Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands is a wonderland of nature-centric activities and events, world-class cuisine, culture, and great shopping, but the area also abounds in ongoing learning opportunities. Whatever your interest, from art and craft to technology or academics, or if you want to find out about native animals or plants or even just train your dog, there’s a class for that!
Art/Craft, Technology, Academics, General Interest
Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay offers art and craft classes in jewelry making, oil painting, mask making and more! Visit artsallianceoflemonbay.org for class offerings and call 941.475.7141 with questions. 452 W. Dearborn St., Englewood
The Boca Grande Art Center offers classes in everything from drawing to beading, ceramics to photography, and more! Visit bocagrandeartcenter.org or call 941.964.1700. Note: there is a $6 toll to cross the bridge. 236 Banyan St. Boca Grande
Copperfish Books offers author talks, book clubs, and other events! Visit copperfishbooks.com for information.
The Elsie Quirk Library offers ongoing classes and outreach, including Master Gardener clinics, technology help, and Art with Caroline, second Fridays. Visit friendsofelsiequirk.org for details.
Englewood Art Center offers youth and adult art classes and workshops!. Visit ringling.edu/eac for information.
Erlenbach Modern Art Gallery & Studio offers classes in jewelry enameling. Call 941.227.4335 to register and visit erlenbach-modern.com for more information. 612 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood
Inspiration Studio offers over 60 creative classes in fine art, jewelry making, healing arts and more! Call 941.321.8585 for details and visit inspirationstudiofl.com for a full class schedule. On the grounds of Pottery Express Bamboo Farm, 25370 Zemel Rd., Punta Gorda
The Lifelong Learning Institute offers a wide array of classes, lectures, field trips, book clubs, and film programs! For details, visit lifelonglearning-charlotte.org, call LLI at 941.637.3533, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, 10:00 am–noon or 1:00–3:00 pm, at the Peeples Learning Resources Center Building (Building B), Room #114, Charlotte Campus of Florida SouthWestern State College, 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda
The Learning Place at the Charlotte County Cultural Center offers classes and social opportunities throughout the year in everything from art and dance to technology and language. Visit theculturalcenter.com’s Education page for a full schedule. Register by phone at 941.625.4175 ext. 223, or in person Monday–Friday 9:00 am–4:00 pm. 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte
The Open Studio offers ongoing classes in art, craft, healing and fitness. Visit theopenstudio.org for class schedules and call 941.681.2782 for more details. The Open Studio, 380 Old Englewood Rd., Englewood
The Painted Cabana offers fun and funky classes in everything from fine art to scarf painting and jewelry making! Full class schedule available at thepaintedcabana.com. 239.986.2273. Turtle Crossing Plaza, 16500 Burnt Store Rd, Suite 110, Punta Gorda
The Peace River Center for Writers at Edison State College offers an array of educational and informational programs, services and events, the Center aims to provide support for those wishing to pursue the craft of writing in any form. Visit peaceriverwriters.weebly.com for details. 941.637.3514, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda
The Renaissance Academy at Florida Gulf Coast University New classes begin each week, in subjects ranging from Art and Archaeology to technology, gardening, foreign language, writing, and everything in between. Also offers an ongoing foreign film series. Visit registerra.fgcu.edu for details
UF/IFAS Charlotte County Extension offers the Master Gardner Program and the Florida Master Naturalist Program through Sea Grant, an adult education program developed by the University of Florida, centered on three subject areas – Freshwater Wetlands, Coastal Systems and Upland Habitats. Visit the Charlotte County Extension Service at charlotte.ifas.ufl.edu for more information or call 941.764.4346. 25550 Harbor View Rd #3, Port Charlotte
The Visual Arts Center offers creative workshops and classes in fine art, craft, and technology. Session 4 classes begin May 31! Visit visualartcenter.org for complete class schedule and call 941.639.8810 for more information. 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda
Kids' Camps and Summer Reading
Charlotte Players Kids' Drama Camp Visit charlotteplayers.org for information and registration.
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Kids presents Music Camp, June 6 – 17. Visit charlottesymphony.com for information.
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center Summer Eco-Camps for ages 6-10 and 8-13. Visit checflorida.org for details.
Charlotte County Libraries offer ongoing programs and outreach, including Summer Reading! Visit youseemore.com/charlottecounty for details.
