2017-04-20 / Arts & Entertainment News

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda.

Tai Chi for Arthritis
Noon-1 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday Ongoing
Fee: $45 multiclass package;
$7 per class
Instructor: Sharon Fultz

Tai chi is proven by over 30 medical studies to improve health for anyone with or without arthritis. Fun and easy to learn, this class is focused on the meditative aspect of tai chi. One student remarked, “When I do Tai Chi, the world goes away. I am left with the simplicity and complexity of tai chi and with an excellent instructor.”

Medical Qigong: Enhancing
our Vitality
10 a.m.-noon
Thursday, April 27

Fee: $20
Instructor: Annette Franks

Qigong is often referred to as “meditation in motion.” This class focuses on vitality enhancement methods and integral qigong practices that are designed to increase joy, improve physical balance and heart health, increase immune function and improve our health, mental focus and energy. Wear comfortable clothes for ease of motion. No prior qigong experience is necessary. It’s also educational and an excellent way to be proactive in our own health care and optimized healthy longevity.

The New Peace River Botanical
and Sculpture Gardens
10 a.m.-noon
Friday, April 28
Fee: Free
Instructor: Rev. Bill Klossner

The Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens are growing right before your eyes. Arbor Day is the perfect time to learn how this project has developed over the last decade and what it means to the community. This sanctuary of art and nature features 27 acres of natural environment on both sides of Riverside Drive along the Peace River east of Punta Gorda. Currently, there are nine sculptures created by artists from around the world and outdoor botanical “rooms” featuring a variety of plantings of educational and research interest to novices and experts, respectively. The Gardens are expected to open in October. The class is free to the public, but seating is limited. Call 505-0130 to reserve a seat.

Rogues, Rebels & Roughriders
1-2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, May 10, 17 and 24
Fee: $40 for the three class series,
or $18 per class
Instructor: Dr. Ronald C. Suciu

The opening decade of the last century turned a page in American history. The acquisition of the Hawaiian Islands, the Spanish American War, the Boxer Rebellion and the Philippine insurrection initiated a new role for the United States, a two-ocean world power. The story behind the events leading to military involvement, colonization, subjugation and the Panama Canal was fueled by industrialization and a philosophy infused with a notion of Manifest Destiny. The actors included missionaries, pirates, painters and presidents. The stage is cluttered with sunken ships, cowboys, a deposed queen, a doomed dynasty and a new national identity. The third session, on May 24, will be held at the Military Heritage Museum at Fisherman’s Village.

• May 10 – Hawaii, coaling stations, Mahan, sugar, the Pacific Fleet: We’re off to Asia

• May 17 – Spanish American War: The “Maine, Spain,” Marti, McKinley and the Teddy Bear

• May 24 – An Asian colony, a bloody bar, an ego trip to WWI and a path to World War II.

Old Movies – New Relevance
1-3 p.m.
Thursday, May 25, June 1, 8 and 15
Fee: $17 for the four film series
or $5 per film
Moderator: Sandy Price

The unprecedented political climate in America isn’t new to Hollywood. Four films made between 1974 and 1981 look at previously unthinkable events or situations that lead to new norms. From misplaced idealism in “Reds” to conspiracy theories proven true in “The Parallax View,” from high government malfeasance in “All the President’s Men” to rogue CIA plots in “Three Days of the Condor,” directors and screenwriters have anticipated many events now unfolding. See the movies and then join the discussion about their relevance decades after their release.

• Thursday, May 25, “Reds”

• Thursday, June 1, “The Parallax View”

• Thursday, June 8, “All the President’s Men”

• Thursday, June 15, “Three Days of the Condor”

Getting the Most Out of Your Brain
10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 6
Fee: $18
Instructor: Cindi Ryerson

This lecture will help you learn about your brain and what you can do to help your memory. Learn about the four pillars of brain maintenance and how you can unlock the secrets to successful aging. Practice some memory strategies that can work for you. Experience a sampling of unique brain activities.

Digital Photography Exposed I
9-11 a.m.
Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 and 28
Fee: $65
Instructor: Spencer Pullen

Anyone with a digital camera is welcome in this course where participants will learn the fundamentals of photography — ISO, aperture, shutter speed — and how they work together to create an image; the equipment available to help photographers in diverse situations; and explore the facilitator’s recommendations for buying or upgrading cameras and accessories. Using a DSLR camera, we will demonstrate techniques. The class will make two field trips to capture images, which will be shared and discussed in class following the first location shoot. An optional workbook is available for $20, payable to the instructor.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are held in the FGCU facility at Herald Court Centre, 117 Herald Court in downtown Punta Gorda. Parking is free in the adjacent parking garage. To register, call 505-0130 or visit https://registerra.fgcu.edu. ¦

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