Classes & Programs
for Spouses & Partners
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! Also join Chula 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 9:45 a.m.) and put away afterward! Everyone (with and without children, new and returning) is equally welcome.
- WELCOME RECEPTION FOR INTERNATIONAL SPOUSES, PARTNERS AND FAMILIES
Both new and returning spouses are invited to join us for this introduction to local and I-Center programs of interest to international spouses. Friday, October 4, 10:00 am to noon.
During the fall Quarter we invite you to come with us on some walking tours around campus. It’s a nice opportunity to learn more about the area and to meet others. Each tour will be guided by one or more of our local CCIS or spouse volunteers.
Wednesday, October 9. Campus- Tour. With Karin Baage. Join us for a Campus tour; learn more about the history of the Campus and the spirit of it. Meeting point: 9:30 a.m. at the I-Center. The tour is from 9:45 – 11:00 a.m. Bring cash, if you would like to have a coffee or snack after the tour. Please sign up in advance at the bulletin board!
Wednesday, October 16. Career Development Center. With Gwyn Dukes. Join us today to find out what the Career Development Center can do for you. Learn about resources for finding employment or internships and researching career paths. Bring cash for coffee or a snack. Meet in front of the I-Center 9:30-11:30 a.m. Please sign up in advance at the bulletin board.
October 23. Cantor Arts Center I. Join us today for an introduction tour at the Cantor Arts Center. Learn more about the Stanford Family Room and Modern and Contemporary Room. Bring some cash with you, so you can stay for lunch at the museum. Meeting point: In front of the I-Center: 11:00 a.m. (Or at 11:20 a.m. in the Cantor Arts Center lobby). Tour is from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please sign up in advance at the bulletin board.
October 30. Green Library and Hoover Tour. Join us for a tour through the Green Library and learn about the things you can use there. After that we will visit Hoover tower. Meeting point: At the I-Center 9:45 a.m. Tour is from 10:15 - 12:00. Please sign up in advance at the bulletin board!
November, 6 Cantor Arts Center II. Join us today to learn more about the Rodin exhibition. Bring some cash with you, so you can stay for lunch at the museum. Meeting point: In front of the I- Center: 10:00 a.m. (Or at 10:20 a.m. in front of the Cantor Arts Center). Tour is from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please sign up in advance at the bulletin board!
Spouse Workshops, Groups & Events
- International Fall Swap. With CCIS Events Ragna & Silvia. Friday, October 25, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Get rid of your old stuff & come back with what you need! Clean your closets at home and bring everything you do not need anymore (e.g. kids/adults clothes, toys, books, etc). We will put everything people bring on tables and you take what you like. It’s a lot of fun for you & the kids! Remaining things will be donated to a nonprofit-organization. Free.
Dance Exercise Class.With Vida Revilla. Tuesdays Oct 29 & Nov 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m.Various dance videos like Bollywood, hip-hop, merengue, salsa, jazz steps, zumba will be viewed on the screen and participants can follow the steps. Wear comfortable clothing, shoes & bring water
GetINside-Lecture Series:With Miriam Rubelt. Weekly, Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m. Starts Nov 5. GetINside a foreign Country's Culture, Traditions and Tourist Hotspots. Spouses at Stanford University tell us something about their home country, favorite meals, fashion, traditions, culture, tourism centers or pop-culture. Everybody, including moms with kids, is welcome! This is a very informal get-together to meet new people and share experiences! Free snacks and drinks will be provided. If someone is interested to give a talk just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Guys Night Out: With Ulrich Ritter. Join other male spouses for a beer to meet others and share ideas about possible future activities. Contact Ulrich at email@example.com for more details and the next date.
