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Dear John, The FGCU Academy Summer Program Guide is complete and ready for
you to view.


If you want a hard copy, Naples Center has some available now. (Naples Center is
located at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd. N). We are waiting to receive them from the
printer and once we have them, we will distribute them to all of the local libraries
in Lee and Collier Counties for you.  

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.    

A preview of the beginning of 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
neighborhood.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 look-
ing 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 play-
ing. 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 dis-
cussed. Learn this wonderful card game and have fun.

Bridge for Advanced
(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 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 19 – May 24 and more
Click on any topic below to learn more.    

Sunday Movie

Timbuktu (Mali, 2014, Drama,
Rated PG, 96 min)  

May 19 | 2 – 4pm, Sunday

Naples Center  

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the
dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives, which
are typically free of the Jihadists determined to
control their faith, abruptly disturbed.

The Spanish Armada –
A Magnificent Myth!  

May 20 | 1:30 – 3pm Monday

Bentley Village  

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 everyone’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.

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 com-
munity? 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 in-
stead 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?

Understanding OpenAI’s ChatGPT
and Other Artificial Intelligence Tools  

May 24 | 10 – 11:30am Wednesday

FGCU Main Campus,
Cohen Center – Room 213  

Anyone who has basic computer skills can use ChatGPT,
an AI-powered conversational 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 interest, 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 skills. Participants will learn
how to create a ChatGPT account and the basics of how to
use ChatGPT and other free AI platforms.    

The Week Ahead…and then some  

Monday May 20
Get Ready to Vote in the August Primaries

Tuesday May 21
Immigration 1776-2024: How Did We Get Into This Mess?  

Wednesday May 22
Media Perspectives: The Future is Cloudy  

Thursday May 23

Friday May 24
The Invisibility of Social Issues in Southwest Florida  

Thursday May 30
Alaska and The Klondike Gold Rush        

FGCU Academy

Click Below to View   2024 Travel Open House Presentation

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

View Brochure

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 & Spain
Machu 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
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