Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

October, 2019

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

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


Card ClassCard Making Class:

October 17, November 21, December 9, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Want to create fun special occasion and holiday cards? Please join me while we assemble four cards using pre-cut designs and learn various stamping techniques. Class size is limited to eight people and preregistration is required. Come release your creativity while making some beautiful handmade cards! Please contact Patti Boese at 941-875-5850 if you should have any questions. $15 for each class, 4 cards. All materials provided.


Deco Mesh Fall Wreath Making:

October 22, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wreath will total about 20 to 22 inches in width when finished and can be used indoors or outdoors. Class includes all materials (form, mesh, decorative items and ribbon. Bring a pair of scissors, if possible. $45 Reservation required. Mary Frances Adair, instructor.

Digital Photography:

9:00 AM second Wednesday every month.
Digital Photography The Digiteers, formerly known as the Charlotte Digital Arts Photographers, is a group where everyone from novice to expert shares techniques and experiences in a friendly environment. Peer critique of regular assignments or themes is used as a powerful tool to teach new skills in photography and the digital darkroom. Regular presentations regarding the expanding photo technology keep members up to date on all phases of this hobby. Experienced members help those just getting started with their cameras. All are welcome; registration not required.

Oil Painting Class:

Monday, October 14, 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 October you will be painting a sea turtle. 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.



Lew Bennett, CFP

Finances And Investing For Women

Lew Bennett, CFP, 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.

  • Estate Planning: October 17, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Are your assets properly titled and beneficiaries designated? Could not having an estate plan cost your heirs? Learn the latest facts about Wills, Living Trusts and Living Trust asset protection from Life Events. No fee.

Estate 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.

  • Straight Talk on Annuities- October 4, 10 to 11 a.m. Learn why trust departments do not use annuities, UITs, mutual funds, and private REITs. Discover the truth about these products, including their true costs, penalties imposed, lost earnings, lack of liquidity, and other important details left out of the sales talk.


Workouts with Carla Peralt

La Blast:La Blast

Every Monday, starting October 7, 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Fitness powered by dance: A fun-filled, high energy dance class that will challenge and inspire people of all ages and fitness levels – beginners to experienced dancers. Have fun dancing Disco, the Cha Cha, Salsa, Pasa Doble, Samba and much more.

PiYo PiYo

Fridays starting October 4, 10:00 -11:00 AM
A complete exercise program, a blend of Pilates and Yoga and Functional training exercises. Developed by Charlene Johnson as part of Beachbody, PiYo is marketed as a low-impact workout that strengthens, sculpts the body, improves your balance. and your cardiovascular system.

Zumba Fiesta: Zumba Fiesta

Every Tuesday and Friday, 8:30 to 9:30 AM
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 as well as resistance training to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you've got ZUMBA.


All workouts $10 per session, registration not required.
Contact Carla with questions at 941-276-1887 or e-mail


Every Thursday, starting October 3, 8:30 to 9:30 AM
The yoga workout is designed to accommodate a beginner as well as an intermediate student. If you have difficulty getting down and up on the mat, you can work out while sitting in a chair. Sessions are $10, registration not required. You will need mat and comfortable clothes. Please do not have a heavy breakfast. Questions, contact Linda Anderson 941-575-3500 or

Mellow Morning YOGA:Mellow Morning Yoga

Wednesdays, starting October 9, 10:30 to 11:30 AM
Linda Haverlock joins our Punta Gorda community from Syracuse, New York. She received her certification through YogaFit under Yoga Alliance, has studied a broad range of yoga methods and has been teaching for 15 years. Students in this class may expect alignment-based classes that are safe, playful and explorative of the mind and body. You can look forward to a practice that incorporates gentle restorative postures, yogic philosophy and breath work backed by lively playlists.  All to inspire a joyful and healthier lifestyle. Classes are $10.  You may contact Linda with questions at 317-727-6100.


