Godnick Adult Center Programs


Knitting and more  

Want to knit or crotchet with a group?  Come join us on Tuesday afternoons at 12:30 pm. Meet new friends, work on personal projects, and help with new ones. If you are interested join us on Tuesday afternoons. 


Book Discussion Club

The book choice for Tuesday, August 28, at 2 pm is “Killer’s of the Flower Moon” by David Grann.  Members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover. 

The Book for September is “Mad Enchantment” by Ross King. 


Movie and Snack




with Carol Ballou on Friday mornings start again in October..  Rummikub is a tile-based game for two to four players, combining elements of the card game rummy and mahjong. Join us for a fun filled afternoon!



BINGO, , Mondays, August 6, 13, 20, and 27, Thursdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 1:15 pm. Bingo benefits Meals on Wheels and our Holiday Luncheon.



BRUNCH is on Wednesday, August 22, at 11 a.m. The menu will consist of Pancakes/French toast and maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, potatoes, fruit salad, juice and coffee. The fee of $4 is payable at time of registration in the office. Please register by Monday, August 20.


Meditation for Your Life

with Brian Salmanson on Thursday mornings at 11am and Friday afternoons at 4 pm. Meditation creates the ability for improving all of our daily challenges.  Meditation for Your Life is easy to learn and easy to practice.  Meditation happens naturally and is a state of being, no different than being in a state of sleep.  We teach you how to allow this to happen.  We believe that meditation will be beneficial to seniors and we will gear our classes to accomplishing a healthy attitude and spirit for all.  It should be noted that all participants will be sitting on a chair.  


Health Clinic

with volunteer Krista Pike, RN on Thursdays August 16th and 30th at 9:30 a.m. This is a free service.



Come have a SASH Chat with Brenda Howe SASH Coordinator. She can talk about services and resources in the area. Brenda will be at Center on August 20, at 11:30 am. SASH is a program to help seniors stay healthy and happy in their homes. If you would like more information join Brenda on the 20th or call 802-345-7147.


Foot Care

Wednesday, August 29, at 12:30 p.m. with RAVNA. The fee is $10.


Lunch Bunch

is Tuesday, August 14.  Please register by Monday, August 13.  The van will leave the Center at 10:30 am.


Better Breathers Support Group

is meeting at the Godnick Center on August 6, from 11 am to noon. Do you have a difficult time breathing? If you answered yes, please join us for this FREE support group. This is an American Lung Association support group for people with breathing issues and their loved ones or caregivers.  Call Sarah at the Community Health Improvement 776-5508 for more info or just show up to join.

Medicare Minute

with Kelly McElheny from Cove will return on Thursday, August 30, at 12:15 pm. SMP is partnering with the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to present short Medicare and fraud prevention presentations. Each month a new topic will be covered providing participants with the most current information available.


AARP SAFE DRIVING - Sharen Underwood will be the instructor on Wednesday, September 19, from 11 am to 4 pm. Pre-registration is required. Call Sharen Underwood at 235-2132. Fee is $15/members and $20/non-member.




Fitness Programs


PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO FIT AND FUN or LINE DANCE CLASSES August 6 - August 16. Classes will resume the week of August 20th.


on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9:15 a.m. Low impact, aerobic, and stretching routines; move to lively, sing-a-long music led by Marilyn Sheldon. Feel better, increase strength, balance and flexibility. The fee for Fit and Fun is $25 per month or $15 for once a week for the month.  



Intermediate line dance, mostly country with a little variety. No partner is needed. Marilyn Sheldon leads the dancing on Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The line dance class also includes practicing routines for entertaining at the local nursing homes. (Dancing at the homes is not mandatory but if you’d like to we are more than happy to have you join us.) 


Country Line Dancing

Join us on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 with Marilyn Sheldon. Come for a fun cardiovascular workout with both new and old-line dances. No experience necessary. No partner needed. 

***The fee for the two Line Dancing classes is $3 per class or 10 classes for $25.  



Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. No experience necessary.  Gentle movements with body awareness, and breathing exercises to invigorate and relax the body and the mind.  Bring a mat or blanket, and wear comfortable clothes.  Poses may be done in a chair, or lying down.  The student is guided to move into a posture only so far as it feels right to her/his body. Instructor: Tammy Brown. Fee: $24 for four weeks, August 3 to August 31 when you register at the beginning of the month. After the first week the drop in fee is $7.  ALSO:  11:30–noon: Introduction to meditation, no charge. A variety of styles and techniques will be presented. No class August 10.



 is an Osteo Exercise Program on Mondays/Wednesdays mornings at 9am, 1pm and evenings at 5:30pm and Tuesdays/Thursdays at 3:30pm. This is a free program through RSVP. All you need to bring with you is a bottle of water. The weights are provided. For more info or sites call RSVP at 775-8220. 



This free program of low impact exercise is designed for people with Parkinson’s, or anyone else who wishes to maintain or improve flexibility, strength and balance in a supportive and relaxing environment. Start your week off right and work out with us. Mondays, 10 am. 

NEW! Thursday morning class at 10 am.




The Rutland Recreation and Parks Dept. sponsors a series of hikes at a less strenuous pace for seniors. Hikes typically cover 2-4 miles, involve limited to moderate elevation gain, and try to avoid treacherous footing. Bring water and a lunch, wear sturdy footwear, and be prepared for Vermont weather.  Bring bug spray, and guard against ticks by wearing long sleeves and pants. Meet on Thursdays at 9 am at the Godnick Center on Deer Street to car pool.  We return in early to mid-afternoon.  For further details, call hike leader. All are welcome.

NOTE: Hikes are subject to change due to weather and/or trail conditions.  (…..and please, no dogs.)

Aug. 9     Hogback Mountain (and blueberries?), Goshen
Tom Copps  282-1675                                       
Hike thru woods between Hogback and Romance Mts. to blueberry patch. Moderate.         

Aug. 23   Cookout--Emerald Lake S.P.**, North Dorset   
Lyn Drigert 775-7038                        
We’ll have a fire. Bring some food to share. Hike (Moderate, opt.)! Swim! Relax!           

Sept. 6    Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail, Leicester
Bob Perkins 773-0184
Moderate hike offers spectacular views of L. Dunmore, Adirondacks.  No snakes!

 Sept. 20   North Springfield Dam, North Springfield                              Renée Warren 747-4466
Traverse meadow and forest terrain with reservoir and river overlook. Moderate.          

Oct. 4     Jim Foti Memorial Hike, East Middlebury
Bob Perkins 773-0184
Hike along the wooded logging Oakridge Trail. Moderate.                                      

Oct. 18  Trail Around Middlebury, Middlebury/Weybridge                      Edith Kellogg 775-1246
Leader will select an interesting section of the TAM. Moderate.                                                                                                 

** State Park: free admission w/Green Mountain Passport* or $4 per person                                                   
*Age 62+ Green Mountain Passport (Lifetime Pass for VT State Parks): get one at your town hall -- $2


Rutland Area Osher
Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture Series

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Lecture Series
    Fall 2018

The Rutland Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) exists to promote continuing education for area residents aged fifty and over. Started in 2003 as an affiliate of the University of Vermont with a startup grant from the Osher Foundation, we are an all–volunteer, nonprofit organization. Each of the eight lectures in this Fall 2018 term will be from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM on a Friday afternoon at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer Street (off Woodstock Avenue) in Rutland. For directions to the Godnick Center or for program information call 446-2041 or 492-2300. Purchase of a $40 membership card entitles you to attend all twelve sessions during the fall 2018 term. Non-members may attend any lecture for $5 at the door.



August 31 Andrew Wyeth’s World
Katie Wood Kirchhoff, PhD, is an Associate Curator at the Shelburne Museum. Her program will explore the 12 paintings by Andrew Wyeth selected for the United Postal Service’s 2017 Forever Stamp series. The iconic scenes from New England locales-Maine and Pennsylvania-all have the coloration and style that made his work so distinctive.

September 7 Catching People’s Stories
Jane Beck, founder and former Executive Director of the Vermont Folk life Center, will demonstrate how recorded interviews allow people to tell their personal stories. The technique puts a focus on family history, experiences, values and attitudes and demonstrates how ordinary people often do extraordinary things.

September 14 2018 Midterm Elections: A Preview
Eric Davis is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Middlebury College. He will bring his wide-ranging views about the up-coming midterms to the audience based on his long-time observations of American politics. This lecture will seek to capture the many national currents and controversies that will impact the outcome of this critical election.

September 21 Granite Cutter’s Story
Dr. Scott McLaughlin is Executive Director of the Vermont Granite Museum, an important State resource for the study of this quintessential Vermont product. Centered in the Barre area, the granite industry has a long and varied history and this lecture will educate us on the people and techniques that have made Vermont Granite an international symbol for fine quality




Location: 1 Deer Street, Rutland, Vermont


Program Spotlight : Trips


Transportation for the following bus trips is being paid for by a grant through the Southwestern VT Council on Aging.

“Annie” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre, in Chatham, NY on Wednesday, August 29.  The bus leaves the Center at 9:45 am and returns at approximately 6:15 pm.* This trip is full.


There are openings for “The LONG Weekend” at the Lake George Dinner Theatre on Tuesday, September 18. The Long Weekend delivers non-stop mischievous fun and scrumptious plot twists. The price of $66 includes lunch (food choices: Medallions of Beef, Seared and Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Broiled Salmon or Vegetarian Lasagna), the show and transportation. The bus leaves the Center at 9:45 am and returns at approximately 5:15 pm.


“New Hampshire's Turkey Train” on Wednesday, October 3. We will arrive in Meredith, NH on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee for the Turkey Train. Lunch is provided by Hart’s Turkey Farm (Roast Turkey, whipped potatoes, butternut squash, beverage and a delicious dessert to top it all off), the foliage train ride and transportation. Registration begins on Monday, August 6, for city residents and Tuesday, August 7, for non-residents at 9 am. The fee of $87 is due at time of registration and includes: transportation, lunch and the train ride.

Collette Tours and the Godnick Center are offering the following trip…Italian Vistas, September 28 – October 10, 2019. For more information on this trip please stop and pick up a brochure.

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