Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

March, 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

Bob Ross Technique - Art Class


Monday, March 11th, 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 the blue-footed booby. 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.


Pineapple Basket

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


Monday, March 25, 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.

Jewelry Design ClassJEWELRY DESIGN:
Thursday, March 7, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Come and learn to create a necklace or bracelet using your choice of a variety of stones, crystals, metals and/or beads. Teacher Cindy Wheeler will show you how to design an item using simple techniques and tools. If you have an outfit that needs a jewelry item, wear it or bring it along to create a matching accessory. All materials and tools provided; $30; advance registration by March 5 required; payment required at time of registration; minimum of four students.

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Julieta de Palacios, instructor, muralist and decorative artist, presents a four-class workshop on how to transform a photo of your choice into a unique piece of art. For artists of all levels; just bring your brushes and enthusiasm! Max 10 students; $190.

Wreath Making ClassWREATH MAKING:
Monday, March 11, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 27 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 provided. Advise color choice when registering: aqua, pink, purple, white. Contact or 941-740-0226 with questions.


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.

  • Sector and Style Diversity in Investment Portfolios
    Friday, March 8, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    A key way to lower the risk and raise the reward of your portfolio is to be properly diversified across the sectors of the economy. What do investments in value versus growth stock affect your portfolio? Learn the details and best practices to help you maintain a healthy port-folio.
  • Tax Law Changes and How They Affect Your Estate
    Friday, March 22 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    Discover a variety of recent tax changes and how they can be used to your advantage. Learn how your estate plan and your assets will be impacted and gain some strategies you can employ.

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, 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 dis-cussed. Light refreshments are provided. Call PGICA to register.

  • Taxes Thursday, March 21, 3:00 p.m. Please join us for a general discussion about Taxes and Investing: qualified vs non-qualified accounts, before tax vs after tax, wash sales, Medicare surtax and capital gains qualifications.


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.

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


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  


Thursday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Healthcare professionals from all over Charlotte County will be present. Learn about the differences between home healthcare agency and home care agency (private duty care) and how to choose. Activities include physical screening, physical therapy, balance, blood pressure, mas-sage, eye testing, and more. Along with the other agencies, Granny Nannies will provide a light breakfast, lunch and snacks. Free and open to the public. Registration required, call PGICA 941-637-1655.

SANDWICH SEMINAR - Love You Colon: Get your rear in gear:
Tuesday, March19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

by Mari-an Malafarina, Patient Navigator for our Colorectal Center of Excellence. There will be time for questions. Open to the public and provided by Bayfront Healthcare Punta Gorda which provides lunch at no cost to attendees. Preregister by calling PGICA.


BEYOND PGI: THE PEOPLE OF THE GREAT CIRCLE-The Mound Builders of South Florida:
Thursday, March 7, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Charlotte County historian and artist Ted Ehmann’s research into the 112- year study of the Woodland Period mound building cultures in South Florida has raised questions about long held beliefs on this fascinating part of our heritage. Hear Ehmann’s arguments for a larger, more significant place the Calusa and other tribes deserve in history. No registration necessary for this informative and interesting program, free.

FORM BASED CODES-Toward Punta Gorda’s Future:
Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Mitchell Austin, City Urban Planner, will present an exciting alternative to the City’s traditional building codes-Form Based Codes. Learn how this modern principle of codification, based on form rather than traditional linear municipal regulations, can add architectural style, ensure predictable development and foster character in our City. Sponsored by Smart Growth Punta Gorda and in conjunction with the upcoming Charette process to develop a new City-Wide Master Plan on March 11-15, this is another opportunity to learn about new possibilities to create a more vibrant Punta Gorda. Registration not required; free.

March 19, 2:00 p.m.
Master Gardner Marlene Hofer will share tips on how to enhance your landscape by using some simple propagation techniques. Rejuvenate your existing plants, save money and learn a new skill. Registration not required, free.

Thursday, March 21, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Join Captain Wright Morris as he speaks to some of the challenges presented to the Peace River and our local estuary. Protecting Florida waterways is one of our most pressing issues so learn what is being done to preserve our natural resources. Registration not required, free.


BEYOND PGI: Beyond Red Tide: Harmful Algae and Us:
Tuesday, April 2 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Betty Stagler, M.S., Charlotte County Sea Grant Agent with the University of Florida will discuss harmful algae blooms (HAB) including which HAB forms in our estuary, the causes and effects on our environment as well as what you can do individually and collectively to prevent these harmful organisms. Learn how to become a citizen scientist and join a seagrass monitoring program. This is a timely and relevant topic that affects all of us so mark your calendars.

Monday, April 29, 1:00 p.m.
Brad Hillberry, CPA and District Training Coordinator for AARP TaxAide of Charlotte County, will help you prepare for next year’s tax season by discussing new tax forms, the implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts, basic strategies to minimize your taxes through the next year, where to get FREE income tax training and how to get involved with the local AARP TaxAide program.