Penobscot School, the center for language learning and international exchange, announces a selection of summer foreign language classes and events, including opportunities for children and families. All courses, which are graded according to ability, are open to the public. Summer visitors are especially invited to try foreign language learning. The school is located at 28 Gay St. in Rockland’s north End.

Kicking off the term on June 18 is a special Saturday mini-course for beginners called Take a Peek at my Tuscany. At the three-hour event, Alessandra Baldetti, the school’s resident Italian instructor, will offer a virtual ride through her native Tuscany, a lesson in “survival” Italian and an authentic Italian “pranzo” (lunch).

Other Italian language classes offered this summer are Pronti..Attenti..Via! (for beginners) and La Storia Continua (for students with experience), held on five Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, respectively, starting June 21 and June 22. A two-day Italian for Travelers workshop is scheduled for July 1 and July 9. Students in this course learn essential vocabulary for travel situations and practice introducing themselves, asking directions, shopping and ordering a meal, etc. Baldetti, who is from Isola d’Elba in Italy, is the instructor for all these courses.

Then, two Spanish courses are offered by instructor Billy Smith: Español Estival 1 and 11, beginning July 7 and July 11, and targeted to intermediate and early intermediate Spanish speakers, respectively. Smith will have the help of Mario Ramos Villa, participating in the sessions as native-speaking volunteer assistant. Villa is from Puebla, Mexico. All learners interested in Spanish study at the school this July are invited to a planning meeting on Thursday, June 30 at 5 p.m.

Saturday classes in American Sign Language for young children and their caregivers with Signing Time instructor, Marcie Howard are as follows: ages 6 months to pre-K at 9 to 9:45 a.m. and K-2 at 10 to 10:45 a.m. The sign courses begin July 16.

On Monday and Tuesday, July 25 and 26, French speakers, teachers, and students of French language are invited to spend two days at the school with Marie-Ange Roussier, from Gordes in France, in discussion about the great thinkers of the French Revolution and the philosophical concepts that were sparked by the epoch. For more information about this advanced-level French immersion course, entitled La philosophie des “Lumières”, please call the school at 594-1084.

Two special events mark the season at the school. 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. to noon and is open to everyone, ages 8 and up.

The public is invited to a Bastille Day celebration at the school on Saturday, July 15. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., participants will be gathering for activities including pétanque, the lawn-bowling game of southern France (and also Quebec), conversation, a potluck supper, and traditional music, including of course, singing of the French anthem: La Marseillaise. No fee, but contributions in support of the non-profit school are welcome.

For more information about these classes and events, please call the school at 594-1084 or visit the website, penobscot.us.