Godnick Adult Center Programs


Program Spotlight :

Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease

Dates: April 17 – May 28 (Tues, Wed & Thur)

 Time: 11:00AM-12:00PM

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The Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program was developed to help people with or without arthritis form walking groups whose goals are safety and success. The program’s three major objectives are to provide participants with: education about successful physical activity for people with arthritis, education about arthritis management, opportunity to begin and develop an ongoing aerobic fitness program.

Groups meet for six weeks, three times per week. Each session lasts about one hour. The length of each session depends on how long your group decides to walk. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can probably participate successfully, and the program can be modified to meet your needs. If you want to participate but have concerns about your health, consult your health care practitioner before you begin. To register call the Godnick Center at 773-1853. Space is limited. Suggested donation for participation is $10.



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 – 


February 27 – March 7, 2020.  There will be a presentation by Andrew with Collette Tours on Tuesday April 9th at 10:00 am. During this presentation attendees will learn all about the trip and ask any questions they may have. RSVP for the presentation by April 8th by calling the office (802) 773-1853. For more information on this trip please stop and pick up a brochure. 

2019 Bus Trip Schedule is linked at the top of the page


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 be making garden stakes on March 12th at 11am. Call to reserve your spot!


Book Discussion Club

The book choice for Tuesday, April 23, at 2 pm is “Arthur True Luv” by Elizabeth Berg.  An emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the one they love most, only to find second chances where they least expect them.



After having read Jane Eyer earlier this year, the movie will be shown on April 16th at 2PM. 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 the next one will be Thursday April 25th, 2019 at 9:30 am. This is a free service.



Come have a SASH Chat with Brenda Howe SASH Coordinator on Monday April 15th at 11:30 AM. 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

Is held the last Wednesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. with VNAHSR. 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, April 26th.   Please register by Monday, March 18.  The van will leave the Center at 10:30 am


Better Breathers Support Group

is meeting at the Godnick Center on May 6th, 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, April 25th, 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.  



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. A more advanced pre-class session will be held from 9AM-9:30AM for those looking to do more advanced dances.

***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 & 2 will be offered on Fridays 9:30 am - 10:15 am

Level 2 for Intermediate will be offered on Tuesdays 1PM. 



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.)                          


Rutland Area Osher
Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture Series

OLLI, sponsored by UVM, promotes continuing education for area residents 50 and older. Lectures: Fridays from 1:30 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.*

April 5   The Basics of Acupuncture
Dr. Dalite Sancic
will look at the history and current status of Chinese medicine. Additionally, she will share with the audience an appreciation of acupuncture, a technique growing in acceptance and popularity. The talk will also focus on the physiological effects acupuncture has on the body, what it is used for and what a visit to the acupuncturist entails.


April 12   WOOF!  What’s the Dog Saying?
Deb Helfrich
is the founder of Gold Star Dog Training and a therapy dog trainer for over 20 years. She will reveal some common dog-human misunderstandings, demystify canine communications and explore how we can all live happily together with our pets. Is a yawn just a yawn?  Can a growl be a good thing? Is a tail wag always friendly? Come to the multi-media lecture and find out.

April 19  What Americans Should Know About Africa
Peter VonDoepp
is an  Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont and the author of several studies on Africa. His research has focused on judicial development and state-media relations.   This lecture will look at the dramatic political and economic changes that have taken place over the last two decades on this continent.


Location: 1 Deer Street, Rutland, Vermont

Phone: (802)773-1853


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