Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

September, 2019

What’s Coming in PGCIA Educational Opportunities?

On the HorizonNew this season:

  • Punta Gorda’s Muralsthe history, the art with Kelly Gaylord
  • Fall Wreath Making with Mary Frances Adair
  • Military Heritage MuseumGary Butler presents Punta Gorda’s expanded museum
  • Healthy Cooking with Nathan Buckley – “You Are What You Eat”
  • The Soul’s Journeywith Psychic Medium Lorenzo Marion
  • SpanishHablemos espanol with Lily Solano
  • The Writer’s Salon with author Naomi Pringle
  • Felt Stitching with Nancy Walden

And, of course, we welcome back our favorites:  expanded fitness and health programs, financial seminars, basket weaving, gardening workshops, fishing, Mah Jongg,  and Choir Play!

Watch for new class schedules and details on our website and in upcoming issues of The Commentator magazine. It’s going to be a great year

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.



Monday, September 9, 10:00 to 11:30 AM
Want to create fun special occasion and holiday cards?  Please join me while we assemble four cards using pre-cut designs and learn various stamping techniques.  Class size is limited to eight people and preregistration is required.  Come release your creativity while making some beautiful handmade cards!  Please contact Patti Boese at 941-875-5850 if you should have any questions.
$15 for series, 4 cards.  All materials provided.


Digital Photography:

9:00 AM 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.

Oil Painting Class:

Monday, September 9, 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Jan Britland teaches a fun and easy day long class using the “Bob Ross Technique”. In this class you will be painting a windy beach scene. 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.



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. Call PGICA to register.

How do Interest Rates Impact My Portfolio?

September 11:00 to 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about the Federal Reserve and their interest rate policy.  Learn how interest rates can impact your portfolio.  Also learn ways in which you can better position your portfolio for future rate increases or cuts

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.

Straight Talk on Annuities

October 4, 10:00 to 11:00 AM
Learn why trust departments do not use annuities, UITs, mutual funds, and private REITs. Discover the truth about these products, including their true costs, penalties imposed, lost earnings, lack of liquidity, and other important details left out of the sales talk.


Workouts with Carla Peralt

La Blast:La Blast

Every Monday, starting October 7, 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Fitness powered by dance: A fun-filled, high energy dance class that will challenge and inspire people of all ages and fitness levels – beginners to experienced dancers. Have fun dancing Disco, the Cha Cha, Salsa, Pasa Doble, Samba and much more.

PiYo PiYo

Fridays starting October 4, 10:00 -11:00 AM
A complete exercise program, a blend of Pilates and Yoga and Functional training exercises. Developed by Charlene Johnson as part of Beachbody, PiYo is marketed as a low-impact workout that strengthens, sculpts the body, improves your balance. and your cardiovascular system.

Zumba Fiesta: Zumba Fiesta

Every Tuesday and Friday, 8:30 to 9:30 AM
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 as well as resistance training to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you've got ZUMBA.


All workouts $10 per session, registration not required.
Contact Carla with questions at 941-276-1887 or e-mail


Every Thursday, starting October 3, 8:30 to 9:30 AM
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 work out while sitting in a chair. Sessions are $10, registration not required. You will need mat and comfortable clothes. Please do not have a heavy breakfast. Questions, contact Linda Anderson 941-575-3500 or

Mellow Morning YOGA:Mellow Morning Yoga

Wednesdays, starting October 9, 10:30 to 11:30 AM
Linda Haverlock joins our Punta Gorda community from Syracuse, New York. She received her certification through YogaFit under Yoga Alliance, has studied a broad range of yoga methods and has been teaching for 15 years. Students in this class may expect alignment-based classes that are safe, playful and explorative of the mind and body. You can look forward to a practice that incorporates gentle restorative postures, yogic philosophy and breath work backed by lively playlists.  All to inspire a joyful and healthier lifestyle. Classes are $10.  You may contact Linda with questions at 317-727-6100.


Sandwich Seminar

Tuesday, September 17, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Lyam Agosto, Wound Management Program Director for Bayfront, and Dr. Bachle will be presenting. They will be talking about wound care and Bayfront’s hypobaric wound care program. Seminars are 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.

Flu Vaccination Clinic

Flu Vaccination Clinic

Tuesday, October 1, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
No appointment is necessary for this clinic. Bring your Medicare card, insurance card and identification card to the Clinic. Sarasota Health Care Services, Inc. will bill them for you. They offer the traditional Flu vaccine and the High Dose Flu Vaccine PPSV23 Pneumonia Vaccine and the new Prevnar-13 Pneumonia vaccine.

CPR, AED & Stop The BleedCPR, AED & Stop The Bleed

Thursday, October 17, 9:00 AM to 12 PM
We will have a FREE CPR & stop the bleed class done by Chief Holden Gibbs of the Fire Dept. This is limited so please sign up early.

