Written by Carolyn Kulik, published in The Charlotte News.
So, there are wrinkled old wizards in movies, but where are the female versions? They are more likely to be depicted as the w-word—which rhymes with stitch. Female wizards? Or, how about “wise women,” instead? Consider for a moment that we have all possibly met wise women in real life. Really? Really.
I have. Four come to mind: Two are old acquaintances, Anne J and Catherin M—and two are public figures I’ve been lucky enough to encounter in person; activist Joanna Macy and author Marion Woodman. They all have broad experience, a depth of understanding, insight, compassion and acceptance of the human experience. You know it when you meet them. Have you had any wise old women—or men—in your life?
Art in August
Collage Experiences continue on Thursdays, Aug. 23 & 30, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. This friendly class will teach you how to juxtapose, overlap, organize, and consider negative and positive space to create an artwork of paper. Some materials are provided, and you may also bring your own memorabilia and papers. The instructor, Linda Finkelstein, is a collage artist and retired art educator. Registration is required. Each class is $10.
The August Art Exhibit of Kay George’s pastels is up until the end of the month. Her artist’s reception is now rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 26, from 1-4 p.m. Come and enjoy her nearly three dozen colorful paintings of landscapes and still life.
Viewing Art Shows: Since the Center is utilized for many classes and events, the best times to see art shows in the summer are: Tuesdays and Wednesdays after 3; Thursdays and Fridays after 12:30 p.m. Call the Center to check on Sunday availability.
Deadline to register for the Annual September Art Show is Friday, Aug. 24. Come by for the form, fill out the top, and drop it off —or mail it to CSC, P.O. Box 207, Charlotte 05445. Don’t be shy! The show is open to all mastery levels, ages 50+; two pieces accepted. Maximum size is 2’x3’, and work must be ready to hang. If you have any questions, please contact show coordinator Judy Tuttle at 425-2864 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is your chance.
Fall Schedule Delay:
Due to the publishing schedule of The Charlotte News, the Senior Center’s Fall Schedule will be inserted in the next issue on Sept. 5. The new schedule will be posted on the Town website on Sept. 5. Registration for new courses will take place after that date. To register, please call the Center after September 5 at 425-6345 or stop by.
During the first week of September, there are no new classes starting, although ongoing classes are continuing as usual. All of them are accepting new participants, and you are welcome to stop in the same day of the class to sign up.
Here is a quick review of the ongoing classes that will be available the first week of September (and afterwards). None of them require prior registration and all of them welcome new participants.
The First Week of September:
Monday, Sept. 3: The Senior Center will be closed for Labor Day.
Tuesday, Sept. 4: 9:15 Fitness for Any Age; 11:00 Strength Maintenance; 11:00 Spanish Conversation Group; 12:45 Mahjong; 1:00 Introduction to Feldenkrais, awareness through movement
Wednesday, Sept. 5: 9:15 Foot Clinic (prior registration needed); 11:30 Blood Pressure Clinic (walk-ins welcome); 12:00 Senior Luncheon; 1:00 “Hidden Italy” presentation
Thursday, Sept. 6: 8:30 Pilates; 10:00 Yang T’ai Chi Chuan (beginners); 11:00 Tai Chi Practice (advanced students)
Friday, Sept. 7: 9:30 Dance/Movement; 10:00 Friday Arts Group; 11:00 Strength Maintenance
On Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m., a free Introduction to Feldenkrais will be presented by Mischul Brownstone. Mischul, a somatic educator with more than 40 years of experience, explains the theory behind this approach of gentle, mindful movement that can reduce pain, produce greater vitality, and increase our ability to do what we want to do. No registration required.
On Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m., visit “Hidden Italy” with Louis Giancola, an Italian American who has been traveling there since 1968. In this travelogue, you will visit the beautiful seacoast in Agrigento, the Greek theater in Taormina, Alberobello with its iconic UNESCO ‘’trulli” homes, Lecce with its Baroque architecture, the Adriatic region of Southern Italy, and more. No registration is necessary.
Lots more is coming for the fall season. Look for the new schedule in two weeks.
See you soon.
*Yes, there has been a name change from the former Men’s Breakfast, but it is still the same friendly, engaged guys cooking, eating, and talking about a wide variety of topics and presentations. Set your clock to ‘early’ and come join them.