Start: 11:15 am
End: 1:15 pm
Eight Thursdays: Jan. 17-Mar. 7 • 11:15-1:15 pm • $235 Widens the ability to communicate for travel or conversation with new vocabulary, expressions and grammar. Texts: Communication Progressive du Francais, niveau debutantJosette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycée Français, The Branson school and French American International in San Francisco, where she currently teaches second grade and adult classes. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France.
Start: 2:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm
Eight Thursdays: Jan. 17-Mar. 7, 2:00-4:00 pm • $235 This class will widen the ability to communicate with new vocabulary, expressions, and grammar. The class will include the imperfect past tense, the simple past, and the conditional tense. Texts: Connexions 1 Methode & Cahier, Grammaire en Dialogues debutantGenevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian.
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm
Eight Mondays: Jan. 17 - Mar. 7 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $235 Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor based in Marin County. Born and raised in Rome, she has lived in many countries, including Iran, England and Madagascar, before settling in the Bay Area in 1997. Silvia has been teaching Italian for over 10 years and in her classes she likes to create a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises tailored to improve their grammar, conversation and pronunciation skills. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.” Texts: Ultimate Italian
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 8:30 pm
World Travel Tips: Argentina and BrazilThurs., Jan. 17 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $25Two very different countries, both with countless highlights. From sophisticated Buenos Aires and Rio to vast Patagonia and wet and wild Pantanal and Ibera. Between these two national bookends, experience the less known attractions in each country and the ways you can weave them together in a two or three week journey. President of Cosmopolitan Adventure Tours, Rea Franjetic is a member of the International Ecotourism Society and president of San Francisco Travel Professionals. She was born in Croatia, raised in South America and became part of her family travel business. She is an avid photographer and leader of unique small travel groups. She has done travel presentations locally and internationally.World Travel Tips Series:Arctic and AntarcticaThurs., Jan. 10 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $25Galapagos, Peru, BoliviaThurs., Jan. 24 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $25Southern EuropeThurs., Jan. 31 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $25How to Get the Best Shot in the CameraThurs., Feb. 7 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $25The BalkansThurs., Feb. 21 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $25Power Spots and Sacred JourneysThurs., Feb 28 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $25
Start: 7:00 pm
In Norman Fischer's new book, Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong ($16.95), he applies Zen wisdom to the fifty-nine slogans of lojong, showing how well they fit in that related tradition, but he also sets the slogans in the context of practices throughout the spiritual traditions. He shows lojong to be a wonderful method for everyone, including those who aren't otherwise interested in Buddhism, who don't have the time or inclination to meditate, or who'd just like to morph into the kind of person who's focused rather than scattered, generous rather than stingy, and kind rather than thoughtless.Norman Fischer is Senior Dharma Teacher at San Francisco Zen Center, where he was abbot from 1995 to 2000, and he is currently the director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing the Zen perspective to the world outside Zen, including to Christian and Jewish religious settings. He is a highly regarded poet and translator, and his numerous books include Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms, Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up, and Sailing Home: Using Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Life's Perils and Pitfalls.