Resources for German Speaking Families
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- A German Carnival Event In The East Bay ?
- German Speaking Group for parents & infants?
- German-speaking doctor for visiting in-laws
A few years ago I saw an add for a German style carnival held someplace in the east bay, I think it was Berkeley or El Cerrito. They offered German food and drinks, entertainment, a parade, people dressed up in costumes. This was a family event and sounded like a lot of fun. Does anyone know if this is still being held and if yes when and where is it held? Is it worth the time to bring my family (children 10 and 13)? Glenn
You are in luck! The event is on 1/30 in Berkeley. You can find details here. It is a benefit for the German school and you should definitely go! Saturday, January 30 from 12 to 6 pm at 1581 LeRoy Avenue, Berkeley, 94708. https://www.gissv.org/gissv-home-english/school-life/events/germanfamilykarneval German mom
I think you are looking for the Karneval at the German International School of Silicon Valley. It's on January 30th from noon to 6pm at the school's Hillside Campus in Berkeley. It's a great event. More info at http://www.gissv.org/gissv-home-english/school-life/events/germanfamilykarneval GISSV mom
Does anyone know of a German speaking group for infants? Or are there any German speaking moms or dads out there that would be interested in meeting up a couple times a month? I was born and raised in Germany and speak only German to our almost four month old daughter. I'd love for her to grow up with other native speakers. Dankeschoen! Melanie
Definitely check out the EastBayGerMOMs yahoo group. My kids are school-aged now, but we did weekly playdates with GerMOMs when they were toddlers.
There is also a wonderful full-immersion German preschool for German-speaking kids in Albany that my kids attended: Bay Area Kinderstube (http://www.kinderstube.org/). Get on the wait list early if you are interested. Bay Area Kinderstube also runs an after-school program for German-speaking kids in grades K-12: BAKS+ (http://www.kinderstube.org/plus/plushome.html). BAKS+ was recently designated an AATG German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German. Kids attend for 2.5 hours once a week after school, to further their German language development and learn to read and write German.
Bay Area Kinderstube also runs a German-immersion summer camp for kids aged 4-14 (scroll down the programs page: http://www.kinderstube.org/plus/plusprogram.html). It's running July 28 to August 15 this summer, and kids can sign up for one, two, or all three weeks. There is also a German Saturday school in Oakland (German School of the East Bay) and a private German bilingual elementary school in Berkeley, a satellite campus of the German International School of Silicon Valley.
My in laws will be coming from Switzerland to stay with us for a couple of months, and we just learned my father in law has been having trouble breathing. In case he needs to see a doctor while he's here, could anyone recommend a general practice doctor who speaks German? (My father in law doesn't speak English). Close to Berkeley would be preferable, but could travel if needed for a good doctor who speaks German. Thanks! Anon
Call the German consul. They will have a list of German-speaking docs J