Wednesday, January 29
  • Short Stories for Winter
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    with Margaret Woodruff
    Dates: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 & 2/19.
    Start the new year with some old friends! Join Charlotte Library Director Margaret
    Woodruff to explore winter with favorite authors, as we read and discuss short
    stories that highlight this frosty season.  Short story packets available at the
    library and Senior Center prior to the first meeting date. Meets at the senior center.
    Possible readings:

    "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" by Ernest Hemingway
    "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    "Lost in the Snow" by Mark Twain
    "The Lady with the Pet Dog" by Anton Chekhov
    No fee. Registration required.

  • First Aid Basics - A Review
    1:00 pm-2:00 pm

    with John Snow
    In this introduction to First Aid, participants will learn a number of basic skills
    (using protective gloves, using an epi-pen, dressing a bleeding wound, etc.), as well
    as a simple process for determining what might be wrong with a patient and how to
    provide appropriate assistance. Included will be information about several common
    medical emergencies and injury types. Instruction will be given about handling
    choking emergencies. No previous training is necessary, and all are welcome.
    Please note that this is not a certification class.

  • Mindfulness Meditation
    2:30 pm-3:45 pm

    Dates: 12/4, 12/18, 1/15, 1/29, 2/12 & 2/26.
    You can’t always change what you experience in life, but you can change how you
    experience it. Mindfulness Meditation provides tools that help change how you
    experience things, increasing fulfillment and happiness, and reducing stress. Whether
    you’ve graduated from the 8-week Mindfulness for Life course, or you’re trying out
    mindfulness practice for the first time, these sessions will provide an opportunity to
    develop mindfulness skills and also to practice what you’ve learned. 
    Walk-ins welcome! No fee.

  • Basic Cartooning
    2:30 pm-3:30 pm

    with Marc Hughes
    Dates: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 & 2/19.
    In this simple, fun course, we will explore your talent within, by doing step-by-step
    demonstrations on what it takes to draw cartoon people and how to make them express
    their emotions using just dots and lines. We will go beyond the overused “stick figure,”
    by adding several special effects that will help you tell a story with your own cartoon
    characters. This is a great talent to share with the younger set! Fee: $36 for the series, or
    $8 per class.

Thursday, January 30
  • Pilates
    8:30 am-9:30 am

    with Phyllis Bartling
    Session I: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/2, 1/9 & 1/16
    Session II: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20 & 2/27.
    This Pilates class, for folks 55+, is designed to be challenging and safe. Pilates specifically targets the core muscle groups to improve balance, strength and posture. Exercises are done on the floor on mats; includes upper-body strength work with hand weights.
    Bring a small rolled-up towel to put under your head.
    Registration required. Session I & Session II: $48 each; or $8 per class.

  • Fiber Arts Group
    9:15 am-12:00 pm

    with Diane Burgess and Davey DeGraff
    This is a welcoming place to come and share your love of handwork. Bring your rug
    hooking, knitting, or other fiber project to work on together. No fee.

  • Memoir Writing
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    This course is currently full.

  • T'ai Chi Ch'uan Beginners
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    with John Creech
    Session I: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, (no class 1/2), 1/9, 1/16 & 1/23.
    Session II: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, & 2/27.
    The flowing movements and postures will increase flexibility, improve balance, and
    strengthen core muscles. Cultivate a deeper sense of relaxation, gain an increased energy level, and experience a sense of confidence.
    Registration required. Session I: $48; Session II: $40; or $8 per class.

  • T'ai Chi Advanced
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Marty Morrissey
    T’ai Chi is recognized worldwide as an unparalleled exercise program for mind/body training to help improve balance, flexibility, stability, and overall health. For students
    familiar with the form. Registration required. No fee.

  • Acrylics - Intuitive Painting
    12:00 pm-2:30 pm

    with Lynn Cummings
    Dates: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23 & 1/30.
    Want to make some art but you’re feeling intimidated? In this fun, supportive and creative class, you’ll paint “from the heart” with prompts from the instructor to get you going.
    All paintings will be unique, and as a former student said, “I haven’t had this much fun
    since kindergarten!” Be sure to pay the fee upon registration (at least a week prior to
    beginning) in order to secure your spot on the roster. Supply list available upon request
    at registration. 
    No experience necessary. Fee: $120 for the series of four.

Friday, January 31
  • Introduction to Essentrics
    9:30 am-10:30 am

    with Sherry Senior
    Dates: 12/20, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14 & 2/21.
    PLEASE NOTE: INTRODUCTION to ESSENTRICSTM, is full and no more participants can be accommodated for the remainder of this series.The regular ESSENTRICSTM course will be offered in the Spring Schedule starting in March.
    As seen on PBS, an ESSENTRICSTM, session provides a full-body, weight-free workout
    that improves how you feel in your body through a dynamic combination of stretching
    and strengthening that works through all the joints and releases tight muscles. It
    promotes improvement in flexibility, mobility, and posture, as well as relief of pain. It is
    described in books entitled Aging Backwards, and it is also known as Classical Stretch.
    No fee for this introductory series.

