Summer courses at Penobscot School

Posted June 26, 2011, at 9:30 p.m.

ROCKLAND — Penobscot School, 28 Gay Street, announced a selection of foreign language classes and events for summer.

Italian language classes offered are Pronti…Attenti…Via! for beginners on Tuesday evenings and La Storia Continua for students with experience on Wednesday evenings, starting June 21 and June 22. An Italian for Travelers workshop is scheduled for July 1 and 9. Baldetti of Isola d’Elba in Italy will be instructor for all the courses.

Instructor Billy Smith will offer Spanish courses Espanol Estival I and II, beginning July 7 and July 11, targeted to intermediate and early intermediate speakers, respectively. Smith will be aided by Mario Ramos Villa of Puebla, Mexico. Learners interested in Spanish study at the school are invited to a meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

Classes in American Sign Language for young children and their caregivers with Signing Time instructor Marcie Howard are offered on Saturdays beginning July 16. A class for children ages six months to pre-kindergarten is at 9-9:45 a.m., and a class for children in kindergarten through grade two is at 10-10:45 a.m.

Friday, July 1, is an opportunity to be with Rockland artist and Penobscot School student of Japanese Susan Beebe for Japanese Crafts for Kids. The workshop on origami paper craft and Japanese kite-making runs 10 a.m.-noon and is open to everyone age 8 and older. The fee is $10.

The public is invited to a Bastille Day celebration at the school on Saturday, July 15. Beginning at 5:30 pm, participants will gather for activities including petanque, the lawn-bowling game of southern France and Quebec; conversation; a potluck supper; and traditional music, including singing of the French anthem “La Marseillaise.” There is no fee, but contributions in support of the nonprofit school are accepted.

For more information, call the school at 594-1084 or visit http://www.penobscot.us.

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