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Dear John, Can you believe season has come and almost gone? Summer is near
and our catalog is almost complete. Catalogs will be available at local libraries
and Naples Center by end of May. Until then…Below are some highlights of
what is happening in early June.  

Take a little trip…take a little trip…Little Havana is one of our most popular
day trips and it is being offered June 11. Join us for a fun filled excursion in
Miami for this delightful trip.  

Gayle Dorio will be hosting 4 Mah Jongg sessions this summer (2 Beginner
sessions and 2 Advanced Strategy sessions). Gayle is very thorough in her
teachings. She will enlighten you with a wealth of knowledge so you will
feel like you have been playing the game forever.  

Chuck Valery and his wife are devoted to Bridge and teaching you how to play.
Chuck is very dedicated, encouraging and enthusiastic about this game. You
won’t leave without having had fun and having learned how to play.  

For all you snowbirds that have flown north for summer, we offer many courses
online. John Guerra will be teaching his technology courses throughout the sum-
mer. Most of them are available on demand now too! The beauty of on demand
is you can watch the class any time of day or night, pause, rewind and continue
to play at your speed. If you need assistance with registering for the on demand
courses, please call our office and we will gladly assist you with this.  

Jeffrey Steinberg and James Pagliaro will be offering some online classes this
summer too. Even though you may not be in Naples, we will bring FGCU
Academy to you, via online. We are always just a click away.  


We still have classes going on for the Month of May too. Scroll down to view
all that is available in the coming days and week. Remember to register early
so the classes don’t get cancelled.    

Call our office for assistance with your registrations at 239.434.4737.    

beginning in June      

Day Tripping with FGCU Academy

Miami’s Little Havana Culinary,
Artistic and Cultural Tour  

June 11 | 7:30am – 6pm Tuesday


Join us as we explore the rich history and culinary delights of a vibrant neighbor-
hood. Little Havana was recently listed as an official “national treasure” of the
United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. MORE.  
No refunds within 10 business days of departure.

NOW is the time to Learn Mah Jongg BEFORE season arrives

Mah Jongg for Beginners (3-part series)
June 3, 5, 7 | 10 – 11:30am
Monday / Wednesday / Friday

Naples Center  

Please bring your 2024 Mah Jongg Rule Card (from the National Mah Jongg
League; call 212-246-3052) and your own Mah Jongg set. Take your Mah Jongg
to a higher level. Be prepared to play hands with defensive strategies and faster
decision making. Learn when to call and when to wait. Why is this game more
about looking and listening than just studying your hand?

Contract Bridge for Beginners
(8-part series)
June 11, 18, 25,
July 2, 9, 16, 23
10 – 12pm, Tuesdays

Naples Center  

Students should bring $30 cash or a check payable directly to the instructor on the
first day of class for purchase of the BEGINNERS Student Workbook and Guide
which will be used each week for class. 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 fifty handouts illustrating topics discussed. Learn this
wonderful card game and have fun.

Bridge for Advanced Beginners/Intermediates
(6-part series)  

June 13, 20, 27,
July 11, 18, 25
10 – 12pm, Thursdays  

Naples Center  

Students should bring $30 cash or a check payable directly to the instructor on
the first day of class for purchase of a Bridge Convention Workbook and Guide.
Only students who have taken “Contract Bridge for Beginners” or have a mini-
mum of several years playing experience should enroll in this course. The course
is intended for students who want to learn many Advanced Topics in Contract
Bridge and is composed of a series of lectures with many examples of each topic
discussed AND student playing of topic hands. A total of 12 advanced conventions
AND 10 guidance “rules” to aid player’s bidding are analyzed for use in achieving

the best contracts and scores.

Week of May 13 – May 17 and more
Click on any topic below to learn more.

How the Modern Bible Came to Be  

May 13 | 1:30 – 3pm Monday

FGCU Main Campus –
Building AB9 – Room 106  

In 2007, Time magazine asserted that the Bible “has done more to shape literature,
history, entertainment and culture than any book ever written.” It’s a bold claim, but
one that’s hard to refute. But if the Bible’s standing as a cultural behemoth is beyond
doubt, its history is anything but. For centuries, some of the world’s greatest thinkers
have puzzled over the origins and evolution of this remarkable document. Who wrote
it? When? Why? These are the thorniest of questions, made even more tangled by the
Bible’s great age. Join us as we explore the origins of the bible as we know it today.

Should I Stay or Should I Move? Understanding the Senior Housing Options in SWFL  

May 21 | 10 – 11:30am Tuesday

FGCU Main Campus –
Building AB9 – Room 106  

Join this interactive discussion about senior housing-related topics. When is the right
time to consider a senior living community? What are the different types and costs of
the senior living options in SWFL? What are the future trends in our area? What are
the pros/cons of hiring home health care instead of moving? What are ways to pay for
senior housing including VA Benefits, Medicare and Medicaid? What is the role of a
senior housing advisor? What questions should people ask when touring?

The Persian Gulf: Land of Oil and Money  

May 21 | 2:30 – 4pm

Tuesday Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Beyond the wealth and extravagance of Dubai lies the even richer, but lesser-known
countries of the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Qatar.
With ancient ruins, burning deserts, beautiful oases, and ultra-modern cities, this is a
land of contrasts, both ancient and modern. From old world bazaars to the tallest build-
ing in the world; from racetracks for camels to hospitals for falcons, we visit places and
see sites that until very recently were shut off from the rest of the world.

Enlightened Despots: Frederick the Great, Maria Theresa and Catherine the Great  

May 22 | 10 – 11:30am

Wednesday Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

The Scientific Revolution and Age of Enlightenment brought new knowledge and ideas
to an increasingly literate European society that was hungry for information. The famous
“salons” of Paris, attended by aristocratic men and women alike, helped to spread new ways
of thinking about philosophy, religion, government and mankind itself. Products of their age,
some monarchs embraced innovative ideas, hoping to reform systems and strengthen their
states, but, what happened when ideas of reform clashed with notions of their own power?
How far could the Enlightenment go? We examine the plans, personalities and performance
of Frederick the Great, Maria Theresa and Catherine the Great.    

The Week Ahead  

Monday May 13
Warren Buffett – The Oracle of Omaha  

Tuesday May 14
The Vikings and Normans
Andrew Carnegie – Man of Steel  

Wednesday May 15
Apollo 11 – We are Going Back!
King Ludwig II of Bavaria – The Fairytale King  

Thursday May 16
Computer and Internet Security for Desktops, Laptops, Phones and Tablets
Apple Watch Tips, Tricks and Secrets of the New Watch OS 10  

Friday May 17
Napoleon III  

Sunday May 19 – Sunday Movie
Timbuktu (Mali, 2014, Drama, Rated PG, 96 min)        

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Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  

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