- Hiking Group. With Helena Dietrich & Céline Margot Alassimone. Bi-weekly, Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Dates: Oct 22, Nov 6, 20, Dec 4. Location: Meet in the parking lot in front of the Cine Arts Theater in Palo Alto Square, 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Join us for our bi-weekly hike to explore the spectacular nature of the bay area. Tuesday, Oct 22: Huddart County Park. Wednesday Nov 6: Pearson-Arastradero Preserve. Wednesday Nov 18: Shoreline at Mountain View (Stroller hike). Wednesday Dec 4: Rancho San Antonio. Typical hike length is 2-5 hours (3-8 miles) & ranges from easy to moderate. Please note good physical fitness & sturdy shoes are highly recommended. Also suggested are: snacks/lunch, water, sunscreen & sunglasses, a raincoat, hat, camera, & binoculars if available. For more information and to join the hiking email list please contact Helena & Céline (firstname.lastname@example.org). RSVP required 2 days prior to each hike. Fee: Gas contribution and occasional parking fee contribution required depending on park location. Hike and Transportation is each person’s own responsibility. For more information see the Bulletin Board at the I-Center.
Ghibli Nights -Japanese Animation Series. With Sanae and Emily. Fridays, Nov 8, 15 & 22 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Remember the heart-touching animations My neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso, Spirited Away? They are all from the famous Japanese animation film studio, Studio Ghibli. Their animations bring to people not only entertainment, but also the inspiration. Come enjoy these Ghibli animation nights together. We will also prepare some Japanese food! For more information, see the spouse newsletter. Free.
- Lectures on Art History: With Saskia Jogler. Biweekly, Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Starts Oct 16. Visual art provides an extraordinary and exciting source of information about past cultures and their relation to the world. This lecture series focuses on European art history from the Middle Ages to the modern period and gives insight into a great variety of genres like architecture, sculpture, oil painting, mosaic, miniature etc. Most lectures will deal with a specific artwork to explain technique, style, meaning and functions. Topics are, for example, Giotto´s frescoes in the Arena Chapel in Padua or Goya´s aquatint cycle ‘Los Caprichos’. Free.
Winter Quarter Planning Meeting. With Karin Baage. Tuesday, Nov 12 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Would you like to teach a class at the I-Center in the winter quarter? 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 winter quarter of 2014. Cookies and coffe/tea will be served. Free.
Samba Dance Practice. With Elaine Nunes. Weekly, Thursdays from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Starts Oct 10. Do Brazilian carnival colors and vibrance fascinate you? So, come to know the beauty and exuberance of Samba and learn how to dance the rhythm that best expresses the Brazilian soul. Please wear light clothes and comfortable shoes. Free.
- Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga with Babies: With Yuko Ikeda. Weekly, Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Starts Oct 3. 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.
Yoga for All-Vinyasa Flow Yoga:With Yuko Ikeda. Weekly, Thursdays from 10:15 -11:45 a.m. Starts Oct 3. 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.
Easy Yoga for Beginners.:With Yuko Ikeda. Weekly, Thursdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Starts Oct 3. This Yoga class is for beginners. 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
Woman’s Night Out. With Sally Fox & Suzanne van Winden. Every1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 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, & to join the Woman´s Night Out email list please contact Sally and Suzanne at email@example.com
- ZUMBA: With Katie Detwiler. Weekly, Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Starts Oct 16. Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. Free.
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- Movie: “Women in a New Land”. With Gwyn, Maria and Anna. Friday, Oct 11 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Join us for the screening of this film featuring the lives of four spouses who came to Stanford to accompany their husbands. Created and filmed by Maria Vaccaro, herself a spouse from Belgium. The film illustrates the many challenges faced by women (with and without children) whose lives and careers are interrupted by this international experience. After the screening, share your impressions during an informal discussion with the filmmaker Maria Vaccaro, as well as Gwyn Dukes and Anna Fernandez, who were involved in making the film. Free.
- Life changes & Transitions In A Cultural Diversity. With Anna Fernandez. Wednesday, Oct 16 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). Come with your questions and your hopes. Free.
