During the pandemic, ICC strives to host events that inform and connect the community through shared experiences.  

 

Upcoming events:

03/11/21

Family TV Dinner with Zarna Garg

 

The Funny Brown Mom comes to ICC for dinner with the family.  Zarna Garg's self-deprecating humor will strike the funny bone of kids and adults alike.  Grab dinner and gather around your screen(s) as Zarna roasts moms, teens, and Indian American parenting.   

 

Zarna is an Indian immigrant, mom, and lawyer turned New York comedian and TikTok star (https://www.tiktok.com/@zarnagarg) with 20 million views. She has performed standup at sold-out clubs across the country and headlined her own show "My American Dream" at the famous Carolines on Broadway. Zarna has kept audiences laughing during the pandemic with online shows and impromptu sets around New York City. Zarna is also an award-winning screenwriter with a movie inspired by her life story currently in development. This debut screenplay won Best Comedy Feature at the Austin Film Festival 2019 and was also a 2019 semi-finalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships screenwriting program. Check her out at  www.zarnagarg.com.

 

Take a listen to one of  Zarna's TikToks.

 

Thank you to Elite Health Services for sponsoring this event.
 

$10 per household.  
7:00 pm

02/22/21 thru 03/21/21

Virtual Fine Art Show

 

ICC brings together Indian artists for an online art show.  Meet the artists on Wednesday, February 24 in an Opening Reception.  Artists will discuss their work and how India has inspired and is reflected in their work.  The artworks are for sale.  A portion of sales will benefit ICC.  

Featured to the left:  Buddha in Harmony by Sabeena Jindal.

The show is now open.  Browse the galleries now.

03/26/21

Exploring Asian Cuisine -- For Teens and Tweens

 

Parents deserve a break so why not let the kids cook dinner?  Greenwich High School's South Asian Heritage Club is hosting a virtual cooking class for kids.  The cooking class is geared for tweens and teens as well as younger kids with the supervision of an adult.  In just one hour, kids will have an amazing dinner of Easy Coconut Curry and Ladoo and Spicy Coconut Mango to enjoy with their families.

Easy Coconut Curry takes about 45 minutes to prepare.  Ladoos take 15 minutes with a little prep the day before.  A list of ingredients and zoom ID will be sent a week prior to the event. 

GHS South Asian Heritage Club was founded to increase awareness of South Asian culture, history and traditions at school and in the community.  

FREE on Zoom

04/14/21

Avni Doshi, author of Burnt Sugar

 

ICC and Greenwich Library are delighted to host  Avni Doshi, author of Burnt Sugar which was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize.  Avni will be interviewed by her friend and fellow author Sharbari Ahmed. 

 

Described as "stunning and unforgettable" and "at once shocking and empathetic" Burnt Sugar is about the love and deception shared between a mother and a daughter, the journey into shifting memories, alternating identities, and the subjective nature of truth. Burnt Sugar has already sold rights into 21 languages.

 

Avni Doshi was born in New Jersey and educated at Barnard College and University College, London.  While working as an art
writer and curator in India, Avni began writing fiction. She
has been awarded the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize and a
Charles Pick Fellowship.  Burnt Sugar, her debut novel, was
longlisted for the prestigious Tata Literature Live! First Book
Award upon its publication in India shortlisted for the Booker.

 

Sharbari Ahmed is familiar to audiences who have watched her lively and informative interviews with director Viba Bhaski and author Alka Joshi and who joined ICC to discuss Dust Under Her Feet, Sharbari's debut novel that explores race, women's independence, and tangled love in the backdrop of the bombing of Calcutta during WWII.

  
7:00 pm

 
 
 
 
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HINDI 1: Beginner

Grades K-1

Nandita Sinha

Sunday 9 AM

For children new to Hindi or who have taken one session.  Class time will be split between conversation and nursery rhymes; and, reading and writing Hindi letters.  Students will learn Hindi Varnamala (letters), how to sign their names, basic vocabulary and common greetings and phrases. 50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6. 

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HINDI 2:  Advanced Beginner

Grades 1-3

Nandita Sinha

Sunday 10 PM

For students who have at leats two session of Hindi, have been exposed to Hindi at home, and/or have a basic knowledge of Hindi greetings.  Students will be introduced to listening and conversation.  They will learn Hindi phonetics, vocabulary, writing their names and vowels, pronunciation, basic conversation and grammar.  50 minutes. 

