Charlotte Senior Center News

Mary Recchia, Contributor

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 November Art Exhibit will be works by Michael Strauss, emeritus professor of chemistry at UVM. An acrylic and pastel painter who works in his studio in South Burlington, Michael has conducted workshops and taught drawing and painting classes at UVM, for Continuing Education, and at the Wood Gallery in Montpelier and the Across Roads Center for the Arts in Waterbury. To learn more about Michael, visit his website.

Then, join Michael Strauss for a very special presentation after the luncheon on November 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.

Moving Better, Living Better Through Dance, with Liesje Smith, will continue for the month of November on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session dates: 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 the 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. Smith, a dancer, performer and certified Rolfer, is an inspiring and experienced teacher who brings an opportunity for you to develop these skills in a fun and inspiring atmosphere. Registration necessary. Fee: $10 per class.

Our last Birding Expedition of the season with Hank Kaestner will be on Wednesday morning, Nov. 8. Please meet at the Center by 9:00 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; if we have to change the date due to bird migration or weather, we will call you. Registration necessary. No fee.

The Senior Luncheon on November 15 will be our Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. We will be accepting reservations beginning November 1 for expanded seating at noon.