Spouses / Partners / Families Newsletter

 

 

 
NEWSLETTER
FOR STANFORD FAMILIES, SPOUSES & PARTNERS
DECEMBER 1, 2014
Hi everyone,
Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful long Thanksgiving weekend! The holiday season has now started in the US, and there are plenty of opportunities to join in with the many celebrations in the area. For example, read all about the The German Holiday Market in Mountain View and Deborah's Palm's Holiday Bazaar in the 'Opportunities & Events' section below!

Even though our quarter is slowly coming to a close, we still have plenty of wonderful classes and programs to look forward to. Come and join today's Health & Wellbeing book club or tomorrow's Detox Yoga, and make sure to join us for our Friday Morning Coffee: Winter Celebration on Dec 12th, 10am - noon. Don't forget to read the 'Upcoming I-Center events' section below for updates, changes and cancellations! 

Wishing you all a great week,


Warmly,


Magdalena Bull
Coordinator for Classes & Programs for Stanford Spouses, Partners & Families
Stanford University
Bechtel International Center

584 Capistrano Way
Stanford, CA, 94305

mbull@stanford.edu

 

 
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OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS IN THE AREA

Deborah's Palm: Holiday Bazaar
Sat, Dec 6
10am - 4pm
Palo Alto

Come and get a jump on your Holiday shopping! Join us for a classic experience, shopping unique and wonderful Holiday goodies. Many of the crafts are hand-made, some vintage, some gathered especially for this occasion; you will not be disappointed! Hand-knitted and sewn items, jewelry, candy, food, ornaments, books, cards, photos, ceramics, and more! Enjoy special refreshments, a complimentary coffee cart, strolling minstrels and wreath-making! A portion of all sales go to Deborah’s Palm, plus we will be featuring other nonprofits such as Quilting for Mary, and having a canned food drive and Giving Tree for Ecumenical Hunger Program! Please bring a canned food item with you, as you come. We hope that you can join us! Thank you! Read all about the event here!



German Holiday Market - Weihnacktsmarkt
Sat, Dec 13
11am - 9pm
Mountain View City Hall Plaza
Back by popular demand, we will again be holding our annual German Holiday Market in Downtown Mountain View! Mark your calendars and join us on December 13 between 11 am and 9 pm at the plaza of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street. Come indulge in German food and drinks and browse our eclectic selection of handcrafted gifts from Germany and local artists for purchase. The day will also include musical performances by GISSV students, and, new this year, an ice rink where you can have a stab at your ice skating skills! Read all about it here!



Spanish Teacher
Stanford family seeking Spanish teacher for their two children. Please contact Ana for more info ana.pedros@gmail.com


 

CCIS FILM SERIES - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Friday, Dec 5
6pm dinner
6.30pm film
Assembly Room
With Bob Spears
 

About the film series

This film series is designed to help first year foreign students understand us Americans. For many it is difficult, confusing & frustrating. Who are we? How do we relate to other people?  How do we convey respect or not? We send mixed messages. You are traveling through a minefield. So is everyone else in their first experience in America.  My hope is that through this film series, you can laugh at us & with us in our inconsistencies & poorly conveyed social signals. I want you to be able to understand us as I want to be able to understand you as a person and as a people that you represent. I also chose these films because I find them enormously entertaining.

Upcoming films:

  • Dec 5 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  • Dec 12 - Guess Who
  • Dec 19 - Dave


 
UPCOMING I-CENTER EVENTS
Please note that the below is only a snapshot of upcoming classes and NOT a complete list of all the classes going on in the program. Please make sure to check our website for a complete list, updates and changes. You can also stop by the I-Center to check our bulletin board and sign up for events. The I-Center Web Calendar is also a great resource to check and make sure your class or event is taking place. Finally, you can also sign up to the social digest list, another email list for events at the I-Center.

 

FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE: WINTER CELEBRATION
Friday, Dec 12
10:00am - noon
Assembly Room
Free


Join us for Friday Morning Coffee with a Winter theme! We will decorate the Christmas Tree together, and celebrate the holidays of St Nickolaus, St Lucia and Hanukkah. We encourage everyone to bring along something baked or a snack to share!

Please make a note of these important Friday Morning Coffee dates:

  • Dec 5th - FMC as usual
  • Dec 12th - FMC: Winter Celebration
  • Dec 19th - FMC as usual (last one for 2014)
  • Dec 26th - No FMC (I-Center closed)
  • Jan 2nd - No FMC (I-Center closed)
  • Jan 9th - FMC as usual (first one of 2015) 
CANCELLED TODAY: BABY & TODDLER MEETUP
Monday, Dec 1st 
10.30am-noon
Back Lounge/Assembly Room
With Cris
Free
 
Please note that there is no Baby & Toddler this week. If anyone would like to host the Baby & Toddler meet up next week (Dec 8th), please send me an email at mbull@stanford.edu. Thank you!

