VHS English Program

English Programme
1st term 2015
Tuesdays, 24.2. ­ 24.3.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Carolyn Miller­Jupp
VHS, Michaelplatz 5, Room 2
Fee: 39,60 € (reduced fee: 27,72 €)
Tuesdays, 14.4. ­ 12.5.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Carolyn Miller­Jupp
VHS, Michaelplatz 5, Room 2
Fee: 39,60 € (reduced fee: 27,72 €)
Healing Songs
In the international city of Bonn, let’s meet to sing,
hum and vibrate in a relaxed, bi­lingual
atmosphere (German­English). We sing simple,
powerful melodies, chants and mantras from
around the world to experience the benefit and
soothing essence of singing.
Everyone who would like to experience and share
the healing power of singing is welcome indeed,
we all have a voice! The instructor is a singing
leader for Healing Songs.
Wednesday, 4.3.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Carla Carlucci
Realschule in Beuel, Rölsdorfstraße 20
Building F (Room F­104/Kitchen)
Fee: 33,50 € (reduced fee: 29,48 €)
Salentine Cuisine
Cooking with Fish and Vegetables
Salento is located in the South­Eastern of Italy, a
sub­region of Apulia where the wind and the wa­
ves have been shaping the “heel” of the Italian
boot. Salentine dishes are characterized by the
abundant use of seafood which is complemented
by sun­kissed local vegetables. In this course we
are going to cook simple and delightful dishes
from “seas & lands” which can be easily reprodu­
ced at home.
Saturday, 7.3.2015, Room N.01
Saturday, 21.3.2015, Room N.02
Sunday, 26.4.2015, Room N.02
Sunday,10.5.2015, R. N.01 at 10 am to 4 pm
Alessio Fangano
VHS, Wilhelmstraße 34
Fee: 134,06 € (reduced fee: 95,67 €)
Food and Lifestyle Photography for Beginners
and Bloggers
In these days of foodblogs, Instagram and Face­
book, we are surrounded by images of meals en­
joyed by friends or perfect strangers from all
around the world. In this workshop you will learn
many of the secrets behind those mouthwatering
images that often make you hungry.
Through both visual and practical examples, we
will explore many of the aspects that go into the
making of such inspiring photos. With a better un­
derstanding of our perception of the world and
how it relates to our cameras, you will learn which
camera settings and lenses can give you the best
results. You will understand the different types of
light, what props are and how to choose them to
highlight your food, what food­styling is and how it
can help you.
To finish, we will touch upon post­production work
and how you can improve your images using soft­
ware like Lightroom and Photoshop.
Please bring your camera.
Wednesdays, 11.3.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Carla Carlucci
Realschule in Beuel, Rölsdorfstraße 20
Building F (Room F­104/Kitchen)
Fee: 34,50 € (reduced fee: 30,48 €)
Seafood: A Gourmet Italian Dinner
This course is dedicated to the art of preparing
seafood dishes. We will learn how to cook like a
chef in a relaxed and fun environment. Particular
attention will be paid to the presentation of our
Wednesdays, 18.3.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Alessio Fangano
Realschule in Beuel, Rölsdorfstraße 20
Building F (Room F­104/Kitchen)
Fee: 32,50 € (reduced fee: 28,48 €)
An Italian Easter
From North to South, the different cultural influ­
ences through the centuries and the nature of lo­
cal produces have shaped the festive tables. On
Easter weekend all these varieties show up. In
this class Alesso Fangano will propose four sim­
ple and tasty recipes that will make your holidays
even tastier.
Monday, 13.4.2015, 8 to 9.30 pm
Prof. Dr. Carmen Griesel and Jens Köhlhoff
VHS Bonn, Wilhelmstraße 34, Room E.09
Admission free
Income Taxes for Employees
Taking up vocational work in Germany as an em­
ployee involves many taxation questions, in parti­
cular for fellow citizens coming from abroad. For
there is no taxation legislation in the world which
is as complex as the German one. The presenta­
tion gives a summary and outlines the main fea­
tures of social insurance legislation.
Tuesdays, 14. ­ 21.4.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Masud Khan
Realschule Beuel, Rölsdorfstraße 20
Building F (Room F­104/Kitchen)
Fee: 42,90 € (reduced fee: 34,86 €)
Indian Finger Foods
The finger foods offer a delicious and healthy op­
tions for party foods, snacks and light meals. Ma­
de with gram flour, lentils and fresh vegetables
such as aubergine, courgette, cauliflower etc.
These finger foods are light and crispy, they will
be a favourite with children. They are often served
with home ­made chutneys and dips. We will be
preparing various chutneys and yoghurt dres­
sings. Traditionally these foods are consumed at
tea time, but they are also the perfect companions
to a glass of beer or wine...