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Hindi 3: Intermediate

Grades 1-4

Vaishali Akole

Sunday 11 AM

For children who have taken Advanced Beginner Hindi for at least one year and are ready to begin speaking short sentences.    Children will build on their understanding of phoenetics and vocabularly  50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Hindi 4: Advanced Intermediate

Grades 2+

Vaishali Akole

Sunday Noon

For children who have taken Intermediate Hindi for a least one year, have taken three years of Hindi, or can understand and speak simple sentences. The emphasis of the class is to build a more detailed understanding of phonetics and vocabulary. Children will learn to increase their ability to read and write two or three letter words. Through conversation and role playing they will gain greater confidence speaking with Hindi-speaking family members and transacting with merchants.  50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Rubik's Cube:  Beginners

Grades 3-7

Aarav Yadav and Ryan Kovacs

Sunday, 9:00 AM

Over 350 million cubes have challenged millions of kids and adults since the Rubik's Cube was invented 50 years ago.  Aarav Yadav, ICC’s Rubik Cube wizard will take a step-by-step approach and teach students the art of solving Rubik's Cube. By the end of the session, students will be able to solve the cube and perform basic tricks and patterns on the cube. Ryan Kovacs, also a cuber, will work with Aarav and break kids into smaller groups. 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Kids will need a standard 3x3 cube.  They should not play with the cube or attempt to solve the cube before the first class.

Enrollment limited to 15.

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Rubik's Cube:  Intermediate

Grades 3-7

Aarav Yadav and Ryan Kovacs

Sunday, 10:00 AM

For kids who can solve Rubik's Cube, Aarav Yadav, ICC’s Rubik Cube wizard will teach kids how to solve the cube in less time with the aim of solving the cube in under 2 minutes. 

Ryan Kovacs, also a cuber, will work with Aarav to break kids into smaller groups. 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Kids will need a standard 3x3 cube.  

Enrollment limited to 15.

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Ultimate STEM 

Grades 1-2

Amanda Sackey

Sunday 11 AM

No prior classes required.  This special STEM curriculum for chilldren in grades 1 and 2 is written and taught by a popular Rye Country Day science teacher.  It is designed to maximize inquiry and exploration using materials that are easily attainable from home.  Challenged with mini weekly projects, students will work individually and collaboratively to create, test, and problem solve, and they will collect citizen science data in their neighborhoods.  45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Ramayana Storytime

Grades 1-2

Akruti Babaria

Sunday Noon

Back by popular demand, take a journey through one of the biggest Indian epics: Ramayana. Akruti shares the story of Ramayana as a read-a-loud, story-telling enactment and live interactive chat  Kids will prepare for a short performance at the end.  If parents would like to order Ramayana, Akruti will be reading from A Treasury of Ramayana Stories, an illustrated children's book that can be ordered from Kulture Khazana.  (Use Code ICC and ICC will receive 20% of all sales from Kulture Khazana).  Note:  Ramayana will be treated as a story and not as a religious text.  Illustrations are nonviolent. 45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Creative Writing with Veera Hiranandani

Grades 4-8

Veera Hiranandani

Tuesday, 4:00 PM  FIVE WEEK CLASS:  Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3

Join Veera Hiranandani in a five-week virtual creative writing class for fourth through eighth graders. Veera's Young Adult book about Partition, "The Night Diary" was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2019 and is written in the form of a young girl's diary who journeys from her home in Pakistan to India during Partition. Through writing prompts, discussion, and sharing our writing in an encouraging and creative atmosphere, students will learn how to mix fact with fiction and get to the heart of the stories they want to tell. 45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Investigations in Math 2-3

Grades 2-3

Alissa Helgesen

Wednesday, 4:00 PM

Building upon grade level skills, students will extend their conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas through hands-on experiences, games, and collaborative inquiries. Students will use their critical and creative thinking skills to solve real-life problems involving mathematics. Concepts covered will include number fluency, pattern investigation, shape and space analysis, estimation, probability, and more!   45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 10.

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Mock Math Olympiad

Grades 4-5

Alissa Helgesen

Thursday 4 PM

Kids have fun building upon the foundational concepts taught in school by learning problem-solving techniques used in competition style math. They will gain confidence and fluency in their understanding of mathematical concepts as they develop logical reasoning and problem-solving skills while working collaboratively in breakout groups.  Kids will participate in timed mock Math Olympiad competitions.  60 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 15.

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HINDI 1: Beginner

Grades K-1

Nandita Sinha

Sunday 9 AM

For children new to Hindi or who have taken one session.  Class time will be split between conversation and nursery rhymes; and, reading and writing Hindi letters.  Students will learn Hindi Varnamala (letters), how to sign their names, basic vocabulary and common greetings and phrases. 50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6. 

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HINDI 2:  Advanced Beginner

Grades 1-3

Nandita Sinha

Sunday 10 PM

For students who have at leats two session of Hindi, have been exposed to Hindi at home, and/or have a basic knowledge of Hindi greetings.  Students will be introduced to listening and conversation.  They will learn Hindi phonetics, vocabulary, writing their names and vowels, pronunciation, basic conversation and grammar.  50 minutes. 

