto, CA 94306). We will provide the program schedule, the equipment and some small prizes for our little sporty boys and girls. 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.
Making little Artist. With Valentina Longhino. Weekly, Mondays, from 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Starts April 7. In this class the 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 techniques 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.Wear comfortable clothes, which you don’t mind getting a possible stain on or an apron, as you prefer . Fee: $5 per class.
For more information and updates, contact Karin Baage, firstname.lastname@example.org
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