 

WELLNESS BOOK AND FILM CLUB
Monday, Dec 1st 
12.30-1.30pm
Back Lounge
With Ilane
Free
 
Ilane cannot meet on Dec 11th, so she is changing the Wellness Book and Film Club date to Monday Dec 1st from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Bechtel. The group will be discussing the documentary "A Place at the table", which is available on Netflix streaming plan and for free on Amazon with the Prime Instant Video (if you have Amazon Prime). Please e-mail Ilane to receive updates from the Wellness Book and Film Club at cultiv8health@gmail.com.




 
YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
Monday, Dec 1
5:30-7:00pm
Assembly Room
With Magdalena
Free

Yoga for beginners will be practicing together this evening. Those with an existing practice are also encouraged to join. Bring yourself, a yoga mat, and a bottle of water. Wear comfortable clothing suitable for exercise, and bring along a jumper or scarf for relaxation at the end.



YOGA FOR ALL:VINYASA DETOX FLOW
Tuesday, Dec 2
4:30-6:00pm
Assembly Room
With Yuko
Free

This fun, emerging set to mellow healing music teaches the fundamentals of vinyasa and detox yoga combined with yoga flow. Please bring your own yoga mat, towel, ice water, and wear comfortable clothes.



WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT
Tuesday, Dec 2
From 8pm onwards
Cafe Borrone, Menlo Park
With Sally

Women's night out is on again this Tuesday at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Parl. This is a great chance to catch up with other spouses and have a wine or coffee. If you would like to come, or if you would just like to join the mailing list, please email Sally at wnostanford@gmail.com.



CANCELLED: THE WORKS
Wednesday, Dec 3
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Assembly Room
With Lindsay
Free

Please note that this class has been cancelled. Stay tuned for more information about when the next class will be!


 
 
CHANGE OF DAY: HEALTHY MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
Wednesday, Dec 3
12:30 - 3:00 pm
Kitchen
With Anna

Please note that this class is on Wednesday this week! Please contact Anna for more info, or if you are interested in joining any of her upcoming classes. More info to come soon! anna.konopka@me.com



AMERICAN FOODS COOKING CLASS: RECIPES FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER
Thursday, Dec 4
11:00am - 2:00 pm
Kitchen
With Robert

Email Bob if you are interested in this class or joining any of his upcoming classes. More info to come soon! rlpaugh@gmail.com




PROFESSIONAL LIAISON WORKSHOPS 
Theme: 'Vocabulary development and pronunciation: Idiom discussion and review'
Friday, Dec 5
9:45am - 11:00am
Back Lounge
With Henry & Rebecca
Free

Provide opportunity for international spouses who cannot work in the US with an opportunity to talk with local professionals in their career field. Enhance your English communication skills through presentations, discussion of idioms commonly found in newspapers, and discussion of articles of current interest. 




FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE
Friday, Dec 5
10.00am - noon
Assembly Room
With Olga

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. 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!



CANCELLED: FRIDAY MORNING SINGING
Friday, Dec 5
11:00 - 11:30am
With Cris
Free

Please note that there will be no singing this week during Friday Morning Coffee. Keep checking for updates as to when the next one will be!




BECHTEL BOOK CLUB
Monday, Dec 8
7.15-8.45pm
Living Room
With Jessica
Free (but members are responsible for sourcing their own books)

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! For any questions or to join the mailing list, please email Jessica at bechtelbookclub@gmail.com. Book Club is free, but members are responsible for sourcing a copy of the book each month.

Future books & meeting dates: 
8th December - Snow Country, Yasunari Kawabata
12th January  -  The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides 
9th February - The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan
9th March - Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
13th April - Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
11th May - Notes from Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
8th June - Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald




 
Do you have a schedule change or a new class that you would like to highlight? Maybe a photo you would like to share with our community?

Please send me an email by Friday, and I will make sure include it in the next newsletter!

 

 
 

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I-CENTER RESOURCES FOR SPOUSES & PARTNERS:
Magdalena Bull, Coordinator of Spouse Classes & Programs mbull@stanford.edu
Resource Center for International Families http://icenter.stanford.edu/families/resources.html
For advice please send an email to stanfordfamilies@gmail.com
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