  • Arts Group on Fridays
    10:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Kay George
    You are invited to bring whatever you are working on and enjoy the ideas and
    encouragement that this friendly, relaxed group has to offer. No fee.

  • Strength Maintenance
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Sylvia Levine
    Based on the Living Strong program, these exercises help increase strength, muscle
    mass and bone density using hand and ankle weights. Balance exercises enhance agility and decrease the likelihood of falls, while flexibility exercises increase joint mobility and reduce the risk of injury. Weights are provided. No fee.

  • Unique Impressions
    12:30 pm-3:30 pm

    with Linda Finkelstein
    In this three-hour workshop, enjoy the process of printmaking without a press by using
    super-sensitive gelli plates. Each print will be one of a kind! Once dry, your prints can be
    further included in mixed media work — or used as cards — or as pages for a handmade
    book. You will also have the opportunity to design you own personal “stamp” which
    then can be added as an identifying symbol to your works. 
    Pre-registration required. Fee: $35, includes materials.

  • Writing Your Life Story
    12:30 pm-2:00 pm

    with Laurie McMillan
    Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7 & 2/14.
    You’ve got your story to tell, but what to include and what to leave out? How can you
    make your memories interesting to a reader? Explore storytelling techniques and utilize
    in-class exercises to help launch your own meaningful and important stories. Bring
    your favorite journal and pen. 
    Fee: $60 for the 5-part series; $12 per class.

Sunday, February 2
  • Sunday Games
    1:00 pm-2:00 pm

    Join others for cards and board games. No fee.

  • The Circle of Life and Native American Spirituality
    2:00 pm-3:30 pm

    with Don Stevens

    Don Stevens, current Chief of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe, will speak about the Circle
    of Life and its connection to Native American Spirituality. No fee.

Monday, February 3
  • Chair Yoga
    9:40 am-10:40 am

    with Tiny Sikkes

    Session I: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30, 1/6 & 1/13.
    Session II: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 & 2/24.
    This class uses chairs for balance and for all seated postures, making yoga accessible
    to those who are challenged by balance, the ability to get on the floor, or any physical
    limitations. Receive the benefits of improved breath capacity, strength, and flexibility.
    Registration required. Session I: $70; Session II: $60; or $10 per class.

  • Age Well Restaurant Tickets
    10:30 am-11:30 am

    Pat Long, Age Well Nutrition Coordinator, will dispense tickets at the Senior Center for

    participating restaurants in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
    To qualify, you must be 60+ and can register with Age Well at purchase. Suggested
    donation is $5.00 per ticket; each ticket is good for one use at any participating
    restaurants (tip not included) on designated days and times. No limit to the number of
    tickets per person (tickets are not transferrable), and they are good for one year. Cash
    and checks are accepted; exact change is appreciated.

  • Gentle Yoga
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Jean White
    Session I: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30, 1/6 & 1/13.
    Session II: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 & 2/24.
    Learn classic yoga postures in a gentle way—adapted to individual needs and all fitness
    levels. You’ll improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and breathing.
    Registration required. Session I: $70; Session II: $60; or $10 per class.

  • Bridge
    12:30 pm-4:00 pm

    with Lane Morrison and Lorna Bates
    A 15-minute, skill-building lesson begins the afternoon. We then draw names for partners, and friendly games ensue. Those unfamiliar with duplicate bridge are welcome to observe and join in when you feel ready to play. No fee.

Tuesday, February 4
  • Watercolor in Winter
    9:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Lynn Cummings
    Dates: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 & 2/11.
    (Note: 1/14 class is 8:30-11:30)
    We’ll paint new winter-related subjects and maybe something tropical thrown in for fun on those cold winter days. Supply list available upon request at registration. Be sure to pay the fee upon registration (at least a week prior to the start) in order to secure your spot on the roster. Some watercolor experience necessary.
    Fee: $185 for the series of six.

  • Pilates PLUS
    9:00 am-10:00 am

    with Phyllis Bartling
    Session I: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 1/7 & 1/14.
    Session II: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18 & 2/25.
    Pilates Plus+ takes it “up a notch” and is a bit more challenging, but still safe! We move
    at a faster pace and utilize chairs and resistance bands, along with weights and floor
    exercises. The goal remains the same, target the core muscle groups to improve and
    maintain balance, strength and good posture.
    Registration required. Session I & Session II: $48; or $8 per class.

  • Spanish Conversation
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Maria Acosta
    This group chats about the week’s activities or interests with a goal of improving fluency through listening and speaking. A no-pressure way to meet new folks, sharpen your mind, and practice your Spanish. No fee.

