Monthly Cultural Programming

Fall 2014 Cultural Class Series


Join us at the ACCC this fall for a full new calendar of fun, dynamic and hands-on cultural classes. Explore, learn, and embrace various facets of Arab culture - from music to cooking, from dance to language - while having fun and building community.

For questions about the cultural classes, please contact our Programs Associate Zaynah Hindi at (415) 664-2200, ext. 202.

Not an ACCC member? Become a member today so you can take advantage of our member discount on all ACCC classes and events! 

 

 

Arabic for Adults - Level I    Register Now!

The Adult Arabic class series is designed to offer Arabic language instruction to all community members wishing to increase their connection to and/or understanding of Arab culture and identity through learning the Arabic language. The dynamic and interactive course curriculum will use a mix of classical reading and writing in addition to colloquial and modern standard speaking.  Level I is designed for beginning-level students with little to no knowledge of Arabic.
Ages: 15+
Days: Tuesdays 7pm-9pm
Dates: 12 sessions 9/23 - 12/16, skipping 11/25
Price: 
$240/12 sessions
          $200/12 sessions (ACCC Members)

Arabic for Adults - Level II  Register Now!

The Adult Arabic class series is designed to offer Arabic language instruction to all community members wishing to increase their connection to and/or understanding of Arab culture and identity through learning the Arabic language. The dynamic and interactive course curriculum will use a mix of classical reading and writing in addition to colloquial and modern standard speaking.  Level II is designed for intermediate-level students with elementary Arabic reading, writing, and/or speaking skills.
Ages: 15+
Days: Thursdays 7pm-9pm

Dates: 12 sessions 9/25 - 12/18, skipping 11/27
Price: $240/12 sessions 
          $200/12 sessions (ACCC Members)

Arabic for Children              Register Now!

The Arabic for Children class series is designed to offer Arabic language instruction to all children ages 5-14 wishing to increase their connection to and/or understanding of Arab culture and identity through learning the Arabic language. The dynamic and interactive course curriculum uses a mix of Modern Standard speaking, reading and writing. All levels welcome.
Ages: 5-14
Days: Saturdays 11am-2pm

Dates: 11 sessions 9/27 - 12/13, skipping 11/29
Instructor: Suheir Shami

Price*: $175/11 sessions 
          $150/11 sessions for ACCC Members

* Note the ACCC will no longer be offering a $15 discount for enrolling multiple children in the class.

Oud                                             Register Now!

In this class, students will be trained on the techniques of playing the oud - the heart and soul of classical Arabic music - taught by internationally-accomplished musician Fatima Zohra Lahlou. Beginners welcome! Participants must provide their own instruments.
Ages: 15+
Days: Wednesdays 6pm-7pm
Dates: 12 sessions 9/24 - 12/17, skipping 11/26
Instructor: Fatima Zohra Lahlou
Price: $216/12 sessions
          $180/12 sessions for ACCC Members

Dabkeh                                       Register Now!

For those who have always wanted to learn the steps of the popular and folkloric dance of the Arab Levant - this class is for you! Join our dabkeh class series to learn about the history, origins, and cultural significance of the dabkeh and learn basic steps and choreography so you'll be ready to join in at the next wedding or cultural event.
Ages: 15+
Days: Fridays 5pm-6:30pm 

Dates: 11 sessions 9/26 - 12/19, skipping 10/31,11/28
Price: $12/class 
          $10/class for ACCC Members
          $90/10 class pack, for ACCC Members only
          

Dabkeh for Children              Register Now!

In this class series, children and youth will learn about the history, origins, and cultural significance of the popular and folkloric dance of the Arab Levant - the dabkeh - and practice the basic steps and choreography! 
Ages: 5-12
Days: Saturdays 10am-11am

Dates: 12 sessions 9/20 - 12/20, skipping 10/5, 11/29
Price: $12/class 
          $10/class for ACCC Members
          $90/10 class pack, for ACCC Members only

Yoga                                           Register Now!

Join our Wellness Program for weekly ashtanga yoga classes at the ACCC. More than just a physical exercise, yoga is restorative, calming and meditative as well. In this class series, the instructor will focus on breath, alignment and community. Appropriate for all levels. Beginners welcome!
Ages: 15+
Days: Tuesdays 6pm-7pm / Sundays 10am-11am

Dates: 23 sessions 9/21 - 12/16, skipping 11/23, 11/25, 11/30
Instructor: Nadia Bubtana

Price: $12/class 
          $10/class for ACCC Members
          $90/10 class pack, for ACCC Members only
          

Arabic Cooking & Baking Series:
Khobz - Intro to Bread Baking 
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Join Reem’s on a journey to discover the roots and evolution of the core staple of Arab cuisine- bread! In this class, participants will learn about the history, chemistry, and cultural significance of bread in the Arab world and how to make one of the most popular street foods of the Arab world -- mana’eesh -- fresh-baked flatbreads topped with aromatic herbs, spices, artisan cheeses, meats, and/or fresh vegetables of your choice. Come with an empty stomach!
Ages: 15+
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 11am-2pm
Instructor: Reem Assil

Price: $33/class [$18 + $15 supplies fee] 
          $30/class [$15 + $15 supplies fee] for ACCC Members
          

Arabic Cooking & Baking Series:
Mu'ajinaat- Arabic Dough Pastries 
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Learn about Arab breads and pastries enjoyed throughout the Arab world. As a follow-up to the intro to bread baking, participants will learn to make mu’ajinaat, Arabic dough pastries filled with a wide array of fresh ingredients and enjoyed as snacks and appetizers. Learn about the different flavor combinations of herbs, spices, cheeses, and meats used in different pastries. There will be something for everyone’s palate, from the vegan to the meat lover.
Ages: 15+
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014

