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    • November 12, 2020
    • (PST)
    • June 10, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Online via ZOOM

    WHEN | During the COVID Pandemic, we are meeting via ZOOM until further notice. We miss our members and encourage them to join our ZOOM board meetings. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of most months from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted on our event calendar or by email announcement). 

    REMOTE ATTENDANCE | Members can join the meeting using their computer, tablet, or smart phone via ZOOM. Only active members will be allowed to join a meeting. Members will receive an email with the ZOOM link and instructions a few days before the meeting. Keep an eye out for the reminder announcement.

    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.

    • January 24, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (PST)
    • May 11, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online using Zoom
    • 61
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    To enroll, click on the Register button in the left sidebar.

    (It's not too late - registration is open through the 3rd class)

    Class Levels / Days / Times

    We offer five VIRTUAL classes this Spring plus a FREE Conversational class

    • Beginning Level 1 (age 13+): Tue 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Beginning Level 2 (age 13+): Sun 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Intermediate (age 13+): Sun 11:00 am –  12:00 pm
    • Advanced (age 13+): Sun 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    • Children (ages 7 - 12, all levels): Tue 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Conversation for Adults: Mon 6:00 PM - 6:45PM  *FREE*

    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. You can change your registration by no later than the end of the second class.

    Class Dates


    Sessions run for 15 weeks on Tuesdays from January 26 through May 4, 2021, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

    • January:  26
    • February: 2, 9*, 16, 23
    • March:  2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    • April:  6, 13, 20, 27
    • May:  4


    Sessions run for 15 weeks on Sundays from January 24 through May 9, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    • January:  24, 31
    • February: 7*, 14, 21, 28
    • March:  7, 14, 21, 28
    • April:  11, 18, 25 (no class on 4/4 Easter Sunday)
    • May:  2, 9


    Sessions run for 15 weeks on Sundays from January 24 through May 9, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    • January:  24, 31
    • February: 7*, 14, 21, 28
    • March:  7, 14, 21, 28
    • April:  11, 18, 25 (no class on 4/4 Easter Sunday)
    • May:  2, 9


    Sessions run for 15 weeks on Sundays from January 24 through May 9, 2021, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    • January:  24, 31
    • February: 7*, 14, 21, 28
    • March:  7, 14, 21, 28
    • April:  11, 18, 25 (no class on 4/4 Easter Sunday)
    • May:  2, 9


    Sessions run for 15 weeks on Tuesdays, from January 26 through May 4, 2021, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • January:  26
    • February: 2, 9*, 16, 23
    • March:  2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    • April:  6, 13, 20, 27
    • May:  4

    Fees / Tuition

    • Children's Class: $135
    • Adult Class: $250 (Non-Member)
    • Adult Class: $225 (Member Discount)

    An active IDESST membership is required to qualify for the discount. If you would like to submit a new member application, and further support IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center, click on the following link. Applications must be approved by our Board of Directors before you can be an active member and qualify for the member discount.


    • Enroll in a 2nd Class: $50  Pay for one class, and in the same session, take a second class for only $50 more.  Example:  A student can officially enroll in / pay for the Intermediate class, and they can take the Beginner class at the same time to reinforce the basics. Please note the second class for $50 does not apply to another, separate student, nor does it apply to any other semester(s).
    • Freebie!  If you are enrolled in any class and wish to silently audit an additional class during the same session,  you may do so for free. Students who audit a class must have microphones muted and video cameras turned off during virtual class, and they will not be allowed to participate.
    • Visit our Classes webpage for additional details.

    * Late registration will be allowed only through the 3rd classMake-up classes or credit are not available if a student misses a class. In the event the instructor misses a class, a make-up class will be scheduled.


    Portuguese Conversation for Adults

    Do you want to practice speaking Portuguese in a social setting? While we cannot physically meet at the Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center for our usual social events - Sip & Savor, Festa, Crab Dinner, Wine & Cheese Tastings - consider joining us for casual Portuguese conversation. Margarida will moderate the sessions and provide subjects for discussion. 

