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 for Tuesday, May 22 is “The Soloist” by Mark Salzman or by Steve Lopez.  The soloist by Mark Salzmann: As a child, Renne showed promise of becoming one of the world's greatest cellists. Now, years later, his life suddenly is altered by two events: he becomes a juror in a murder trial for the brutal killing of a Buddhist monk, and he takes on as a pupil a Korean boy whose brilliant musicianship reminds him of his own past. The Soloist by Steve Lopez: The true story of journalist Steve Lopez's discovery of Nathanial Ayers, a former classical bass student at Julliard, playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' Skid Row. Deeply affected by the beauty of Ayers music, Lopez took it upon himself to change the prodigy's life-only to find that their relationship would have a profound change on his own life.  Choose the one you would like and we will discuss both. The book choice for Tuesday, June 26 is “A Cold Day for Murder” Dana Stabenow.


Movie and Snack

The movie for Wednesday, May 9, at 1 pm, is “Rain Man”. Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. Rated R..



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, May 7, 14, and 21 and Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 26 and 31at 1:15 pm. Bingo benefits Meals on Wheels and our Holiday Luncheon.



is on Wednesday, May 23, 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, May 21. .      


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 May 21 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 21st or call 802-345-7147


Foot Care

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


Lunch Bunch

is Friday, May 18. Not sure where we are going yet.  Please register by Monday, May 14 (van fills fast). The van will leave the Center at 10:30 am for an 11:30 am lunch


Better Breathers Support Group

is meeting at the Godnick Center on May 7 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 May 2 at the Godnick Center from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. We will be meeting the first Wednesday of each month except April. 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, June 20, from 11 am to 4 pm. Pre-registration is required. Call Sharen Underwood at 235-2132. Fee is $15/members and $20/non-member.




Friday June 22, 2018    (Rain or Shine)

 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

                            At the Castleton State College Pavilion

                             RESERVATIONS CALL:    Meals on Wheels   775-0133                                                                                          $4.00 Suggested Donation for Seniors       $5.00 Fee for Guests under 60                                                       Rides Available for Rutland Area Call:  786-5990


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 May 7 or May 28.



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, May 4 to May 25 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.



 is an Osteo Exercise Program on Mondays/Wednesdays mornings at 9am (no class 5/28), 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. No class May 28.

NEW! Thursday morning class beginning May 3 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.)

May 3  ## Riverwalk, Manchester Center                                                                                     Lyn Drigert                             Explore a hidden wooded glen along the W. Br. of the Battenkill. Easy/moderate.    775-7038        

May 17     Gifford Woods S.P.**, Kent Pond, Killington                                                                  Renée Warren                        Hike the campground trail, then the AT along Kent Pond. Wildflowers. Moderate.    747-4466

May 31 ##TO BE DETERMINED (Hike originally scheduled will take place on May 3.)              Diana Landwehr                    The Brandon hike scheduled for May 3 was cancelled due to construction work.     458-8114                                                                         

June 14     Otter View Park and TAM, Middlebury                                                                      Diana Landwehr                  Watch for wildlife on woods and boardwalk trails, then TAM. Easy/moderate.        458-8114

June 28    Otter Creek / Caldwell Trail, Pittsford                                                                         Lyn Drigert                              Follow Otter Creek from Gorham to Cooley Bridge; Caldwell Trail. Easy/moderate.   775-7038

July 12      Aitken State Forest, Mendon/Shrewsbury                                                                  Tom Copps                             Follow old woods road from old Girl Scout camp to the Brown Bridge.  Moderate.    282-1675

July 26     Mt. Saint Catherine, Wells                                                                                            Tom Copps                             Climb steadily uphill (moderate) to scenic vista on top.                                                282-1675

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

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

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

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

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

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

** 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)

The lectures are held from 1:30 PM to 3 PM on Friday afternoons at the Godnick Adult Center.  For program information call 446-2041 or 492-2300.


May 4 “The Owl: Silent Predator of the Night” Kurt J. Valenta, President of Exordium, a nature and outdoor education organization, will bring us a close-up look at one of the most relentless predators of the skies. The owl, imbued with a mystical reputation, silent in flight and having unrivaled hearing, can hunt in total darkness catching prey with uncanny consistency. He will parse fact from fantasy in understanding this majestic bird.

May 11 “Sleep, Wonderful Sleep” Deb Brown, Supervisor at RRMC's Center for Sleep and Kimberly Dyer, Clinical Sleep Educator, will look at how important sleep is to overall good health, especially for older people. They will review the best techniques to assure a good night's rest, what to avoid before bedtime, and what to do to optimize the chances for restorative sleep so that people can wake up refreshed and ready to face the day.

May 18 “Running Rutland” David Allaire, Mayor of Rutland, and some members of his administration, will join us to give an overview of what it takes to run the city. How the responsibilities are divided among the departments, what role the Board of Aldermen plays, and how the Mayor interfaces with other civic entities, will be discussed. There will be time for audience questions.

May 25 “The Inside Story of the Sistine Chapel” Mike Huff, a travel guide and high school and college teacher, will review the history of this unique chapel.  With extensive photos from his many travels to Rome, he will share the fascinating history and background of the artworks, and guide us through useful tips for viewing. His talk will give listeners a whole new understanding of this special place in the Vatican.




Location: 1 Deer Street, Rutland, Vermont


Program Spotlight : Trips


“OGUNQUIT, ME” – Trip is full! June 13 and June 14. Balance is due June 1st.  

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

“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 downtown Portsmouth. Experience the fascinating legends of our legendary New Hampshire and Maine Seacoast. Watch for more information. Registration begins at 9 am on Monday, May 14, for city residents and Tuesday, May 15, for non-residents. The fee of $99 includes a tour of Portsmouth, lunch, the harbor cruise and transportation.

 “Annie” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre on Wednesday, August 29. Just when we need her the most, that eternal optimist is back to teach us to believe in a better tomorrow. Annie and her story is the ultimate rags to riches tale full of delicious laughs, outrageous villains, and that ever lovable Sandy! All your favorite hits from this beloved classic are here to delight you. This timeless classic is sure to send you into the Fall season feeling full of hope and wonder!

Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 4, for residents and Tuesday, June 5, for non-residents. The price of $62 includes lunch, the show and transportation. The bus leaves the Center at 9:45 am and returns at approximately 6:15 pm.

 “The LONG Weekend” at the Lake George Dinner Theatre on Tuesday, September 18. The Long Weekend delivers non-stop Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 9, for residents and Tuesday, July 10, for non-residents. 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 Hampshires’ 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.

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