Godnick Adult Center Programs


Knitting and more  

Want to knit or crotchet with a group?  Come join us on Tuesday afternoons (except March 6) 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. We are going to WEB’s Yarn Shop on March 6. If you are interested in going let me know.


Book Discussion Club

The book for Tuesday, March 27, at 2 pm is “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult. There is a fire raging, and we have two choices: we can turn our backs, or we can try to fight it.' When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not. Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us. It is about opening your eyes. The book for Tuesday, April 24 is “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty.


Movie and Snack

The movie for Wednesday, March 14, at 1 pm, is “FOREST GUM”. Slow-witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save -- his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright). Rated PG-13.



with Carol Ballou on Friday mornings at 11:30 am.  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 time!



Mondays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 1:15 pm. Bingo benefits Meals on Wheels and our Holiday Luncheon.



is on Wednesday, March 28, at 11 a.m. The menu will consist of Pancakes 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, March 26.      


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 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 February 12 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 12th or call 802-345-7147. See you there!


Foot Care

Wednesday, February 28, at 12:30 p.m. with RAVNA. The fee is $10.


Lunch Bunch

is Friday, February 23. Not sure where we are going yet.  Please register by Monday, February 19(van fills fast). The van will leave the Center at 10:30 am for an 11:30 am lunch.


Medicare Minute

with Kelly McElheny from Cove on Thursday, Feb. 22, 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 the most current information available.

Better Breathers Support Group

is meeting at the Godnick Center on February 5 from 11 am to noon. Do you have a difficult time breathing? If you answered yes, please join us for this FREE support group. 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..

CAREGIVER Support Group

 A comfortable place to learn, share and network with other caregivers on February 7 at the Godnick Center from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. We will be meeting the first Wednesday of each month. Please join us as you are able. The meetings are hosted by the Rutland County Caregiver Coalition. For more information contact Shana at 747-3426 or Loryn at 773-2011. 


AARP SAFE DRIVING - Sharen Underwood will be the instructor on Wednesday, March 21, from 11 am to 4 pm. Pre-registration is required. Call Sharen Underwood at 235-2132. Fee is $15/members and $20/non-member.


AARP Tax Aide - February 6 through April 15. Free tax counseling and preparation for taxpayers 60 and over, and for younger folks with LOW TO MIDDLE income. You do not have to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Please call 775-8220, ext. 106 for an appointment.


SENIOR SEMINAR DAY Sponsored by the Godnick Adult Center and TRIAD on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Watch for more information in the next flyer.

FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC FOR AREA SENIORS (AGE 60+) on Thursday, February 22 with an attorney from the Senior Citizens Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid. The attorney will be able to give legal advice or referrals on a wide variety of legal problems. If your received any paperwork about the problem, please bring it with you. To sign up for a free 20 minute consultation, call 773-1853 or stop in the office at the Godnick Center.


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. No class 2/19/18.



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.  If Rutland City schools are closed due to the weather class will be cancelled.



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, Feb. 2 to Feb. 22. $7 drop in fee.  ALSO:  11:30–noon: Introduction to meditation, no charge. A variety of styles and techniques will be presented.



is an Osteo Exercise Program on Mondays/Wednesdays mornings at 9am (no class 2/19/18), 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.



No class on 2/19/18. 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, 10:30 am.  



TAI CHI is often described as “mediation in motion,” it is a mind-body practice, originating in China as a martial art. In addition to addressing general overall wellness, studies confirm Tai Chi has value in treating or preventing many health problems including arthritis and balance issues. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health. In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions. As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention – as in some kinds of meditation – on your bodily sensations. This class is a fun, relaxing and enjoyable way to move with mindfulness and enjoy the comradery of others while practicing. Tai Chi will be offered for 6 weeks on Tuesdays, 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm, April 3 thru May 8. Certified instructors Nan Hart and Lori Hickey will lead the classes. Class size is limited.

Chinese New Year Celebration February 15 from 2-4 pm. Learn more about the traditional Chinese Spring Festival at the Castleton Community Center. All are invited.


Rutland Area Osher
Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture Series

Each of the twelve lectures in this Winter 2018 term will be from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM on a Friday afternoon at the Godnick Adult Center, Purchase of a $40 membership card entitles you to attend the twelve sessions of the winter term. For directions to the Godnick Center or for program information call 446-2041 or 492-2300.


