Boulder City Magazine® October 2009 Issue
by Patty Sullivan
Recreation Program Coordinator
Boulder City Parks & Recreation Department
It's Never Too Late And You're Never Too Young
Boulder City has an amazing hidden little treasure named Beatrice Werner. Beatrice Werner is a language teacher for the College of Southern Nevada, and Boulder City is the only recreation department for which she teaches.
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|Beatrice teaches private, semi-private and small group lessons in Spanish, German, Italian, French and English (English as a Second Language).
Beatrice has experience teaching children foreign languages. Having offered a few summer language workshops for pre-school and young elementary school age children, she will now offer an on-going class for age two to four year-old children from 10 - 10:45 a.m. and age four to six from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. on Wednesdays at the ABC Park Administration Classroom. Classes are based on a rate of $6 per class with registration on a monthly basis.
In today’s society, knowing a foreign language is a highly desirable skill. Your child is a language sponge. This class will give them the foundation and confidence to discover multiple language skills from an early age. Let them absorb the fun side of language in a weekly learning environment. Many cultural theme parties are incorporated into class time, expanding their minds in multiple ways.
Beatrice teaches Italian to a group of middle-aged ladies. The ladies consider this their social outing for the week, and they relish the time they spend together. These ladies are lifelong learners with several of them traveling to Italy to return to the group with cultural stories. The story behind these ladies coming together is quite endearing. It all started with a cat. Yes, a cat. The ladies live in a condominium complex and the cat adopted several owners in the complex. Via the cat, they all became friends. In a casual conversation one of the ladies mentioned she was going to take an Italian class and it snowballed from there. We refer to them as the Italian gatto (cat) gals. At one time, my office was right next door to their classroom and I could hear them laughing and having such a fantastic time. The old sewing circle seems to have disappeared these days but these ladies have found a new way to experience friendship and learn a skill at the same time. For more information, call 293-9256 or visit the Recreation Department office at 900 Arizona Street.
To find out more information about programs offered at the pool complex or other recreational programs offered here in Boulder City, call 293-9286.
P.O. Box 61901
Boulder City, Nevada 89006
Phone (702) 294-1392 Fax (702) 294-1392
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