  • Strength Maintenance
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Sylvia Levine
    Based on the Living Strong program, these exercises help increase strength, muscle
    mass and bone density using hand and ankle weights. Balance exercises enhance agility and decrease the likelihood of falls, while flexibility exercises increase joint mobility and reduce the risk of injury. Weights are provided. No fee.

  • Mahjong
    12:45 pm-4:00 pm

    with Jean-Carol Dunham, Nan Mason & Nancy Rosenthal 
    For those new or experienced in the Chinese style of mahjong, you are welcome to join
    this informal get-together. No fee.

  • Traditional Rug Hooking for Beginners
    1:30 pm-3:30 pm

     with Diane Burgess
    Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 & 2/11.
    Learn the basics of rug hooking while creating a small project. Tools, materials, design,
    wool quantity, color planning, and finishing of your project will be covered. No supplies
    needed for first class. Hook and fabric kit included in fee. Used frames are available to
    use for the duration of class. Students will need to purchase the wool brought to class to
    complete their project. New frames can be purchased to continue rug hooking on your
    own at class end.
    Maximum 10. Registration required. Fee: $110, payable at the start of the course, or before.

  • French Conversation
    2:15 pm-3:15 pm

    This informal, self-directed French conversation group is intended for high-beginners to intermediate French speakers with sufficient knowledge of the language to carry on everyday conversations. We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to speak, and we intend to interrupt conversations at various points, explaining to others what words were used, and what communication obstacles we still face. This gathering is not intended for beginning French speakers, nor advanced French speakers. 
    No fee; no registration required. (Note: Our regular French language instructor, Alysse Anton, will be returning on 3/10.)

Wednesday, February 5
  • Short Stories for Winter
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    with Margaret Woodruff
    Dates: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 & 2/19.
    Start the new year with some old friends! Join Charlotte Library Director Margaret
    Woodruff to explore winter with favorite authors, as we read and discuss short
    stories that highlight this frosty season.  Short story packets available at the
    library and Senior Center prior to the first meeting date. Meets at the senior center.
    Possible readings:

    "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" by Ernest Hemingway
    "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    "Lost in the Snow" by Mark Twain
    "The Lady with the Pet Dog" by Anton Chekhov
    No fee. Registration required.

  • Secrets of Mt. Philo
    1:00 pm-2:00 pm

    with Judy Chaves
    The history of Mt Philo, Vermont’s first state park, is as remarkable as the view
    from its summit. Come learn about this gem in our backyard: why it is the way it is,
    and where evidence of its history lies hidden in plain sight—through slides, historic
    maps, turn-of-the-20th century descriptions of the mountain, and even poetry.

  • Basic Cartooning
    2:30 pm-3:30 pm

    with Marc Hughes
    Dates: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 & 2/19.
    In this simple, fun course, we will explore your talent within, by doing step-by-step
    demonstrations on what it takes to draw cartoon people and how to make them express
    their emotions using just dots and lines. We will go beyond the overused “stick figure,”
    by adding several special effects that will help you tell a story with your own cartoon
    characters. This is a great talent to share with the younger set! Fee: $36 for the series, or
    $8 per class.

Thursday, February 6
  • Pilates
    8:30 am-9:30 am

    with Phyllis Bartling
    Session I: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/2, 1/9 & 1/16
    Session II: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20 & 2/27.
    This Pilates class, for folks 55+, is designed to be challenging and safe. Pilates specifically targets the core muscle groups to improve balance, strength and posture. Exercises are done on the floor on mats; includes upper-body strength work with hand weights.
    Bring a small rolled-up towel to put under your head.
    Registration required. Session I & Session II: $48 each; or $8 per class.

  • Fiber Arts Group
    9:15 am-12:00 pm

    with Diane Burgess and Davey DeGraff
    This is a welcoming place to come and share your love of handwork. Bring your rug
    hooking, knitting, or other fiber project to work on together. No fee.

  • Memoir Writing
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    This course is currently full.

  • T'ai Chi Ch'uan Beginners
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    with John Creech
    Session I: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, (no class 1/2), 1/9, 1/16 & 1/23.
    Session II: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, & 2/27.
    The flowing movements and postures will increase flexibility, improve balance, and
    strengthen core muscles. Cultivate a deeper sense of relaxation, gain an increased energy level, and experience a sense of confidence.
    Registration required. Session I: $48; Session II: $40; or $8 per class.

  • T'ai Chi Advanced
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Marty Morrissey
    T’ai Chi is recognized worldwide as an unparalleled exercise program for mind/body training to help improve balance, flexibility, stability, and overall health. For students
    familiar with the form. Registration required. No fee.

