Upcoming Events

    • February 03, 2019
    • April 21, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center
    Complete your enrollment now for our 10-week course and receive a complimentary* textbook and course materials, as well as exclusive discounts to other excellent learning resources!

    * Visit our language class page for all the details on complimentary textbooks

    Class Levels / Times

    We offer three levels of classes (ages 8+):

    • Beginning: 2:30 – 4:00pm
    • Intermediate: 4:00 – 5:30pm
    • Advanced:  5:30 – 7:00pm

    Sundays, from February 3 - April 21, 2019

    Not sure which class best suits your level? Enroll where you think you best fit, then attend any of the classes on the first day and change your level if desired.

    Class Dates

    The session runs for 10 weeks, but there will be two breaks / skipped weekend(s) during the session. 

    • February:  3, 10, 24 - note:  there is no class on February 17 due to the President's Weekend holiday
    • March:  3, 10, 17, 31 - note:  there is no class on March 24th
    • April:  7, 14, 21

    Class Fees / Details

    Visit the fees section of our language page for all the details regarding fees, complimentary textbooks, class structure, etc.

    Falamos Português!


    • March 01, 2019
    • December 01, 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    When: Our Happy Hour Sip & Savor is held the First Friday of every month from 7pm - 9:30pm. Please note that NO events are held in January, July, or August due to the holidays and our summer recess.

    Who: IDESST members and their guests 

    What: We’d like to invite you to a fun potluck and a few hours of camaraderie, refreshing beverages, and delectable nibbles.

    Beverages will be available at the bar for all members at our new, and quite reasonable member prices.

    • March 14, 2019
    • December 12, 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center
    • 25

    WHENMembers are encouraged to attend our monthly board meetings held on the second Thursday of every month starting at 7:00 pm at the Center (unless otherwise noted). 

    NOTE | No meeting will be held in July and August, during the Director & Volunteer recess

    TEAM DINNER | A team dinner will be served at 6:30pm so that we may start the meeting at 7pm. Please R.S.V.P. to president@idesst.org if you plan to attend so we can ensure we have enough food for the team dinner.

    REMOTE ATTENDANCE | If you cannot attend in person, you can join the meeting remotely on your computer by clicking on the following link. Please let us know you would like to connect remotely so we can setup the remote meeting. To attend remotely, just click on this link and follow the instructions:  Join meeting: idesst-monthly

    REGULAR AND ANNUAL MEETING Section 4.02 Regular meetings shall be held on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m., unless such day falls on a legal holiday, in which event the regular meeting for that month shall be held at the same hour and place on the next available day. 

    The last meeting of each calendar year shall be known as the Annual Meeting. At such Annual Meetings, Directors and officers shall be elected, reports of the affairs of the Corporation shall be considered, and other business may be transacted which are within the powers of the members.

    • April 13, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    On Saturday, April 13, between 10:00AM and 2:00PM, the IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center will be hosting its annual Open House.  Everyone is invited to drop by. 

    In part this event will be an opportunity for members of the community who may be unfamiliar with our Center to visit and learn more. We will have displays regarding the long history both of our organization (established in 1888), and of the Portuguese-American community in Southern Marin. Weather permitting, we will also offer short guided walking tours along Caledonia Street to highlight some of the many locations that have a particular connection to this heritage.

    We will also have information available about our annual Festa do Espírito Santo (our Holy Spirit Festival held each year on Pentecost Sunday that falls this year on June 9th) and its many unique symbols and customs (“sopas” anyone?), our popular Continental Portuguese language classes, and Portuguese cuisine. 

    Apart from our own history, we will have resources available at the Center regarding genealogical research, including the increasingly popular DNA testing. Some of our members who have been working on their own family histories will be present to share practical tips and address any questions.

    We hope that anyone with Portuguese roots will consider using this opportunity to learn more about their family histories. Even better yet, why not think about getting a group of family members together for a mini-reunion?  We will be happy to provide a table and chairs for your family.

