Classes beginning in February 2016

Mondays, Feb. 8-Feb. 29. 10:00-11:50 a.m. (4 sessions)

“Memoir Writing” – By Ed Ellis

Memoirs tend to encompass the writer’s entire life span, focusing on the development of personality over time. The quality of the work is determined by the work’s context and technique. The writing is generally from the first person point of view. This class provides the student with a valuable set of time-tested tools and techniques based upon the Natural Writing Process with the objective of creating a memoir which can be enjoyed over time to future generations.

Edwin R. Ellis is a retired consultant and businessman living in the Englewood area. He is a founding member of the Englewood Authors, past president of Suncoast Writers Guild, member of the Florida Writers Association, and writing instructor for the Englewood Art Center. He earned a BA in business from the University System of New Hampshire.

Classroom E119 — $60 Non-members, $40 FRIENDS

$40 Member                    

$60 Non Members        


Tuesdays, Feb. 2—Feb. 9, 10:00-11:50 a.m. (2 sessions)

“Eight Flags Over Florida” – By Jackie Brown

Many flags have flown over Florida since European explorers first landed here in the early sixteenth century. These influences shaped Florida into the multi-cultural, diversified state that it is today. Join us as we explore the history and impacts of the “eight flags over Florida.”

Historian Jackie Brown joined the Charlotte Co. Historical Center in 2008 as the Historical Coordinator, bringing her academic and practical experience. Promoted to Historian in 2014, she provides historical services such as preservation, research, collections, and exhibit creation and design. She earned her BA in history from FGCU with an emphasis on Florida history and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the Org. of American Historians, the FL Historical Society, American Historical Assn, and the Conference of Florida Historians. She co-authored scholarly works on Afro-Cuban segregation in late 19th century Tampa and authored a paper on a Civil War skirmish in Charlotte Co. She continues to research local and state history.

Classroom E119 — $30 Non-members, $20 FRIENDS

10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (2 sessions), Classsroom E119

$20 Member                    

$30 Non Members        


Tuesday, Feb 2, 6:00-7:50 p.m. (1 session)

“Legal & Tax Questions Every Snowbird Should Know” – By Jeffrey Kuhns

Are you a snowbird? Do you own two or more homes? Are you contemplating dual residency? Are you uncertain if you are a Florida resident? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this class will help you understand the most common issues surrounding these situations. We will cover important legal and tax issues regarding ownership of two homes, “snowbird” residency, and the importance of tax and estate planning when owning property in multiple states.

Attorney Jeffrey R. Kuhns concentrates his practice in the areas of tax and business law, wills, trusts and estate planning, and probate and trust administration. Jeff is a member of the Florida Bar, the Charlotte County Bar Association and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a County Court Mediator. He also enjoys teaching paralegal studies at Florida Southwestern State College as an adjunct professor.

Classroom E119 — $15 Non-members, $10 FRIENDS

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members        


Tuesdays, Feb. 9 or Feb. 23, 10:00 a.m. (1session)

“Walking Tours of Punta Gorda’s Historic Murals” – By Ron Norsell

Have you ever wondered about the murals of Punta Gorda? Why they are here and what do they represent? Put on some comfortable walking shoes and join us for an interesting two-hour tour. You’ll learn about Punta Gorda & its rich heritage.

Ron Norsell is a lifelong history buff. He moved to Punta Gorda following his retirement from an international business career that fed and cultivated his interest in history. The murals around town impressed him and his curiosity inspired him to learn more. By coincidence a friend asked him to consider joining the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society. He writes, “What an opportunity! I jumped at the chance and the rest is history.” Today, he feels privileged to serve as the Society president and carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Andrews.

Note. Both tours are the same and are limited to 10 people; circle the date you prefer when you register. They begin at the south end of the parking lot of Laishley Park Municipal Marina. Meet there and plan to arrive 10 minutes early.

No classroom needed — $15 Non-members, $10 FRIENDS

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members        


Tuesday, Feb. 16, 10:00-11:50 a.m. (1 session)

“The History of the Financial Crises and Their Outcomes” – By Leo D. Boisvert

Over the last 150 years economic and investment market crisis has been common.   This course will highlight, in a historical context, major financial catastrophic events as well as the events that preceded the economic disaster and solutions that were implemented to overcome these dilemmas.

Leo D. Boisvert is Managing Partner and Chief Financial Strategist of Private Wealth Consultants, LLC. He is responsible for strategic investment development, estate and financial planning. He completed MBA studies in Financial Management and was awarded the designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst (C.I.M.A.) from the Univ. of PA, Wharton School of Business.

Classroom E119 — $15 Non-members, $10 FRIENDS

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members        


Wednesdays, Feb. 10-Feb. 24, 10:00-11:50 a.m. (3 sessions)

“Fight Climate Change: Urgency and Action”  – By William Keller

Each class session includes a 45-minute talk, followed by

Q & A. Session 1: Overview of Urgency & Action: Why it is so urgent that we take action to fight climate change & what we can do about it. Session 2: How you can act in your own realm to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% immediately & by 70% by mid-century. Session 3: Reducing emissions & fighting deforestation by influencing friends, colleagues, and our governments.

William “Coty” Keller has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colgate Univ., a Master’s in financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a PhD in decision science from Walden Univ. Coty has qualified as a Florida Master Naturalist with the Univ. of Florida. Recent writings include The 40,000 Pound Carbon Diet: How a Middle Class American Family Reduced Their Carbon Footprint by 75% and Climate Change: Urgency and Action (co-authored with John Darovec for the Florida Veterans for Common Sense.

Classroom E119 — $45 Non-members, $30 FRIENDS

$30 Member                    

$45 Non Members        


Fridays, Feb. 12-Feb. 26, 3:00-4:50 p.m. (3 sessions)

“Scientific Discoveries” – By Gail Davis

In this course you will learn and investigate some of themajor scientific discoveries along with the story behind each one in a simple, straightforward manner. Each period of scientific advancement will be balanced with the other great news of that day. For instance, did you know that George Gershwin wrote some of his best music during the same year the Big Bang Theory was proposed by Lemaitre? Join us and learn about the history of scientific discovery, explained without scientific jargon and have fun mastering the underlying concepts with fun classroom activities designed to teach and entertain the non-scientist.

Dr. Gail Davis is a college professor, historian, performing pianist and recording artist, and professional story teller. Her new CD will be released early in 2016. She earned her doctorate from the Univ. of Central Florida and has been teaching at the college level for 30 years.

Classroom E119 — $45 Non-members, $30 FRIENDS

$30 Member                    

$45 Non Members        


Thursday, Feb. 25, 1:00-2:50 p.m. (1 session)

“What’s Happening with the Peace River Sculpture Garden?” – By Cate Peterson

The Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Garden is a new facility being built in Punta Gorda at 5800 Riverside Drive. The gardens will showcase world-class sculpture and a variety of botanicals suitable for our subtropical region. Everyone can enjoy art and nature while learning about local flora and being inspired by the sculpture. Cate will talk about some of the unusual plants used in the garden.

Cate Peterson is a Master Gardener.

Classroom E119 — $15 Non-members, $10 FRIENDS

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members