  • BLOOD DRIVE
    2:00 pm-7:00 pm

    with the American Red CrossThe Senior Center is always happy to host the American Red Cross blood drives.Our friendly volunteers, comfortable space, and great snacks make giving bloodhere a pleasure

Friday, February 7
  • Introduction to Essentrics
    9:30 am-10:30 am

    with Sherry Senior
    Dates: 12/20, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14 & 2/21.
    PLEASE NOTE: INTRODUCTION to ESSENTRICSTM, is full and no more participants can be accommodated for the remainder of this series.The regular ESSENTRICSTM course will be offered in the Spring Schedule starting in March.
    As seen on PBS, an ESSENTRICSTM, session provides a full-body, weight-free workout
    that improves how you feel in your body through a dynamic combination of stretching
    and strengthening that works through all the joints and releases tight muscles. It
    promotes improvement in flexibility, mobility, and posture, as well as relief of pain. It is
    described in books entitled Aging Backwards, and it is also known as Classical Stretch.
    No fee for this introductory series.

  • Arts Group on Fridays
    10:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Kay George
    You are invited to bring whatever you are working on and enjoy the ideas and
    encouragement that this friendly, relaxed group has to offer. No fee.

  • Strength Maintenance
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Sylvia Levine
    Based on the Living Strong program, these exercises help increase strength, muscle
    mass and bone density using hand and ankle weights. Balance exercises enhance agility and decrease the likelihood of falls, while flexibility exercises increase joint mobility and reduce the risk of injury. Weights are provided. No fee.

  • Writing Your Life Story
    12:30 pm-2:00 pm

    with Laurie McMillan
    Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7 & 2/14.
    You’ve got your story to tell, but what to include and what to leave out? How can you
    make your memories interesting to a reader? Explore storytelling techniques and utilize
    in-class exercises to help launch your own meaningful and important stories. Bring
    your favorite journal and pen. 
    Fee: $60 for the 5-part series; $12 per class.

Saturday, February 8
  • Artist's Reception
    1:30 pm-3:00 pm

    Barbara Waters—Retrospective
    with light refreshments.

Sunday, February 9
  • Sunday Games
    1:00 pm-2:00 pm

    Join others for cards and board games. No fee.

Monday, February 10
  • Book Group Part 2
    9:30 am-11:00 am

    Second Mondays, Dates:12/9, 1/13 & 2/10. 
    A self-facilitated, drop-in, monthly discussion for those who have participated in a
    previous four-week course based on this book. No fee.

  • Chair Yoga
    9:40 am-10:40 am

    with Tiny Sikkes

    Session I: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30, 1/6 & 1/13.
    Session II: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 & 2/24.
    This class uses chairs for balance and for all seated postures, making yoga accessible
    to those who are challenged by balance, the ability to get on the floor, or any physical
    limitations. Receive the benefits of improved breath capacity, strength, and flexibility.
    Registration required. Session I: $70; Session II: $60; or $10 per class.

  • Gentle Yoga
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Jean White
    Session I: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30, 1/6 & 1/13.
    Session II: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 & 2/24.
    Learn classic yoga postures in a gentle way—adapted to individual needs and all fitness
    levels. You’ll improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and breathing.
    Registration required. Session I: $70; Session II: $60; or $10 per class.

  • Bridge
    12:30 pm-4:00 pm

    with Lane Morrison and Lorna Bates
    A 15-minute, skill-building lesson begins the afternoon. We then draw names for partners, and friendly games ensue. Those unfamiliar with duplicate bridge are welcome to observe and join in when you feel ready to play. No fee.

Tuesday, February 11
  • Watercolor in Winter
    9:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Lynn Cummings
    Dates: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 & 2/11.
    (Note: 1/14 class is 8:30-11:30)
    We’ll paint new winter-related subjects and maybe something tropical thrown in for fun on those cold winter days. Supply list available upon request at registration. Be sure to pay the fee upon registration (at least a week prior to the start) in order to secure your spot on the roster. Some watercolor experience necessary.
    Fee: $185 for the series of six.

  • Pilates PLUS
    9:00 am-10:00 am

    with Phyllis Bartling
    Session I: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 1/7 & 1/14.
    Session II: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18 & 2/25.
    Pilates Plus+ takes it “up a notch” and is a bit more challenging, but still safe! We move
    at a faster pace and utilize chairs and resistance bands, along with weights and floor
    exercises. The goal remains the same, target the core muscle groups to improve and
    maintain balance, strength and good posture.
    Registration required. Session I & Session II: $48; or $8 per class.

  • Spanish Conversation
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Maria Acosta
    This group chats about the week’s activities or interests with a goal of improving fluency through listening and speaking. A no-pressure way to meet new folks, sharpen your mind, and practice your Spanish. No fee.

