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  • 26 Aug 2013 7:53 PM | Anonymous
    Ciao a tutti,

    Since I became involved in the ICC in 2007, one of my dreams has been to "escort" a group from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Italy.  I knew there were many in the area who shared my desire, but I wasn't certain exactly how I could accomplish my goal.

    As some of you know, I have spent a part of the last few winters in Florida.  During that time, I discovered a similar organization in the Ft. Myers/Naples area, and I began to take classes.  One of my instructors, Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, studied at a school in Sorrento, Italy, and subsequently taught high school Italian in the U.S..  She currently lives full time in the Naples area of Florida, and in the spring of 2012, she lead a group of adults (from Florida) to her school (Sorrento Lingue).  I asked if she would be willing to assist me in organizing a similar adventure for a group from the Minneapolis area.  She agreed, and a wonderful idea became reality!

    On September 26, 2013, 11 adults from our area will depart for southern Italy!  Our group will be joined by 9 individuals Nancy recruited.  We will spend over two weeks in Sorrento, and each day, we will study the Italian language at Sorrento Lingue.  Afternoons will include excursions throughout the area, and all of us are very excited for the adventure awaiting us!

    Our travel group has met, periodically, over the past couple of months.  In the photo, which appears in this month's issue of Bollettino, the group is shown making limoncello!  Limoncello is a product of southern Italy, and we met twice in order to complete the process.

    Please stay tuned, and follow us as our journey progresses.....

    Saluti,
    Peggy
  • 30 Jan 2012 10:51 PM | Anonymous
    Ciao a tutti,
    A new year has arrived, and winter term has begun! We held our usual open house in early January, but this time, we included a volunteer fair as part of the festivities.  All of those in attendance were able to hear the marvelous voice of Asha, a blossoming opera star!  What an amazing voice she has!

    When classes began the week of January 9th, another 62 students were enrolled in 9 classes.  We are offering classes at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.  We are missing our wonderful instructor, Margherita Ghiselli.  She is spending several weeks in Tanzania, working on her PhD.  What an exciting experience for her, and though we miss her, we hope to see her in class again this spring.

    There are many exciting events approaching in the upcoming weeks.  Please take a look at our website to learn all about the pre-Valentine's Day chocolate event.  Are you ready to cook up a storm?  You may want to join Carmela on February 21st, as she prepares a 5 course Tuscan dinner.  This will be an excellent opportunity to visit with Carmela, and learn some new cooking methods from her.

    We are in the midst of making plans for our traditional Festeggiamo dinner.  We hope to visit the Lexington Restaurant, in St. Paul, once again.  Watch for some exciting details, which will be on our website, very soon!

    Have you met Benny the Chef yet??  If not, see if you can find him on our website, or in a current issue of Bollettino.  Benny will be a regular contributor to Bollettino...He is a native Italian chef, who has written a cook book and instructs many cooking classes.  Perhaps one day he will bring his skill to the Minneapolis area.

    As always, the CineForum is underway each month.  It will be held at MCAD, and is free of charge...although donations are always accepted!  The movies are wonderful, so please take the time to stop by.  In addition, plans are underway for the 4th annual Italian Film Festival, to be held at the end of March.  Details will be on our website very soon!

    Have a great winter!
  • 29 Oct 2011 10:01 AM | Anonymous
    Here we are, heading into November, and our busy fall term is well underway!  Summer was a success, and 18 students enrolled in beginner classes.  Fall has been no exception, and our 60+ students are enjoying 9 classes, from the beginner to the advanced level. 

    Two of our instructors, Carmela Parisi and Carlo Cicala, have moved out of the area.  We will miss both of them, and wish them the best in their new pursuits!  We are pleased to say that three new instructors have joined us at the ICC.  Please be sure to welcome Giusy Clemente, Mirella Heimpel, and Frida Tosi.  You can read more about each of them on our instructor page here on the website.

