Spouses / Partners / Families Newsletter

From: icenter-spouseprograms@lists.stanford.edu
Subject: Newsletter: April 21
Date:Monday, April 21, 2014 3:06:38 PM



Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a good time on Friday!! What an amazing day! The games and the creative activities as well as the beautiful decorations could not have been possible without the energy and creativeness of our Friday Morning Coffee volunteers, especially Anne, Anke, Flor, Gwyn, Li, Marsha, Minako, Olga and Yukari who prepared the decorations, the games and the materials for the egg coloring.  Also huge thank you to Hani and Alice who helped take photos! Thank you also to everyone who brought snacks, home made cakes or other delicious treats to share! We were more than 120 people so it’s no surprise that everything was gone by the end of our event. I hope you had a fun day!


BRAZILIAN COOKING CLASS
Do you want to cook Brazilian healthy food? Came to my class next Wednesday from 10 to 2pm. This class will be showing a really traditional and cultural food plus adding some tips for having a healthy and easy meal day by day!
Contact me by email, if you want to join us!Barros_f@hotmail.com


MEDITERRANEAN SYRIAN VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASS:
If you want to try to cook a famous and delicious Mediterranean dish Plz come to my class on Thursday -April 24 - from 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
The fee is 4$
Plz contact me by email if you want to join us :)
RUBA.ALKOUDSI@GMAIL.COM


FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE - FOR PARENTS:
Dear parents, our second meeting is taking place on Wednesday, April 23, from 10-11.30 a.m. in the Sydney Playroom at the Graduate Community Center on Escondido Road. Looking forward to hearing stories from the last two weeks of practicing - or not practicing - and what you have experienced. Questions? Wish to sign up? Contact Sanne Lim:sannelim@gmail.com.


YOGA – HOW TO STAY UPDATED ABOUT THE SCHEDULE
To keep yourself updated on the changing yoga schedule please email Yuko:yukosj@yahoo.com


LIFE IN THE BAY BLOG NEEDS YOU!
We want to build a small team of writers & contributors, who live, work and play in the Silicon Valley. Ideally, we are looking for trailing spouses who have recently relocated to the Bay Area, due to their husband or wife gaining employment at Stanford or a local tech firm. Our blog is designed to help ease your transition to life in the bay. Lots of articles have already been written regarding finding an apartment, getting a drivers license and more. We are now focusing on publishing more articles on how the 'following' spouse can enhance their own career while they are here - whether or not they have permission to work - through training, volunteer opportunities and more. The blog also seeks articles on unique activities and experiences that you can take advantage of in this area, travel in California, setting up a home and more. We are searching for dedicated international and domestic spouses who have been in the Bay Area for a few weeks, or even a few years. No need to worry about your English Language ability, we can edit all contributions. Have you made some funny cultural mistakes and you want to warn other newcomers? Have you mastered some very bureaucratic American process, and can now provide helpful tips to others?  We need you!!   Please contact Michelle if you are interested in getting involved!! Newcomers meeting will be held in April.
Michelle.life.bay@gmail.com
Check us out at:
http://www.life-in-the-bay.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LifeInTheBay

36TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN FAMILY PARADE - SAIL INTO SUMMER!
Saturday, April 26, 2014
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The City of Mountain View Recreation Division is pleased to present the 36th Annual Spring Family Parade on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The parade will begin at noon on Castro Street at Villa Street and continue all the way into Pioneer Park for crafts, games, music and fun.
For more info: http://www.mountainview.gov/city_hall/comm_services/recreation_programs_and_services/community_events/downtown_spring_parade.asp


RESOURCE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES – NEW HOURS!
Be sure to stop by the Resource Center, located along the hallway that leads to the back lounge! Our advisors offer basic information for new arrivals, including the spouse handbook. We also have information on driver licenses, shopping, classes, schools, employment volunteering, and recreation. Whether you have just arrived at Stanford or have been here for a while, we look forward to seeing you!
HOURS: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


FACEBOOK, WEB CALENDAR & HOW TO CHECK CLASS INFORMATION
Below is NOT a complete list of all the classes going on in the program. Please check here for a complete list, updates and changes on our website:
http://icenter.stanford.edu/families/classes.html or stop by the I-Center to check our bulletin board and sign up for events.