A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance:

Monday, starting October 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for 8 weeks
A Matter of Balance can help reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falling. Instructor, Monica Lucey. Class is free.



Sandwich Seminar

Tuesday, October 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
In October Dr. Tufts will be speaking about Bariatrics and GERD. Seminars are open to the public and provided by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda with lunch at no cost to attendees. Preregister by calling PGICA at 941-637-1655.

Flu Vaccination Clinic

Flu Vaccination Clinic

Tuesday, October 1, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
No appointment is necessary for this clinic. Bring your Medicare card, insurance card and identification card to the Clinic. Sarasota Health Care Services, Inc. will bill them for you. They offer the traditional Flu vaccine and the High Dose Flu Vaccine PPSV23 Pneumonia Vaccine and the new Prevnar-13 Pneumonia vaccine.

CPR, AED & Stop The BleedCPR, AED & Stop The Bleed

Thursday, October 17, 9:00 AM to 12 PM
We will have a FREE CPR & stop the bleed class done by Chief Holden Gibbs of the Fire Dept. This is limited so please sign up early.

Essential Oils Series

Dotti Vaivoda, Instructor: $15/class. Registration required 

Plant Based Medicine: Navigating the Supplement World - Wednesday, October 9, 1:30 to 3 p.m. The world of supplementation is overwhelming and confusing. You can find them at every major retailer, but how do you know which ones are right for you? Join us as we share what differentiates a quality supplement, how to determine which to take for your unique body, and how polyphenols can help you obtain better health. Please bring your questions and experiences with you to class. All supplements are NOT created equal. For more information contact Dotti at

You Are What You EatChef Nathan Buckley presents
a four-class series entitled “You Are What You Eat”.

$12.00/class or $40.00 for the 4 sessions

  • Session 1: October 31, 10 to 11 a.m.
    Know your ingredients”- Learn about producers in your area, farmers’ markets, and the concepts of biodiversity and bioregionalism.
  • Session 2: November 7, 10 to 11 a.m.:
    What happens in the pan?” Learn the techniques of sauteing, sweating, searing, and choosing the right cooking oil.
  • Session 3: November 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.:
    Improving your parties” Learn how to hone your entertaining skills to improve your parties and get-togethers.
  • Session 4: November 21, 10 to 11 a.m.:
    Tips to save you money” Learn money-saving tips while increasing your food knowledge and improving your diet for life.


Race RelationsOne Society: Race Relations in a Post-Racial Society:

Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22. 4 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Reparations: What happened to the 40 acres and a mule? Does the US government owe black people
    anything? Discuss the pros and cons of reparations in an engaging, fact-filled seminar.
  • Black Lives Matter: Just who are these people? Do they really want to kill cops or expropriate property? What is their connection to the rise in assaults on police officers over the past five years?
  • Interracial Dating: Is miscegenation a crime? Yes, it was until fairly recently and it still is in some people's
    minds. What are the pitfalls of dating outside one’s race? From the Bible to yesterday’s headlines, opinions on the controversial subject runs the gamut from hearty acceptance to violent proscription.
  • Multicultural Pluralism: Does a homogeneous nation like Japan fare better in the world than a diverse society such as ours? Has a plurality of races and religions hindered or helped American progress?

Includes handouts and reading list. $80/series of 4 classes. James Abraham, instructor

Punta Gorda MuralsHistory Of Punta Gorda In Its Murals: Kelly Gaylord, instructor

Lecture: Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Lecture free of charge

“Tails from the Harbor: History of the Fishing Industry by the numbers” featured in one of our
murals. Also include a short overview of the Mural Society.

