Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

November, 2019

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.

For more information contact the office at 941-637-1655

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


Card Making Class

Card Making Class:

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. December 9.
Create fun special occasion and holiday cards. Assemble 4 cards using pre-cut designs and learn various stamping techniques.   Release your creativity while making some beautiful handmade cards. Preregistration required. All materials provided.  Contact Instructor Patti Boese 941-875-5850. $15/class


Holiday Ornament:

1:00 to 3 p.m., Thursday, December 5.
Using paint, alcohol ink and transparencies, students will create 4 stunning ornaments. These are fun and so easy everyone can participate!  All supplies included. $30. Preregistration required. Questions contact Sheri Lenora at 512-468-7190.

Votive Candle Lantern

 Votive Candle Lantern:

1:00 to 3 p.m. Thursday, December 12.
These quick and easy lanterns make a great hostess gift, personalized birthday greeting or holiday decoration as well as an unusual place card for dinners. You will make one lantern and take-home written instructions and materials to make a second. All supplies included. $20 Preregistration required. Questions contact Sheri Lenora at 512-468-7190.

Pine Needle Basket

Beginner Pine Needle Basket Weaving:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, January 9.
Beginning pine needle basket class. Basket starts with a drilled wood base. Pine needles treated with glycerin are stitched to the wood base with waxed cotton thread. Learn five stitches along with how to add beads between rows of coiling. All materials provided and a variety of color choices available. Patty Feather, instructor. $70 includes materials. Bring lunch.

Oil Painting Class:

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, December 9.
Jan Britland teaches a fun and easy day-long class using the “Bob Ross Technique”. Beginners encouraged to attend. Students take their finished painting home with them the same day. $60 fee, payable at registering at PGICA, includes all materials. Wear old clothes, bring your lunch, and enjoy a full day of painting.

Digital Photography:

9:00 a.m. second Wednesday every month.
Digital Photography The Digiteers, formerly known as the Charlotte Digital Arts Photographers, is a group where everyone from novice to expert shares techniques and experiences in a friendly environment. Peer critique of regular assignments or themes is used as a powerful tool to teach new skills in photography and the digital darkroom. Regular presentations regarding the expanding photo technology keep members up to date on all phases of this hobby. Experienced members help those just getting started with their cameras. All are welcome; registration not required.


Lew Bennett, CFP

Finances And Investing For Women

Lew Bennett, CFP, Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management, presents a series of educational seminars designed to help empower women with financial decisions. These are not sales presentations and no product-specific investments will be discussed. Light refreshments are provided.

  • Identity Theft: 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, December 2.
    Odds are that your information has been compromised multiple times. Come join us for an interactive presentation where you will receive actionable information to keep you and your data safe. RSVP to or 941 391-8000. Free of charge

Estate Planning & Asset Management -

Learning Best Practices: A series of seminars presented by Christine A. Hause, Vice President, Charlotte State Bank & Trust, Trust and Investment Management Services are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. Please call PGICA to register for each session.

  • Value of Florida Residency and Homestead:
    10:00 to 11 a.m., Friday, December 6.
    Are you a seasonal resident or a Florida real estate owner? This seminar will help uncover the benefits of Florida residency, including various tax advantages, creditor protection, homestead benefits, and more. This seminar is beneficial for any current or potential Florida resident. Explore the states that have estate or inheritance taxes and what may cause a domicile audit.
  • Durable Power of Attorney and Health Care Directives:
    10:00 to 11 a.m., Friday, December 13.
    These are very important and powerful documents. In the right hands, they can be invaluable to a properly crafted estate plan. Learn how changes in Florida law have affected these documents and their impact on your total estate plan.


Workouts with Carla Peralt

Contact 941-276-1887 or $10/class

  • La BlastLa Blast:5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Mondays
    Fun-filled, high energy dance class. Challenge and inspire people of all ages and fitness levels – beginners to experienced dancers. Disco, Cha Cha, Salsa, Pasa Doble, Samba and more. Registration required.

  • PiYoPiYo - 10:00 –11:00 a.m. Fridays
    A complete exercise program, a blend of Pilates and Yoga and Functional training exercises. Low-impact    workout that strengthens, sculpts the body, improves your balance and your cardiovascular system.

  • Latin Fitness (formerly Zumba):
    8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Tuesdays and Fridays
    A fitness dance class based on Latin rhythms that will guarantee you a great workout through Latin   and international music that will leave you sweaty and full of joy and energy.

EssentricsEssentrics® Workouts with Elissa Rioux:

as 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. Questions, contact Elissa 207-967-5393 or No need to preregister. Please bring a yoga mat. $10/class.

  • Barre 8:30 a.m.  Mondays
  • New!  Rock Your Core 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays
    All-standing, 45 min. full body workout to classic rock music.  Designed to strengthen your core and improve flexibility.  Great for guys and gals, especially hose playing sports who want to improve their game.  Open to all levels.  Give it a try and have some fun!  No equipment, no impact, just great Essentrics moves.
  • Toning and Strengthening 8:30 a.m.  Wednesdays  
  • Gentle Stretch 10:00 a.m.  Thursdays  

NEW! Qigong

11:30 a.m. Thursdays starting December 12
The foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), qigong dates back over 3000 years.  Accessible to everyone (including those with mobility issues), it has been shown to have many wide ranging health benefits including: supporting the immune system, improving balance, lowering blood pressure and eating depression, to name a few. Wear lose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat if you would like to practice barefoot. Instructor Jim Wilton. Classes are free, but donations are accepted

