Upcoming Events

    • October 13, 2016
    • December 14, 2017
    • 15 sessions
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center
    • 25

    Members 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).

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

    You can join the meeting remotely on your computer by clicking on this link: 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.

    • January 29, 2017
    • April 09, 2017
    • 10 sessions
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    The IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center is pleased to announce that we are again offering Continental Portuguese Classes. Apart from learning Portuguese and making some new friends, this is also a great chance to explore the history and culture of the entire Portuguese-speaking world comprising over 250 million individuals. The content of the classes will be guided by the interests of our students, but we do expect to have both classes continue to focus heavily on speaking Portuguese in practical situations. 

    If there are any who are interested in taking the Elementary classes who have never studied Portuguese before, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can work with you in advance of the start of classes to provide a head start.

    We are offering two classes on Sundays: 

    • "Welcome to Portugal" Beginning class 4:00 – 5:30PM; 
    • "Portugal on the Plate"  Intermediate/advanced class 5:30 – 7:00PM 

    Parking: Ample free parking available on Sundays. 

    Fees: $225 + cost of class materials (We will be using the textbook “Ponto de Encontro" - 2nd Edition.) Students under 18 years old will receive a 50% discount. 

    Instructor: Dr. Duarte Pinheiro will be teaching the classes. Duarte, who was born in northern Portugal not far from Porto, received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Portugal. He then taught Portuguese language, literature and history for several years in Italy before moving to the United States. He currently teaches in the Portuguese program at UC Berkeley.

    If you are interested in either class, or would like more information, please email instructor@idesst.org. Falamos Português! 

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    • February 03, 2017
    • December 01, 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    When: This event is usually held the First Friday of every month from 6:00-9:30 pm. Please note that NO events are held in January or July or in September due to the Labor Day holiday.

    Who: IDESST members and their guests 

    What: You are invited to a fun gathering that celebrates our dedicated Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center Volunteers.

    Join us for a few hours of fun, beverages and nibbles. Through the end of 2016, one complimentary beverage for “active” volunteers.* An active volunteer may have a 2nd complimentary beverage if the volunteer brings a petisco (light bar snack) to share. Members and their guests are welcome and encouraged to join us.

    (* An “active” volunteer is one who has volunteered anytime within the last 12 months.)

    • April 22, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center


    On Saturday, April 22, between 10:00AM and 2:00PM, our Center will be hosting an Open House.  Everyone is invited to drop by.
     
    This will be an opportunity for members of the community who know little about 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 locations that have a particular connection to our history.
     
    Apart from our 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 provide 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?

    Please feel free to contact Mike Moyle, the head of our History Committee, at history@idesst.org for more information.

    • April 29, 2017
    • The Pines Mansion, Sausalito

    Join us for an elegant FADO NIGHT at the Pines Mansion in Sausalito. A joint event of Youth Sailing Foundation, Sausalito Sister City, Cascais and IDESST.

    Proceeds benefit the Youth Sailing Exchange with Clube Naval in Cascais, Portugal. Watch our website and Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center Facebook page for details as they come. Tickets required.

    Last two Fado nights have been sell-outs!
    Photos courtesy of Gary Ferber Photography

    • June 04, 2017
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    For the past 128 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 Sausalito Portuguese Hall and sister halls in the Bay Area, a special Mass, a traditional lunch of “Sopas e Carne,” and dancing.


    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 4th. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.


    • July 04, 2017
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    The IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center will be proudly represented again in this year's City of Sausalito's July 4th parade. Members are invited to join our Queens, Officers and Directors in the parade this Independence Day.

    Check here again for updates.


    • August 13, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    Join us for our traditional beef BBQ from the Island of Madeira. Face painting, games for Children and other amusements.

    Tickets required. Check back for details.




    • December 03, 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    A family favorite returns. Festa de Natal (Christmas Party) will be held on Sunday, December 3rd, starting at 4:00pm. All Sausalito Hall members and guests are invited to this wonderful, fun-filled family event, including children's activities and festivities. Perhaps Pai Natal will make an appearance.  

    Tickets required.


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IDESST SAUSALITO 
PORTUGUESE CULTURAL CENTER

511 CALEDONIA STREET
SAUSALITO, CA 94965
Main: 415.331.5925
Rentals: 415.843.1761
Fax: 415.842.0353

General Email: info@idesst.org
Rental Email:
 rental@idesst.org


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.

IDESST SAUSALITO 
PORTUGUESE CULTURAL CENTER

511 CALEDONIA STREET
SAUSALITO, CA 94965
Main: 415.331.5925
Rentals: 415.843.1761
Fax: 415.842.0353

General Email: info@idesst.org
Rental Email:
 rental@idesst.org


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