Senior Center News

By Mary Recchia | Contributor


Wally Gates holding down the fort as construction has begun for the new foyer/entryway.

Are you ready for an active summer? Ginger Lambert will continue Fitness for Everybody on Friday mornings from 9:15–10. Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1 and 8. 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.


A select group of Charlotte Central School Musicians delighted the after lunch crowd with a variety of special songs. Maryn Askew played and sang a medley of show tunes.

The Center is pleased to host the American Red Cross Blood Drive for this much needed community event on Thursday, June 9, from 2–7 p.m. Due to construction at the Center, the Charlotte Fire Station has agreed to be the location for this drive. We will continue to strive to make a comfortable atmosphere and provide the great snacks that make giving the “Gift of Life” at this site most pleasurable.

Susanna Kahn, Charlotte tech librarian, returns for more iPhone Tips & Tricks on Monday afternoon June 13 from 1:30–3. Get even more out of your iPhone in this hands-on workshop. Swipe, tap and shake your way to shortcuts. Understand your photo-saving options and battery usage. Get a few app suggestions and more. Please bring your iPhone. Registration required. No fee.

Hank Kaestner will lead another Birding Expedition on Wednesday morning, June 15, at 8 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.


Two string players receiving congratulations from Shirley Bean.

The Center will be partnering with the Charlotte Library, the Vermont Humanities Council, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and The Charlotte News to offer a collection of activities surrounding the 2016 Vermont Reads books: Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, by Jennifer Armstrong, and Caroline Alexander’s The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition. A full schedule of offerings will be available at the Charlotte Library in early June.

Welcome aboard! Explore a shipwreck—without getting wet! On Tuesday, July 5, meet Martha and Joe Barton-Rivera at the Center to carpool to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for a Shipwreck Tour. Did you know that there are over 300 historic shipwrecks at the bottom of Lake Champlain? Take a tour boat to the site of one of these wooden wrecks and go for a “dive” using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). This robotic camera sends back real-time video to an on-board monitor as the vessel’s dramatic story is shared. We will gather at the Center and carpool to the museum where we will meet our tour guide for the one-hour trip. Afterward feel free to eat the bag lunch you brought or grab a bite at the Red Mill Restaurant, but plan to spend the afternoon strolling the grounds since your ticket includes admission to the museum. Don’t miss this incredible experience! Registration required. Maximum: 25. Fee: $15.