Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

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.


Collage Class

Collage Class:

1:00 9.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursdays in March
Use simple materials, tools and a proven technique geared towards success and further exploration of collage. Please contact PGICA for a class supply list. $125 for 4 sessions. Contact Instructor Patti Presseller 941-380-0076.

Acrylic Painting - Beginner

Acrylic Painting - Beginner

1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Fridays in March.
Don’t know which end of the brush to use? It doesn’t matter...use both ends! Have fun exploring media, substrates and tools while you develop skills using acrylic paint. Please contact PGICA for a class supply list. $125 for 4 sessions. Contact Instructor Patti Presseller 941-380-0076.

Digital Photography Class

Digital Photography:

9:00 a.m. second Wednesday every month.
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.

Landscape Painting in Oils

Landscape Painting in Oils - Beginners:

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesdays in March
Come and enjoy a delightful few hours of creativity. This is a series of 4 consecutive classes and students provide their own supplies. Please contact for the supply list or any questions. $175/series. Contact Instructor Mary Taglieri 941-979-0901.

Landscape Painting in Oils - Intermediate:

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursdays in March
Come and enjoy a delightful few hours of creativity. This is a series of 4 consecutive classes and students provide their own supplies. Please contact for the supply list or any questions. $175/series. Contact Instructor Mary Taglieri 941-979-0901.

Oil Painting Class:

10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 9.
Jan Britland teaches a fun and easy day-long class using the “Bob Ross Technique.” Beginners 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.

Finish Your Book:

6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays in March

March 3: Conflict Contrapuntal elements, and other tools of discord and tension.
March 10: The Mission: How to stay focused and deliver the story you want.
March 17: Libel and other legalities: Enough writing law to get one hanged.
March 24: Marketing: Getting your book out of the gate with prospects.

$80/series of 4 classes. Contact Instructor James Abraham for more info. 941-258-4920

Needle Felting Class

Needle Felting Class:

1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 6.
The class creates this Florida beach scene. Finished piece mounted on a pre-painted board with hang hook and ready to take home and hang. $35 includes all materials and supplies. Contact Instructor, Nancy Walden with any questions.


Lew Bennett, CFP

Women’s Investment Seminar Series

Lew Bennett, Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management

  • “Mutual Funds and ETF’s”: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., Thursday , March 5
    Learn about how interest rates effect bond performance as well as how it impacts your everyday life. Space is limited! Please kindly R.S.V.P to or (941) 391-8000

Investment Management Services

Christine Hause, Vice President, Charlotte State Bank & Trust

  • Are You Prepared with a Pet Trust? 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, March 6
    Who will care for your furry loved ones when the last owner dies or becomes disabled? Do you have a back-up plan? How will their care be financed? Who will handle their final arrangements? Learn how to make a plan for your pet to be your beneficiary and how best to select a trustee for their care and oversight.Free. Presented by Christine Hause, Vice President, Charlotte State Bank & Trust.

  • Are You Prepared to Manage Your Portfolio? 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, March 13
    Consider the changes you would have to make to your portfolio if you need in-home nursing care, assisted living or skilled nursing care. What cost would you incur? Is there liquidity? Would you have sound liquidity options in a down market? We will explore how best to select your investments to help alleviate the potential loss of capital.

  • Are You Prepared with Asset Protection? 10 to 11 a.m. , Friday March 20
    Is your power of attorney valid and up-to-date? Does it name people you still trust with your financial affairs? Will it handle all the assets you own? Is your health care surrogate form current to include all the necessary elements? These issues and more will be carefully discussed to ensure your affairs are handled as you direct. Free. Presented by Christine Hause, Vice President, Charlotte State Bank & Trust. Light refreshments provided.


Sandwich Seminar:

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February18.
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.


Workouts with Carla Peralt

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

  • Latin FitnessLatin Fitness (formerly Zumba):
    8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays
    A fitness dance class based on Latin rhythms that will guarantee you a great workout through Latin and international music that will leave you sweaty and full of joy and energy.
  • PiYOPiYo
    10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Fridays
    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.

