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The Renaissance Academy Of Florida Gulf Coast University 117 Herald Court, Suite 211 Punta Gorda, FL 33950 Register Online: Website: Email: Phone (941) 505-0130 Paul C. Thornton, Ed.D Executive Director, Continuing Education and Off Campus Programs John J. Guerra Nancy Staub Director, Continuing Education Program Assistant The Renaissance Academy Douglas Coventry Richard A. Ramos Clerical Assistant Program Assistant


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IN-PERSON or BY MAIL: Herald Court Centre - See address above In Lee and Collier Counties-To receive the Lee/Collier County Renaissance Academy catalog, call 239-425-3272 or visit our website at

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DIRECTIONS From the South:

From the North:

1. Take I-75 N toward Tampa 2. Take the US-17 S exit, Exit 164 toward Punta Gorda, FL 0.4 mi. 3. Turn left onto US-17 S/Duncan Rd. Continue to follow US-17S. 2.3 mi. 4. Turn left onto Taylor Road/ CR-765A. 0.0 mi. 5. Turn left onto Herald Ct. 6. 117 Herald Ct. is on the right. or 1. Take US-41 N toward Tampa 2. Turn left at Herald Ct 3. Destination will be on the left

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. or 1. 2. 3. 4.

I-75S to toward Naples Take exit 164 (Punta Gorda/Arcadia) .23 mi. Turn left on Duncan Rd. (US-17 S) .79 mi. Continue on US-17 S 1.32 mi. Turn Left on Taylor Rd. (CR-765A) 249 ft. Turn Left on Herald Ct 367 ft. Arrive at 117 Herald Ct., Punta Gorda, on the right. Take US-41 S toward Naples Turn left at W Olympia Ave Take the 2nd left onto Taylor St Take the 1st right onto Herald Ct

CONFIRMATION POLICY: Except for Special Programs (course numbers which begin with “SP”) and limited enrollment courses (as specified herein), please consider yourself confirmed for all courses for which you register. You will receive confirmation for all “SP” and limited enrollment courses. Early enrollment is strongly recommended for such courses as they tend to fill quickly. All Renaissance Academy courses are filled on a firstcome, first-served basis. CANCELLATION POLICY: If a class is canceled, you will be notified by phone and issued a full refund within 30 business days. If you wish to withdraw from a class, please notify the Renaissance Academy at 941-505-0130 no later than 5:00 pm three (3) business days prior to the first session of the class in order to receive a refund. Individuals who cancel after the start of the class will not receive a refund. Unless otherwise stated, a fourteen (14) business day notice is required for refunds on all special programs (SP). DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: Most Renaissance Academy locations are handicapped-accessible. Please call the Academy’s office before the start of your first class if you require additional information on handicappedaccessible parking or wheel chair-accessible restrooms and classrooms. PARKING at Herald Court Centre is FREE and located in the adjacent easily accessible, lighted parking garage. The views, analyses, findings and opinions expressed by Renaissance Academy instructors are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the Renaissance Academy or Florida Gulf Coast University. In all of its operations, including admissions, employment, and access to its programs and services, Florida Gulf Coast University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, creed, national origin, disability, marital status, disabled veteran status or age.

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Tai Chi: “Meditation in Motion” for Better Health Option #1 – HC0276 (series) $7 to register by the class Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays 12-1 p.m. WALK-INS WELCOME

$45 Series/$7 per class

Option #2 – HC0300 (series) $45 to register for 8-class pass Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays 12-1 p.m.

The gentle, flowing movements of Tai Chi promote better health, leg strength, and an overall feeling of well-being, according to the Mayo Clinic. The rhythmic movements and controlled breathing of Tai Chi, or “meditation in motion,” requires practitioners to live in the present, thereby reducing stress and producing an inner calm. Tai Chi is low impact, reduces blood pressure, and is especially suitable for older adults. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and shoes. Instructor: Ms. Sharon Fultz

Rx for Writers Option #1 – HC0317 (series) Ongoing; Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10 a.m.

__$30 Option #2 – HC0318 (series) Ongoing; Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-11 a.m.

Option #3 – HC0319 (series) Ongoing; Tuesdays & Thursdays 11-12 p.m.

