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Dear John, Summer Schedule begins tomorrow – June 3rd, 2024.  

The FGCU Academy Summer Program Guide is complete and ready for you to view. It
will be available online only for summer. If you want a hard copy, we will print some at
our office (Naples Center) for you to pick up at your convenience.  

Naples Center is located at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd. N.  

Day Trip – Travel with us on June 11 to Little Havana. This is one of our most popular
trips. Don’t miss your chance to see, feel and eat your way through the cultural life
Little Havana has to offer.  

Bridge – Summer is a good time to learn this game. Chuck Valery is a very patient
instructor who loves the game and will take the time to make sure you know how
to play. He will prepare you to be able to play by the time the snowbirds return.
His exuberant passion shows as he shares his knowledge of the game with you.  

Summer Movies – We are offering four Sunday movies for the summer AND we have
added four movies on Tuesdays for the summer at Moorings Park Grande Lake. You
can join either session or just one session or view a single movie at your convenience.  

Online Only Classes – This summer we are offering some courses Online via Zoom
Register early for these classes so you don’t miss out on viewing them.
The Louvre Museum in Paris: The Royal Treasure House of France June 13 @
The Art of Venice: The Imaginative Artistry of La Serenissima July 11@ 10am
Principles of U.S. National Security August 15 @ 10am
The Making of Modern China September 17 @10am  

Scroll below for more details.  



Our 2025 International Travel trips have been released. Scroll down to our travel
section below to see the plethora of offerings.  

Call our office for assistance with your registrations at 239.434.4737.    


Making Sense of and Choosing the Best Technology for You: Desktops,
Laptops, Smartphones, Tablets, Kindles, TVs, Printers & More  

June 4 | 10:30 – 12pm, Tuesday

FGCU Main Campus – Building AB9
Room 106  

This lecture will try to unravel the complex and often difficult world of personal tech-
nology devices and the myriad options that you can choose from. Should you purchase
a desktop, laptop or tablet? Windows vs. Mac? Android vs. Apple? What are the costs,
advantages and disadvantages of each option? What should I buy if I like to read or lis-
ten to music? TVs, Internet, Printers and more. Bring all your questions about personal
technology devices and together we will try to figure out what is best for you.

Understanding OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Other Artificial Intelligence Tools
June 5 | 10 – 11:30am, Wednesday

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Anyone who has basic computer skills can use ChatGPT, an AI-powered conversation-
al tool, in various ways, to enhance their daily lives and access information. ChatGPT
claims users can benefit from the platform by 1) asking questions on any topic of inter-
est, 2) learning a language, 3) entertainment and companionship, 4) mental stimulation,
5) emotional support, 6) news and information, 7) creative writing, and 8) learning new

Participants will learn how to create a ChatGPT account and the basics of how to use
ChatGPT and other free AI platforms.

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 Work-
book 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 minimum of several years playing experience should enroll in this course. The
course is intended for students who want to learn many Advanced Topics in Con-
tract 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 con-
ventions AND 10 guidance “rules” to aid player’s bidding are analyzed for use in
achieving the best contracts and scores.      



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 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, guayaba, croquetas, churros and more at
a diverse range of establishments; from 5-star gourmet to hole-in-the-wall ethnic eat-
eries. Departure information will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are
subject to change.  

No refunds within 10 business days of departure.      



Naples Center
International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (4 Films) 
All films begin at 2pm.     

June 9 – NC6885
Born in Gaza (Documentary, 2014, Not Rated, 54 mins)             
This documentary film focuses on the violence of the Israel-Palestine conflict and
its’ effects on the children of Gaza. The documentary follows the story of about
ten children who tell what their daily life is like after the horror of the war in Gaza
in the summer of 2014.  

July 14 – NC6886
Departures (Drama, 2008, PG-13, 130 mins)                
Soon after buying an expensive cello, Daigo learns that his orchestra is disbanding.
He moves back to his hometown with his wife, where he answers an ad for what
Daigo thinks is a travel agency but is, in actuality, a mortuary.  

August 11 – NC6887 
The Guilty (Crime/Drama/Thriller, 2018, R, 85 mins)
A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he
answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.  

September 29 – NC6888
Life, Above All (Drama, 2010, PG-13, 100 mins)              
A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.  


Moorings Park Grande Lake International Film and Documentary Discussion
Series (4 Films)  All films begin at 2pm.     

June 18 – GL6890
A Man Called Ove (Drama/Comedy, 2015, PG-13, 116 mins)
Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association
rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friend-
ship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.  

July 23 – GL6891
Monster (Japan, Drama, 2023, PG, 126 min)
A mother demands answers from the teacher when her son begins acting strangely.  

August 13 – GL6892
Capernaum (Drama, 2018, R, 126 mins)
While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents
for neglect.  

September 24 – GL6893 Soorari Pottru (Drama/Action, 2020, Not Rated, 149 mins)
Maara pursues his dream and sets out to make the common man fly and, in the process,
takes on the world’s most capital-intensive industry and many enemies who stand in his


WEEK of June 3 – 7 and more…  
Monday June 3
Jonathan Pollard – Spy for Avarice or Ideology?
Get Ready to Vote in the August Primaries  

Thursday June 6
iPhone/iPad/Mac Apps: The Photos App – Managing, Editing, Organizing and
Sharing Photos and Memories  

Friday June 7
Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part series)
Misquoted – How Bible Passages Often Get Taken Out of Context  

Week of June 10  

Monday June 10
China Under Xi Jinping
The Constitution and the New “Imperial Presidency”  

Tuesday June 11
The Roots of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Unraveling Iran
Get Ready to Vote in the August Primaries  

Wednesday June 12
Get Ready to Vote in the August Primaries  

Thursday June 13
The Louvre Museum in Paris: The Royal Treasure House of France
Having Healthy Conversations about Religion
Great Discussions With Friends and Neighbors (2-part series)
iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Camera and Taking Great Photos    

FGCU Academy

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2024 Travel Open House Presentation

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

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Southeast Asia Odysseys
October 31-November 18, 2024 
19 days for $7,597  

View Brochure

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

View Brochure

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

View Brochure    

See our list of exciting tours and cruises for 2025. These trips will fill up fast as they have
in the past. To view more information on any of the trips listed below – click here
Once you are on the travel page, scroll down to the trip you are interested in to view more
information and to download a brochure for that trip.  

-Cuba: Art, Culture & History In Support of the Cuban People
-Natural Treasures of Indonesia, Borneo & Taiwan Yacht Cruise
-Northern Italy: From the Alps to the Adriatic
-Journey Through Central Europe
-Insider’s Japan
-Paradores and Pousadas: Portugal & SpainMachu Picchu to the Galapagos
-Egypt and the Eternal Nile
-Moroccan Discovery: From the Imperial Cities to the Sahara
-Portugal and the Douro River Cruise
-Gems of Eastern Europe River Cruise Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania    

Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  

Call our office 239.434.4737  for assistance with
registration or Click to View our Website    



FGCU Academy

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

239.434.4737   [email protected]
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