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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES           Carol Duncan, 941-815-0999,

                          REMINDER: 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 Civic
                          Association are open to the general public. Register at the PGICA 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: Tuesday, December 5, 7 to 9 p.m. Nancy Johnson will talk about the 34-day trip to Scandinavia and
         Iceland that she and her husband Steve took this summer. They visited Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. No

                       THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE CRISIS: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?  Thursday, January 18,
                       7 to 8 p.m. Why does health care cost so much? How can insurance premium increases be slowed or
                       reversed? Where is American medicine heading? Dr. Strube shares his vision of our future health care
                       system based on the knowledge acquired as a physician, insurance executive, quality consultant and
                       patient during the past 50 years. No charge.

         SANDWICH SEMINAR: Tuesday, December 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteering = Better Health
         Come enjoy a holiday luncheon and learn how staying active through volunteering can keep you healthier longer. RSVP
         is required as we are capping it at 40 people for this free lunch provided by Bayfront Health. Call 941-637-1655 to

         ART, OIL PAINTING: Monday, December 11, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., (second class December 18, if needed). Jan Britland
         teaches a fun and easy day long class using the “Bob Ross Technique”. Beginners are encouraged to attend. 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 class is offered monthly. Reminder - payment is required
         when registering.

                        LET’S GO FISHING: Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Wednesday,
                        January 10. An introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association on
                        Shreve Street in Punta Gorda. Topics to be covered include fishing techniques, tackle selection, rigging,
                        knot tying, lures, baits, cast nets, fish identification, tides, and fishing regulations for fishing in fresh and
                        salt waters of Southwest Florida. Rods, reels, lures, nets and other fishing equipment will be
         demonstrated during the class and there will be a number of useful hand-outs issued to students. The class is geared
         towards beginning anglers, but more experienced fishermen will pick up helpful tips as well. The instructor is long time
         local fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen who might even reveal the locations of a few local hotspots!  The course is open to
         all members of the public. The cost for the class is $45 and advance registration is recommended by calling

         BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: Weekly, Thursdays, 4 to 5 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

         CHOIRPLAY: Mondays, January 8 thru February 26, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Back by popular demand! We are looking for
         members to have some musical fun and join the PGICA choir. This is a new pop, rock, gospel and country choir concept
         backed by top classical orchestral arrangements in a fun, relaxed social setting. Group singing has been scientifically
         proven to reduce stress and relieve anxiety. So if you like to sing and can carry a tune, please join us. Cahal will provide
         practice CD's, so you don't have to read music, nor will there be auditions, just come along, if you like it, join us. There
         will be eight rehearsals at the Civic Association and a concert March 4 at 7 p.m. Cost is $80 which includes practice CD’s
         and sheet music. Instructor is Cahal Dunne, composer, pianist, comedian, story teller and television personality. Check
         out the website Register at the PGICA office or call 637-1655.

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