From finding where the comma goes to defining the ethos and meaning of your work, FGCU's Rx for Writers professionals can prescribe the right medicine to help you with your writing challenge. Get the one-on-one coaching and critiquing to help you turn your thoughts and ideas into words on paper and ultimately a finished product. Whether you’re writing a business letter, a report for your boss, your memoirs, or the next great American novel, we can help! Instructor: Mr. James Abraham

Herald Court Theatre Kids _ HC0220


Saturdays, ongoing 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Structured in 8 week semesters, Herald Court Theatre Kids meets national standards of arts education. Students learn all aspects of theatre along with math, science, movement, public speaking, improvisation, ballet, and environmental education. Students benefit from adhering to a code of conduct, traditional etiquette, and good manners. Parents play a large part in our program’s success, serving as backstage and support staff. Our goal is to drive community awareness and appreciation of arts, culture, and education. Come join the fun! Instructors: Mr. Douglas Coventry and Ms. Laurie Coventry-Payne Visit SEE details of September 22nd and 23rd upcoming production and ballet, “Alice Chasing Rabbits & Other Adventures.” Tickets are $10 and available in our lobby.

Awaken to Ego _ HC0379

** SOLD OUT!**


Wednesdays, August 15, 22, 29 and September 5, 2012 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn how the Awaken to Ego program can be a deeply life-changing experience for participants. Register for the four-week program. The program is based on the book Beyond the Ego: Where Love, Joy, and Peace of Mind Await You, by Dr. David Mutchler. Although the book is not mandatory for participation, we highly recommend each participant purchase a copy. Sharing a copy is encouraged and can provide its own rewards by stimulating discussion outside the classroom. A soft-bound copy is available from Balboa Press, for $14.99 plus S&H. The e-book costs $3.99. Facilitator: Dr. Sharon Whitehill Register online at or call 941-505-0130

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Zumba for Beginners: The perfect de-stressor after work HC0421




Wednesdays, September 5,12,19,26, 2012 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Have fun and improve your health with Zumba the Latin dance/fitness party. This low impact beginner’s course is a fusion of Latin music and rhythms. Burn calories, improve balance, and create a more attractive you. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and non-slip shoes. Walk-ins accepted with reservation. Call #941-505-0130 to reserve a space. $8 for walk-ins. Instructor: Ms. Jeanna Morrow

Zumba for Beginners: The perfect de-stressor after work HC0421-001 HC0421-002 HC0421-003 HC0421-004

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Wednesday, September 26, 2012

5:30-6:30pm 5:30-6:30pm 5:30-6:30pm 5:30-6:30pm

Fall - Foreign Film Series HC0402

$8 per class



Tuesdays, September 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012 1 - 3:30 p.m.

As with all of our Foreign Film Series, each film includes an introduction by moderator Mr. Lee Stein and an opportunity for discussion afterwards. Refreshments will be served. The $35 fee is for all eight movies which may also be purchased individually.

The Crying Game_______ __________________________________ HC0403


Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1 - 3:30 p.m.

“The Crying Game” (UK 1992) - A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier's world. Written and directed by Neil Jordan this psychological thriller and drama explores the themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality against the backdrop of the Irish troubles. Rated R

The Cuckoo _____________ ________________________________ __ ___$5 HC0404

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1 - 3:30 p.m.

“The Cuckoo” (Russia 2002) - It is September of 1944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. Chained to a rock, Finnish sniper-kamikaze Veikko manages to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Front Secret Police 'Smersh', narrowly escapes. They are soldiers of two enemy armies. A Lapp woman Anni gives shelter to both of them at her farm. For Anni they are not enemies, just men. PG-13

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Children of Heaven _____________ ______________________________ ___$5 HC0405

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 1 - 3:30 p.m.

“Children of Heaven” (Iran 1997) - Zohre's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor and there are no shoes for Zohre until they come up with an idea - they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's! School awaits. Will the plan succeed? Not rated

Incendies____ _____________ ______________________________ HC0406


Tuesday, October 2, 2012 1 - 3:30 p.m.

“Incendies” (Canada 2010) - Twin brother and sister journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, unravel the mystery of their mother’s life, and fulfill her last wishes. Rated R

Departures____ _____________ ______________________________ HC0407


Tuesday, October 9, 2012 1 - 3:30 p.m.

