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 choice for Tuesday, July 24, at 2 pm is “The Light Between Oceans” by ML Stedman. The Light Between Oceans is an incredibly moving novel about what happens when good people make bad decisions. The story takes place in the town of Point Partageuse, Australia during the 1920s. The story begins when a light house keeper and his wife find a life boat containing a live baby (and dead man) on the shore of their isolated island. The Book for August is “Killer’s of the Flower Moon” by David Grann.


Movie and Snack




with Carol Ballou on Friday mornings start again in October..  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!



BINGO, Mondays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 1:15 pm. Bingo benefits Meals on Wheels and our Holiday Luncheon.



BRUNCH is on Wednesday, July 25, 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, July 23    


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 July 12th and 26th 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 July 16 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 16th or call 802-345-7147


Foot Care

Wednesday, July 25, at 12:30 p.m. with RAVNA. The fee is $10.


Lunch Bunch

is Friday, July 20, to Zoey’s Hexagon in Manchester, VT.  Please register by Monday, July 16.  The van will leave the Center at 10:15 am.,



Better Breathers Support Group

is meeting at the Godnick Center on July 2 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.


AARP SAFE DRIVING - Sharen Underwood will be the instructor on Wednesday, September 19, from 11 am to 4 pm. Pre-registration is required. Call Sharen Underwood at 235-2132. Fee is $15/members and $20/non-member.




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 on July 2 or July 4.



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.) No class July 5.


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. No class July 3.

***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: $18 for three weeks, July 13 to July 27 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 July 6.



 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. No classes July 4.



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.)

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)

Watch the for the fall schedule in the August newsletter.



Location: 1 Deer Street, Rutland, Vermont


Program Spotlight : Trips


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

Few Spaces left for “Annie” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre on Wednesday, August 29. 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.

Collette Tours and the Godnick Center are offering the following trip…Italian Vistas, September 28 – October 10, 2019. We will have a special presentation with Matthew from Collette Tours on Monday, July 23, at

 3 pm. For more information on this trip please stop and pick up a brochure.

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