March 8, 2018
The au pair groups of LCC Kirstin Paydo and Paula Ventura visited the local fire station #2 on Berkeley Way where we were introduced to different staff members who shared not only information about their engines and equipment but also fun facts about the life of a fire fighter and their […]
On a rainy Friday evening, yoga instructor Suzanne Schwarz Zuber taught our au pairs a session of “Restorative Yoga” at YogaKula in Berkeley (www.suzanneyoga.net/). I am sure many woke up with sore muscles the next morning. Although we were wiggling and giggling , happy, shining warriors and downward dogs … our […]
Approximately eighty au pairs (6 LCCs and their groups) celebrated the upcoming Holidays at Warehouse 416 in Oakland. We enjoyed a help-yourself nacho bar, deserts provided by the au pairs and a Secret Santa gift exchange. Happy Holidays!
Winter in California has started and four au pair groups stayed warm by ice skating together at the Oakland Ice Center. Many au pairs were on blades for the very first time but the more experienced ones were happy to assist them in the rink. What a great experience and […]
It’s always summer — in our hearts. Once the fog rolled in, it was a typical Berkeley summer night, enjoyed by friends and with Blues music in Memorial Park in Albany!
Three LCCs and their groups invited their host families and au pairs to join them for a potluck brunch in the Berkeley Marina. We welcomed almost 100 people including many host children.
Joined by the au pair groups of Paula Ventura and Isabelle MacEwan, we met to roller skate at the Church of Eight Wheels in San Francisco. In 2013, the old Sacred Heart Church had been lying dormant for nearly ten years when San Francisco’s roller skaters came in, cleaned up […]
The group had fun with a foggy, misty (and mysterious) evening hike around Lake Anza. How awesome nature looks in rainy California … and the earthy smell of mud and moisture in the air — combined with the beauty of rain drops collecting on leaves … an unusual but very enjoyable walk for […]
450 au pairs from the entire San Francisco Bay Area met to cruise on the Bay together. Music, dancing, drinks and fantastic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and City skyline were enjoyed by all.
Three Cultural Care au pair groups met at the Golden Gate Fields Horse Race Track to watch pretty horses, handsome jockeys and fast races. The sunshine made it fun to spend the afternoon with hot dogs and drinks.
Our group met for chips and salsa, tacos and burritos at Picante, a Mexican Taco Bar in Berkeley. Some au pairs brought their friends and au pairs from other agencies/groups and we all socialized while hearing about host families, boy friends, travel plans, options for medical care and participation in […]
LCCs Kirstin Paydo, Paula Ventura and their au pairs visited fire station number 2 in Berkeley Downtown. The group received instructions on what to do, who to call and what to say when when we experience an emergency. We learned about the importance of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, how to use […]
A Friday evening session of “Restorative Yoga”, taught by Suzanne Schwarz Zuber at YogaKula in Berkeley (www.suzanneyoga.net/), included lots of wiggles and giggles. Sweaty but happy au pairs discovered that they were more flexible than they had thought…
LCCs Paula Ventura, Kirstin Paydo and their groups of au pairs celebrated the upcoming Holidays with hot chocolate and cookies before we all unpacked our Secret Santa gifts. Each au pair shared with the group what country (s)he is originally from, if and how (s)he celebrates the Holidays back home […]
Winter in California has started and our au pair group stayed warm by ice skating together at the Oakland Ice Center. Many au pairs were on blades for the very first time but the more experienced ones were happy to assist them in the rink. What a great experience and […]
The group met for frozen yogurt and welcomed a couple of “new kids on the block”
My au pair group met at a public community event in Albany featuring the vintage dance band “Cosmo Alley Cats”. It was a warm summer night, enjoyed by all … and especially those au pairs who twisted some vintage dance moves — with and without host kids.
LCCs Kirstin Paydo, Dawniela Hightower, Molly Fivian and Sharron Williams invited their groups of host families and au pairs to join their annual potluck picnic at the Orinda Community Park. It was a lovely potluck barbecue party that gave newly arrived au pairs the opportunity to listen to fun stories […]
In 2013, the old Sacred Heart Church had been lying dormant for nearly ten years when SF’s roller skaters came in, cleaned up the place, updated the lighting, the sound, built new skate racks and more! In July our au pair group went for a roll in one of the […]
Shortly before sunset 24 au pairs met to make new friends and go on a hike together at Lake Anza in Tilden Park. We started with some hot chocolate and ice cream at the beach and then made it safely around the lake without leaving anybody behind missing in action. […]
Another awesome Au Pair Disco Cruise in San Francisco! 450 au pairs from over 20 countries cruised the San Francisco Bay – dancing, taking pictures in the photo booth, seeing whales under the Golden Gate Bridge (!), and enjoying the stunning San Francisco skyline at night! What a great night!
