Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

July/August, 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


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.

August Oil Painting Class

Oil Painting Class:
Monday, August12, 10 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 Spoonbill. 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. (No July Class)



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.

Out-of-State Wills, Trusts and POAs - What to Know. Friday, July 12, 10:00 to 11:00 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.

Bonds, Mutual Funds and ETF’s: Thursday July 18, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Women’s Investment Series. Lew Bennett, Landsberg-Bennett Private Wealth Management will address how interest rates effect bond performance as well as how it impacts your everyday life. We will also discuss different ways to own bonds which may have an advantage for tax purposes.

Weathering Market Volatility: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:00 p.m.
Women’s Investment Series. Lew Bennett, Landsberg-Bennett Private Wealth Management will explore the issue: With markets moving, how do you protect yourself? Are you positioned properly?


Tai Chi Thirteen (13) Postures

Every Friday, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., beginning June 7 for 13 weeks.

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. $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

Zumba FiestaZumba 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 at



Sandwich Seminar

Tuesday, July 16, 11:30  a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The speaker will be Krista Orr, RN, MSN, Director of Infection Prevention.  She will be covering various topics such as hand hygiene and other infectious diseases that are “hot topics” right now.  Will include information about the common cold, measles and the flu.

Tuesday, August 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
August is medical alert awareness month.  Discussion will be about the red dot program an other medical alert/awareness programs that are available in Charlotte County.

Seminars are open to the public and provided by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda with lunch at no cost to attendees. Preregister by calling PGICA @ 941-637-1655.


SCORE—Manage Using Your Financials:

Wednesday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The most powerful management tools you have are the income statement, balance sheet and the cash flow statement. Learn what each is telling you and how to interpret the data they produce to manage and grow your business. Workshops and Lunch are offered at no cost thanks to our sponsors. Seating is limited, please register at