Essential Oils Series

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

Plant Based Medicine - Is CBD right for you?

Thursday, September 19, 1:30 to 3:00 PM
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. Bring your questions with you so we can help you understand how CBD can improve your lifestyle.

Science of Essential Oils

Thursday, September 26, 1:30 to 3:00 PM
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.

For more information contact Dotti at

You Are What You EatChef Nathan Buckley presents
a four-class series entitled “You Are What You Eat”.

$12.00/class or $40.00 for the 4 sessions

  • Session 1 October 31 10:00-11:00 AMKnow your ingredients”
    Learn about producers in your area, farmers’ markets, and the concepts of biodiversity and bioregionalism.
  • Session 2 November 7 10:00-11:00 AM:What happens in the pan?”
    Learn the techniques of sautéing, sweating, searing, and choosing the right cooking oil.
  • Session 3 November 14 10:00-11:00 AM: “Improving your parties”
    Learn how to hone your entertaining skills to improve your parties and get-togethers.
  • Session 4 November 21 10:00-11:00 AM: “Tips to save you money”
    Learn money-saving tips while increasing your food knowledge and improving your diet for life.


Finish Your Book

James Abraham Tuesdays: Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24   6:00 – 7:30 PM

  • Proportion: How much is too much? When is too little not enough? Learn the craft of proportionality as it relates to your writing. Learn how to strengthen your story with word count clues and positioning of information so that your readers get exactly what you’re trying to tell them.
  • Dialogue: Spoken words are pneuma, a Greek word for the breath of life, and how writers use dialogue determines how real characters are to readers. Learn how to breathe life into dead narratives or resuscitate flaccid characters with good, effective dialogue.
  • Environment: A good writer turns environment into another character, using scenery and setting to help convince a reader of the writer’s intentions. Think of the dirty old city in “We Gotta Get Outta This Place” or the beach in “Jaws” and consider the powerful use of the environment to convey moods and dynamics.
  • Singular Characters: Writers with memorable characters have reputations that last as long as those characters. Pin your writing hopes or writing immortality on striking, intriguing characters who tower over the landscape or sinuous creatures who burrow into a reader’s mind. Learn how to make readers listen up and look up when your characters appear.

$80/series of 4 classes.

Spanish - Lily Solano

Tuesdays, October 8,15, 22, 29 10:00 AM to 12 Noon.
Designed for adults with previous Spanish experience wishing to brush up their conversational skills. Native Spanish speaking professional teacher. Pre-registration required. $80 for series Limit: 10 per class.

Genealogy Unwrapped - Joanne Ryder

Fridays, October 11, 18, 25, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Have you met your great, great grandparents? You won’t believe how much like you they were! Genealogy Unwrapped will get you started on your way to an unbelievably fascinating study of your ancestors! We’ll start with the basics then fly off into a world of diverse research tactics to learn who they were… what they did… how they lived. Laptops are welcome. Designed for the beginner, this course is also a great review for any genealogist. $12/class or 3 for $34.

Medicare Seminars - Ralph Temple

  • Medicare Made Simple
    Tuesday, October 8, and Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
    A comprehensive overview of the key Medicare options. Medicare isn’t anything like the health insurance you used to have. It’s a whole new ballgame, with important enrollment rules, different coverage parts (ABC&D), a variety of Medicare Supplements, and in the Charlotte Harbor neighborhood we have over twenty different Advantage plans and over twenty-five different Medicare Drug plans! It can be overwhelming and confusing, with numerous choices.

    Medicare Made Simple is an across-the-board introduction and a good refresher. It covers the most probable enrollment periods and rules, and the Parts and Plans mentioned above along with their differences and pros and cons. We will discuss buyer priorities vs. popular options, and a practical process for plan selection or change. Question and answer time is included.

  • Medicare Drug Plan Review,
    Wednesday October 9 and Tuesday October 15, 7:15 to 8:15 PM
    How to do your own annual Medicare drug plan review. Drug plan selection has become a challenge for many Medicare participants, and change is the perpetrator. Drug costs have increased faster than medical costs; drug plan benefits can change every year; and your medication list can change over time. In addition, qualified agents and advisors are poorly motivated to service drug plan renewal business. A solution: take more control and do it yourself.

    Attendees will learn how to preview and evaluate the numerous and wide variety of 2020 Medicare drug plans, using the website. Learn how to identify the more suitable drug plans and make a well-informed choice. Step-by-step handouts will be provided along with an on-line demonstration, and an explanation on how to read a report that summarizes out-of-pocket-costs based on your medications.

There are no fees for Medicare seminars, but seating is limited by room size. Call PGICA office at 941-637-1655 if you plan to attend. Contact Ralph Temple, 941-286-6047 for more information.