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Classes & Programs for Spouses & Partners
Summer 2015: June 22nd – August 15th

Please note that all classes take place at the I-Center (584 Capistrano Way) unless specifically noted.

To sign up for a class and to get further information about teacher contact (email) please check the bulletin board in the I-Center Lobby

For current changes please check the I-Center web calendar and subscribe to our weekly newsletter.


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

Adult Choir - Dates: Every Wednesday. Time: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm. Please note that rehearsals take place at different locations(contact Isabelle for updates.) Let's sing together and have fun! No experience required. We will be working on using good singing posture and breathing support. We will also talk about fundamental music theory, singing techniques and ensemble skills. We will be singing folk songs from around the world and beautiful pieces from classical to contemporary! Fee: $5 for photocopies

Book Club. With Jessica Priestley and Isabel Santoro. Dates: July 13, August 10. Time: 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm. 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), 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! 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: July 13 - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. August 10 - The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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 theaters 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

Guys Night Out.With Ulrich Ritter. Join us to meet other male spouses & share ideas about possible future activities. Contact Ulrich for more details and the next date.

Woman’s Night Out.With Sally Fox. Dates: every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Time: starts 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.


Events & Workshops

CCIS Ice Cream Social. With Judi Chun. Date: Thursday, August 6. Time: 3 pm – 5 pm. Come cool off over ICE CREAM SANDWICHES!!!
PRIZES TO BE WON!! - for the Most Creative & Most Delicious combos!! FREE EVENT - BYOC ( Bring/ Buy your own cookies - 1 dozen ) Assortment of yummy ice cream flavors will be provided. TIP : How about decorating your sandwiches with M&M's, gummies, sprinkles to impress the judges :)Don't forget to bring any decorations you might want to use. All CCIS members and international post-docs/grad students/visiting scholars and families are welcome.

CCIS Summer Swap. With Liana Ahloy Dallaire. Date: Friday, August 14 (during Friday Morning Coffee). Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Swap your unwanted stuff for the things that you need! Clean out your closets and bring your gently used dishes, clothing and accessories, toys, books, etc to Bechtel. Things will be placed on tables and you may take what you like. It’s a lot of fun for you & the kids! First pick will go to those who bring items. Leftover items will be donated. Please ensure the items are in good condition (unbroken, unstained) and non-hazardous. Free.

Fall Quarter planning meeting. With Ragna Kaehler. Date: August 17. Time: 09:30 am – 10:30 am. Want to help plan the Spouse Program fall quarter? Want to teach a class at the I-center? Come discuss your ideas! Free.

Transition and Career

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.

Job Search Networking Group. With Emrah Gursoy. Dates: every Wednesday. Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. 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.


Exercise Classes

Yoga for All - Vinyasa Flow Yoga. With Yuko Ikeda. Dates: every Wednesday .Please note NO Class on Aug. 5th. Time: 10:15 am – 11:45 am. 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.

Yoga - Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga with Babies. With Yuko Ikeda. Dates: every Wednesday. Please note NO Class on Aug. 5th Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. 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.

Sevillanas (Spanish Dance). With Irene Moreno. Dates: every Friday through July 31. Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Typical dance from Southern Spain, closely related to Flamenco. People intending to dance flamenco usually start by learning sevillanas. Sevillanas are danced by couples of all ages and sexes during celebrations based on folk and happy music. Free



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Language Classes

Informal English Classes

Spanish Language & Culture (beginners/intermediate level). With Sofia Gonzalez. Dates: every Monday. Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. In this class, you will learn about the Spanish language and culture through a variety of exercises covering all four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking). You will learn the basic grammar and vocabulary to express yourself with confidence in real life situations and to overcome the language barrier. Emphasis will be placed on improving pronunciation and on learning simple dialogues. Free

Basic German Language & Culture. With Jasmin Steiner. Dates: every Monday. Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. This class is for everyone who wants to speak, read and write simple German while exploring this interesting culture. This class is a great way to figure out what German and Germany is all about. It aims to equip the students with sufficient language, vocabulary and grammar skills to be able to visit Germany as a tourist. Fee: Pay $5 on the first session for photocopies

All-levels German Language class. With Sabrina Beirau. Dates: every Thursday. Please note NO class on Aug. 13. Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Open to everyone who is interested in German Language. Primary goals are to introduce beginning and continuing students to basic structures of the German language by developing vocabulary and familiarizing students with sentence structure and grammar through written and oral exercises. Fee: Pay $5 on the first session for photocopies.

Italian for beginner/intermediate students. With Valentina Consolo. Dates: every Thursday. Please note NO class on Aug. 6. Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. 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 Valentina Consolo. Dates: every Thursday. Please note NO class on Aug. 6. Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. 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.

Japanese Conversation & Culture (Beginners). With Yoko Ruckman. Dates: every Wednesday. Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Learn conversation through Japanese culture (Example: greetings, traveling, shopping, Japanese food recipes, a way of life, and etc.)  Review hiragana, learn katakana, vocabulary and grammar skills. Fee: $5 for photocopies.

Japanese Conversation & Culture (Intermediate level). With Yoko Ruckman. Dates: every Wednesday. Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Learn conversation through Japanese culture (Example: greetings, traveling, shopping, Japanese food recipes, a way of life, and etc.)  Improve vocabulary, kanji reading/writing skills, and grammar skills. Fee: $5 for photocopies.

