By Carolyn Kulick, Senior Center Director

 I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all ob
stacles in my way

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun shiny day

 ~ “I Can See Clearly Now,” Johnny Nash, 1972

Aren’t we all hoping that these lyrics are true at this point in time? To get the full calypso effect, tune into YouTube to watch the Jimmy Cliff cover. Dancing is good.

Welcome
On another positive note, as we begin to open our doors and start offering in-person classes again, we are pleased to announce that Lori York has joined the Senior Center in a part-time position as Assistant to the Director. Lori has a wealth of experience and is looking forward to meeting participants and welcoming volunteers back to the Center

Mask notes
Here is where things stand for the moment at the Senior Center. If you are . . .

  • Fully Vaccinated – No mask required. No social distancing required.
  • Not Vaccinated – Mask required. (This would also apply to exercise classes). Social distancing required (6 feet). (This would also apply to exercise classes).
  • Not Vaccinated & Not Wearing a Mask (for any reason). Kindly do not plan to visit at this time. We ask that you come back when the mask guidance for the Senior Center is updated. We want to keep everyone safe and comfortable.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lunches begin
At long last, we are getting back to our famous lunches. Not sure when we will return to the regular, weekly M/W schedule of the Before Times, but this is a good start. Yippee! No reservations are needed for Mondays, and the serving time is 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. just like before. First come, first served.

Menu for 7/12: Green salad, vegetable soup, bread, ice cream with strawberry sauce, iced tea and lemonade.

Wednesday, 7/14
On Wednesday, we are fortunate to have a meal prepared by Chef Arnd of The Residence at Shelburne Bay. Meal is served at noon. Reservations are required  – call (802) 425-6345; please be sure to call in yours after July 8.

Menu for 7/14: Chilled banana and blueberry soup, green bean Salad with red onions in a white balsamic dressing topped with seared Arctic char, or, turkey and grape salad with cheese crostini and baby greens, blueberry trifle, iced tea and lemonade

Dates for the next lunches will be announced.

Courses returning to in-person
7/6. Pilates Plus at 8:30 a.m.
7/8. Pilates at 8:30 a.m.
7/14. Essentrics at 8:30 a.m.
7/16. Essentrics at 9:30 a.m.
7/19. Chair Yoga at 9:30 a.m.

Courses/activities in July
These two art classes are both in person; one is in the Senior Center, and the other one is outdoors. See how to register at the end of this article.

Painting in Scenic Places with Linda Reynolds. Register by 7/15. Fee $100 for the series of four. Outdoors. Four 3-hour classes, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dates: 7/21 or 7/22; 7/28 or 7/29; 8/4 or 8/5; and 8/11 or 8/12. (The better weather report for either Wednesday or Thursday decides the day; rain dates, if necessary). Bring your watercolors or pastels for painting outdoors in beautiful, inspiring spots. With demonstrations, exercises, encouragement and gentle advice, learn new ways of observing and using alternative drawing/painting tools and techniques. Limited to six participants. After registration, you will receive a list of locations and what to bring. Registration and payment are due by 7/15 to hold your spot.

Watercolor – Summer Splash!  with Lynn Cummings. Register by 7/20. Fee $77. In person at the Senior Center. Tuesday, 7/27. All-day workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Get your creative juices flowing in a one-day workshop where we’ll explore a few non-traditional methods of painting summer flowers with interesting backgrounds. Some experience with watercolor helpful. Please register and pay by July 20 so you have time to get materials—the materials list will be sent to you upon completion of your registration. Questions? Send an email. Minimum six. Registration and payment must be received by 7/20 to hold your spot.

7/9. Kayaking for Women. Destination: Winooski River (Richmond area)—Kate Mesaros and Laura Cahners-Ford. For more information, please email Susan Hyde directly. Registration required. Maximum is determined by leaders. Paddlers need to provide their own boats for all trips. No fee.

For expanded course descriptions see the printed Summer Schedule, or visit the Senior Center website. The mission of the Senior Center is to serve those 50 and up; some course enrollments are limited, and if a course is not full, younger participants are welcome to enroll. Feel free to leave a message anytime at (802) 425-6345.

Talks at 1:00 p.m. – Wednesdays
These free talks are continuing online throughout the summer. They do not require advance registration and closed captioning is included. The Zoom invitation/link to each talk is posted on the website the day before at: . / / Can’t make it? Talks are recorded and posted for 2 weeks afterward on the website.

7/7. Kolyma – Siberian Road of Bones with Louise McCarren. Located in the Russian Far East, this 1,300-mile dirt road from Magadan to Yakutz was built to deliver prisoners to the infamous Gulag. Come along to see and hear Louise’s impressions of this remote area: the cities, both thriving and abandoned, and the resilient residents managing to live in this desolate area.

7/14. South Africa before Mandela with Mark Williams. From ages 10-18 in Johannesburg, Mark attended all-white schools, going into the city in all-white train cars. He traveled as well to nearby Soweto, home of a million black Africans, who all carried passports to live and work in a white area. What is the emotional, psychic and moral cost of apartheid?

7/21. Who was Mark Rothko? with Linda Finkelstein.

7/28. COVID: What we have learned and lessons for the future with Jim Hyde.

How to register for a course
To register, email your name, mailing address, and phone number. Be sure to type in the title of the course in the subject line of your email. You will receive confirmation that you are registered. The invitation/link for the course will be sent to you by the instructor the week the class starts.

How to pay

  • If there is a fee, kindly pay by check (made out to CSC) and send to: CSC, P.O. Box 207, Charlotte, VT 05445. Be sure to note the full title of the course in the memo line of your check.
  • 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 per class hour. (This price will continue through the summer months).
  • For all courses with specific starting and ending dates, please pay at the start, and note the fee listed in the course description.

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

Charlotte Senior Center
(802) 425-6345