Free Lectures/Events at 1:00 p.m.

All talks and events are in person as of September 1.
Please note that talks will not be recorded for Zoom.
All ages are welcome.

~ Registration IS required. Call to register (802) 425-6345 (no more than 2 weeks in advance). Free. ~

For recordings of previous talks, click here.

September 2021

9/1: MUSIC of the 50s & 60s – OLDIES REVIVAL with Peter & 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.
Registration IS required.

9/8: VERMONT HUMOR THROUGH THE AGES in ART, WORDS & PERFORMANCE with Bill Mares
With words and cartoons, Mares will detail the evolution of Vermont humor — from anonymous jokes told on old country store porches to stand-up performances like Vermont Vaudeville and Ground Hog Opry. Bill’s talk will help you forget Covid just as over the years known and unknown humorists helped wipe the sweat and tedium from Vermont labor.
Bill Mares has been a reporter, state legislator, high school teacher and is the author of numerous books.
Registration IS required.

9/15: GREENBUSH – Music with John Creech & Cobey Gatos
As long-time friends and neighbors, John and Cobey draw on a lifetime of playing jazz, blues, and rock, as well as years of weekly get-togethers in Cobey’s backyard studio. They’ll choose from a library of their own original pieces and from carefully selected compositions written by musical masters. They seek out a personal connection with each tune, creating a unique and evolving version each time they perform.
Registration IS required.

9/22: TRIP TO COLOMBIA – BIRDS, PEOPLE & CROPS with Hank Kaestner
This two-week bird-watching trip went from the Amazon rain forest to the very tops of the Andes mountains. We found more than 600 species of birds, all the while taking steps to avoid Covid! Learn about the wildlife of Colombia (which has more bird species than any other country) — and also learn about its geography, culture, and agriculture (think coffee).
Registration IS required.

9/29: ARTISTS RECEPTION and GATHERING
Artists whose work is in the 14th Annual Senior Center Community Art Show gather to discuss their pieces and talk about their creative process. All are invited to the reception with light refreshments at 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of the Senior Center.
Registration IS required.

October 2021

10/6: TWISTED TREE & CLUMP OF ROCKS: FROM OBSERVATION TO ABSTRACTION with Jonathan Silverman
He will share insight about his creative process relating to his works on exhibit in October and November at the Senior Center. He will address both how he is inspired by observing shapes, colors, line, and texture in nature, as well as how he responds to the emergingabstracted images while creating them. He will reflect on the artists who have influenced him and open up the session for questions and connections.
Jonathan Silverman is a professor emeritus of Saint Michael’s College where he coordinated the arts education program.
Co-sponsored by the Charlotte Library.

10/13: BONES, BREAKS & BALANCE: SEPARATING MYTHS FROM FACTS with Tina D’Amato, DO
Focusing on prevention strategies and education around bone density and fractures in seniors, we will review the often confusing and conflicting information about calcium supplements, touch on Vitamin D and other supplements, and prescription medications. Resources for self-directed and group exercise as well as physical therapy will be reviewed.
Dr. D’Amato is a family medicine physician working at Charlotte Family Health.

10/20: ANNUAL MEETING of the FRIENDS of CHARLOTTE SENIOR CENTER
Join us to become better acquainted with the workings of our organization. An update of our financial position will be given, any questions will be answered, and the election of board members will take place. We hope to see you there.

10/27: FUDGE FEST
in the Café We will supply the ingredients for you to pick up and mix up a batch of fudge at home to bring in. Then, all are welcome to come around 1:00 and spend the afternoon telling stories and wrapping up Halloween fudge and popcorn balls for the children.

November 2021

11/3: AN AMERICAN FAMILY in the EVIL EMPIRE with Steve Goldstein
In the time of Gorbachev, glasnost (openness) seemed to beckon, so you packed up your family and dog and took the Moscow correspondent post for a large U.S. newspaper. But, even with reforms, daily challenges remained: the Soviet economy; taps on your telephone, apartment – even your car; gasoline in the drinking water; domestic staff from KGB Temps; medical care dating from Dr. Zhivago; and those so-called ‘honey traps’ designed to discredit your reporting.
Steve Goldstein is a former Moscow and Washington Bureau Chief for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Cosponsored by the Charlotte Library.

11/10: IMMIGRATION CHALLENGES: THE ROAD AHEAD with Greg Smith
Join us for an impartial review of Trump Administration immigration policy changes and the initial responses of the Biden Administration. We will look at what the road ahead might be for immigration reform, asylum challenges at the border, and refugee challenges globally.
Gregory Smith was formerly Associate Director of the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service and also served as the INS Regional Immigration Attaché at multiple embassies.

11/17: A TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING DINNER
Accepting reservations beginning 11/1 for expanded seating at 12:00.


Recorded Talks and Resources

8/18: BRAVER ANGELS: SEEKING to DE-POLARIZE AMERICA with Bill Mares
Braver Angels (BA), a national citizens movement, aims to unite Americans across the political spectrum. Embracing core values of respect, humility, honesty, and responsible citizenship serves to bring us together. Mares will introduce the BA model and its wide range of activities at the community and family level. 
Bill Mares, BA Ambassador, has been a reporter, state legislator, high school teacher and is the author of numerous books.

Listen to the recording here.

8/11: TEMPERANCE and PROHIBITION in the CHAMPLAIN VALLEY with Susan Evans McClure
When you think about “Prohibition,” most people imagine gangsters and bootleggers with tommy guns and fancy cars in the 1920s. But to truly understand federal Prohibition in the Champlain Valley, you have to go back before the ratification of the 18th Amendment in 1919. Learn how the Champlain Valley went from being a major producer and consumer of alcohol in the early 1800s – to a hotbed of temperance sentiment by the mid-19th  century.
Susan Evans McClure is the Executive Director of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

List to the recorded talk.

8/04: WHO WAS MARK ROTHKO? with Linda Finkelstein
Marcus Rotkovitch was born in Dvinsk, Latvia, and immigrated to Portland, Oregon, as a youngster. After being recruited to Yale, he eventually settled in New York City to become a world-renowned abstract painter. His journey will be a journey for all into the spirit of color, form, and space.
Linda Finkelstein is a mixed media artist and former art teacher, with degrees in art history and art education.

Due to technical difficulties there are two parts to this talk. Listen to Part A and then Part B. 

Part A: Recording

Part B: Recording