Cello, crafting … all kinds of cures for post-holiday blues

Feeling the post-holiday blues? How about joining a class at the senior center? There is a wide range of programs for all interests ranging from sewing and crafting, languages, art, music and exercise classes. Come for lunch, a cello performance or consider spending some time volunteering.

Photo by Lori YorkTwenty-two people joined at the senior center for a Christmas morning breakfast.
Photo by Lori York
Twenty-two people joined at the senior center for a Christmas morning breakfast.

The senior center offers programming for adults 50 and older from Charlotte and surrounding communities. Interested in receiving a weekly reminder about what is happening? Sign up for the email newsletters. The “Week Ahead” email is sent out on Friday mornings with activities, lunch menus, and special programming for the upcoming week.

Community events

COVID-19 & flu vaccine walk-in clinics
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1-6 p.m.
Garnet Healthcare is offering COVID-19 vaccines, updated (bivalent) boosters and flu vaccine walk-in clinics at the Charlotte Senior Center. No appointments necessary. Flu vaccines are only available for those under 65 years.

Cello performance
Thursday, Jan. 26, 1-1:45 p.m.
Join us for this solo cello performance at the senior center with Jonah Hutchin, a premier young adult performing cellist of Charlotte. Check out the website. No charge for this performance.

Chat with Chea
Monday, Jan. 23, 1 p.m.
Bring your questions and concerns for a legislature meet-and-greet with Chea Waters Evans, your newly elected Chittenden-5 representative. She is interested in hearing from you so she can bring forward your issues in Montpelier.

Art Exhibit
Wind Castles — and Beyond
A photography show by Rachel Doran, who has been exhibiting for about 25 years, includes many photographs of Vermont landscapes, as well as glimpses of New York State and Ontario, Canada. The exhibit will be on display through the end of January.

Upcoming programs

Sunday, Jan. 15, 3-5 p.m.
Join Charlie Nardozzi and Heidi Kvasnak for a Sunday afternoon Kirtan. Kirtan is an ancient Yoga gathering where musicians play traditional instruments and sing simple chants. Some chants are call and response and others are singalongs. All are welcome and no experience is necessary. Register by Friday, Jan. 13. Cost is free. Questions? Please contact Charlie Nardozzi.

Photo by Dan York John Creech teaches beginner guitar on Wednesday evenings.
Photo by Dan York
John Creech teaches beginner guitar on Wednesday evenings.

Beginner Guitar II
Wednesday, 7-8 p.m., Jan. 18, 25,
Feb. 1, 15, 22 & March 1
Interested in learning guitar? This class is for those who have a basic understanding of beginner guitar and is a continuation of the fall Beginner Guitar 6-week class. If you have questions about whether this class would be appropriate for your specific skill level, please reach out to John Creech. There will be no class on Feb. 8. Cost is $75. Register by Friday, Jan. 13.

Snowshoe expedition
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Let’s snowshoe! Weather permitting, the group will meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the winter months, starting on Jan. 18. The outings will be approximately two hours with locations to be determined on trails around Charlotte and neighboring towns. Bring your own equipment, snacks and water. The group is also looking for some trip leaders. The cost is free. Registration is required. To register or indicate your interest in leading a snowshoeing trip, contact Susan Hyde.

Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 15, 22 & March 1
Join John Creech as you learn to play the ukulele in this fun and easy-going class. Ukuleles are easy to learn, even if you have no musical background. This group is for anyone who already plays and just wants to play in a group as well as beginners interested in learning. Bring a ukulele, along with an electronic clip-on tuner, and the curiosity for learning something new. There will be no class on February 8. Registration required by Friday, Jan. 13. Cost is $75.

Photo by Lori YorkTwenty-two people joined at the senior center for a Christmas morning breakfast.
Photo by Susan Hyde
From left, Cyndie White, Kate Mesaros, Susan McDonald, Susan Mills and Laura Cahners-Ford on a snowshoe expedition.

Free eBooks and audiobooks on your Apple Device
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Join us at the senior center as tech librarian Susanna Kahn leads a hands-on class where you will learn how to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, videos and music with the Hoopla app and your library card to enjoy on your Apple device. Expand the possibilities of your iPad or iPhone with Hoopla! Please bring your library card and Apple ID and password (for downloading the app). Need a library card? Stop by the Charlotte Library and sign up. If you are not a Charlotte resident, make sure your library offers Hoopla. Cost is free. Registration required.

Sewing for beginners
Thursdays, 2-3 p.m., Jan. 19, 26 & Feb. 2
Have you always wanted to learn how to sew? Join us and learn how to use your machine by creating a patchwork quilt top pillow. The end result is a 14×14 inch finished pillow. Learn basic stitching and cutting. Supplies include a choice of fabric and pillow form. Please supply basic white thread, pins, scissors and your sewing machine. Registration required by Tuesday, Jan. 17. Cost: $45 (including supplies).

Italian for total beginners
Fridays, 10-11 p.m., Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 & 24
You’ve never studied Italian? Do you dream of traveling to Italy and ordering a cappuccino in a sun-drenched piazza? Feeling tongue-tied? Then this class is for you. Join Nicole Librandi as you begin your study of Italian — and have fun along the way. Cost is $48 for the six-week session. Registration by Jan. 17.

Watercolor: Tips from British artists
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 9 a.m.-noon
Lynn Cummings will lead a discussion about several of her favorite contemporary British artists. Short video clips will be shown and discussed. Explore how these British artists work their magic and what techniques could be incorporated in your own personal paintings. Registration is required since class size is limited. Cost is free.

Watercolor in winter
Tuesdays, Jan. 31-March 7, 9 a.m.-noon.
In this six-session class with Lynn Cummings, a variety of topics will be explored ranging from “painting whites” and winter wildlife, to details that can be added to paintings, like insects, bubbles and water lets. Cost: $240. Registration and payment by Jan. 20.

Menus are posted on the website.

Monday lunches
Served weekly. Lunch is served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., or until the food runs out. 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. Registration is required by Monday for the Thursday meal. To register, contact Kerrie Pughe at 802-425-6345. $5 suggested meal donation.

Senior center contact info
Lori York, director

Kerrie Pughe, coordinator

212 Ferry Road, Charlotte

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