September 2010 Newsletter                                    

Fall Classes Begin September 17

Registration is moving ahead briskly for classes which will begin on Friday, September 17th. We are really excited about the great lineup of classes and instructors we have for the new school year -- be sure to tell your friends and acquaintances that there are still spaces available in all classes! Please note that the deadline for advance registration discount has passed.  Registration is now $225.  If you haven’t registered yet, you can check the website at for information on each of the classes. For individual questions about classes in your language, call:

Italian – Emily Wilhite

Spanish – Doug Eikerman

French – Barbara Shaw

Parking Reminder

We know parking will be difficult the first month or so, so plan arrive early so you can hunt for a spot. You might consider carpooling with a friend. Please do not park in the Crestwood Shops on 55th Street even if you’re late and desperate. If we take up their limited space, it cuts into their business, and we want to be good neighbors.

Helpful Hints for Classes

Please fill out a nametag each week. To start, we will have a table set up on the first floor for nametags and late registration. After that, name tags will be in the hallway on the third floor. Our teachers want to be able to call you by name. Plus this helps you get acquainted with your classmates so you can have a more enjoyable and personal experience.

Please put your name in all your textbooks and reference books. Books do get left behind sometimes and you’ll be glad to find your lost book, with your name in it, in our Lost and Found in Room O.

Italian Program Coordinator Needed

We still need a member of the Italian classes to be the contact person for the Italian cultural programs for the year. We already have three or four speaker names and are looking for six programs max, so it won’t be a difficult job. For more information, call Amanda Hassett.

Looking for program Ideas

We are always looking for cultural programs. If you have suggestions, talk to Joan Adam about Spanish programs, or Dalene Bradford about French program ideas. Or share your idea with Amanda Hassett and she’ll get it to the right person. We pay a $50 honorarium to speakers and we take them out to lunch if they have time.

Latin America Cinema Festival

The Latin America Cinema Festival begins this weekend. Films will be shown for 5 weeks beginning this Saturday Sept 4 at 11 a.m. at the Rio Theatre. The films are described in the Sociedad Hidalgo web site below:

Latino Festival, Saturday, September 4, 2010          

The Johnson County Library will host a Latino Festival on Saturday, September 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Oak Park Neighborhood Library, 9500 Bluejacket, Overland Park, KS.  The community is invited to attend and experience the Latin-American culture through art, music, poetry, dress, dance and crafts. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. In brief, events are listed below.


11:00 a.m.  Poetry reading from the Latino Writers Collective.
11:35 a.m.  Ballet Folklorico of Kansas City.
12:15 p.m.  ''La Llorona'' 
12:30 p.m.  Quimbaya
1:15 p.m.    Makuza
2:15 p.m.    Fiesta Folklorica
Explore the countries of Latin America from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.  
Latino Artists will present their work.

Children games and crafts – playground from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Street art with Hip Hop Academy 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 
Prizes & Refreshments –12:00 - 2:00 p.m.


For more information event visit


September 2010 – April 29 Calendar

September 17          CLASSES BEGIN and continue every Friday a.m. except:

November 26           No class (Thanksgiving holiday)

December 24, 31      No class (Christmas holiday)

January 7                Classes resume

March 18                 No class (Spring Break)

April 29                   Last day of classes

Executive Board Members 2010-2011

Do you have a question? The first contact in case of a question is our trusty Board Assistant Amanda Hasset. If she doesn’t have the answer, she can direct you to the right person.

President                                              Martha Hogerty
Vice President (Membership Chair)   Inez Pennington
2nd Vice President (Social Chair)            Joan Adam
Secretary                                              Gail Clair
Assistant Secretary (Newsletter)            Judy Pearlstein
Treasurer                                              Christie Lohmeyer
Assistant Treasurer (Textbook Chair)   Dalene Bradford

Board Assistant                                     Amanda Hassett