February 2 - Landscape Change and the Coming of the Interstate Highway System. Paul Bierman, UVM Professor of Geology and Natural Resources, will examine the period from the late 1950s to the early 1970s when the Interstate Highway System came to Vermont. He will use many images from the UVM’s Landscape Change Program archive to illustrate the changes that this construction, including area feeder roads, brought to Vermont’s landscape.

February 9 - Vermonters, Landscape, and the Idea of Home - Jill Mudgett is a historian who writes about cultural and environmental issues in Vermont. Her slideshow program today will use historical illustrations and examples of the changing ways that Vermonters have understood themselves, their landscape, and the relationship between humans and nature throughout the history of Vermont.

February 16 - Freaks, Radicals, and Hippies: Counterculture in 1970s Vermont changed dramatically during the 1970s. Many of the features that are today considered quintessentially Vermont – its politics, its local food movements, and its offbeat culture – have their origins in this period. Amanda Gustin, Public Program Manager at the Vermont Historical Society, will discuss the results of the Society’s research project focused on this influential decade.

February 23 - Red State to Blue State – The Story of Vermont’s Political Change Over the last 50 years, Vermont transitioned from being the most Republican state to one having a Democratic majority. Chris Graff, Vice President of Communication for the National Life Group, former host of VPT’s Vermont This Week, and author or “Dateline Vermont”, will discuss the story of Vermont’s changing political landscape.


March 2 - Claude Monet: Impressionism Master - Joan Hoffmann, a well-regarded landscape painter who resides in South Royalton, Vermont, will look at the many facets of this famous French artist. She will outline and demonstrate how he painted “en plain air” as he coined the term. Additionally, she will assess his status as one of the enduring great artists of the nineteenth century French art movement called “Impressionism”.

March 9 - Rembrandt, Portraiture, and Identity in 17th Century Holland. Stephanie Glickman, a lecturer at UVM’s Department of Art History, will explore how his portraits and self-portraits defied conventions of his era. The appeal of the artist’s unusual style and images of both studio models and paying patrons sheds light on his enduring popularity. He had a long-term impact and influence on the genre of Western portraiture.

March 16 - The Fleming Museum of Art Christina Fearon, Curator of Education and Public Programs, will guide us through the world-class art and diverse visual culture that comprise the Robert Hull Fleming Museum at UVM. Founded in 193l in Burlington, this venue draws many visitors who explore its over 25,000 artifacts, permanent collections and visiting exhibits.

March 23 - 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 States 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.

What If It Snows? In the event of a severe winter storm or storm warning, we will follow the lead of the Rutland High School. If RHS closes for the day (not simply a delayed opening), we will cancel our program for that day. RHS closings are announced on local radio and TV and on www.vprnet/community/school closings.



Location: 1 Deer Street, Rutland, Vermont


Program Spotlight : Trips


 Collette Tours and the Godnick Center are offering the following trip….  Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise featuring a 7-night Princess Cruise, July 31, 2018 to August 12, 2018.  For more information on please stop and pick up a trip brochure.


More info will be in the April newsletter on our trip to “OGUNQUIT, ME” - June 13 and June 14. We will spend the night at the Meadowmere Resort and attend “OKLAHOMA” on Thursday, June 14, at the Ogunquit Playhouse. A deposit of $25 is due at time of registration which begins at 9 am Monday, April 2, for city residents and Tuesday, April 3, for non-residents. Balance is due June 1st.  The price of $220/double per person ($245/single and $200/triple-2 beds/3 people) includes: 1 night lodging at the Meadowmere Resort with deluxe continental breakfast, dinner at Jonathan’s, the show, transportation and all taxes and gratuities. (We will each take our own luggage to our rooms.) You will have time to walk down to the Marginal Way or into town for shopping. Lunch on the way to Ogunquit is on your own.

 “New Hampshires’ Turkey Train” on Wednesday, October 3. We will arrive in Meredith, MH on the shores of Lake Winnepesaukee for the Turkey Train, lunch provided by Hart’s Turkey Farm (Roast Turkey, whipped potatoes, butternut squash, beverage and a delicious sundae to top it all off), the foliage train ride and transportation.

 “ISLES OF SHOALS, Lighthouses and Portsmouth Harbor Cruise”, Tuesday, July 24. A Harbor Cruise on the Victorian style M/V Thomas Laighton and a great meal at the British Beer Company in Downton Portsmouth. Experience the fascinating legends of our legendary New Hampshire and Maine Seacoast. Watch for more information.

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