Senior Center News


Sean Moran and Shirley Bean at the 2nd Annual Senior Center Oscar Event. A BIG THANK YOU to Sean and the play reading group for hosting another very special day at the Center! Photo: Courtesy

By: Mary Recchia | Contributor

Exploring Methods of Writing Prose, with Sabina Evarts, will take place on Friday afternoons from 1–3 p.m. Dates: March 11, 25, April 8, 22, May 13, 27. Let’s write it out! Here’s your chance to express in writing whatever your passion is: fictional stories, the “story of you,” factual, humorous, poignant, entertaining pieces. We’ll cover the mechanics of writing and expressing your thoughts; you’ll set goals and share your work as a group. Currently writing stories and poetry herself, Sabina was a high school English teacher and has been published in a number of poetry magazines and in the Vermont Writers collection. Please call Sabina at 985-4099 if you have any questions. Registration required, no fee.

Join Susanna Kahn, Charlotte tech librarian, for a workshop titled Getting the Most out of Your iPhone, on Monday afternoon, March 14, from 1:30–3. In this hands-on workshop, Susanna will show you helpful apps, search and organization techniques, quick ways to connect to Wi-Fi, camera and photo tips, battery-saving tricks and more! Please bring your iPhone and your Apple ID information. Registration required, no fee.

Our first outing of the Birding season with Hank Kaestner is planned for Wednesday morning, March 16, at 9. We will try to beat last year’s total by recording 101 species of birds in one year! Please meet at the Center so we can carpool together to the location Hank has scouted for spectacular bird watching. Good views are guaranteed through Hank’s “Oh my God” telescope. Please register for this event, so if we have to change the date due to bird migration or weather, we can call you. No fee.

Library Director Margaret Woodruff and Alice Outwater, Ph.D., will lead a book discussion on Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande on Monday afternoons from 1–2:30 at the Center. Registration required, no fee.

March 21: Our series starts with the first two chapters of Gawande’s book and the intriguing but uncomfortable issues of attitudes and realities of aging in America.

March 28: We take up the questions of dependence and assistance from Chapters 3 and 4. How do we balance our need for support with our desire to provide it?

April 4: What is your definition of “A Better Life” (chapter 5)? Does this correspond with the narratives in Gawande’s book? And how does that translate into the difficult process of “Letting Go” (chapter 6)? Bring your ideas and questions to our discussion.

April 11: How do we share decisions? How do we start a conversation with family members? This session brings us to the difficult conversations and possible confrontations about end-of-life care. Does the book provide helpful guidelines?

Gardening for Purple and Green Thumbs, with Roswitha Baslow, Mary Lovejoy and Sukey Condict, will start Monday afternoons from 1–2:30 beginning March 28.

Whether you know a lot about gardening, would like to know more, or simply enjoy the intrigue of beautiful plants, this gathering is for you. Designed to bring “garden-smart people” together to share knowledge with others, all are welcome to come enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded garden fairies! Some will take tips and advice back to their home gardens. Others may not have gardens of their own any more but still like to dig in the dirt. Maybe you never have had gardens but wish to provide many hands to make light work of the landscape task here at the Center under the direction of a gardener. Whatever your motivation, we hope to see you on March 28! Registration required, no fee.

Memories, Celebrations & Dreams—Creating Unique Art, with Lynn Cummings on Tuesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Dates: March 29 and April 5. In this new class we’ll be creating multi-layered works of art based on a theme chosen by each student. You might, for instance, choose the theme of a wedding or an ancestor or a child’s (or your!) accomplishment. Or you may create a work of art based on something you want to do but haven’t done yet. The subject is up to each student. You must get the supply list at least a few days prior to class, as each person’s project will be started with a layer of textual photocopies. You do not need to know how to draw or paint, but you do need to bring an open mind! You will see demos on creating a “ghost image” from a photograph and making collage papers to enhance your work of art. Registration required. Fee: $48.

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.

March 16: The Hokum Bros. With Woody Keppel And Friends

Rare and original, The Hokum Bros. sing and patter their way into inspired silliness and offer enough sly satire and social commentary to ensure you’ll be wearing your happy face long after the show is over. Their songs are catchy and integrated with humor, while their style of play is multifarious. The lyrics speak of true-life experiences with a thread of the earliest cultural fabric we call Americana.

March 23: Getting Older Better With Author Pamela Blair, Ph.D. In her book, Getting Older Better, Pamela guides you through the thoughts and feelings about aging that may be dragging you down. She offers dozens of practical and motivational ideas, pointing the way to a different, optimistic and clear-eyed way of getting older—better. Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D., is a holistically trained psychotherapist, life coach and motivational speaker with a private practice online and in Shelburne.