Written by Carolyn Kulik, published in The Charlotte News.
The Senior Center’s Spring Program (March through May), included in this issue of The News, describes the programs and classes being offered here this spring, along with schedules and fees. You can register for classes by calling the Center at 425-6345, by mail at P.O Box 207, Charlotte, VT 05445, or by coming in to sign up in person.
New sessions of exercise favorites begin the week of March 5: Gentle Yoga (now offered on Mondays and Thursdays), Chair Yoga, Tai Chi, Step Aerobics, Getting Ready for Summer (aka Fitness at Any Age), Dance: Moving Better, Living Better and Pilates. As always, you’re welcome to come in and try a class to see if it’s the one for you.
The next Men’s Breakfast are Thursday, Feb. 22 and March 8, 7:30–9 a.m. Join the group for an early morning of camaraderie and conversation. Please call the Center to let us know you’re coming. Suggested donation, $5.
The Center joins the library and CCS in sponsoring the Vermont Reads program. This year’s book is Katherine Paterson’s Bread & Roses, Too. The program kick-off is on Tuesday, March 13, at 2:15 p.m. at the Charlotte Library.
Get ready for the first Birding Expedition with Hank Kaestner on March 14. And don’t miss the variety of ongoing offerings at the Center—among these are Tai Chi Practice, Strength Maintenance, Spanish Conversation, Friday Morning Art Group, Friday Writers Group, Bridge and Mah Jong.
New classes beginning in early March Origami with Gail Martin begins March 6 and runs for six weeks. Origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, appeals to all ages and can be decorative and practical. Beginning with simple models, you’ll create pieces that are both beautiful and useful. Make greeting cards and hanging ornaments using paper and fabric.
Mindfulness, a four-class program with Jill Abilock starting March 7, welcomes beginners and experienced practitioners. This practice focuses on bringing moment-to-moment awareness to our experience and has been shown to reduce stress, improve health, increase mental clarity and enhance our enjoyment of life. Learn techniques that can be practiced seated in a chair, sitting on the floor, lying on a mat or even standing.
Loss and Change, a six-week session with Marilyn Buchanan, starts March 8. Beginnings and endings, change and loss are integral to the life cycle. Examine how we move through life’s transitions, learn how to build resilience and find meaning, growth—even joy—with each new day.
This quarter’s art classes include Lynn Cummings’s Splash of Spring—Watercolor that starts March 27. Acrylic Adventures with Lynn Cummings and Pastel Painting with Shirley Reid-Thompson are both scheduled in May. Please check the program for the details.
Rik Carlson is planning a closing reception for his February art exhibit, Boystoystoo and An Emerald City Retrospective, a show of his collected works. Join him on Tuesday, February 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Great Room. Light refreshments will be served.
Upcoming Wednesday afternoon programs
On Feb. 28 discover the Jewels Of Ecuador with Hank Kaestner. Ecuador’s 140 different hummingbirds are the “jewels.” Travel with Hank from the lowlands, over the Andes and into the Amazon subtropics and learn about “eco-tourism” as implemented by Ecuador.
Join us at 1 p.m. on March 7 for Sandi Detwiler’s travelogue, A Look at Brazil. Visit the state of Minas Gerais with its unique colonial architecture, Iguacu Falls, the Pantanal, Isla Grande and the beautiful area surrounding Sao Paolo.
On March 14 celebrate St Patrick’s Day a little early. Enjoy an Irish Music concert with Robert Resnik and our own Marty Morrissey of the Highland Weavers Band.
March Art Exhibit. Irene Horbar’s apron collection takes us back to the vanishing world of sewing skills and rural frugality. Come in and admire the skillful needlework and the colors and flights of fancy in these fragile beauties.
Last, but definitely not least, don’t miss the delicious meals served at the Senior Center. The meals prepared here surpass our expectations every week! These are not your run-of-the-mill institutional offerings. On Mondays the cooking crews prepare fresh homemade soups, salads and special desserts for you. These are served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., no reservations needed. On Wednesdays sit down at noon to enjoy our special senior luncheons; make your reservations by calling the Center at 425-6345. The suggested donation for either meal is $5, truly a bargain!