Penobscot School in Rockland announces a 6-week series of Italian classes to begin May 23. All classes are offered by Padua native, Eleonora Mella Gire, and all are set on Thursdays, as follows:

Advanced Italian from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and Beginning Italian, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m..

Two intermediate classes are offered: Italian, Level-3 at 3:15 to 4:45 p.m., and Italian, Level-2: 5 to 7 p.m.

The advanced level class, is a conversation class, taught in Italian, on a variety of topics about Italy, including historical and current events and culture, both popular and traditional. The beginning class is for all levels of beginners. Those who have never studied Italian may visit the school for information about how to prepare or to borrow texts and audio materials from its lending library. Full course descriptions are posted on the website at The school is located at 28 Gay St. in Rockland.

Instructor Mella earned a masters in foreign languages in German and English from the University of Padova in 2009. She speaks fluent German, as well as English and Italian, and some Norwegian. She loves to travel and has lived and worked in Nuremburg, Oslo and Dublin, to name a few places, making her living tutoring, waitressing and as an au pair. In June of 2011, she moved to California with her American husband. The couple has relocated to Maine, and Eleonora has been teaching Italian classes at the school since October, 2012.

A registration deadline for the courses is Wednesday, May 22. Registration is online at For more information about the series, please call 594-1084.

During this mini-series, an Italian lunch is planned beginning May 23 to run through June 27. The public is invited to pack a bag lunch, meet Eleonora and join in the conversation. For all levels: 12:10 to 1 p.m. Donations to support the school are welcome.