French, Italian and Spanish Classes Bring Cosmopolitan Atmosphere to The Center

Palm Springs, CA – Two new foreign language classes, French and Italian, are coming to The Center this January to join the ever-popular Spanish language class, announced Executive Director John O’Connor.

 Italian for Fun & Travel, a six-week course begins on Monday, January 9th at 5 pm. Taught by Rocky Laudadio, a native of Italy, will teach you all you need to know to have a great time while visiting Italy. Learn how to ask for directions, order in a restaurant, how to chat a bit with the locals, and even how to ask a bartender how to make the perfect martini. Minimal emphasis on grammar and have fun while speaking Italian in a small group environment! $50 FOR MEMBERS, $80 FOR NON-MEMBERS

Vinny Stoppia returns with his popular 10-week Beginning Spanish course on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on Tuesday, January 10th at 1 pm. Each session will provide you with the opportunity to practice speaking Spanish in a lively environment and learn from an expert. Stoppia has taught Spanish at The Center for several years and his classes always fill up. Cost for this course is $100 FOR MEMBERS, $120 FOR NON-MEMBERS with all proceeds benefitting The Center and the AIDS Assistance Program.

Basic Conversational French, a 10-week course, is a non-academic approach to learning elementary conversation skills in French. Basic grammatical structure will be presented, but the emphasis will be on learning and using basic conversational skills. The objective is for the student to learn how to survive in everyday situations such as shopping, travelling, registering in hotels, asking for and understanding directions, ordering at restaurants and just having fun using French. Instructor Ric Goodwyn, PhD has degrees in Linguistics and Romance Languages and over 30 years of experience teaching at all levels. Taught on Wednesday and Fridays, it will begin on Wednesday, January 11th at 10 am. $50 FOR MEMBERS, $80 FOR NON-MEMBERS

All of these programs have imited availability and fill up fast so please call The Center at 760-416-7790 and reserve your spot.

In October, 2011, The Golden Rainbow Center became The LGBT Community Center of the Desert.  The mission of The Center is to enrich the lives of the LGBT community.  While maintaining and strengthening senior services as a SAGE affiliate, The Center has undertaken a transformation.  Key areas of change are a major expansion of the counseling program, a youth crisis collaboration with the Trevor Project and more outreach to women, people of color and the transgender community.

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