Upcoming Events

    • March 01, 2019
    • December 04, 2020
    • 11 sessions
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    When: Our Happy Hour Sip & Savor is held the First Friday of "even" numbered months from 6:30pm - 9:30pm, except during our summer recess, July - August.

    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
    • 8 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 about 15 minutes before the meeting and follow the instructions:  JOIN MEETING NOW

    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.

    • September 08, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • December 01, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    New Children's Classes! For the first time ever, we are adding classes specifically for children. See below for all details.

    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 four levels of classes:

    • Children (ages 7 - 12, all proficiency levels)1 – 2:00pm
    • Beginning Adults (13+)2:30 – 4:00pm
    • Intermediate Adults (13+)4:00 – 5:30pm
    • Advanced Adults (13+):  5:30 – 7:00pm

    Sundays, from September 8 through December 1, 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. 

    • September:  8, 15, 29 - no class September 22
    • October:   6, 13, 27 - no class October 20
    • November:  3,10, 17
    • December:  1
    Class Fees / Details

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

    Falamos Português!


    • December 06, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • IDESST
    • 28
    Registration is closed

    Join us for a special “Wine & Canvas” event this December, in addition to our regular, Happy Hour / Sip & Savor. The “Wine & Canvas” painting class (advanced registration required), will be roughly 2-1/2 hours in length for instruction with a small break for dry time. All class participants will receive a 16 x 20 gallery-wrapped canvas, easels, brushes, paints, aprons and paper products...plus complimentary wine. 

    An Instructor and assistant will work with members to recreate the featured sunflower painting below! With the help of complimentary wine and artist step-by-step instruction, you can discover your inner artist AND take home your very own masterpiece — no experience necessary!

    What’s Included:

    • Set up & clean up
    • All supplies (easels, brushes, paints, and aprons)
    • 16x20 gallery wrapped canvas
    • Step-by-step artist instruction
    • Music to paint and sing along to
    • Complimentary wine, beer or water (cocktails are extra)

    Is The Paint Messy?

    Nope! They use non-toxic, water-based acrylic paint. It cleans up quick and easy with soap and water and does not stain. 

    Can We Eat/Drink While We Paint?

    Of course! We still encourage you to bring a dish to share, buffet style, like appetizers, charcuterie, desserts, etc. There is room to the right of each tabletop easel for plates and drinks. 

    Time: Sip & Savor - doors open at 6:30pm | "Wine & Canvas" 7pm-9:30pm

    Cost: Members $40 — Member’s Guests (max. 3 guests) $45

    Reservation: Reservations and payment must be received by Nov. 20th. To register, click on the Register button in the left column (note: we must meet a 15-person minimum to hold the class).

    Member or Guest Cancellations: We are unable to issue individual refunds unless the entire class is canceled.

    NEW SIP & SAVOR SCHEDULE: Our Happy Hour events will now take place every other EVEN month, (except AUGUST).

    February 7th, 2020 April 3rd, 2020 June 5th, 2020

    October 2nd, 2020 December 4th, 2020

    When: First Friday of even months, 6:30pm-9:30pm

    Who: IDESST Members & their Guests

    What: Join us for a fun gathering that celebrates our dedicated Cultural Center Volunteers and members.

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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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