By Mary Recchia, Charlotte Senior Center

Getting ready for an active summer in Ginger Lambert’s class. Courtesy photo.

The next Birding Expedition with Hank Kaestner will be on Wednesday, June 21. Please meet at the Center at 8:00 a.m. 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.

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.

Chair Yoga is a great class if you are concerned about adapting in a standard class. This class uses chairs for balance and for all seated postures and makes yoga accessible to those who are challenged by balance, the ability to get on the floor or have any physical limitations. We cover the full range of yoga postures and benefits while sitting comfortably in chairs—improving breath capacity, strength and flexibility. Tiny Sikkes invites you to give it a try on Monday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Registration necessary. Fee: $10 per class.

Come enjoy a specially arranged guided tour though the Vermont Marble Museum on Thursday, July 6. Please meet at the Center by 9:00 a.m. Discover where Vermont marble is used all over the world to highlight significant places and people. Enjoy the new educational room on the current uses of calcium carbonate (marble) in the paper, plastic, food and pharmaceutical industries—for example, chewing gum and toothpaste….you’ll be surprised! Marvel at the classic statuary carved by the artists of Vermont Marble Company years ago and today’s statuary carved by local sculptors. Meet the resident artist at work in the studio; even participate in the art of carving. Bring a bag lunch and continue to enjoy the museum for the afternoon or head out to nearby Brandon for a leisurely lunch. Registration necessary. Fee: $7.

Lynn Cummings is offering a special Watercolor Class: White Flower/Exciting Shadows on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon, July 11 and 18. This two-part workshop will concentrate on various techniques for painting white flowers, including saving whites and giving the appearance of white petals that actually have thin washes of color. You’ll learn some secrets of mixing color to create shadows that are interesting without creating mud. We will have plenty of time to work on the elements of making exciting white flower paintings. Some experience with watercolor necessary. If you haven’t taken a class from Lynn before, please email her to request a supply list so you have the proper tools for the class. Registration necessary. Max. 12. Fee: $60.