    Portuguese Genealogy & DNA Workshops

    by Doug da Rocha Holmes
    Sausalito, CA Saturday, April 13th, 2019

    Cost is $60 for each of the workshops or $100 for both.
    Starting at 10AM - ending 6PM with one hour for lunch.

    The first workshop for the day will be genealogy. DNA will be the second workshop. You can bring your own family documents which might be used as examples for the workshop or I can just help you with them individually.

    All workshop materials will be emailed in advance in PDF format and downloaded so you can study them in advance. This will help to answer many questions and refine your questions you want to save for the event.

    Subjects for genealogy:

    • Finding the origin of your immigrant ancestor in USA records
    • Reading baptism, marriage and death records from Portugal, and less common
    • resources to fill out the skeletal information for each ancestor whenever possible.
    • Using consanguinity to your advantage

    Experience level required: none

    DNA subjects:

    • Advantages in using DNA to discover more about your ancestors and extend beyond the written documentation
    • Types of DNA tests and how to use them as tools
    • Haplogroups found in our paternal and maternal line ancestors
    • Solving DNA problems and proving ancestral lines
    • How to discover if you have any Jewish ancestry with DNA
    • Our ancient DNA origins

    To reserve your spot, send email for payment instructions: terceira@dholmes.com

    More information about the Open House will be forthcoming on our both our website and Facebook page. Please feel free to direct any questions or suggestions about this event to Mike Moyle, the head of our History Committee, at history@idesst.org

    • June 09, 2019
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    For the past 133 years – dating back to 1886, even before Sausalito was incorporated – Sausalito’s Portuguese-American community has held an annual Festa do Espírito Santo, or Festival of the Holy Spirit, on Pentecost Sunday. The Festival honors both the Holy Spirit and the memory of Portugal’s Queen Isabel, who was known for her generosity and devotion to the poor.

    The day includes a parade, complete with Queens from the IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center and sister halls in the Bay Area, a special Mass, a traditional lunch of “Sopas e Carne.”

    Festa Schedule

    All of these activities are open to the public and we hope you will join us. There is no need to make reservations – simply show up on June 9th.

    10:45 am — Parade assembly in front of IDESST Hall 

    11:00 am — Parade departs for march to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church (180 Harrison Ave.) 

    11:30 am — First Sopas lunch seating at the IDESST Hall — seating open to general public on a first-come basis 

    11:30 am — Mass at Star of the Sea Church 12:30 pm After mass, parade procession departs Star of the Sea Church to return to the IDESST Hall. The procession pauses briefly at Plaza Viña del Mar Fountain on Bridgeway for the playing of national anthems of the United States and Portugal. 

    ~ 1:15 pm — Ceremony in front of the IDESST Hall for the release of the white dove, representing the Holy Spirit, and the playing of the Festa hymn, “Alva Pomba” (“White Dove”) 

    ~ 1:30 pm — Second lunch seating at the IDESST Hall when parade and Queen procession returns to IDESST. 

    The Queens and parade participants will be given identifying wristbands and receive preferential seating. Those without wristbands will be seated on a space-available basis, after all parade participants are accommodated. Additional seatings will be arranged following the second seating. 

    2:30 pm — Lusitania Band of the North Bay performs 

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Queen Isabel

Photo | © Diane Dias

The Story of
Queen Isabel

In the late 13th century during a severe famine throughout Portugal, a compassionate Queen Isabel was determined to help her starving subjects. Legend has it that during her efforts she was confronted by the very harsh King Diniz while crossing the royal courtyard with crown jewels (in some versions of the story it was bread) hidden in her apron.

The King asked the Queen what she was carrying in her apron, and she responded “roses” although it was mid-winter and none were blooming. But when her apron was opened for the king’s inspection, the jewels had been miraculously converted to roses. The miracle allowed the Queen to continue to sell her jewelry to feed the starving Portuguese population.


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