Senior Center News

Senior Center Menu

Monday Menus
(served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.)
Monday, Dec. 18
Vegetable soup, green salad, rice pudding
Monday, Dec. 25 
Closed for Christmas

Wednesday Menus
(All diners eat at noon)
Wednesday, Dec. 20
Tourtière, Pineapple salsa, Homemade dessert
Wednesday, Dec. 27 
Cheese soufflé,  Breakfast sausage, Fresh fruit skewer, Homemade dessert

The winter schedule is in full swing as of last week, with the start of new sessions of Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Tai Chi, Fitness at Any Age and Pilates, and with a full house for the Cello Quartet for the Holidays program that marked the beginning of the winter Wednesday afternoon event schedule. The schedule details are available on the town website,, or at the Senior Center. You can register for classes by calling the Senior Center at 425-6345 or by stopping in at the Center.

Ongoing Classes
Spanish Conversation, Strength Maintenance, Tai Chi Practice and Friday Morning Art Group along with Bridge and Mah Jong continue at their usual times.

Next up on Wednesday, Dec.13, at 1:00 p.m. is Wrapping Up a Good Read: Favorite Gift Selections from the Charlotte Library Staff.  Georgia Edwards, Cheryl Sloan and Margaret Woodruff will bring their top book ideas to this rapid-review session. You’ll get a brief synopsis of and a chance to look through book selections for all the readers on your list, with the option of buying copies brought in by the Flying Pig. Share gift ideas, enjoy refreshments, and take home a shopping list!

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, join us after lunch at 1:00 p.m. for a CCS Musical Program featuring a group of Charlotte Central School 5th graders.

January Wednesday programs
On Jan. 10 at 1:00 p.m., Mike Lynch will kick off the Center’s winter travelogue series with his presentation Alaska by Small Ship. He’ll share his photos of his one-week, small-boat cruise from Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park and the surrounding area and glaciers.

On Jan. 17, the travelogue is Hiking and Other Adventures in Southern Patagonia, with Sheri and Rich Larsen. Last January the Larsens traveled to Patagonia to hike the “W” trek in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. They’ll also share details of day hikes in the Fitzroy Range in Glacier National Park and other trip highlights.

New classes beginning in January
Moving Better, Living Better Through Dance, with Liesje Smith. Dance helps develop valuable skills, all of which sharpen your brain’s neuro pathways that enhance our quality of life, no matter what our age. These skills, taught in a group with good music, can be irresistible! These classes will provide all the good things other movement classes offer—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 helps you develop these skills in a relaxed atmosphere. Friday mornings, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; session I starts Jan. 5. Registration is necessary; fee: $60 for the 6-week session.

Winter in Vermont—Watercolor Class with Lynn Cummings. Paint winter scenery, mountains, snow-covered barns and amazing sunsets in various “colors of white.” In addition to traditional techniques, in several classes you’ll apply paper and painting mediums to make textured surfaces to enhance the surface of your paper. All levels are welcome. Email the instructor at [email protected] for supply list. Registration necessary. Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.– 12 noon, Jan. 2 to Feb. 6; fee: $150.

A Taste of Mindfulness with Theresa Hudziak. Mindfulness is present moment awareness. What is in the present moment? You, your loved ones, your life. Experience this practice formed by traditional-wisdom science and current evidence-based science. Learn mindfulness practices to fold into your daily life, bringing you present-moment awareness. Class will open with gentle movement and centering and transition to a stretch of silence to experience one of the mindfulness practices. Wear comfortable clothing and your favorite socks; bring a yoga mat or a small blanket. New and experienced practitioners welcome! Refreshments provided. Co-sponsored by the Charlotte Library. Thursdays, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., Jan.11, 18 and 25. Registration necessary. Maximum: 20. No fee.

Watercolor Video and Discussion with Lynn Cummings. Lynn Cummings, local artist and painting teacher, will show an instructional video by an internationally renowned watercolorist. The session includes a Q&A and discussion of techniques. All are welcome, whether you are an artist or just interested in joining the viewing and discussion. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 10–11:30 a.m. Registration required. No fee.

Blood Pressure Clinic, with Martha McAuliffe, R.N., UVM Medical Center. This clinic is free, open to the public, and offered before the Wednesday lunch on Jan. 3, 11:30 a.m. – 12 noon. No fee.

Art Exhibit
Quilts crafted by Champlain Valley Quilt Guild quilters will be on display through January. The guild’s 2017 challenge quilt theme is “From Darkness to Light,” from a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”

Holiday schedule
The Senior Center will be closed on Dec. 25, Dec. 29 and Jan. 1 and will close early at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 and Dec. 28.