Charlotte Harbor Youth Sailing 2016 Summer Sailing Camps Taught by US Sailing Certified Instructors. No previous experience; the basic/beginner camp is designed to give each student how-to knowledge and build their self-confidence on the water. Register by contacting John MacDonald at 941.235.1762 or visit chysailing.com. Session 1, Basic: June 6–17th; Session 2, Basic: June 20–July 1; Session 3, Advanced: July 11–22); Session 4, Advanced: July 25–Aug. 5.
Summer Youth Tennis Camp Beginner and intermediat: $40/week, high intermediate: $45.00/week. Call Tennis Pro Pancho Williams at 941-475-7400 for details. Registration form available at BocaRoyale.com/Tennis and at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce. June 6–July 29, 8:00 am–noon, Boca Royale Golf & Country Club
Summer Youth Golf Camp Ages 7–11: $40/week, ages 12–16: $45/week. Call Golf Pro Adrian Matern at 941.474.7475 for details. Registration form available at bocaroyale.com/golf (bottom of page) and at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce. June 6–July 29, 9:30 am–1:00 pm, Boca Royale Golf & Country Club
Dance Etc offers a diverse range of cultural, enterainment, and recreational interest classes and workshops! Call 941.270.4599 or visit danceenglewood.com. 3372 N. Access Rd., Englewood
Englewood Country Liners offers ‘improver’ and intermediate line dance classes. The public is welcome! Contact Nancy at 941.474.6027 or email@example.com. Thursdays, 9:30–11:30am. Christ Lutheran Church, 701 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood
Qi Gong/Tai Chi Free workshop, come join in! Saturdays, rain or shine, 9:30–10:30 am. Gilchrist Park, by the statue of Ponce de Leon. 400 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association offers Dao Yin Sheng Gong by Richard Curtis. Gentle twisting motions, breath control and acupressure point stimulation. Wednesdays, 10:00 am, $8 per lesson. Call 407.923.8310 for information. Register at the PGICA office or call 941.637.1655. 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda
Tai Chi at the Open Studio Beginner’s Mind Tai Chi Chang, Yang Style. The class is free, but donations are accepted. Tuesdays, 5:30–6:00 pm. 941.474.4060 or visit theopenstudio.org for details. 380 Old Englewood Rd., Englewood
Yoga on Englewood Beach Yoga for Every Body, 8:30–9:30 am every day—holidays included! Class is free, donations accepted and appreciated. Sunset Yoga 6:00–7:00 pm every Monday and Wednesday. Bring a blanket or sheet and plan to have fun! Note: parking is .75 per hour. 941.474.5511 or englewoodchamber.com for details. 2100 N. Beach Rd., Englewood Beach
The Yoga Sanctuary Tucked in the heart of Punta Gorda’s historic district is a small ‘sanctuary’ where you can nurture body, mind, and spirit. Offering classes for all levels. Visit theyogasanctuary.biz for information.
The Animal Welfare League offers education and outreach programs. Visit awlshelter.org/community-programs for details.
The Charlotte County Historical Center offers a variety of programs and services to educate the community about the rich history of the Charlotte County area while preserving and protecting the County's historical resources for future public use. Visit charlottecountyfl.gov/services/historical/ for upcoming programs and events.
The Lemon Bay Historical Society works to perpetuate the legacy of the past and honor the pioneer settlers of the Lemon Bay area. Visit lemonbayhistory.com for information and upcoming programs.
The Peace River Wildlife Center is dedicated to the rescue, care, protection and preservation of native wildlife and hosts periodic outreach events and a daily pelican feeding at 2:30 pm. Visit peaceriverwildlifecenter.org for details.
The Punta Gorda Historical Society works to preserve historic buildings in Punta Gorda and provides education on local history through authoring books, writing and directing plays and creating slide presentations. They also regularly sponsor tours of the area historic buildings and the Punta Gorda Historic District. Visit puntagordahistory.com for more information.
Peace River Dog Fanciers offers dog obedience classes for all levels. Visit peaceriverdogfanciers.org for details.
Suncoast Humane Society offers family-friendly dog training classes at three levels: Basic, Second Level with Canine Good Citizen, and Fun with Tricks and Agility-O. Visit humane.org/index.php/obedience-class and find them on Facebook for more information.
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