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Summer school has never been more fun!

June 20, 2017 11:20 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

Theatre Classes

Quincy Community Theatre (QCT) has expanded its theatrical education program to include more courses over the summer! This will create additional opportunities for children, teens, and adults to engage with theatre in new ways.

“Our summer classes are a wonderful way for children and adults to try something new and engage with our theatre in a new way,” said Head of Education Instructor Kelsey Celek. “Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike will find new adventures within our expanded summer program!”

Each course is designed to give people of all ages a safe space to explore different topics, refine their acting training and technique, enhance their interpersonal and public speaking skills, gain confidence, meet other creative individuals, and try something new!

Tuition information is available online or at the QCT Box Office. Scholarships are available. Applications can be found online at 1qct.org/education/scholarships or at the QCT Box Office.

A program using volunteer work at the theatre to pay for classes or earn theatre tickets is also available for parents and students ages 10+. For more information, visit 1qct.org/education/class-punch-cards/.

For more information about the classes or to register online, visit 1qct.org or call 217-222-3209.

Art Camps All Ages

Register for Quincy Art Center’s Summer Art Camp before classes fill up! Classes such as Action Painting, Art Meets Science and Introduction to Theatre Design will help kids to create, imagine, and learn!

Art classes are a great way to get kids off the couch and get them engaged and learning while also having fun. Students will express their creativity and meet other students that are interested in the same things as they are!

Classes start June 12 for Pre–K through 8th grade and meet Monday through Thursday. New sessions begin each week. Morning sessions run from 9–11 am and afternoon sessions meet from 1–4 pm.

To ensure the best possible experience for your child, class sizes are capped at 10 students. Classes fill up fast so register your child today by calling 217-223-5900, visiting quincyartcenter.org/education, or visit the Quincy Art Center at 1515 Jersey.

Members receive a $5 discount on each class. Scholarships are available. Email Steven Stoll, Art Education Coordinator, at sstoll@quincyartcenter.org with any questions.

American Girl Classes

The Quincy Museum is proud to announce the 2017 Elizabeth Newcomb-Stillwell’s Classes for Young Ladies!

All of these summer classes allow girls to create foods and crafts from the times and places represented by the American Girl series of dolls.

Weekly classes are scheduled in both June and July. A new set of classes begin June 19, June 26, July 10 and July 17.

All classes will be held from 10 am until 12 pm and will include a special party for girls and their guests each Friday.

Call Quincy Museum at 217-224-7669, or visit thequincymuseum.org or the museum’s Facebook page for more information.

Summer Reading

The Bridge to the Future Can Be Built with Books!

Quincy Public Library’s (QPL) Summer Reading Program, Reading by Design, is underway! QPL will host exciting summer reading events during June and July for all ages. In addition to story times on Tuesdays and Thursdays, young readers will enjoy these fun activities:

  • Magnificent Mondays, for pre–schoolers, features activities like Mini–Masterpieces, Little Laboratory, and Sensory Exploration
  • S.T.E.A.M. Shenanigans on Tuesdays engages students in grades 4–6 with hands–on activities exploring science, engineering and art
  • Animation Station on Wednesdays features fun, family–friendly movies in the Puppet Theatre, complete with free popcorn and lemonade
  • Design Time on Thursdays, allows students in Pre–K–6th grade to get creative with craft designs
  • Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead on Fridays showcases the best exciting local and regional entertainers for kids and their families.

Teens can read and win prizes, too! Activities for teens include movies with free popcorn and soda, a teen poetry challenge to honor the Pulitzer-prize winning Gwendolyn Brooks, a t-shirt workshop, as well as the regular Wii Wednesdays, TAB meetings, and book discussion groups.

Adults will enjoy programs including a poetry reading featuring author Gwendolyn Brooks, tours of the Quincy Community Theatre, a steampunk jewelry workshop, and a discussion of the book Being Mortal with geriatrician Dr. David Lockhart. Reading logs and prizes are available for adults too, so the whole family can be engaged with the summer reading fun!

This year, it’s even easier for kids and teens to get to the library to participate. Readers under the age of 18 may ride Quincy Transit Lines city buses to the library for free when they show a valid QPL card. (Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a guardian.) Free bus rides to the library will be available all summer from June 1 to August 30.

Summer reading events are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested in order to ensure adequate materials and space is available. Reservations can be made at the library or online at quincylibrary.org.

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