Senior Center News

By Mary Recchia | Contributor

Please look for the new Fall Program of activities and events as an insert in this issue of The Charlotte News. As our building project continues to its final phase, we will be offering our basic programing for the early weeks of September. Join us for our delicious lunches, yoga, bridge, strength maintenance, Spanish conversation, mah jong, Pilates, tai chi, fitness and Friday morning art. For specific days and times, do call or stop in to chat about the possibilities. Here are a few other highlights to usher in the cooler temperatures.

Fitness at Any Age with Ginger Lambert has switched to Tuesday mornings from 9:15–10, beginning September 13 and continuing through October 18. 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.

Hank Kaestner will lead another Birding Expedition on Wednesday morning September 14 at 9. 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, with one more bird to spot as we try to beat last year’s total of 101 species of birds in one year! Please register, and if we have to change the date due to bird migration or weather we will call you. No fee.

Watercolor—Fun for Fall with Lynn Cummings will run Tuesday mornings from 9:15–12:15. Dates: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18 and 25. This fall we’ll paint some new fall-themed subjects. Other subject suggestions are welcome by emailing the instructor prior to 9/13. Watercolorists of all levels will find something fun and interesting to learn about. If you have taken a class from Lynn before, you may bring your supplies from previous classes. If you are new to watercolor or new to Lynn’s classes, please make sure you receive the materials list at least a week prior to the first class by contacting Lynn at A kit of 12 or more colors and some basic brushes is available from the instructor for a separate fee. Registration required. Fee: $154.

Join Elizabeth Llewellyn for a Vermont Landscapes in Colored Pencil class on Thursday mornings from 10 to noon. Dates: September 22, 29, October 6 and 13. Colored pencils aren’t just for children! More and more professional artists are discovering the many advantages of using colored pencils to create fine art. Colored pencils are nontoxic, clean, inexpensive and portable, and don’t require any complicated setup or cleanup. In this four-week class we will learn the basics of colored pencils including the most popular techniques for working with them: layering and burnishing. Working from the instructor’s photos, we will complete several “seasons” of beautiful Vermont landscapes. This class is open to those with some drawing experience. Please email instructor at for a materials list prior to the first class. Registration necessary. Limit 10. Fee: $95.

Mark your calendars for the first Fall Hike in the Champlain Valley with Marty Morrissey on Tuesday, Sept. 27, with a destination of Falls of Lana and Rattlesnake Point, South Middlebury. A full description and the degree of difficulty is available at the host desk. Please bring water, food and good hiking or walking shoes for departure from the Senior Center at 9 a.m.