Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

May, 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.

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


Monday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Jan Britland teaches a fun and easy day long class using the “Bob Ross Technique.” In this class you will be painting a Sunset. Beginners are 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.



Monday, May 13, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Come create festive cards that will WOW your family and friends. You will assemble four cards using pre-cut designs and learn stamping techniques. Fun for all ages! Class is $15 with size limited to eight people. Questions? Contact Patti Boese at 941-875-5850 or


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: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.

  • Stocks, Bonds and ETFs-All You Really Need? Friday, May 3, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    Discover the tools, concepts and theories portfolio managers use to evaluate and analyze the most cost-effective investments for low risk and high rewards and how to apply them to your investments.
  • Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes. Friday, June 7, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    This seminar will explore estate planning mistakes made by a variety of celebrities you can learn from and apply to your personal plans. Aretha Franklin, Burt Reynolds, Prince, Robin Williams, James Gandolfini, and Ted Williams are a few of the estates explored.
  • Out of State Wills, Trusts and POAs - What to Know. Friday, July 12, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    This seminar will highlight Florida guidelines and show examples of problems out-of-state documents can cause when you are domiciled in Florida. It will help new and existing Floridians determine what should be updated and why.
Lew Bennett, CFP

FINANCES AND INVESTING FOR WOMEN-Lew Bennett, CFP, partner of 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. Call PGICA to register.
Annuities Explained. Thursday, May 16, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. An introduction to Annuities: Fixed, Variable and Indexed Annuities.



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, 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  


SANDWICH SEMINAR: Tuesday, May 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
New discussion each month on a health topic. See their insert. Open to the public and provided by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda with lunch at no cost to attendees. Preregister by calling PGICA.

SCIENCE OF ESSENTIAL OILS: Wednesday, May 8, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
The Science of Essential Oils class is designed to educate the student on the science behind essential oils while discussing where the oils come from, exploring the constituents in oils and how they affect the body. This class is a fun informative class enabling the students to have a hands-on experience with oils. They will be able to touch, smell and use 10 of the most popular oils. FREE samples are always provided to students so they can take them home and continue to benefit from the amazing powerful properties of the oils.

NATURAL SOLUTIONS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS: Thursday, May 23,1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Are you looking to learn more about how to take care of your body more naturally? Are you tired of all of the side effects of medications, and over-the-counter drugs? There is a better way with a much healthier option. Come learn about all the wonderful benefits of how essential oils can improve your health more naturally!!! This will be a fun and exciting time to explore how you can take care of your body, home, pets and children all naturally with certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

COOKING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS: Wednesday, June 12, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
One of the greatest benefits of essential oils is their wide variety of uses. With so many different oils each hold unique benefits and advantages. You can incorporate essential oils into nearly every area of your daily routine and lifestyle. Because cooking, eating, and drinking are such a natural part of our everyday lives, it is no surprise that essential oils are also useful in the kitchen. Not only will essential oils provide any meal with powerful flavor, but they also allow the user to enjoy any internal health benefits that the essential oil may hold, as well as providing a safe, natural way to flavor your food and offering convenience when fresh ingredients are not available. Come to this fun-filled yummy tasting class where you will make a few dishes that will be sure to satisfy your appetite.

PLANT BASED MEDICINE - IS CBD RIGHT FOR YOU? Thursday, June 20, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
With the passing of the Farm Bill, CBD is legal and found everywhere. Come learn about 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. 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. Bring your questions with you so we can help you understand how CBD can improve your lifestyle.


BEYOND PGI: THE STORY BEHIND MY BOOKS: Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Join Punta Gorda author Libby Schaefer for an entertaining presentation on the stories behind her stories. Author of five books ranging from Punta Gorda history to military veteran widows to her latest on the story of the workers at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11, My Brothers’ Keeper, Libby will offer insight on how she finds her subject material and the stories her subjects tell. Be sure to be there for a chance to win one of her books!


MASTER GARDNER: Tuesday, May 21, 2:00 p.m.
Adriana Quiñones the new Executive Director of the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Garden will be introducing us to “What’s Next in the Garden.” Registration not required, free.