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Hindi 3: Intermediate

Grades 1-4

Vaishali Akole

Sunday 11 AM

For children who have taken Advanced Beginner Hindi for at least one year and are ready to begin speaking short sentences.    Children will build on their understanding of phoenetics and vocabularly  50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Hindi 4: Advanced Intermediate

Grades 2+

Vaishali Akole

Sunday Noon

For children who have taken Intermediate Hindi for a least one year, have taken three years of Hindi, or can understand and speak simple sentences. The emphasis of the class is to build a more detailed understanding of phonetics and vocabulary. Children will learn to increase their ability to read and write two or three letter words. Through conversation and role playing they will gain greater confidence speaking with Hindi-speaking family members and transacting with merchants.  50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6.

Cube.jpeg

Rubik's Cube:  Beginners

Grades 3-7

Aarav Yadav and Ryan Kovacs

Sunday, 9:00 AM

Over 350 million cubes have challenged millions of kids and adults since the Rubik's Cube was invented 50 years ago.  Aarav Yadav, ICC’s Rubik Cube wizard will take a step-by-step approach and teach students the art of solving Rubik's Cube. By the end of the session, students will be able to solve the cube and perform basic tricks and patterns on the cube. Ryan Kovacs, also a cuber, will work with Aarav and break kids into smaller groups. 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Kids will need a standard 3x3 cube.  They should not play with the cube or attempt to solve the cube before the first class.

Enrollment limited to 15.

Cube.jpeg

Rubik's Cube:  Intermediate

Grades 3-7

Aarav Yadav and Ryan Kovacs

Sunday, 10:00 AM

For kids who can solve Rubik's Cube, Aarav Yadav, ICC’s Rubik Cube wizard will teach kids how to solve the cube in less time with the aim of solving the cube in under 2 minutes. 

Ryan Kovacs, also a cuber, will work with Aarav to break kids into smaller groups. 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Kids will need a standard 3x3 cube.  

Enrollment limited to 15.

IMG_2103_edited.jpg

Ultimate STEM 

Grades 1-2

Amanda Sackey

Sunday 11 AM

No prior classes required.  This special STEM curriculum for chilldren in grades 1 and 2 is written and taught by a popular Rye Country Day science teacher.  It is designed to maximize inquiry and exploration using materials that are easily attainable from home.  Challenged with mini weekly projects, students will work individually and collaboratively to create, test, and problem solve, and they will collect citizen science data in their neighborhoods.  45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

Ramayana.jpg

Ramayana Storytime

Grades 1-2

Akruti Babaria

Sunday Noon

Back by popular demand, take a journey through one of the biggest Indian epics: Ramayana. Akruti shares the story of Ramayana as a read-a-loud, story-telling enactment and live interactive chat  Kids will prepare for a short performance at the end.  If parents would like to order Ramayana, Akruti will be reading from A Treasury of Ramayana Stories, an illustrated children's book that can be ordered from Kulture Khazana.  (Use Code ICC and ICC will receive 20% of all sales from Kulture Khazana).  Note:  Ramayana will be treated as a story and not as a religious text.  Illustrations are nonviolent. 45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Creative Writing with Veera Hiranandani

Grades 4-8

Veera Hiranandani

Tuesday, 4:00 PM  FIVE WEEK CLASS:  Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3

Join Veera Hiranandani in a five-week virtual creative writing class for fourth through eighth graders. Veera's Young Adult book about Partition, "The Night Diary" was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2019 and is written in the form of a young girl's diary who journeys from her home in Pakistan to India during Partition. Through writing prompts, discussion, and sharing our writing in an encouraging and creative atmosphere, students will learn how to mix fact with fiction and get to the heart of the stories they want to tell. 45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Investigations in Math 2-3

Grades 2-3

Alissa Helgesen

Wednesday, 4:00 PM

Building upon grade level skills, students will extend their conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas through hands-on experiences, games, and collaborative inquiries. Students will use their critical and creative thinking skills to solve real-life problems involving mathematics. Concepts covered will include number fluency, pattern investigation, shape and space analysis, estimation, probability, and more!   45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 10.

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Mock Math Olympiad

Grades 4-5

Alissa Helgesen

Thursday 4 PM

Kids have fun building upon the foundational concepts taught in school by learning problem-solving techniques used in competition style math. They will gain confidence and fluency in their understanding of mathematical concepts as they develop logical reasoning and problem-solving skills while working collaboratively in breakout groups.  Kids will participate in timed mock Math Olympiad competitions.  60 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 15.

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