Lori York, Charlotte Senior Center Director
May is shaping up to be a busy month at the senior center, with a highlight being a Senior Resource Fair with over 30 organizations participating.
Learn more about the services available through Age Well, the Alzheimer’s Association, Homeshare Vermont and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program. There will be representatives from the Consumer Assistance Program, AARP Fraud Watch and the Shelburne and Charlotte food shelves. There will be free hearing tests, hearing aid cleanings, and if you are a veteran, you can find out about military veteran services and benefits. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to discover all the great resources available to seniors.
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.
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Segel family piano concert
Wednesday, May 10, 1 p.m.
Come hear the Segel children 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.
Opera discussion: Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni & Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Tuesday, May 16, 1 p.m.
Presented by Toni Hill of the Chittenden County Opera Lovers, this discussion will include video excerpts of both operas showing how the music and drama combined to draw upon the literature of Italian verismo, an offshoot of the Balzac school of realism. “Cav and Pag” (so called since first shown together at the Met in 1893) are considered the essence of the verismo style. Cost: Free. Registration recommended.
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 complete listing of the organizations who will be attending.
Annual plant sale
Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m.-noon
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.
Make Music VT
Wednesday June 21
Save the date. The Charlotte Senior Center and Charlotte Library will be participating in Make Music VT. Info at bigheavyworld.com/makemusicvt. Stay tuned for details about this free event. Are you a musician interested in performing at the senior center or on the library porch? Reach out to Nick Carter.
Friday, May 5, 6:30-8 p.m.
Charlie Nardozzi and Heidi Kvasnak welcome 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. Admission is free with donations appreciated.
“Stories For All Time” legacy project
Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., May 9-30
Have you always meant to give voice to an important family story or personal anecdote before it’s forgotten? Perhaps you’d like an opportunity to honor someone special or express gratitude to a loved one but have never gotten around to it. Your completed project may take the form of a written record or, in “StoryCorps” style, may be recorded as a brief audio file for you to keep and share with loved ones. Questions? Contact Lin Kalson at 608-345-9321 or by email. Registration required. Cost: Free with donations accepted to support the Charlotte Senior Center.
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
There is interest in starting a new paddling group at the senior center. Open to all skill levels. Interested in finding out more? Contact Dean Tuininga.
Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m., May 24-June 28
Interested in learning guitar? Join John Creech, a composer and guitarist for over 40 years, as he shares his love of this instrument. The session will cover the basics of learning acoustic guitar in an easy-going and supportive environment. Registration and payment required by May 16. Cost: $75 for the six-week session.
Writing Our Way Through
Thursdays 1-3 p.m., May 25, June 1, 15, 22 & 29
Join Pamela Powell as she guides you through this generative writing workshop. Questions? Reach out to Pamela or 781-646-6708. Registration and payment required by May 17. Cost: $100 for the five-week session.
Menus are posted on the website.
Thursday, May 11, 7-9:30 a.m.
On the second Thursday of the month, men gather for breakfast and conversation. This month, the speaker will be David Pearson, whose his photography exhibit is on display at the senior center. He will talk about his work over several decades and what he has learned about environmental change and animal behavior. Register by noon on Tuesday, May 9. Suggested donation of $6.
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 or email.
Senior Center contact info
Lori York, director
212 Ferry Road, Charlotte
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