  • Strength Maintenance
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Sylvia Levine
    Based on the Living Strong program, these exercises help increase strength, muscle
    mass and bone density using hand and ankle weights. Balance exercises enhance agility and decrease the likelihood of falls, while flexibility exercises increase joint mobility and reduce the risk of injury. Weights are provided. No fee.

  • Mahjong
    12:45 pm-4:00 pm

    with Jean-Carol Dunham, Nan Mason & Nancy Rosenthal 
    For those new or experienced in the Chinese style of mahjong, you are welcome to join
    this informal get-together. No fee.

  • Traditional Rug Hooking for Beginners
    1:30 pm-3:30 pm

     with Diane Burgess
    Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 & 2/11.
    Learn the basics of rug hooking while creating a small project. Tools, materials, design,
    wool quantity, color planning, and finishing of your project will be covered. No supplies
    needed for first class. Hook and fabric kit included in fee. Used frames are available to
    use for the duration of class. Students will need to purchase the wool brought to class to
    complete their project. New frames can be purchased to continue rug hooking on your
    own at class end.
    Maximum 10. Registration required. Fee: $110, payable at the start of the course, or before.

  • French Conversation
    2:15 pm-3:15 pm

    This informal, self-directed French conversation group is intended for high-beginners to intermediate French speakers with sufficient knowledge of the language to carry on everyday conversations. We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to speak, and we intend to interrupt conversations at various points, explaining to others what words were used, and what communication obstacles we still face. This gathering is not intended for beginning French speakers, nor advanced French speakers. 
    No fee; no registration required. (Note: Our regular French language instructor, Alysse Anton, will be returning on 3/10.)

Wednesday, February 12
  • Short Stories for Winter
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    with Margaret Woodruff
    Dates: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 & 2/19.
    Start the new year with some old friends! Join Charlotte Library Director Margaret
    Woodruff to explore winter with favorite authors, as we read and discuss short
    stories that highlight this frosty season.  Short story packets available at the
    library and Senior Center prior to the first meeting date. Meets at the senior center.
    Possible readings:

    "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" by Ernest Hemingway
    "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    "Lost in the Snow" by Mark Twain
    "The Lady with the Pet Dog" by Anton Chekhov
    No fee. Registration required.

  • More Paths to Wellness
    1:00 pm-2:00 pm

    with a panel of four professionals.
    Take this opportunity to learn more about other paths to wellness, from the very
    experienced and well-trained panel members who will introduce their special fields
    briefly. There will be time for your questions.

    Emelia Brogna, Doctor of Physical Therapy – Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-
    on treatment technique that encourages the body to heal itself. Through gentle touch,
    therapists gently encourage the production and distribution of the cerebrospinal

    fluid. When the central nervous system functions well, health improves: muscles
    relax, circulation increases, pain and swelling decrease.
    Mischul Brownstone, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher® – The Feldenkrais
    Method uses gentle movements and directed attention to help people learn new and
    more effective ways of moving and living the life they want.
    Tina D’Amato, Doctor of Osteopathy – Osteopathy, a branch of medical practice
    that focuses on whole-person diagnosis and care, includes the use of medication and
    surgery, in addition to manipulation of the bones, joints, lymphatics, and muscles.
    Liesje Smith, Certified RolferTM – Rolfing is a technique of deep tissue manipulation
    aimed at the release and realignment of the body, and the reduction of muscular and
    psychic tension.

  • Mindfulness Meditation
    2:30 pm-3:45 pm

    Dates: 12/4, 12/18, 1/15, 1/29, 2/12 & 2/26.
    You can’t always change what you experience in life, but you can change how you
    experience it. Mindfulness Meditation provides tools that help change how you
    experience things, increasing fulfillment and happiness, and reducing stress. Whether
    you’ve graduated from the 8-week Mindfulness for Life course, or you’re trying out
    mindfulness practice for the first time, these sessions will provide an opportunity to
    develop mindfulness skills and also to practice what you’ve learned. 
    Walk-ins welcome! No fee.

  • Basic Cartooning
    2:30 pm-3:30 pm

    with Marc Hughes
    Dates: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 & 2/19.
    In this simple, fun course, we will explore your talent within, by doing step-by-step
    demonstrations on what it takes to draw cartoon people and how to make them express
    their emotions using just dots and lines. We will go beyond the overused “stick figure,”
    by adding several special effects that will help you tell a story with your own cartoon
    characters. This is a great talent to share with the younger set! Fee: $36 for the series, or
    $8 per class.

Thursday, February 13
  • Pilates
    8:30 am-9:30 am

    with Phyllis Bartling
    Session I: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/2, 1/9 & 1/16
    Session II: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20 & 2/27.
    This Pilates class, for folks 55+, is designed to be challenging and safe. Pilates specifically targets the core muscle groups to improve balance, strength and posture. Exercises are done on the floor on mats; includes upper-body strength work with hand weights.
    Bring a small rolled-up towel to put under your head.
    Registration required. Session I & Session II: $48 each; or $8 per class.