- Focus on the Positive. With Sanne Lim. Wednesdays, October 23 & 30, Nov 6 & 13 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Being at Stanford can be both a wonderful and challenging experience, especially if you come here as a spouse. It can be hard to put your career on hold and it is easy to feel stuck. So what can you do to retain a sense of self and heighten your feeling of happiness and satisfaction? You can come to this class! I will share with you some simple exercises and techniques from the field of positive psychology that help you increase your sense of well-being. You can for example explore your strengths, find out or remind yourself of what you are good at, and figure out how you can use these strengths in a new way in your current situation. There will be 4 classes covering 3 main topics. In each class, I will provide some background information and theory, and then we will practice together with different exercises. The exercises can be modified to fit your personality and schedule! Please be aware that what we share with each other is confidential. We can open up for any joy or frustration and trust that we are sharing this within the classroom only. Free.
- Stress Management Techniques in Psychotherapy. With Maki Tsumura. Weekly, Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Starts Oct 10. Are you stressed or depressed more or less in your daily life? If you have some useful tips for stress management by yourself, you will be able to live a more fulfilling life than ever. This class will focus on the cognition, behavior and emotion to improve your mental status. This is an educational class without a private clinical session, though the instructor is a Japanese licensed clinical psychologist and well experienced at a university hospital for almost ten years. RSVP is required if you join this class. Please feel free to contact the instructor if you have any question. firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
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- Informal English Classes
- Chinese I. With Mengya Marcella Jiang. Weekly, Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Starts Oct 1. Would like to say hello to your Chinese friends? Order in a Chinese restaurants? Ask for directions? Learn some basic Chinese dialogues & get to know the culture behind. Fee: $5.00 for photocopies.
- Chinese II. With Mengya Marcella Jiang. Weekly, Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Starts Oct 2. We will continue our journey into the difficult but interesting language. Writing Chinese characters will be introduced from this level. Fee: $5.00 for photocopies.
- Intensive German for Beginners. Marion Straub. Daily for one week, Oct 7-11, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Materials to bring: writing equipment. Free.
- German I. With Ray Deutsch. Weekly, Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Starts Oct 1. Fee $3.00.
- Italian Language & Culture. With Alessandra Brusadin. Weekly, Thursdays 1:00-2:30 p.m. Starts Oct 10. The class provides students with the basic skills to communicate in Italian and offers an overview on aspects of Italian culture, with a special focus on the arts. Free.
- Japanese Conversation & Culture. With Minako Abe. Weekly, Mondays from 2:30-4:00p.m. Starts Sept 30. This class is for beginners. You will practice easy conversation through Japanese culture; like greeting, traveling, shopping, way of life, etc. Please let me know your favorite topics you want to learn!
- Beginner Spanish for Your Holidays. With Ane Arruabarrena. Weekly, Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Starts Oct 2. Are you planning to visit Spain? Is it a dream for you to discover our wonderful country? But you don’t speak any Spanish? I will give you all the tips that you need to make the best of your trip. By the end of the course, you will have the skills to communicate properly in hotels, restaurants, bars, public transport & in many other situations. We will also watch Spanish movies, and listen to traditional & modern songs from Spain. Fee $3.00
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Please note: For most cooking classes there is a fee. 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.
- American Comfort Foods Cooking Class. With Robert Paugh. Thursdays, Oct 17, 24, Nov 7, 14, 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Learn how to prepare at least seven recipes that are considered American Comfort Foods. These are foods that are very common foods in almost all American homes. So almost all Americans are used to eating these foods in their homes on a regular basis. Hence they are very comfortable with these foods. Thus the term “comfort foods” Oct 17: Chili (two different recipes). Oct 24: Pies (two different recipes). Nov 7: Chicken Pot Pie. Nov 14: Roast Beef, Nov21: To be chosen by class members. Sign-up for an individual class: $10.00. Sign-up for all four classes: $45. Max. six students per class. To sign up & pay for the class, email Robert on email@example.com or come to Friday Morning Coffee at the I-Center on Friday, September 27.
