Upcoming Events

    • October 13, 2016
    • December 14, 2017
    • 13 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).

    >>No meeting will be held in June, during the Director & Volunteer recess.<<

    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.

    If you cannot attend in person, 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.

    • 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: 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.

    • September 10, 2017
    • November 19, 2017
    • 10 sessions
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center
    The IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center is again offering Elementary and Intermediate classes in European Portuguese starting in September.

    Duarte Pinheiro, who has been our instructor since 2015, will continue in that role. Professor Pinheiro, a native of northern Portugal, also teaches in the Portuguese program at UC Berkeley. The Fall 2017 classes will be held at the Center on Sundays from 4:00PM to 5:30PM for the Elementary class, and from 5:30PM to 7:00PM for the Intermediate class. There will be ten classes in the term with the schedule as follows:

    We are offering two classes on Sundays: 

    • Beginning Class: "Welcome to Portugal"
       4:00 – 5:30PM 
    • Intermediate/Advanced Class: "Portugal on the Plate"
       5:30 – 7:00PM 

    Parking: Ample free parking available on Sundays. 

    Fees: Tuition for the classes for adults will remain unchanged at $225 + cost of class materials. Students under 18 years old will receive a 50% discount.

    Note: NO CLASSES on October 22nd

    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 Jim Wycoff, one of the class administrators, at portuguese@idesst.org. Falamos Português! 

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

    UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, we must cancel this year's Festa de Natal. A Members Dinner will be scheduled for early 2018.


    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.

    • February 03, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    Join us for our annual, traditional Portuguese Cold Crab Dinner Fundraiser & Dessert Auction on Saturday, February 3rd. Under the direction of wine country, renown Chef Manuel Azevedo, we do it the "old-fashioned way," including cooking and cracking fresh crab at the Center the morning of the event.

    This event has sold out early every year, so so buy your tickets Now!  

    Proceeds from the important fundraiser go directly toward funding our annual Festa do Espírito Santo in the spring, as a Sausalito tradition now, going on 130 years!

    Doors and Bar open at 5:30PM, dinner served at 7PM

    $500/table — buy a table for friends and family (seats 8). Tables available now!

    Seating preference is given by purchase date. The main ballroom has space for 20 tables. 10 tables available in the dining room.

    $65/person; $40/kids (12 and under).
    Individual tickets sold after 12/15/17, if available.

    *Prices may go up after the new year, as the demand and
    cost of fresh live crab go up.
    ** Absolutely NO Doggy Bags. Thank you for understanding.

    Appetizers, Portuguese Green Salad with Roasted Sweet Peppers, Garlic Buttered Pasta with Sao Jorge Cheese, Garlic Bread, and our delicious Cold Cracked Portuguese Crab.

    No-Host Bar
    We have a great selection of wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks. Since this is a fundraising event to support our Annual Holy Ghost Festa, we discourage bringing your own wine. If you choose to bring wine, we request a donation as "corkage."

    Dessert Auction
    We welcome cake or desserts donations to be auctioned during dinner (some gluten-free baked goods welcome). It's a fun way to show off your baking talent and assures our guests a delicious dessert — all while supporting a good cause. 

    Please include a description of the dessert and the name of the baker for our auctioneer.




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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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