  • Fiber Arts Group
    9:15 am-12:00 pm

    with Diane Burgess and Davey DeGraff
    This is a welcoming place to come and share your love of handwork. Bring your rug
    hooking, knitting, or other fiber project to work on together. No fee.

  • Memoir Writing
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    This course is currently full.

  • T'ai Chi Ch'uan Beginners
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    with John Creech
    Session I: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, (no class 1/2), 1/9, 1/16 & 1/23.
    Session II: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, & 2/27.
    The flowing movements and postures will increase flexibility, improve balance, and
    strengthen core muscles. Cultivate a deeper sense of relaxation, gain an increased energy level, and experience a sense of confidence.
    Registration required. Session I: $48; Session II: $40; or $8 per class.

  • T'ai Chi Advanced
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Marty Morrissey
    T’ai Chi is recognized worldwide as an unparalleled exercise program for mind/body training to help improve balance, flexibility, stability, and overall health. For students
    familiar with the form. Registration required. No fee.

  • Handmade Books
    12:30 pm-3:30 pm

    with Linda Finkelstein
    In this three-hour workshop, learn how to make a simple hand-sewn book and also
    an accordion book. Bring items to collage for the creation of your special books with
    personal imagery and words. Write messages or musings; add your favorite poems or
    quotations. Anything is possible. 
    Pre-registration required. Fee: $35, includes materials.

Friday, February 14
  • Introduction to Essentrics
    9:30 am-10:30 am

    with Sherry Senior
    Dates: 12/20, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14 & 2/21.
    PLEASE NOTE: INTRODUCTION to ESSENTRICSTM, is full and no more participants can be accommodated for the remainder of this series.The regular ESSENTRICSTM course will be offered in the Spring Schedule starting in March.
    As seen on PBS, an ESSENTRICSTM, session provides a full-body, weight-free workout
    that improves how you feel in your body through a dynamic combination of stretching
    and strengthening that works through all the joints and releases tight muscles. It
    promotes improvement in flexibility, mobility, and posture, as well as relief of pain. It is
    described in books entitled Aging Backwards, and it is also known as Classical Stretch.
    No fee for this introductory series.

  • Arts Group on Fridays
    10:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Kay George
    You are invited to bring whatever you are working on and enjoy the ideas and
    encouragement that this friendly, relaxed group has to offer. No fee.

  • Strength Maintenance
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Sylvia Levine
    Based on the Living Strong program, these exercises help increase strength, muscle
    mass and bone density using hand and ankle weights. Balance exercises enhance agility and decrease the likelihood of falls, while flexibility exercises increase joint mobility and reduce the risk of injury. Weights are provided. No fee.

  • Writing Your Life Story
    12:30 pm-2:00 pm

    with Laurie McMillan
    Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7 & 2/14.
    You’ve got your story to tell, but what to include and what to leave out? How can you
    make your memories interesting to a reader? Explore storytelling techniques and utilize
    in-class exercises to help launch your own meaningful and important stories. Bring
    your favorite journal and pen. 
    Fee: $60 for the 5-part series; $12 per class.

  • Writers Gathering
    1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Monthly, second Fridays, 1:00-3:00.
    This re-forming group is looking for writers of stories, autobiographical pieces, and
    poetry. At monthly meetings, writers read and discuss their pieces, listen to those of
    others, and offer encouragement all around. 
    Please register to indicate your interest. No fee.

Sunday, February 16
  • Shape-Note Singing
    1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    with Carolyn Kulik
    Third Sundays, 1:00-3:00.
    This traditional, a cappella, four-part harmony has been called “full-body, shout-itout singing” and is also known as Sacred Harp. Open to newcomers and experienced
    singers. No performances and no auditions; a “good voice” is not required. Songbooks
    are provided. Stop by to listen or sing, and leave whenever you wish. No fee.

  • Sunday Games
    1:00 pm-2:00 pm

    Join others for cards and board games. No fee.

Monday, February 17
  • Chair Yoga
    9:40 am-10:40 am

    with Tiny Sikkes

    Session I: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30, 1/6 & 1/13.
    Session II: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 & 2/24.
    This class uses chairs for balance and for all seated postures, making yoga accessible
    to those who are challenged by balance, the ability to get on the floor, or any physical
    limitations. Receive the benefits of improved breath capacity, strength, and flexibility.
    Registration required. Session I: $70; Session II: $60; or $10 per class.

  • Gentle Yoga
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Jean White
    Session I: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30, 1/6 & 1/13.
    Session II: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 & 2/24.
    Learn classic yoga postures in a gentle way—adapted to individual needs and all fitness
    levels. You’ll improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and breathing.
    Registration required. Session I: $70; Session II: $60; or $10 per class.

