• Special events are those that are not ongoing.
  • Some events require registration.

November 2023

November Artist Exhibit:
A collection of watercolor, ink, and mixed media drawings celebrating birds, avians & raptors by Peter E. Hetz

This month’s exhibiting artist’s fascination with birds, particularly raptors, started early. They’re little dinosaurs! Following the hawk migration with his dad in a motorglider and rehabbing birds of prey during his first years in Kenya in the mid seventies offered proximity and inspiration for Peter’s first serious set of paintings for a coffee table book with a world-renowned raptor specialist, Leslie Brown. Since moving back to his home in Charlotte in 2023, he’s been painting our more local aerial subjects. For those interested in seeing a portfolio of Peter’s work, please visit http://www.bearpawarts.com.

Wednesday, November 29, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., Tips and Tricks for Android Phones and Tablets
Registration suggested. Cost: Free
Would you like to get more out of your Android phone or tablet? Learn some tips and tricks, including security considerations, how to install and delete apps and settings to improve privacy and customize your device to meet your visual, physical, motion or hearing needs. If possible, bring your own device for hands-on learning. Snacks provided. Participants will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card from a local business. Supported by AT&T and The Public Library Association. Co-sponsored with the Charlotte Library.

Thursday, November 30, 1:00–3:00 p.m., Boxwood Tabletop Tree Workshop
Registration required. Cost: $30
Designer Diane Boucher will lead this class in making traditional tabletop boxwood trees to enjoy or give as a festive gift for the holidays. Using fresh English boxwood, you will learn to assemble your own boxwood Christmas tree. Once assembled, you will decorate your tree choosing from a variety of festive decorations being offered.  These popular arrangements last up to 12 weeks with regular watering and make a perfect gift.
Cost includes all supplies for creating this special tree to take home. Class size is limited to 7 adults.

December 2023

December Artist Exhibit: Champlain Valley Quilt Guild of Vermont The Champlain Valley Quilt Guild of Vermont is a non-profit organization that strives to promote an interest in the art of quilting while also providing comfort to those in our community by donating quilts to organizations, such as the Vermont Respite House, The Ronald McDonald House, Vermont Quilts of Valor, and UVM Medical Center. Every year the guild has a different quilt theme challenge for its members. This year’s quilt challenge is the theme of Animals.

Sunday, December 3, 1:00–3:00 p.m., Shape-Note Singing
Cost: Free. No registration required. Traditional acapella, four-part harmony sung for the joy of singing…not as a practice for performance. Search “Sacred Harp” on YouTube for examples, then come and sing with us! Introduction to shape notes and scales is recommended and offered 30 minutes before each first Sunday singing. Contact Kerry Cullinan at kclynxvt@gmail.com.

Thursday, December 7, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., AARP Smart DriverTM Course
Cost:$25 / $20 for AARP members Register by Monday, December 4.
The AARP Smart DriverTM course, designed especially for drivers age 50 and older, will help you refresh your driving skills and may even help you save on your auto insurance! AARP members can take the course at a discounted rate. Please plan to bring lunch. Register early as class size is limited to 15. Checks should be made out to AARP.

Tuesday, December 12, 1:00 p.m., Wrapping Up a Good Read
with the Charlotte Library Cost: Free. Registration recommended.
Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of gift shopping and good cheer as Charlotte Library staff come to the Senior Center to share their favorite reads for the season. Refreshments served. Book copies available for purchase thanks to the Flying Pig Bookstore.

Wednesday, December 13, at Noon, Age Well Holiday Meal
Registration and $5 lunch donation required by Thursday, December 7. You will need to have a completed 24FY Age Well Registration form on file.
Join us for a festive holiday sit-down dinner provided by Age Well. The menu will be stuffed chicken breast with apple/cranberry stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, dinner roll and pumpkin bar with white chips and craisins for dessert.

Wednesday, December 13, 1:00 p.m., Segel Family Piano Concert
Cost: Free. Registration recommended.
Come and hear the Segel children perform a Christmas piano concert at the Charlotte Senior Center on Wednesday, December 13, at 1:00 p.m. Juna (16), Jack (14), Hannah (9) and Ada (6) will be playing a variety of festive arrangements, including a special violin trio.

Thursday, December 14, 7:00–9:30 a.m., Men’s Breakfast
Registration required by Tuesday for the Thursday breakfast. Suggested donation: $6. On the second Thursday of the month, the men gather for breakfast and conversation. For December, the guest speakers will be Greg Ranallo and Bill Fraser-Harris who will talk about their trip navigating the pristine wilderness for 50 miles to Brooks Lodge in Katmai National Park–the most famous bear viewing spot in the world!
If you are planning to attend the men’s breakfast, please email Lane: lmorrison@gmavt.net before Tuesday, December 12.

Thursday, December 14, 1:00-3:30 p.m., Play Reading
with Sue Foley and Wally Gates Cost: Free
This is table-reading fun. No tryouts, no rehearsals, no critical reviews. Th e group meets monthly and is for people who enjoy reading plays aloud or listening to others perform. Since we currently have more women than men in the group, the ladies read some of the male parts with grace and skill. We would love to have some more males join the group. Each month a play is selected, parts are assigned, and scripts are distributed. It is suggested that a good way to test the waters is to attend a session as a guest audience. If you have any questions or would like to sit in, please contact Sue at ssnfoley@icloud.com.

Thursday, December 14, 5:00–6:00 p.m., Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
at the Charlotte Senior Center Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s? Do you know someone who is? Please join us for our monthly Caregiver Support Group on the second Thursday of each month from 5:00–6:00 p.m. The meetings provide a safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system. For additional information or questions please contact Susan Cartwright: scartwrightasg@gmail.com.

Thursday, December 21, 1:00–6:00 p.m., Red Cross Blood Drive
at the Charlotte Senior Center Please consider donating blood. The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: CHARLOTTE to schedule an appointment.

Friday, December 22, 5:00–6:00 p.m., Winter Solstice Meditation
Cost: Suggested donation of $5-$15. Register by Monday, December 18.
Join Charlie Nardozzi and Heidi Kvasnak for a candlelight, winter-solstice meditation, which will include gentle seated movement and soft chanting, to prepare your body for a time of quiet, silent meditation, ending in chant. On this auspicious evening we practice to anchor ourselves in the inner stillness and light of our being, so that we may welcome the holidays with grounded awareness. Let’s celebrate the transition from the longest night of the year to the lengthening days of light. No experience necessary.

Scam Prevention Information

Watch this Scam Prevention Video by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. This was a Senior Center and Library presentation in September 2022.