By Senior Center Staff report

Girls Scouts treat seniors
A big thank you to members of Girl Scout Troop #30066 and their leader Cindy Bradley. The scouts picked apples at Monkton Ridge Orchards, packed them in decorative bags, and delivered them to the Senior Center for seniors to enjoy. The bags were accompanied by a nicely laminated collection of terrific apple recipes.

New courses added this week:

Wednesday Chair Yoga with Tiny Sikkes
Wednesday mornings, 10-11 a.m. Fee: $10 per class.
This is another section of the Monday class. (Please see the website for the description.)

11/5 – Meditation with Charlie
Friday mornings, 7:30-8:30. Fee: $10 per class.
Dates: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19—and continuing through the winter. Come meditate with us on Friday mornings. Charlie Nardozzi teaches a simple method of meditation, in which we sit quietly, eyes closed and focus on the breath, a mantra or watching our thoughts. Classes will include some pranayama (breathing techniques) that are safe and effective, a guided meditation and a simple chant. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Register by calling the Center at 425-6345.

Trick-or-Treaters grab for goodies on Halloween at the Senior Center. Photo by Jim Hyde

Trick-or-Treaters grab for goodies on Halloween at the Senior Center. Photo by Jim Hyde

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 use 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 (425-6345). You are always welcome to call with questions or stop in.

Chair Yoga – Mon., 9:30 a.m.
Gentle Yoga – Mon., 11 a.m.
Pilates Plus – Tue., 8:30 a.m.
Strength Maintenance – Tues. & Fri., 11 a.m.
Essentrics – Wed., 8:30 a.m.
Chair Yoga – Wed., 10 a.m. – NEW
Pilates – Thurs., 8:30 a.m.
T’ai Chi for Beginners – Thurs., 10 a.m. (now back on Zoom)
T’ai Chi – Advanced – Thurs., 11 a.m.
Essentrics on Fri. – 9:30 am.

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 you can call from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sign up.

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 currently suspended. 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 Nov. 8. Suggested donation is still just $5. Mealtime is 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Take-out may be requested.

Nov. 8 Menu
North Woods bean soup with kielbasa, salad, bread & beverage, homemade dessert

Menus are also posted on the CSC website. Our café is spacious and airy. Call in for a take-out order.

Thanksgiving reminder
Unfortunately, our annual Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner cannot be held again this year due to ongoing concerns about Covid-19. We certainly hope that things will be different next year! Also note that the Center will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m.

Art news

The November Art Exhibit
Jonathan Silverman’s “Visual Dancing: The Interplay between Intent and Spontaneity” is still on display this month. 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? This is a great opportunity to meet other people, make new friends and to be part of our community. There’s a special spot for you—whether you are available once a month for a couple of hours, or on a weekly basis. Contribute your ideas for courses or activities or perhaps lead a group. 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 that participants be fully vaccinated because these 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 in Charlotte, across from the Post Office. Hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or give us a call 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!