Godnick Adult Center Programs


Program Spotlight :


Join Sam for a scheduled time for board games on Mondays at 10:30am. Each week will have a different board game, requests are welcome!

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.

2019 Bus Trip Schedule coming soon! A listing of destinations, dates, times and pricing will be out in the February Newsletter.


Guitar Classes

Wed. 7:00-8:30PM Jan 9, 2019 - Feb 13, 2019
This class focuses on playing notes on the guitar (six string) and guitar music. The course is for both beginner (no prior experience required) and intermediate students. All students will work on the same songs. However, beginners will focus on notes in first position (frets 1-3), while intermediate students will also learn to play the same songs and exercises in new and different ways. For example, intermediate students will play notes in different octave ranges and fret positions (frets 4-12), as well as melodies across a single string. Beginners will learn using tablature notation (play by numbers). Intermediate players who wish to begin learning how to read music will be given additional handouts. Courses are $68 for Rutland City Residents and $79 for non-residents. Click the header to register online.

Wed. 7:00-8:30PM Feb 27, 2019 - April 3, 2019
This class focuses on playing chords on the guitar (six string) and guitar music. The course is for both beginner (no prior experience required) and intermediate students. All students will work on the same songs. However, beginners will focus on chords in first position (frets 1-3), while intermediate students will also learn to play the same songs and exercises in new and different ways. For example, intermediate students will play chords in fret positions 4-12 (barre chords and other moveable chord forms). Beginners will learn using chord charts and tablature notation (play by numbers). Intermediate players who wish to begin learning how to read music will be given additional handouts. Courses are $68 for Rutland City Residents and $79 for non-residents. Click the header to register online.


Knitting and more  

Want to knit or crochet 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. 


coffee & crafts

Something new for the creative spirit. We will supply the coffee (or tea) and craft supplies. Suggested donation of $5 person. This month we will have a two-part project: January 15th making handmade mugs out of clay and January 29th glazing the mugs.


Book Discussion Club

The book choice for Tuesday, January 22, at 2 pm is “The Gloaming” by Melanie Finn. We have 2 copies available at the office for a 10 day check-out. 

Melanie Finn’s third book, is about Pilgrim Jones, a white, American women whose husband, a human rights attorney, leaves her for his mistress, more or less stranding her in Switzerland. Shortly thereafter, for possibly extenuating reasons that are not immediately clear, she crashes her car into a bus stand, killing three children. The Swiss locals ostracize her, and she leaves for South Africa.

Once there, she attempts to settle in and lay low, making bizarre choices that draw attention and leave her vulnerable at multiple turns. She encounters a doctor, a hotelier, a police officer, and a maybe-hitman. Her immediate past hovers over every conversation, as no one can understand exactly what would bring an American here by choice. Eventually, after taking possession of a potentially cursed package, Pilgrim leaves for Tanzania, where she meets people who are just as skeptical but much less sympathetic.  



NeighborWorks of Western Vermont will be available for any questions you may have on Thursday, January 17th at 12:45 pm at the Godnick Senior Center.  Stop by and say hello and check out some of the other services we offer.

For low- and moderate-income homeowners, spending money on home repair and maintenance is often the last priority, especially when the time for winter heating is upon us. Unfortunately, what could be an affordable job now, can turn into a huge project if neglected. A leak that needs a patch can become a new roof; some drips in the plumbing will rot out a floor; or a bad outlet can start a fire. The question for NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, a nonprofit housing organization was: how could we encourage more homeowners to make these repairs before it gets to that point?

“The idea behind our new grant incentive wasn’t to pay for an entire repair project,” said Project Coordinator David Traver Adolphus. “That’s not sustainable. But combining it with our home repair loans means it has the biggest impact on just the sort of projects that might get neglected.”

While homeowners (and landlords) in Bennington, Rutland and Addison County do have to be credit worthy and combine the grant with a home repair loan, there is no minimum income to be eligible. In fact, there is a maximum to qualify: “We wanted to insure this reaches only the people who need it most,” said David. NeighborWorks is also often able to combine these loans with other low- and no-cost programs to get even more done in a home, along with bringing in partner agencies whose services homeowners may not even be aware.

“Our whole reason for existing is to keep people in healthy, safe homes and apartments,” he said. “Five-hundred dollars might not be a lot of money for some people, but for many of our neighbors that could be the difference between going cold and having a working furnace this winter.” Call (802) 438-2303 or visit www.nwwvt.org to learn more and give your home a much-needed hug!