“Departures” (Japan 2008) - A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. While working with the families of the departed, Daigo embarks on a spiritual journey of his own. This Academy Award winner is rated PG-13.

The Motorcycle Diaries_____________ ___________________________ ___$5 HC0408

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 1 - 3:30 p.m.

“The Motorcycle Diaries” (Argentina 2004) - The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip and written memoir of the 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would several years later become internationally known as the iconic Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. The film recounts the 1952 expedition, initially by motorcycle, across South America by Guevara and his friend, Alberto Granado. As the adventure initially centered around a youthful hedonism unfolds, Guevara discovers himself transformed by his observations on the life of the impoverished indigenous peasantry. Rated PG-13

Mostly Martha________________ ___________________________ HC0409


Tuesday, October 23, 2012 1 - 3:30 p.m.

“Mostly Martha” (Germany 2001) - When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount… until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood. Rated PG

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Mediterraneo_________________ ___________________________ HC0410


Tuesday, October 30, 2012 1 - 3:30 p.m.

“Mediterraneo” (Italy 1991) - Greek Sea, World War II. An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers on a little island. Their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the island seems abandoned and there isn't a single enemy in sight, so the soldiers begin to relax a little. Things change when their ship is hit and destroyed by the enemy, and the soldiers find themselves abandoned there. Actually, the island isn't deserted and when the Greeks understand that those Italians are harmless, they came out of their hiding places in the mountains and continue their peaceful lives. Soon the soldiers discover that being left behind in a God-forgotten Greek island isn't such a bad thing, after all. Rated R

Success Camp for Writers HC0387



Thursdays, September 13, 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

This 10-week course is designed to help you get your writing project rolling all the way from conception to wrapping up your writing in a literary bow. The modular design of this series is such that participants can take the full 10-week series or pick and choose the modules most helpful to their needs. Individual classes are $30 each or you can register for all 10 classes at the discounted price of just $275. As an added FREE bonus, each participant is entitled to one-half hour of personalized oneon-one feedback of their work in progress from the instructor, James Abraham. Discover your talents in a nurturing and supportive environment. Get published in our Success magazine, a compilation of each participant’s piece. Instructor: Mr. James Abraham

Success Camp for Writers: Getting Started_________________ _________$30 HC0388

Thursday, September 13, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Stuck on starting your novel or memoir? In this session, class participants will exchange information about their goals, listen to an author discuss all aspects of how her book came to be, and hear a lecture about organizing one’s writing. In addition, participants will sign up for their one-on-one, half-hour sessions that will be held weekly.

Success Camp for Writers: Setting Goals_______ __________ _________$30 HC0389

Thursday, September 20, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

The best writers know how to set goals and work toward them. In this lecture, you will hear how to organize your story or book, how to stay focused, and the importance of sticking to your theme. You’ll get an opportunity to read from your work as a way of starting a weekly process of collegial, shared critiquing.

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Success Camp for Writers: Character Development__________ ________$30 HC0390

Thursday, September 27, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Don’t just push your characters around. Give them jobs with meaning and make them work for your best story. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to give characters their meaning and body, how to use minor characters to illuminate the whole, and how to construct and maintain a story pyramid.

Success Camp for Writers: Dialogue___________ __________ _________$30 HC0391

Thursday, October 4, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Make your characters come alive by learning how to write lively, engaging dialogue. You’ll learn how to construct effective dialogue and the importance of making dialogue part of the environment.

Success Camp for Writers: Romance ___________ __________ _________$30 HC0392

Thursday, October 11, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

You will learn what mama never told you about love in this informative session on incorporating the most basic of human elements into your work. You’ll learn how to write about sex and romance in a tasteful manner that helps move your story along.

Success Camp for Writers: Environment and a “Party”__ __________ __ $30 HC0393

Thursday, October 18, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Get some sea air, a nosh, and an opportunity to learn how to write about the world around you while sunning yourself on a literary cruise around Charlotte Harbor. In this session, participants will meet on the waterfront to take a trip around Charlotte Harbor. Pot luck is encouraged. Each participant will be asked to record specific aspects of the environment and will hear a lecture on how to incorporate the built and natural environments into their work.

