Senior Center News: Feb. 8

Please look for the new spring program as an insert in the next issue of The Charlotte News. We close out the winter program with the following special offerings in addition to all of our regularly scheduled programs.

You are invited to an exciting tour of the great works of classical music and opera! Join Damon Ferrante for Classical Music Conversations on Friday, Feb. 10 and 24, from 9:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m. Part conversation and part educational, this lively listening and discussion group, led by music professor and composer Damon Ferrante, provides us all with opportunities to explore the wonderful music of these great composers and to socialize along the way. We will have fun learning about the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel and Verdi. Open to anyone who enjoys (or is curious about) classical music. Some of the sessions will also feature live performances by talented Vermont musicians. Registration required. No fee.

Understanding Nonverbal Communication continues Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, 21 and 28. How much of our communication is nonverbal? This Great Course will view the scope of nonverbal communication through the lens of science, led on DVD by Dr. Mark Frank, a professor and chair of the Department of Communication at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. In 12 revealing lectures, you’ll explore the history, evolution and context of both the outright obvious and the sublimely subtle nuances of personal expression. Registration required. No fee.

Come on an adventure with words that will encourage greater awareness of how your language affects yourself and others. Words are powerful. They often have unexpected influence on actions, attitudes, self-esteem, healing and energy. Join Windsong Dervick for a new offering called Speaking Through the Heart on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dates: March 7, 14 and 21. Learn how the body-mind processes words and explore how language is a reflection of our unconscious attitudes. Conscious use of language can be heard and understood; it contributes to self-healing and a more positive and peaceful world. Registration required. Max. 10. No fee.

Wednesday Wonders—Try a Craft continues on March 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with Ruth Whitaker and Barbara Harrison when we will learn how to make quilted bookmarks. Unleash that creative spirit and join us for this new monthly “craft” offering! A sample of the craft will be available in the foyer at the Center prior to class. Materials will be supplied. Registration required. Max. 8. No fee.

A collection of lectures, performances and special events showcasing the diverse interests of our community. Wednesday afternoons beginning at 1:009 p.m. No registration or fee.

2/15. From the Mekong River to the Colorado and Beyond: Global Challenges in Meeting People’s Needs for Safe Drinking Water, with Jim Hyde. More than one billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water. The cruel irony is that in terms of volume there is plenty of water on earth. The problems are access, control and stewardship of this life-sustaining commodity. These issues have interested Jim both professionally and personally as he has traveled to different parts of the world. In this talk Jim will explore these issues using as examples factors that have affected access to safe drinking water in the different parts of the world he has visited.

2/22. A Seldom Visited Island: Taiwan, with Hank Kaestner. Taiwan contains an abundance of Chinese culture, dozens of snow-capped peaks, fascinating offshore islands that were the source of the early Polynesian seafaring explorers and, for Hank, a wonderful group of birds, many of which are found only on this single island. A well-rounded presentation to educate and entertain, you will see one of the world’s tallest buildings in Taipei, the capitol; giant redwood trees that will remind you of California; a look at food that even brings a smile to Hank (could this mean ice cream?); and, of course, a few feathered friends! Come and enjoy a presentation about an off-the-beaten track location that will make you want to hop on the plane and add Taiwan to your world country list!