Tuesday, 14.4.2015, 6 to 7.30 pm
Stefan Sauerborn
Stadthaus, Berliner Platz 2, floor 12b
Office of the Lord Mayor of Bonn
Fee: 5 €
Start Up Your Business in Bonn
Starting your own business in Bonn is not just
about having a dream. There are real steps to en­
sure your business a successful start. Stefan
Sauerborn, Manager of the Service Center of
Bonn’s Economic Development Department, will
give you an overview about the consulting ser­
vices offered by the Department and will answer
your questions about becoming an entrepreneur
in Bonn.
Monday, 27.4.2015, 8 to 9.30 pm
Prof. Dr. Carmen Griesel and Jens Köhlhoff
VHS Bonn, Wilhelmstraße 34, Raum E.09
Admission free
Income Taxes for Self­Employed
Working on a self­employed basis in Germany ­
either as a freelancer or as a tradesman ­ implies
a number of obligations. This ranges from the re­
gistration at the financial authorities respectively
municipality and the commercial register to the
requirement to contribute prepayments on tax.
The presentation addresses frequently asked
questions concerning these issues.
Tuesdays, 28.4 ­ 5.5.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Masud Khan
Realschule Beuel, Rölsdorfstraße 20
Building F (Room F­104/Kitchen)
Fee: 42,90 € (reduced fee: 34,86 €)
Indian Cooking
Indian cuisine has an extensive and varied reper­
toire, influenced by all the regions of this vast sub­
continent. In our course you will learn how to pre­
pare Tandoori chicken, meat in coconut milk,
various vegetables cooked with seeds and spices,
as well as different types of Pakoras and the fa­
mous Lassi drink. We will also explore fusion food
by learning about the origin and preparation of
Balti dishes.
Wednesday, 29.4.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Alessio Fangano
Realschule in Beuel, Rölsdorfstraße 20
Building F (Room F­104/Kitchen)
Fee: 32,50 € (reduced fee: 28,48 €)
Sicilian cooking for vegetarians
The island of Sicily was dominated by many of the
most powerful rulers in history. Thanks to this, its
cuisine is a rare and unique melting­pot of tastes
and traditions. Sicilian cuisine offers a wide range
of vegetarian dishes that make use of its cultiva­
ted and wild flora. In this class we will prepare so­
me of these delicious dishes.
Wednesdays, 6.5.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Alessio Fanganoi
Realschule in Beuel, Rölsdorfstraße 20
Building F (Room F­104/Kitchen)
Fee: 30,50 € (reduced fee: 26,48 €)
Sicilian Cooking
Sicilian cuisine reflects the varied history of this
island and therefore stands out from the normal
Italian cooking. The wide use of aubergines bears
witness to the Turkish Empire while the taste for
sugar, spices and almonds was established du­
ring the Saracen. The Spanish then introduced
chocolate and tomatoes, while the French expan­
ded the cooking skills. In this class we will explore
this rich landscape with 4 simple and tasty dishes
that will enrich your everyday meals.
House of the Former Chancellor Konrad
Adenauer ­ Adenauer House Rhöndorf
Konrad Adenauer, the first post­war Chancellor of
Germany led his country from the ruins of the
World War II to a prosperous nation. During his
years in power, Germany achieved democracy,
stability, international respect and economic pro­
sperity. At Christmas 1937, Konrad Adenauer’s
family moved to their new home in Rhöndorf. It
was to remain Adenauer’s home for more than
Saturday, 9.5.2015, 11.45 am to 1.30 pm
Staff of Konrad Adenauer House
Meet at Tram 66, stop Rhöndorf, Bad Honnef
Fee: 5 € (no reduction possible)
three decades. After his death, the heirs donated
the estate to the Federal Republic of Germany in
1967. The private living quarters of the chancellor
are open to the public. Generous but modest,
they present the unpretentious lifestyle of the
Adenauer family. The path up to Adenauer’s ho­
me leads through a lush garden planted on the
steep slopes of a former vineyard. The garden re­
veals Adenauer as rose enthusiast. From the
house and garden you can enjoy magnificent
views of the Rhine valley and Siebengebirge hills.
Tuesdays, 12.5. ­ 19.5.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Masud Khan
Realschule in Beuel, Rölsdorfstraße 20
Building F (Room F­104/Kitchen)
Fee: 42,90 € (reduced fee: 34,86 €)
Bengali vegetarian cooking
Nowadays, more and more people wish to decre­
ase their consumption of meat for both ethical and
health reasons. With a combination of garlic, oni­
on and ginger at the base and the use of spices,
aromatics and chillies adapted to individual tas­
tes, Bengali dishes can be prepared for anyone.
