Mary Recchia, Contributor

Getting Ready for an Active Summer? Ginger Lambert will help you achieve that goal on Tuesday mornings from 9:15 a.m. –10:00 A.M. Using timed intervals and a series of stations this class will incorporate body weight, light weights and other cardio/strength building tools to boost strength, cardiovascular fitness, agility and flexibility. Joint and ligament issues will be taken into account. Every exercise can be modified for any ability or level of fitness. If you have been looking for a class that challenges you but doesn’t leave you in the dust, then this is for you. Registration necessary. Limit 10. Fee: $10 per class.

The last Spring Road Hike in the Champlain Valley with Marty Morrissey will be on May 9 to Underhill State Park. Please meet at the Center 10 minutes prior to our 9:00 a.m. departure with water, good hiking or walking shoes, and a snack or lunch. Details of the hike are in the sign-up book at the host desk. Registration required. No fee.

Join Liz Fotouhi and Friends on Friday, May 5, beginning at 11:30 a.m. for a Spring Tea. While delighting in fragrant tea, savory treats and sweet confections we will welcome and celebrate the return of the lovely lady we call “Spring.” We will be reading and discussing poems about spring by some of our favorite writers. Bring your favorite poem to share, whether from a beloved poet or one you have penned yourself. All are welcome—dress is casual! Registration necessary. Max. 25. Suggested donation: $4.

All levels of artists will enjoy Bold, Brave & Colorful—Intuitive Painting in Acrylic with Lynn Cummings, even if you haven’t made art since kindergarten! The class will be held on Tuesday mornings in May from 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m Dates: May 9, 16, 23 and 30. You’ll learn about color, shape, design and how to paint intuitively, as Lynn guides you through exercises designed to help tap into the creativity that you have inside. Acrylic is a forgiving medium and is a fun way to make art. You’ll also learn to use different mediums, papers and objects to create texture in your work. Be prepared to have fun and express yourself in ways you didn’t think possible! Please make sure you receive the necessary materials list at least a week prior to the first class by contacting Lynn. Registration necessary. Max. 12. Fee: $111.

On Wednesday morning May 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. join Janice Baush and learn how to make Hand Stamped Greeting Cards. Unleash that creative spirit! You do not have to be an artist, but this could open that part of you! In this small, hands-on class you will create two cards that you can take and use. This is like scrapbooking (same materials used), but, of course, much smaller. A sample of what we will be making is available in the foyer at the Center. All materials will be supplied. Registration required. Max. 8. No fee.

Colored Pencil Shortcuts with Elizabeth Llewellyn begins Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Dates: May 11, 18, 25 and June 1. Colored pencils are a very versatile medium. They can be applied to resemble watercolour, pastel, acrylic or oil paintings, but it is a slow process to layer all of those colours! This is why coloured pencil artists have developed various “shortcuts” to help speed up the process. In this four-week class we will explore blending solvents (non-toxic) and toned papers as ways of shortening the time frame for completing paintings and producing different effects. Please bring whatever coloured pencils you have, an HB graphite pencil and a kneaded eraser to the first class where more instruction on supplies will be provided. Registration necessary. Limit 10. Fee: $85.

A collection of lectures, performances and special events showcasing the diverse interests of our community, Wednesday afternoons beginning at 1 o’clock. No registration or fee.

May 3.  From Opera to Broadway, with Helen Lyons. Helen Lyons, an internationally acclaimed soprano and native of Vermont, presents an eclectic program of beloved works from the operatic, classical and musical theater genres. The sound of beautiful singing will make the walls of the Great Room ring! Come be transported through an afternoon of sublime music. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

May 10. Great Composers, with Damon Ferrante. Music professor Damon Ferrante will be our host for this piano-oriented performance. He will present a lively and fun concert of famous classical music pieces, performed by children and adults from our area. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and other great composers’ works will be featured, along with some lesser-known gems, including some Baroque pieces for the viola da gamba performed by Barbara Colombo.

May 17. Charlotte Central School Musicians. A select group of student musicians from Charlotte Central School will delight you with a variety of special songs they have been working on all semester in anticipation of their spring performances.