Fun Spanish at the Grog — Kim Kudym offers this class for those who want to have fun with the language, but may be less eager to learn all the mechanics. This class is designed for students with some knowledge of Spanish who would like to continue to develop proficiency. There is no text, as conversations and discussions will be based on short readings and other topics as the needs and interests of the group emerge. Bring a notebook. Wine is optional! Four, 2-hour sessions: Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Begins July 9. Cost $125. Class meets at the Grog, 11 Middle St., Newburyport. Cost: $175.
Basic Genealogy — Lisa Powis has spent many an hour delving into her own and other’s family history. Have you ever wondered where your grandparents met? Have you wondered what your children will remember about your family once you are gone? Basic Genealogy 101 will help you research family history to answer these questions and produce a final product to pass on to your descendants. Four weeks, Wednesdays, July 3-July 31. 1-3 p.m. at Newburyport Public Library. Cost $125.
Getting Started as a Writer — Alfred Nicol will lead the class especially designed for those who have always wanted to write but got side-tracked along the way. The class will include exercises along with discussion and one-on-one review. There will be an emphasis on discovering voice, style and syntax. Four, 2-hour sessions: Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. Begins: July 8-July 29 at Newburyport Public Library. Cost: $125.
Historic Walking Tours of Newburyport — Anne Dodge, fourth generation Newburyporter, will cover the history and ground that includes Colonial Newburyport, the importance of the Merrimack River, abolitionists, religion in early New England, major historic sites and historical/ hysterical personages. One, 2-hour session, Sunday morning, 9-11 a.m., July 14 or July 28 (during Yankee Homecoming). Meet on the waterfront, by the Black Cow Restaurant. Cost: $10.