Talk Like a Native

Welcome to Rev. Oreste Pandola Adult Learning Center

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The cost is $80 for 8 classes unless otherwise stated. Students must register for online classes, so an invitation can be sent to you to join our secure online educational platform.

Reverend Oreste Pandola Adult Learning Center
P.O. Box 9633
Baltimore, MD 21237

Registration form on website:

Call for information:  410-866-8494

The cost is $80 for 8 classes unless otherwise stated. Students must register for online classes, so an invitation can be sent to you to join our secure online educational platform. Days and times for these Italian sessions will be determined by both students and instructors.

Dates for Saturday classes:               Oct. 9, 16,23,30

                                                            Nov.  13, 20,

                                                            December   4

Online classes -please view dates and times in the course description.                         

Assistance for our Italian American Community:

Mrs. Pina Culotta will share her expertise regarding pensions from Italy
and other countries which have an agreement with the U.S.
Call 410-868-7296 for an appointment.




Basic introduction to the Italian language.

Learn words, phrases, and basic conversation. 

In Center (10:00-11:30)

Saturday begins Oct. 9, 2021, Instructor: Rosalinda Mannetta      Fee $80.00

Online—Tuesday beginning Oct. 5, 2021, from (7-9)

Instructor: Luana Colloca, MD, PhD.             Fee $80.00


                              INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN

This class is planned for students who have knowledge of written and spoken Italian. Online on Thursday from (7-9) Fee $80.00 Starts Oct. 7,2021

Instructor: Luana Colloca, MD, PhD



This class is open to all who have been in Rosalinda’s previous classes, or anyone interested in the bilingual text Conversational Italian Dialogues.

These include over 100 Italian Conversations and Short Stories.

Plan to join this unique class in our Center. Begins Sat. Oct. 2021

Instructor: Rosalinda Mannetta (11:45--1:30)



Online ----Continue to improve your skills.

Only Italian will be spoken the second hour.

Thursdays (7-9 pm) Online Begins Thursday, October 14, 2021
$80 plus textbook                Instructor: Maria Fleri



We are SO pleased to announce that Little Italy Chef and proprietor of Joe Benny’s Meatballs will demonstrate how to make these scrumptious, rice balls filled with cheese or meat. Held in our Center following government guideline for safety and protection.

Saturday, November 20, 2021, (11-12:00 pm)

Fee $25                    Instructor: Joe Gardella


Learn to make delicious sausage links using fresh Italian pork or beef with specially mixed seasonings.  Discuss what supplies are needed as you observe from your home. The second session will be an actual demonstration. (6-7 pm) Fee $25            Dates to be Determined

Instructor: Francesco Ranieri


Learn how to play on our newly renovated courts from our talented staff.

It can be an exciting past time for your family and friends.
Saturdays, Oct 16 & 23 (11-1 pm) Fee $10

Instructors: Frank Corazza and Frank Blattermann. 

                  NEW!  NEW! 

                         Delicious Honey—Natural Staple of Life 

Backyard Beekeeping: A deep look at the importance of helping our pollinators

Seminar -Part A

            Learn the fascinating world of keeping a healthy honeybee colony and learn how to extract the honey from the hive. 70% of our food species are pollinated by honeybees. Without them, we would have much less crop, fruits, and food for world consumption. 

 Seminar Part B

             The "Honey Do" List - A Beekeepers guide for great Italian delicacies!

Who doesn't like a good Struffoli?   But the best honey is FRESH honey. Learn from a   Maryland Beekeeper how to keep honeybees, collect the honey, and keep the honey flowing for great tasting foods!!!

Oct. 23, 10:00-12:00        Instructor Tim Elliott       Fee:   $10.00


Learn to bake easy and nutritious treats for your pet. A recipe book is included, and free samples will be available for curb side pick-up outside the school from 1:15-1:30.

Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 (12-1 pm) Fee $10.00                     

      Instructor: Lauren DeFeo

                              ESSENTIAL OILS OF THE BIBLE

For thousands of years, these plant-based essences have been highly prized in the Holy Land for their healing properties. Come join us for a spiritually uplifting experience and learn about these and other oils mentioned in the Bible.  Date To Be Announced      Fee $10          Instructor: Lyndi Caruso


Fantastic fun Class

The Art of Playing a Mandolin-On Line

We are indeed fortunate to embark on this new endeavor. How many of you can recall one your beloved family members playing a mandolin?

It brings back touching members of serene days. Dr. DeSimone, Ph.D. has graciously agreed to present an online basic Mandolin class.

He will present the basic instruction of how to play this traditional instrument.

The only requirement is to have an instrument available and a desire to achieve your goal. Date and time to be determined.

Fee $15.00                                Instructor: Dr. DeSimone, Ph.D.



 “Why the Italian American Community
Honors Christopher Columbus.”

One-Hour Zoom Presentation
by Dr. DeSimone, Ph.D.

The defining moment in the ending of the Middle Ages and the Dawn of the Modern Era was the result of the efforts of one Italian man who changed the history of the world forever! Come and learn the truth about Christopher Columbus and why he holds a singular place in the hearts of Italian Americans of good will.

This class is offered as part of service to our community but you must register so we can invite you to join our private platform. (7-9 pm)

Instructor: Dr. DeSimone, Ph.D.


First Book Club Sat., Oct 9, 2021, Carmella Walsh, PhD Moderator

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny 

The brilliant novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time. No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices. But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery's massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony.

Death Bed Conversions- Finding Faith at the Finish Line by Karen Edmisten

A wonderfully unique book that explores God’s extending hand of love and friendship, even into death. was one of the most beautiful and unique books on conversions that I’ve come across. By detailing the faith struggles and dynamics (or lack thereof) of eminent figures in cinema (John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Gary Cooper), literature (Oscar Wilde and Wallace Stevens), journalism (Heywood Broun), art (Kenneth Clark and Aubrey Beardsley), crime (Arthur Flegenheimer aka Dutch Schultz), royalty (King Charles II), showmanship (William Frederick Cody aka Buffalo Bill), medicine (Alexis Carrel) and science (John von Neumann). Edmisten, gives a tight and cohesive summary of how all the famous figures she profiled were, not searching for God exactly, but were-by varying degrees-inwardly empty and substituting God with other things. This was a wonderful read, so different from the usual plate offerings of holy people.

Second book Club     November 13, 2021, unique approach to this session!  Your Favorite Biography Each member will be asked to read a biography and then please share it with other members of our group. Start Reading!!!

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger  The unforgettable story of four orphans who travel the Mississippi River on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression.In the summer of 1932, on the banks of Minnesota’s Gilead River, Odie O’Banion is an orphan confined to the Lincoln Indian Training School, a pitiless place where his lively nature earns him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee after committing a terrible crime, he and his brother, Albert, their best friend, Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. Over the course of one summer, these four orphans’ journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an enthralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.


Make Your Own Limoncello

Learn to make this scrumptious liqueur.  Must participate in two sessions -November 20 and December 4,2021.

Instructor: Arthur Gentile        12:30-1:30    fee $25.00 plus supplies





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