    We also wish to welcome Grace Huibregtse as Executive/Financial Assistant of the ICC.  Ella Chanbe, who proceeded Grace, has resigned.  We will miss Ella greatly, and hope to see her frequently at many ICC activities and events.  Be sure to watch for Grace, and contact her with any questions you might have.

    We are in the midst of plans for our fall Festeggiamo dinner!  We had a wonderful time at the Lexington Restaurant this past spring, so we will return to the Lex for our fall event.  The festivities will include our own Italian cameriera, Italian music, (complete with a sing-a-long), and a discussion of the Lombardia region.  A three course dinner will be provided, and all levels of the language are welcome.  Look for details on our website, and register today!!

    Winter term registration is now open.  An open house will take place on Wednesday, January 4th, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.  We are considering holding a volunteer fair during our open house, so please keep an eye on our website for details.  Classes will commence the week of January 9.  Come and join us....Spend the cold winter months learning a new language!!
  • 12 Jun 2011 11:00 AM | Anonymous
    Spring term at the ICC has been a great success!  65 students were enrolled for another record term!  Registration for summer term is underway, and the ICC will offer beginner 1, 2, and 3 courses, starting the week of June 27th.  You are encouraged to enroll online.

    The spring Festeggiamo dinner will be held at the Lexington Restaurant in St. Paul, on Monday, June 20.  The Lexington is owned by ICC student, Jenni Ryan, and her husband, Ed.  The festivities will include a 3 course dinner, served by ICC's very own Italian waiter.  ICC instructors will provide Italian music, as well as a discussion of Roma.  Guests will be encouraged to use their language skill, and ICC instructors will be available to assist us in the process!  The dinners are a great time to put developing language skills to use, in a fun environment.  It really is a dinner, and language lesson, in one.   It is not necessary to speak the language fluently.  Beginners are most welcome!

    Soon, we will look ahead to fall term.  As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.  We are always on the lookout for new ideas, or suggestions as to how we can improve our language school.

    Buona giornata!
  • 04 Mar 2011 6:52 PM | Anonymous
    Ciao a tutti!

    Suddenly, we are in March and visions of spring are in our minds.  Soon the huge snowbanks will give way to spring flowers and warm, sunny days!

    We have been busy at the Adult Language School, preparing for a fantastic spring term!  It is now possible to enroll online for spring term, and a few students have done so already.  It is never too early!  Please take a look at our website for all of the details.  You will notice the usual course offerings, along with new beginner classes during the daytime hours.  In the evening, we have added a traveler's class, as well as an adult canta che ti passa offering.  Now, it is possible to learn Italian (or brush up on your skill) through song.

    Shortly, we will be adding a number of grammar workshops.  They will be held during the three week period between the end of winter term, and the beginning of spring classes.  It is a wonderful opportunity to brush up on those grammar skills, in preparation for spring classes.  They are reasonably priced, and will be lead by the regular ICC adult instructors.  Watch our website for details.

    Please let us know if you have questions, and we'll see you in the spring!
    Peggy
  • 25 Jan 2011 9:10 PM | Anonymous
    Welcome to the ICC Adult Language School Coordinator page!!  From time to time, I'll post the Cultural Center and language school news here.  Lots of exciting things are happening, so stop by often for an update!

    Winter term 2011 is off to a wonderful start!  Open houses were held on January 5th and 6th, and classes commenced the week of January 10th.  Nine classes are being held, and a record 60 students have been enrolled!  As you may know, there are 3 classrooms, located on the 5th floor of the Hennepin Center for the Arts building.  For the first time, all three classrooms are being utilized on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

    The school is growing, and soon we will expand our course offerings.  You will notice, on the website, that it is now possible to enroll in an art history course, as well as a course designed to study Italian poetry.  Be sure to watch for other exciting offerings, as well as the spring term schedule, which will appear on the website soon.

    Besides classes, the ICC will be offering wonderful cultural events.  Please refer to the home page for details in regards to the Film Festival Fundraiser, and the Film Festival itself, both of which will take place in March.

     
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