October 11, 2018 at 11:30 am Updates on Charlotte County Economic Development Lucienne Pears, Economic Development Director for Charlotte County Presents:
The Lifelong Learning Institute and PGICA have partnered to bring you a special program with guest speaker Lucienne Pears. Ms. Pears will discuss significant economic developments in Charlotte County which may include:
Sunseeker Resort - which plans to feature over 800 harbor-front units, a 175-room resort, Florida’s longest swimming pool (1,000 feet), 15 unique bars, restaurants and cafes, and a mile-long boardwalk;
Babcock Ranch – which will be America’s first community fully powered by solar energy. The 19,000-acre community will ultimately be home to over 50,000 new residents;
Murdock Village and water park – which will cover 160 acres with 5 hotels, indoor skydiving, convention facilities, and 2,200 residential units of single homes, villas, town homes, and apartments;
Amigo Pallet Company – which will be opening a new facility in Charlotte County to support Cheney Brothers;
MetalCraft Marine - a company that manufactures commercial work boats which is in the process of opening a new facility within the Enterprise Charlotte Airport Park (ECAP);
The partnership between the College of Aviation at Western Michigan University and Florida SouthWestern State College
Lucienne grew up in Binghamton, a small blue collar town in upstate New York. After graduating from Seton Catholic High School, she quickly headed south for college, graduating from Salisbury University in Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Lucienne’s first few years of professional work were in environmental planning in the greater DC area. After visiting family in West Palm Beach in February 2000, when the DC metro area was snowed in, Lucienne was officially a Florida resident by the spring of that year embarking on a ten year career in land use and development. Lucienne relocated her family to the Gulf Coast in 2002 working for civil engineering firms on land use entitlement and construction and development projects. With the Recession hitting the land development and construction industry hard, Lucienne shifted her career focus to Economic Development. After a year in Marion County establishing that County’s first economic development department, Lucienne was lured back to the Gulf Coast in Charlotte County and has been with the Charlotte County Economic Development office since 2010. Lucienne has served as the Director of Economic Development for Charlotte County since January 2016.
Free Admission & Open to Public Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association BYOB (translation: Bring Your Own Bagged Lunch!) at 11:30 am Presentation starts at 12:00 pm
October 16, 2018 at 10:00 am The Arcadia Writers Group Presents: “Writing for fun, friendship, history and not much profit.”
A few years ago a retired nurse, a former shop owner, the mother of ten children, a working biologist, and a former union organizer met to share their creative writings with each other. Since then, with support and encouragement from each other, they have produced more than 10 books, two literary magazines, and hundreds of poems and short stories. Their members have written stories and poems that have been selected for publication by the Florida Weekly and the Arcadian. Three of the members have had works selected by the Florida Writers Association for publication in the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Florida’s Writers Association Collection scheduled for release in October, 2018. They collectively believe all people are capable of writing and can provide their families with a treasured history of the times we live in which may last for generations. The group would love to share a demonstration of how group creativity can work with you.
This inspirational talk will be presented for FREE during the Fall Coffee & Registration Event October 16, 2018 at 10:00 am.
“Behind the Notes” with Maestro Raffaele Ponti
This exciting series of six presentations by the Maestro of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Raffaele Ponti, will feature the music and composers for the scheduled 2018-2019 season. The Maestro will discuss and demonstrate features of those selections, with the help of each of the guest artists. This is Ponti’s sixth season as Music Director for the Symphony and it has flourished and grown under his leadership. His musicianship and dynamic personality have attracted guest artists from around the world, resulting in sold-out concerts. LLI was honored to host Maestro Ponti for his presentations in 2015-2016 and are proud to have him back in the program!
NOVEMBER 16, 2018 “Greatest Hits from Opera to Broadway” GUEST ARTISTS: Samuel Hall & Daniel Scofield Tenor Samuel Hall is a native of Columbus, OH, and now resides in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. His performances have been on stages around the country, singing lead roles in many beloved operas. Baritone Daniel Scofield is a native of Binghamton, NY, and has received much acclaim for his baritone repertoire across the U.S. since 2011. A familiar presence on Florida’s stages, he sang the title role in Gulf Shore Opera’s Rigoletto and is scheduled for Madama Butterfly with the St. Petersburg, FL, Opera in June of 2019.
DECEMBER 14, 2018 “Sounds of the Season” – Enjoy listening and learning about some of the best and most beloved holiday music, origins, lineage, composers and arrangers.
JANUARY 11, 2019 Wagner | Tannhauser Overture, WWV 70 Creston | Concerto Alto Saxophone, op. 26 GUEST ARTIST: Tim McAllister, Dvorak Symphony No. 6, op. 60, B112, D Major Saxophonist and educator Tim McAllister has a deep, broad academic and professional career and has performed over 200 new works by contemporary composers. He performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is the Soprano Chair of the world-renowned PRISM Saxophone Quartet.
JANUARY 25, 2019 Glinka | Ruslan and Lyudmila: Overture Bruch | Concerto, Violin, No.1, op.26, G minor GUEST ARTIST: Jeffrey Multer, Brahms | Symphony No. 4, op. 98 Violinist Jeffrey Multer, a native of upstate New York, made his Kennedy Center debut in 1993 and has performed with orchestras throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has continued his devotion to teaching throughout his international performance career.
FEBRUARY 8, 2019 Creston | A Rumor Beethoven | Concerto, Piano, No. 3, op. 37, C minor GUEST ARTIST: Fabio Bidini, Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 4 Pianist Fabio Bidini teaches at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and was a finalist at the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He began his piano studies at age five and graduated magna cum laude from the Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He made his U.S. debut in 1993 with the Atlanta Symphony and has continued to appear on stages across the U.S. as well as in many prestigious festivals of Europe.
MARCH 18, 2019 Brahms | Tragische Ouverture, op.81 Respighi | Pini di Roma GUEST ARTIST: Julian Schwarz, Elgar | Concerto for Violoncello op. 85, e minor, Cellist Julian Schwarz was born in Seattle, WA, and became one of ten family members to attend the Julliard School where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He was only eleven years of age when he made his orchestral debut with the Seattle Symphony but has since performed throughout the world. He is also an Assistant Professor of Cello at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA.
All sessions will be held in the auditorium of the FSW Charlotte Campus, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Admission is $20 per person and the public is invited to attend. Pre-registration can be made below or by mailing in a printable registration form. At-the-door registration will also be available and payment can be made by major credit card, check or cash.
“Behind the Notes” with Maestro Raffaele Ponti - November 16, 2018