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Educational Opportunities

Carol Duncan


July/August, 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. 

Beyond PGI Southeast Asia:

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
About 18 months ago Ralph Temple’s world-travelling bachelor neighbor offered to share his next trip with Ralph, Dutch treat of course. When he learned that it started in Bangkok, toured through Cambodia to Saigon, and ended in Hanoi, Ralph’s spontaneous response was “I AM IN, as long as (his wife) Cheryl says I can go.” She said yes, and he got very busy. The resulting trip started with 25 hours of air time to a place which is exactly twelve hours opposite Florida and ended with unforgettable memories. Ralph has agreed to share with us his favorite Southeast Asia anecdotes and the best of his 1450 photos. You don’t want to miss it!
Please note: no program in July or August

Sandwich Seminars:

  • Tuesday July 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Stop the Bleed, Jennifer McManus will give a  Life-Saving Training interactive demonstration.
  • Tuesday, August 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Massage Therapists will present information about the benefits of massage. There will be a few mini massages available to attendees.

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.

NEW- Cooking Class:

Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Here it is, the often-requested cooking class. This class will be held at Sandra’s Restaurant, 111 W. Olympia Street, Punta Gorda. Sandra will teach you how to make an appetizer, a main course and a dessert which you will enjoy for lunch. The cost is $55 per person and includes beer and wine. This fun class is limited to ten attendees and must be reserved and paid no later than July 10 so make your reservations right away. Make your reservation by calling PGICA then all registered attendees must also call 941-575-0177 or stop by Sandra’s to pre-pay for the class by Tuesday, July 10.

Art, Oil Painting:

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

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. How Your Estate Can Avoid Probate:
    riday, August 24, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. 
    Have you carefully reviewed all of your asset titles and beneficiary designations with a trust officer or attorney? We will discuss how best to assign titles and beneficiaries to match your estate plan goals and documents and, if necessary, the probate process. This will save your heirs time and money.
  4. Are You Prepared for Family Controlling Your Finances?
    Friday, August 31, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. 

    Many people name a family member in their will to serve as executor, Power of Attorney or administrator of their trust while sitting comfortably in their attorney’s office. The reality of a relative accessing your bank accounts, IRA assets, investment accounts, insurance policies and safe deposit boxes may become disconcerting. Learn the pros and cons of family or friends serving in these important fiduciary roles
  5. Are You Prepared for Disability or Incapacitation?
    Friday, September 14, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    Is your Power of Attorney valid in Florida? Does it name people you trust with your financial affairs? Is your health care surrogate form up to date with changes in the law? These and other issues, will be addressed to ensure that your care and affairs will be handled according to your wishes.
  6. Who Best to Care for You and Your Estate?
    Friday, September 21, 10:00 to11:00 a.m.
    Is your friend or family capable of making health care and financial decisions for you the same way you would? Does distance and skill set limit that person’s ability to handle the role?

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.


Weekly, Wednesdays, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

A Tabata class is a workout protocol that has fitness and weight-loss benefits using different combinations of exercises for 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest in a 4-minute segment. There are 8 segments with warm up/cool down in a class period. This fun, exciting class is for everyone as modifications can be given for each exercise. Level 1 beginner class will get you motivated and moving to great music. Melodye Down, “Off the Couch Fitness” offers this new and different way to get a workout. Try it out! Bring water, mat and a towel. Cost is $10 per class.

Ballroom Dance Classes:

Weekly, Thursdays, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
(Please note: pre-registration for classes is a must in July and August).
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

Finances and Investing for Women:

Lew Bennett CFP, partner of Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management, will present the following educational programs designed to empower women with financial decisions. These are not sales presentations and no product-specific investments will be discussed.

  • The Fed and Rising Interest Rates:
    Thursday, July 26, 3:00 p.m.

    A generic discussion about the federal funds rate decisions. What is the Federal Reserve? What happens when interest rates go down? What happens when rates go up?
  • Social Security & Retirement:
    Thursday, August 23, 3:00 p.m.
    This seminar discusses basic information about Social Security retirement benefits.
  • Estate Planning & Gifting: 
    Thursday, September 20, 3:00 p.m.

    This seminar provides a general guide to Estate Planning. The five most important documents: will, durable power of attorney, health care power of attorney, living will and revocable living trust. We will also cover gathering personal information pertinent to Estate Planning data and various tax information strategies.

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 e-mail


The Art Of The Written Word:

Some people have a book in them - and some harbor a comic book. Free your inner writer with a series of classes that deconstruct the writing process and encourages group critiques. James Abraham, a book editor and publisher, will offer a series of five ninety-minute classes on writing. They will be on Thursdays, October 18 to November 15 and again in January/February. 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.

Peace River Theatre Project:

LOVE THEATRE? Get ready for a unique opportunity! 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

Economic Development:

Thursday, October 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Life-Long Learning Institute and PGICA bring you a presentation by dynamic speaker, Lucienne Pears, Charlotte County Economic Director. More details in the September Commentator.

Let's Go Fishing:

Long time fishing Captain Ralph Allen will again offer his popular fishing classes. The sessions are each Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. for six weeks; October 24 to November 28, January 9 to February 13, or February 20 to March 27. This is an introductory course geared toward beginning anglers, but more experienced fishermen will pick up tips, also. Look for more information in the September Commentator.

Master Gardener Clinic:

This popular class will resume in the fall.

Tai Chi/Qlgong:

This class will not be offered 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.


This class will resume in the fall.