Senior Center News

By Mary Recchia, Activities Director | Contributor

Happy holidays! from all of us at the Charlotte Senior Center

For all of you who are looking for a unique gift or simply planning ahead, here are a few offerings at the Center to help ring in the New Year.

Learn from a watercolor master. Charles Reid is one of the most respected watercolor artists in the U.S. today. His fresh, vibrant, spontaneous style has been enjoyed by many artists and art appreciators throughout the world for over 40 years. You can view some of his paintings at All are welcome to join us for a screening of a video by this famous artist, “Master Class in Landscape,” on loan from the Vermont Watercolor Society. Lynn Cummings, South Burlington artist and art instructor, will facilitate the viewing and discussion on Tuesday morning, Jan. 5, from 9:30–11:30. Registration required. No fee.

Anyone Can Learn to Draw with Elizabeth Llewellyn on Thursday mornings from 10–11:30. Dates: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4 and 11. In this observational drawing class you will learn to “see like an artist” through a series of fun, easy exercises that will unlock your artist’s brain. This class will include discussion and uses of a variety of drawing materials: graphite, charcoal and ink. Students will learn how to draw on toned paper with colored charcoal and will explore the use of the blending stump and the kneaded eraser as drawing tools. While the class is geared toward beginners, all skill levels are welcome. You will be amazed at your progress in this relaxed, supportive environment. Registration required. Fee: $85 per person.

Step Aerobics with Pam Lord resumes on Fridays from 9:15–10 a.m. Dates: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26. Step aerobics was created in 1989 as a way to get a high-intensity yet low-impact workout. With a portable platform (provided), you will do choreographed exercise routines up, onto, down and around the step for great cardio fitness, as well as exceptional training to shape the lower body, strengthen and tone muscle groups and improve coordination. Set to music, this low-impact class uses cardio work to produce an easy-to-learn and effective workout. The aerobic benefits are equally effective if you choose to do the workout without the step. Pam was previously certified with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and will show you how to perform the moves safely with the correct technique and have you stepping like a pro in no time! Registration required. Fee: $7/class.

Staying in Touch: How to Connect With Your Grandchildren. Missing the grandkids after the holidays? Baffled (and frustrated) by their fascination with their phones? Learn about the ways kids communicate these days: email, video chat, texting, Facebook, Instagram and more. Figure out the best way to keep in touch with your grandchild and get personalized help to get started. Charlotte Tech Librarian Susanna Kahn will guide you through the process on Monday, January 11 and 18, from 1–3 p.m. Registration required. No fee.

Fitness for Every Body with Ginger Lambert will begin again on Tuesdays from 9–9:45 a.m. Dates: Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16. Want to be able to do your activities of daily living with ease? Then this class is for you! Enjoy the class camaraderie and increase strength, cardiovascular fitness, agility, balance and coordination. We use timed intervals and stations that incorporate body weight, dumbbells, kettle bells and more for a varied and never boring workout. Each exercise can be modified for any level or ability. Join us, you have nothing to lose, and you will have fun while getting stronger. Registration required. Limit 10. Fee: $60

Memories & Dreams—Creating Unique Art. Turn your memories and dreams into fine art with Lynn Cummings on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 9:30–11:30 a.m. This free session will introduce attendees to an interesting way of documenting memories and dreams by viewing fine art projects made by the instructor. Lynn will show, describe and demonstrate some of the processes she uses to produce these works of art that document her travels, special people or events in her life, and ideas and places yet to be explored. These artworks require no drawing or painting skills, being created from text from books, handwriting, newspapers, plus photocopies of images from magazines, personal photos, etc. Even if you think you aren’t creative, it’s a “you have to see it to believe it” kind of thing. An actual art class to learn this unique way of documenting memories and dreams to create a piece of fine art will take place at the Center this spring. Registration required. No fee.

A collection of lectures, performances and special events showcasing the diverse interests of our community

Wednesday afternoons beginning at 1 p.m.. No registration or fee.

Jan. 6: Egypt with Judy Tuttle

Through stunning photos, Judy will take you down the Nile River by boat after showing off Old Cairo and Giza, among other antiquities. She will also show photos of life along the river, her visit to Aswan marketplace, a ride in a felucca to Kitchener Island and her flight over the Sahara en route to Abu Simbel. Included will be the temples at Edfu and Aswan and a side trip to Alexandria.

Jan. 13: Hiking the Lycian Trail in Turkey with the Detwilers

Join Sandi and Rick Detwiler as they share pictures and their story of walking the Lycian trail in Turkey. For part of the way, the trail parallels the Mediterranean and then turns inland to sites of the ancient Lycian civilization. Come and learn a bit about this culture and be tempted to explore ancient Turkey on your own.