Lori York, Charlotte Senior Center Director

The summer heat has arrived and what better place to have some reprieve than spending the afternoon in the air-conditioned senior center playing board and card games, watching a movie or enjoying lunch and conversation?

Interested in receiving a weekly reminder about what is happening at the senior center? Sign up for the email newsletters at charlotteseniorcentervt.org. The “Week Ahead” email is sent out on Friday mornings with activities, lunch menus and special programming for the upcoming week.

Senior Art Show
Now accepting submissions for the Charlotte Senior Center September 2022 Senior Art Show!

Open to all artists, and skill levels, ages 50 and older. Entry deadline is Friday, August 19. Entries received after this date will be considered only if space is available.

Registration forms are available at the senior center and can be downloaded on the website. For questions contact Judy Tuttle by email or by telephone at 802-425-2864.

Activities

Movie afternoons
Wednesdays in August 1 p.m.
The listing of movies for the month is posted at the Charlotte Senior Center. Sign up to receive the Week Ahead email newsletter at charlotteseniorcentervt.org and you will receive notification on Fridays for the upcoming movie.

Shape note singing
Sunday, Aug. 7, 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). Open to newcomers and experienced singers. No performances and no auditions; a “good voice” is not required. Songbooks are provided. Stop by to listen or sing, and leave whenever you wish. Questions? Email Kerry Cullinan. It’s free and no registration is required.

Kayak trips for women
Friday, Aug. 12
Kayak trips for active women who share a love for exploring local lakes, ponds and rivers. Weather permitting, the kayak trips will happen on the second and fourth Friday mornings throughout the summer and early fall. To register your interest, email Susan Hyde to be placed on a master list of paddlers. An email will be sent to the master list regarding the details of the specific kayak trips. Cost: Free. Registration required.

Photo by Lori York. Coffee & Canvas Acrylic Painting Class.

Coffee and Canvas
Friday, Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Unlike traditional paint and sips, Coffee and Canvas with Sherry Senior will allow you to explore and create your own unique painting of water scenes. But don’t worry — there will be plenty of water inspiration including images with boats and landscapes with the lake and ocean. No prior painting experience needed. All materials included. Class limit of 12. Cost: $25. Registration open and register by Monday, Aug. 15.

Word games
Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m.
Do you enjoy playing Scrabble but don’t have anyone to play with? How about Bananagrams or Boggle? Join this group at a new day and time for word games at the senior center. Some games are available, but also feel free to bring your own word games. Questions? Please call Lin Kalson at 608-345-9321 or email.

Canasta
Fridays at 1 p.m.
Canasta is a form of rummy using two full decks in which players or partnerships try to meld groups of three or more cards of the same rank and score bonuses for seven-card melds. If you are interested in joining this new group that’s forming or if you have questions, contact Sally Brody 786-779-2324.

Community health

Red Cross blood drive
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2-7 p.m.
Please consider donating blood. The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: CHARLOTTE to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccine clinic
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Free Garnet Healthcare walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic. No appointment necessary. Vaccines and boosters are available for Moderna (ages 6 months-5 years); Pediatric Pfizer (ages 5-11); Adult Pfizer (12+); and Adult Moderna (18+).

Cooling Centers
The Charlotte Senior Center and Charlotte Library are designated cooling centers with air-conditioned facilities to cool down during hot weather. Community cooling centers help provide temporary relief and are especially helpful when the National Weather Service issues a Heat Advisory or Excessive Heat Warning. During a heat advisory or excessive heat warning, notices will be placed in Front Porch Forum in addition to notices on social media and the senior center and library websites.

Exercise classes
The senior center offers daily exercise programs for a wide range of fitness and activity levels. A complete list of exercise programs and class descriptions is on the website.

Volunteer opportunities
The Charlotte Senior Center would not be able to provide the wide variety of programming without the support of dedicated volunteers. There are many opportunities to volunteer at the senior center ranging from welcoming and registering visitors as a reception desk host to helping out with the weekly lunch teams. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Kerrie Pughe.

Meals
Menus are posted on the website.

Monday lunches
Served weekly. Lunch is served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. No registration required. Suggested lunch donation: $5.

Wednesday lunch
Aug. 17, noon.
Chef Arnd from the Residence at Shelburne Bay will provide lunch at the senior center on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at noon. Suggested lunch donation: $5. Registration required by noon on Monday, Aug. 15.

Men’s breakfast
Thursday, Aug. 11, 7-9:30 a.m.
The guest speaker for this month’s breakfast will be Andrea Rogers, founder and prior executive director of the Flynn Center. Suggested breakfast donation of $6. Registration required by Tuesday, Aug. 9, by contacting Tim McCullough at [email protected]

Weekly Age Well Grab & Go meals
Pick up on Thursdays 10-11 a.m. at the Charlotte Senior Center. July menus are posted on the Charlotte Senior Center website at charlotteseniorcentervt.org. Pre-register by Monday for the Thursday meal. It’s free but registration is required. To register, contact Kerrie Pughe at 802-425-6345.

Senior Center contact info
Lori York, director

Kerrie Pughe, coordinator
212 Ferry Road, Charlotte
802-425-6345

Follow the senior center on Facebook or Instagram.