Mary Recchia, Contributor

Fall Hike with Marty Morrissey on Sept. 26 to Owl Head, Elizabethtown, New York. It was a hot day and the foliage had only started to change. Courtesy photo

Join Liesje Smith for a new session of Moving Better, Living Better Through Dance Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session Dates: October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17 and December 1. For generations, dance was held in the center of social gatherings of all kinds. Dance provided the opportunity to develop incredibly valuable skills such as sequencing movement, being precise in expressivity and rhythm, and engaging socially through movement. All of these qualities are critically important in sharpening neuro-pathways of the brain that enhance our quality of life, no matter what our age.

These learning challenges, when taught in a group with good music, can be irresistible! And these classes provide all the good things other movement classes offer, such as building strength, stamina, flexibility and postural stability, so you’re getting your workout. Liesje Smith, dancer, performer and certified Rolfer, is an inspiring and experienced teacher who brings an opportunity for you to develop the above skills in a fun and inspiring atmosphere. Registration necessary. Fee: $60 per session or $10 per class.

The last Fall Hike of the season with Marty Morrissey will be Tuesday, Oct. 24, to Silver Lake Trail & Loop Trail with a 9:00 a.m. departure from the Center. A full description and details of each hike are available at the host desk. Please bring water, food and good hiking or walking shoes. Registration necessary. No fee.

It’s that time of year again to help make Halloween Treats! Just stop by the Center and pick up the ingredients and instructions for you to mix up a batch of fudge at home. Then mark your calendars for October 25 when all are welcome to come around 1:00 p.m. and spend the afternoon telling stories, wrapping up fudge and assembling popcorn balls.

Acrylics for Fall with Lynn Cummings will take place Tuesday mornings from 9 to noon. Dates: October 31, November 7, 14 and 28. Learn a whole new way of approaching painting: intuitively painting in acrylics and using acrylic mediums to create texture and interesting effects. We’ll use fluid acrylics and inks on watercolor paper, as well as heavy body acrylics and mediums on canvas or wood panels. Drawing and previous painting skills not required. Be sure to leave your email address when you register. You will be emailed the supply list with an option to rent a kit from the instructor. Registration necessary. Fee: $112.

The Friends of the Charlotte Senior Center invite you to its Annual Meeting after the luncheon on November 1 beginning at 1:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for everyone to become better acquainted with the workings of our organization and to consider how they can become more active as volunteers. An update of our financial position will be given, questions will be answered, and the election of board members will take place. Hope to see you there.

The harvest is bountiful and Mother Nature is clothed in her finest dress and most colorful jewels. She beckons us to join her in her country lanes, broad fields and shadowed woods. Now is the time for reflection and fellowship, and what better place to do that than over an Autumn Tea Luncheon. Join Liz Fotouhi and Friends on Friday, Nov. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as we celebrate autumn with seasonal confections and the poetry of Henry David Thoreau and Robert Frost. As always, bring in your favorite poems to share, all are welcome, and the dress is casual! Registration necessary. Max. 24. Suggested donation: $5.

Join Michael Strauss for a very special presentation after the luncheon on Nov. 8 titled Thinking and Making at Hand: An Exploration of Visual Thinking in Drawing, Painting and Poetry. Explore the role of visual thinking in observation, reflection, problem solving and creation in both art and science. See what common activities arise in the process of creating a drawing, a painting or a poem. A poet and a painter may employ different mediums to express the same snow-blown afternoon in January, but sometimes they find a way to capture the moment in such a way that their respective visions still manage to stir a reverberation, a connection. Come and see how such correspondences can be experienced.

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