By Carolyn Kulik, Senior Center Director

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
   ~ Omar Khayyám

“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

Have you been sitting at home much? There’s no time like the present to sign up for an online exercise course or two. You are always welcome to try out one class—if you decide you do not want to continue with it, the fee is waived. Although online exercise classes may seem like a contradiction, they have actually worked out very well, and we have lots of happy participants and great instructors.

Ongoing exercise courses
These are all ongoing—which means you can start them any week of the season. Meanwhile, here is a brief list for every day of the week:
Chair Yoga. Mon. & Wed., 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Gentle Yoga. Mon., 11:00 a.m. to noon.
Pilates Plus. Tues., 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Beginners. Tues. & Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Essentrics. Wed., 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. & Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Pilates. Thurs., 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

For course descriptions, please visit the Senior Center website. For registration and payment information please go to the end of this article.

Next week
These courses have no fees and do not require a commitment to attend every week. See the directions at the bottom of this article for how to register.

1/27. Coping with COVID with Karen Chatfield. Wednesday mornings, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Dates: 1/27, 2/10 & 2/24. Registration required by prior Monday. Join your peers to explore coping strategies and share methods you have used to deal with life during the pandemic. This group is designed to provide connections and support as we navigate “the new normal” together. Please note that this group is not intended to be a substitute for therapy or professional mental health treatment. Registration is required, but one need not attend every meeting.

1/27. Mindfulness Meditation Practice with Jill Abilock. Wednesday afternoons, 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Ongoing. You can’t always change what you experience in life, but you can change how you experience it. Mindfulness Meditation provides tools that help change how you experience things, increasing fulfillment and happiness and reducing stress. Registration necessary.

1/27. Snowshoe Expeditions with Susan Hyde. Wednesday mornings. Dates: 2/10 & 2/24. For more information, please email Susan directly.

Talks on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.
These free, interactive events are online via Zoom. Please note that they do not require registration. The Zoom invitation/link to the talks are posted on the Senior Center website the day before. The link also appears in Front Porch Forum for that week.

02/03. Chocolate: Techniques & Recipes for Simply Spectacular Desserts with Chef Arnd. Join us for an interactive, live chef demo from The Residence at Shelburne Bay Bistro. This will include tips, techniques and easy-to-follow instructions on how to create special desserts using chocolate as the key ingredient. Chef Arnd will explore the beauty and texture of different kinds of chocolate just in time for Valentine’s Day. For all of you chocolate lovers, this is one not to miss! Arnd Sievers is a European Certified Master Chef who serves as the Culinary Services Director at The Residences at Shelburne Bay and Quarry Hill. He is from Hamelin, Germany, and has worked throughout the U.S. and internationally in fine hotels and restaurants.

02/10. Looking at The Night Sky with Jack St. Louis. People have always looked up at the lights in the night sky and wondered, “What are those lights?” The ancients connected star patterns into outlines of people, creatures and objects familiar to us that are still in use today. And, chances are you’ve seen the five visible planets without even realizing it. Eventually, with the use of telescopes, science revealed the secrets of the objects on the celestial sphere. Anyone can become an amateur astronomer, learn the secrets, track the planets as they move, and photograph constellations, meteors and comets. Jack is current president of The Vermont Astronomical Society. He has made mirrors, built his own Newtonian telescopes, and taught astronomy courses at Burlington College and UVM.

02/17. Nepal: Through the Eyes of An American with Sandi Detwiler
02/24. Here’s Looking at You…Louise Nevelson! with Linda Finkelstein

Blood Drive   

2/04: A friendly reminder that the Red Cross Blood Drive is Thurs., Feb. 4, from 2:00-7:00 at the Senior Center, although the building is closed for other activities. If you wish to donate urgently needed blood, please go to RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Strict health protocols will be followed for the safety of those participating in this event.

Art Exhibits
The Senior Center’s monthly art exhibits are suspended until further notice.
Keep being careful. We are all in this together. The end is in sight.

How to Register for a Course
All courses are online—and all require registration in order to receive the invitation/link. To register, send your name, mailing address and phone number. Be sure to note the title of the course in the subject line of the email. You will receive confirmation that you are registered. Please send a separate email and registration information for each course.

Payment. If there is a fee, kindly pay by check (made out to CSC) and send to: P.O. Box 207, Charlotte, VT 05445. Be sure to note the title of the course in the memo line.

For ongoing exercise courses, please pay at the end of each month for the classes attended. Unless otherwise stated, tally your attendance and figure $5/class.

If fees present a hardship, don’t hesitate to request an adjustment by sending an email. We want everyone to be able to keep themselves healthy and engaged, especially during this challenging time.

Questions? Need help with Zooming? Please email, or leave a message at (802) 425-6345.

Charlotte Senior Center
(802) 425-6345