By Lori York, Charlotte Senior Center Director

Seventy-nine vaccines were administered at the first walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the senior center.

Don’t worry if you missed this chance to get a vaccine or booster because there are two more clinics scheduled for June.
It is time again for the Red Cross Blood Drive and there is a variety of music and outdoor activities happening this month at the Charlotte Senior Center. The June newsletter is available on the website.

New writing group
If you are interested in joining a new writing group focused on writing memoirs, poetry or personal essays, an informational meeting at the senior center is planned on June 7 at 11:30 a.m. Please call 802-425-6345 to register.

Community health Blood drive
Thursday, June 9, 2-7 p.m. at the Charlotte Senior Center
The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. Please consider donating blood. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit the Red Cross website and enter: CHARLOTTE to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccine clinics
Tuesday, June 14 & 28, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Senior Center
Cost: Free
Garnet Healthcare walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics — no appointments necessary. Vaccines and boosters are available for Pediatric Pfizer (ages 5-11), Adult Pfizer (12+) and Moderna (18+).

Thursdays June 2, June 23 & June 30 at 1 p.m.
Don Helgesen will entertain with an afternoon of piano music from the Great American Songbook, including a wide range of early 20th-century American jazz standards, popular songs and show tunes. Free.

Shape-note singing
Sunday, June 5, 1-3 p.m.
This traditional, a cappella, four-part harmony has been called “full-body, shout-it-out singing” and is also known as Sacred Harp (1750–1850). Open to newcomers and experienced singers. No performances and no auditions; a “good voice” is not required. Stop by to listen or sing, and leave whenever you wish. Questions: email Kerry Cullinan. Free.

Charlotte makes music
Tuesday, June 21, 1-8 p.m.
June 21 is World Music Day, when musicians from all over the world play free music for their communities, celebrating how music crosses borders and brings people together. More information from Big Heavy World.

Join Charlotte Makes Music for an afternoon and evening of music in celebration of Vermont Make Music & World Music Day. If you are interested in sharing your music indoors at the Charlotte Senior Center between 1- 4 p.m., please contact Lori York. To sign up for a time slot to play music on the Charlotte Library porch between 4-8 p.m., contact The Charlotte Grange.

Charlotte Makes Music is a joint program with the Charlotte Grange, Charlotte Library and Charlotte Senior Center.

Outdoor activities

Photo by Mike Yantachka. Shelburne Bay hikers, from left, Judy Dugan, LeniLyn Johnson, Alison Williams, Barbara Motyka, Debbie Lamdon and Cyndie White.

Birding expedition
Wednesday, June 8, 9 a.m. departure
Join Hank Kaestner for the June birding expedition. Group size is limited and registration is required by email. Include your name and phone number.

Fridays, 1-3 p.m.
Remember passing afternoons playing a game of croquet with friends and neighbors? Or are you interested in learning how to play? The center is looking to start a weekly game of croquet on the side lawn at the senior center. Questions: email Joan Mollica.

Hikes in the Champlain Valley
Join Mike Yantachka for hikes around the region. Registration is required by calling 802-425-6345 or stopping by the senior center.
Saturday, June 11, Rattlesnake Mountain, Willsboro, NY.
Tuesday, June 21, Niquette Bay State Park, Colchester.

Kayak trips for women
Second & fourth Friday mornings
Kayak trips for active women who share a love for exploring local lakes, ponds and rivers. Registration required by emailing Susan Hyde to be placed on a master list of paddlers. Free.
Friday, June 10, kayaking on Dead Creek in Ferrisburgh
Friday, June 24, kayaking Green River Reservoir in Hyde Park.


Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Wednesday, June 8, 1 p.m.
Dan Norris, director of adult services at the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, shares the variety of large-print, digital and audio resources that are available to help those experiencing vision loss.

Bag It! documentary
Wednesday, June 15, at 1 p.m.
Join Robin Orr, from the Chittenden Solid Waste District, for the presentation of Bag It, a 78-minute documentary that follows a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. Call 802-425-6345 to register.

Making a Difference with Hands to Honduras Tela
Thursday, June 16, 1 p.m.
Hands to Honduras Tela is a service group of dedicated volunteers who travel to Tela, Honduras, to create positive change. Projects are specifically focused on Maternal-Child Health, Educational Improvements, Medical/Dental Brigade, and Community Assistance. Linda Gault Gilbert of Charlotte will share colorful photos and unique stories of how the love of service creates happiness for all involved.

Weekly Monday lunches begin at 11:30 a.m. The monthly men’s breakfast will be on Thursday, June 9, 7-9:30 a.m. The free weekly grab-and-go meals continue to be provided by Age Well. For menus and registration information, please visit the website.


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