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Educational Opportunities

Carol Duncan


March, 2018

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, April 3, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Narrowboats.
Join Peg and John Baird as they recount their adventures bouncing around Europe like a couple of billiard balls, all by way of Punta Gorda, Ft. Myers, Toronto, Paris, London, Wrenbury, Llangollen, Manchester, Dublin and Achill Island. The presentation will be punctuated with unsolicited hints AND tips on planning, packing and surviving for four weeks abroad while living in harmony and affection with your significant other.

Sandwich Seminar:

Tuesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Parathyroid Disease, From Symptoms to Treatments: About 1 in 100 people (1 out of 50 women over the age of 50) develops a parathyroid gland tumor during their lifetime, causing parathyroid disease. Are you at risk? Presented by Alvaro Miguel Bada, M.D. RSVP is required for this free lunch provided by Bayfront Health. Call 941-637-1655 to register.

Women's Wellness Luncheon Seminar:

Friday, April 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Join Dr Timothy Janz as he welcomes Dr. Heather Auld, M.D. Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Integrative Medicine. Women are leaders in seeking medical advice to live healthier, productive lives. Dr. Auld will discuss women’s top health concerns of heart disease and stroke, osteoporosis, menopause related issues, urinary incontinence an pelvic organ prolapse, thyroid conditions, lung disease and cancer prevention. Lunch is provided, and reservation is required by calling Dr. Janz’ office 941-505-6033.

Estate Planning & Asset Management

Learning best practices by a corporate trust officer. A series of seminars presented by Christine A. Hause, Vice President, Charlotte State Bank & Trust, Trust and Investment Management Services. These seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Please call PGICA 941-637-1655 to register for each session.

  1. Proper Funding of Your Will or Trust: April 6, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    What assets should be titled in your name versus your trust? When should beneficiaries be listed by name versus naming your trust as the beneficiary? Probate avoidance will take center stage, along with other tips to save on time and money.
  2. Who Best to Care for You and Your Estate: April 13, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    Learn details about what is expected of a health care surrogate to increase your comfort level and theirs. Is your agent, in your power of attorney, capable of making financial decisions the way you would? Are they limited by outside influences, skill set or geography?
  3. Positioning Assets for Interest Rate & Stock Market Changes: April 20, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Discover the effects of interest rate changes on certain assets that you may own. Learn how fiduciaries manage assets and preposition asset classes for market changes.
  4. Generational Wealth Transfer Tips: April 27, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    Tools to help make the most effective, tax efficient, and safe passing of assets to your heirs or favorite charities. Review best practices on how to structure and designate IRAs and 401ks, as well as insurance products.

Art, Oil Painting:

Monday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., (second class April 16, 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 $60 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.

Berry Basket

May Basketweaving Class:

Tuesdays, May 22, 29 and June 5, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Berry Basket.
Pre-requisite: One beginner basket weaving class or prior basket weaving experience. This class will consist of three, 3-hour sessions. New techniques will be taught while previous skills will be reinforced. The $65 class fee includes all weaving materials necessary to complete the basket. Class size is limited to six students. Register by close of business May 15. Refer any questions to the instructor, Teresa Comeaux, 941-347-7640 or  

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.

Ballroom Dance Classes:

Weekly, Thursdays, 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

Hula & Polynesian Dance Workout

Hula and Polynesian Dance Workout:

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.

Elissa Rioux

Essentrics Strengthing and Toning:

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. This is a full body workout that rapidly changes the shape of your body through a dynamic combination of strengthening, stretching and toning. The technique develops lean, strong and flexible muscles with immediate changes to your posture. Perfect for men and women of all fitness levels, this program rebalances the body, prevents and treats injuries and unlocks tight joints. With diverse music, this equipment-free workout leaves you feeling energized, youthful and healthy. ESSENTRICS is the technique seen on the show “Classical Stretch” which has been on PBS since 1999 and taught by Miranda Edmond-White, a former ballerina who has created this unique and effective program. All you need is a mat, a hand towel for your neck and an optional strap. Cost is $10, taught by certified ESSENTRICS Instructor, Elissa Rioux. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Elissa at 207-967-5393 or email:

Essentrics Gentle Stretch:

Mondays, 8:30 a.m. This slow-paced and gentle, age reversing workout will help to release tight muscles, rebalance joints and restore the entire body. Regain your flexibility and mobility while slowly building strength and reawakening the power of your 650 muscles. Designed for men and women of all ages who are new to the technique, would like a relaxed pace exercise routine, may be less mobile, have atrophy-related stiffness, frozen shoulder, chronic aches and pains, want to work on improving posture, or haven’t exercised in a while. All you need is a mat, a hand towel for your neck and an optional strap. Cost is $10, taught by certified ESSENTRICS Instructor, Elissa Rioux. If you have any questions, please call 207-967-5393 or email

Dao Yin Sheng Gong:

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. Contact instructor Richard Curtis 407-923-9310 or

Tai Chi/Qigong:

Fridays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The most basic and first ever tai chi form, "13 Postures" will continue through early 2018. This form is the very beginning of taiji and one of the easiest to learn. Originally, the philosophy for this class was taken from Lao Tzu's "Dao Te Ching." With a background in taiji a new person could easily catch up to the class, therefore the class remains open. No special clothing is needed, and no prior experience is required. Each class is $12, and students drop in, drop out as they wish. Registration not required. I hope to finish this class just prior to International tai chi - qigong Day, the last Saturday of April. Our students will have gained sufficient knowledge or movements that they may participate in this area event at Gilchrist Park, Punta Gorda.

Please note: BIGU (Traditional Chinese Water fasting for better health) and Guo Lin qigong targeting cancer and many other debilitating illnesses) both remain viable as possible classes. These classes will be scheduled based upon interest in the local community.


Thursdays, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. This class is taught by Linda Anderson, Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher. 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, the class can accommodate you 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 941-575-3500 or

Zumba Fiesta

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 email

Zumba Master Class:

Monday, April 14, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. for Zin’s, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. for General Public.  Zumba international Convention Presenter, Master Instructor Jessica Exposito is coming to PGICA directly from Spain to share her talent and passion for dance and Zumba with us. The cost is $20 for the general public or $15 for ZIN’s (Zin’s pay $30 for both classes). Hosted by our own master dancer Carla Peralta, you can call or text her for tickets and details at