Reminder: CAFAM Annual Summer Picnic In The Park

When: Saturday June 22nd, 11 am – 3 pm

Where: Winslow Park, Freeport

CAFAM will be holding its annual summer pot luck picnic on Saturday, June 22nd, at Winslow Park in Freeport. Winslow Park is on the water with a beach and has plenty of room to fly kites and enjoy outdoor play. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and enjoy time with other CAFAM members and friends. CAFAM would love to have new people join us as well.

Admission to Winslow Park will be paid by CAFAM, so just let the people at the gate know that you’re there for the pot luck picnic. We will have a sheltered picnic area. Please bring food to share—Chinese food or any kind of picnic food is welcome! We will supply beverages and paper goods.

Change to tai chi schedule

Dear CAFAM members,

There won’t be any tai chi as scheduled for the next two weeks due to serious burns suffered by Karen Morency who is our tai chi leader.

The first tai chi session will be on July 20th at 9:00 am.

Thanks for your understanding.

Tai Chi at the Farmers Market

Dear CAFAM members,

Come join CAFAM for Tai Chi at the Farmers Market on Saturdays for the second summer starting on JUNE 22nd!

Tai chi is a mind-body exercise that is simultaneously easy to begin and near-impossible to perfect. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

Tai Chi at the Farmers Market is an introduction to a longstanding Chinese practice of community-building and personal wellness that prioritizes showing up and practicing over performance. It’s also a great way to make new friends and meet new neighbors.

-WHEN: 9am-10am every Saturday June 22– August 24 (excluding July 6 and 13)

-WHERE: By the rose garden at Deering Oaks Park during the Farmers’ Market. For those of you who don’t know where the rose garden is, it’s between State Street and High Street on the Forest Avenue side of the Oaks and just across State Street from the Farmers’ Market which makes it a convenient place to exercise and buy food.

-COST: Free – donations welcome!

Professional Tai Chi instructor Karen Morency is great at bringing folks in after a lesson has begun, so don’t be afraid to jump in if you’re running late!

See you there?

English Language Course beginning June 24th

Dear CAFAM members,

The University of Southern Maine offers courses for English Speakers of Other Languages. USM’s ESOL Department provides high quality, academically rigorous coursework for both local Maine residents and international students interested in studying English in Maine.

The department is currently accepting applications to our Summer Intensive English Language Program. (IELP) is for students who want to improve their academic English language skills… and to have fun learning about the Maine coast and its unique history and culture. We offer an excellent program (23 hours per week of study), which helps students reach higher levels of English language proficiency and prepare for academic programs at the university level.

All classes are held on the USM Portland campus, which provides easy access to the public bus system, restaurants, shops and the waterfront.

Courses Offered During Summer Session

Morning Session: MondayFriday (5 days a week)

Academic English in Reading and Writing – Students will gain a stronger foundation in understanding & using English correctly and with sophistication. The primary focus of this class is on building skills for academic study and professional life, particularly focusing on critical reading, academic writing and expansion of vocabulary, grammar and editing. All classes are small and interactive.

Afternoon Session: MondayThursday (4 days a week) (*Excursion days often run later)

Listening and Speaking on the Maine Coast – The primary focus of the afternoon session is to help students improve in areas of spoken communication and listening comprehension. Includes pair work, group work and other interactive methods as well as excursions into the local community for authentic communication opportunities.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more, you can email usmesol or call 207-780-4432.

Thank you!

Language Table Reminder June 12th and 26th

Dear CAFAM members,

This month, June 12th and 26th, from 12pm-1pm, the Mandarin roundtable will be held at The Language Exchange, 75 Market Street, Suite 305 (3rd floor) in downtown Portland.

These roundtables are open to all interested — members and non-members of CAFAM, students and non-students of The Language Exchange — and to all levels of Mandarin Chinese.

Come and partake in fun and informal conversations in Mandarin and get to know a community of like-minded people. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Who We Are

The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine provides forums and outreach to promote awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture. More.

Learn more about the CAFAM Chinese School


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