2017-06-15 / 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.
Mondays and Wednesdays,
Fee: $45 multiclass package; $7 per
Instructor: Sharon Fultz

More than 30 medical studies show that tai chi can 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 said, “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.”

Fake News is Not New: Historical
2-4 p.m.
Mondays, June 19, 26, July 3 and 10
Fee: $65
Instructor: Dr. Sharon Whitehill

Sometimes we’re defrauded, sometimes we take satire literally and sometimes we’re simply gullible. What about in the past? Were the false reports of the past that took hold of the public a matter of factual error, mistaken perception or ignorance? In this four-week class, we’ll answer these questions by looking at some famous examples: Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” in 1726, George Orwell’s “1984” in 1949, Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast “War of the Worlds,” and Forrest Carter’s beloved 1976 story, “The Education of Little Tree.” (The first two works are available online, the second two at most libraries.)

The New Peace River Botanical
and Sculpture Gardens
10 a.m.-noon
Tuesday, June 20
Fee: Free

Instructor: The Rev. Bill Klossner

The Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens are growing right before our eyes. 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, and features nine impressive sculptures created by artists from around the world. A number of outdoor botanical “rooms” will creatively feature a wide variety of plantings that will ultimately allow education and research for novice and expert alike. The gardens are expected to open in October 2017. Come and watch us grow. This class is open to the public at no charge, but seating is limited. Call 505-0130 to reserve a seat.

Foundations of Investing: An
Introductory Class
10 a.m.-noon
Wednesday, June 21
Fee: $20
Instructor: Adam Cummings

In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of modern portfolio theory and the definitions of different types of investments, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities. You will also learn how to put these tools together in ways that fit your individual needs.


2:30-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 21

Fee: $15

Instructor: James Abraham

Battles lines were being drawn for a major constitutional crisis, as President Andrew Johnson and Congress squared off over Reconstruction. In other news, the precursor of the Brooklyn Bridge went up in Cincinnati, the United States purchased Alaska and the transcontinental railroad construction went into high gear. All three of these events, along with a few others we’ll discuss, shaped our country and the world in ways we still feel today.

iPad/iPhone for Beginners
10 a.m.-noon
Thursday, June 22
Fee: $30
Instructor: John Guerra
If you own an iPad or iPhone — or if

you are considering purchasing one — join us as we introduce you to the magic of these Apple devices. For many, the iPad is the only technology you need. You will learn the basics of iPad such as: settings, organizing/multitasking, surfing the web, checking email, watching movies, listening to music, reading books and more. Learn how to create an Apple ID and discover thousands of apps available from the App Store. The Apple iPhone created and has since defined the category of smartphones. It's a remarkable piece of technology that provides access to phone, voicemail, email, web, photos, calendars, texting, maps, games and so much more. The lecture style demonstration will teach you all the basics. This is not a class for Android users.

iPad/iPhone for Intermediates II
1- 3 p.m.
Thursday, June 22
Fee: $30
Instructor: John Guerra

Take your iPad and iPhone knowledge and experience to a whole new level. Impress your friends and become known as an iPad and iPhone guru. Discover all the new features and enhancements of Apple’s latest operating system. Learn interesting tips and tricks to make your experience a more pleasant and efficient one. Discover some of the best apps available for the iPad and iPhone in this lecture-style presentation.

The History of Punta Gorda in Its
9:30 a.m.-noon
Choose from: Wednesday, June 28,
or Monday, Sept. 18
Fee: $18
Instructor: Kelly Gaylord

Have you seen the murals around Punta Gorda and wondered what they are all about? Join Kelly Gaylord from the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society as she presents the history of the area as told through the historic murals throughout this beautiful city. Visit all 28 murals from the comfort of your classroom seat while Kelly walks through 450 years of history using the murals as a guide.

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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