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Educational Opportunities

Carol Duncan


October, 2017


NOTE CHANGE IN REGISTRATION: 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 Isles 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: Take a Journey with the Friendship Force
Tuesday, October 3, 7 p.m.
Do you like to travel? Be more than just a tourist and be welcomed into someone's home? Get to know real people in countries you visit? Gain a better understanding of other cultures? Join Joanne Collins and Sue Linehan to learn about Friendship Force. Since 1977, the travel exchange movement pioneered by Friendship Force International has given people the unique opportunity to connect in ways that transcend boundaries to promote goodwill, respect, and understanding. 

Tuesday, October 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m
Sandwich Seminar is open to the public and sponsored by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda which provides lunch at no cost to attendees. See the enclosed flyer for this month’s topic.
You must preregister by calling PGICA at 941-637-1655

Monday, October 9, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., (second class October 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 $50 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.

Three identical Medicare educational classes will be conducted at 7 p.m., in Room 1 at the Civic Association on Tuesday, October 17, Tuesday, October 24, and Thursday, November 2.
medicare made simpleThis is a bona fide educational class with no sales solicitation. We will review all Parts and options of Medicare from Part A to Part D, Medicare Supplement (or Medigap) Plans A through N, the trade-offs between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans, and how-when-why to consider changing Plans. Classes will be conducted by Ralph Temple, who can be contacted at 941-286-6047 for more information. Attendance is free but seating is limited by room size, so please try to inform the PGICA office at 941-637-1655 if you plan to attend.

Weekly, Thursdays, from 4 to 5 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

This class will consist of two, 3-hour sessions on Tuesdays, October 17 and 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
October Basketweaving ClassLearn to weave a simple, round spoked basket from rattan reed. No prior basketweaving experience is required. Students will learn basic basket making techniques for a round basket that will lay a foundation to create a variety of baskets. The $60 class fee includes all weaving materials necessary to complete the basket including a choice of accent colors. Basketweaving requires no special tools; however, students will need to bring several ordinary household items with them. A list of these items may be picked up at the time of registration. Class size is limited to six students. Refer any questions to the instructor, Teresa Comeaux, 941-347-7640 or

This class will consist of two 3-hour sessions on Tuesdays, November 7 and 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PREREQUISITE-one previous class. You will have the choice of red or green accents for your basket. Great for holiday cards, goodies, or a holiday floral arrangement on your front door instead of a wreath! The $65 class fee includes all weaving materials necessary to complete the basket. Class size is limited to six students. Refer any questions to the instructor Teresa Comeaux, 941-347-7640 or (The gift tags and holly accents in the picture are not included.)

Thursdays, October 12, 1 p.m. or October 26, 9 a.m.
You will make a seasonal card, gift tags, and table favor! $20 includes all materials and instruction. Register three days ahead by calling PGICA, 941-637-1655. Payment due at registration.

9 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.

October 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. or October 27, 9:30 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 other beads. Learn how to design using simple techniques and tools. If you have an outfit that needs a jewelry item, wear it or bring it along and match your necklace or bracelet to your outfit. All materials and tools for creating will be provided. Cindy Wheeler instructs this fun class. Cost is $30. Advance registration at least two days prior to class is required and payment is requested when registering. Minimum of five students. Call PGICA 941-637-1655 to register.

Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30, ongoing throughout the year.
Class is designed for all levels of painters. Class is small and each person receives instruction for their individual level. Cost is $125 for four 2-hour sessions in Room #5. Please contact Mary Taglieri at 941-979-0901 or to register. Mary is a Punta Gorda resident and has been a professional painter for over 35 years. She is an internationally recognized artist, travelling to where new scenery and environments inspire her. Payment is due upon registration.

Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Wednesday October 25
Let's Go FishingAn introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association. Topics to be covered include fishing techniques, tackle selection, rigging, knot tying, lures, baits, cast nets, fish identification, tides, and fishing regulations for fishing in fresh and salt waters of Southwest Florida. Rods, reels, lures, nets, and other fishing equipment will be demonstrated during the class and there will be a number of useful hand-outs issued to students. The class is geared towards beginning anglers but more experienced fishermen will pick up helpful tips as well. The instructor is longtime local fishing guide, Capt. Ralph Allen, who might even reveal the locations of a few local hotspots!  The course is open to all members of the public. The cost for the class is $45 and advance registration is recommended by calling 941-637-1655.

October 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join Joann Stratos for some fun in making a Bootiful Halloween Origami Box. Great gift for kids, hostess gifts, or to use as a gift box. All materials are included in price of $15.

TAI CHI/QIGONG and DAO YIN SHENG GONG: Please note that these classes will not be held in September or October. Check the November Commentator for times and dates of classes.

Resumes on October 5. Every Thursday 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, 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 at 941-575-3500 or

TAI CHI DOUBLE FAN FORM PART II: (Not necessary to know Part I)
This class will run for 10 weeks starting Monday November 6 at PGICA 10-11 a.m
The purpose of the Double Fan Form:

  1. to enhance the brain action with Yin Yang movements,
  2. improve balance and focus,
  3. increase self-esteem, and
  4. have fun. 

Tai Chi is a martial art form that is known as meditation in motion. The slow movements help the practitioner to increase muscle, joint health, blood circulation, focus, and balance. It is used especially for the more senior person to improve and maintain good health. More and more seniors are practicing Tai Chi because it is easy and fun. The Double Fan form is particularly challenging and satisfying. The focus is on building coordination using the Yin Yang principles. The form that is being offered at PGICA this November is designed for women only. It is similar to dancing and makes you feel graceful and pretty. It is not necessary to have any Tai Chi experience, only a desire to have fun and improve balance and health. The cost is $100 for the ten weeks plus the cost of the fans. It is limited to ten students. Contact Mary Cel Curtis at or through our website

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