Special Events with MSAC & Partners

MAY we gather safely and joyfully this month!

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MSAC Advisory Council Meeting
Monday, May 10 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Agenda items will include: Approval of 3/8 and 4/1 minutes, Re-opening planning update, MSAC van discussion, Program committee report, Annual survey report, Annual meeting report, and Supporting town funding situation. To receive the Zoom link or phone number, contact msac@montpelier-vt.org or call 223- 2518 well in advance of the meeting.

Zoom Training 101
Tuesday, May 11 | 12:30 - 1:30 pm | Free
Join MSAC’s AmeriCorps member Andrew Gribbin to learn the fundamentals of Zoom. Topics will include an overview of Zoom functions, including using the mute/unmute buttons, turning your video on/off, using the chat function, and more. Whether you’ve never been on Zoom or would like a chance to practice the fundamentals, this training is for you! Contact Andrew at 262-6287 or email msac-americorps@montpeliervt.org to register.

iPad Tips Training Workshop
Wednesday, May 12 | 12—1 pm | Free
Technology for Tomorrow, based in Williston, will be hosting a free training to review iPad tips. In this introductory course, covered topics include some basic tips on using an iPad such as Apps and Settings. This course targets individuals who have no or little experience in using an iPad but want to learn how to use one more efficiently. You can register on their website, as well as view other upcoming training activities, at http://tech4tomorrow.org/calendar-of-events/.

Elders Together” Drop-in Support Group Resumes Outdoors, in-person after 1.25-year hiatus!
Thursday, May 13 (rain date 5/20) | Free | 1:00-2:30 pm | State House Lawn, SW corner (correction from newsletter)
Were you born during the Great Depression or World War II? Do you have personal memories of happenings during the first half of the Twentieth Century? If so, you are cordially invited to attend this informal discussion! We started meeting in late 2019 and discussed various topics of interest including Medicare and health benefits, transportation, and housing options as we age. What is available and what can we afford? We reminisced and laughed a lot, also. For more information about the group and to RSVP, call Mary Alice at 223-8140 or MSAC at 223-2518. You don’t have to be a member of MSAC or pay any fee, although donations to MSAC are welcome if you wish. Bring your lawn chair and mask, and a snack or sandwich if you wish, and plan to social distance outside. Let us know if you’d like us to provide you a folding chair. Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Tree Walk
Saturday, May 15 | 3:00 pm | meet at New Shelter in Hubbard Park
Join Ethan Borland, a student at Montpelier High School, and Spencer Hardy, biologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, in a gentle walk into North Branch River Park. Ethan and Spencer will help point out the diverse birds that pass through central Vermont this time of year. No birding experience necessary! Bring binoculars if you have them, but we will have some to lend out. Free, no registration required, masks and social distancing required.

Upcoming Events:

Real Estate 101 w/ Jeanne Felmly
Friday, May 21 | 1:00 pm | Free | online

The Value of Old Forests Walk
Saturday, May 22 | 10:00 am | meet at New Shelter in Hubbard

Zoom Training 201
Thursday, May 27 | 10:30—11:30 am | Free

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Walk
Friday, May 28 | 10:00 am | meet at 133 State Street (outside the VT Dept. of Taxes)

Veterans Recognition Curbside Luncheon
Friday, May 28 | 12:00—1:00 pm

Edibles and Invasives Walk
Friday, June 11 | 12:00 pm | meet on Siboinebi Path at Montpelier High School

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Drop-in Groups

Some of our free/by donation drop-in groups and clubs are resuming (or never stopped!) their meetings. A number of previously pause groups are resuming their meetings in May.

  • Walks with Joan
    Mondays, starts May 3 | 9:15 am | meetup locations vary week to week
    The longtime MSAC drop-in group Walks with Joan is back on Mondays at 9:15 am! Meet-up locations will vary. Please contact Joan Barrett by Sunday night at 223-1856 or email barrettsvt@gmail.com if you intend to come. Bring a mask and plan to practice appropriate distancing and follow safety precautions. Once you have attended, Joan will email you her meet-up locations in the future and let you know of changes/cancellations.
  • Ad-Hoc Writers Group
    The Ad-Hoc Writers Group has resumed meeting online on Monday Nights. To get more information about dates, times, and links, contact hugo@liepmann.us.
  • Trash Tramps
    Tuesdays, starts May 4 | 2:00 pm | meets at 1:50 pm in front of MSAC
    (email saddleshoes2@gmail.com to get on email list)
    All are invited to participate in this one-hour, weekly clean-up of Montpelier's downtown. Reflective vests, metal tongs, and bags are supplied. Volunteers are asked to wear masks and maintain physical distance from one another. Here's an opportunity to do something productive and satisfying that contributes to the well-being of our community. Please come to the front of the senior center on Tuesdays at about 1:50 pm to collect supplies. We look forward to having you join us! Questions? Please contact Anne Ferguson (aka Eileen Dover) at storywalk@yahoo.com.
  • French Club
    Tuesdays | 3:00 pm | Zoom
    Anyone interested in joining the online French conversation group can email Ellen.Sholk@gmail.com, with the subject line "Parlons Francais" to receive an invitation to join.
  • Photography Club with Linda Hogan
    Wednesdays, starts May 5 | 9:00 am | meets in front of MSAC
    MSAC and our long-time Photography Instructor, Linda Hogan invite local photographers of all ages and abilities to take a weekly stroll through Montpelier to take pictures of our lovely City. Photo Club will leave from the MSAC courtyard at 9:00 am on Wednesdays, weather permitting. Masks and social distancing between participants required. Please email Linda Hogan at paragraphics@pshift.com if you plan to join this inSIGHTful group. This is a free activity, though a donation to MSAC would be most welcome.
  • In-person Crafting
    Wednesdays | 1:00 - 3:00pm
    Currently not meeting
  • Rainbow Umbrella Women's Discussion Group
    Rainbow Umbrella (RU) Women's Discussion Group is meeting every other Wednesday from 5:30 - 7:00 pm on Zoom.
    For information, including Zoom link and schedule of upcoming dates, please email womendiscuss@gmail.com.
  • Elders Together
    occasional, varying dates beginning Thursday, May 13 | meeting on SW corner of State House Lawn
    Contact the front office (msac@montpelier-vt.org/(802) 223-2518) for more information.
  • Montpelier Ukulele Players
    timing TBD | Elm Street Pavilion
    email barrettsvt@gmail.com to get on the notification list.
  • Poetry Club
    May be meeting. For information, please contact Whit Dall at Thedalls@gmail.com.
  • Italian Club
    After many online meetings throughout the pandemic, the Italian group has decided to pause until in-person meeting is again an option. Stay tuned!