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Greetings,we always know when seasons change by the traffic patterns. Have you noticed the big trucks delivering people’s cars? Or the busier parking lots when you try to go out to eat at your favorite place. And the wait begins to get a table. Well, the same happens with FGCU Academy. People are flocking down earlier and staying longer than ever before. Even with Hurricane Ian having wreaked havoc around us, the people are coming down earlier back in drobes and staying. Our classes are booking up. If you see something you are interested in, don’t wait. Register early and hold your spot. We anticipate this winter season to be busier than it has been in recent years. We can tell by the fall registrations, things are going back to normal. People want to be out and about more than ever.

Program guides are available for you at your local library or at Naples Center. Feel free to stop in our office and register for your favorite programs while you can. We look forward to seeing you!

If you would like to have FGCU Academy provide programs at your community, click below and send us an email with your information: who the contact person is, their email and phone number along with name of your community. We will be happy to reach out and discuss the possibilities with them.

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Program Guides

View 2022 FGCU Academy FALL Program Guide

View UPDATED October Daily Calendar


LOW IMPACT – Get Up and Get Moving

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

@ Naples Center / Online Webinar – October 14, 21, 28 | 9 – 10 a.m.
Class can be done from the privacy of your own home or in-person.
Balance University is an interactive wellness class, designed to improve balance, posture and flexibility. This program starts with basic balance exercises and progresses to more complex movements over time. Your instructor explains the “whys” and the importance of balance exercises as part of your everyday routine. Join our instructor in a safe and effective low-impact workout on Friday mornings


Nation of Immigrants
@ Pelican Landing – October 14 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

A history of how our country has been peopled, with a look at those who have embraced and those who have opposed the notion of an American cultural mosaic. The presentation will include first-hand accounts by new arrivals to the United States beginning even before the United States existed, as well as the testimony of recent arrivals.

FBI: Politicization and Integrity
@ Pelican Landing – October 17 | 10:30 – 12 p.m.

In the past decade there have been serious allegations of politicization in our judicial system. Several cases have called the independence and integrity of the DOJ and FBI into question. Join a retired federal law enforcement executive in a candid discussion. Topics include: Has the FBI, DOJ been politicized; have investigations and prosecutions been influenced improperly; has FBI’s stellar reputation suffered; if so, why?

Black Holes, Super Nova, Quasar & Other Wonders of the Universe
@ Naples Center / Online Webinar – October 17 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Explore wonders of the universe and the variety of objects discovered as a direct result of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Black Holes, Super Nova, Quasar, Neutron Stars are all in our sky. Black holes are just one of the mysteries we are discovering. Find out what Black Holes are and how we know they exist. Learn what makes one black hole different from another. Where are they and can you survive falling into one? Will the Earth get sucked into one?

Instructor: John Guerra

iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets of Apple’s Newest Operating System iOS 16
@ The Arlington – October 14 | 2:30 – 4 p.m. Regular Schedule
@ Moorings Park Grey Oaks – October 18 | 2:30 – 4 p.m. Newly Added Course
@ Bentley Village – October 20 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.Regular Schedule
@ Naples Center / Online – | October 24 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.Regular Schedule
@ Pelican Landing – October 21 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. RESCHEDULED DATE
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake – October 27 | 1 – 2 p.m. RESCHEDULED DATE

Join this lecture-style presentation to learn all of the new features, upgrades and enhancements of Apple’s newest operating system for iPhone and iPad, iOS 16. We will explore tips, tricks and secrets that make using your device easier, more powerful and efficient.

Apple iPhone/iPad Settings: iCloud, Notifications, Focus and More
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake – October 20 | 2 – 3 p.m. RESCHEDULED DATE

Settings is one of the most important Apps on your iPhone/ iPad; it is where you customize and control how your device functions. If you have not spent quality time in the Settings app, you do not fully understand how your devices can work for you. This lecture-style presentation will explore how to configure the most important settings on your iPhone and iPad, including iCloud, Notifications, Focus, Display & Brightness, Privacy, Apple Pay and many more.

LOOKING AHEAD – see what’s coming

• Space Exploration: History and What Does the Future Hold?
• Churchill’s Secret Army
• The Germans are Coming! The Birth of the Hanoverian Line in England
• The Art of Alfred Hitchcock
• Religion in the White House
• Five Eyes: Global Espionage, Eavesdropping and the Collection of Communications Intelligence
• Borneo & Malaysia — From Headhunters to High Tech
• Presidential Wives: Remember the First Ladies

2023 Travel

Travel The World With FGCU Academy
Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living

INSIDER’S JAPAN – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days
It’s a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity; a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating. This well-crafted tour features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life, and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa.

UNTAMED ALASKA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

LEGENDARY TURKEY – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

ACROSS SPAIN & PORTUGAL – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

PEARLS OF DALMATIA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

SICILY IN DEPTH – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

ISRAEL: TIMELESS WONDERS – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

Support FGCU Academy | Make a Memorable Gift Now

The Academy’s program fees only cover a fraction of its operating costs. The Academy relies on the purchase of memberships and donations to carry us the rest of the way. Without your support, this vital community lifelong learning and outreach program would not be possible. Thank you for your generosity.

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