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Educational Opportunities

Carol Duncan


September, 2017


NOTE CHANGE IN REGISTRATION: 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 Isles 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. 

Estrellita's travels

BEYOND PGI: Best Mangos in Paradise: Tuesday, September 5, 7 to 8 p.m. Notes from Estrellita’s seven years sailing around the globe, 40,000 miles – 50 countries, avoiding pirates, bad weather and coral reefs including surprises, things we should have known, and our sailing mantra, “It’s all about the people you meet.”  Amy is a mechanical engineer with an aerospace background including designing a part of the fuel delivery system of the space shuttle. Bill is a 35 year broadcast radio veteran but when they met their immediate common interest was sailing. The next year they bought a 38ft monohull, Estrellita and began to prepare the boat and themselves for a circumnavigation. Registration not required.

SANDWICH SEMINAR: Tuesday, September 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Maintaining Balance: A Fall Prevention Talk. Join us to learn the components of balance; the visual, vestibular, and somatosensory systems, and how they work together to help you maintain balance. We will also discuss the importance of preventing a fall, modifications that can be made for fall prevention, and what to do if you fall. Speaker: Jim Abromaitis, Bayfront Health Physical Therapy. Sandwich Seminar is open to the public and sponsored by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda which provides lunch at no cost to attendees. You must preregister by calling PGICA at 941-637-1655.

Art, Oil Painting - September ClassART, OIL PAINTING: Monday, September 11, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (second class September 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 $50 fee includes a canvas and all materials needed to complete the painting. September subject will be a seascape. 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 fun class is offered monthly. Reminder - payment is required when registering.

BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: Weekly, Thursdays, from 4 to 5 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 You must pre-register for summer classes (see above information on registering).

BASKETWEAVING CLASS – WINE TOTE – Three Tuesdays, September 12, 19, 26, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Level: Advanced Beginner. Prerequisite: One previous basket weaving class. This is a great class to reinforce the skills learned in a beginner class as well as learning some new skills. The $70 class fee includes all weaving materials necessary to complete the basket. Class size is limited to six students. Refer any questions to the instructor, Teresa Comeaux, 941-347-7640 or The last day to register for this class is September 7. Register at the PGICA office or call 941-637-1655. When you register, be sure to ask for the list of items to bring to the class.

CREATIVE PAPERCRAFTING: Thursday, September 28, 1 to 3 p.m. Learn card making techniques with hands-on application using different folds/designs/placement. All supplies and instruction provided to make cards and other items, i.e. favors/guest treats. $20. Register/pay for class by September 26.

DAO YIN SHENG GONG: Please note that this class and TAI CHI/QIGONG will not be held in September or October. Check the November Commentator for times and dates of classes.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY ADVANCED:  9 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.

LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN OILS: Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., ongoing throughout the year. Class is designed for all levels of painters. Class is small and each person receives instruction for their individual level. Cost is $125 for four 2-hour sessions in Room #5. Please contact Mary Taglieri at 941-979-0901 or to register. Mary is a Punta Gorda resident and has been a professional painter for over 35 years. She is an internationally recognized artist, travelling to where new scenery and environments inspire her. Payment is due upon registration.

LET’S GO FISHING!: Six Wednesday evenings, October 25 to November 29, 7 to 9 p.m. (Classes will also be offered January 10 to February 14, 2018 as well as February 21 to March 28). The cost is $45 for the six-week series, payable at registration. This is an introductory course in Florida fishing. Topics to be covered 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 during the class and there will be a number of useful handouts issued to students. The class is geared towards beginning anglers, but more experienced fishermen will pick up helpful tips as well. The instructor is long time local fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen who might even reveal the locations of a few local hotspots! The course is open to all members of the public. Advance registration is recommended by calling 941-637-1655. There is a limit to the size of the class so register soon!

WIRE WRAPPING: Thursday, September 28, 2 to 3:30 p.m. or Friday, September 29, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Terri's Treasures makes one of a kind jewelry from gemstones and fossils, and now she can teach you too! Come join us for a creative, fun session! We will wire wrap stones and make unique pendants! The instructor will have a variety of crystals and gemstones for participants use. All materials and tools will be provided but participants may also bring in a stone, fossil, or shell that has sentimental value to them. Each person will leave with a treasure! Cost is $35 each session. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, September 26. Call 941-637-1655 or stop in PGICA to register.

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 at