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PGICA Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

Carol Duncan

941-575-2950, clduncan.1@embarqmail.com

July, 2017


NOTE CHANGE IN REGISTRATION: In order to participate in any class (unless otherwise stated) you must preregister and pay the fee at least three days before the date of the class. You may call and charge the fee by credit card or stop in the office and pay by cash, check or credit card. You will not be enrolled until the fee is paid. Most classes have a minimum enrollment requirement and the class will be canceled if that number is not met. All classes offered at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association are open to the general public. Register at thePGICA office or call 941-637-1655. Please provide your telephone number and an e-mail address when you register so you can be notified in case of a class change or cancellation. 

BEYOND PGI: There will be no program in July or August. The next program will be Tuesday, September 5, 7:00 p.m. so mark your calendar to attend the presentation by Bill and Amy Betts. Subject: Notes from Estrellita’s seven years sailing around the globe, 40,000 miles – 50 countries, including surprises, things we should have known, and our sailing mantra, “It’s all about the people you meet.”

SANDWICH SEMINAR: Tuesday, July 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Hands-Only CPR and Early Heart Attack Care. This is a method of CPR that was recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2010. It is intended for bystanders untrained in CPR or for situations when the rescuer is unable or unwilling to provide mouth-to-mouth ventilations. Hands-Only CPR is ten times more likely to save someone in cardiac arrest than not doing anything. Sandwich Seminar is open to the public and sponsored by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda which provides lunch at no cost to attendees. You must preregister by calling PGICA at 941-637-1655. August 22 topic to be determined.

ART, OIL PAINTING: Monday, July 10 and August 14, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no second class in June) Jan Britland teaches a fun and easy day long class using the “Bob Ross Technique”. Beginners are encouraged to attend. Check the lobby for the current painting. All students get to take their finished painting home with them the same day. The $50 fee includes a canvas and all materials needed to complete the painting. Class size is limited so call PGICA 941-637-1655 to register. Wear old clothes, bring your lunch, and enjoy a full day of painting. This fun class is offered monthly. Reminder - payment is required when registering.

BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: Weekly, Thursdays, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Lynn Pitz, former New York Athletic Club ballroom dance instructor, teaches classes suitable for the beginner and intermediate dancer, in a variety of Latin International and American styles. Leather soled shoes should be worn for class. The cost of each class is $10 per person. Don’t sit on the sidelines at the next party or event, learn to dance! For class information contact Lynn at 941-505-1506 or ltpitz@gmail.com. You must pre-register for summer classes (see above information on registering).

BASKETWEAVING CLASS (JULY) - BERRY BASKET: Three Tuesdays, July 18 through August 1, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Prerequisite: One previous basketweaving class or permission of the instructor. This is a great class to reinforce the skills learned in a beginner class as well as learning some new skills. The $65 class fee includes all weaving materials necessary to complete the basket. Class size is limited to six students. Refer any questions to the instructor, Teresa Comeaux, 941-347-7640 or tascomeaux@hotmail.com. The last day to register for this class will be July 11, one week prior to the beginning of class. Register at the PGICA office or call 941-637-1655.

BASKETWEAVING CLASS (August) – SIMPLE SQUARE TO ROUND STORAGE BASKET: Two Tuesdays, August 22 and 29, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. This is a great class for beginners. Learn to weave a basic storage basket that teaches the fundamental skills for making a variety of baskets. No previous basketweaving experience is required. The $60 class fee includes all weaving materials necessary to complete the basket. Class size is limited to six students. Refer any questions to the instructor, Teresa Comeaux, 941-347-7640 or tascomeaux@hotmail.com. The last day to register for the August class will be August 15.

DAO YIN SHENG GONG: This activity will not be held from June 27 – July 10. Wednesdays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. This Stretch and Balance is the most popular and most helpful class for recovering one’s balance. It utilizes an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system of gentle twisting motions, breath control, stimulation of acupressure points in the body and mental development. These fluid harmonious movements will improve energy circulation, loosen the joints, tone up and oxygenate muscles and relax the nervous system. Cost is $8 per lesson, registration not required, pay before class. Call PGICA 941-637-1655 or Instructor Richard Curtis 407-923-9310 or http://www.peacerivertaichi.com/news.html.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY ADVANCED: 9:00 a.m., second Wednesday every month. This group of dedicated digital photographers study both picture taking techniques and processing pictures with Adobe Photo Shop or similar software. The group occasionally takes photographic field trips. If you are interested in improving your skills, are familiar with Adobe Photo Shop or other similar programs, please come and join them. Free, no registration.

LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN OILS: Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., ongoing throughout the year. Class is designed for all levels of painters. Class is small and each person receives instruction for their individual level. Cost is $125 for four
2-hour sessions in Room #5. Please contact Mary Taglieri at 941-979-0901 or mary@marytaglierifineart.com to register. Mary is a Punta Gorda resident and has been a professional painter for over 35 years. She is an internationally recognized artist, travelling to where new scenery and environments inspire her. Payment is due upon registration.

LET’S GO FISHING! Mark your calendars! Captain Ralph Allen, long time fishing guide, will hold his popular fishing classes next season. You may choose from October 25 to November 29, 2017, January 10 to February 14, 2018 or February 21 to March 28. The classes are 7 to 9 p.m. and the cost is $45 for each six-week series, payable at registration. More details in the September Commentator. You may contact captain@kingfisherfleet.com if you have questions.

TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS: This activity will not be held from June 27 – July 10. Mondays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. No experience necessary, wear comfortable clothes and flat soled shoes. The object of this class, taught by Mary Cel Curtis, is to introduce you to the benefits and wonders of Tai Chi. The benefits are many: better balance; stress management; building stronger joints and muscles; exercising the brain; improving your health; increasing self-esteem; and, most important of all, having fun. The wonders of Tai Chi are how it makes you feel physically and mentally. The form that we will be studying is “Yang 13.” There are 13 different tai chi moves in a flowing sequence. Each move has its own purpose, meditative as well as martial. Come join us for some easy exercising and fun. $10 per class, registration not required.

TAI CHI/QIGONG: This activity will not be held from June 27 – July 10. Fridays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Richard will conduct a series of "experiential" tai chi and qigong classes. These classes are designed to give students at any level of expertise the ability to understand the difference between the two systems, tai chi and qigong, and which they should attend. Every two weeks the system will change. This series is to provide the knowledge of what potential students may want to do to help themselves through tai chi or qigong, major components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Each class is $9 and students drop in, drop out as they want. Registration not required.

YOGA: This activity has been suspended until October 5. For further information or if you have questions, please call Linda Anderson at 941-575-3500 or lindakayanderson@aol.com.

ZUMBA FIESTA: Every Tuesday and Friday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Cost is $10 a session, registration not required. Experience an absolute blast in one exhilarating hour of caloric-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life. Zumba routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you've got ZUMBA. Contact Carla with questions at 941-276-1887 or e-mail at carlap29@hotmail.com.