Susan Ohanian, Contributor

Volunteers continue cooking and serving the weekly Monday lunches beginning at 11:30 a.m. Note: The Charlotte Senior Center is closed Monday, July 4.

Chef Arnd from the Residence at Shelburne Bay will provide lunch at the senior center on Wednesday, July 20, at noon.

Celebrate Independence Day
Wednesday, July 6, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cookout with hot dogs, vegetarian choice, Montreal-style slaw, chips and dip, and frozen dessert. Registration required. You may register for this cookout through this Friday, July1. The number will be capped at 60 for this social event. A $5 contribution is appreciated.

Grab-&-Go Meal
Thursday, July 7, Pick up: 10-11 a.m.
BBQ chicken breast, baked beans, cauliflower, strawberry shortcake. Remember to register by Monday. Call or e-mail: 802-425-6371. There is no charge for these meals but Age Well appreciates donations to help keep them coming.

Monday Munch
July 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Couscous salad, lemon mousse with blueberries. Takeout is available.

Thursday July 14
Men’s Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.
The guest speaker is professional photographer Jonathan Hart.

Grab-&-Go Meal
Thursday, July 14, Pick up: 10-11 a.m.

Spaghetti and meatballs with marinara sauce, green beans and cannellini beans, Father’s Day cake.

About that July 11 couscous: Algerian folklore credits the Jinn with inventing couscous. A staple food throughout North Africa, couscous gained popularity throughout the Mediterranean and Sicilian cultures and by the 20th century was popular worldwide.

In 2020, it was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The fact that Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia submitted jointly for official recognition for their knowledge and know-how pertaining to the production and consumption of couscous was hailed as an example of international cooperation.

This UNESCO list is thought-provoking. Along with a few foods and Belgium beer, you’ll find the tango, summer solstice fire festivals, Japanese papermaking, the Luxembourg hopping festival and much, much more.

We invite you to participate in the intangible culture available at the Charlotte Senior Center. There are plans for more summer special social event meals. To make this happen, we need volunteer dishwashers and people peeling carrots, chopping onions, and so on. Come give it a try.

No one has written a song about life being a bowl of blueberries, but look up “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” and then take your pick. This song spans the ages: you can hear it sung by Rudy Vallee; Judy Garland; Doris Day; Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Patti Page; Johnny Mathis; Ben Vereen and a host of others.

For more information about meals, the menus and registration information, please see the Charlotte Senior Center website.