    There is no charge to participate in this class, but you must register to receive the Zoom link for the sessions. The conversation class will not have any course materials.

    Participation is very important. Students who miss three classes in a row will be dropped unless they inform the instructor and the class administrator. 

    Click the Register button in the left sidebar to register for this free class.


    Sessions run for 15 weeks on Mondays from January 25 through May 3, from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM

    • January:  25
    • February: 1, 8, 15, 22
    • March:  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    • April:  5, 12, 19, 26
    • May:  3
    • March 21, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • 511 Caledonia St, Sausalito, CA 94965

    Image of similar meal for illustration purposes.

    Caldeirada [CAL-DAY-RAH-DAH] is a light, broth-based Portuguese Fisherman’s stew, full of fish, shellfish, vegetables and linguiça (a Portuguese sausage similar to kielbasa but with its own unique flavor). We’re offering this delicious Portuguese stew as a fundraiser for the Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center. Proceeds will be used to pay for cultural events like our annual Festa or to pay for upkeep costs for the Center while COVID prevents us from renting the space for weddings and events. 

    While every a (grandma) has her own recipe, ours is inspired by our very own Manuel Azevedo and his acclaimed Sonoma restaurant, La Salette. The caldeirada for the fundraiser will be prepared by chef Michael Santos

    Caldeirada Fundraiser Menu

    $50 donation includes a hearty 3-course dinner for one:

    • 32 oz container of Caldeirada
    • Hearty salad and dressing
    • Garlic bread with simple heating instructions
    • One Pastel de nata (custard tart)

    Support our Portuguese traditions in Sausalito by adding:

    • $20 for one bottle of premium vinho branco (750ml)
    • $20 for one bottle of premium vinho tinto (750ml)
    • $32 for one bottle of vinho Porto (750ml)
    • $18 for six extra pastéis de nata
    • $10 for a loaf of Portuguese sweet bread from Silva Bakery in Hayward
    • Donation to the Center

    Aveleda Alvarinho Premium White Wine
    88 pts Wine Enthusiast - It has an open straw color and a clear, shining appearance. An intense, harmonious wine, it has a surprising taste and a velvety structure. It possesses a long, fruity after-taste with notes of passion fruit, white flowers and citrus.

      Adega de Borba Premium Red Wine
    88 pts Wine Enthusiast - Deep grenade color and good aromatic intensity with notes of ripened red fruits, jam and ripened pepper. Soft and elegant flavor with notes of black fruits, coffee and chocolate.
      Poças 10 Special Reserve Tawny Port
    88 pts Wine Enthusiast

    A judicious blend of superior quality Tawny Ports matured in wood, selected among the best of several harvests, approved by the IVDP (Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto) to use the denomination Special Reserve.

    Wine sales now open!  


    How it Works

    Buy your tickets online by March 14th, 2021. Choose your pickup time. On March 21st, come to the center for curbside pick up at 511 Caledonia Street in Sausalito. Please try to show up on time so we can minimize traffic issues in the neighborhood. No refunds, substitutions, or same-day ticket sales. A photo ID will be required for orders including alcohol.

    How You Can Contribute

    We’ll have to sell a lot of soup to make up for the Festa proceeds from our usual crab dinner and dessert auction. Help us keep the center and Festa tradition alive! 

    • Treat the whole family or buy dinners for friends or neighbors.
    • Add a generous donation to your order to help fund Festa.
    • Join us virtually! If you can’t make the date work, have your own Portuguese dinner, raise a glass to the center and consider making a donation in lieu of buying a ticket.

    Help Us Spread the Word!

    A large part of the fundraiser’s success in the past has been through serving not only our members, but the greater community as well. Help us reach fellow Bay Area residents by:

    • Forwarding this event to fellow food lovers
    • Following us on social media 
    • Sharing the fundraiser link in your community, such as on NextDoor


    We appreciate your support in these difficult times and hope to see you in the drive-thru line on Sunday March 21st, and at the Center when it’s safe to meet in person.

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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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