Senior Center News

By Mary Recchia | Contributor

We have just added a spring Pastel Painting Class with Shirley Reid-Thompson on Tuesday afternoons from 1–3:30. Dates: May 3, 10, 17 and 24. The emphasis will be on pastel painting techniques. Color theory will be explained and used in your paintings. We will work from real life set-ups except for one afternoon when we will use photographs. We can do mixed media, watercolor and pastel if you want. If requested we can do individual contrast composition with color layering. Special help for beginners is available. All levels of skill are welcome. Call Shirley (860-0666) for a materials list. Registration required. Limit 10. Fee: $100.

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Hey Siri, you there? Susanna Kahn, the Charlotte Tech Librarian, led an iPhone Workshop at the Senior Center with 27 participants in attendance. They learned a few tips and tricks to control Siri’s moods a bit better. Photo: Mary Recchia

There will be new projects for spring in Watercolor with Lynn Cummings on Tuesday mornings from 9:15–12:15 p.m. Dates: April 12, 19, 26 and May 3. This spring each class will concentrate on something new that we haven’t done or we haven’t done in a while—for example, a whole class on “just skies” or “starting with your darkest darks.” I will be bringing in new photos from Cuba, so we’ll paint some Cuban/Caribbean-themed subjects. As always, I welcome suggestions or specific requests from students. Feel free to email with your ideas, to get a supply list or ask any questions: Registration required. Fee: $96.

Join Elizabeth Llewellyn for The Art of Perspective on Thursday mornings from 10–11:30. Dates: April 14, 21, 28 and May 5. Perspective at its most basic is drawing or painting three-dimensional scenes convincingly on a two-dimensional surface. There are many perspective techniques, but the aim of all of them is to mimic the way we see. In this four-week class we will cover some of the beginning aspects of perspective, including atmospheric perspective, details and edges, size, spacing and overlap, values and shadows, and linear perspective. Don’t live in fear of perspective! Get off to a good start in a class that will show you how you can tame the perspective beast. Open to all skill levels. Materials list: graphite pencil 2B, kneaded eraser, sketchbook and ruler. Registration required. Limit 10. Fee: $70.

Get Ready for an Active Summer, with Ginger Lambert on Friday mornings from 9:15–10. Dates: April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13 and 20. We all have different body types and fitness experience but know that being strong and fit helps us to live our lives to their full potential. Using timed intervals and a series of stations, this class will incorporate body weight, light weights and other cardio/strength-building tools to boost strength, cardiovascular fitness, agility and flexibility. Some active games will be included to make this a fun and interesting workout. Joint and ligament issues will be taken into account. Every exercise can be modified for any ability or level of fitness. If you have been looking for a class that challenges you but doesn’t leave you in the dust, then this is for you. Registration required. Limit 10. Fee: $60

Hank Kaestner will lead another Birding Expedition on Wednesday, April 20, at 9 a.m. as we 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. Register for this event, and if we have to change the date due to bird migration or weather, we will call you. Registration required. No fee.

Let’s Just Sing! with Carlanne Herzog and Orchard Corl on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 2. Dates: April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19. Whether you have sung for years or quietly sing to yourself in the shower, choose whatever excuse you need to come join the fun. We will choose familiar tunes to lift your spirits, song sheets will be provided, and we hope to impart the simple joy of singing. Come when you can and sing yourself happy! Registration required. No fee.

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

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

April 13: Jazz It Up! with the CVU Singers

For the 12th year, the CVU singers return to the Senior Center to bring a light-hearted repertoire to remind us that spring is on its way! Songs from the great American Song Book and newer offerings will be shared with our friends, and there may even be a sing-along or two!

April 20: Discovering beauty and emotion through dance and photography, with Harriet Veltkamp, 8th grader, Champlain Waldorf School

Inspire + Entertain = Inspirtain. The main theme of this performance is to show emotion through dance and photos and to bring beauty to people through art. Harriet has taken a series of dance photos which each convey a different emotion and plans to display and talk about them. She has also choreographed several dances that will be performed. Harriet has loved working on this project and hopes you will enjoy watching it.