Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis - Toledo: City of Three Cultures (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; April 20 & 27 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $80

Spectacularly sited,Toledo is blessed with important vestiges of her role as spiritual capital of Spain: Two important Synagogues, a Sephardic Museum, the intriguing Mosque de la Luz, an Arab fortress, the Gothic Cathedral's virtual gallery of paintings and its famous Transparente, San Roman church housing a Visigothic museum. El Greco is everywhere: in several churches, his  house/museum, Tavera hospital, and the Museum of Santa Cruz. Visit the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and study Mozarabic book illustrations created in nearby monasteries.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Italian for Travelers (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:00am

Six Tuesdays: April 24 - June 5 (no class May 8), 2018 • 10:00 am-12:00 pm • $200

Class is designed for beginner students who are specifically interested in acquiring basic communication skills before leaving for Italy. Students will practice simple, conversational Italian in common travel situation such as: meeting and greeting others, requesting information, finding accommodation, ordering in a restaurant and asking for directions. The instructor will also impart key, culture-specific tips regarding everyday life in Italy (e.g. hours of operation, restaurant etiquette, tip expectations, etc.)

 Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melissa Cistaro- Mapping Your Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:30pm

Four Thursdays: April 26th, May 3rd, May 24,  & May 31 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm • $220

Finding a structure can be one of the biggest challenges of writing a memoir. How do you choose what to put in your story and what to leave out. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to create a series of visual “memory maps” specifically for your story. We will use these personal maps as a tool for writing narratives that are both emotional and compelling. Experienced and beginning writers welcome. Materials provided.

Melissa Cistaro is the author of the award-winning memoir Pieces of My Mother. Her stories, essays and interviews have appeared in numerous literary journals and national publications. She also works as an event coordinator at Book Passage and has taught memoir writing classes in the Bay Area and beyond.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hillary Homzie - How to Write for Tweens (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday April 28 • 10am-1pm • $75

 In this workshop, we’ll learn techniques for writing for tweens, what works and what doesn’t work. Additionally, I’ll present some emotional, physical, social, and moral milestones that you should know about. Phew! It’s a lot but it’s also so much fun. Additionally, it’s a growing market. I’ll also share with you the mistakes that I’ve made, so you don’t have to! 

Hillary Homzie has published five novels for tween girls, including The Queen of Likes, and her sixth book, Apple Pie Promises, is forthcoming in October. Additionally, she has published chapter books, including the forthcoming series Ellie May. Booklist wrote that Hillary: “captures the angst of young teen friendships and fragile identities.” Hillary writes for the popular middle grade blog, The Mixed of Files of Middle Grade Authors, and teaches in the MFA program at Hollins University, where she loves to mentor other writers.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Graciela Pera - Beginning Spanish 3 (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:00am

Six Mondays; April 30 – June 11 (no class May 28) • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $235

**This class is the third session for students who attended First Beginning Spanish in January. If you are a new student please call 415 927-0960 ext. 230 for more information**

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Graciela Pera - Beginning Continuing Spanish (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 10:00am

Six Wednesdays; May 2 – June 6 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $235

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kathy Freschi - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:45am

Six Wednesdays; May 2 - June 6 • 11:45 am - 1:45 pm • $190

FOR INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED students of Italian
On the eve of Ferragosto, Milan is hot, smoggy and deserted. Acting on the special request of a friend and because his boss is on vacation, Il Vice Commissario Ambrosio begins an investigation of two deaths, mysteriously tied together by similar people and unclear motives. This “giallo” is second in a series of other detective novels by Renato Olivieri, all taking place in Milan and all resolved by Ambrosio. We will read the book and answer prepared questions. 

Kathy Freschi has been teaching Italian for over 40 years at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and College of Marin. In 1987, she founded the Credit Program of Italian at College of Marin, for which she was awarded La Stella d’Italia by the Republic of Italy.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:30pm

Eight Wednesdays; May 2 - June 13 • 3:30-5:30pm • $225

 Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Graciela Pera - Intermediate Spanish (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:00am

6 Thursdays; May 3 - June 7  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $235

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Malaga: Monuments & Art Museums (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 1:00pm

Friday May 4 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $40

This city on the Costa de Sol, a popular destination for sun seekers, has recently spruced up the monuments that reflect her long history, revitalized her ancient port and opened several new museums that are must see. This birthplace of Picasso boasts Roman walls, the Moorish Alcabaza, a Monumental Cathedral and an old quarter. Visit the Museo Picasso, the Casa Natal de Picasso, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the Centre Pompidou, Malaga- a branch of the Paris museum and the St. Petersburg, Malaga. The bullring and the Flamenco Museum complete the Andalusian experience.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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