- Easy Japanese Cooking Class. With Yuka Kitagawa. Fridays Nov 8 & 22 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Japanese food is very simple and very good for your health! In this class, Yuka will introduce some traditional Japanese food. We will make roll-sushi, okonomiyaki (a meat and vegetable pancake), Japanese dessert and more. Bring and apron and a food container to take home left over food. Fee: $10 per class. Min. 2 Max 6 students. To sign up and pay for the class, please email Yuka: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fancy Hors D'oeuvres For Every Party. With Anna Konopka. Weekly, Wednesdays from 2:00-4:30 p.m. Starts Oct 2. Serving a table-full of delicious & fancy small plates & finger food at social gatherings has become an increasingly popular way of entertaining. Every hostess aspires to surprise her party guests with an exquisite selection of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres. If you want to learn how to prepare a rich variety of hot & cold quality small plates and appetizers influenced by flavors from different parts of the world, and wish to discover how to impress your guests with easy to make yet delicious recipes you must join me in the kitchen this Fall Quarter. Menu: 10/2: Scallops in Bacon Shells and Artichoke Hearts & Parmesan Bruschetta. 10/9: Spinach & Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms and Lox Deviled Eggs. 10/16: Roasted Tomato Nests and Grilled Peaches & Prosciutto Crostini. 10/23: Asparagus & Anchovies Phyllo Rolls and Spicy Crab Cucumber Cups. 11/6: Cremini, Anchovies & Brie Pizzettas and Endive Cheddar & Apple Salad. 11/13: Albacore Empanadas and Peach, Carrot and Yogurt Soup. 11/20: Tom Yum Spicy Cod Fish Cakes and Prawn, Mango & Avocado Ceviche. 12/4: Irish Cheddar, Bacon and Leeks Tartlets and Roasted Peppers & Kalamata Olives Bruschetta. 12/11: Coho Salmon on Crispy Corn Fritters and Honey Drizzled Orange & Fennel Salad. 12/18: Yogurt, Avocado & Cucumber Soup and Blinis with Lox & Sour Cream. Fee: $13 per class. Max 6 students per class. To attend, sign up and pay for a class or if you have any questions, please email Anna email@example.com
- Indian Regional Cooking. With Juthica Stangl. Tuesdays, Oct 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Curry with curry powder does not make Indian food. We will cook with authentic spices & dishes from different regions. We will make vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Min. 4 & Max. 6 students per class. Fee: $11. Bring an apron & if you want your own drink. To sign up and pay for the class, please email Karin Baage: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mexican Cooking. With Natalia Agraz. Tuesdays, Oct 22, 29, Nov 5 & 12 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Are you a mexican food lover? Do you want to learn how to prepare authentic mexican food? Join us! We will prepare some easy & delicious Mexican dishes. Bring an apron and a box to take home any leftovers! Fee: $10 per class. Max. 6 students per class. To attend, sign up and pay fee in advance please contact Natalia: email@example.com or at 650 862 5066.
