Godnick Adult Center Programs


Program Spotlight :


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On Tuesday, March 19th 11:00AM-1:00PM at the Godnick Center learn the process of ice dyeing. This unique dye process consists of covering fabric with ice cubes and applying the dye to the ice.  As the melting ice turns to liquid, dye is dispersed in organic swirls, making each piece a unique and beautiful piece of art!  Courtney will provide the instruction and all the materials.  The workshop will start at 11:00 am with an intro, then a “how to” followed by the dying process.  At 12:00 lunch will be served while the colorful scarves hang to dry.  Participants will be able to take the scarves home with them after lunch. Enrollment is limited so call to register today. Deadline for registration will be Friday March 15th, but this workshop may fill prior to the deadline. Suggested donation for the workshop is $6. Instructor: Courtney Allenson, Engagement Director at The Residence at Otter Creek




Free Chair Yoga Demonstration Class March 12th, 2019 10:45 am – 11:30 am, Godnick Center. Instructor Pavati Lina Hanson, RYT E-500. Not everyone can get up and down off the floor easily making traditional yoga classes difficult. If you have physical limitations or health issues this might be the ideal class for you.  With the help of a chair anyone can practice yoga with the benefits of increased circulation, balance, flexibility, mobility, strength, and more.  We spend a fair amount of the time exercising in a seated position in the chairs but if possible, we also do exercises standing, using the chairs for support.  The exercises can be adjusted for individual needs and we move at a comfortable pace.  Looking forward to seeing you in class!  You are welcome to join the Chair Yoga classes at Therapydia, 155 Woodstock Avenue Wednesdays: 10:30 am – 11:15 am. Fee: 5 classes at Therapydia for $50.00 If enough interest a Saturday 10:30 am class will be added at Therapydia.


Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease

The Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program was developed to help people with or without arthritis form walking groups whose goals are safety and success. The program’s three major objectives are to provide participants with: education about successful physical activity for people with arthritis, education about arthritis management, opportunity to begin and develop an ongoing aerobic fitness program. Walk With Ease’s information and strategies are based on research and tested programs in exercise science, behavior change, and arthritis management.

Groups meet for six weeks, three times per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30AM) beginning March 11th at Giorgetti Arena. Each session lasts about one hour. The length of each session depends on how long your group decides to walk. At the start, some people may only be able to walk 5 to 15 minutes, but the program will help you gradually build up to at least 30 minutes of walking three times a week. The program can be modified to meet the interests and needs of participants, who walk at their own pace. Each session begins with a brief discussion of a topic important to successful walking or arthritis management. After the discussion, the group will warm up, stretch, walk, cool down, and stretch one last time. Walking with a group is fun, and groups often spend additional time socializing. Who can participate? The Walk With Ease program is designed for people with arthritis—young and old, male and female, fit and not-so-fit. It is also suitable for people without arthritis who would like to begin a regular walking program to gain the benefits of regular aerobic exercise. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can probably participate successfully, and the program can be modified to meet your needs. If you want to participate but have concerns about your health, consult your health care practitioner before you begin. To register call the Godnick Center at 773-1853. Space is limited. Suggested donation for the program is $12 (the cost of the participant book).



Join Sam for a scheduled time for board games on Mondays at 10:30am. Each week will have a different board game, requests are welcome!

TRIPS & Tours – 

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. If there is a destination that we are not offering that you are interested in please stop by my office and let me know. Collette has many tour destinations and may have just the one you are looking for.

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. This month we will be making garden stakes on March 12th at 11am. Call to reserve your spot!


Book Discussion Club

The book choice for Tuesday, March 26, at 2 pm is “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah.  In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature. 


Movie and Snack

We will have movie and a snack on Wednesday March 13th at 1 PM. For more information call 773-1853.




with Carol Ballou on Friday mornings at 11:30am.  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 fee of $4 is payable at time of registration in the office. 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 March 14th, 2019 at 9:30 am. 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. 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, March 22nd.   Please register by Monday, March 18.  The van will leave the Center at 10:30 am


Better Breathers Support Group

is meeting at the Godnick Center on March 4, 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, March 28, 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. Certified instructors Nan Hart and Lori Hickey will lead Level 2. To Sign-up for Level 2 you must have completed Level 1 previously.  All classes are free of charge.

Level 1 for Beginners will be offered on Fridays 9:30 am - 10:15 am

Level 2 for Intermediate will be offered on Tuesdays 1PM. 



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 1:00 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.

*Pick-up a complete listing of OSHER Lecture Topics at the Godnick Center.*


March 1  1800 and Froze to Death

That’s what Vermonters called it, but it was actually 1816, “The Year Without a Summer”. Howard Coffin, noted author and historian on the Civil War, will tell the story of this weird and tragic phenomenon that was felt across the Northern Hemisphere.  


THINKING ABOUT YOUR WELL-BEING                                         

March 8   Seasonal Affective Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments, and New Research on

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Dr. Kelly J. Rohan is Professor of Psychological Science at UVM where she specializes in research

on adult depression, including SAD.  She will give an overview of this disorder as well as new clinical trial findings comparing cognitive-behavior therapy and light therapy.


March 15   The Ethics of Eating

UVM Professor of Ethics and The Philosophy of the Mind, Tyler Doggett, will talk about some morally confusing issues that shopping for groceries can raise: a vegan diet? GMO’s? organic? local? free trade? Bring your questions and your shopping list!


March 22   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/Southern Vermont Wellness, will address these questions and give a slide presentation about Vermont’s Medical Marijuana Program.



March 29 Truth, Propaganda and Media in the Age Of Trump
David Goodman
, a journalist for national publications and author of many best selling books, will discuss the state of journalism under The President and his current assaults on freedom of the press. He will also present a short history of official propaganda. He asks, “how do we, as news consumers, know who to trust and what to believe?”


April 5   The Basics of Acupuncture
Dr. Dalite Sancic
will look at the history and current status of Chinese medicine. Additionally, she will share with the audience an appreciation of acupuncture, a technique growing in acceptance and popularity. The talk will also focus on the physiological effects acupuncture has on the body, what it is used for and what a visit to the acupuncturist entails.


April 12   WOOF!  What’s the Dog Saying?
Deb Helfrich
is the founder of Gold Star Dog Training and a therapy dog trainer for over 20 years. She will reveal some common dog-human misunderstandings, demystify canine communications and explore how we can all live happily together with our pets. Is a yawn just a yawn?  Can a growl be a good thing? Is a tail wag always friendly? Come to the multi-media lecture and find out.

April 19  What Americans Should Know About Africa
Peter VonDoepp
is an  Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont and the author of several studies on Africa. His research has focused on judicial development and state-media relations.   This lecture will look at the dramatic political and economic changes that have taken place over the last two decades on this continent.


Location: 1 Deer Street, Rutland, Vermont


During the winter season remember that while the building remains open, when the school cancels due to winter weather our exercise, line dance and Bone Builder classes will be cancelled.


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