Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

April, 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


Monday, April 8, 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 Sunset. 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, May 13, 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


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.

Jewelry Design ClassJEWELRY DESIGN:
Thursday, April 8, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Come and learn to create a necklace or bracelet using your choice of a variety of stones, crystals, metals and/or beads. Teacher Cindy Wheeler will show you how to design an item using simple techniques and tools. If you have an outfit that needs a jewelry item, wear it or bring it along to create a matching accessory. All materials and tools provided; $30; advance registration by March 5 required; payment required at time of registration; minimum of four students.


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.

FAMILY ADMINISTERING ESTATE PLANS-Pitfalls to Avoid Friday, April 5, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. This common practice of naming children, siblings, other family or friends as your representative can cause family strife, long probates, extra expenses, and overall estate administration problems. The seminar will provide the details of trust and estate administration and skill sets that are needed.

CHANGING INCOME TAX LAWS-How Do They Impact Me? Monday, April 29, 1:00 pm.
Brad Hillberry, CPA and District Training coordinator for AARP Tax Aide of Charlotte County , will help you prepare for next ear’s tax season by discussing new tax forms, the implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts, basic strategies to minimize your taxes through the next year, where to get FREE income tax training and how to get involved with the local AARP Tax Aide program.

STOCKS, BONDS & ETF’S - All You Really Need? Friday, May 3, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Discover the tools portfolio managers use to evaluate and analyze the most cost-effective investments to keep rewards up and risks down. Learn concepts and theories and how to apply them to your investment selections.



This technique is 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. If you have any questions, please contact Elissa at 207-967-5393 or email: No need to pre-register for any of the classes.

  • Mondays 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Essentrics® BARRE: 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. 
  • Wednesdays 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Essentrics® TONING AND STRENGTHENING: 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.
  • Thursdays 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Essentrics® GENTLE STRETCH: 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.

Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Come try it for free. Research shows that dance has many health benefits. It helps you to boost memory, improve flexibility, reduce stress, diminish depression, help your heart, lose weight, balance better, increase energy and make friends. It’s low impact and fun! If you have a pareo, bring it along. Cost is $10 and the first class is free. Contact instructor, Nancy Schreiber, with your questions or 920-858-4030.

JAZZ DANCE CLASS: Monday April 1 to Monday May 6.

Monday 9:50 to 10:50 a.m. 6 weeks of lessons $95 Miss Kelly is a professional dancer with an extensive background in all genres of dance. She was the owner and artistic director of her own dance studio for 20 years. She has received many awards for her choreography and was the director of her competitive team that brought home four consecutive National Champion Titles. If you are a seasoned dancer or just a beginner looking for a fun filled class of learning more about dance...then this is the class for you. For more information contact me at or 239-462-6295. Let’s get DANCING!!!!!

PIYO: Fridays, 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.

PiYo is a high energy, low impact, functional training class; an exercise program that is a blend of pilates and yoga along with functional training exercises. Developed by Charlene Johnson as part of Beach body, PiYo is marketed as a low-impact workout that strengthens and sculpts the body, and enhances flexibility. $10 per session, registration not required. Carla is offering a discount for those participants who come Fridays and take both Zumba and PiYo for $17. Contact Carla with questions at 941-276-1887 or email at


Thursdays, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

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 workout while sitting in a chair. Sessions are $10, registration not required. You will need a mat and comfortable clothes. Please do not have a heavy breakfast. For further information or if you have questions, please call Linda Anderson at 941-575-3500 or  

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  


LUNCHEON WORKSHOP: Caregive Stress: Ways to Avoid Burnout:
Thursday, April 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Are you struggling to balance the responsibility of caring for an aging loved one with the demands of work and other family obligations? Marisa Miller, Director of Development at Home Instead Senior Care has tips and insight that will help you. Preregister by calling PGICA.

SANDWICH SEMINAR: Marat Grigorov, D.O., Neurosurgeon:
Tuesday, April 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Discussion of treatment of diseases associated with the brain, spinal cord & peripheral nerves, herniated discs, brain tumors, complex cervical spine and lumbar disorders, and degenerative disorders of the spine. Open to the public and provided by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda with lunch at no cost to attendees. Pre-register by calling PGICA.


BEYOND PGI: Beyond Red Tide: Harmful Algae and Us:
Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Betty Stagler, M.S., Charlotte County Sea Grant Agent with the University of Florida will discuss harmful algae blooms (HAB) including which HAB forms in our estuary, the causes and effects on our environment as well as what you can do individually and collectively to prevent these harmful organisms. Learn how to become a citizen scientist and join a seagrass monitoring program. This is a timely and relevant topic that affects all of us so mark your calendars.

MASTER GARDNER: Tuesday, April 16, 2:00 p.m.
BULBS WORTH TRYING: Thomas Becker, Charlotte County Extension Friendly Landscape Specialist, explains how to rediscover the hidden treasure of bulbs. Whether you want to start new or spruce up existing landscape beds, he will suggest varieties and where to place them. Registration not required, free.


Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Local author Libby Schaefer will share how she finds people who will share their stories and the stories behind their stories. The inspiration behind her four books, including her latest Our Brothers’ Keepers, their stories are as entertaining as the books themselves. From the ladies of Punta Gorda to a cancer survivor who worked at Ground Zero on 9/11, the people behind Libby’s books will inspire and enchant you.