2017-08-10 / 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.

Brief Introduction to Windows 10
Noon-2 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 14
Fee: $20
Instructor: James Nelson

This is not a class for Apple computer users. This class is designed for experienced PC Windows users who are interested in upgrading or learning about the new Windows 10 operating system. If you have just bought a new computer with Windows 10, have upgraded or are going to upgrade, this course is for you. Windows 10 is made easy to use and understand.

Hidden Secrets of iPad/iPhone
3-5 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 14
Fee: $20
Instructor: James Nelson

Learn lesser-known hints, tips and tricks to get the most from your iPad and/or iPhone. Topics include shortcuts, sharing photos and web pages, home screen, webpage shortcuts, screen shot capture, plus useful and fun apps and basic internet security. The only prerequisite is basic experience with your device, including using email and internet browsing.

What Happens When the Pay
Check Stops?
10 a.m.-noon
Wednesday, Aug. 16
Fee: $20
Instructor: Adam Cummings

This class is a retirement income primer that discusses income during retirement. We’ll explore how to budget for retirement expenses, examine potential sources of retirement income and identify ways to address potential risks.

It’s Too Hot to Think: What
FGCU’s Renaissance Academy is
All About

2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 16
Fee: Free
Facilitator: Nancy Staub

Lifelong learning is the “ongoing, voluntary and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it’s the raison d'être for the Renaissance Academy. These programs not only enhance social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, but also self-sustainability, competitiveness and employability. Lifelong learners are motivated to learn and to develop because they want to — it is a deliberate and voluntary act. Lifelong learning can enhance our understanding of the world around us, provide us with more and better opportunities and improve our quality of life. Stop in, enjoy the complimentary ice cream social, meet some of our instructors and the staff, and find out what lifelong learning and the Renaissance Academy can do for you.

Pharaoh, God Incarnate
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 17
Fee: Non-members, $45 includes
catered lunch; members, $10 lunch
fee
Instructor: Dr. Steven Derfler

The Pharaoh was God incarnate, Amun, on Earth, and as such, was the source of law — yet never subject to it. Understand the pantheon of divinities who ruled the land of the Nile. And after death? The Pharaoh passed on to the Goodly West, as the God Osiris. Learn the techniques of mummification and read about The Book of the Dead. A catered lunch is included. Call 505-0130 for lunch options.

Radiant Health – Mindful Living
10 a.m.-noon
Thursday, Aug. 17
Fee: $20
Instructor: Annette Franks

This program will explore evidence-based integrative mind-body-health practices that we can do in our daily lives to reduce stress, feel more joy and enhance our own natural health and wellness. We will also explore the role foods play in our cellular health and immune function.

Hidden Secrets of your Android
Tablet / Smart Phone
Noon-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, or
3- 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25
Fee: $20
Instructor: James Nelson

Learn lesser-known hints, tips and tricks for new ways to get the most from your Android device. Topics include shortcuts, sharing photos and web pages, home screen webpage shortcuts, screen shot capture, plus useful and fun apps and basic internet security. Prerequisite is basic experience with your device, including using email and internet browsing.

Must-Have Apps for Apple or
Android
3-5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, or noon-
2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25
Fee: $20
Instructor: James Nelson

See a variety of apps, including highway traffic, lightning maps, travel, Wi-Fi performance, shopping and many others to get the most from your mobile devices. Prerequisite is a basic familiarity with your mobile device.

Journey to Central America:
Guatemala and Nicaragua
10 a.m.-noon
Wednesday, Aug. 23
Fee: $20
Instructor: Dr. Benjamin Crosby

Take an armchair journey to explore the history, culture, geography and politics of Guatemala and Nicaragua — two Central American countries conquered by Spain in the 16th century that won their independence in 1821 and 1982, respectively. Guatemala’s topography is dominated by volcanoes, coffee plantations and rain forest, while its cultural history is highlighted by ancient Mayan sites. Guatemala City, the country’s capital, boasts the National Palace of Culture and the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, while the city of Antigua has been named a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Spanish colonial era buildings. Nicaragua, the largest Central American country, lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and is renowned for its lakes, volcanoes, beaches and biodiversity. Vast Lake Managua and the iconic stratovolcano Momotombo are north of the capital city Managua, while to the south, Granada is noted for its Spanish colonial architecture and an archipelago of navigable islets rich in tropical bird life. The mix of cultural traditions created diversity in the arts, particularly Nicaraguan poets and writers.

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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