Spouses / Partners / Families Newsletter

From: icenter-spouseprograms@lists.stanford.edu
Subject: Easter/Passover Newsletter
Date: Monday, April 14, 2014 2:17:10 PM



Hi Everyone,

Have you noticed that spring has arrived?! Spring does not only mean the start to a new quarter full of classes and activities at the I-Center, but it also means the start of a new year for many people and cultures. Here in the United States, many Americans will celebrate Easter this weekend. Many others will celebrate Passover. For more information on these two holidays, please see below. Perhaps you have a similar celebration in your home country? If so, please share that with us on Friday Morning Coffee, this Friday April 18.

EASTER AT FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE!
We will celebrate Easter and Passover with games and activities on Friday Morning Coffee this Friday, April 18. We also want you to bring a dish or a snack that is typical of your country or culture that you eat at spring time.


EASTER  & PASSOVER
Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ Easter is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar, and changes date every year. It is not a federal holiday but many stores are closed in many parts of the US and if they are open, they may have limited trading hours.

Passover is an important Biblically-derived Jewish festival. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation over 3,300 years ago by God from slavery in ancient Egypt. Many Jewish people spend the Passover period with family members or close friends.

To learn more about what you do at Easter and Passover please see these websites:
http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/easter-sunday
http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/first-day-of-passover
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesach


NO EXERCISE CLASS THIS WEEK.

NO WOMEN’S NIGHT OUT THIS WEEK.

YOGA ON LEVIN FIELD THIS THURSDAY
Yoga this week will be at Levin field, on Stanford campus, on Thursday April 17:
Vinyasa flow From 10:15 to 11:45
Prenatal and postnatal from 12pm to 1 pm.
To keep yourself updated on the yoga schedule please email Yuko:yukosj@yahoo.com


FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE - SPECIFICALLY FOR PARENTS
We had a wonderful class last Wednesday. Thank you! Please note that classes are every second week, so there is no class this week. Next class is Wednesday April 23. The class is almost full. Please email me in advance if you are new and would like to join. Thanks, Sanne Lim:sannelim@gmail.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


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. EASTER GAMES!
2. WORLD CINEMA SERIES: IVAN VASILYEVICH: BACK TO THE FUTURE (RUSSIA)
3. CRAFTS WORKSHOP: GIFT CARDS
4. BABY & TODDLER GROUP IN LIVINGROOM THIS WEEK
5. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE WORKSHOP: MINDFULNESS IN NATURE
6. WORLD CINEMA SERIES: GROUNDING: DIE LETZTEN TAGE DER SWISSAIR (SWITZERLAND)
7. FUN FOR KIDS (AND PARENTS)
8. POTLUCK MUSIC NIGHT
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1. FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE: EASTER THEME AND GAMES!
10:00-12:00pm
At the I-Center
Free


We will celebrate Easter with games and activities on Friday Morning Coffee this Friday, April 18. We also invite you to bring a dish or a snack that is typical of your country or culture that you eat at spring time.

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. WORLD CINEMA SERIES: IVAN VASILYEVICH: BACK TO THE FUTURE (RUSSIA)
Tuesday, April 15
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 Russia called “Ivan Vasilyevich: Back to the Future”. For more information please see:
https://www.facebook.com/events/260295067482817/?source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular



3. CRAFTS WORKSHOP – GIFT CARD!
Wednesday, April 16
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Back Lounge
With Ruba

Come and learn how to do creative and fun gift cards! For more information and fees please email Ruba:ruba.alkoudsi@gmail.com



4. BABIES AND TODDLERS GROUP – IN THE LIVINGROOM THIS WEEK
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.


5. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE - WORKSHOP: MINDFULNESS IN NATURE
Thursday April 17
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Meet at the I-Center
With Sanne
RSVP:sannelim@gmail.com.
Free

All welcome! (The workshop was intended as a follow-up for students from the Fall class. However, several of them now have jobs and cannot attend. This is positive and inspiring news for especially new spouses who are currently struggling with work permits and job applications!) Our workshop will take place outdoors this time: a hike on the Stanford dish. We will meet at Bechtel and then head out at 10.15. You can also meet us at the foot of the hill at 10.30. If you start at Bechtel, please have a bicycle for transportation or car pool. I will be biking. During the hike we will practice mindfulness and walking meditation and other techniques from positive psychology. This will be a fun experiment! I look forward to trying it out with you. Please email me in advance that you wish to come:sannelim@gmail.com.



6. WORLD CINEMA SERIES: GROUNDING: DIE LETZTEN TAGE DER SWISSAIR (SWITZERLAND)
Thursday, April 17
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 an Indian film called “Grounding” and dinner. For more information please see:
https://www.facebook.com/events/260295067482817/?source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular



7. FUN FOR KIDS (and parents)
Deer Hollow, Mountain View
Tuesday April 22
10:00 a.m.
With Maria
RSVP to Maria:bechtel4kids@gmail.com

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
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 Maria Gomez:bechtel4kids@gmail.com
Upcoming outings: May 27th, 2014: Happy Hollow, San Jose


8. 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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Karin Baage, Coordinator of Spouse Classes & Programs kbaage@stanford.edu
Resource Center for International Families http://icenter.stanford.edu/families/resources.html
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