  • Bridge
    12:30 pm-4:00 pm

    with Lane Morrison and Lorna Bates
    A 15-minute, skill-building lesson begins the afternoon. We then draw names for partners, and friendly games ensue. Those unfamiliar with duplicate bridge are welcome to observe and join in when you feel ready to play. No fee.

Tuesday, February 18
  • Pilates PLUS
    9:00 am-10:00 am

    with Phyllis Bartling
    Session I: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 1/7 & 1/14.
    Session II: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18 & 2/25.
    Pilates Plus+ takes it “up a notch” and is a bit more challenging, but still safe! We move
    at a faster pace and utilize chairs and resistance bands, along with weights and floor
    exercises. The goal remains the same, target the core muscle groups to improve and
    maintain balance, strength and good posture.
    Registration required. Session I & Session II: $48; or $8 per class.

  • Spanish Conversation
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Maria Acosta
    This group chats about the week’s activities or interests with a goal of improving fluency through listening and speaking. A no-pressure way to meet new folks, sharpen your mind, and practice your Spanish. No fee.

  • Strength Maintenance
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Sylvia Levine
    Based on the Living Strong program, these exercises help increase strength, muscle
    mass and bone density using hand and ankle weights. Balance exercises enhance agility and decrease the likelihood of falls, while flexibility exercises increase joint mobility and reduce the risk of injury. Weights are provided. No fee.

  • Mahjong
    12:45 pm-4:00 pm

    with Jean-Carol Dunham, Nan Mason & Nancy Rosenthal 
    For those new or experienced in the Chinese style of mahjong, you are welcome to join
    this informal get-together. No fee.

  • French Conversation
    2:15 pm-3:15 pm

    This informal, self-directed French conversation group is intended for high-beginners to intermediate French speakers with sufficient knowledge of the language to carry on everyday conversations. We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to speak, and we intend to interrupt conversations at various points, explaining to others what words were used, and what communication obstacles we still face. This gathering is not intended for beginning French speakers, nor advanced French speakers. 
    No fee; no registration required. (Note: Our regular French language instructor, Alysse Anton, will be returning on 3/10.)

Wednesday, February 19
  • Short Stories for Winter
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    with Margaret Woodruff
    Dates: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 & 2/19.
    Start the new year with some old friends! Join Charlotte Library Director Margaret
    Woodruff to explore winter with favorite authors, as we read and discuss short
    stories that highlight this frosty season.  Short story packets available at the
    library and Senior Center prior to the first meeting date. Meets at the senior center.
    Possible readings:

    "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" by Ernest Hemingway
    "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    "Lost in the Snow" by Mark Twain
    "The Lady with the Pet Dog" by Anton Chekhov
    No fee. Registration required.

  • Craft Beer Brewing
    1:00 pm-2:00 pm

    A PERSONAL HISTORY of BEER & BREWING in VERMONT
    with Bill Mares
    The former legislator, teacher, journalist and home-brewer will talk about beer,
    home-brewing and the craft beer industry in Vermont. Mares, the author of Making
    Beer, is the co-owner of the House of Fermentology which is now part of the
    “agricultural campus” at Nordic Farms in Charlotte.

  • Basic Cartooning
    2:30 pm-3:30 pm

    with Marc Hughes
    Dates: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 & 2/19.
    In this simple, fun course, we will explore your talent within, by doing step-by-step
    demonstrations on what it takes to draw cartoon people and how to make them express
    their emotions using just dots and lines. We will go beyond the overused “stick figure,”
    by adding several special effects that will help you tell a story with your own cartoon
    characters. This is a great talent to share with the younger set! Fee: $36 for the series, or
    $8 per class.

Thursday, February 20
  • Pilates
    8:30 am-9:30 am

    with Phyllis Bartling
    Session I: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/2, 1/9 & 1/16
    Session II: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20 & 2/27.
    This Pilates class, for folks 55+, is designed to be challenging and safe. Pilates specifically targets the core muscle groups to improve balance, strength and posture. Exercises are done on the floor on mats; includes upper-body strength work with hand weights.
    Bring a small rolled-up towel to put under your head.
    Registration required. Session I & Session II: $48 each; or $8 per class.

  • Fiber Arts Group
    9:15 am-12:00 pm

    with Diane Burgess and Davey DeGraff
    This is a welcoming place to come and share your love of handwork. Bring your rug
    hooking, knitting, or other fiber project to work on together. No fee.

  • Memoir Writing
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    This course is currently full.

  • T'ai Chi Ch'uan Beginners
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    with John Creech
    Session I: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, (no class 1/2), 1/9, 1/16 & 1/23.
    Session II: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, & 2/27.
    The flowing movements and postures will increase flexibility, improve balance, and
    strengthen core muscles. Cultivate a deeper sense of relaxation, gain an increased energy level, and experience a sense of confidence.
    Registration required. Session I: $48; Session II: $40; or $8 per class.