Time: 11am-2pm
Instructor: Reem Assil

Price: $33/class [$18 + $15 supplies fee] 
          $30/class [$15 + $15 supplies fee] for ACCC Members
          

Arabic Cooking & Baking Series:
Maza- A Taste of Arab Hospitality
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Learn to make maza – a variety of shared appetizers, dips and spreads served with bread at the beginning of a meal in the Levantine region, making up a core component of renowned Arab hospitality. Learn about the secrets of the perfect hummus and baba ghanoush, taste new flavors, and create your own combination of breads and spreads!
Ages: 15+
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014

Time: 11am-2pm
Instructor: Reem Assil

Price: $33/class [$18 + $15 supplies fee] 
          $30/class [$15 + $15 supplies fee] for ACCC Members

Arabic Cooking & Baking Series:
Musakhan: the Palestinian Table Part I

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In this class, participants will learn how to make one of the unique and delicious dishes of Palestinian cuisine – musakhan. Consisting of chicken baked with onions, sumac, pine nuts and bread, musakhan is a favorite dish to share.
Ages: 15+
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Time: 11am-2pm
Instructor: Hanan Rasheed

Price: $33/class [$18 + $15 supplies fee] 
          $30/class [$15 + $15 supplies fee] for ACCC Members

Arabic Cooking & Baking Series:
Waraq Dawali: the Palestinian Table Part II

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In this class, participants will learn how to make an essential dish in Palestinian and Levantine cuisine  - waraq dawali, or stuffed grapeleaves. Using both vegetarian and meat fillings, participants will have the opportunity to practice the art and technique of stuffing and rolling and create a delicious and flavorful meal in the process. 
Ages: 15+
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time: 11am-2pm
Instructor: Hanan Rasheed

Price: $33/class [$18 + $15 supplies fee] 
          $30/class [$15 + $15 supplies fee] for ACCC Members

Arabic Cooking & Baking Series:
Maqloubeh: The Palestinian Table Part III

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In this class, participants will learn to make a staple of Palestinian home cooking – maqloubeh. Literally meaning “upside down,” maqloubeh is a tasty dish of rice, meat and vegetables that is cooked in a pot and flipped upside down to be served. 
Ages: 15+
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Time: 11am-2pm
Instructor: Hanan Rasheed

Price: $33/class [$18 + $15 supplies fee] 
          $30/class [$15 + $15 supplies fee] for ACCC Members

Arabic Cooking & Baking Series:
Mansaf: The Communal Dish of Jordan

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In the final stop in our tour of Levantine cuisine, participants will learn to make mansaf, the famous national dish of Jordan. A savory dish of rice and lamb cooked in a creamy, dried yogurt sauce, mansaf is a communal meal over which families and communities gather and feast.
Ages: 15+
Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014

Time: 11am-2pm
Instructor: Hanan Rasheed

Price: $33/class [$18 + $15 supplies fee] 
          $30/class [$15 + $15 supplies fee] for ACCC Members

Arabic Cooking & Baking Series:
Harira: A Taste of Morocco Part I

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Beginning our culinary tour of the flavors of North Africa, in this class, participants will learn to make the essentials of Moroccan appetizers, including Moroccan salads and harira- the famous warming and fragrant Moroccan lentil stew.
Ages: 15+
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Time: 11am-2pm
Instructor: Zouhair Karam

Price: $33/class [$18 + $15 supplies fee] 
          $30/class [$15 + $15 supplies fee] for ACCC Members

Arabic Cooking & Baking Series:
Tajine: A Taste of Morocco Part II

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In this exploration of Moroccan cuisine, students will learn to make tajine. A delectable stew of meat and fruits or vegetables, the tajine is a perfect example of the seductive combination of sweet and savory flavors that distinguish Moroccan cuisine. 
Ages: 15+
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014

Time: 11am-2pm
Instructor: Zouhair Karam

Price: $33/class [$18 + $15 supplies fee] 
          $30/class [$15 + $15 supplies fee] for ACCC Members

Arabic Cooking & Baking Series:
Bastilla: A Taste of Morocco Part III

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In this exploration of Moroccan cuisine, students will learn to make tajine. A delectable stew of meat and fruits or vegetables, the tajine is a perfect example of the seductive combination of sweet and savory flavors that distinguish Moroccan cuisine. 
Ages: 15+
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014

Time: 11am-2pm
Instructor: Zouhair Karam

Price: $33/class [$18 + $15 supplies fee] 
          $30/class [$15 + $15 supplies fee] for ACCC Members

Arabic Cooking & Baking Series:
Baklawa: Helou for the Holidays Part I

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As the holiday season draws near, participants will learn to prepare helou (Arabic for sweets) in time for the holidays. You will learn to make the famous sweet and syrupy baklawa, a phyllo pastry dessert layered most popularly with crushed nuts. We’ll also venture beyond traditional fillings and explore fun flavor combos, from nutella to sweet pastry cream. Don’t count your calories for this class!
Ages: 15+
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014

Time: 11am-2pm
Instructor: Reem Assil

Price: $33/class [$18 + $15 supplies fee] 
          $30/class [$15 + $15 supplies fee] for ACCC Members

Arabic Cooking & Baking Series:
Ma'amoul: Helou for the Holidays Part II

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In this final holiday baking class, participants will learn to make ma’amoul, beautiful semolina flour cookies filled with crushed nuts or dates. Ma’amoul are traditional treats for the holidays and can be served at holiday parties or given as gifts.
Ages: 15+
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014

Time: 11am-2pm
Instructor: Reem Assil

Price: $33/class [$18 + $15 supplies fee] 
          $30/class [$15 + $15 supplies fee] for ACCC Members