By Lori York, Charlotte Senior Center Director

If you’ve driven by the Charlotte Senior Center recently, you may have noticed the parking lot was full—or even overflowing. There’s lots of excitement about the return of in-person participation for most programs. The senior center feels alive with lots of conversation, laughter, many new faces and returning friends.

Photo by James Hyde. April’s monthly men’s breakfast happens Thursday, April 14, 7-9 a.m. with guest speaker Andrea Rodgers, founding member and former CEO of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. See the information below on how to register.

Photo by James Hyde. April’s monthly men’s breakfast happens Thursday, April 14, 7-9 a.m. with guest speaker Andrea Rodgers, founding member and former CEO of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. See the information below on how to register.

To learn more about all that’s happening, take a moment to look through the April newsletter insert. Follow the senior center on Facebook and Instagram or check out our website.

But the best way to learn more is to stop by and spend some time at the center.

Volunteers needed
The senior center needs your help. Do you have a couple of hours weekly or monthly to volunteer? Volunteering is a great way to be of service while making new friends and connections within the community. Adults of any age are welcome to volunteer.

Do you enjoy the center’s weekly Monday lunches? Or would you like to see the return of Wednesday meals? Consider volunteering on the kitchen teams, and, as a perk, you will receive your lunch for free. To find out more, contact Susan about the cooking teams. Available to help with dishes? Contact Brian.

The senior center is also looking for reception desk hosts to welcome visitors and help answer questions. Interested? Stop by or call 802-425-6345.

April programs
New knitting drop-in
Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m., Charlotte Library
Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Senior Center
Do you enjoy knitting or crocheting? Bring a project that you are working on and spend your morning at the senior center or attend Knitting Night at the library.

Shape-note singing
Sunday, April 1, 1-3 p.m.
This traditional, a cappella, four-part harmony has been called “full-body, shout-it-out singing” and is also known as sacred harp (1750-1850). No performances or auditions; a “good voice” is not required.
Stop by to listen or sing with Mark Williams and leave whenever you wish. Free. For more info, email Kerry Cullinan.

Watercolor and Spring Inspiration
Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26, 9 a.m.-noon
Support one another’s creative efforts in exploring various techniques and subjects with Lynn Cummings in this fun and informative class. Some watercolor experience is helpful, but all levels are welcome. Cost: $160. Registration required.

‘West Side Story’
Fridays, April 8 and 22, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Sean Moran will host two screenings of “West Side Story,” the 2021 reimagined musical with Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as the young lovers torn apart by a climate of intolerance and hate. Free but registration required because there’s limited seating.

Board and card games
Backgammon
Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.

Bridge
Mondays, 12:30-4 p.m.

Cribbage
Thursdays, April 7 and 21, 1 p.m.

Mahjong
Tuesdays, 12:45-3:45 p.m.

Scrabble
Tuesday, April 5, 1 p.m.

Texas hold ‘em
Starting in May.

Game afternoons
Fridays, noon–4 p.m., starting in May
Bring your friends and stop by the senior center on Friday afternoons for drop-in game afternoons. Dominoes, canasta, Texas hold ’em, bridge, backgammon, cribbage, Scrabble … the opportunities are endless.

Ongoing exercise and health classes
We offer daily exercise programs for a wide range of fitness and activity levels. Unlike health memberships, you only pay for the classes you attend.

Essentrics
Wednesdays, 8:30–9:30 a.m. Fridays, 9:30–10:30 a.m. $8 a class.

Mindfulness meditation
Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Via Zoom, Free.

Meditation
Fridays, 7:30–8:30 a.m. $10 a class.

Pilates fitness
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30–9:30 a.m. $8 a class.

Strength maintenance
Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free.

T’ai Chi Ch’uan for beginners
Thursdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Via Zoom. $8 a class.

T’ai Chi for practice
Thursdays, 11 a.m.–noon. Free.

Chair yoga
Mondays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Free. $10 a class.

Gentle yoga
Mondays, 11 a.m.–noon. $10 a class.

Monthly men’s breakfast:
Thursday, April 14, 7–9 a.m.
The guest speaker: will be Andrea Rodgers, founding member and former CEO of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. To register, email Tim McCullough by Tuesday, April 12. Suggested breakfast donation of $5.

Questions?
The Charlotte Senior Center is at 212 Ferry Road in Charlotte. Hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Call 802-425-6345 or email Lori York, senior center director. Residents from other communities are always welcome. Our mission is to serve those over 50.