Godnick Adult Center Programs


Program Spotlight :

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.

Italian Vistas Trip Presentation –
Thursday October 11th 2:00PM

If you are interested in learning more about the trip to Italy come to the informational session with Andrew from Collette Tours on Thursday October 11th at 2:00PM.

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. 



Thursday, October 18, 2018

For: People age 60 and older with a civil legal problem

An attorney from the Senior Citizens Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid will be conducting a free legal advice clinic for Vermonters age 60 and older at the Godnick Adult Center.

This clinic is sponsored by Vermont Legal Aid and by Senior Solutions. To sign up for a free 20 minute consultation, call (802) 773-1853.

The attorney will be able to give legal advice or referrals on a wide variety of legal problems. If you have received any paperwork about the problem, please bring it with you.

Examples of the types of problems that the attorney will be able to give advice about include wills, powers of attorney, landlord-tenant issues, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SSI, other public benefits, debt collection, consumer, guardianship, divorce, foreclosure, small claims, bankruptcy, and any other civil legal matter. However, the attorney can't help with criminal cases or problems, and it must be your own problem, and not a question about a problem involving your neighbor or other family member.


Book Discussion Club

The book choice for Tuesday, October 23, at 2 pm is “Bread and Roses Too”, by Katherine Paterson.  Rosa’s mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills. But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister, Anna, are endangering their lives by marching against the corrupt mill owners. After all, didn’t Miss Finch tell the class that the strikers are nothing but rabble-rousers—an uneducated, violent mob? Suppose Mamma and Anna are jailed or, worse, killed? What will happen to Rosa and little Ricci? When Rosa is sent to Vermont with other children to live with strangers until the strike is over, she fears she will never see her family again. Then, on the train, a boy begs her to pretend that he is her brother. Alone and far from home, she agrees to protect him . . . even though she suspects that he is hiding some terrible secret. From a beloved, award-winning author, here is a moving story based on real events surrounding an infamous 1912 strike.            


Movie and Snack

We will have movie and a snack on Wednesday October 17th at 1:00 PM. For more information call 773-1853.




with Carol Ballou on Friday mornings at 11:30am beginning October 5.  Rummikub is a tile-based game for two to four players, combining elements of the card game rummy and mahjong. 



BINGO, Mondays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 1:15 pm. Bingo benefits Meals on Wheels and our Holiday Luncheon.



BRUNCH is on Wednesday, October 24, 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, October 22.


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 October 18, 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 October 15, 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 15th or call 802-345-7147.


Foot Care

Wednesday, October 31, at 12:30 p.m. with RAVNA. The fee is $10.


Lunch Bunch

is Friday October 19.  Please register by Monday, October 15.  The van will leave the Center at 10:30 am. - PROGRAM IS FULL FOR THIS MONTH. If you would like to be put on the waiting-list please call our office at 773-1853.


Better Breathers Support Group

is meeting at the Godnick Center on November 11, 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, October 25, 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 9:15 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.  No Class 10/22



Intermediate line dance, mostly country with a little variety. No partner is needed. Marilyn Sheldon leads the dancing on Thursday mornings at 9:15 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. 



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 Mondays, 4:00 pm -4:45 pm

Level 2 for Intermediate will be offered on Tuesdays 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, 9/11 – 10/16. 



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.



We are trying out a new mild hiking/walking group at Giorgetti Park (2 Oak Street Ext.). We will meet Mondays at 9:15AM and hike/walk the lower trails and/or the perimeter of the lower field. Dress for the weather. This is a beginner hiking pace and trail difficulty is mild, but all are welcome. If anyone would like to enjoy a coffee after in the Arena it will be open.



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.)                          

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

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.*


October 5 The Unethical? Journalist

Yes, journalists do have different ethics than ‘regular’ folks… and that’s a good thing for our democracy! Journalism requires conformity to a role-defined, role-differentiated set of behaviors, which may seem unethical to others.  Professor Mark Timney at Keene State College will explore why this is so and how our society benefits.


October 12 Can-do vs. Should-do: Bioethics in Contemporary Perspective

Modern technologies are progressively advancing the number of options available to us when it comes to life-related choices. We have the power to know more, to prevent more, to extend life, or create it, etc. But should we? Phil Crossman of CCV returns for a discussion of how we need to think about these new capabilities.


October 19 Cheating, Lying, and Moral Mayhem: A Look into Today’s Social Conscience

Ethics has increasingly come to be viewed as a luxury trait – to succeed, it seems one must abandon the rules of past generations. Dartmouth’s Dr. Aine Donovan will challenge that premise and offer compelling reasons for a return to strong ethical boundaries. She has published and spoken extensively in the field of Applied Ethics.




October 26 My Life in East Germany

Living in East Germany for 40 years, Jurgen Ewert shares personal stories of how the omnipresent party doctrine influenced his life, his family, coworkers, and friends.  Upon graduation, Jurgen began his career as a doctrine influenced his life, his family, coworkers and friends.  Upon graduation, Jurgen began his career as a design engineer in East Berlin.  An opportunity to travel to the US in 1989 brought him to Woodstock, VT. 


November 2  History of Camp David from 1942-2018

President Franklin Roosevelt, in need of a home away from Washington during the early years of WWII, decided to take over a former government children’s camp and turn it into a Presidential Retreat that is still

used today.  Dan Keelan will speak about the camp’s prior history, design, construction, and use.


November 9  2017 OLLI Trip to Italy

In late April of 2017, John Newton joined a group of 21 Osher members on a tour of the Tuscany Region of Italy.  With John’s photos and contributions from other fellow travelers, he will present a slide show of the eleven-day trip to the arts and culture capital of Italy.


November 16  Walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain

Yearly, hundreds of thousands of people walk the 5-week, 500-mile Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James).  Tina and Willis Wood’s slide show takes us along to enjoy the scenery, visit cafés, and check out the hostels.  They will tell the history of this pilgrimage started in the 9th century and its religious and spiritual significance





Location: 1 Deer Street, Rutland, Vermont


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