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June 2023
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Greetings, Summer starts in earnest on June 26th when National Coconut Day arrives!
The coconut offers sweet support for our bodies in several ways.  

Coconut oil alone falls into the superfood category due to its medium-chain triglyceride
(MCTs) content and all that they seem to do. Whether supporting a weight loss program,
moisturizing skin, and hair or metabolizing into energy, coconut oil plays a significant
role in your body.  

We use the whole coconut in many different forms for our bodies and everyday cooking.
From shredded coconut to milk, cream, water, and oil, each provides essential nutrients
and flavor. Its anti-viral and anti-microbial properties are notable as well.  

Coconut is rich in fiber, Vitamin B6, iron, and minerals like magnesium, manganese,
phosphorus, selenium, and zinc. The oil from coconut moisturizes our skin and also helps
keep our skin clear and hair silky, too.  

Of course, in the kitchen, we love coconut! Beyond baked goods, coconut infuses sweet
flavor to our cooking, and because the MCTs in coconut oil doesn’t absorb in the body
as fat, it is an ideal alternative to other oils and fats.  

The flavor of coconut oil makes the best air-popped popcorn. Add coconut milk to your
curry recipe and win rave reviews! Those who are lactose intolerant and craving ice cream
know that coconut milk also makes an excellent substitute for creamy homemade ice cream.
And of course, it’s not summer without a piña colada!  

Beyond the fruit and water of the coconut that we consume as food, consumers also use the
husk and shells as a potting medium, carbon filtration, charcoal, bio-fuel, and even organic
cat litter. Another use for the husks is the production of coir, which manufacturers use in
making mattresses, doormats, and more.  

Everyone is invited and welcome to take classes at ANY of our locations. Make sure to
register early as space can be limited.  

For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737, and we will be more
than happy to assist you.


View July Daily Calendar    

Register Online      

We are available to assist with registration – 239.434.4737  


Movies and Music
@ The Commons Club at The Brooks June 28 | 1:30 – 3 pm  

This presentation explores how music enhances the dramatic narrative of movies. 
The presentation explores the scientific origins of motion studies that evolved into
what were at first called motion pictures, then moves into the lengthy process of
synchronizing sound and film. 
Selections from
– Raiders of the Lost Artk,
-Gone With the Wind,
-Dr. Zhivago, Star Wars,
-The Godfather, and
-The Wizard of Oz will accompany the lecture.

iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Mail
@ Bentley Village June 29 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Many iPhone and iPad users 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 and nearly all email platforms. We explore the detailed workings of the Apple
Mail app showing you how to add new accounts and contacts, work with attachments,
insert photos or videos, organize email into folders, eliminate junk mail, markup or
sign attachments, scan documents and much more.    

Dust off your manuscript … and get writing again! If you haven’t begun to write but
have always wanted to, you must give this interactive class a chance. Lots of stimulation,
positive critiquing and an overall good time. Everyone gets to read and get feedback on
their writing samples!

Writers Collaborative Workshop
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 | 1 – 3 pm  
Audience is one of the most important aspects of writing. Share the content of yours with
like-minded, aspiring authors in a constructive, acceptance-oriented, creative and vibrant
writing group in search of effective writing methodologies. This program welcomes
whatever you are writing or want to write – memoir, stories, novel, or poems – for input,
guidance and discussion.    

Learn some relaxation techniques via Yoga from the comfort of your own home.

Yoga Nidra Meditation (2-part series)
@ Online via Zoom July 11, 25 | 9 – 10 am  
From the comfort and peace of your own home, calm and reset your body and mind through
the practice of Yoga Nidra Meditation. We start with gentle stretches and breathing exercises
to relax the body as we ease into a guided meditation. Yoga Nidra is the easiest form of
meditation. It is an ancient sleep-based guided meditation, which is very relaxing. As a
result, people feel refreshed and their energy is recharged. It’s equivalent to 3-4 hours of sleep.
Very healing on many levels. Suggested props include a yoga mat and blanket or towel.    

Now is the time to learn the game….BEFORE the snowbirds return

Contract Bridge for Beginners
@ Naples Center July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 10 – 12 pm  
This course is intended for total beginners who want to learn bridge. Modern Contract Bridge
is an exciting and challenging card game played by millions of people. Upon completion, you
can expect to have a firm foundation of Contract Bridge principles. The course is based on a
balanced mixture of lectures and hands-on practice playing. Each successive session builds
by introducing more complex subjects. The first half of each session introduces various bridge
concepts. The second half is spent playing actual hands on these topics. Students get a set of 50
handouts illustrating topics discussed. Learn this wonderful card game and have fun..  

