Lori York, Charlotte Senior Center Director

If you are looking for a creative outlet or an opportunity to spend time outdoors, there is something for everyone at the Charlotte Senior Center.

The summer months continue to be a balancing act between spending as much time outside and finding reprieve from the heat. Remember, when the heat becomes unbearable, both the Charlotte Library and Senior Center are dedicated cooling stations.

And what better way to cool off than enjoying lunch with friends, watching a movie, or playing games at the senior center.

Interested in receiving a weekly reminder about what is happening at the senior center? Sign up for the email newsletters at the Senior Center website. The “Week Ahead” email is sent out on Friday mornings with activities, lunch menus, and special programming for the upcoming week.

40 x 2030 Mural Project
The community mural has moved to the senior center for the month of August. Vermont state statute calls for a nearly 40 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. What does this mean for Charlotte and what positive impacts can this bring to our community? Stop by and share your ideas for a sustainable Charlotte.

Accepting submissions for the Senior Art Show
The 2022 Senior Art Show is open to all artists and skill levels, ages 50 and older. Entry submissions must be received by Friday, Aug. 19. For information and a registration form, stop by the senior center or the information is on the website. For questions, contact Judy Tuttle by email or by telephone at 802-425-2864.

Activities

Movie afternoons
Wednesdays, August, 1 p.m.
The listing of movies for the month is posted at the Charlotte Senior Center. Sign up to receive the Week Ahead email newsletter to receive notification on Fridays for the upcoming movie.

Photo by Lori York. From left, Raymonde Mayhew, Sue Mills, Laura Cahners-Ford and Diane Leary resting during a Charlotte Senior Center kayaking trip on Dead Creek.

Photo by Lori York. From left, Raymonde Mayhew, Sue Mills, Laura Cahners-Ford and Diane Leary resting during a Charlotte Senior Center kayaking trip on Dead Creek.

Kayak trips for women
Aug. 12: Kayak Lake Eden
Kayak trips for active women who share a love for exploring local lakes, ponds and rivers. Weather permitting, the kayak trips will happen on the second and fourth Friday mornings throughout the summer and early fall. To register, email Susan Hyde to be placed on a master list of paddlers. An email will be sent to the list regarding the details of the specific kayak trips. The kayak trips are free but registration is required.

Birding expedition
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m.
Please meet at the center 10 minutes prior to our 9 a.m. departure so we can carpool to the location for spectacular bird watching. Group size is limited. To register for the birding trip, send an email and include your name and phone number. No cost but registration required.

Coffee & Canvas: By the water
Friday, Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Unlike traditional paint and sips, Coffee & Canvas will allow you to explore and create your own unique painting. But don’t worry — there will be plenty of water inspiration including images with boats and landscapes with the lake and ocean. No prior painting experience needed. The class costs $25 and all materials are included. Registration is required and class size is limited.

Community health COVID-19 vaccine clinic
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Free Garnet Healthcare walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic — no appointments necessary. Vaccines and boosters are available for Moderna (18+); Pediatric Pfizer (ages 5-11); and Adult Pfizer (12+). The Moderna child vaccine is also available for children ages 6 months-5 years.

Cooling centers
The Charlotte Senior Center and Charlotte Library are designated cooling centers with air-conditioned facilities to cool down during hot weather. Community cooling centers help provide temporary relief and are especially helpful when the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory or excessive heat warning. During these alerts, notices will be placed in Front Porch Forum in addition to notices on social media and the senior center and library websites.

Exercise classes
The senior center offers daily exercise programs for a wide range of fitness and activity levels. A complete list of exercise programs and class descriptions is on the website.

Volunteer opportunities
The Charlotte Senior Center would not be able to provide the wide variety of programming without the support of dedicated volunteers. There are many opportunities to volunteer at the senior center, ranging from welcoming and registering visitors as a reception desk host to helping out with the weekly lunch teams. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kerrie Pughe.

Meals
Menus are posted on the website.

Monday lunches
Served weekly. Lunch is served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. No registration required. Suggested lunch donation: $5.

Wednesday lunch
Aug. 17, noon
Chef Arnd from the Residence at Shelburne Bay will provide lunch at the senior center on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at noon. Suggested lunch donation: $5. Registration required by noon on Monday, Aug. 15.

Weekly Age Well Grab & Go meals
Pick up on Thursdays 10-11a.m. at the Charlotte Senior Center. The meals are free but registration is required by Monday for the Thursday meal. To register, email Kerrie Pughe or call 802-425-6345.

Senior center contact info:
Lori York, director
Kerrie Pughe, coordinator
212 Ferry Road, Charlotte
802-425-6345
Charlotte Senior Center





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