At the center, on the water or trail — a wide variety of activities

Summer is rapidly approaching, and with the warmer weather, there is interest in spending time outdoors. Consider joining one of the hiking, kayaking or canoeing trips.

This month don’t forget to stop by the senior center for the afternoon of music performances on June 21 as part of World Music Day. Peter’s Playlist, a collection of oldies music, will also be returning to perform later this month.

Photo by Lori YorkLewis Mudge talks about his work with Human Rights Watch in Africa at the June Men’s Breakfast.
Photo by Lori York
Lewis Mudge talks about his work with Human Rights Watch in Africa at the June Men’s Breakfast.

There are two new program offerings at the senior center. Under the “Locally Yours” program, produce from Full Moon Farm in Hinesburg will be dropped at the senior center and participants (age 60 and over) will have access to fresh fruit and vegetables at no charge. This program is slated to start in the next couple of weeks, as the details are being finalized. Call 802-425-6345 for more information.

There is also a monthly Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group starting at the senior center beginning July 15. The group will meet on the second Thursday of each month from 5-6 p.m.

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

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

Art show

At Water’s Edge
An exhibit of nature photographs by Fran MacDonald includes both expansive vistas and detailed views of landscapes with water, the edges of water or flowing water.

Outdoor Activities

Women’s kayak trips
Second & fourth Friday mornings
These kayak trips are for active women who share a love for exploring the many local lakes, ponds and rivers. To register your interest, please respond by email directly to Susan Hyde to be placed on a master list of paddlers. On June 23, the group will go to Wrightsville Reservoir. Registration required. Free.
Recreational paddling trip
Saturday, June 17, 9:30 a.m.
There’s a new recreational paddling group starting. Please join Karen and Dean Tuininga for the first paddling trip on Saturday morning, June 17, on Lewis Creek. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Plan to spend a couple of hours on the water. This trip is open to everyone 18 and older, but space is limited to 10 boats plus leaders, so be sure to sign up early. Questions? Contact Dean Tuininga. Registration required. Cost: Free.
New walking or gentle hiking group
There is interest in starting a new walking and gentle hiking group at the senior center. Interested in finding out more? Contact Penny Burman at 916-753-7279.


World Music Day & Make Music Charlotte
Wednesday, June 21
1-4 p.m., Charlotte Senior Center & 4-8 p.m., Charlotte Library
Vermont Make Music Day is part of World Music Day on June 21. Musicians of all ages from all over the world play music for their communities, celebrating how music crosses borders and brings people together. The Charlotte Senior Center and Charlotte Library will be hosting a full afternoon and evening of live music as part of World Music Day. More info about the overall event. Free.

Performances at the senior center: 1-1:45 p.m. Carlanne Herzog on piano and Janet Green on cello; 2-3 p.m. Kathryn Blume, spiritual feminist blues-rock; 3-3:30 p.m. Janice Russotti & Shane Bowley, a mix of Americana covers and originals; and 3:30-4 p.m. Dick Mosehauer, bluegrass.

Peter’s Playlist
Wednesday, June 28, 1-2 p.m.
Join us as Peter and Helen Rosemblum from Hinesburg return to the senior center with music of the 50s, 60s & 70s. They will sing and strum from their large playlist that includes folk songs, romantic ballads, blues and rock. Free. Registration recommended.

Upcoming programs

Italian: Beginner I
Fridays, June 23, 30, July 7, 21, 28, Aug.4, 10-11 a.m.
Interested in beginning your study of Italian? Join us to explore the beauty of the Italian language and culture. Cost: $60. Registration required. *There will be no class on July 14.

Photo by Bill Fraser-HarrisFolks listen to the Vermont Youth Orchestra at the senior center after it was rained-out at the town beach.
Photo by Bill Fraser-Harris
Folks listen to the Vermont Youth Orchestra at the senior center after it was rained-out at the town beach.

Charlotte Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
Thursday, July 15, 5-6 p.m.
Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s? Do you know someone who is? Please join the first monthly caregiver support group on Thursday, July 15. The meetings provide a safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system. The group will meet on the second Thursday of each month from 5-6 p.m. For more information or questions contact Susan Cartwright

Are you looking for a job to be of service to seniors in the community?
The Charlotte Senior Center is seeking a part-time senior center coordinator. Responsibilities include database management and volunteer coordination. The full job description can be viewed at our website. Pay rate is $16.50-$17.75 an hour. Position is 15 hours a week with a set schedule of three hours per day each morning, Monday-Friday. Please send a letter of interest and resume to Lori York.

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. 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. The suggested meal donation is $5, but not required. Register or contact Carol Pepin at 802-425-6345.

Senior center info
Lori York, director
212 Ferry Road, Charlotte
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