  • T'ai Chi Advanced
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Marty Morrissey
    T’ai Chi is recognized worldwide as an unparalleled exercise program for mind/body training to help improve balance, flexibility, stability, and overall health. For students
    familiar with the form. Registration required. No fee.

Friday, February 21
  • Introduction to Essentrics
    9:30 am-10:30 am

    with Sherry Senior
    Dates: 12/20, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14 & 2/21.
    PLEASE NOTE: INTRODUCTION to ESSENTRICSTM, is full and no more participants can be accommodated for the remainder of this series.The regular ESSENTRICSTM course will be offered in the Spring Schedule starting in March.
    As seen on PBS, an ESSENTRICSTM, session provides a full-body, weight-free workout
    that improves how you feel in your body through a dynamic combination of stretching
    and strengthening that works through all the joints and releases tight muscles. It
    promotes improvement in flexibility, mobility, and posture, as well as relief of pain. It is
    described in books entitled Aging Backwards, and it is also known as Classical Stretch.
    No fee for this introductory series.

  • Arts Group on Fridays
    10:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Kay George
    You are invited to bring whatever you are working on and enjoy the ideas and
    encouragement that this friendly, relaxed group has to offer. No fee.

  • Strength Maintenance
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Sylvia Levine
    Based on the Living Strong program, these exercises help increase strength, muscle
    mass and bone density using hand and ankle weights. Balance exercises enhance agility and decrease the likelihood of falls, while flexibility exercises increase joint mobility and reduce the risk of injury. Weights are provided. No fee.

Sunday, February 23
  • Sunday Games
    1:00 pm-2:00 pm

    Join others for cards and board games. No fee.

Monday, February 24
  • Chair Yoga
    9:40 am-10:40 am

    with Tiny Sikkes

    Session I: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30, 1/6 & 1/13.
    Session II: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 & 2/24.
    This class uses chairs for balance and for all seated postures, making yoga accessible
    to those who are challenged by balance, the ability to get on the floor, or any physical
    limitations. Receive the benefits of improved breath capacity, strength, and flexibility.
    Registration required. Session I: $70; Session II: $60; or $10 per class.

  • Gentle Yoga
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Jean White
    Session I: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30, 1/6 & 1/13.
    Session II: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 & 2/24.
    Learn classic yoga postures in a gentle way—adapted to individual needs and all fitness
    levels. You’ll improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and breathing.
    Registration required. Session I: $70; Session II: $60; or $10 per class.

  • Bridge
    12:30 pm-4:00 pm

    with Lane Morrison and Lorna Bates
    A 15-minute, skill-building lesson begins the afternoon. We then draw names for partners, and friendly games ensue. Those unfamiliar with duplicate bridge are welcome to observe and join in when you feel ready to play. No fee.

Tuesday, February 25
  • Pilates PLUS
    9:00 am-10:00 am

    with Phyllis Bartling
    Session I: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 1/7 & 1/14.
    Session II: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18 & 2/25.
    Pilates Plus+ takes it “up a notch” and is a bit more challenging, but still safe! We move
    at a faster pace and utilize chairs and resistance bands, along with weights and floor
    exercises. The goal remains the same, target the core muscle groups to improve and
    maintain balance, strength and good posture.
    Registration required. Session I & Session II: $48; or $8 per class.

  • Spanish Conversation
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Maria Acosta
    This group chats about the week’s activities or interests with a goal of improving fluency through listening and speaking. A no-pressure way to meet new folks, sharpen your mind, and practice your Spanish. No fee.

  • Strength Maintenance
    11:00 am-12:00 pm

    with Sylvia Levine
    Based on the Living Strong program, these exercises help increase strength, muscle
    mass and bone density using hand and ankle weights. Balance exercises enhance agility and decrease the likelihood of falls, while flexibility exercises increase joint mobility and reduce the risk of injury. Weights are provided. No fee.

  • Mahjong
    12:45 pm-4:00 pm

    with Jean-Carol Dunham, Nan Mason & Nancy Rosenthal 
    For those new or experienced in the Chinese style of mahjong, you are welcome to join
    this informal get-together. No fee.

  • French Conversation
    2:15 pm-3:15 pm

    This informal, self-directed French conversation group is intended for high-beginners to intermediate French speakers with sufficient knowledge of the language to carry on everyday conversations. We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to speak, and we intend to interrupt conversations at various points, explaining to others what words were used, and what communication obstacles we still face. This gathering is not intended for beginning French speakers, nor advanced French speakers. 
    No fee; no registration required. (Note: Our regular French language instructor, Alysse Anton, will be returning on 3/10.)