All varieties of pulses with their high protein con­
tent are used, such as chick peas, mung beans
and all the variety of lentils. Familiar vegetables,
as well as newcomers such as aubergines reveal
a surprising delectability. We will be cooking with
exotic vegetables, such as Korolla (bitter melon),
famed for its health benefits. They are mainstays
of Bengali cooking and widely available in Bonn.
Altogether, this is a cuisine particularly suited to a
palate that requires real taste and freshness in
healthy eating.
Wednesdays, 13.5.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Alessio Fangano
Realschule in Beuel, Rölsdorfstraße 20
Building F (Room F­104/Kitchen)
Fee: 33,50 € (reduced fee: 29,48 €)
Luscious Darkness
Chocolate in the Kitchen
Commonly used in desserts, chocolate is a very
versatile ingredient also in savory recipes. As but­
ter, chocolate can easily be used to finish sauces
that will accompany flavorful meats or shellfish.
Used as highlight, chocolate can even be added
to risotto or pasta dishes with very elegant and
satisfying results. In this class, we will explore the
possibilities of chocolate in your kitchen with a
selection of easy and creative recipes.
Put in Some Positivity in Tough Times
Many of us experience undeniably difficult periods
in personal and professional life. In this short
workshop we will learn more about our hidden re­
sources and inner helpers as well as strategies to
deal with cynicism (by ourselves and others), self­
depreciation and the power of appreciation.
We will find your hidden treasures and we will re­
cognise that every action you have taken in a po­
sitive and supportive way. There is no wrongness
there are many ways to look at a situation, a con­
Tuesday, 19.5.2015, 6 to 8 pm
Esther Fleer
VHS, Michaelplatz 5, Room 2
Fee: 9 € (reduced fee: 6,30 €)
flict or a problem.
The teacher is a trained and certified Systemic
Family Therapist and counsellor.
Wednesday, 20.5.2015 6 to 9 pm
Alessio Fangano
Realschule in Beuel, Rölsdorfstraße 20
Building F (Room F­104/Kitchen)
Fee: 30,50 € (reduced fee: 26,48 €)
Mediterranean Antipasti
Celebrating Spring
In the Mediterranean we know well how a rich ta­
ble of small and delightful dishes is the perfect
start to a great party. Call them what you prefer,
Antipasti, Mezze or Tapas, they are the simplest
and most versatile way to exploit the seasonal
bounty from our markets. Think of crunchy bread
with multiple fresh toppings, frittatas featuring
seasonal vegetables or dices of cheese or grilled
meat marinated in extra­virgin olive oil and fresh
herbs. In this course we will explore a rich sample
of recipes inspired by the many cultures
that border the Mediterranean sea, a real feast for
your eyes and palates.
Wednesday, 13.5.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Carla Carlucci
Realschule in Beuel, Rölsdorfstraße 20
Building F (Room F­104/Kitchen)
Fee: 33,50 € (reduced fee: 29,48 €)
Northern Italian Cuisine: RISOTTO
Risotto is a dominant staple in some northern re­
gions of Italy, where it is often preferred over pas­
ta. It can be successfully prepared by using the
right type of Italian rice, a good stock (instead of
bouillon cubes), fresh ingredients, and by follow­
ing a few basic techniques of cooking. In this
course we will learn the basic procedure for coo­
king any risotto dish, how to make a perfectly cre­
amy and tender risotto dish any time "all´onda",
and how to make different stocks for our risotto
dishes. Together we will prepare some authentic
Italian risotto recipes, from traditional to innova­
tive and creative.
Thursday, 28.5.2015, 5 to 6.30 pm
Staff of Botanical Garden
Meet at: Botanical Garden Bonn
Meckenheimer Allee 171
Fee: 8 € (no reduction possible)
Diversity of Local Flora
The Botanical Garden Bonn
The Botanical Garden of the University Bonn is
known as one of the most beautiful and presti­
gious Botanical Garden in Germany. On this gui­
ded tour, you will get to know the most important
aspects of the Garden: to present and preserve
the diversity of the local flora.
You will visit the Biotope Section, which shows the
most important locally occurring plant communi­
ties, including endangered species of the region
around Bonn. The densely populated State of
Nordrhein­Westfalen hosts more beautiful and
precious "wilderness" than you might expect on
first sight...
Monday, 1.6.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Mirco Theiner
VHS, Wilhelmstraße 34, Room E.09
Admission free
Tenants’ rights and duties
Selective legal aspects of renting property in Ger­
What exactly is a “Nebenkostenabrechnung” and
how can I check it? Who is responsible for fixing
damages in my flat? Is my landlord entitled to rai­
se the rent annually? Mirco Theiner, lawyer and
director of the local Union of Tenants in Bonn, is
going to answer your questions throughout this
Tuesday, 2.6.2015, 6 to 9 pm
Carla Carlucci
Realschule in Beuel, Rölsdorfstraße 20
Building F (Room F­104/Kitchen)
Fee: 34,50 € (reduced fee: 30,48 €)
Italian Trend in Dining Out
In Italy the "aperitivo" has always been a popular
social custom before dinner. Lately, the traditional
concept of a simple drink by adding just nuts and
chips has been changed.
