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, January 30, at 2 pm is “War and Turpintine” by Stefan Hermans. The life of Urbain Martien—artist, soldier, survivor of World War I—lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died in 1981. In War and Turpentine, his grandson, a writer, retells his grandfather’s story, the notebooks providing a key to the locked chambers of Urbain’s memory. The books for Tuesday, February 27, is “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyas and Tuesday, March 27 is “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult.


Movie and Snack

The movie for Wednesday, January 24, at 1 pm, is “A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT” The story about two sons of a stern minister – one reserved, on rebellious – growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing. Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt and Tom Skerritt star in this movie. Rated PG.



with Carol Ballou on Friday mornings at 10 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 morning!



Mondays, January 8, 22, and 29 and Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18 & 25 at 1:15 pm. Bingo benefits Meals on Wheels and our Holiday Luncheon. No Bingo on Monday, January 15.



is on Wednesday, January 24, 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, January 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 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 Godnick Center on January 22 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 22nd or call 802-345-7147. See you there!


Foot Care

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


Lunch Bunch

is Friday, January 19 at the Rutland Country Club.  Please register by Tuesday, January 16. We will meet at the restaurant at 11:30 am for lunch.


Medicare Minute

with Kelly McElheny from Cove on Thursday, January 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.

Better Breathers Support Group

is meeting at the Godnick Center on January 8 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 January 3 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.


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 1/15/18.



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.  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, Jan. 6 to Jan. 27. $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 1/15/18), 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.



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. No class on 1/1/18.  



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, January 9 thru February 13. Certified instructors Nan Hart and Lori Hickey will lead the classes. Class size is limited.


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.


January 5 -Neuroplasticity : Protecting the Aging Brain Dr. Robert Hamill, M.D, FAAN, FANA, Professor of Neurological Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Vermont, will talk about neuroplasticity, the ability of the nervous system to change and modify as needed. This presentation will cover key concepts of neuroplasticity and present examples of the brains ability to change and adapt. He will review current knowledge of the aging brain and how lifestyle influences the ability of the brain to age healthy.

January 12 -Genomic Medicine: Genomic medicine is an emerging medical discipline that involves using genomic information about an individual as part of his/her clinical care and the health outcomes and policy implications of that clinical use. In the near future, genomic testing for diagnosis and therapy may be commonplace. Learn its potential from researcher and teacher, Dr. Debra Leonard MD, PhD, Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Vermont Medical Center.

January 19 - Sleep, Wonderful Sleep - Do you wake up refreshed, ready to face the day, or do you wake up thinking “How can it possibly be morning already?” There are secrets to success when trying to achieve a good night's sleep and many things we can avoid just before bedtime to also achieve a good night’s sleep. Deb Brown, Supervisor, Center for Sleep, and Kimberly Dyer, Clinical Sleep Educator, will share their secrets.

January 26 - Opiate Hazards - Substance addictions including alcohol, opiate, cocaine, marijuana, benzodiazepine and others are becoming serious problems in all groups of people. Jeremy Ashton, MS LADC, who is associated with Evergreen Abuse Services in Rutland, will talk about several types of treatment groups and intake assessments. Twelve-step facilitation, cognitive behavioral therapy and mental health treatment are all aids this effort.


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.

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