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October 2023      

FGCU Academy
Flamingo Frenzy  

Greetings, Though “flamingos” and “flamingoes” are both accepted plurals, “flamingos”
is the more common of the two. Did you hear that flamingos have been sited in Wisconsin?
How in the world did Flamingos end up there? Wisconsinites have been experiencing flamingo-
fever since the first-ever sighting on Friday September 22 in Port Washington.  

No one is sure how the birds ended up in Wisconsin, but some believe Hurricane Idalia may have
had something to do with it. It is possible the strong winds pushed the birds to fly farther north
than ever before. Hurricane Idalia was being credited with delivering a flamingo-palooza to the
Eastern United States. The birds were spotted in Florida, Alabama, South and North Carolina,
Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Texas.  

This was the first-ever sighting of flamingos in the Badger State, adding to the list of rare birds
seen in the state in 2023. They are American Flamingos, according to the Wisconsin Society for
Ornithology. It appears that three are adults and two are juveniles.  

What is a group of flamingos called? They would be called a “flamboyance.” That’s not super
important to know, but it sure is fun to say, “I saw a flamboyance of flamingos in Wisconsin.”  

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.

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October Daily Calendar

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Jewish Avengers – Nazi Executioners
@ Brooks Commons Club | October 2 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Nazi military might was formidable, but many Jews did not simply “go like lambs to the
slaughter.” They resisted via sabotage, ghetto uprisings, escape, camp revolts and armed
guerrilla fighting. After the war some sought restitution. Topics include: Jewish resistance;
Jewish groups who targeted Nazi war criminals during and after WWII; Israeli assassinations;
the Dachau liberation “reprisals;” war crime tribunals; if the Allies did enough to help the Jews;
and the MV St. Louis.

Catherine the Great
@ Brooks Commons Club | October 5 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Bright, ambitious and imbued with ideas of the Enlightenment, Catherine rose from a German
princess to Empress of Russia through her wits and wiles, not to mention intrigue and the
convenient elimination of her husband. Her correspondence with the greatest minds of the day
is legendary. She had grand plans for Russia, and encouraged by her lover Potemkin, set about
the expansion, modernization and education of the country. Although her reign also saw the
violently dangerous Pugachev rebellion, Catherine’s accomplishments and devotion to Russia
have earned her a place among history’s most Enlightened Despots.. 

Femme Fatale – The Women of Espionage
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom | October 6 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Join a former counterespionage officer for a fascinating discussion of female U.S. spies –
what they did and why. We will explore women who served the U.S. and those who spied
for other nations. Topics include: Ana Montes, Ethel Rosenberg, Belle Boyd, Mary Surratt,
Virginia Hall, and OSS.

Are You an Informed Collier County Voter?
@ The Arlington | October 6 | 2:30 – 4 pm
@ Moorings Park Grey Oaks | October 10 | 2:30 – 4 pm  

Most of us don’t know as much about what’s on our ballot as we’d like to – especially the
farther down the ballot we go. And yet the people we elect at the state and local levels decide
how much we pay in taxes and how that money is spent, the kinds of growth and development
that are allowed, how quickly our communities recover from hurricanes and how they prepare
for the future, who hires our school superintendent and what’s taught in our local schools, and
more. In this lecture, we will learn about the more than a dozen state and local government
offices that will be on our August 2024 ballot and who currently hold them. Whether you are
a new or long-time Collier resident, this lecture will help you be a more informed voter.

iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets of Apple’s Newest Operating System in iOS 17
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom | October 10 | 10 – 11:30 am
@ Siena Lakes | October 12 | 1:30 – 3 pm
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake | October 13 | 2 – 3 pm  

Join this lecture-style presentation to learn all the new features, upgrades and enhancements
of Apple’s newest operating system for iPhone and iPad, iOS 17. We will explore tips, tricks
and secrets that make using your device easier, more powerful and efficient. All levels from
beginner to advanced users will benefit from this informative and interesting program.    


Appetizers with Wine Pairing Social Event at Mare Terra
@ Mare Terra Restaurant – Bonita Springs
November 7 | 4:30 – 6 pm  

Pre-registration is required. Make new friends and enjoy several delectable samplings
of wonderful Italian appetizers at Mare Terra Restaurant in Bonita Springs. Your guide
for this food and wine experience is with a sommelier who has personally chosen the
wine pairings for each appetizer. Eat, laugh and be merry at the Academy’s Appetizers
and Wine Pairing social event!

