Mary Recchia, Contributor

Spring hike with Marty Morrissey at Underhill State Park on May 9. Photo by Mike Yantachka.

Please look for the new Summer Program as an insert in this issue of The Charlotte News.

Our June Art Show will be works by Rae Harrell, who uses paint, wood, fabric and other fibers, found objects and anything interesting she comes across to create her art. She focuses on what is occurring in her life at the time. Much of the work is meditative in that she uses mandalas as her primary design surrounded by visions of her interior awareness. Rae does portraiture, abstracts, some representational and many that she makes up on the spot.

Yes, you can learn the true Yang Family style of Tai Chi, famous for its myriad benefits to health and wellbeing. The flowing movements and postures will increase flexibility, improve balance and strengthen core muscles. Practitioners cultivate a deeper sense of relaxation, increased energy level and a real sense of confidence and presence. John Creech invites you to come learn and practice together Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. Registration necessary. Fee: $42 per session, $7 per class.

Join Hank as we continue our Birding Expeditions on June 7 at 8:00 a.m. Please meet at the Center so we can carpool together to the location Hank has scouted for spectacular bird watching. Good views are guaranteed through Hank’s “Oh my God” telescope. Register for this event, and if we have to change the date due to bird migration or weather, we will call you. Registration necessary. No fee.

Getting Ready for an Active Summer? Ginger Lambert will help you achieve that goal on Tuesday mornings from 9:15 a.m. – 10 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.

There will be an AARP Driver Safety Class with Baird Morgan, AARP volunteer instructor, on Thursday, June 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A classroom refresher course for drivers age 50 and over, this highly effective defensive driving course (which may enable you to receive an auto insurance discount) covers important issues that affect older drivers, such as physical changes and limitations, normal driving situations and environmental conditions, safe driving and vehicle information, and the effects of medication on the motorist. The course provides drivers the opportunity to fine-tune driving skills and become safer and better drivers. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate valid for three years, a course workbook, and other instructional material. Please bring a lunch. Registration necessary. Class limit: 25. Fee: $20 ($15 AARP members), payable to AARP and collected at the beginning of class.

Frank and Elaine Ittleman invite you to enjoy a magnificent rural setting, The Lemon Fair Sculpture Park, dedicated to outdoor art at their private residence in Shoreham, on Thursday, June 29. With Frank as our guide, we will meander the one and a half mile loop, passing about a dozen large-scale, outdoor artworks, sharing in the beauty of the land and the sculpture park that has gone from a vision to reality. Enjoy the colors, geometry, spatial relations, movement and energy emitted from these works of art. Unique and different, these sculptures are certainly something to behold. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes, as the terrain does have a small hill and some undulations. Head home around noon or stop in nearby Middlebury for a leisurely lunch. Registration necessary. No fee. Please meet at the Center by 9:00 a.m.

The Senior Center Community Art Show, now in its 11th year, has become a favorite among our community of artists. The show will be held during the month of September and is open to everyone 50 years or older. All mediums are welcome, and we will have a two-piece limit so everyone will have a chance to see their work displayed in the Great Room. Look for registration forms with specific details to appear at the Center on Wednesday, June 7. (Deadline for submitting forms is Friday, August 25). Mark your calendars and join us for a reception for the artists, friends and relatives on Wednesday, September 27, at 1:00 p.m.