Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

June, 2019

All classes offered at the Punta Gorda Civic Isles Association are open to the general public.

In order to participate in any class (unless otherwise stated) you must pre-register and pay the fee at least three days before the date of the class. You may call (941-637-1655) and charge the fee by credit card or stop in the office and pay by cash, check or credit card. Most classes have a minimum enrollment requirement and the class will be canceled if that number is not met.

For more information contact the office at 941-637-1655



Friday, June 14, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Nancy Walden teaches Learn to Needle Felt in a 3-hour workshop with all supplies and materials provided. Take home your finished artwork. $35 per participant includes all materials.

Digital Photography Advanced DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY ADVANCED:
9:00 a.m. second Wednesday every month.

Everyone from novice to expert is comfortable sharing techniques and experiences in a friendly environment. Discussion of regular assignments or themes is utilized as a powerful tool to teach new skills in photography. Regular presentations regarding the expanding photo technology, keep members up-to-date on what happened in the past, what is happening today and in the future. Free, no registration.


Monday, June 10, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,

Jan Britland teaches a fun and easy day long class using the “Bob Ross Technique”. In this class you will be painting a floral scene. Beginners are encouraged to attend. Students take their finished painting home with them the same day. $60 fee, payable at registering at PGICA, includes all materials. Wear old clothes, bring your lunch, and enjoy a full day of painting.



Monday, June 10, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Come create festive cards that will WOW your family and friends. You will assemble four cards using pre-cut designs and learn stamping techniques. Fun for all ages! Class is $15 with size limited to eight people. Questions? Contact Patti Boese at 941-875-5850 or



Christine A. Hause, Vice President, Charlotte State Bank & TrustESTATE PLANNING & ASSET MANAGEMENT- Learning Best Practices: A series of seminars presented by Christine A. Hause, Vice President, Charlotte State Bank & Trust, Trust and Investment Management Services are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. Please call PGICA to register for each session.

Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes. Friday, June 7, 10 to 11 a.m. This seminar will explore estate planning mistakes made by a variety of celebrities you can learn from and apply to your personal plans. Aretha Franklin, Burt Reynolds, Prince, Robin Williams, James Gandolfini, and Ted Williams are a few of the estates explored.

Out-of-State Wills, Trusts and POAs - What to Know. Friday, July 12, 10 to 11 a.m. This seminar will highlight Florida guidelines and show examples of problems out-of-state documents can cause when you are domiciled in Florida. It will help new and existing Floridians determine what should be updated and why.

Lew Bennett, CFP

FINANCES AND INVESTING FOR WOMEN - Lew Bennett, CFP, partner of Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management, presents a series of educational seminars designed to help empower women with financial decisions. These are not sales presentations and no product-specific investments will be discussed. Light refreshments are provided. Call PGICA to register.

Understanding your Social Security Options. Thursday, June 20, 3 p.m. This seminar will address the following topics: how Social Security retirement benefits are calculated, factors that increase or decrease Social Security retirement benefits, and common situations to consider before deciding to claim Social Security benefits.



Essentrics® FULL BODY WORKOUTS as seen on the PBS show “Classical Stretch”. These workouts will tone and shape your body, create long lean muscles and increase mobility, energy, flexibility and balance. Perfect for men and women of all fitness levels. Certified instructor, Elissa Rioux is offering 3 different Essentrics® workouts this season. Questions, contact Elissa 207-967-5393 or No need to preregister. Please bring a yoga mat.

Essentrics® Barre: Mondays 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. focusing on shoulder mobility, strengthening the core and liberating the hips and legs. We will use the chair as a barre to work our hips and legs gently but deeply while continuing our standing full body workout.

Essentrics® Toning And Stretching: Wednesdays 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. This workout rapidly changes the shape of your body through a combination of strengthening, stretching and toning exercises standing and on the floor. The technique develops lean, strong and flexible muscles with immediate changes to your posture.

Essentrics® Gentle Stretch: Thursdays 10 to 11a.m. This is a slow-paced and gentle workout that will help to release tight muscles, rebalance joints and restore the entire body. Regain your flexibility and mobility while slowly building strength. This class is for people who are new to the technique or would like a relaxed pace exercise routine. If you haven’t exercised in a while this is a great place to begin again.

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 email at

TAI CHI THIRTEEN (13) POSTURES represents the earliest form(s) of taiji movements. The form consists of 8 movements coupled with 5 directions. A calm meditative state can be achieved through these movements, which can be used for cultivating good health and tranquility. Every Friday, 10 to 11 a.m., beginning June 7 for 13 weeks. $20.00 per class or $195.00 for all 13 classes. Registration will remain open until the 2nd Friday of July. Come learn about your own inner strength and balance. Contact Richard Curtis at for more information.


SANDWICH SEMINAR - Tuesday, June 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. New discussion each month on a health topic. See their insert. Open to the public and provided by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda with lunch at no cost to attendees. Preregister by calling PGICA.

ESSENTIAL OILS SERIES - Dotti Vaivoda, Instructor: Classes are $15 each Essential Oils Education

  • Cooking with Essential Oils - June 12, - 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. One of the greatest benefits of essential oils is their wide variety of uses. With so many different oils each hold unique benefits and advantages. You can incorporate essential oils into nearly every area of your daily routine and lifestyle. Because cooking, eating, and drinking are such a natural part of our everyday lives, it is no surprise that essential oils are also useful in the kitchen. Not only will essential oils provide any meal with powerful flavor, but they also allow the user to enjoy any internal health benefits that the essential oil may hold, as well as providing a safe, natural way to flavor your food and offering convenience when fresh ingredients are not available. Come to this fun-filled yummy tasting class where you will make a few dishes that will be sure to satisfy your appetite.

  • Plant Based Medicine - Is CBD right for you? - June 20, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. With the passing of the Farm Bill, CBD is legal and found everywhere. Come learn about how you can use CBD to reduce pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression and cancer-related symptoms. Topics such as the Endocannabinoid System, THC, Hemp and Marijuana will be defined and discussed. Finding a quality CBD is important to your success with the product. Our discussion will also be centered around what to look for when purchasing a quality CBD. This class is a fun learning environment where actual product is sampled. Bring your questions with you so we can help you understand how CBD can improve your lifestyle.


MASTER GARDNER: Tuesday, May 21, 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, zjunr 18, 2 p.m. New topic each month. Registration not required, free