“I arise in the morning, torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
   ~
E.B. White

This quote probably describes the state of mind of many of our Senior Center visitors. Being “retired” seems to have the image of bored, older citizens at loose ends with not much to do. On the contrary, our participants have trouble fitting another course or activity into their daily schedules with family and volunteering with many, many organizations. One common refrain is: “I’d love to do that, but I just don’t have the time.” It certainly makes planning programs a challenge!

Today, Oct. 17, at 1:00 p.m., will be an unusual presentation: “Dementia Simulation: A Walk in Their Shoes.” This simulation is intended for caregivers or those whose loved ones may have been diagnosed with dementia. Volunteers use sensory-deprivation devices, try to perform simple tasks, and describe how they felt with the aim of fostering experiential insight and empathy. This event is led by Anika Bachofen, reflections director at the Residence at Shelburne Bay. 

An All-American cake to celebrate Charlotte’s newest American citizen, Tiny Sekkes. Photos by Jean White

You know you have secretly wanted to drum for years—and now is your chance: There are two more sessions of Drumming with Stuart Paton on Friday Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. No sticks are involved. These sessions use African djembe drums, which are struck with the hands. Be brave and do something different! And, it is possible that Drumming could continue into November—or into the Winter Schedule. Please call the Center at (802) 425-6345 to leave your name and phone number to register—or to indicate your interest about these additional options as soon as possible.

On Sunday, Oct. 21, the monthly Shape-Note Sing is from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Charlotte VT Shape-Noters welcome newcomers and experienced singers every month (third Sunday) to sing traditional four-part harmony from the Sacred Harp Songbook (Dennison 1991). Stop by to listen or sing, and leave whenever you wish. (Note: This is not a concert or a course.) Loaner books are available. No registration is necessary; no fee.

The next five-session series ($75) of Feldenkrais begins on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you have questions about this intriguing mind/body approach to wellness, feel free to contact the instructor, Mischul Brownstone, at (802) 425-3355.

Fall Hike #5 meets at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, to go to Poke-O-Moonshine, Keesville, NY. Please stop by or call the Senior Center for more hike details. No fee, but registration is required.

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 2:15 p.m., Session II of French Conversation Circle begins and continues through November. Newcomers who are fluent enough to carry on a conversation in French are welcome at any time. Not a speaker yet or want to learn the basics for a trip perhaps? If there is enough interest, there will be a short series of Beginning French, starting Nov. 6 from 1–2 p.m. This is not in the Fall Schedule, so please call to register if you are interested. Cost will be $12 per class. 

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, “South China Sea Dangers” at 1:00 p.m. is a presentation and discussion with Dr. David Rosenberg, an internationally recognized expert in this area. With rising tariffs and expanded trade conflict, the U.S./China relationship has lately become more tense. Added into this mix is the Chinese military buildup that has been happening for the past several years there, and the risk of dangerous encounters increases in this relatively small maritime space. No registration necessary; no fee.

On Wednesday mornings, at 10 o’clock, come Out for a Stroll on the Charlotte Town Link Trail, with Ajat Traiyal. These walks on this flat, gravel path are a great chance to get outdoors with others. Weather permitting, there will be strolls on Oct. 17, 24 and 31. Please call to register with your phone number in case of cancellation. Ajat would like a minimum of five. No fee.

Be part of the Annual Fudge Fest coming up. Stop by soon to pick up the fudge ingredients and recipe. And don’t forget to sign up for the gathering at 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 31 to make popcorn balls, wrap fudge and pack bags for trick-or-treaters. A great chance to be part of the community fun.

Coming in November
Starting Thurs., Nov. 1, is Origami for the Holidays where you can make holiday ornaments from decorative, folded papers. Three afternoons, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., $30 for the course. Please call or stop in to register in advance.

Starting Monday, Nov. 5, at 1:00 p.m., the November Book Group will discuss America Is Not the Heart, by Elaine Castillo. This is a fictional look at an immigrant family and the history they bring with them as they try to build new lives in America. The group meets at the Senior Center with Library Director Margaret Woodruff. Books are available at the library. Please register. No fee.

Also starting on Nov. 5, for three sessions from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., is Altered Books. Artist and educator Linda Finkelstein will show you how to use a discarded hardcover book as a canvas of sorts to add images, writing and found objects to create a personal, visual story.  

On Tues., Nov. 13, from 9:00 a.m. to noon is Acrylics & Mixed Media with Lynn Cummings. In four, three-hour sessions, Lynn will present some fun, intuitive painting projects. Pre-registration is required for the supply list. 

Art News
October art exhibit of Deborah Boutilier-Paolantonio’s oil painting and pastels will be coming down at the end of this month. Her work has received many positive comments from visitors; try not to miss this show.

Viewing Art Shows: Since the Center is utilized for many classes and events, the best times to see art shows are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays after 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays after 12:30 p.m. Call the Center to check on Sunday availability.  

Lots more going on in October and in November with ongoing programs and courses (exercise, art, games). You can always visit the town website and click on the Senior Center tab for descriptions of all the course listings in the Fall Schedule, as well as the three-month daily calendar.

Coming soon is our very own website with more information about the Senior Center—as well as answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. 

See you soon.

Suggested dontaion for meals is $5

Monday Munch
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. No reservations required.

October 22
Beef tomato macaroni soup, greens, pumpkin pudding

October 29
Manhattan clam chowder, coleslaw, applesauce & ice cream

Wednesday Lunch
All diners eat at noon. Reservations required.

October 17
Chicken tortellini au gratin, tossed salad, homemade dessert

October 24
Irish meatloaf with cabbage, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, homemade dessert

October 31
Ricotta stuffed shells, Italian salad, homemade dessert

Thursday
Gents Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Reservations required.

October 25
Menu and Topic – TBA

Keep up to date on menus with Front Porch Forum, as they sometimes change.

Charlotte Senior Center
(802) 425-6345