EssentricsEssentrics® taught by certified Essentrics® instructor, Elissa Rioux:

Please bring a yoga mat. $10/class. No need to preregister.
Questions, contact Elissa 207-967-5393 or

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. This same workout can be done to strengthen and tone by working deeper into your muscles once they are released. All Essentrics workouts will leave you feeling energized and more flexible. Class workouts will vary from day to day, some will include using the chair. You will feel the difference in your body very quickly with this gently but powerful program.

  • Essentrics® Barre 8:30 a.m. Mondays
  • Essentrics® Rock Your Core 10:00 a.m. Tuesdays
  • Essentrics® Toning and Strengthening 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays
  • Essentrics® Gentle Stretch 10:00 a.m. Thursdays

Mellow Morning YOGA:

10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Alignment-based classes. Safe, playful and explorative of mind and body. Incorporates gentle restorative postures, yogic philosophy and breath work.  Inspires a joyful and healthier lifestyle. Contact Instructor Linda Haverlock with questions 317-727-6100 - $10/class

Qigong Class

NEW! Qigong

10:00 a.m. Mondays and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays
The foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), qigong dates back over 3000 years. Accessible to everyone (including those with mobility issues), it has been shown to have many wide ranging health benefits including: supporting the immune system, improving balance, lowering blood pressure and eating depression, to name a few. Wear lose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat if you would like to practice barefoot. Instructor Jim Wilton. $10/class.



8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Thursdays
Mixed-level Hatha is suitable for beginner and intermediate practitioners. Emphasis is on proper alignment, mind/body connection and fun! Bring a yoga mat; a blanket, block and strap is encouraged but not required. Wear comfortable clothes and avoid a heavy breakfast. Instructor Linda Anderson 941-575-3500 or $10/class.


History of Punta Gorda in Murals

History of Punta Gorda in Murals

Instructor, Kelly Gaylord, Mural Society President,
Introductory Lecture: Perry McAdow: One of Punta Gorda’s Most Beloved Citizens
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 11. Free of charge

Classes: The Whole Story
The history of the area as told through the murals throughout our beautiful City. Visit all 29 murals from your comfortable classroom seat while we present 450+ years of history using the murals as a guide. Hear about the Mural Society and get a sneak peek of upcoming projects.

  • The Early Years: from pre-Spanish Exploration to pre-WWI.
    1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 17
  • Post WW I: continuing the story from WW1 to modern times.
    1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 19
  • $18/class or bothe for $30

Wasps:Friend of  Foe

Wasps:Friend of Foe?

Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. March 17
We love bees and hate wasps, right? Well, it is time for a public relations makeover for wasps. Come hear Master Gardener Trudy Norsworthy fill you in on the rest of the story. While we can attest to the painful sting and nuisance picnic intruder, come expand your knowledge of the natural world and find out all the positives that wasps provide. Bring plant and pest specimens in a sealed baggie. Free. Info: Nancy Palmer 941-286-6111

Genealogy Unwrapped

Genealogy Unwrapped:

10:00 to 12:00 on Friday, March 6, 13, and 20
Many families receive a box of old family papers and photos after the death of a close relative. The tip of the iceberg! This generates interest to learn more about the family. Aha! The computer! Unfortunately, about 5% of what you want/need is there and you have a great probability of finding undocumented stories that have no meaning or relationship to you. Jumpstart your genealogy! Don’t continue to be frustrated and struggling with where to go next. Learn the “basics” of genealogy research both on the computer and home. Unwrap YOUR genealogy! Joanne Ryder, Instructor. $12/class or 3 for $30.

Is CBD Right for You?

Is CBD Right for You?

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12 and March 26
With the passing of the 2014 Farm Bill, CBD is legal and found everywhere. Come learn more about how CBD can help you reduce pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression and cancer-related symptoms. Topics such as Endocannabinoid System, THC, Hemp and Marijuana will be defined. Our discussion will be centered around what to look for when purchasing a quality CBD. This class is fun and interactive class. Actual product will be sampled. $15/class. Registration required. For more information contact Dotti Vaivoda 941-564-9504 or

The Souls EvolutionThe Souls Evolution

w/Lorenzo Marion

1:00 to 3:00 p.m., March 19
Join Renowned Spiritual Psychic Medium, Author & Radio show host Lorenzo Marion guide you through your souls evolution. Since the beginning of time man has be fascinated with life after death, does the soul go on after human life? are past lives real? how did creation start. Since 1996 Lorenzo has been doing psychic readings and eventually began doing readings for people around the world, and for the last 18 years he has also be teaching spiritual classes and seminars. Lorenzo has gained vast knowledge about the after life ‘Heaven” through his very own personal experiences. Learn the truth about angels, karma, past lives, the vast universe and more. Join Lorenzo as he sparks your curiosity about The Souls evolution and how we can be more spiritual and intuitive about the process. Questions & Answers will take place as time permits. $15/class.

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

Tuesdays 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

  • March 3: The Racial Monologues: A collection of stories about race in our society
  • March 10: Brotherhoods of color: History of the Pullman porters
  • March 17: Gospel music: Black Americans’ gift to the world
  • March 24: Integration and the death of the black community

$80/series of 4 classes. Contact Instructor James Abraham for more info. 941-258-4920

Permaculture ClassIntro to Permaculture Class - Part 1

1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Friday, March 6
$15/class. Registration required. Instructor Dillion Hart
Do you want to learn how to grow most of your own food, while creating a beautiful ecosystem full of life? If you do, the answer is Permaculture! Permaculture is a way of designing the landscape to work with the laws of nature (without the use of chemicals) to grow an abundance of nutrient dense food. In this introductory class, you will learn about the problems that conventional agriculture practices bring up, how Permaculture comes up with solutions for these problems, why soil life and building soil is so important, and how to go home today and start making changes towards being more self-sufficient! You will also learn how to start an instant garden anywhere on your property with just a few basic materials!

Intro to Permaculture Class - Part 2:

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 13. $15/class.
Registration required. Instructor Dillion Hart

In the 2nd class of a 3 series course, we will talk more specifically about food production systems and how to get the highest yields out of a small space. We will go into detail about how to start your own food forest system, how to maintain it to further it’s succession and increase it’s food production, and ideas to make it a highly productive and aesthetically pleasing food system. I will also cover other large scale production systems that will be replacing Industrial Agriculture over the next few decades, such as Agroforestry and Syntropic Agriculture. This class will teach you how to grow most of your households food needs, and even make an income off of your system!

Intro to Permaculture Class - Part 3:

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 27. $15/class.
Registration required. Instructor Dillion Hart

Further your knowledge about Permaculture and learn exactly how to apply it to your house and landscape in the last class of a 3 series course. You will learn more specifics on how to design your own property using the laws of nature, which will drastically reduce your inputs and cost over a short period of time! Join me as we go through the process of designing a landscape together, and bring your questions about your own property so I can help you all move forward in the right direction!


A Journey of 3000 Years Traditional Acupuncture, More than the Needle:

9:30 to10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 3
Take a walk through the history and wisdom of Traditional Acupuncture. Journey into the art and science of this healing modality. Come and learn about the benefits of this remarkable form of healing for the body, mind and spirit. Free of charge. Instructor Kathleen Koch L.Ac., MAOM, Dipl.O.M. 941-979-2004

Breathing Space

Breathing Space:

10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 12, 19, 26.
Each week we will explore the importance of breath and a specific breathing technique or breathing meditation will be offered. Learn about certain acupressure points to help release tension. You are not required to take all four sessions. 1/2 hour session once a week for 4 weeks. Free of charge. Instructor Kathleen Koch L.Ac., MAOM, Dipl.O.M. 941-979-2004

Wellness Wheel

The Wellness Wheel:

10:30 a.m. to Noon, Thursday, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Like the spaces in the spokes of a wagon wheel our daily life is made up of aspects of living (sleep, movement, food, water, work, recreational activity, relationships, etc). How do we balance these important parts of our life? Come discover and design your highest potential for wellbeing! 4 sessions 1 ½ hours. $10.00 each session. Instructor Kathleen Koch L.Ac., MAOM, Dipl.O.M. 941-979-2004