History Classes:

$18 for each History class or $30 for both classes. Limit of 18 per class

Have you seen the murals around Punta Gorda and wondered what they are all about? Join Kelly
Gaylord from the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society as she presents the history of the area as told
through the historic murals throughout our beautiful City. In Parts I and II we will visit all 30 murals from the comfort of your air conditioned classroom seat while Kelly walks through 450 years of history using the murals as a guide. Part I covers our area from the time before the Spanish exploration until World War I. Presented in 2 parts:

  • Tuesday October 22, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Part 1 – The Early Years: from pre-Spanish Exploration to pre- WWI
  • Thursday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Part 2 – Post World War I: picks up after World War I and continues to modern times.

Spanish - Lily Solano

Tuesdays, October 8,15, 22, 29 10:00 AM to 12 Noon.
Designed for adults with previous Spanish experience wishing to brush up their conversational skills. Native Spanish speaking professional teacher. Pre-registration required. $80 for series Limit: 10 per class.

Genealogy UnwrappedGenealogy Unwrapped - Joanne Ryder

Fridays, October 11, 18, 25, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Have you met your great, great grandparents? You won’t believe how much like you they were! Genealogy Unwrapped will get you started on your way to an unbelievably fascinating study of your ancestors! We’ll start with the basics then fly off into a world of diverse research tactics to learn who they were… what they did… how they lived. Laptops are welcome. Designed for the beginner, this course is also a great review for any genealogist. $12/class or 3 for $34.

Medicare Seminars - Ralph Temple

  • Medicare Made Simple
    MedicareTuesday, October 8, and Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
    A comprehensive overview of the key Medicare options. Medicare isn’t anything like the health insurance you used to have. It’s a whole new ballgame, with important enrollment rules, different coverage parts (ABC&D), a variety of Medicare Supplements, and in the Charlotte Harbor neighborhood we have over twenty different Advantage plans and over twenty-five different Medicare Drug plans! It can be overwhelming and confusing, with numerous choices.

    Medicare Made Simple is an across-the-board introduction and a good refresher. It covers the most probable enrollment periods and rules, and the Parts and Plans mentioned above along with their differences and pros and cons. We will discuss buyer priorities vs. popular options, and a practical process for plan selection or change. Question and answer time is included.

  • Medicare Drug Plan Review,
    Medicare DWednesday October 9 and Tuesday October 15, 7:15 to 8:15 PM
    How to do your own annual Medicare drug plan review. Drug plan selection has become a challenge for many Medicare participants, and change is the perpetrator. Drug costs have increased faster than medical costs; drug plan benefits can change every year; and your medication list can change over time. In addition, qualified agents and advisors are poorly motivated to service drug plan renewal business. A solution: take more control and do it yourself.

    Attendees will learn how to preview and evaluate the numerous and wide variety of 2020 Medicare drug plans, using the website. Learn how to identify the more suitable drug plans and make a well-informed choice. Step-by-step handouts will be provided along with an on-line demonstration, and an explanation on how to read a report that summarizes out-of-pocket-costs based on your medications.

There are no fees for Medicare seminars, but seating is limited by room size. Call PGICA office at 941-637-1655 if you plan to attend. Contact Ralph Temple, 941-286-6047 for more information.

The Soul’s Evolution:The Soul Evolution

Friday, October 18, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Lorenzo Marion, Internationally renowned Psychic Medium, Author and Radio Show Host
We are fascinated with the concept of the human soul. Is there life after death…does the soul go on when our physical life on earth comes to an end? Have we had past lives and, if so, what do they mean in our current incarnation? All his life, Lorenzo Marion has been exploring these questions through his own personal experiences and, for over twenty years, has been doing psychic readings for people around the world as well as teaching classes and seminars about his findings and insights. Are you curious about karma, past lives, angels, ‘Heaven’ and the vastness of the universe? Join Lorenzo in his PGICA presentation and learn more about your own soul’s evolution. $15. Minimum class: 20.

Palm Disease


Master Gardeners:

3rd Tuesday of each month, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Palm Disease Update: October 15. “Lethal Bronzing and Ganoderma Butt Rot,” followed by Q&A and seasonal tips. Info: Nancy Palmer 941-286-6111.