Parts of the au pair group met at Caffe Strada in Berkeley where Cal students hung out and celebrated Cinco de Mayo. http://www.yelp.com/biz/caffe-strada-berkeley
We met at the Horse Race Track and enjoyed a gorgeous sunny day with pretty horses — some of them being faster than others;-). Dollar Day Sunday allowed us to get hot dogs and drinks for little money and although most of the au pairs didn’t win while betting, they […]
The group met to watch the movie “Brooklyn” in The New Parkway Theater and had drinks/snacks in their café before. It’s a community-centered cinema and pub located in Oakland’s Uptown district: We sat back and relaxed in their cozy couches while watching their new release. Plus, one can enjoy yummy […]
The group met for an evening at Menchie’s on Euclid Avenue. We all enjoyed the frozen yogurt extravaganza.
Three different au pair groups met at “Playland-Not-At-The-Beach” in El Cerrito. “The Museum of Fun” is a funky place showing off a conglomeration of century old carnival games, pinball machines and a large collection of fun oddities. Our au pairs fit in beautifully and seemed to have a great time […]
For our annual Holiday party we met at the local YMCA. LCC Silvie Esmaeili and her group joined us for this festive event. Every au pair brought (home made) cookies and we had a Secret Santa game in which we exchanged gifts with each other. The photo booth provided a […]
This month three au pair groups of the East Bay met their LCCs to go ice skating together. It was a chilly winter night in California … at least on the ice rink!
Twenty au pairs met on a Friday night at LCC Kirstin Paydo’s house to socialize and make delicious pizzas together. We all welcomed a new au pair who had just arrived at the airport an hour earlier, only to be dropped off by her host mom to say Hello to […]
250+ au pairs met at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco to go on a Scavenger Hunt together. In groups of four they explored the city, filled out their booklets with questions and finally ended their adventure at Union Square in Downtown. The four fastest teams with the most points […]
LCCs Kirstin Paydo, Dawniela Hightower and Silvie Esmaeili invited their groups of host families and au pairs to join their annual potluck picnic at the Orinda Community Park. It was a lovely potluck barbecue party that gave newly arrived au pairs the opportunity to listen to fun stories from others […]
The group met for ice cream and a short educational training about “water safety and drowning prevention” before we took of for a hike around Lake Anza, a beautiful place in Berkeley’s Tilden Park! In the early evening hours the fog wafted over the lake and shadows of ducks added […]
The group met at Menchies Frozen Yogurt in Berkeley. Unfortunately we had so say good bye to three awesome au pairs who finish their terms this month :-(.
250 au pairs from Northern California were invited to join a cruise on the San Francisco Bay. Music, dancing, sightseeing, great views of the City … and hundreds of selfies included!
We met with Isabelle MacEwan’s au pair group from Piedmont and they joined us at the Dollar Day at the Berkeley horse races. Most of the au pairs had never been to such an event. We explained the betting rules and some of them even dared to bet $1 on […]
Our group met at “Friday Nights at Oakland Museum of California”: Dinner from the food trucks, dancing on the patio and a visit at the museum for everybody who was interested to learn about American culture and history.
Meeting at the house of host family “Randall” for movie night.
Meeting with Dawniela Hightower’s and Isabelle MacEwan’s au pair groups at Bridges Rock Gym in El Cerrito (http://www.bridgesrockgym.com/). It was a private after-hour event doing indoor bouldering, roped climbing and slack-lining/tight-rope walking. We had a total of 21 au pairs actively participating!
We met at my house for a Secret Santa Holiday Party. Dawniela Hightower’s au pair group joined us for more fun. Motto: The more, the merrier…!
Host Families, kids and au pairs had fun getting together for a pot luck barbeque on a misty summer day in August
We had a water safety and drowning prevention meeting at the Lafayette Water Reservoir
The group met at Cafe Leila on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley