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Music and Play in Farsi

Using Farsi songs, games and other fun activities, children will enhance their Persian vocabulary, as well as their general learning and comprehension skills, in an engaging way. Materials will include books in Farsi, traditional Persian musical instruments, paints and other crafts encouraging children's creativity and participation.
Autumn 2014: 8 week session from October 25-December 13, Saturdays, 10-11:30.

The class is designed to familiarize children ages 2-5 with the Persian language and culture through music and play. Each ninety minute class will be conducted completely in Farsi, and will include: (1) a Persian story time; (2) a craft inspired by Persian folklore or culture; (3) music and song; and (4) free play. Children will also be provided with a Persian snack in all classes.

Conversational Arabic, Storytelling, and Games for Children

Conversational Arabic classes that are fun and educational for children ages 7 to 15. Register your children today for the opportunity to learn conversational "Shami" Arabic here at the Levantine Cultural Center!
Yalla! The Levantine Cultural Center announces a new Arabic class for children, ages 7 to 15. We will begin by offering a beginners course with an emphasis on conversational Arabic, but also introducing the children to letters and reading at a very basic level.

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Jan 18 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Suggested donation $10 for one circle, $15 for two
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
Street parking.
get into Middle Eastern percussion at the Levantine!

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Jan. 18, 2013 (repeats on Feb. 8 and March 15, 2014). Beginners welcome.

New Middle East Drum Circle Launches Oct. 12

Event Details
Oct 12 2013 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Suggestion donation $10
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking
The Levantine Cultural Center presents a new Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm,  Saturdays from 1:30 -3:30 pm on the following dates: 12 October 2013, 16 November 2013, 14 December 2013. Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own!

The Levantine Cultural Center is located at 5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657, Reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up!

Suggested contribution: Part One ~ Basic Lesson: $10. Part Two ~ Rhythm Circle: $10. Suggested contribution for both Parts: $15

Grab a drum and join the fun!

Watercolor classes to "Paint Your Guts Out!"

classes run September 23-December 8, 2013

Whether you have some, little or no experience as an artist, Paint Your Guts Out! classes with artist G. Montine Blank are all about art-making and creative expression in workshops designed to help you discover how to easily access your creative flow, remove blocks and allow you to work spontaneously from the "zone." Paint Your Guts Out!© classes and workshops have been delivered to hundreds of individuals and private groups for enlightenment and inspiration since 2001. Testimonials.

Upcoming Classes are "Intuitive Watercolor Basics," 3 or 6 week series, Sep-Dec 2013; and "HeARTful Visionboard" series, 3 Sundays, Oct 2013. Take advantage of a special Levantine discount code, iArtLife2013, and save 20% off. Intuitive Watercolors series starts at $195. Manifest Artfully Visionboarding is $225. Register for classes online here, or call 323.413.2001 to register by phone. More info.

New Bellydance & Arabic Folklore Dance Classes, with Aubre Hill

Mondays in March starting the 4th and again on Mondays in April

Join International Dance Artist Aubre Hill for lessons in Arab Folk Dance and Bellydance on Mondays at the LCC. Drop-in for one class, or buy a discounted 4-pack of classes and develop your dancing skills while having fun. Classes run in 4-week sequences. This series runs March 4th-March 25th.

Arabic Folkdance, Mondays 6:00-7:00pm 

Learn the diverse & colorful folk dances from around the Arab World, while enjoying regional music & movement variations. For the month of March, Aubre will focus on folkdances from Egypt especially Saidi including assaya (stick) dancing. Giving historical & cultural context while having fun, join Aubre every Monday 6:00-7:00pm. All ages and levels welcome.

Everyday Arabic, Conversational Classes for Busy People

Seeking a way to improve quicker and for a lower price?
Call us at 310.657.5511 to sign up for advanced conversation classes.


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Why Study Arabic?

A gulf of misunderstanding and suspicion can be bridged by learning the Arabic language

By Frieda Becker

This past August, according to a CNN report, Nicholas George, a senior at Pomona College, was detained at the Philadelphia International Airport after the Transportation Security Administration found Arabic flashcards in his belongings. In February, George filed suit in federal court against the TSA, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the FBI for civil rights violations. This is not the first time a person has been profiled at an airport for carrying items written in Arabic and it will not be the last.