Charlotte Senior Center News

Charlotte Senior Center News

When you think of “senior center,” do you think bingo, TV and baloney sandwiches on white bread? CSC has none of that. Everyone will tell you that the Charlotte Senior Center is a special place with a welcoming atmosphere, vibrant visitors and a wide variety of activities. There is also the “restaurant quality” food—cooked at the Center by different teams of senior (seasoned) cooks.

The next Men’s Breakfasts are on Thursday, March 22, and April 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Join the group for conversation and camaraderie. Everyone will be happy to meet you. Call the Center in advance to let us know you are coming. Suggested donation is $5.

This Wednesday’s menu has been revised. See the Lunch Menus in the box on this page. A reservation is required on Wednesdays, but Mondays are always open. It’s safe to say you will be pleasantly surprised. Suggested donation is $5.

Wednesday Afternoon Programs
Join us Wednesday, March 21, at 1:00 p.m., for a photo presentation by the Hydes and the Crockenbergs on their recent trip to Cuba. It will focus on the country’s politics, economy, burgeoning arts—and a few of those colorful old cars.

On Wednesday, March 28, at 1:30 p.m., listen to a performance by the Concert Choir of the Charlotte Central School directed by Monica Littlefield. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will sing in two- and three-part harmonies. Included is music from musicals and an emphasis on more challenging pieces.

The planned concert of Irish music by Robert Resnick and our own Marty Morrissey has been rescheduled for April 18—it should be fun!

April’s Art Show is mixed media works by Linda Finkelstein. She says, “For me, the creative process is centering, healing and transformative. I hope you will sense the spirit and sparkle of my creations.”

New Classes
VT Reads 2018:  Bread & Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson. Meets on five Tuesdays, starting on March 20, from 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Central School Library. Be part of an intergenerational discussion of this novel. Pick up books at the Senior Center and at the Charlotte Library. Sponsored by the Charlotte Library, CCS, and the Senior Center. 

Watercolor with Lynn Cummings starts on March 27 and runs for six weeks. It meets on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon and has only a few more openings. Brilliant flowers and plants, plus tropical water and scenery, are some of the subjects this spring. Some experience with watercolor required. Call the Center to register.

Ongoing classes
Some courses that have already begun have space for a few more students who then pay per session. One is Origami, traditional Japanese paper folding, Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; another is Mindfulness, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – noon.

Please also note that Gentle Yoga I (Mon., 11:00 a.m.) and Gentle Yoga II (Thurs., 1:00 p.m.) are both for any level of student and no experience is necessary. These classes are perfect for beginners, those with injuries or even experienced students. Take one or both.

Keep up your Spanish skills and drop in to the free Spanish Conversation class led by our gracious native speaker, Maria Acosta. Class requires at least an advanced-intermediate speaking ability. Meets Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

If you already have training in Tai Chi, you are welcome to come to the practice session at 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays. Or, if you are a beginner, consider joining Yang Tai Chi Chuan at 10:00 a.m, also on Thursdays.

Other exercise classes are: Chair Yoga; Dance: Moving Better, Living Better; Step Aerobics; Pilates; Strength Maintenance and Getting Ready for an Active Summer.

And, consider joining the open groups who play Duplicate Bridge (Mondays, 12:45 p.m.) and Mah Jong (Tuesdays, 12:45 p.m.). There is also the Friday Morning Art Group, which seems to have a great time in the Café.

Coming soon
Last, June 1 is the Senior Center’s full-day trip to Manchester to visit the Hildene estate, former home of Abraham Lincoln’s son, Todd.  More details and the cost will be here in the next issue of The Charlotte News.

Much more is coming in April and May. If you do not have the Spring Schedule from the February 21 issue of The Charlotte News, stop by the Senior Center or the Charlotte Library to look at copies.

Senior Center Menu

Wednesday Lunch
All diners eat at noon
March 21
Corned beef, fresh salad, homemade dessert
March 28
Stuffed cabbage, homemade dessert
April 4
Stuffed peppers re-imagined, birthday cake & ice cream

Monday Munch
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
March 26
Roasted sweet potato soup with quinoa, mixed greens with oranges, ice cream with blueberry sauce
April 2
Stracciatella with spinach, Italian salad, chocolate nut bars