Practicing French by Singing. With Patricia Boutigny. Dates: every Wednesday through Aug. 5. Time: 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm. You like to sing and you want to practice your French language ? Isn't it a funny way to improve your pronunciation, increase your vocabulary, experience culture, literature and a little of history of France by singing old traditional or modern popular songs in French ? I don't promise you will become a talented opera singer by joining this class, but I guarantee a lot of positive effects as happiness, well feeling, sharing laughs and fun with friends and knowledge about French... . Secondary effect: Starting singing in the shower! No specific music or singing skills required, but basic French is recommended. Fee: $5 for photocopies.


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Cooking Classes:


American Barbecue. With Robert Paugh. Dates: Thursdays, June 25, July 9, 23, 30. Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CLASS WILL MEET OFF-CAMPUS IN PALO ALTO. Come and learn all about American Barbecue! Class size: Limited to four students. Class fee: $14 per class / $50 for all four classes.

Healthy Indian Breakfest (demonstration). With Anuja Damle. Date: Thursday, July 9. Time: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Experience the world of Indian cooking  where breakfast comes to life with flavors produced by Indian spices. Learn easy healthy breakfast recipes!

Healthy & Delicious Baking. With Sabrina Beirau. Dates: July 6, 13, 20. Time: 2 pm – 5 pm. Would you like to learn how to prepare healthy and delicious cakes and cookies? Try these great new recipes! Max 6 students. Class fee: $15.00 per class.

Ice-Cream Making Demonstration. With Vida Revilla. Date: Friday, July 24. Time: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Come see cold refreshing ice-creams being made in just 20 minutes. Fee: Free. Sign up for this class on the Bechtel noticeboard.

Solar Cooking Demonstration. With Vida Revilla. Date: Friday, July 31 & Aug. 7. Time: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Sunshine with its many roles, can transform edibles into a delicious meal. With the us of a solar oven, we will demonstrate simple sun-cooked dishes. Free. Sign up for this class on the Bechtel noticeboard.

Macaroon your life! With Alejandra Galarza. Dates: every Wednesday. Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Elegant, sophisticated, colorful, tender, sweet and delicious are words that describe French macaroons. They are delicately refined – based confections made of ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites, which are sandwiched together with a ganache (filling). Have you ever wondered how these French treats are made? Come and join the class to lean step by step the process of making macaroons. Fee: $20 per class.

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

Needlepoint Workshop. With Judi Chun. Dates: every Tuesday. Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Please note: on Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 class will meet offsite for a field trip. Judi 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 are 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 or do burlap vase decoration). There will also be samples available of other types of needlepoint work for those interested (pillow, door hanger, frame, coaster, tea tray, etc.). Contact instructor with questions. (This is a continuation of an ongoing workshop. Students wishing to needlepoint an additional keychain, or other project of their choosing, are welcome.)

Exploring Indian Folk Art (Painting step by step) With Anuja Damle. Dates: July 1, 2, 8, 9. Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. India has always been known as the land that portrayed cultural and traditional vibrancy through its conventional arts and crafts. The Warlis are an indigenous tribe, living in mountainous as well as coastal areas of Indian states –Maharashtra & Gujarat. Their wall paintings use a very basic graphic vocabulary: a circle, a triangle and a square. Come & explore the Indian tribal art and sketch different forms. Free.

Handmade coasters with stamps (workshop). With Harsha Jain. Date: July 1. Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for the special people in your life. These personalized stamped coasters would make great gifts for teachers, party hosts, family or just for yourself! They are actually great year round gifts, too. All the materials will be supplied. Max 6 participants. Fee: $ 6 (only for materials).

Creative Explosion: Let your Imagination Flow. With Alejandra Galarza. Dates: every Tuesday, starts July 7. Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Come and join my class, as I show various drawing techniques of illustrations done by hand: line drawings, geometrical figures, pattern design, hand lettering among others. Each week we will have different themes to work during class. We will do fun projects and will discover how to draw or paint successfully with colors, markers, and watercolors. (10 weeks: 1. Folk Patterns, 2. Geometrical Patterns, 3. Cactus and Succulents, Flowers and Trees, 5. Alebrijes, 6. Buildings and Landscapes of San Francisco, 7. Animals, 8. Cooking Recipes/Food, 9. Illustrating quotes, 10. People faces). Material fee: $30.


Lectures & Classes

American Ethics and Ideals. With Jasmin Steiner. Dates: July 1, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12. Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. In this lecture-style cultural history class, American Studies graduate Jasmin invites you to learn more about American ethics & ideals, such as liberalism, individualism, meritocracy & the American Dream. Free

Busting Myths in Science. With Devika Garg. Dates: every Wednesday. Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. This class will be a guided discussion resolving trending myths and answering some interesting questions. So bring all your science questions to the class for discussion! Free.

Healthy Sports Nutrition (lecture). With Yael Dror. Date: Tuesday, July 28. Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Sports nutrition: Optimal Fueling for Optimal Performance. Sports have become a huge part of our culture. Unfortunately, many people don't know how to fuel their body correctly before, during or after their given sport or training regimen. Sports nutrition is a separate field in the world of general nutrition that focuses on recommendations and guide­lines for sports activity. The aim is to improve physical performance by eating correctly. "What and when should I eat relative to type, time and duration of activity in order to maximize physical abilities and performance?" The lecture will focus on this question and will provide important eating guidelines and practical tips. Free.

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

Friday Morning Coffee Singing. With Nevin Alhaz. Dates: every Friday. Time: 11:00 am – 11:30 am. Come with your baby/toddler and join our singing circle every Friday as part of Friday Morning Coffee. Free

Baby and Toddler Group. With Sabrina Sargentini & Daniela Hotz. Dates: every Monday. Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Please note: this group will meet off campus at Peers Park in Palo Alto. This is a great opportunity to meet other Bechtel parents and to have fun with the little ones! Come along to play and sing! Free.

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Information & Resources

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.

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