Success Camp for Writers: Selling One’s Work HC0394

_ _________ __ $30

Thursday, October 25, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

The best incentive for writing is making money from your words. In this session, you’ll learn different ways of writing a query letter and assembling a submission package for agents. You’ll also learn how to sell and market your work even as it’s being written. A guest author will discuss how he/she markets his/her work

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Success Camp for Writers: Plot and Pacing HC0395


_ $30

Thursday, November 1, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

You can’t dance unless you get the beat and your writing won’t flow unless is has rhythm. The key to any story, as in any song, is a sense of rhythm and flow. Plot and pacing are critical to providing readers with a backbeat, if you will, to drive the story. You’ll learn how to consciously incorporate those elements into your writing.

Success Camp for Writers: Conflict HC0396

__________ __ $30

Thursday, November 8, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

No one likes to argue, but it makes for great drama. The world turns not on peace and love, but on conflict. In this session, you’ll learn how to make your work more interesting by constructing and controlling juxtaposition, contrapuntal elements, appositives, and other factors of discord and tension.

Success Camp for Writers: Endings HC0397

__________ __ $30

Thursday, November 15, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

If you’ve ever found it hard to end something on a good note, then be sure to attend this session. All good things must end, and the best things end well. The class will discuss how to bring the loose ends together; how to tie the knot in such a way that the reader is left with precisely the impression the writer seeks to convey.

Southernmost Confederates HC0413


_ $25

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10 - 11:30 a.m.

This lecture is an overview of the Civil War in Florida. It includes Florida’s secession from the United States, the role of Florida’s Confederate military forces, and an overview of United States army and navy ops in the state. Join award-winning author and lecturer Robert N. Macomber and hear the fascinating story of the Civil War in coastal SW Florida. Come prepared for a lively, interactive workshop. Questions are encouraged! Feel free to stay for a book signing after the lecture.

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Digital Photography Exposed HC0420

__________ _ $96

Wednesdays, October 10, 17, 24, 31 and November 7, 14, 2012 1 – 3 p.m.

Tremendous six-week course designed for anyone interested in learning the ins-and-outs of their digital camera. Week 1: Fundamental Follies & Camera Equipment Safari. Week 2: Field of Dreams Location Shoot #1. Week 3: Light at the End of the Tunnel (It’s Not Amtrak). Week 4: Field of Dreams Location Shoot #2. Week 5: Digital Workflow Overload. Week 6: Field of Dreams Location Shoot #3. It is highly recommended students purchase a course booklet, for $10. Instructor: Mr. Spencer Pullen

Ancient Mysteries of the Bible HC0380

__________ _ $10

Thursday, October 11, 2012 10 - 11:30 a.m.

In this workshop, you’ll explore who the Philistines were and whether there were “too many” of them; how the once married Moses could have two fathers-in-law; whether the walls of Jericho really came crashing down; and how the zealots of Masada “triumphed” over Rome despite their annihilation. Using the literary and archaeological record of the ancient Near East, you’ll examine and further your understanding of these enigmas that have confronted humanity for millennia. Instructor: Dr. Steven Derfler

America’s Health Care Crisis: Cause & Cure HC0422

__ $20

Thursday, October 11, 2012 6 – 8 p.m.

This presentation offers information that will allow attendees to separate the wheat from the chaff as politics continue to heat up. Hear and participate in Dr. Strube's talk about the failure of the system to deliver quality, cost effective medical goods and services. Learn more about provider reimbursement methodology. Imagine a future where quality care is delivered at half the cost. Practical application of these concepts to your personal interaction with your doctor and insurance company will be discussed. Questions are encouraged to promote critical thinking so that rational rather than emotional decisions about your personal health care may be made. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments at book signing. Instructor: Dr. Roger H. Strube

What is Healthy Eating… A Simple Approach HC0432

_ $20

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 10 – 12 p.m.

Learn the basics of healthy eating. Learn how to make sense of the confused mass of information about healthy and unhealthy foods and how it is all much simpler than you think. Discover some simple guidelines to help you determine what is healthy and what is not. This course is for people who want to make healthy eating a priority in their lives, but may be unsure how to do it. It is for people who are serious about making meaningful and lasting changes to bring about major health improvements Bring your questions and concerns; the instructor will have plenty of time for Q and A. Also bring your appetite. Enjoy some food samples! Fee is all inclusive. Instructor: Ms. Barbara Rendell

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The Five “C� Series for Writers HC0381

__ $110

Thursdays, October 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15, 2012 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

A self-help legal series for writers, with hand-outs that you can use from day one! Covers Copyright Basics, Contracts for Writers, Creating Your Groove Legally Speaking, Contradictions of Fair Use, and Working with Other Artists. DISCOUNT: All Five Classes for $110 - a savings of $15. Instructor: Ms. Anne Dalton, Esq.