In fact, nowadays there is a new name to define
this new trend: APERICENA (aperitivo+dinner).
Many bars from northen to southern Italy offer a
buffet of hot and cold appetizers to accompany
drinks. It’s not finger food, it’s not tapas but some­
thing more sophisticated! In this course we will
cook together hot and cold small dishes, from little
appetizers to delicious dishes in small portion in
order to change and enrich your parties.
Furthermore, we will try to recreate the same "bar
atmosphere" as amused as relaxed Italians do
when they finish work.
Saturday, 13.6.2015, 1.30 to 4 pm
Elke Burbach and Britta Krollmann
Meet at: Poppelsdorfer Schlossweiherbrücke
Right next to Poppelsdorfer Schloss
Fee: 7 € (no reduction possible)
Places of Democracy in Bonn
A Guided Cycle Tour
Between 1948 and 1990, Bonn was the capital of
West Germany and after the fall of the Iron Cur­
tain, it remained the seat of government of united
Germany until 1999. This guided cycle tour will
take us to visit some of the most significant places
of democracy in Bonn.
The first stop will be the Museum Alexander Koe­
nig, which was used by the parliamentary council
and also as Chancellor’s office for Konrad Ade­
nauer. Among other places, we will ride by and
hear information about the Bundestag (Parlia­
ment), the former Bundeskanzleramt (Office of
the Chancellor), as well as former embassy buil­
The tour, guided by Elke Burbach from the Ger­
man Cycling Club ­ ADFC ­ and Britta Krollmann
from VHS, will be approximately 15 km long and
will start and end at the Poppelsdorfer Schloss­
Duration of tour: approx. 2 1/2 hours, there will be
a coffee break at the end, which is not included in
the fee. Please bring your own bike!
Saturday, 27.6.2015, 8.15 am to 6 pm
Dr. Inge Steinsträßer and Rainer Dobbelstein
Meet at Infostand Main Railway Station
Fee: 37 € (no reduction possible)
Dreampath "Hatzenporter Laysteig"
Wine Culture and Panoramic Views over
the River Mosel
A Guided Walk with English Commentary
In 2006 new hiking paths along the rivers Rhine,
Mosel and around the Eifel, the "dream paths",
were presented to the public. They are superbly
located and guarantee untroubled hiking delights.
Our tour takes us to the "Hatzenporter Laysteig",
the name "Hatzenport" stemming from the Latin
"Hattonis Porta", meaning harbour. Worth seeing
are besides beautiful picturesque half­timbered
buildings two churches and the old ferry tower.
Our way leads us up to the heights across a stri­
kingly steep slope. Walking along demanding vi­
neyard paths we arrive at the refuge of the
Rabenlay where we enjoy splendid vistas over the
Mosel valley. We continue our walk back to Hat­
zenport along the hillside ledge, on mellow mea­
dow paths, through woods and along trails left in
their natural state. Trained hikers being sure­foo­
ted and having no fear of heights may climb down
across the via ferrata "Dolling". All other hikers
walk down to the valley the "normal" path. We ta­
ke a final rest in a cosy wine pub in Hatzenport.
For more information please contact VHS Bonn.
Flyer includes all courses in english
language by VHS Bonn
Responsible for coordination and design:
Department of Politics, Science and
International Affairs
vhs Bonn in Bad Godesberg
Michaelplatz 5
53177 Bonn
For further information and suggestions please
Britta Krollmann
0228 ­ 77 45 83
[email protected]
and visit our web site at
Herausgeber: Der Oberbürgermeister der Bundesstadt Bonn
Volkshochschule Bonn / Presseamt, Januar 2015, Auflage 300
Bildnachweis: Adenauerhaus: © Horst Voßmann, Food
Photography: © Alessio Fangano, Kuchen: ©
denio109/Fotolia.de, Saris: © Fyle/Fotolia.de, Gruppe
Geschäftsleute stapelt die Hände: © Robert
Kneschke/Fotolia.de, Gewürze: © Mariusz
Prusaczyk/Fotolia.de, Rose: © Monika Kempkens,
ChocolateMushroomCrostini: © Alessio Fangano, Antipasti
Spring: © Alessio Fangano, Museum Koenig: © Michael
Sondermann, Mosel:© Christoph Hähnel/Fotolia.de