September brings new offerings to the Charlotte Senior Center

September at the Charlotte Senior Center is full of activities with new programming including Spanish conversation, a book discussion group, a personal writing group and a weekly current events discussion group. And there are the ever-popular offerings like art classes and kayaking and birding trips.

And don’t forget game afternoons or the Monday lunches.

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


Photo by Lori York From left, Judy Tuttle and Deb Peate setting up for the September senior art show at the Charlotte Senior Center, featuring work by local artists with a wide range of skill levels, age 50 and older.
Photo by Lori York. From left, Judy Tuttle and Deb Peate setting up for the September senior art show at the Charlotte Senior Center, featuring work by local artists with a wide range of skill levels, age 50 and older.

Senior art show
The September Senior Art Show includes a wide variety of artwork produced by local artists of all skill levels, ages 50 and older. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 1–2 p.m.

Spanish conversation
Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m.
A new Spanish conversation group begins Sept. 13. The objective of this class is to use the Spanish you know while conversing using a list of vocabulary words which will be distributed. No fee, but at times there will be a nominal cost for printed materials. Register by Friday, Sept. 9.

Kayak trip for women Chittenden Reservoir
Kayak trip on Sept. 23 for active women who share a love for exploring local lakes, ponds and rivers. To register, email Susan Hyde to be placed on a list of paddlers. An email will be sent to the list regarding the details of the kayak trip. The trip is free, but registration is required.

Birding expedition
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m.
Please meet at the center 10 minutes prior to the 9 a.m. departure to carpool to the location for spectacular bird watching. Group size is limited. To register for the birding trip, email and include your name and phone number. No cost but registration is required.

Scenes that Inspire Painting & Drawing
Thursdays, Sept. 15, 22,
Oct. 6 and 13, 1-3 p.m.
Bring your favorite watercolor or pastel supplies and join Linda Reynolds for this plein air drawing and painting workshop at various inspirational locations: Mt Philo, Charlotte Beach, Shelburne Farms, Kingsland Bay State Park, or perhaps a favorite backyard. Cost: $140. Register by Monday, Sept. 12.

Coffee & Canvas: Moonlight in Vermont
Friday, Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Join Sherry Senior with this month’s Coffee & Canvas. Unlike traditional paint and sips, this painting workshop will allow you to explore and create your own unique painting. But don’t worry — there will be plenty of moonlight images for inspiration. No prior painting experience needed. All materials included. Cost: $25. Register by Monday, Sept. 14.

Book discussion group:
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Monday, Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m.-noon.
This group will meet every other week starting on Monday, Sept. 19. Cost: Free. Register by Friday, Sept. 16.

Personal writing group
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Interested in joining this writing group focused on memoirs, poetry or personal essays? Join this formative meeting where we will finalize the format. Register for the fall session by Friday, Sept. 23.

Current events
Thursday, Sept. 29, Noon-1 p.m.
Join this new group for an informal discussion about what is happening in the news. All are welcome as long as there is an openness to hearing different viewpoints. The first meeting on Sept. 29, will be an informational meeting and will discuss how the group will meet moving forward. The plan is to meet weekly starting in October. Feel free to bring your lunch and join us for a lively and open conversation. Please register for this first meeting.

The Ethan Allen Homestead: A site of historic and community preservation
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.
The Ethan Allen Homestead is one of the oldest sites of both Native American and European occupation known in Vermont, but what makes it truly special is how the site is still being used as a center of community today. Join Angie Grove, director of the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, to explore its history and its current offerings. The presentation is free. Register by Monday, Sept. 12.

Earthkeep Farmcommon: A new era of regenerative, diversified farming
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7:00 p.m.
Join Will Raap as he presents his vision for Earthkeep Farmcommon on Route 7. He will share his goal of advancing a new era of regenerative, diversified farming that balances Vermont’s 150 years of dependence on commodity dairy farms. The presentation is free. Register by Monday, Sept. 19.

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 at

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.

Weekly Age Well Grab & Go meals
Pick up on Thursdays 10-11a.m. at the Charlotte Senior Center. September menus are posted on the Charlotte Senior Center website at The meals are free but registration is required by Monday for the Thursday meal. To register,  or call 802-425-6345.

Senior Center contact info
Lori York, Director
Kerrie Pughe, Coordinator
The Charlotte Senior Center
212 Ferry Road, Charlotte
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