Mellow Morning YogaYOGA:

8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Thursdays starting October 3
Mixed-level Hatha is suitable for beginner and intermediate practitioners. Emphasis is on proper alignment,   mind/body connection and fun! Bring a yoga mat; a blanket, block and strap is encouraged but not required. Wear comfortable clothes and avoid a heavy breakfast. Instructor Linda Anderson 941-575-3500 or $10/class

Mellow Morning YOGA: Yogo

10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Alignment-based classes. Safe, playful and explorative of mind and body. Incorporates gentle restorative postures, yogic philosophy and breath work.  Inspires a joyful and healthier lifestyle. Contact Instructor Linda Haverlock with questions 317-727-6100 $10/class



Sandwich Seminar:

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 17. Open to the public and provided by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda with lunch at no cost to attendees.
Preregister by calling PGICA @ 941-637-1655.

Essential Oils SeriesEssential Oils Series

Dotti Vaivoda, Instructor: $15/class. Registration required 

  • Plant Based Medicine: Navigating the Supplement World
    1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, December 5.
    How you can use CBD to reduce pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression and cancer-related symptoms. Topics such as the Endocannabinoid System, THC, Hemp and Marijuana will be defined and discussed. With the passing of the Farm Bill, CBD is legal and found everywhere. Finding a quality CBD is important to your success with the product. Our discussion will also be centered around what to look for when purchasing a quality CBD. This class is a fun learning environment where actual product is sampled. your lifestyle.

  • Plant Based Medicine: Is CBD Right for You?

    1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, December 12.
    Learn how you can use CBD to reduce pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression and cancer-related symptoms. The Endocannabinoid System, THC, Hemp and Marijuana will be defined and discussed. Finding quality CBD is important to your success with it, and you will learn what to look for when purchasing. This class is a fun learning environment where actual product is sampled. Bring your questions.

    For more information contact Dotti at


Holiday Classic Treats:

10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 4
Chef Nathan Buckley will demonstrate how you can give some classic holiday treats some festive flair. These party-worthy recipes are guaranteed to delight guests and family alike. $10.

Beyond PGI:

World Cruise: 7 to 8 p.m.  Tuesday, December 3
Jon Shattuck takes us through his recent cruise starting in Ft. Lauderdale, covering 34,000 miles: through both the Panama and Suez Canals, exploring many ports including Easter Island, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Sydney Australia, Bali, Mumbai India. Jordan, Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Lisbon and Porto Portugal, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Oslo and four stops in Ireland.

Let’s Go Fishing:

7:00 to 9:00 p.m., six Wednesdays,
January 8 to February 12 or
February 19 to March 25.

An introductory course in Florida Fishing. Topics 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 toward beginning anglers, but more experienced fishermen will pick up helpful tips as well. The instructor is long time local fishing guide Captain Ralph Allen who might even reveal the locations of a few local hot spots! Open to all members and the public. $45/series of six classes.

“Punta Gorda’s Founder Isaac Trabue: The Untold Story.”

7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 5.
Celebrate Punta Gorda’s founders’ week with Mural Society’s President, Kelly Gaylord as she presents this small taste of our amazing history. Free of charge.

History Classes: 

$18 for each History class or $30 for both classes.
Have you seen the murals around Punta Gorda and wondered what they are all about? Join Kelly Gaylord from the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society as she presents the history of the area as told through the historic murals throughout our beautiful City. In Parts I and II we will visit all 30 murals from the comfort of your air conditioned classroom seat while Kelly walks through 450 years of history using the murals as a guide. Part I covers our area from the time before the Spanish exploration until World War I. Presented in 2 parts:

  • Part 1 – The Early Years: from pre-Spanish Exploration to pre-WWI.
    1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 28
  • Part 2 – Post World War I: picks up after World War I and continues to modern times.
    1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, January 30

One Society: Race Relations in a Post-Racial Society:

4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 3 & 10.
$20/class. James Abraham, instructor.

  • The Tuskegee Airmen & the Black Tank Corps: 
    December 3. One of the most appalling wastes of American power was the sidetracking of thousands of black men who were trained as pilots and tankers. Although many know about the black fighter group, much less is known about the bombardiers and tankers whose work was wasted because of endemic racism.

  • In search of Black Jesus: 
    December 10
    : Was Jesus white? Not unless he was an albino. How did the myth of the white Jesus come to be and what does it signify in a chromatic country?

Writing Class:

6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 3 & 10.
$20/class. James Abraham, Instructor.

  • Colors and images:
    December 3: Certain colors convey certain emotions and sensations. Learn how to color your narrative to bring out your message.

  • So what’s a Bildungsroman? 
    December 10: Coming of age novels such as Huck Finn or The Catcher in the Rye have long been a staple of any literary study. Learn how to build your own bildungsroman by borrowing from the best.

Mah Jongg

MAH JONGG 101 Class:

9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday,
February 4 to February 20

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). When you register pick up info sheet.

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners Plant Clinic-Sprouts and Microgreens:

2:00 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 17.
with the “Sprout Queen” Christine Lindsay. Add nutritious, healthful greens to your diet and improve your plan for healthy eating. Learn a simple method of sprouting and growing microgreens at home. Chris will talk Samples of greens, along with freshly harvested sprouts/microgreens and seeds/supplies will be available for purchase. Free program of the Charlotte County Master Gardeners, who will be available to answer your gardening and landscape questions. Please bring specimens in a sealed plastic baggie, and photos are always helpful. Information: Nancy Palmer, 941-286-6111