The I-Center Web Calendar is a great resource to check to make sure your class or event is taking place. http://icenter.stanford.edu/events/calendar.html

You can also follow us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Spouseprogram
http://www.facebook.com/BechtelInternationalCenter


Some important links:

  • Our website is where you will find the schedule of classes. Stop by the I-Center to check our bulletin board and sign up for events.
  • Our web calendar shows all the events and classes and where they are held.
  • The RESOURCE CENTER offers a lot of information for new arrivals. New Hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00-12:00
  • Our blog Life in the Bay has stories of being a spouse at Stanford living in the Bay Area, tips on life here, dos and don’ts and much more!
  • Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BechtelInternationalCenter
  • You can also follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Spouseprogram
  • CCIS ENGLISH CLASSES Come by the I-Center to pick up the Spring Quarter Schedule for 2013 - 2014
    Registration is not required to take any of the classes, which are held at the Bechtel International Center. To attend, simply go to a class at the indicated starting time on the course schedule. There is no tuition charge, and students may take more than one class. Please arrange child-care for babies.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
1. FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE & SINGING FOR KIDS.
2. FUN FOR KIDS (AND PARENTS)
3. WORLD CINEMA SERIES: FOOTNOTE (ISRAEL)
4. CRAFTS WORKSHOP: NECKLACE
5. BABY & TODDLER GROUP
6. SPORTS, GAMES & MORE – OUTDOOR FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
7. WORLD CINEMA SERIES: HERMANO (VENEZUELA)
8. APERITIVO – ITALIAN SOCIAL MIXER
9. ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL
10. POTLUCK MUSIC NIGHT
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1. FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE
10:00-12:00pm
At the I-Center
Free

This is informal gathering is an ideal way to meet other spouses and learn about the many options for enriching your stay in the Stanford area. Join us every Friday, between 10 a.m. and noon! We each bring a snack or fruit or juice to go with the drinks provided by the I-Center. Volunteers are always needed to help set -up (at 9:45 a.m.) and put away afterwards! Everyone (with and without children, new and returning) is equally welcome. Conversation tables offer an informal way to meet others, practice English and share experiences.

SINGING FOR KIDS WITH CRIS
Come and join our singing circle every Friday at 11:00h as part of Friday Morning Coffee at the Back Lounge. We include songs, finger plays and movement for all kids ages. You are all welcome to join us and bring your own favorite songs to our circle!


2. FUN FOR KIDS (and parents)
Deer Hollow, Mountain View
Tuesday April 22
10:00 a.m.
With Maria

What is it?
The 150 year-old Farm is an educational center where the public, school classes, and community groups can observe and participate in a historic working farm. In the tradition of a working homestead,  the Farm produces food on-site, such as fresh eggs and seasonal orchard produce which are for sale when available.
Where do we meet?
Meet us at the entrance
The Farm is located in the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, nestled in the foothills of Los Altos.
1.        Exit 280 at Foothill Expressway/Grant Road.
2.        Follow the signs to Rancho San Antonio County Park.
3.        Turn right onto Cristo Rey Drive, within a ¼-mile from the 280 off-ramp.
4.        Follow Cristo Rey Drive for 1-mile to the roundabout circle. Take the second roundabout exit to continue on Cristo Rey Drive.
5.        Turn left into the entrance of Rancho San Antonio County Park.
6.        Park at any of the five parking lots. The Farm is a leisurely 1-mile walk into the Preserve.
How much is it?
Free. Donation are welcome.
What shall I bring?
Stroller
Picnic lunch

Please RSVP
For more information check webpage: http://www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/city_hall/comm_services/recreation_programs_and_services/deer_hollow_farm.asp
http://www.fodhf.org/
Transportation and stay will be each person’s own responsibility. Ask for carpools
For any question ask to Maria Gomez : bechtel4kids@gmail.com

Upcoming outings:
May 27th, 2014: Happy Hollow, San Jose


3. WORLD CINEMA SERIES: FOOTNOTE (ISRAEL)
Tuesday, April 22
7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Assembly Room
Free with dinner!

