Senior Center news – October 21, 2021

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
―Yoko Ono

New courses
11/3 – Chair Yoga with Tiny Sikkes
Wed. mornings, 10-11 a.m. Fee: $10 per class.
This Monday class is adding another section on Wednesday.
(Please see the website for the description.)

11/5 – Meditation with Charlie
Fri. mornings, 7:30-8:30. Fee: $10 per class.
Dates: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19.
Come meditate with us on Friday mornings. Nardozzi teaches a simple method of meditation where we sit quietly, eyes closed, and focus on the breath, a mantra, or on watching our thoughts. Classes will include some pranayama, or breathing techniques, that are safe and effective, a guided meditation and a simple chant. All are welcome, no experience necessary.

This course is starting late in the season, so only the November dates are listed. However, it will continue through the winter and will be listed in the Winter Schedule for the same day and time.

Other courses
Courses are already well underway for this season, although exercise courses can be joined at any time, and Mindfulness would welcome a newcomer to the last class on Tuesday, 10/26.

Mindfulness for Life with Jill Abilock
Tuesday afternoons, 1:30–2:30. No fee.
Walk-ins are welcome. Last class is 10/26.

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.

A few students from Chair Yoga class: Rosemarie Cartularo, Lisa Hudkin, Tiny Sikkes, instructor. Photo by Carolyn Kulik
A few students from Chair Yoga class: Rosemarie Cartularo, Lisa Hudkin, Tiny Sikkes, instructor. Photo by Carolyn Kulik.

Exercise – Ongoing Courses
These are ongoing throughout the year—and you can join at any time. Exercise courses take place in our spacious Great Room. Some courses utilize chairs, others use mats, some use weights. There is something for everyone. You’re invited to come and check out a class one time—for no charge. And you may check out several different classes. Stop by and fill out an address form.

Course descriptions can be found in the printed Fall Schedule or on the website. Registration and payment is in-person or by phone at 425-6345. You are always welcome to call with questions or stop in.
Chair Yoga – Mon., 9:30 a.m.
Chair Yoga – Wed., 10 a.m. – NEW
Gentle Yoga – Mon., 11 a.m.
Pilates Plus – Tues., 8:30 a.m.
Strength Maintenance – Tues. & Fri. 11 a.m.
Essentrics – Wed. – 8:30 a.m.
Pilates – Thurs., 8:30 a.m.
T’ai Chi for Beginners – Thurs., 10 a.m. (This is now back on Zoom.)
T’ai Chi – Advanced – Thurs., 11 a.m.
Essentrics – Fri., – 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday Talks & Events at 1 p.m.
All Wednesday talks and events are now in-person. Masks are required for everyone who plans to attend. Please note that registration is necessary these days, so that we can manage the audience size. You can call from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sign up.

10/27: Fudge Fest in the Café
This plan changed a little bit, as we now have enough people to make fudge. Now, we are looking for a few volunteers to prepare and bag the caramel popcorn and to cut and wrap the fudge. There are two shifts from 10-12 and 12-2. Pizza and salad will be provided, so be sure to sign up in advance.

11/3: An American Family in the Evil Empire with Steve Goldstein
In the time of Gorbachev, glasnost (openness) seemed to beckon, so you packed up your family and dog and took the Moscow correspondent post for a large U.S. newspaper. But, even with reforms, daily challenges remained: the Soviet economy; taps on your telephone, apartment—even your car; gasoline in the drinking water; domestic staff from KGB Temps; medical care dating from Dr. Zhivago; and those so-called “honey traps” designed to discredit your reporting. Steve Goldstein is a former Moscow and Washington Bureau Chief for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

11/10: Immigration Challenges: The Road Ahead with Greg Smith
Join us for an impartial review of Trump Administration immigration policy changes and initial responses of the Biden Administration. We will look at what the road ahead might be for immigration reform, asylum challenges at the border, and refugee challenges globally. Gregory Smith, formerly Associate Director of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service, also served as INS Regional Immigration Attaché at multiple embassies.

Lunch schedule
Our meal schedule is currently in flux due to a shortage of volunteer cooks. Monday lunches are continuing; Wednesday lunches are suspended indefinitely. Please call in advance to be certain that a Monday lunch will be offered on the day you plan to come. Reservations are not required.

The next Monday lunch is Oct. 25. Suggested donation is still just $5. Mealtime is 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Take-out may be requested.

Monday Menus
10/25: Mulligatawny soup, crudites platter, pita bread, pig’s cake

11/1: Menu TBA

Menus are also posted on the CSC website. Our café is spacious and airy, and our porch has tables with big sun umbrellas. Call in for a take-out order.

About Thanksgiving
If you were wondering about our much-anticipated and well-attended Annual Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, we are very sorry to say that it will not be held this year due to ongoing concerns about COVID. We certainly hope that things will be different next year.

Art News: The October & November Art Exhibit
During these two months, Jonathan Silverman’s “Visual Dancing: The Interplay between Intent and Spontaneity” will be on display. His artwork ranges from landscape and abstract watercolors and pastels to functional and non-functional pottery inspired by Japanese aesthetics. His work explores juxtapositions of color, balance, form and movement that illustrate the dance between intent and spontaneity.

Since the exhibit space is also used for classes, the best times to see the exhibit are:
Tues. & Wed., 2:30-4 p.m., Thurs. & Fri., 12:30-4 p.m. Please call to check for other days/times.

About volunteering
Ever thought about volunteering? There’s a special spot for you—whether you are available once a month for a couple of hours, or on a weekly basis. This is a great opportunity to meet other people, make new friends and to be part of our community. Contribute your ideas for courses or activities, or lead a group, perhaps. Stop in to find out more.

Notes on masks
If you’d like to visit or join an activity, there are some mask requirements to keep in mind. Plus, some activities, like bridge and mahjong, are requiring participants to be fully vaccinated because they take place over long periods of time and in close proximity. Please do call to check if you want to join a new activity. Here is where things are now at the Senior Center:
If you are:
Fully vaccinated – No mask required—but strongly encouraged. Social distancing advised.
Not vaccinated – Mask required. Social distancing required (six feet).
Not vaccinated & not wearing a mask (for any reason) – Kindly do not plan to visit at this time. We ask that you come back after the mask guidance for the Senior Center is updated.

Questions? New to the area? Thinking about volunteering?
Stop in and say hello—we love to show people around. We are located at 212 Ferry Road, Charlotte across from the Post Office. Hours are M-F from 9-4. Or give us a call us at 425-6345. Residents from other communities are always welcome. Our mission is to serve those over 50. To learn more about the Senior Center, other courses and upcoming Monday menus, please visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you soon!