Copyright Basics HC0382

__ $25 Thursday, October 18, 2012 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

A self-help legal class for writers, with hand-outs you can use from Day One! Course covers various topics, including copyright law, trademark, trade secret, patents, work protection, copyright fallacies and myths. Instructor: Ms. Anne Dalton, Esq.

Contracts for Writers HC0383

__ $25

Thursday: October 25, 2012 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

A self-help legal class for writers, with hand-outs that you can use from day one! Course covers various topics, including basic contract terms, licensing versus working for hire, contract myths and fallacies, and important rights. Instructor: Ms. Anne Dalton, Esq.

Creating Your Groove, Legally Speaking HC0384


Thursday, November 1, 2012 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

A self-help legal class for writers, with hand-outs that you can use from day one! Course covers various topics, including defamation, right to privacy and publicity, copyrights, use of quotations and visual work, websites, literary agents. Instructor: Ms. Anne Dalton, Esq.

Contradictions of Fair Use HC0385


Thursday, November 8, 2012 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

A self-help legal class for writers, with hand-outs that you can use from day one! Course covers various topics, including fair use, fair use myths and fallacies, biographers and fair use, famous works and fair use, trivia books and fair use, unauthorized sequels and fair use. Instructor: Ms. Anne Dalton, Esq.

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Coordination with Other Artists HC0386


Thursday, November 15, 2012 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

A self-help legal class for writers, with hand-outs that you can use from day one! Course covers various topics, including collaboration and joint ownership, ghost writing, working with illustrators, and photographers, editors, collections and sequels, merchandising your work. Instructor: Ms. Anne Dalton, Esq.

Guy LaBree: Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles HC0401


Wednesday, October 24, 2012 10 - 11:30 a.m.

This presentation about LaBree and some of his artwork is based on Carol Mahler’s in-depth interviews with LaBree and independent research. The presentation will involve a discussion of Seminole legends, traditional life, history, and Florida wildlife, as well as LaBree’s singular focus on the Seminole perspective. A PowerPoint will show some of his art. Instructor: Ms. Carol Mahler, author of the above named book

Medicare Made Simple HC0398

Thursday, October 25, 2012 – Option #1 10 - 11:30 a.m.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – Option #2 10 - 11:30 a.m.


With the annual enrollment period upon us, we felt this material was important enough to offer it twice for those who can’t make it for the first day/date. For the layperson, sorting out the Parts and Plans available through Medicare to create a personalized plan is a daunting task. First-time enrollees approaching 65 and existing beneficiaries seeking to change plans during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (October, 2012 through December, 2012) will benefit by attending "Medicare Made Simple." Learn the 10 most important Medicare concepts, the differences between the Parts and Plans, and factors to consider in making the best choices for your situation. Instructor: Mr. Ralph Temple

Food Sexy HC0411

____________________$10 Tuesday, October 30, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Does what you eat effect your sex life? In this presentation, learn the relationship between Metabolic Syndrome (overweight, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol, and triglycerides) and low sexual desire. Can you get that “lovin’ feeling” back? You bet you can. Come to this presentation by a local psychotherapist and registered dietitian, to learn how to keep your body and brain functioning and extend your sex life! A must for all Baby Boomers! Instructor: Ms. Chrisanna Harrington

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Fall Gardening Series HC0429


Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15, 2012 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Take all three classes in our Fall Gardening Series for a low discounted price of $18. In these three classes you’ll learn how to protect your tropical beauties from SW Florida’s intermittent frosts and freezes, how to design a vivid palette of colors into your winter garden, and finally, how to grow and care for tropical bromeliads.

