Celebrate spring by birding, kayaking, paddling or perusing plant sale

With the warmer weather, it’s the time of year when everyone wants to be outside. Senior center volunteers are gearing up for outdoor activities ranging from birding, kayaking and paddling, to the annual senior center plant sale. Now is also the time to get into shape for summer activities by attending one of the daily exercise classes offered at the center.

The senior center offers programming for adults 50 and older from Charlotte and surrounding communities. Priority is given to seniors, but programming is open to adults of all ages.

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Senior Resource Fair
Wednesday, May 24, 3-5 p.m.
Stop by the senior center for the first annual Senior Resource Fair and learn about all the great resources available to seniors in the community. Check out the Charlotte Senior Center website for a list of the 30 organizations who will be attending.

Annual plant sale
Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m.-noon.
Stop by the senior center’s annual plant sale and stock up on a great selection of annuals and perennials at great prices. Rain or shine. If you’re dividing perennials in your garden, pot (and label) a few to donate to the sale. Drop off plants at the center any time between Friday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 24. Need help digging? Please call 802-425-6345 and leave your name, address and phone number. Questions? Call Sukey Condict at 802-877-2237 or email Polly Price.

Photo by Lori York Carol Pepin, senior center Age Well volunteer, left, and Kerry Batres from Age Well at a recent Monday Munch promoting the Age Well restaurant ticket.
Photo by Lori York
Carol Pepin, senior center Age Well volunteer, left, and Kerry Batres from Age Well at a recent Monday Munch promoting the Age Well restaurant ticket.

Grow a pollinator garden
Thursday, April 20, 7-8 p.m.
Everyone is becoming more aware of the importance and plight of pollinators. Pollinating insects, birds and other creatures are essential not just for flower gardens, but also the food we eat. Charlie Nardozzi will discuss the essential ingredients of a successful pollinator garden, including habitat, water, shelter and best gardening practices for pollinators, including pollinators besides honey bees and plants that are best for pollinators, with emphasis on the open pollinated varieties. Cost: Free. Registration recommended.

Watercolor painting
Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16 & 23, 9 a.m.-noon
Join Lynn Cummings in this four-week workshop exploring spring-themed subjects and techniques to achieve spontaneous, fresh looks in your paintings. Cost: $160. Registration and payment required by April 25.

Friday, May 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Charlie Nardozzi and Heidi Kvasnak welcome the sweet energy of spring by singing together, Kirtan style. Kirtan is a heart-centered community practice of singing ancient yogic chants (songs) that are simple and repetitive accompanied by the harmonium, sitar, tambura and drums. Chant sheets will be available and there will be time between the chants for short, quiet meditations. Registration required; space is limited. Free but donations appreciated.

Women’s kayak trips planning meeting
Friday, May 12, 11 a.m.
It is time to plan the kayak trip season. Please email Susan Hyde if you are interested in leading or finding out more about becoming a leader.

New Paddling Group forming!
There is interest in starting a new paddling group at the senior center. Open to all skill levels. To find out more contact Dean Tuininga.

Segel Family piano concert
Wednesday, May 10, 1 p.m.
The Segel children will play piano at the Charlotte Senior Center. Juna (15), Jack (13), Hannah (8) and Ada (6) will be playing pieces from all different genres, including both classical and sacred music. The music they will be playing includes a trio, a violin duet and the Tarantella by Pieczonka. Cost: Free. Registration recommended.

Photo by Phyllis Bartling A recent hybrid pilates fitness class at the senior center.
Photo by Phyllis Bartling
A recent hybrid pilates fitness class at the senior center.

Pilates fitness
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Join Phyllis Bartling in this Pilates class, for folks 55 and over. The workout includes upper-body strength work with hand weights and mat exercises. The exercises will work core muscles to improve balance, strength and posture. Cost: $8 a class. No registration required.

Yoga strength building practice
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon.
Heidi Kvasnak leads an integrative practice that builds strength and stability, while maintaining a sense of ease and spaciousness in both body and mind. Practice longer-held postures that strengthen muscles, bones and core, as well as breath-led flowing movement, including sun salutations. Prerequisite: Must be able to easily get down to and up from the floor with or without props. Cost: $10 a class. No registration required.

Menus are posted on the website.

Thank you
A heartfelt thank you to Fat Cow Farm in Charlotte for their donation of humanely-raised, antibiotic and hormone free meat for the Monday lunches. The volunteer cooking teams and participants greatly appreciate this generous gift.

Monday Lunches
Served weekly. Lunch is served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., or until the food runs out. Suggested lunch donation $5. No registration required.

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. $5 suggested meal donation but not required. To register, contact Carol Pepin at 802-425-6345.

Senior Center contact info
Lori York, director
212 Ferry Road, Charlotte

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