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October 2023      

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Owl Facts  

Greetings, Things you always wanted to know about owls, but never asked…
-Owls are farsighted. They cannot see their small prey when up close and therefore, they rely
on sound to help them catch their prey.
-A group of owls is called a parliament, wisdom, bazaar, or study.
-Baby owls are called owlets.
-Owls don’t have eyeballs—they’re more like eye tubes.
-Owls have three eyelids – one is for blinking, one is for sleeping, and one is for keeping their
eye “tubes” clean.
-Owls have flexible necks – they can turn their heads 135 degrees in either direction from facing
forward, which is 270 total degrees.
-Owls ears are wonky but effective – many species of owls have ears that are not only placed
asymmetrically on their heads but are also different sizes.  

Some owl species are declining. There are approximately 250 species of owls across the world,
and unfortunately, not all of them are thriving. The IUCN Red List labels dozens of owl species
at varying degrees of concern, from near threatened to critically endangered. Some notable at-risk
species include the snowy owl, spotted owl, and a few pygmy owls.  

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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Are You an Informed Collier County Voter?
@ Moorings Park Grey Oaks | October 10 | 2:30 – 4 pm
@ Bentley Village | October 26 | 10 – 11:30 am  

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.

“The Letter” by Former Intelligence Officials on the Hunter Biden Laptop
@ FGCU Campus – The Water School – Building AB9 – Room 106 | October 11 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Prior to a 2020 presidential debate, 51 former Intel officials released a letter saying that information
allegedly found on a laptop owned by Hunter Biden had the earmarks of a Russian disinformation
operation. Media, big tech, and perhaps the government used the letter to discredit and censor the
story. This was despite the fact that the Intelligence Community said it was not Russian disinformation.
Join a former counterintelligence and law enforcement official in a frank, apolitical analysis. We will
examine the origin and impact of the letter and its politicalization. This lecture will not explore the lap-
top, its contents, or allegations about the President. Topics include: political motivations, the letter, the
51 signers, the non-signers, and the separation of politics from intelligence and law enforcement.

iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets of Apple’s Newest Operating System in iOS 17
@ Siena Lakes | October 11 | 1:30 – 3 pm
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake | October 12 | 2 – 3 pm
@ TwinEagles | October 16 | 3:30 – 5 pm
@ Commons Club at The Brooks | October 18 | 10 – 11:30 am
@ Bentley Village | October 19 | 10 – 11:30 am
@ FGCU Campus – The Water School – Building AB9 – Room 106 | October 25 | 10 – 11:30 am    

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.

A Different Look at Florida
@ FGCU Campus – The Water School – Building AB9 – Room 106 | October 18 | 10 – 11:30 am
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake | October 20 | 1:30 – 3 pm  

Florida is a world unto itself. Join us as we go from the glamour and excitement of Miami Beach through
the primitive Everglades and follow the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast all the way north and west to
the Panhandle. We then head inland, where most visitors, and many locals never venture, to visit the many
unique agricultural sites that make Florida famous such as sugar plantations, orange groves, orchid green-
houses and many other remarkably interesting places. 

Indonesia: The Land of Volcanoes and Dragons
@ Cypress Cove | October 19 | 1:30 – 3 pm  

Seldom visited by Americans, Indonesia is an awe-inspiring land. The world’s fourth most
populous country spread over 17,000 islands offers many diverse cultures and peoples.
They include sea dwellings, mountain clans and jungle tribes whose homes are located
in rainforests, on rivers, next to beautiful ocean beaches and aside active volcanoes.
From the tourist magnet of Bali to the cultural heart of Java and the dragons that live
on Komodo, we visit an enigmatic, exotic, breathtaking and unforgettable land.      


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 sandwiches, 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 emailed 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
airconditioned 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 sunlight 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 9
The Six Wives of Henry VIII  

Tuesday October 10
Jonathan Pollard – Avarice or Ideology?  

Wednesday October 11
Apple Watch Tips, Tricks & Secrets of the New Watch OS 10  

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

Monday October 16
Love and Treachery – Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
The Spoils of War: Are There any Benefits to Conflict?
Artemis: Return to the Moon by 2025  

Tuesday October 17
Yoga Nidra Meditation (2-part series) (New Session)
The Last of the Romanovs  

Friday October 20
The Dutch East India Company: They Meant Business  

FALL 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.  

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

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 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

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 program-
matic 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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