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Previous events

CANCELLED - Song Writing Basics - Business

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FGCU Renaissance Academy, 1010 Fifth Avenue South, , Naples

Getting your song to market is often an even bigger challenge than writing them in the first place. This lecture will cover professional demos; copyrights; performing rights organizations; pitching songs to publishers; free streaming music and how to still make money and basics of live performing. $24 members/$29 non-members.

CANCELLED - Song Writing Basics - Melodies

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FGCU Renaissance Academy, 1010 Fifth Avenue South, , Naples

This class will teach you how to create melodies for original songs, including simple music theory and concepts. That will include an examination of various genres of music and how they differ; the importance of notes and chord structure to convey moods and ideas in songs. Attendees are welcome to bring their own ideas and partially finished songs for discussion.

CANCELLED - Tour of Immokalee - Renaissance Academy

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Tarpon Springs Shopping Center, 75 and Immokalee Road, Naples, FL

An all-day bus tour of Immokalee, including the history of the community, Mexican bakery samples, RCMA's historical mural and migrant early education center, Habitat for Humanity, Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens, Marina, Pioneer Museum, lunch at Lozano's restaurants, a stop at the Farmer's Market and a quick drive through Ave Maria on the way home! Departure information will be emailed three days before the trip. Members $46, non-members $54

Mar9

Class Immokalee Agriculture Changes over Time

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FGCU Renaissance Academy, 1010 Fifth Avenue South, , Naples

This lecture discusses the 21st century shift from large numbers of independent growers to three large corporations that dominate Immokalee's agriculture today; how traditional crew leaders fit into the corporate environment; immigration; the rise of Hispanics in farm management and the laws that protect farm workers.

Performance - Stories and Songs with Carlene Thissen, Tim McGeary and Dianna Fox

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Elks Lodge Bonita Springs/Estero Lodge #2753, 3231 Coconut Road, Estero, FL 34134

Stories & Songs, a dynamic performance by three completely different kinds of performers, will take you back to places and times you hold dear, enlighten you with new stories, and generate beautiful memories that will stay with you long after this incredible evening! Performers: Carlene Thissen, Tim McGeary, and Dianna Fox Tickets will be $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Class - Immokalee 21st Century

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FGCU Renaissance Academy, 1010 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL

This class briefly reviews Immokalee's early history and that of its immigrants up to 2000, then changes and the emergence of second, third and fourth generation Americans as Immokalee's dominant population. Education, sports, and non-profits who help are included. $24 members/$29 non-members

Feb28

Songs Inspired by Immokalee Performance

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Private Gathering, Naples, FL

Singing mostly original songs about Carlene's experiences in the Immokalee community over the last 20 years.

Discussion Tour of Immokalee

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Immokalee, Florida - RCMA and Father Sanders Pastoral Center

Private group of wisdom-seeking people. Tour includes Immokalee's mural and RCMA childcare center, Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens, the Produce Market, lunch at Lozano's, and two hour-long meetings with Immokalee leaders to discuss immigration, migration, xenophobia, changes over the years and the vision of Immokalee's future.

Tour of Immokalee - Renaissance Academy

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Bus leaves and returns to Tarpon Bay Shopping Center - 75 and Immokalee Road, 75 and Immokalee Road, Naples, Fl

An all-day bus tour of Immokalee, including the history of the community, Mexican bakery samples, RCMA's historical mural and migrant early education center, Habitat for Humanity, Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens, Marina, Pioneer Museum, lunch at Lozano's restaurants, a stop at the Farmer's Market and a quick drive through Ave Maria on the way home! Departure information will be emailed three days before the trip. Members $46, non-members $54

Feb24

Class - Judy, Joni & Joan - The Music of a Generation

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FGCU Renaissance Academy, 1010 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL

This lecture will explore the music of Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez in the historical context of events that influenced their music, while their music influenced culture and politics. $24 members, $29

Class - Woodstock Memories

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FGCU Renaissance Academy, 1010 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL

What drew a half million people together in 1969 for three days of peace and music? Carlene Thissen attended both the original Woodstock in 1969 and the 50th Anniversary celebration at the original site in Bethel, NY. She shares her personal memories mixed with her historian's perspective in a multimedia presentation. $24 members, $29 non-members

Dec7

Holiday Juletrefest

No. Ft. Myers

Carlene will be singing, backed up by her guitar and piano, plus entertain with stories in between.

Woodstock Program

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Collier County Museum, 3670 1st Avenue SW, Naples

Come celebrate Woodstock with the Friends of the Collier County Museum. Carlene will tell stories and sing songs in between the dance band, The Galaxies. Full hippie attire recommended.

Tour of Immokalee - Renaissance Academy

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Naples, FL Target shopping lot

Carlene is a tour guide for this fascinating day visiting our nearby neighbor, Immokalee. Sights include RCMA's historical mural, the Collier County Pioneer Museum; Lake Trafford memorial gardens; Lake Trafford marina and rustic zoo; lunch at Lozano's restaurant; the newly constructed Our Lady of Guadalupe catholic church; produce shopping at the Farmer's Market; a stop at the Mexican bakery and a drive-through on the way home of nearby Ave Maria.

Immokalee 21st Century

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FGCU Renaissance Academy, 1010 5th Avenue South #100, Naples, Fl 34102

THIS IS A COMPLETELY NEW IMMOKALEE PRESENTATION. Carlene is midway through writing a sequel to her 2012 book, Immokalee's Fields of Hope, and will share her observations of the community today. "Fields of Hope" became real, as children and grandchildren of immigrant farm workers we met in the first book have grown up, gone to college and come back to Immokalee to give back to the community they love. From corporate agriculture to many alternatives today, we discuss the question, "Is agriculture dead in Immokalee?" Yet still today, many of Immokalee's residents still are not here legally, and we will discuss the reasons why - the ins and outs of immigration policies and their effect on the town. Fulfilling the dream focuses on schools, sports, and non-profits, followed by a discussion of perceptions from inside and outside, poverty, race and divisions, and finally answering the question, "What is American?"

Judy, Joni & Joan

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FGCU Renaissance Academy, 1010 5th Avenue South #100, Naples, Fl 34102

Judy, Joni & Joan - The music of Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez helped inspire a generation through the 1960s, one of the most turbulent decades of the 20th century, and continues to inspire us today. While only Joan Baez sang at Woodstock, Joni Mitchell watched it on TV from a New York hotel room and wrote the ultimate song about the festival: Woodstock. The political, social and cultural views that led to their amazing music will be woven with Carlene's performance of them in her voice that was strongly influenced by Judy, Joni and Joan. Join us as she sings a selection of their songs and shares their history in this historical musical presentation.

Judy, Joni & Joan

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The Arlington, Naples, Fl

Judy, Joni & Joan - The music of Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez helped inspire a generation through the 1960s, one of the most turbulent decades of the 20th century, and continues to inspire us today. While only Joan Baez sang at Woodstock, Joni Mitchell watched it on TV from a New York hotel room and wrote the ultimate song about the festival: Woodstock. The political, social and cultural views that led to their amazing music will be woven with Carlene's performance of them in her voice that was strongly influenced by Judy, Joni and Joan. Join us as she sings a selection of their songs and shares their history in this historical musical presentation.