Class: Anne Marie Lebas- Say it in French Int/Adv (March, April 2020)

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 2:30pm

Eight Mondays: March 2- April 20, 2020, 2:30-4:30 pm $280

These custom-designed sequential courses are for students who wish to become more fluent and self-confident in speaking and writing French, expand vocabulary, understand and participate in casual conversations, and better comprehend the French way of life.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne Marie Lebas - Beginning French (March-April 2020)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 2:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: March 3- April 21, 2:30-4:30 pm $280

These ongoing sequential courses are for students who have little knowledge of French. Students work to build a strong foundation of grammar, vocabulary enrichment, pronunciation, and short conversations, and to motivate students to continue their study of the language.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

John Tateishi - Redress (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

This is the unlikely but true story of the Japanese American Citizens League's fight for an official government apology and compensation for the imprisonment of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Author John Tateishi, himself the leader of the JACL Redress Committee for many years, is first to admit that the task was herculean in scale. The campaign was seeking an unprecedented admission of wrongdoing from Congress. It depended on a unified effort but began with an acutely divided community: for many, the shame of "camp" was so deep that they could not even speak of it; money was a taboo subject; the question of the value of liberty was insulting. Besides internal discord, the American public was largely unaware that there had been concentration camps on US soil, and Tateishi knew that concessions from Congress would only come with mass education about the government's civil rights violations. Beyond the backroom politicking and verbal fisticuffs that make this book a swashbuckling read, Redress is the story of a community reckoning with what it means to be both culturally Japanese and American citizens; how to restore honor; and what duty it has to protect such harms from happening again. This book has powerful implications as the idea of reparations shapes our national conversation.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dr. Christine Carter - The New Adolescence (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

Raising teenagers has always been hard. But it is much harder these days.

Today's teenagers and preteens are growing up in an entirely new world, one that is defined by social media and mobile devices. This has huge implications for our parenting. Understandably, many parents are paralyzed by new problems that didn't exist less than a decade ago, like social media and video game obsession, sexting, and vaping.

A highly acclaimed sociologist and coach at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and the author of Raising Happiness, Dr. Christine Carter melds research--including the latest findings in neuroscience, sociology, and social psychology--with her own real-world experiences as the mother of four teenagers. In The New Adolescence, you'll find realistic ways to help teens and preteens find joy, focus, ease, motivation, fulfillment and engagement.

Inside, find practical guidance for:

  • Providing the structure teens need while giving them the autonomy they seek
  • Helping them overcome distractions
  • Teaching them the art of "strategic slacking"
  • Protecting them from anxiety, isolation, and depression
  • Fostering the real-world, face-to-face social connections they desperately need
  • Effective conversations about tough subjects--including sex, drugs, and money

The New Adolescence is a realistic and reassuring handbook for parents. It offers road-tested, science-based solutions for raising happy, healthy, and successful teenagers.

Christine Carter, PhD, is the author of The Sweet Spot (2017) and Raising Happiness (2011). A sociologist and Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, Carter draws on the latest scientific research in psychology, sociology and neuroscience--and uses her own real-world experiences--to give parenting, productivity and happiness advice. A sought-after keynote speaker and coach, Dr. Carter also teaches online classes that help people live their most fulfilling lives. She lives with her husband, four teenagers, and dog, Buster, in Marin County, California.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Art of Islam From the Dome of the Rock to the Taj Mahal

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 1:00pm

Four Fridays: March 6-27, 1:00 - 3:00 pm $160

The arts of Islamic civilization from the seventh to the seventeenth century when its heartlands were the pivots of transcontinental trade. Besides madrasas, caravansaries, mosques and luxury palaces we study calligraphy (perhaps the most highly regarded art form in Islam) and the art of the illustrated book. Explore the desert palaces of Jordan and Israel, the Ummayad mosque in Cordoba, the Mamluks in Cairo, the Timurids in Central Asia, the Ottomans in Constantinople, the Safavids in Persia, the Nazarids in Al-Andalus (The Alhambra), concluding with Mughal India.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Russ Thomas - Firewatching (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

Six years ago, jet-setting financier Gerald Cartwright disappeared without a trace. When renovations begin on his long-vacant country house and the builders find a decomposing corpse behind a brick wall in the cellar, it’s quickly apparent what happened to the controversial businessman who was involved in deals both legal and shady. But who killed him? As the sole representative of South Yorkshire’s Cold Case Review Unit, Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler knows this is the case that might finally kickstart his floundering career. Luckily, he already has a suspect. Unluckily, that suspect is Cartwright’s son, the man Tyler slept with the night before. To further complicate matters, tied up in his investigation are an elderly woman with dementia who’s receiving mysterious threats referencing a past she can’t remember, and an ambitious young Muslim constable seeking to prove herself on a force of good old boys. Meanwhile, somewhere nearby, The Fire Watcher shares a fascination with historic and recent conflagrations on an anonymous blog, observing from the shadows as the Gerald Cartwright investigation unfolds…

Russ Thomas grew up in the eighties reading anything he could get from the library, writing stories, and largely avoiding the great outdoors. He is a graduate of the Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University and an events manager and expert bookseller for Waterstones. In his spare time, Thomas teaches creative writing classes and runs a monthly book club. He lives in Sheffield, England.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925