Written by Carolyn Kulik, published in The Charlotte News.
“Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled
like a butterfly.”
— Pablo Neruda
100 Love Sonnets
It looks as though there is some hope for summer, but in any case, at the Senior Center we are getting down to the business of having fun—no matter the weather or the season. In addition to our scrumptious meals on Mondays and Wednesdays and the Center’s extensive offering of exercise classes, and meet-ups for games or creative endeavors, here are a few more possibilities to consider.
Courses in JUNE
Fri., 6/14 –The Writers’ Group is looking for writers of stories, autobiographical pieces and poetry. Read and discuss your pieces, listen to those of others, and offer encouragement all around. Meets monthly, on second Fridays, from 1–-3 p.m. Please register to indicate your interest. No fee.
Sun., 6/16 – Shape-Note Singing from 1–3 p.m. (Also on 7/21 & 8/18.) This traditional, a cappella, four-part harmony has been called “full-body, shout-it-out singing,”, aka Sacred Harp. No auditions; a “good voice” is not required– just a willingness to learn. Songbooks are provided. Listen or sing, and leave whenever you wish. Meets 3rd Sundays. No fee.
Wed., 6/19 – Strolling in Charlotte, starting at 10 a.m. Ongoing. If you would like an easy walk, explore the new Charlotte Town Link Trail on your own or with others. Sign up for a date and meet up at the Senior Center to carpool. Maps available. No fee. Registration is requested for each week.
Fri. 6/21 – The AARP Smart Driver Class still has a few spaces available. This classroom refresher course may enable you to receive an auto insurance discount, and it provides the opportunity to fine tune driving skills and become a safer and better driver. Registration necessary. Fee: $20 ($15 for AARP members).
Fri. 6/28 – Kayak Trips for Women, Friday mornings. An opportunity for active women to explore our many local lakes, ponds and rivers. For more information, please email Susan Hyde at: firstname.lastname@example.org. This first trip goes to the Bouquet River, with more in July through Sept. No fee.
JUNE Wednesday Afternoon
Free Events at 1 p.m.
6/19: MUSIC of the 50s & 60s, Oldies Revival with Peter and Helen Rosenblum
Join the musical fun as this Hinesburg duo strums and sings the hits that will forever live in our hearts and minds—from the romantic ballads of the Everly Brothers to the rockin’ rhythms of Chuck Berry.
6/26: iLearning: iPhone &iPad Tips & Tricks with Susann Kahn
Bring your device for some hands-on learning with Charlotte’s Tech Librarian, Susanna Kahn. Registration required. No fee. Held at the Senior Center.
JULY Wednesday Afternoon
Free Events at 1 p.m.
7/10: Age Well (formerly Council on Aging) – learn about their services
7/17: Here We Go ‘Round Again – conservation of Shelburne Museum’s Carousel
7/24: Japanese Ceramics: The Grace of Imperfection – culture, history and aesthetics
7/31: Fun with Donkeys – Bring a young friend to meet Chester and Ernie, the miniatures.
Courses In JULY
Collage Experiences, Tuesdays mornings, 7/9, 7/16 & 7/23 at 9:15-10:45. Engage with a variety of materials to create a unique composition. Cut, juxtapose, overlap, and manipulate papers, textures, colors and shapes. Each week, a theme will provide a framework to kick off this fun process. Pre-registration required for materials list. Fee: $45 for the session.
Book Discussion Group, Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush, with discussion facilitated by Charlotte Library’s Margaret Woodruff and Pam MacPherson. Meets 10 a.m. at the Senior Center. No charge, but registration is necessary. Dates: 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 & 7/31.
Bake for Good (Thurs. 7/11) is where seniors and young friends have a fun morning of baking rolls, eating, and feeling a sense of accomplishment! Sponsored by King Arthur Flour, this event is free. Meets 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
It’s not too early to mention the Annual Senior Center Community Art Show that will take place during the month of September. It was inadvertently left off the Summer Schedule, but it is, indeed, going to happen. There will be a handout with all the details to pick up at the Senior Center at the end this month. It is open to all mastery levels for ages 50 and up.
The June Art Exhibit of colorful, abstract acrylic paintings of Robin Grace has generated considerable interest and many positive comments. Some who say they do not like abstract art find that they do like these pieces. You don’t want to miss this show—and it is up only until 6/27.
Best times to see Art Exhibits in June are: Mon. at noon, Tue. after 12:30, Wed. 9:30-11:00, Thurs. after 12:30 (except 6/13), Fri. after 12:30.
Please call the Center during the week to check on Sunday afternoon availability.
Even if you are not ready to sign up for a class or to volunteer, stop in and say hello—we love to show people around. (We are probably not what you expected!) And, you are always welcome to come and try something out—at no charge—to see if it’s right for you.
The Center is at 212 Ferry Road, Charlotte, and is open M-F from 9-4. Or, give us a call us at 425-6345. Residents from other communities are always welcome. Our mission is to serve those over 50. There are no membership fees.
See you soon!