Frost Proofing Your Plants HC0428


Thursday, November 1, 2012 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Your tropical plants need help to survive SW Florida's infrequent freezing temperatures and their accompanying frost. In this class taught by a Florida Master Gardener, you'll learn what to do to protect your tropical beauties so they will weather winter and survive into spring in good condition. You'll get tips to minimize and if necessary "treat" frost damage in your garden. Instructor: Ms. Jamie Reynolds

A Winter Palette of Color HC0430


Thursday, November 8, 2012 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Discover the best plants to add to your landscape or patio that will give your yard visual interest and color you can enjoy all winter long. Learn how foliage plants bring texture and interest even when the cold weather can temporarily slow production of your favorite flowering plants. Master Gardener Mike Stevens will share with you several methods for sprucing up your landscape and patio area now to guarantee color right through the dormant season and make your yard the envy of the neighborhood. Instructor: Mr. Michael Stevens, Florida Master Gardner

Beautiful Bromeliads HC0427


Thursday, November 15, 2012 10 - 11:30 a.m.

There are few plants that surpass bromeliads! From the family of monocot flowering plants, the bromeliad has a wide variation on size, shape, and foliage color. This plant can be used indoors and out in South Florida. Learn how to grow and use the beautiful bromeliad in your landscape. Instructor: Ms. Cate Peterson, Florida Master Gardner

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Historical Fiction - Events in the 20th Century HC0419

__________ $10

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

This workshop will discuss how fictional characters are introduced into historical settings, permitting the reader to experience the emotional and physical demands of living through historical events. Using Thomas Williams' novel, “West into the Rising Sun,” you will hear an abridged historical description of the event and “meet" the key character. Pan Am began flying across the Pacific using Martin Flying Boats in 1937. The steward on the Clipper, as the Martin Flying Boats were called, is the character we will use to experience what it was like to fly to China. This service also permitted the flow of money to China to support the war against Japan. Being a money courier was a dangerous job. What did it really feel like to be in such peril? If you were a woman, did you approach the danger differently? This three dimensional introduction of the human face and emotions is what makes historical fiction so much fun to write and read. Instructor: Mr. Thomas Williams

DNA & Genealogy HC0400

__________ $30

Wednesday, November 7, 14, 2012 1 – 3 p.m.

Learn up-to-date information on the three different types of DNA tests used for Genealogy; how they are administered, their relevance to your research, and the different testing companies. You will learn the importance of these tests on proving relationships and family history. Would you like to know if you have Native American ancestry or other ethnic profiles in your genes? The seminar includes many handouts. Instructor: Dr. Ellsworth John La Coste

Brainercize: Agility through Optimism HC0433

__________ $10

Friday, November 9, 2012 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Brain exercises….a perfect way to stimulate your brainpower, and your health, while learning how optimism can improve every part of your life. Through easy, low-key brain-focused activities, you'll feel more energized and mentally alert. Discover ideas you can use in your everyday life to maintain a healthy brain and have fun! Instructor: Anne Schroeder

Being Your Best in Your Relationship HC0412

__________ $10

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 1 – 2:30 p.m.

When a partner is not available to you, what is the message? Do you have healthy attachment or subconscious attachment fears? How do we get a start in childhood to work out ourselves in our adult relationships? Learn tips to assure intimacy, trust and passion. Discussion will take place on these issues and how to establish a healthy relationship with self and your partner using couples modules by Pia Mellody and John Gottman. Discover just what you can do to improve your relationship . Instructor: Ms. Chrisanna Harrington

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A Guided Community Garden Tour HC0423

*Special Event*


Friday, November 16, 2012 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Learn while you tour the new community garden in Punta Gorda. This first of its kind project is the culmination of planning by a committee of dedicated volunteers from TEAM Punta Gorda in collaboration with and funded through grants and contributions. Learn what it takes to design, build, and maintain a viable community garden. During this guided tour you will discover all the rewards that come with the hard work of building this type of project and gain valuable knowledge about raised bed gardening. Come learn about the thriving flowers and vegetables and discover why it really does take a community to build a garden! Located at South County Regional Park, 670 Cooper Street, Punta Gorda. Want to car pool or follow me? Meet in the Herald Court Parking Garage at 9:15am. Dress for strolling. A sweater or jacket may be needed. Bottled water will be provided. Instructor and Guide: Mr. Michael Stevens, Florida Master Gardner

