Senior Center News

By Mary Recchia | Contributor

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Charlotte Library Director Margaret Woodruff and Alice Outwater, Ph.D., will continue to lead a discussion on Atul Gawande’s book on Monday afternoons from 1–2:30 p.m. at the Senior Center.

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?” Does this correspond with the narratives in Gawande’s book? And how does that translate into the difficult process of “Letting Go?” 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?

Registration required. No fee.

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Thursday morning Pilates class with instructor, Phyllis Bartling. Photo: Mary Recchia

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 anymore 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 the 28th. Registration required. No fee.

Memories, Celebrations & Dreams—Creating Unique Art, with Lynn Cummings on Tuesday mornings from 9:15–12:15. 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 Healthier Living with Diabetes Workshop, facilitated by Jill McKenzie, R.N. and Robyn Skiff of the UVM Medical Center, will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 1– 3:30. Dates: April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 and 10. Learn to feel better! The Healthier Living Workshop (HLW) is a program to assist people with chronic disease to develop the skills needed to effectively manage their own health. If you or someone you know is living with diabetes, this workshop is for you! Caregivers and family members are welcome. Topics covered in the free 6-week, 2 ½ hour sessions include healthy eating and nutrition, glucose monitoring, physical activity, medications, stress management/relaxation techniques, skin and foot care, and working with the health care system. 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.

Mar. 30: Fiber artist demonstrations

As a finale for the February and March Art Show, fiber artists will gather together to talk about and demonstrate how they accomplish their art. Observers will see demonstrations of such artistry as wool spun into yarn, rugs hooked, and products of different kinds of quilting and weaving among others. A rare treat indeed!

Apr. 6: The Baroque Ensemble 5

The Baroque period in Western European music is understood to be from about 1600 to 1750. The name comes from the Portuguese word, barroco, meaning oddly shaped pearl. Come learn about the music and compo sers of that era with examples of the music performed by Robin Milne, piano, John Milne, bassoon, Betty Miles, recorder, Steve Mayer, recorder, and Betsy Silcox, violin. Special guests Juna, Lake and River Segel will add selections from their classical piano repertoire.