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Register for a Day Trip with FGCU Academy!    

Greetings, Are you ready for another fun packed week? Look no further. FGCU
Academy has everything you need. Interested in single lectures? Love History?
We have that. Looking to go somewhere fun for the day? Check out our day
trips below. Join us for our second wine tasting at Mare Terra Restaurant in
Bonita Springs. The first one was such a big hit, we are doing it again.
See below for more info.  

Click here to view our list of day trips & special events.  


Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737      

Click on any topic below to learn more.    

History, Law & Government

The Spanish Armada – A Magnificent Myth!
February 20 | 1:30 – 3 pm Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

What a sight to behold! Hundreds of Spanish ships coursing their way up the coast of Europe
towards England. The two countries had been on a collision course for decades, and now, in
1588, they were headed for a showdown. Spanish wealth and power, as everyone knew (or
thought they knew) was unlimited, and the Armada was supposed to be invincible. To every-
one’s surprise, the English survived, and the myths that began around that event continue to
this day. This lecture examines the facts and the fiction of this fateful battle between Spain
and England.    

More History, Law & Government  

Churchill’s Secret Army
Principles of U.S. National Security
Russian-American Paradox
China Under Xi Jinping
Immokalee Fields of Hope

Photography, Science, Personal Enrichment

Introduction to Photoshop Elements
February 19, 21, 23 | 9:30 – 12:30 pm M/W/F
Naples Center / Online via Zoom

Participants must have a working knowledge of computers AND should bring their
own laptops with Photo Shop Elements (latest version) installed.
In this hands-on lecture, basic and advanced beginner Photoshop Elements techniques
are explored. Topics include RAW conversion, rotating photographs, layers, straighten-
ing horizons, color adjustments, removing or minimizing wrinkles and blemishes, add-
ing or eliminating items from a scene, changing the color of a particular object in a scene,
changing from color to black and white or sepia, moving parts of one picture to another
picture and adding text.    

More Photography, Science, Personal Enrichment  

Perceptual Illusions: Seeing (Is or Is Not) Believing
Exploring Your Alter Ego: Reflections on Self-Image and Tapping into Resilience
Artemis: Return to the Moon by 2025  

Day Trips / Special Events

Miami’s Wynwood Artistic, Culinary and Cultural Tour
February 22 | 8 – 6 pm Thursday

Join us as we experience the cultural, artistic and culinary delights of Miami’s Wynwood
district. Enjoy mouthwatering dishes from some of the top restaurants in the neighborhood.
Leave the tour with a much greater appreciation and understanding of artists such as RETNA,
Ron English, Aiko, NUNCA and many more. Eat your way through the neighborhood while
stopping at our favorite restaurants in one of the largest open-air art museums in the world.
Included are transportation, driver gratuity and a 2.5 hour guided tour including various food
samplings along the way. Departure information will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip.
Itineraries are subject to change. No refunds within 10 business days of departure.

Wine and Food Pairing Social Event at Mare Terra
March 4 | 3 – 5 pm, Monday
Bonita Springs
Pre-registration is required. Our first event was such a success, we had to do it again!
Make new friends and enjoy several courses of mouth-watering Italian food bites pair-
ed with wonderful wines personally chosen by Mare Terra’s sommelier. Eat, laugh and
be merry at the Academy’s second Wine and Food Pairing Social Event!

Miami Design District Art and Food Tour
March 12 | 9 -6 pm, Tuesday
Join us as we experience the cultural, artistic and culinary delights of Miami’s Design
district. Embark on a delicious journey into the world of cutting-edge design, monumental
art installations, and a diverse selection of cuisine that celebrates the Design District’s fusion
of creativity and flavor. Enjoy mouthwatering dishes from some of the top restaurants in the
neighborhood. Explore a large, modern chef-driven food hall that is considered a culinary
mecca and savor a variety of global cuisines, with bites from Vietnam, Israel, the American
South and more. Sample the unique fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine at one of Miami’s
most celebrated sushi destinations and indulge in Chef Andrew G.’s famous cookie creations.
Between food tastings, we make several stops to learn and admire public art installations,
including the famous “Fly’s Eye Dome” by Buckminster Fuller. Departure information will
be emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are subject to change.
No refunds within 10 business days of departure.        

The Arlington, Naples (AR)
Aston Gardens, North Naples (AG)
Bentley Village, North Naples (BV)
Bonita Bay Community Assoc., Bonita (BB)
Brooks Enrichment Center, Bonita (BR)
The Collaboratory, Ft. Myers (CO)
Cypress Cove, Ft. Myers (CC)
FGCU Main Campus, Ft. Myers (FG)
Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples (GR)
Hideaway Beach Club, Marco island (HB)
The Island Country Club, Marco island (IC)
Moorings Park Grande Lake, Naples (GL)
Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, Naples (GO)
Moorings Park Original Campus, Naples (MP)
Naples Center, Naples (NC)
Siena Lakes, North Naples (SL)
The TwinEagles Club, North Naples (TE)
United Church of Marco Island, Marco (UC)
Wyndemere Country Club, Naples (WC)  

(see page 4 of the Winter-Spring 2024 Program Guide for location addresses)    

FGCU Academy
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2024 Travel Open House Presentation

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania
August 13-28, 2024 
16 days for $11,196  

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Exploring Iceland
August 15-25, 2024  
11 days for $6,692  

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Southern Italy & Sicily
September 4-18, 2024  
15 days for $6,674  

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Scotland: Highlands & Islands
September 9-20, 2024  
12 days for $5,896   

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Sensations of Lyon & Provence 2024 River Cruise
September 17 – 28, 2024
12 days from $5,469  

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Jewels of the Rhine 2024 River Cruise
September 20 – 30, 2024
11 days from $4,925   

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Provincial French Countryside
September 27-October 11, 2024 
15 days for $6,297  

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New Zealand Adventure
October 10-25, 2024  
16 days for $8,124  

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Southeast Asia Odysseys
October 31-November 18, 2024 
19 days for $7,597  
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Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  
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FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our Critical Mission
of Adult Education and Enrichment Continues!  

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the Winter-Spring 2024 Season—
Learning, Growing, Sharing and Socializing. With nearly 700 programs at more than nineteen
locations, there is something for everyone. If we have had the opportunity to meet in person or
if you have heard me speak, I hope I was able to share with you my passion about FGCU
Academy and its mission to provide lifelong learning and enrichment to the SWFL community.
I believe it is critical to our well-being to keep exploring new avenues for growth to keep our
minds engaged in our past, present and future.   

Since we are a non-credit programmatic offering, Florida Gulf Coast University can provide
$0.00 of support to the Academy. We must be financially self-sustaining.  

The fact is that the revenue generated through memberships and program fees provides for only
50% of our annual operating costs. Additionally, our attendance has not yet returned to pre-pandemic
levels, so revenue is much lower than in the past.   

As an educator, I find myself slightly uncomfortable talking about the financial needs of the Academy
beyond thanking everyone for their participation. But, this year and for the near future, it is important
that I find the words to ask for additional support through philanthropic donations.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a moment to
consider a year-end donation to ensure our continued success. All amounts make a difference in strength-
ening the work we do in the community.   

Your gift will allow the Academy to offer more than 1,000 diverse and fascinating programs at more than
twenty locations throughout SWFL. Through our mission we promise to enrich the lives, minds and social
well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors that participate in our programs each year.   

or mail your donation to
FGCU Academy
704 Goodlette Frank Road North, Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program in 2024. 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

704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  


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