ART IN BIRDING – Friday, January 25 at 1:30PM

P. Brian Machanic, a Charlotte-based author / photographer / lecturer will deliver his acclaimed "The Art In Birding" presentation at the Godnick Adult Center in Rutland on Friday, January 25 at 1:30 PM.  Combining many lovely wild bird photographs with a narrative that is both informative and jocular, Brian has captivated audiences throughout Vermont for several years. Bird sightings are guaranteed, and no binoculars or insect repellents are needed!

Machanic has recently authored a book entitled "This Book Is For The Birds" - which is a tribute to the beauty and grace of the avian world that surrounds us. Tom Slayton, Editor Emeritus of Vermont Life magazines offered the following review accolade:

"Brian's remarkable photographs reflect his lifelong love of nature and his special  affinity for wild birds.  I enjoyed this book immensely." Brian's lecture draws in part from this book, copies of which will be available at the time of the lecture.

 A native Vermonter, Brian developed a passion for nature and its wildlife during his youth, while roaming the fields, wetlands and forests of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.  Despite the demands of a medical profession, Brian maintained a keen interest in nature. a persistent love which fueled the inception of Nature's Eye Studio in 1990. This studio has served as a compendium for Brian's wildlife and scenic images, which have sold in many retail outlets.  Brian's photography has received regional and national awards, and has been featured in a number of publications, including Vermont Life, Birders' World, Vermont Woodland,  Natural New England, Livin' the Vermont Way, Tourist News (Maine), Vermont Outdoorsman, Ranger Rick and Turkey Call (NWTF).  Currently, some 400 of Brian's images are displayed and sold through his shop “Natureseyestudio” on an international consortium at Etsy.com


Movie and Snack

We will have movie and a snack on Wednesday January 16th at 1 PM. For more information call 773-1853.




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



BINGO, Mondays and Thursdays at 1:15 pm. Bingo benefits Meals on Wheels and our Holiday Luncheon.



BRUNCH is on the 4th Wednesday of the month (typically) 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 the Monday prior to the brunch.


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 In January there will not be a Health Clinic the next one will be Thursday February 21, 2019 at 9:30 am. 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. SASH is a program to help seniors stay healthy and happy in their homes. If you would like more information call Brenda 802-345-7147


Foot Care

Wednesday, December 26, at 12:30 p.m. with RAVNA. The fee is $10. If you are not able to make this date give RAVNA a call for other dates and locations (802) 775-0568 or visit their website.


Lunch Bunch

Friday, January 18.   Please register by Monday, January 14.  The van will leave the Center at 10:30 am


Better Breathers Support Group

is meeting at the Godnick Center on December 3, 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, December 29th, 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 9:30 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.   * JANUARY MONDAY (ONCE A WEEK) PARTICIPANTS PAY $10 FOR THE MONTH. No class January 7th or January 21st



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.  



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 ($18 for 3 week months) 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 Fridays 9:30 am - 10:15 am January 11 - February 15.

Level 2 for Intermediate will be offered on Tuesdays 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, January 8 - February 12. 



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 walking and hiking group will resume after the Winter season. Keep an eye out for a new walking program beginning in March 2019!



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.)                          



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.*


February 1 The Voyage of the St Louis and American Immigration Policy

Beginning with a description and analysis of the 1939 voyage of the St. Louis which carried Jewish refugees fleeing Germany and were twice denied entry, Keene State Professor C. Paul Vincent’s lecture will principally focus on a review of American immigration policy from the late 1800s.


February 8  “Awful, Awful’: The Spanish Flu of 1918-1919

The worldwide Spanish flu killed many millions, with over 2000 deaths in Vermont alone.  Vermont historian Michael Sherman, “Vermont History” editor and co-author of the “Freedom and Unity” film series, will discuss its causes and results, and the devastating effects on social and family life it had in Vermont. 


February 15  Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great New York Heat Wave of 1896

Edward P. “Ted” Kohn, Ph.D., a historian and expert on Theodore Roosevelt, will present a vivid history that captures the birth of the progressive era and revives the forgotten disaster of 1896 that almost destroyed a great American city.


February 22  “The Better Sort of People”: Eugenics, Charity, and the Progressive Movement in Vermont

Julia Purdy of Rutland will review the eugenics movement in Vermont, whereby well-meaning reformers tried to “cleanse” the Vermont gene pool.  She will tie in the growing state-sponsored tourism industry of the 1920s-30s and progressive support.  


March 1  1800 and Froze to Death

That’s what Vermonters called it, but it was actually 1816, “The Year Without a Summer”. Howard Coffin, noted author and historian on the Civil War, will tell the story of this weird and tragic phenomenon that was felt across the Northern Hemisphere.  






Location: 1 Deer Street, Rutland, Vermont


During the winter season remember that while the building remains open, when the school cancels due to winter weather our exercise, line dance and Bone Builder classes will be cancelled.


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