Senior Center News

By Mary Recchia | Contributor

Senior Center concert

31 CVU student singers returned to the Senior Center for the 12th year for a lighthearted repertoire to remind us that spring is on its way. Photo: Monica Marshall

Monique M. Dewyea will display her fine art work in watercolor and colored pencil in the Great Room for April and May. Retired from her professional years of nursing, Monique spends a lot of time tending to her gardens and photographing the blooms that she then uses as subjects for her art. Her work includes old barns of Vermont, landscapes in seasons, and florals of her gardens and elsewhere.

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 setups, 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.

Get Ready for an Active Summer, with Ginger Lambert on Friday mornings from 9:15–10. Dates: April 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: $10 per class.


One of the fiber artists, Betty Ann Lockhart, demonstrated her rug hooking to Wally and Joan Gates after the luncheon on March 30. Photo: Mary Recchia

Let’s Just Sing! with Carlanne Herzog and Orchard Corl on Thursdays from 1–2 p.m. 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.

Marty Morrissey returns to take us on Spring Road Hikes in the Champlain Valley. Please meet at the Center 10 minutes prior to our 9 a.m. departure with water, good hiking or walking shoes, and a snack or lunch. Registration required. No fee.

IMG_1056Hike 1: Tuesday, April 26 to Moscow

Hike on the Cotton Brook Road, a U.S. Forest Service road that climbs steadily into the Ricker Basin above the Waterbury Reservoir. We can hike up about 1.5 miles and return on a loop trail or retrace our steps.

Hike 2: Tuesday, May 3 to Chittenden

U.S.F.S. road 45 and the Chittenden Brook Trail, located just east of Brandon Gap, is a lovely spring hike of about 3 to 4 miles, slightly uphill to the campground. We can stop in Brandon on the way home for a snack if it suits our fancy.

Hike 3: Tuesday, May 10 to Lincoln

We will hike on one of two available U.S.F.S. roads just below Lincoln Gap. Distance of about 2–3 miles on easy grades.

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.

4/27: Toolkit for Care Strategies, with Annemarie Plant and Diane Way from Armistead Senior Care 

Whether you’re concerned about the safety and wellbeing of a parent, spouse or loved one or are looking for ways to remain independent while living in your own home, we can help. Our team will empower you with a toolkit of tips and strategies to help you or a loved one remain safe in your home, identify signs indicating you may need help and highlight strategies to consider when there is resistance.

5/4: Hear Smarter. Live Better, with Julie Bier, AuD.

Hearing affects everything! Come enjoy a presentation and Q&A on hearing health and how your brain is involved in the hearing process. Learn about recent research linking hearing loss to various health problems, including dementia, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Dr. Julie Bier of Better Living Audiology will follow her presentation with a complimentary on-site hearing screening or a hearing aid check of your existing equipment. Registration required.