- Modern French Cuisine. With Lise Miege. Fridays, Sept 20, 27, Oct 11, Wed Oct 16 (from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Oct 25 & Nov 1 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. Do you want to experience bold associations and challenging recipes? This class is for you! Join Lise Miege for 6 modern French Cuisine classes where you will cook an entrée and a dessert. 9-20: White fish fillet on a hazelnut crust with its creamy grapefruit polenta Comme un fraisier. 9-27: Beef slab with its crunchy potatoes and chanterelle galette Chocolate cream. 10-11: Sauteed chicken wings with their spicy carrot cream, Hazelnut biscuits and caramelized mangos comme un mille-feuille. 10-16: Lemongrass poached white fish, mashed vitelotte, lemon and ginger virgin sauce & Lime and coconut pie. 10-25: Beef, chanterelle and Jerusalem artichoke parmentier & Marquise Maracuja. 11-1: Roasted chicken fillet on a crunchy cocoa crust, herbs and nuts salad & Vanilla-candied apple mille-feuille. Bring an apron and a box to take home any leftovers! Fee: $10 per class. Max. 6 students per class. To attend, sign up and pay fee in advance please contact Lise: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Taiwanese Cuisine. With Emily Chen. Thursday, Oct 17 from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. In this one-time class, some famous Taiwanese food will be introduced. Fee: $10.00. Min 3 & Max 6 students per class. To sign up and pay for the class, email Emily at email@example.com
Arts, Crafts & Photography:
- Crafts Classes. With Emilie Cherre. Twice a month, Wednesdays from 11.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. Starts Oct 2. October 2: Autumn Felted Brooch (Flat Felt) 13$/person. October 23: Halloween Felted Ghost (3D Felt shapes) 12$/person. November 6th: Mums & Babies: Upcycled Hedgehog card Holder 10$/person. November 20th: Thanksgiving Polymer Clay Photo Holder 15$/person. December 4th: Christmas ornaments (3 kinds of Christmas tree balls decorations) 12$/person. December 11th: Christmas Pop-Up Card 14$/person. Min. 6 & Max. 10 students. To sign up for a class, please email Emilie : firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Basics of Photography.With Cristina Nunez. Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. From Oct 1 - Nov 5. This class will give you the basics of digital photography, how to use a camera and understand the mechanism. The history of photography will be part of the course and we will have small trips to take photos outside. A trip to a museum will be part of the course, this will be planned during one of our sessions. A maximum of 10 people are admitted to this course. Having a camera is obligatory. It cannot be a pocket camera. If you are not sure of which camera to bring, please email Cristina: email@example.com. Fee: $2.
- Sewing Class.With Neene Honkavaara. Weekly, Mondays from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Starts Sept 30. 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. Contact Neene to check for availability: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fee: $15.
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Especially for Parents and Children
Conversational Skills for Moms with Babies. With Henry Lum. Mondays & Fridays, 9.30 –11.00 a.m. Starts Oct 7. Monday classes are held in the Graduate Community Center in Escondido Village, on Stanford Campus.Practice conversational skills with emphasis on listening, understanding, and speaking in an interactive environment. Each class member will select and lead a discussion on her selected topic and present a summary of the discussion’s main points at the end of the discussion. Free.
Afternoon Play Date. With Karin Sterky. Parents with kids of all ages will meet one Tuesday each 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!
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 (email@example.com) for more information.
Baby and Toddler Group. With Cris. Meets Weekly, Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the I-Center patio or Assembly Room. Contact Cris (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions. All are welcome at this informal playgroup!
St. Martin’s Umzug (Parade). With Helena & Julia. Monday, Nov 11 from 6:00–7:30 p.m. in the I-Center patio. You are invited to our traditional St. Martins Umzug at the I-Center. It's fun for the whole family! What is a St Martins Umzug? In Germany on the night of Nov. 11, children walk in processions carrying lanterns, which they made in preschool or school and sing Martin songs … and this is exactly what we want to do too. We will celebrate the St Martins Day with you by walking around the I-center with lanterns, singing songs and afterwards drinking hot chocolate. We will have a lantern workshop together at the I-center on Wednesday, Nov 6 at 10:30 a.m. Materials will be provided (fee 5 $). Please RSVP for both dates by Friday November 1st to email@example.com
Cookie Baking Class for Children. With Vida Revilla. Fridays Nov 1 & Dec 13 from 11:00-11:45 a.m. We will be baking cookies of various shapes and decorating them. Kids have to be accompanied by a parent. Free.
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Career, Education & Information
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.
Spouse Education Fund. Modest grants to assist wives/husbands in furthering their educational and/or career goals while here. Application forms will be online at www.CCISstanfordU.org. Submit completed form by Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Grant awards: December 6.
- 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.
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For more information and updates, contact Karin Baage, firstname.lastname@example.org
For advice, send email to email@example.com
To receive email notice of programs
for spouses, subscribe to our mailing list here
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