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Wednesday Coffee

Sponsored by UCSD Friends of the International Center

Meets every Wednesday, from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Dance Hall in UC 409.  Open to all.  If you would like to join some of us for lunch, please bring a bag lunch and stay until 1 p.m.  (As most of you know, this schedule is subject to change.  You will be notified by email of the schedule on the Mondays before if you are on the distribution list.  To get on the list, please go to the website: https://sites.google.com/site/ucsdwednesdaycoffee/home/join-us and complete the form which will enter you into our data base.


Mommy/Daddy and Me Class:

Mariko Usui, Naoko Nakanishi, Daniela Perez, Bree Chunharas and Midori Iwamiya are leading the classes.  The two classes for moms/dads and their children meet every Wednesday. For children 1 – 24 months, the class meets from 10 – 10:40 and for children 24 months to 5 years, the class meets from 10:45 – 11:30. Alice Blake-Stalker is the overall coordinator.  For more information, please look at the website:  https://sites.google.com/site/ucsdwednesdaycoffee/our-programs/mommy-and-me-class

Gus' English Conversation Table:

This discussion table is a wonderful way for you to practice your English and learn about the world from the participants.  The conversation is led by several Americans, and there is usually a predetermined topic to be discussed.  There are participants whom you can ask about traditions, holidays, manners, etc., and you will learn about these same subjects from other world visitors.  Please let Nori have your email address so that she can send you the week’s topics to be discussed:  Nori Faer Nfaerweathr@gmail.com

Wednesday Coffee Activities:

Wednesday Coffee offers a variety of different ongoing activities and all are welcome to participate. We have an English conversation table (Gus's English Conversation Table) where you can practice speaking English and discuss a wide variety of topics including current affairs.  We have craft tables where you might learn knitting, crocheting, or sewing (we have 5 sewing machines).  We also have sessions on beading, making of friendship bracelets, kumihimo (a Japanese braiding technique), and much more!  You may contact us by emailing Georgina <gbsham@gmail.com>.


July 1: July 4th crafts to get you in the spirit for the July 4th picnic.  Crafts will include making safety pin flags!  Do look for a flyer about the July 4th picnic and sign-up to come!

July 8:  Painting glass vases and wine glasses with permanent paints.  Tamanna will show us how to do this.  Glasses and paints will be provided.  However, if you have a glass you wish to paint, please bring it!

July 15:  Soup and breads luncheon.  Please meet us in the kitchen to make several kinds of breads, both with yeast and quick breads with baking soda.  We will then have a lunch of Lynn’s famous corn chowder (yes, we will make this as well) and breads plus a salad.  Dessert will be chocolate pudding with banana bread.  Lunch will be served at noon for $5/person and all are welcome!

July 22:  Beautiful paper flowers.  Ting Ting will teach us how to make beautiful paper flowers.

July 29:  Fifth Wednesday cooking activity.  Reiko will show us how to make sushi with rice and seaweed and different fillings.  Please meet us in the kitchen at 9:30.  We will sample the beautiful sushi at noon.

August 5:  Sewing pin cushions with Lynn.  We will make simple adorable pin cushions so that your sewing area is complete!

August 12:  Beading with Keiko.  We have quite a lot of donated beads, and will each make an item of jewelry.  Those who wish to make more than one item will need to contribute $1 for each additional item.

August 19:  Summer Salads Luncheon:  Meet us in the kitchen to make an all salad lunch!  Pasta Salad, Tabouli Salad, green salad, and a fruit salad with a cookie for dessert.  Lunch will be served at noon for $5/person

August 26:  Covering old binders with nice fabrics with Lynn.  We have lots of binders and fabrics and you will see how we can recycle these binders with beautiful fabrics.

September 2:  Embroidery with Georgina.  She will have many embroidery hoops and threads and fabrics and each can make a little sampler of embroidery.  Some patterns will be drawn on the fabrics and other fabrics will be blank and you can create what you wish!

September 9:  Crochet beaded bracelets with Lynn.  We will each learn to make a simple crocheted bracelet.  If you have a favorite button or chars, bring them and we will incorporate them into the bracelet. 

September 16 and Sept 23:  Not sure we will have use of Center.  If not, we will move to Doyle Park on Regents Road.  In any case, we will schedule Game Days and/or dance days.

September 30:  Welcome Potluck.  This week will begin our Fall quarter (classes started last Thursday).  Everyone please bring a dish to share and we will eat at noon.  Meanwhile, we’ll do kumihimo or Friendship bracelets, or play games and chat with new friends.

Georgina tries to keep the Wednesday Coffee website up to date.  The URL is: https://sites.google.com/site/ucsdwednesdaycoffee/ and there’s a page on which you can join the Wednesday Coffee list:  https://sites.google.com/site/ucsdwednesdaycoffee/home/join-us  Please visit it!  If you have taken photos of our activities, please send them to Georgina at gbsham@gmail.com so she can post them on the website!  We encourage all of your to join the Friends of the International Center, our mother organization which provides us the space and funds to run much of our programming.  Pick up a flyer or ask Georgina or Katya how you can join. If you have suggestions of activities you’d like to see at Wednesday Coffee, please email Georgina at gbsham@gmail.com

Knit-Along Group: 

Open to all.  The group meets every Tuesday (except for the first Tuesday of each month) from 1:00pm to 3:30pm in the Dance Hall of UC 409. Bring your own knitting/crochet projects and join in the fun.  If you are a beginner and want to learn, we can help you.  Needles/crochet hooks are available for loan and the 1st ball of yarn is provided for free.  For more information, e-mail Jennie at enjien1@hotmail.com

International Cooking Experience:

9:30am to 1:00pm.  2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. This is a very popular course and fills up quickly.  Participation is $8.00 per person and enrollment is first come, first serve.  The 2nd Thursday cooking group is led by Mary Woo and Keiko Hirai, and the 4th Thursday cooking group is led by Tashu Malik and Keiko Hirai.  The classes will offer participants an opportunity to prepare and sample different dishes from around the world including those here in America. It will involve hands-on participation from preparing, cooking, serving, clean-up, and of course sharing the meal.  Individuals can pay in advance at either Tuesday KAL or Wednesday Coffee or during sign up.  Please note:  There are NO refunds if you pay for a class and are unable to attend.  

Note:  There is a bulletin board on the wall by the kitchen.  Please look at it for information on what is happening at the International Center and other places.  If you would like to be reminded of Wednesday events via email, please e-mail Georgina at gbsham@gmail.com and she will send you an email every Monday about what is happening that week at Wednesday Coffee.  

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