Jazz is a 4 Letter Word – the Big Band Era HC0424


Monday, December 3, 2012 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Go back to the era of the Big Band leaders like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, and Artie Shaw and singers Billie Holliday, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and Frank Sinatra. The Big Bands and the singers they accompanied are part of the jazz movement, a uniquely American musical genre characterized by, "a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a role." Instructor: Dr. Robert Peterson

Writing Memoirs: Uncovering the Hidden Years HC0426


Thursday, December 20, 2012 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Remember that memoir you were going to write? Our children grow to know us as full-fledged adults, with jobs, homes, and all the accumulation of years. But what of that hidden history, those years we spent growing, learning, and knowing? Start the New Year off with an action plan for producing and sharing a life in print. Should old acquaintances be forgotten? No, not if you take the time to record the memories of auld lang syne. We will show you how! Create a gift to share. Instructor: Mr. James Abraham

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South Port Square Course Offerings These lectures are offered in the South Port Square Retirement Community in their Town Hall located at 23033 Westchester Boulevard, Port Charlotte. All lectures are from 9:30 – 11 a.m. on the first Thursday of every month.

Guy LaBree: Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles_ _______________ ______$15 SS0053

Thursday, September 6, 2012 9:30 – 11 a.m.

This presentation about LaBree and some of his artwork is based on Carol Mahler’s in-depth interviews with LaBree and independent research. The presentation will involve a discussion of Seminole legends, traditional life, history, and Florida wildlife, as well as LaBree’s singular focus on the Seminole perspective. A PowerPoint will show some of his art. Instructor: Ms. Carol Mahler, author of the above named book


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Renaissance Academy Travel Abroad Programs Since 2002, the Renaissance Academy has sponsored more than 20 high-end, intimately sized, concierge-style excursions abroad. Through unique custom itineraries, participants have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, to visit historic and cultural sites with outstanding local guides, to experience another culture – its customs, cuisine, language and history – and to delight in conversation and laughter with fellow travelers who share a love of learning and a sense of adventure. Our excursions generally include accommodations in four/five star hotels; most meals and gratuities; private English-speaking guides; deluxe motor coach transportation; and all entrance fees. Register online at to receive complete itineraries, cost information and registration forms or call 239-425-3272. Reserve early! Our exclusive excursions are each limited to 24 travelers.


Journey Through Vietnam SP3041

From $4,051 per person (Land & Air)

March 14-29, 2013 16 days

Discover Vietnam’s captivating beauty, enduring traditions, and profound hospitality. Tour the highlights of the Frenchaccented capital Hanoi and take a full-day excursion to scenic Ha Long Bay. See Da Nang’s acclaimed Cham Museum, explore the nearby colorful village of Hoi An, and relax at a lovely resort on China Beach. Visit the imperial capital Hue, once home to emperors. Cruise the Perfume River to peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda, a significant Buddhist monastery. In southern Vietnam explore the tributaries and floating markets of the beautiful Mekong River Delta. Conclude in Saigon with tours of Reunification Palace, the History Museum, and the underground Cu Chi Tunnels. An optional post-tour extension to Cambodia to explore the incredible Angkor Wat temple complex is also available.

Legendary Turkey & the Turquoise Coast SP3039

From $4,392 per person (Land & Air)

September 5-19, 2013 15 days

Turkey–where Europe and Asia meet to form “the cradle of civilization”–is yours to discover. Begin in Istanbul, Turkey’s cultural and spiritual heart. The city astonishes with its legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, one of the world’s richest museums. Travel south to the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli, ferry across the Dardanelles to Troy, and explore the wealth of Greco-Roman ruins at ancient Pergamum. Spend a day at Turkey’s classical city of Ephesus. Among its treasures are the grand Library of Celsus and a 25,000-seat amphitheater. Enjoy lunch in a local village before boarding a privately chartered gulet yacht. For four splendid days cruise the exquisite Turquoise Coast, relaxing and discovering hidden sights, quaint fishing villages, and remote ruins. End your journey in the seaside resort Antalya, with a side trip to ancient Perge. There is an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension to Cappadocia and Ankara, Turkey’s capital.

