Courtesy Regina Buckley

CHOIRPLAY: Mondays, January 8 through February 26, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. Back by popular demand! Instructor Cahal Dunne is an internationally recognized singer, composer, pianist, comedian, story teller and television personality. If you like to sing and can carry a tune, please join us for this pop, rock, gospel and country choir concept backed by top classical orchestral arrangements in a fun, relaxed social setting. You don't have to read music and no auditions. End of session concert March 4 at 2 p.m. $80 includes practice CD’s and sheet music. Call the PGICA at 941-637-1655 to register.

OIL PAINTING: Monday, January 8, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. Jan Britland teaches a fun and easy day-long class using the “Bob Ross Technique”. Beginners welcome. Take your finished painting home the same day. $50 fee includes a canvas and all materials. Class size is limited. Call the PGICA 941-637-1655 to register. Bring your lunch.  

BEGINNER GUITAR LESSONS: Mondays 7 to 8:30 p.m. January 8 to February 26. PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. This intro to guitar includes acoustic and electric. Learn basic chords and common rhythm patterns and play popular songs. Students should bring own guitar; limited number of loaners available at no charge. Music stand is optional but helpful. $120. Instructor Billy Folchi. Call the PGICA at 941-637-1655 to register.

INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH LANGUAGE & CULTURE: Mondays, 4:30 to 6 p.m., 6-week course January 8 to February 12. PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. Students will begin learning to speak French, basic grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Instructor Bill Folci takes students beyond the text book and teaches the commonly spoken language. Prospective tourists to France will especially appreciate this focus. $60. Call the PGICA at 941-637-1655 to register.

BASKETWEAVING CLASS: Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23. 9 a.m. to Noon. Learn to weave a large fruit basket. Pre-requisite: One beginner basket weaving class or prior basket weaving experience. Class consists of three, 3-hour sessions. Learn new techniques and reinforce previous skills. $70 includes all weaving materials necessary. Class size is limited to six students. Register by close of business January 3. Refer any questions to the instructor, Teresa Comeaux, 941-347-7640 or tascomeaux@hotmail.com. 

LET’S GO FISHING: Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. beginning January 10, PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. Introductory course in Florida Fishing offered by local fishing guide Captain Ralph Allen. (He might reveal locations of a few local hotspots!) Topics 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. Geared towards beginning anglers, but more experienced fishermen can pick up helpful tips. $45. Call the PGICA at 941-637-1655 to register.

FINANCES AND INVESTING FOR WOMEN: Lew Bennett, CFP, partner of Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management will present the following four educational programs designed to help empower women with financial decisions. These are not sales presentations and no product-specific investments will be discussed:

Introduction to Stocks & Bonds: January 11, 3 to 4 p.m. 

Introduction to Mutual & Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's): January 25, 3 to 4 p.m.

Introduction to Annuities: February 8, 3 to 4 p.m.

Identity Theft: February 22, 3 to 4 p.m.

 

SANDWICH SEMINAR: “Let’s Talk About Knee and Hip Pain”, Tuesday, January 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. You are not alone on your journey to pain-free living. Have your questions answered one-on-one for all your hip and knee ailments. The seminar presented by Dr. Mark Davis, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon is designed to educate patients on their options, both surgical and non-surgical. RSVP is required for this free lunch provided by Bayfront Health. Call PGICA 941-637-1655 to register.

JEWELRY DESIGNING: Thursday, January 18, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. Cindy Wheeler will show you how to create a necklace or bracelet using your choice of stones, crystals, metals, and/or other beads. Learn to design using simple techniques and tools. If you have an outfit that needs a jewelry item, bring it and match it to your creation. Or make a gift for someone special. $30 includes materials and tools. Advance registration at least 2 days prior to class required. Call PGICA 941-637-1655 to register.

CRAFTING WITH MARY FRANCIS: Thursday, January 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or Thursday, January 25, 1 to 3 p.m. PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. Join Mary Frances Adair and make three original items: a booklet holding four 3 x 5 note cards, a unique greeting card and a wine bottle 'collar'. $20 includes all materials and instruction. Register 3 days ahead by calling PGICA, 941-637-1655.

DIY ESSENTIAL OILS POST-HOLIDAYS WORKSHOP: Thursday, January 18, 1 pm to 3 pm. PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. Looking for a way to unwind and de-stress after the holidays? To do something fun and all about YOU? Come for a DIY Post-Holidays Workshop using doTERRA Essential Oils! Have a great time preparing four different personal items that you’ll love and that smell great. Dotti Vaivoda and Debbie Jones will be your instructors. $25 includes materials. Register at least two days in advance. Call PGICA, 941-637-1655.

THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE CRISIS: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?  Thursday, January 18, 7 to 8 p.m. Why does health care cost so much? How can insurance premium increases be slowed or reversed? Where is American medicine heading? Dr. Roger Strube shares his vision of our future health care system based on the knowledge acquired as a physician, insurance executive, quality consultant and patient during the past 50 years. No charge.

ROBOTICS DEMONSTRATION: January 23, 3 to 4 p.m. PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda.  Four championship and award-winning robotics teams from Charlotte High School will demonstrate their entries in the FIRST TECH CHALLENGE robotics competition. These students are competing for a place in the national championships. Come and support the Punta Gorda students. For more information call PGICA at 941-637-1655.

TAI CHI SINGLE FAN FORM: Mondays starting January 29, 10-11 a.m., 10 weeks. PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. This form is for everyone. Designed to improve balance, increase brain activity and build strength. A fun way to relieve stress. No Tai Chi experience necessary-only a desire to have fun and improve balance and health. $100 for 10 weeks; $20 additional for the fans. Limited to 10 students. Call PGICA, 941-637-1655. Mary Cel Curtis, instructor.

ESSENTRICS GENTLE STRETCH: Mondays, 8:30 a.m. taught by certified ESSENTRICS Instructor, Elissa Rioux. This slow-paced, gentle, age reversing workout will help to release tight muscles, rebalance joints and restore the entire body. Regain your flexibility and mobility while slowly building strength and reawakening the power of your 650 muscles. For men and women of all ages who are new to the technique, would like a relaxed pace exercise routine, are less mobile, have atrophy-related stiffness, frozen shoulder, chronic aches and pains, want to work on improving posture, or haven’t exercised in a while. All you need is a mat, a hand towel for your neck and an optional strap. $10. For more information call PGICA, 941-637-1655.

ZUMBA FIESTA: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. $10/session, registration not required. Experience an exhilarating hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life. Zumba features interval training where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training combine to tone and sculpt while burning fat. Add Latin flavor and international zest to the mix! For more information call PGICA, 941-637-1655.

DAO YIN SHENG GONG: Wednesdays, 10 to 11 a.m. This Stretch and Balance is the most popular and most helpful class for recovering balance. It utilizes an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system of gentle twisting motions, breath control, stimulation of acupressure points in the body and mental development. These fluid harmonious movements will improve energy circulation, loosen the joints, tone up and oxygenate muscles and relax the nervous system. $8/lesson, registration not required. Instructor Richard Curtis. For more information call PGICA, 941-637-1655.

YOGA: Thursdays, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. Taught by Linda Anderson, Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher. Workout is designed to accommodate beginners and intermediate students. If you have difficulty getting down and up on the mat, the class can accommodate you while sitting in a chair. $10/session, registration not required. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothes. Avoid having a heavy breakfast. For more information call PGICA, 941-637-1655.

ESSENTRICS STRENGTHENING AND TONING: Thursdays, 10 a.m. This full body workout rapidly changes the shape of your body through a dynamic combination of strengthening, stretching and toning. The technique develops lean, strong and flexible muscles with immediate changes to your posture. Perfect for men and women of all fitness levels, this program rebalances the body, prevents and treats injuries and unlocks tight joints. With diverse music, this equipment-free workout leaves you feeling energized, youthful and healthy. Bring a mat, a hand towel for your neck and an optional strap. $10. Taught by certified ESSENTRICS Instructor, Elissa Rioux. Never tried ESSENTRICS? Come try a free first class! (Mention this at sign up.) For more information call PGICA, 941-637-1655.

BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: Thursdays, 4 to 5 p.m. Don’t sit on the sidelines at the next party or event, learn to dance! 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. Wear leather-soled shoes for class. $10/person. For more information call PGICA, 941-637-1655.

TAI CHI/QIGONG: Fridays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. The most basic and first ever tai chi form, "13 Postures" will continue through early 2018. This class is the very beginning of a tai chi practice and will lead to a more harmonious life and better health overall. Originally, the philosophy for this class was taken from Lao Tzu's "Dao Te Ching". No special clothing needed; no prior experience required. Ongoing; Richard Curtis, instructor. $12/class. For more information call PGICA, 941-637-1655.

2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, 33950

941-637-1655

www.pgica.org

Contact: Regina Buckley, Executive Director