Educational Opportunities

Carol Duncan


November, 2018

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 preregister 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. All classes offered at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association are open to the general public. 

Carol Duncan, 941-815-0999,


BEYOND PGI: November 6 Beyond PGI RESCHEDULED (see below) due to voting in the building.

Welcome to Africa

BEYOND PGI: "5 AFRICAN COUNTRIES, A 7 YEAR ADVENTURE IN 60 MINUTES" Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. Don & Teresa Sabatini worked and lived in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa. While on the African Continent for 7 years, they ventured out and explored many African countries and will be sharing their experiences (both good and bad). Come and hear about the many diverse cultures plus exciting and unique stories from Don & Teresa. Don’t miss this one! Registration not required.

MASTER GARDENER – Tuesday, November 20, 2:00 p.m. This month the free Master Gardener Plant Clinic welcomes Vince Molnar, owner of Riverland Nursery, to discuss appropriate plant options for the lanai and beyond. Questions, contact Nancy Palmer at 941-286-6111 Registration not required.

Joker - Mah Jongg

MAH JONGG 101: Tuesday and Thursday mornings, February 5 to February 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Learn Mah Jongg from experienced instructor, Gloria Walker, in 6 easy lessons, first two classes are mandatory attendance. Class size is limited so sign up early as this popular class fills up fast. $35 (couples $60). Sign up at the PGICA desk. You will receive a flyer with all the information on this class. If you have questions, contact Gloria at 941-769-4764.

Let's Go Fishing Class

LET’S GO FISHING: Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Wednesday October 24 to November 28. Or a second session January 9 to February 13An introductory course in Florida Fishing. 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 and there will be useful handouts. The class is geared towards beginning anglers, but more experienced fishermen will pick up helpful tips as well. The instructor is long time local fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen who might even reveal the locations of a few local hot spots! The course is open to all members of the public. The cost for the series of six classes is $45. Call PGICA to register


SANDWICH SEMINAR: Tuesday, November 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For details, see the enclosed flyer in the Commentator. Sandwich Seminar is open to the public and sponsored by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda which provides lunch at no cost to attendees. You must preregister by calling PGICA.


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 to register for each session.

  1. Are You Prepared to Handle Finances Alone?  Friday, November 2, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Can a survivor access assets and manage your financial affairs? Are they comfortable making investment decisions? Is there enough income and credit for the survivor to maintain their same lifestyle? Join us as we share our expertise with surviving spouses to answer those questions.
  2. How Investment Costs and Risks are Calculated. Friday, November 9, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Consider all the elements that make up your “all-in costs”, i.e. taxes, cash drag, fees and trade costs for investing.  Analyze the risks (market, interest rate, liquidation, credit, concentration and horizon) each asset carries in the portfolio.
  3. Are You Prepared for Changes in Your Living and Care Expenses? Friday, November 16, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Consider what changes you may have to make to your assets if you need in-home health care, assisted living or nursing home care. What costs would you incur? Is there sufficient liquidity in your portfolio to cover them? What if the markets are down? How would that affect your options? We will explore how to select the best non-annuity investments to help alleviate a potential loss of capital.     


ART, OIL PAINTING: Monday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., (second class November 19, 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, payable at registering, includes all materials. Class size is limited and fills fast so call PGICA to register. Wear old clothes, bring your lunch, and enjoy a full day of painting.

UNLOCK YOUR INNER ARTIST:  Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 -3:30 p.m.  Award winning instructor, muralist and decorative artist, Julieta de Palacios, presents weekly classes to instruct aspiring artists in the elements and principles of the artistic language of visual communication with the intention of facilitating progress at their own pace and from whatever level of skill and knowledge they bring. $60 per session. Call PGICA to register.

November Basketweaving Class

NOVEMBER BASKETWEAVING CLASS: Tuesdays, November 13 and 20, 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. RANDING SCRAP BASKET, Pre-requisite: One beginner class or previous basket weaving experience. The $60 class fee must be paid before the first class and includes all materials necessary to complete the basket. Class size is limited to six students. Register NLT close of business November 6. Refer any questions to the instructor, Teresa Comeaux, (941) 347-7640 or Call PGICA to register.

ORIGAMI BOX MAKING: December 7, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please join Joanne Stratos for fun in crafting a unique gift box with tag for your Christmas gifts. Perfect for that small gift, a gift in itself. Everything included for $15.00. For more information call Joanne at 941-875-3643. Call PGICA to register.

The Art of the Written Word

THE ART OF THE WRITTEN WORD: Thursdays, October 18 to November 15, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Free your inner writer with a series of classes that deconstruct the writing process. James Abraham, editor and publisher, offers a series of five ninety-minute classes on writing. The courses are stand-alone or can be taken as a group. Sessions include plot and pacing, character development, grammar and dialogue, writing about conflict and romance and marketing your book. Cost is $20 per session or $90 for the series of five classes. Call PGICA to register.

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.

CHOIR PLAY: Mondays, January 7 thru February 25, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Back by popular demand! We are looking for members to have some musical fun and join the PGICA choir. This is a new pop, rock, gospel and country choir concept backed by top classical orchestral arrangements in a fun, relaxed social setting. Group singing has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and relieve anxiety. If you like to sing and can carry a tune, please join us. You don't have to read music, nor will there be auditions, just come along. There will be eight rehearsals at PGICA and two concerts March 3, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Cost is $80 which includes practice CD’s and sheet music. Instructor is Cahal Dunne, composer, pianist, comedian, story teller and television personality. Check out the website Starting November 8, you may pick up your sheet music and practice CD when you register at the PGICA office.


BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: Weekly, Thursdays, from 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

BALANCE THRU QIGONG: Weekly, Wednesdays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. This class will improve mind and body balance as well as muscle and Qi strength with key QiGong moves, meditation and fun balance steps. It is an open class, no need to register, just come and enjoy. No experience needed. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water. Cost is $10. Contact Richard Curtis at for more information.

Essentrics Full Body Workouts

Essentrics® FULL BODY WORKOUTS 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 preregister for any of the classes.

  • Mondays 8:30 – 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. 
  • Wednesday 8:30 – 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 – 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.

LINE DANCING CLASSES: Beginning November 6, weekly, Tuesdays 9:45-10:45 a.m. Love to dance but don’t always have a partner? Try line dancing. No partner needed. It’s a fun way to get your exercise, and a great way to meet people. Written step instructions will be included as the classes progress to include more dances. Cost is $10 per class. Contact Joanne for more information at 941-875-3643 or

Tai Chi Double Fan Form

TAI CHI DOUBLE FAN FORM PART 3: (It is not necessary to know Parts 1 & 2). This class will run for 6 Mondays, October 22 through November 26, 10:00 -11:00 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, 4) have fun. Slow movements help the practitioner to increase muscle and joint health, blood circulation, focus, and balance. Increasingly more Seniors are practicing Tai Chi because it is easy and fun and improves and maintains good health. The Double Fan form is particularly challenging and satisfying, building coordination using the Yin Yang principles. The form is similar to dancing and designed for women only. It is not necessary to have any Tai Chi experience, only a desire to have fun and improve balance and health. The cost is $15 per class or $75 for 6 weeks plus the cost of the fans. Maximum 10 students, minimum 3. Contact Mary Cel Curtis at or through our website

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 at