Godnick Adult Center Programs


Program Spotlight :

Holiday CRaft Fair- 

Crafter and artist applications are currently being accepted for the Godnick Adult Center Holiday Craft Fair to be held on November 2nd 9:30am - 2pm. Visit the office to pick up an application or complete the application below.


TRIPS & Tours – 


February 27 – March 7, 2020. For more information on this trip please stop and pick up a brochure. 

2019 Bus Trip Schedule is linked at the top of the page


Knitting and more  

Want to knit or crochet 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. 


coffee & crafts

Something new for the creative spirit. We will supply the coffee (or tea) and craft supplies. Suggested donation of $5 person.


Book Discussion Club

The book choice for Tuesday, August 27, at 2 pm is “Where the Crawdad’s Sing” by Delia Owens.  For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends.

Book Discussion Club preview:

September Book: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

October Book: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell



Will return in the fall of 2019.  Rummikub is a tile-based game for two to four players, combining elements of the card game rummy and mahjong. 



BINGO, Mondays and Thursdays at 1:15 pm. Bingo benefits Meals on Wheels and our Holiday Luncheon.



BRUNCH is on the 4th Wednesday of the month (typically) 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 suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over is payable at time of registration in the office. For those under 60 the fee must be paid at time of registration. Please register by the Monday prior to the brunch.


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 the next one will be Thursday August 1st, 2019 at 9:30 am. This is a free service.



Come have a SASH Chat with Brenda Howe SASH Coordinator on Monday August 18 at 11:30 AM. She can talk about services and resources in the area. SASH is a program to help seniors stay healthy and happy in their homes. If you would like more information call Brenda 802-345-7147


Foot Care

Is held the last Wednesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. with VNAHSR. The fee is $10. If you are not able to make this date give RAVNA a call for other dates and locations (802) 775-0568 or visit their website.


Lunch Bunch

Friday, August 28.   Please register by Monday, August 26.  The van will leave the Center at 10:20 am


Better Breathers Support Group

is meeting at the Godnick Center on August 5th, 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 29, 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.


Fitness Programs



on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9:30 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. A more advanced pre-class session will be held from 9AM-9:30AM for those looking to do more advanced dances.

***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 ($18 for 3 week months) 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. 



TAI CHI is often described as “meditation in motion,” it is a mind-body practice, originating in China as a martial art.  This class is a fun, relaxing and enjoyable way to move with mindfulness and enjoy the comradery of others while practicing. April Cioffi will lead Level 1. All classes are free of charge.

NO CLASS AUGUST 2 OR 23. Those dates the space and dvd are available for practice.

Level 1 & 2 will be offered on Fridays 9:30 am - 10:15 am



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.)                          


Rutland Area Osher
Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture Series

OLLI, sponsored by UVM, promotes continuing education for area residents 50 and older. Lectures: Fridays from 1:30 to 3:00 at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland, VT.

$40 membership card for 12 lectures and admission to other OLLI site lectures OR $5 at the door.

For information, call 446-2041 or 492-2300, or email www.learn.uvm.edu/osher.



September 6 - Vermont Women and the Civil War
35,000 able men left Vermont to fight in the Civil War.  Vermont historian Howard Coffin will relate the story of the homefront in the words of the women whose job was keeping the state up and running while the men were away (including 30,000 farms!) Their effort helped mightily in winning the war!

 September 13 - Freezing and Lovin’ It: Animal Survival in Earth’s Coldest Places
Against all odds in winter, North America’s wildlife thrive in the planet’s coldest environment.  How?  These animals and birds all have “tricks up their sleeve” to endure this annual deep freeze.  Sean Beckett, professional naturalist guide, photographer, and wildlife biologist, will describe how they do it.

September 20 - Walking the Camino de Santiago: A 500-mile Pilgrimage
Yearly, hundreds of thousands of people of various backgrounds walk the 500-mile Camino de Santiago either on their own or in organized groups, primarily for the spiritual experience.  Cheryl and George Hooker of Rutland will present a slide show of their 44-day journey from France to the Shrine of St. James in Spain.

September 27 - Everything You Wanted to Know about Medical Marijuana But Were Afraid to Ask
There are a number of concerns about the benefits and side effects of medical marijuana, as well as possible legal solutions.  Ada Puches, Community Outreach Coordinator for Champlain Valley Dispensary, will present a slideshow about eligibility, available products, and the history and science of cannabinoid medical use.


October 4 - “America First”: A Winning Strategy?
America’s role in the world is rapidly changing, posing acute challenges.  Veteran diplomat George Jaeger will explore these dangerous situations in China, Russia, North Korea, and the Middle East.  The fateful question for America is whether going it alone and playing high-stakes poker is a winning long-term strategy.

October 11 - The Roots of Fascism
A fascist government centers all power in a single party headed by an absolute dictator.  Dartmouth Professor Graziella Parati will speak about the birth of fascism in Italy under Mussolini and which are the socio-economic-and cultural conditions for its rise to power.

 October 18 - The Judiciary in American Politics in 2019
UVM Professor Linda H. Holmes will explain the crucial role the Judiciary plays in maintaining a proper balance in the American political system.  While presidents have long used judicial appointments to tilt court decisions, less common have been presidents using this power to gain great political benefits.  Holmes will focus on Trump’s relationship with the federal courts.

October 25 - “All Men Are Created Equal”: The History and Meaning of an American Proverbial Claim 
This presentation by UVM Professor Wolfgang Mieder looks at the origin, history, meaning, and use of this proverb, traced back to Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence.  It is well-established as a serious statement about freedom and equality, and also in satirical, ironical, and humorous parodies expressing the imperfections of humankind.


November 1 - The Vermont Gold Rush of 1855
Randy Archer will share his knowledge, pictures, and artifacts of gold and gold mining in Vermont.  This precious metal attracted many local prospectors, many of whom participated in the California Gold Rush of 1849.  That event led to our own Gold Rush in 1855.

November 8 - Beyond “Charlotte’s Web”: E. B. White for Adults and Teens
Kathy Romans Hall, E. B. White bibliographer and fan, will look at this famous writer who had an illustrious career beyond just the authorship of this popular children’s book.  He wrote for The New Yorker magazine for over 60 years covering a wide range of topics.

November 15 - Red Scare in the Green Mountains
Rick Winston, a popular lecturer and film expert, will review what happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist “Red Scare” swept the country.  He will explore how a small rural state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time.

November 22 - Scandinavian /American Songfest Also: 500th Lecture Celebration
The Nordic Harmoni Chorus, formed in 2005, has delighted Osher participants several times before with its musical selections in both English and Swedish.  This last program of the 2019 Fall semester also marks the birthday of our 500th lecture, so we will celebrate with refreshments for the audience and singers as well.  



Location: 1 Deer Street, Rutland, Vermont

Phone: (802)773-1853


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