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, September 5, at 2 pm is “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. A classic since 1962, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is sophisticated in concept yet warm in tone, with mystery and love coursing through its pages. Meg's shattering yet ultimately freeing discovery that her father is not omnipotent provides a satisfying coming-of-age element. Readers will feel a sense of power as they travel with these three children, challenging concepts of time, space, and the power of good over evil.


Movie and Snack

The movie for Wednesday, August 9, at 1 pm, is “Manchester by the Sea”.  After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked that Joe has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew Patrick. Taking leave of his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife, Randi (Michelle Williams), and the community where he was born and raised. This movie is rated R..



with Carol Ballou on Wednesday afternoons at 1 pm will start again in September. We will discontinue playing for the summer.  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 afternoon!



Mondays, August 7, 14, 21 and 28 and Thursdays August 3, 11, 17, 24 & 31 at 1:15 pm. Bingo benefits Meals on Wheels and our Holiday Luncheon..



is on Wednesday, August 16, 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, August 14. 


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.  It has been determined that meditation will have a substantial benefit to people of all ages and their desire to be healthier, more productive, and happier.  Meditation makes you aware that your inner attitude determines your happiness.  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 rather than a mat on the floor.  We look forward to meeting you and teaching you about Meditation for Your Life! Please register in advance by stopping into the office or calling 773-1853

Soup and Safety

Please join Jessica Kalb from TLC Homecare for SOUP and SAFETY on Friday, July 21, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. This program will discuss the many tips and tricks to help maintain a safe home while living independently. A vegetarian soup will be provided, bring your appetite! Please sign up in the office in advance.

Cooking Workshops

These workshops are provided by Rutland Area Farm Food Link (RAFFL). Learn how to cook healthy meals for one or many!    *Seniors and Kids 12 and under FREE. ****Please register for these Workshops at the Rutland Recreation Dept.’s office on North St. Ext. or on-line at rutlandrec.com

Everyday Chef - Instructor: Grace, Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL)

Canning Workshop: Relish

Learn how to make this classic condiment with zucchini! Participants will sterilize jars, prep the zucchini and make the relish to can. Everyone will take home a jar, and one lucky person will win a door prize of the relish ingredients!

ALL AGES - GODNICK CENTER                   SA     8/5             11:30AM-1PM      $5*


Health Clinic

Blood pressure and health guidance with volunteer Krista Pike, RN on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. in September except on the 14th and 21st. This is a free service.


Foot Care

Wednesday, September 27, at 12:30 p.m. with RAVNA. The fee is $10.


Lunch Bunch

(as long as the new van comes in) is Friday, September 29. Not sure where we are going yet.  Please register by Monday, September 29(van fills fast). The van will leave the Center at 10:30 am for an 11:30 am lunch.


Medicare Minute

with Cove on Thursday, September 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..



Come have a SASH Chat with Brenda Howe SASH Coordinator. She can talk about services and resources in the area. Brenda will be at Godnick Center on September 18 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 18th or call 802-345-7147. See you there!


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. The fee is $3. 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. Come for a fun cardiovascular workout with both new and old-line dances. No experience necessary. No partner needed. Marilyn Sheldon is the instructor.  

***The fee for the two Line Dancing classes is $3 per class or 10 classes for $25.  



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 for Intermediate will be offered for 6 weeks on Tuesdays, 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm, 9/19-10/24. Certified instructors Nan Hart and Lori Hickey will lead the classes. Please register as soon as possible. Class fills fast!  Must have taken Tai Chi for beginners.

Certified instructors Cindi Wight and April Cioffi will lead a beginner’s class on Thursday’s at 4 p.m., 9/14 to 11/2, at the Courcelle Building. For this class please register at Courcelle on North St. Ext.

Both class are free of charge.



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: $24.00 for four weeks, Aug. 4 to Aug.25.  ALSO:  11:30 – noon: Introduction to meditation. A variety of styles and techniques will be presented. No charge for meditation.



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.



 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.    


Thursday Hikes Schedule - 2017

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. 

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.)


Sept. 21     Mount Independence, Orwell(State Historic Site –free hike, fee for museum)                     Diana Landwehr                                              

                   Walk through Revolutionary        War site. Views of Fort Ti, L. Champlain. Moderate.            458-8114

Oct. 5        Taconic Mountains Ramble State Park**, Hubbardton                                                               Bob Perkins

                   Explore the Falls Trail in VT’s new state park; visit the Japanese Garden. Moderate.            773-0184

Oct. 19      North Branch of Cold River, Shrewsbury                                                                                     Edith Kellogg                                                                

                  Hike North Branch Road along the river from Brown Bridge. 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 begins the Fall season on Friday, September 1, at 1:30 with a Variety series (see listing below).  Memberships are $40 for all 12 Fall lectures or $5 at the door for each lecture.  For more information, please call Edith Kellogg, 775-1246.  Brochures available mid-August.


September 15 – Prof. Randal Balmer  “Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation”

September 22 – Jeff Danziger, cartoonist“A Cartoonist’s View of the World”


Location: 1 Deer Street, Rutland, Vermont


Program Spotlight : Trips

 “BOBBY DARLING” on Tuesday, August 15 at the HuKeLau in Chicopee, MA with Twin Lobsters Lobsterbake or Prime Rib. If you are a fan of the Smother’s Brothers you will love this show. An Incredibly Fun Day Out for Everyone!!  The fee of $100 (includes transportation, the Lobsterbake and entertainment) is due at time of registration.

 “New Hampshires’ Turkey Train” on Wednesday, October 4. We will arrive in Meredith, NH on the shores of Lake Winnepesaukee for the Turkey Train. Lunch is 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. Registration begins on Monday, August 7, for city residents and Tuesday, August 8, for non-residents. The fee of $105 is due at time of registration and includes: transportation, lunch and the train ride.

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. We will have a special presentation with Mathew from Collette’s on Monday. September 21, 2017. For more information on please stop and pick up a trip brochure.

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