Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

February, 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.


Monday, February 11, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Jan Britland teaches a fun and easy day long class using the “Bob Ross Technique.” Beginners are encouraged to attend. Students take their finished painting home with them the same day. $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.

Tuesdays, March 19, 26 and April 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Pre-requisite: two previous classes or permission from the instructor. The $60 class fee includes all materials necessary. Class size is limited to six students. Register NLT close of business March 11.  Questions, contact Teresa Comeaux, 941-347-7640 or

Basic Floral Design

Basic Floral Design
Thursday, March 29, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Sue Preece, long time floral designer and party planner, will teach basic floral design techniques and a few tricks of the trade. We will construct a beautiful fresh floral centerpiece using a variety of fresh flowers, fillers and greenery; a great starter class that anyone can enjoy. Bring kitchen shears, a pocket knife or pairing knife, and an apron. Plan to stand for about 2 hours. $50 fee includes all materials and instruction. Call or come to PGICA to register prior to March 20.

Monday, February 11, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Come create festive birthday cards that will WOW your family and friends. You will assemble four birthday cards using pre-cut designs and learn stamping techniques. Fun for all ages!  Class price is $15 with class size limited to eight people. Any questions, please contact Patti Boese at 941-875-5850 or Call PGICA to register.  

Spring Wreath

Monday, February 11, 1 to 3 p.m. or Wednesday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Mary Adair will guide you through the steps to make a beautiful wreath using ribbons, deco mesh and other seasonal items. All materials and instructions provided, only $25. Advise color choice when registering: aqua, pink, purple, white. Questions, contact; 941 740 0226.

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.


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. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Call PGICA to register for each session. 

  1. Life Changing Events and Their Impact on Estate Plans Friday, February 8, 10 to 11 a.m.  This How do death, birth, divorce, disability, retirement, bankruptcy, and lawsuits involving you or your beneficiaries affect your estate plans? The goal of this seminar is to make you aware of the impact these events can have and how to proactively plan for positive outcomes.
  2. How to Fund Your Will or Trust Friday, February 22, 10 to 11 a.m. Review the most common mishaps in funding an estate plan. We will present details of beneficiary designations on insurance products, bank accounts and investment accounts and how at times they can directly conflict with your estate documents.  Save you and your administrators time, money and stress by learning some key planning tips.

Lew Bennett, CFP, partner of Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management

FINANCES AND INVESTING FOR WOMEN - Lew Bennett, CFP, partner of Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management, will present a series of three educational programs, one each month, January through March, designed to help empower women with financial decisions. These are not sales presentations and no product-specific investments will be discussed. Light refreshments will be provided. Call PGICA to register.

  1. Identity Theft—How vulnerable are you?  Tuesday, February 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m. We will discuss how identity theft happens, the steps you can take to help minimize your risk and what to do if your information has been compromised. 


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 


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 pre-register for any of the classes.

  • Mondays 8:30 to 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. 
  • Wednesdays 8:30 to 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 to 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.

Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Come try it for free. Research shows that dance has many health benefits. It helps you to boost memory, improve flexibility, reduce stress, diminish depression, help your heart, lose weight, balance better, increase energy and make friends. It’s low impact and fun! If you have a pareo, bring it along. Cost is $10 and the first class is free. Contact instructor, Nancy Schreiber, with your questions or 920-858-4030.

Line Dancing Classes

Tuesdays 10:00 to 11:00 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

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.

PIYO: Fridays, 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.

PiYo is a high energy, low impact, functional training class; an exercise program that is a blend of pilates and yoga along with functional training exercises. Developed by Charlene Johnson as part of Beachbody, PiYo is marketed as a low-impact workout that strengthens and sculpts the body, and enhances flexibility. $10 per session, registration not required. Carla is offering a discount for those participants who come Fridays and take both Zumba and PiYo for $17. Contact Carla with questions at 941-276-1887 or email at

Ten Fridays, January 11 to March 15, 10 to 11 a.m.

This 37 move Tai Chi form is one of the most prolific forms taught in America today. Cheng Man-ching, also known as the "Professor," was a philosopher, a painter, a military man, and a tai chi expert having created his own personal form. No experience in tai chi or martial arts is required, just a desire to improve your strength, balance, and well-being. This course is ten weeks long and all 37 moves will be taught. It is important to be able to do the moves before learning the philosophy of the form. That will be offered later. Cost for the 10 weeks is $120 if paid in full or $15 per week if paid weekly. Contact Richard Curtis at for more information.


YOGA: Starting January 3,
Thursdays, 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, you can workout 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  

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  


LECTURE & LUNCH—Florida Sun and Skin Cancer Preventions:
Thursday, February 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by Hedy Setyadi, MD, FAAD, Board-certified Dermatologist . Open to the public and provided by Associates in Dermatology which provides lunch at no cost to attendees. Preregister by calling PGICA.

SANDWICH SEMINAR - Aortic Stenosis: Tuesday, February 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. by Luis Dibos, MD, Cardiac Surgeon. Learn the causes, and learn more about the symptoms and treatments for this heart condition that affects more than 2.5 million people in the US. Open to the public and provided by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda which provides lunch at no cost to attendees. Preregister by calling PGICA.
HEALTHCARE FORUM & LUNCH: Thursday, March 7, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This forum will include a discussion led by Rosa Benghtt of Granny Nannies Senior Home Care Services about the differences between home healthcare agency and home care agency (private duty care); choosing the right agency, etc. More details will follow. Free and open to the public. Lunch provided by Granny Nannies.


Beyond PGI: A lifetime of Traveling

BEYOND PGI: A Lifetime of Traveling
Tuesday, February 5, 7 to 8 p.m.

Dan Osborne takes you on a worldwide trip to places where he and his wife, Jean, taught and lived for many years. This is a return program requested by a member who said, "It was one of the best Beyond PGI presentations I have seen!" Don't miss this one. Registration not required.

Tuesday, February 19 15, 2:00 p.m.

"The Glory of Succulents". Cacti are only one part of a diverse family of plants that deserve consideration forany Florida Friendly landscape. Master Gardener Joyce Laubach will show you new plant choices and guidelines for planting and care. Registration not required

Let's Go Fishing

Wednesday, February 20 to March 27,
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

Longtime local fishing guide, Captain Ralph Allen, covers topics including 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. Fishing equipment will be demonstrated. The class is geared towards beginners, but more experienced anglers will pick up helpful tips as well. Capt. Allen might even reveal the locations of a few local hot spots! The course is open to the public. The cost for the series of six classes is $45. Call PGICA to register.