See a sample of what is coming over the next week
click on any title below for more information    
Monday June 26
Ethiopia – Land of the Queen of Sheba and the Home of The Lost Ark of The Covenant
Northern India: The Heart of a Culture  

Tuesday June 27
The Wonders of Ancient Cambodia and Tibet  

Monday July 3
How the Modern Bible Came to Be  

Thursday July 6
Beautiful, Flowering Orchids: How to Make Yours Thrive and Grow!
Great Discussions Group (2-part sessions) New Session  

Friday July 7
America in the 1920’s  

Summer Movie Series
International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (4 films)  

Sundays at Naples Center – 2:00 pm  

Phoenix – July 16 (Germany, 2014, History/Drama, 98 minutes, Rated PG13)  

Baby Teeth – August 20 (Australia, 2019, Comedy/Drama, 118 minutes, Rated MA-17)

Retrograde – September 17 (2022, Documentary, 94 minutes, Rated R)  

Bring FGCU Academy to Your Community    
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.  
Schedule a Private Education Session for Your Community!    

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

View our Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now

LEGENDARY TURKEYView 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 & PORTUGALView 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.

SICILY IN DEPTHView 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.      

FGCU Academy Travel 2024  Call for More Info – 239-434-4838 
Travel Brochures will be available Summer 2023

Moroccan Discovery, May 12-27, 2024
This land of dramatic contrasts invites us to encounter its ancient ruins and
sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and
spirited souks. As we travel from the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech
to the High Atlas and vast Sahara, we open our eyes, and hearts, to a truly foreign
land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people.

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania, August 13-28, 2024   
“On safari” … it’s one of the most alluring phrases in all of travel. And Kenya and
Tanzania count among the most alluring places to be “on safari.” As our small group
travels from grasslands to highlands, to reserves and national parks, we enjoy intimate
game drives, see stupendous landscapes, stay in excellent accommodations, and meet
gracious local people. 

Exploring Iceland, August 15-25, 2024
It’s a surprising, even astonishing land; one of massive glaciers and rumbling volcanoes,
bubbling mud holes and powerful waterfalls; hugely abundant bird life and just 340,000
people; and where the sun never sets for six splendid weeks. It’s also perfect for exploring
in a small group, as we discover traveling the breadth of the country and getting an up-close
view of this natural “wonderland.”

Southern Italy & Sicily, September 4-18, 2024    
Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily and the
breathtaking Amalfi Coast to unheralded Apulia, the alluring “boot heel” where a vivid
history, unique architecture, and bountiful plains join the sun and sea in creating a prized
(and crowd-free) region. Add Italian hospitality, outstanding cuisine, and notable lodgings
for la dolce vita, small-group style.

Scotland: Highlands & Islands, September 9-20, 2024    
“My heart’s in the Highlands,” said Robert Burns – as will you, as we travel from city to
country, mainland to island, on this sweet journey. From loch to loch and glen to glen,
we encounter stunning natural beauty and welcoming clans, while city life serves up the
colorful past – and cosmopolitan present.

Provincial French Countryside, September 27-October 11, 2024   
Experience the beauty, allure, and hospi­tality of provincial France, at an easy pace and
in a unique style. Anchored by stays in vibrant Toulouse and enchanting Paris, the journey
­features diverse Languedoc, the remote Dordogne, the lovely Loire Valley, and historic
Normandy as we stay in charming rural inns and small country hotels. It’s a small group
tour de force! 

New Zealand Adventure, October 10-25, 2024    
It’s a tale of two islands as our small group journeys from New Zealand’s North to its South,
through lively cities and pristine fiords, past lush farmland and enchanted forests in a land
where the outdoors is the national shrine. Add engaging “Kiwis” and intriguing indigenous
cultures – it’s a pure New Zealand experience. 

Southeast Asia Odysseys, October 31-November 18, 2024   
Engaging, diverse, intriguing … This just begins to describe Southeast Asia and our small group
odyssey. We cruise the Mekong through Laos; explore the spectacular – Angkor Wat – and the
sublime – Ha Long Bay; and engage with local farmers and hill tribespeople on this comprehensive,
well-paced adventure    


FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our Critical Mission of Senior
Education and Enrichment Continues!  

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the 2023 Season—Learning, Growing,
Sharing, Socializing. I am excited to welcome you this year to the new FGCU Naples Center, which
is located at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd N, Suite 330 in Naples. Also, we have two new locations in Lee
County, Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs and the FGCU Kleist Center on main campus. As always,
both locations are open to all our students.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a few minutes
to consider donating to ensure our continued success. All amounts make a difference in strengthening
the work we do in the community.  

Your gift will allow the Academy to offer more than 1,500 diverse and fascinating programs at more than
fifteen locations throughout SWFL. Please visit our website to review the rich and varied programmatic
offerings that are available this year. Through our mission we promise to enrich the lives, minds and social
well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors during our 2023 season.  

Donate online at  

I am grateful for your consideration to support this vital community outreach program this year.  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program soon. Please contact me directly at
 [email protected] or 239-434-4838 with questions or to learn more.  

In gratitude, John J. Guerra Director of FGCU Academy            

FGCU Academy Collier / Lee / Charlotte
704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  
239-434-4737   [email protected]
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