LEWISTON — Youngsters interested in the art of juggling are invited to participate in a free introductory workshop at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the Lewiston Public Library.

Designed for age 9 and older, the 45-minute session will the cover the basics of juggling scarves as well as balls, solo and with partners. Those interested in participating should call juggling instructor Carolyn Court at 783-7789 to register in advance, as space in the workshop is limited.

The workshop will be followed by a four-week series of classes for those who would like to take their juggling skills beyond the basics.

The course, also under the direction of Carolyn Court, will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday throughout August and is open to those age 9 or up who have some basic juggling know-how. By the end of the summer, the students will have learned to juggle rings and clubs as well as balls. They will also receive an introduction to the diabolo (Chinese yo-yo) and, as a bonus, get to experiment with making balloon animals.

“The goal of this program is to have fun while learning something new,” said Court. “The atmosphere will be relaxed and the students will be allowed to advance at their own pace; those with more experience will be given more advanced instruction.” Youth enrolling in the month-long juggling course should plan to attend all four classes, she said, and should be willing to practice outside of class.

The charge to participate in the four-week series is $15, with a reduced rate of $10 for those who sign up by Saturday, Aug. 1. Those interested may sign up at the conclusion of the July 28 workshop or may register after that by calling Cindy Larock, cultural coordinator at the Lewiston Public Library, at 513-3050. Payment may be made at the first class on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Equipment will be provided for the workshop and the subsequent classes due to a donation. Court, a resident of Lewiston, has more than 25 years of experience in the circus arts, having taught juggling and balloon-animal crafting in the Physical Education Department at Bates College as well as at numerous workshops in the L-A area.

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