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Educational Opportunities

Carol Duncan


June, 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. 

Joh and Penny ShattuckBeyond PGI - China Vs USA

June 5, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: "Beyond PGI" scheduled for Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. has been cancelled.
Jon and Penny Shattuck recently cruised in China and were very pleasantly surprised by what they found. This experience was the impetus for this presentation. Jon will share with you photos, statistics and some very thought provoking ideas about the United States and China. 

Sandwich Seminar

Tuesday June 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Top Ten Things To Do For Arthritis presented by Brandy Hunt. Looking for answers on how to relieve pain and return to an active lifestyle? Get back in the game and learn what you can do about your hip or knee pain! Attend our free seminar and hear how to get moving again!  You’ll learn what causes the pain and all about the latest treatment options. Sandwich Seminar is open to the public and sponsored by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda which provides lunch at no cost to attendees. RSVP is required by calling 941-637-1655.

Master Gardener

The Master Gardener plant clinic will not be offered June through September

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 are seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Please call PGICA 941-637-1655 to register for each session.

  • How and When Power of Attorney is Used: Friday, June 1, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    Learn what activates the responsibilities of your agent in a power of attorney document. Review what he or she is responsible for and the skills they should have. Investigate the protections available for you and your assets from a Trust Officer's perspective.
  • Are You Prepared with Health Care Directives? Friday, June 15, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    Do you have the most recent forms of these documents including HIPAA? Have you clearly stated your final wishes, if you will not recover? Did you name the appropriate people in your documents and will they be able to serve, in your time of need?
  • Top Ten Estate Planning Tips: Friday, July 13, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    Discover the top tools to make your estate plan the best it can be. Learn the pitfalls to avoid.
  • Top 10 Investment Tips: Friday, July 20, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    Learn the top 10 concepts and facts you should be aware of as you manage your financial future.

Art, Oil Painting

Monday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., (second class June 18, 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.

Peace River Theatre Project: Love Theatre?

In this class series, we will explore some favorite plays as well as brand new scripts – play reading, scene study, character development, importance of production and literary values.  Whether you are experienced onstage, backstage or just really interested in theatre, this is for you. Leader Sherry Campbell, experienced producer, director and actor in the Boston area. Call 617-827-0714 or email for information. Classes will begin in October.

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

Dao Yin Sheng Gong

This class will not be offered in May or through the summer.

Watch for fall announcements for new classes.  This class is nearly 12 years old and is the most attended class we have. We will try to update the schedule for any classes that might be added. Check the website or call the PGICA office for updates. You can also contact instructor Richard Curtis 407-923-9310. 

Tai Chi/Qigong

This class will not be offered in May or through the summer.

Watch for fall announcements for new ongoing qigong or taiji classes. For our PGICA students the weekly FREE taiji/qigong workout in Gilchrist Park will continue each Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. There is also someone there to lead the workout.

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

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