Invitation to Tuscany SP3042

$3,295 per person (Land Only)

September 7-15, 2013 8 days

Tuscany’s vineyards, olive groves and soaring cypress trees provide a setting that soothes the soul, delights the eye and raises the spirit. Medieval towns and villages, hilltop castles and ancient farmsteads dotting the landscape await discovery in the most welcoming of climates. The cultural, artistic and architectural treasures of Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Certaldo, Bologna, Fiesole and San Gimignano will all be explored. This Tuscany excursion includes seven nights in a four-star Tuscan villa; most meals (lunches and dinners with wine); English-speaking tour guides; art history and wine lessons; deluxe motor coach transportation; all entrance fees, and a farewell feast at the private castle of Santa Maria Novella set amidst the Tuscan countryside. Register online at or call 941-505-0130

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Paradores & Pousadas: Historic Lodgings of Spain & Portugal SP3040

From $4,834 pp (Land & Air)

September 16-30, 2013 15 days

Stay in distinctive lodgings and experience the rich history of Portugal and Spain during this Iberian sojourn. Beginning in Lisbon, tour the capital city and take an excursion to the National Palace of Queluz. Travel through picturesque Alentejo, a region of olive groves, vineyards, and wheat fields, to one of Portugal’s finest pousadas set in a former 15th-century convent. Cross into Spain and see the ancient, ruin-filled city of Merida, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cordoba, and Seville with its marvelous Moorish architecture. Visit Toledo, capital of medieval Spain. In Madrid, tour the Palacio Royal, the Plaza Mayor, and the world-famous Prado. Extend your tour with an optional stay in Barcelona. Pricing is subject to change until the final travel brochure is released.

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Instructor Biographies James Abraham is a graduate of Oberlin University and an award-winning journalist. He has worked as an editorial writer, city editor, reporter, and columnist for several newspapers. Anne Dalton, J.D., was General Counsel for Radio City Music Hall Productions and for ABC News Magazine "20/20.� Steven Derfler, Ph.D., is a Professor of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Sharon Fultz is a Tai Chi practitioner and has been an instructor since 1995. Chrisanna Harrington, LMHC, works with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. She approaches therapy from a scientific stand point that nutrition affects all cellular function. Essentially, without proper nutrition the nerves and brain just do not function properly. Ellsworth John La Coste, Ph.D., is the author of eight books and has over 30 years of experience as a genealogist. Robert N. Macomber is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed author, lecturer, and TV commentator. Carol Mahler is a storyteller, singer-songwriter, author, and teacher. Carol Mahler founded the Peace River Center for Writers and has served as scholar, discussion leader, and project director for public humanities programs. Jeanna Morrow feels as though she was reborn at 50 when her husband introduced her to Latin dance. She had never danced before. She attended classes for 2 years and then earned the Zumba Basic Instructor certification. Cate Peterson has been a Florida Master Gardener for four years. She has also been a member of the Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society for 2 years. Robert Peterson, Ph.D., has over 30 years of experience in training managers and supervisors of several major Fortune 500 companies. He is a former professional jazz musician. Spencer Pullen began his photography career 14 years ago, having received his degree in Interactive Media and Graphic Design from the International Academy of Design in Tampa. He currently owns Premiere Graphics in Port Charlotte and is a sought-after instructor for anyone interested in learning photography. Jamie Reynolds is a 26-year resident of Charlotte County, now is retired from Edison State College, and teaches as a volunteer in the Florida Master Naturalist Program. She is a Master Gardener and an outings leader for nature walks and paddling trips for the Sierra Club. Lee Stein learned the love of film from growing up in a family that owned a theater. He is the Executive Director on the Board of The Charlotte Chorale. Michael Stevens is an architect, Florida Master Gardner, and the Chair of TEAM Punta Gorda Community Garden Commitee. Roger Strube, M.D., spent thirty-six years in medical education, training, practice, and health care administration. As a health care insider, he developed a unique perspective on medical care delivery and financing. Ralph Temple is a Chartered Life Underwriter with over forty years of experience in the area of member health and life insurance programs. He currently provides advisory services especially for retirees and baby boomers. Sharon Whitehill, Ph.D., earned her doctoral degree in Victorian literature before spending more than 30 years as a professor of English. Thomas Williams is an alumnus of FGCU, graduating in 2003 with a Master of Science Degree. He is a veteran of two wars, and has written five historical novels.

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Renaissance Academy Charlotte County Fall 2012 Lectures & Short Courses