Miami’s Little Havana Culinary, Artistic and Cultural Tour
@ Miami | November 14 | 8 am – 6 pm  

Join us as we explore the rich history and culinary delights of a vibrant neighborhood.
Little Havana was recently listed as an official “national treasure” of the United States
by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The neighborhood is well-known for its
many historical, political, culinary, and artistic contributions to our Miami culture. Nestled
in the heart of the city’s downtown area and only a short drive from Miami’s famed South
Beach, the neighborhood is full of interesting cultural landmarks which we visit including
a cigar factory, Domino Park, Cuban Memorial Blvd., the Tower Theater, artist workshops
and the Damas De Blanco Mural. Enjoy delicious cuisine including empanadas, Cuban sand-
wiches, mojitos, guayaba, croquetas, churros and more at a diverse range of establishments;
from 5-star gourmet to hole-in-the-wall ethnic eateries. Departure information will be email-
ed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are subject to change. No refunds within 10 business
days of departure.

Miami Millionaire’s Row™ Boat Cruise & Bayside Marketplace
@ Miami | December 12 | 8 am – 6 pm  

Enjoy a fully-narrated 90-minute cruise and enjoy spectacular views of Biscayne Bay,
the Miami Skyline, Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and Millionaire’s Row™ –
the Homes of the Rich and Famous™. Soft drinks, cocktails and light snacks are available
for purchase. A modern yacht offers the utmost comfort and style. Each vessel features an
air-conditioned lower salon enclosed in picture windows, as well as an upper-deck where
you can take in the fresh ocean breeze and an awning that will protect you from direct sun-
light and light seasonal showers. After the cruise, enjoy time for some lunch and shopping
at the Bayside Marketplace, one of Miami’s most popular destinations.
Departure information will be emailed 3 days prior to trip.
Itineraries are subject to change.
No refunds within 10 business days of departure.  


See a sample of what is coming over the next weeks
click on any title below for more information    

Monday October 2
The New England Coast – Cradle of our Nation
Recovering Nazi Plunder – World War II Monuments Men  

Tuesday October 3
Writer’s Collaborative Workshop (New Session)  

Wednesday October 4
British Intelligence  

Thursday October 5
The Durham Report  

Friday October 6
(New Session)
Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part series)
Churchill’s Secret Army  

Monday October 9
The Six Wives of Henry VIII  

Tuesday October 10
Indonesia: Land of Volcanoes and Dragons
Jonathan Pollard – Avarice or Ideology?  

Wednesday October 11
“The Letter” by Former Intelligence Officials on the Hunter Biden Laptop
Apple Watch Tips, Tricks & Secrets of the New Watch OS 10  

Thursday October 12
Contract Bridge for Beginners
Great Discussions With Friends and Neighbors (2-part series) (New Session)
A Sliver of Gulf Coast Life: Birds, Seashells and Flora Along the Beach  

Summer Movie Series


International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (3 films)    

2:00 pmSundays at Naples Center  

International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (3 films)  

To LiveOctober 22 – (China, 1994, Drama, Not Rated, 133 min)  

Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from
wealthy landownership to peasantry. Addicted to gambling, Fugui loses everything. In the
years that follow he is pressed into both the nationalist and communist armies, while Jiazhen
is forced into menial work. They raise a family and survive, managing “to live” from the 40’s
to the 70’s in this epic, but personal, story of life through an amazing period.

Tell No One – November 12 – (France, 2008, Drama, Not Rated, 125 min)  

Margot was murdered by a serial killer eight years ago, and her husband, Alexandre, continues
to mourn her death. One day, the police discover two dead bodies near Alexandre’s home, along
with a cache of evidence implicating him in the crime. On the same day, Alexandre receives an
email with a video showing his wife alive and well, along with a simple message: “Tell no one.”
With the police breathing down his neck, Alexandre goes on the run.  

About Elly – December 10 – (Iran, 2009, Drama, Rated PG, 119 min)  

A young teacher on a vacation to northern Iran with three middle-class families goes missing
before she is able to be introduced to a suitor.  

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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  


FGCU Academy Travel 2024 
Call for More Info – 239-434-4838 
Travel Brochures Coming Soon

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 grass-
lands 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
or 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 color-
ful 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  


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