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July 2022

FGCU Academy Celebrates

Greetings, July 5th recognizes 1/3rd of the s’more. It’s National Graham Cracker Day! Hopefully, you saved a few crackers if you were busy making s’mores over the Independence Day holiday.

When Sylvester Graham first invented the slightly sweetened cracker, he intended it as a health food. In the early 1800s, the Presbyterian minister developed the cracker as part of his “Graham Diet” program. They were made from whole wheat graham flour with added bran and wheat germs. He believed his snack would curb sinful cravings.

Today, makers use bleached white flour and blend a variety of flavors including honey, cinnamon, and chocolate. They also come in smaller bite-size snacks and fun shapes.

While a delicious snack on their own, they also make terrific ingredients for desserts. Crushed graham crackers blended with butter and pressed into pie tins, or springform pans make excellent crusts when lightly toasted. Graham crackers layered between yogurt and fruit taste delicious in a parfait. When it comes to crumb toppings, oats, brown sugar, butter, and crushed graham crackers blended together and lightly toasted will always satisfy.

Graham Cracker Sandwiches
Some of the easiest ways of using graham crackers are making a type of sandwich. Of course, one of the most popular treats made with graham crackers is the S’more. However, that’s not the only type of sandwich we can make with these sturdy crackers.

Ice cream sandwiches – It’s summer, so head to the freezer. Just one scoop of ice cream between two crackers is all it takes. Wrap the sandwich in wax paper and place it back in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.
Nut butter sandwiches – Whether it’s peanut butter, hazelnut, or sun butter, spread your favorite between two crackers and enjoy.
Fruit sandwiches – Layer banana or strawberry slices between two crackers. Add nut butter.
Frozen fruit sandwiches – Puree your favorite fruit and then freeze slightly. Spread the pulp on the crackers and refreeze just like you did the ice cream. These sweet treats are delightfully refreshing!

During Christmastime, graham crackers go into overtime. They join forces with gingerbread and create magical houses with frosting. The edible delights may not last very long, but they make memories that last a lifetime.


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Writers’ Collaborative Workshop (4-part series)


Naples Center or Online via Zoom
July 5, 12, 19, 26 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Audience is one of the most important aspects of writing. Share the content of yours with like-minded, aspiring authors in…READ MORE

Instructor: Lisa Wroble

Chair Yoga & Mindful Movement


Naples Center or Online via Zoom
July 7, 14, 21, 28 | 9 – 10 a.m.

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga available to everyone, practiced seated using a chair for support. Practice breathing exercises and 8 movements of the spine while seated. Standing poses include balance, gentle stretching and mindful movement encouraging the flow of healthy “chi”…READ MORE

Instructor: Susan Lovett

A Novel Experience (4-part series)


Naples Center or Online via Zoom
July 7, 14, 21, 28 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

If you have always wanted to write a book but do not know how to begin, then this workshop is for you. Learn the stages of the writing process as you plan and organize your book and explore characterization and plotting along…READ MORE

Instructor: Lisa Wroble

Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part series)


Naples Center or Online via Zoom
July 8, 15, 22 | 9 – 10 a.m.

Balance University is an interactive wellness class, designed to improve balance, posture and flexibility. This program…READ MORE

Instructor: Chris Williams


Apple Watch Tips, Tricks & Secrets


The Commons Club at The Brooks
July 11 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Naples Center / Online via Zoom
July 18 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Many with iPhones and iPads do not fully understand how to use Mail, one of the most important apps on their devices. Apple’s Mail app supports Gmail, Yahoo, Exchange, AOL…READ MORE

Instructor: John Guerra

iPhone/iPad Camera App


Naples Center or Online via Zoom
July 12 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

iPhones/iPads have multiple cameras for taking still photographs, wide angle, portraits, panoramas as well as regular, time-lapse and slo-mo videos. Change your focus and exposure..READ MORE

Instructor: John Guerra


Cause and Effect: The Development of Religious Creeds


Moorings Park
July 6 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Siena Lakes
July 12 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Why were the creeds created and how many were there? Are they both in the Old as well as the New Testament? Are there others that are not in scripture? Each one was the answer to a question that arose during the early years of the church and each one expresses a unified answer…READ MORE

Instructor: Kent Commons

Making / Taking Better Photos


Naples Center
July 8 | 2:30- 4:30 p.m.

Ansel Adams said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make a photograph.” Photography is a very subjective endeavor. There are no hard-and-fast rules to follow that always…READ MORE

Instructor: Frank Berna

Operas, Musical Theater and their Literary Origins: Lecture & Concert


The Arlington
July 8 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Many of the great operas and classics of musical theater began as literary ideas. The abstract power of music and its ability to inspire images of reality…READ MORE

Instructor: Rachel Cox and Judy Kaffe

King Solomon and Lady Wisdom


Naples Center or Online via Zoom
July 11 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Israel’s third monarch, Solomon, was tested to choose between two women: the embodiment of life and wisdom or the salacious nature of foreign wives and gods. This is the historic tale of his moral and spiritual struggle. Solomon’s charge was to lead the tribes of Israel to…READ MORE

Instructor: Marc Leavy


Travelogues are an excellent choice to give yourself a moment to escape and allow your imagination to take over.


Northern India: The Heart of a Culture


Aston Gardens
July 5 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Explore Northern India, where every moment brings new stimulation! Wander through…READ MORE

Instructor: James Sernovitz

Cuba: A Nation Frozen in Time


Commons Club at The Brooks
July 21 | 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

The Cuban Revolution was over 50 years ago, but for most of its citizens, nothing much has changed. From the vintage cars to swinging Latin rhythms, the beautiful…READ MORE

Instructor: James Sernovitz

Ethiopia – From the Queen Of Sheba To The Lost Ark Of The Covenant


The Arlington
July 26 | 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Ethiopia is the world’s second oldest Christian country with ancient churches carved out of solid rock. It is the source of the Blue Nile with ancient monuments rivaling…READ MORE

Instructor: James Sernovitz


International Film and Documentary Discussion

Sundays at 2PM | Naples Center

July 17, August 21, September 11


Moderator: John Guerra


Naples Center
July 17 | 2 – 4:30 p.m.


Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Pain and Glory

Naples Center
August 21 | 2 – 4:30 p.m.


A director in the twilight of his career reflects on his life as past and present come crashing down on him in this Cannes award-winning film from Pedro Almodóvar.

As it is in Heaven

Naples Center
September 11 | 2 – 4:30 p.m.


A famous international conductor returns to his small childhood town in Sweden for early retirement. He’s asked to help with the church choir after which everyone’s lives will be forever changed.

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Machu Picchu to the Galapagos – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 13 – 28, 2022 | 16 days

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May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days

August 20 – 30, 2023 | 11 days
Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters the breadth and beauty of America’s Last Frontier.

September 1 – 15, 2023 | 15 days
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.

September 10 – 26, 2023 | 17 days
Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular small group journey from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in vibrant Barcelona.

September 14 – 28, 2023 | 15 days
Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

September 21 – October 3, 2023 | 13 days
Classic Germany: it’s the Romantic Road and the Bavarian Alps, royal castles and half-timbered houses, charming villages and historic Nuremberg, culturally rich Munich and international Berlin. It’s history of note – and of notoriety. And we see it all on this alluring small group tour.

September 28 – October 9, 2023 | 12 days
Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily is all this, and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey around this Italian island. It’s lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man – and of nature, hospitable people and delectable cuisine … a feast for all the senses.

October 14 – 25, 2023 | 12 days
Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to scen¬ic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.

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