Senior Center News

By Mary Recchia | Contributor

Snow Days! If there is ever a question whether the Senior Center is closed due to weather, know that we will follow the CSSU school closings that are posted on local TV and radio stations as well as at

Yes, you can learn the true Yang Family style of Tai Chi famous for its myriad benefits to health and wellbeing. John Creech has been studying and practicing tai chi for 10 years and invites you to come learn and practice together on Thursday mornings from 10 to 11. The flowing movements and postures will increase flexibility, improve balance, and strengthen core muscles. Practitioners cultivate a deeper sense of relaxation, increased energy level and a real sense of confidence and presence. Registration necessary. Fee: $42 for 6 classes.

Chair Yoga with Tiny Sikkes continues on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 with a new session beginning on December 7. This is a great class if you are concerned about adapting in a standard class. Using chairs for balance and for all seated postures, this class makes yoga accessible to those who are challenged by balance or the ability to get on the floor or who have any physical limitations. We cover the full range of yoga postures and benefits while sitting comfortably in chairs—improving breath capacity, strength and flexibility. Registration required. Fee: $60 for six classes.



In the spirit of the holidays, CVU’s Junior Class Council is running its annual Toys for Kids drive. Local businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to bring new and unwrapped toys in to CVU anytime before Dec. 18—donate to make a child’s holiday a million times better. Photo: Courtesy

“Celebrating the Season” will be the theme of this Poem in Your Pocket gathering on Monday afternoon December 7 from 1 to 3. Bring along a favorite poem you have written, a book of poetry you enjoy or a literary journal that rekindles the spirit of the season and join Jim Lovejoy for another wonderful afternoon of poetry reading. No fee.


Putting More Fun Back Into Winter will be the topic of this lecture offered by Bob Dill on Tuesday morning December 15 from 9 to 11.  As we age, winter seems to get ever more confining. This is mostly due to cold temperatures, cold winds and icy sidewalks, streets, parking lots and trails. With the right clothes and warming systems, all but the coldest and windiest days can be made reasonable for outside activities. The right footgear can significantly reduce the likelihood of falling on icy patches. Bob will show various ways to deal with cold, wind and ice that will make winter look a whole lot more enticing. Sharing his 40-year passion for winter activities with an eye on fun and safety, this is a must lecture to fully appreciate and enhance the joys of winter in Vermont. Registration required. No fee.

A Collection of Lectures, Performances and Special Events Showcasing the Diverse Interests of Our Community

Wednesday afternoon beginning at 1. No registration or fee.

Dec. 9: Moscow to Minneapolis: Sleighs and Sleighing from Europe to America, with Ken Wheeling

This will be a trip through the countries in the Northern Hemisphere where the sleigh was the major form of winter transportation and where it developed into the high-style sleigh so popular on Christmas cards. The focus of the presentation will be on the development of the basic structure of the sleigh, its decoration and its use across northern Europe and its development in Canada and the United States. Profusely illustrated with photographs of some of the most renowned sleighs in European museums and those still used by folks who love sleighing as a form of sport or relaxation.

Dec. 16: CVU Madrigal Singers

The CVU Madrigal Singers bring a repertoire filled with the joys of the season to one of their favorite venues and welcome the opportunity to be among friends, sharing the gift of song. They have been working throughout the fall to prepare repertoire that will be inspiring, uplifting and joyful. Please join us for this special afternoon of music.

Café Offerings

Monday Munch: Every Monday we serve lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m.—always a treat featuring homemade soup, salad, bread and desserts.

Wednesday Luncheon: Every Wednesday beginning at noon. Enjoy homemade entrées with salad and dessert.

Reservations for Wednesday lunches are necessary and can be made by calling the Senior Center at 425-6345. Reservations are not required for the Monday Munch. A $4 donation is requested.


The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Charlotte Senior Center, Thursday, Dec. 3, from 2–7 p.m. To avoid delays, it’s strongly advised to make an appointment by either calling: 1-800 RED CROSS (800 733 2767) or visit

This time of year we give to friends and family. Add someone you may ever meet to your list with the “gift of life.”