A bunch of Stanford students have come together to give us a month of international cinema this spring! This time they will show a film from Israel called “Footnote”. For more information please see:
https://www.facebook.com/events/260295067482817/?source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular


4. CRAFTS WORKSHOP – CROCHET NECKLACE
Wednesday, April 23
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Back Lounge
With Anke

This week we will be making a necklace with a crochet technic. You will need something like 20 beads (different sizes and perhaps different color). Please bring a crochet hook if you have one. See you Wednesday!!



5. BABIES AND TODDLERS GROUP
Wednesdays
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 pm
Patio at the I-Center
With Cris
Free

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 10:30h. We have
a singing together activity at 10:45h, then free play inside or outside (depending on the weather) and we finish with story time! Bring a song or a tale from you 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 moms too. Contact Cris (bechtel4kids@gmail.com) with questions or suggestions.



6. SPORTS, GAMES & MORE – OUTDOOR FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Wednesday, April 23
3:30 p.m.
Alexander Peers Park (Palo Alto, CA 94306)
with Nancy and Anne
Free

We will meet this Wednesdays afternoon 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. 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. We will meet at 3:30 pm in Alexander Peers Park (Palo Alto, CA 94306).


7. WORLD CINEMA SERIES: HERMANO (VENEZUELA)
Thursday, April 24
7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Assembly Room
Free with dinner!

A bunch of Stanford students have come together to give us a month of international cinema this spring! They continue the series with a film from Venezuela called “Hermano”, or Brother, and dinner. For more information please see:
https://www.facebook.com/events/260295067482817/?source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular


8. APERITIVO – ITALIAN SOCIAL MIXER
Friday, April 25
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Assembly Room
Free

Join the Stanford Italian Society for a social mixer. They will be serving Italian drinks and tasty Italian snacks, all accompanied by live jazz music. All are welcome!


9. ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Saturday April 26 & Sunday April 27
1:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Assembly Room and around campus
Free

The theme of this year’s festival emphasizes the Romanian individual's struggle to find a cultural and social identity in a drifting world. On Sunday we will screen Cristian Mungiu’s celebrated film "Dup’ dealuri" ("Beyond The Hills", 2012), and Oliver Ttaru's documentary "Anatomie eines Weggehens" ("Anatomy of a Departure", 2013). In addition, director Oliver Ttaru and actresses Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur (joint winners of the 2012 Best Actress Cannes Film festival Award for their performance in "Beyond the Hills") will be our special guests. The general public will have a unique opportunity to hear from them during our Q&As and panel discussion.

The festival features a selection of films by renowned Romanian directors whose realist and minimalist style, a characteristic of Romanian New Wave cinema, impressed audiences throughout the world. Films will explore the relationship between art and power, censorship and repression, the cultural and linguistic diversity of Eastern Europe, and the challenges of living through post-communism. The Romanian film festival will spark an interdisciplinary and comparative discussion on the legacy of the Soviet era in the contemporary world, and it will invite its audience to see key moments in post-1945 European history from a Romanian perspective.

For more details about the film festival please visit:http://rofilmfestival.wordpress.com/

10. POTLUCK MUSIC NIGHT
Sunday, May 4
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Bechtel International Center
Free

Come and enjoy a delightful evening of food and music from around the world on Sunday 4th May, from 6pm to 8pm at the Bechtel International Center. Please bring a main dish to serve 8 people. The event is sponsored by Community Committee for International Students (CCIS). No need to RSVP.  Just come and have fun!  For more information: html://www.ccisstanfordu.org/
If you would like to perform at the event please contact Tina Patel atccisevents@gmail.com.


I wish you a great week and hopefully see you soon at the I-Center!

Karin

Karin Baage
Classes and Programs for Stanford Spouses & Families
Stanford University
Bechtel International Center
584 Capistrano Way
Stanford, CA 94305
http://icenter.stanford.edu/families/index.html

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I-CENTER RESOURCES FOR SPOUSES & PARTNERS:
Karin Baage, Coordinator of Spouse Classes & Programs kbaage@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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