Special Events at MSAC

The City of Montpelier and MSAC encourage anyone participating in the in-person activities we announce to follow all State of Vermont Department of Health Covid-19 safety guidances.  

Postponed to August 24: Informal Social Gatherings

The events scheduled for August 10, 13, 19 and 20 have been cancelled. To reserve for August 24 and 27, contact msac@montpelier-vt.org or call 223-2518.   

Dine with Old Friends & New! FEAST Together on Zoom| Friday, August 14 | 12:30-1:30 

Anyone wishing to dine together and chat by phone or video Zoom may request the link information in advance! Email Harry at msac@montpelier-vt.org or call 223-2518, preferably a day or more in advance. Help from Chet is also available if you’re new to Zoom; just ask!

Ad-hoc Writers, French Club, Italian Club, and Poetry Club: Four drop-in groups now meeting online!   

The Ad-hoc Writers Group has resumed meeting online. To get more information about dates, times, and links, contact: hugo@liepmann.us 

The weekly French Club Zoom meeting is on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm. Anyone interested in joining them for French conversation online can email Ellen.Sholk@gmail.com, with the subject line "Parlons Français," to receive an invitation to join.

Italian Club is at 2:30 pm on Tuesdays, and you can request a link or more information by contacting faciliator, Myriam Romanoff at mslromanoff@gmail.com

The Poetry Club meets at noon on Mondays, and you can request a link or more information by contacting Whit Dall at Thedalls@gmail.com.

Mondays: Help Parks and MSAC Team grow food for FEAST Senior Meals!

Would you like to help provide FEAST with fresh, local food? This summer, the Parks Department and MSAC are teaming up to grow fresh food for MSAC's FEAST senior meals program (including Meals on Wheels). We are in need of volunteer help with weeding, watering, harvesting, and more. No special skills or abilities are necessary! Please bring water and work gloves. Sign-up for two hour shifts here or email Jacqueline Huettenmoser at eco-americorps@montpelier-vt.org for more information. This is the link to the sign-up sheet. Request directions from Jac if you're not sure of the way. If you have gardening tools to share or simply wish to see what the farm needs, please visit the announcement page!

Monday walks with Joan

This longtime MSAC drop-in group is back, but 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.

Tuesday afternoons with The Trash Tramps

The group of volunteers who call themselves the Trash Tramps have resumed their regular outings. 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 a mask 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): StoryWalkVT@yahoo.com.

Photo Club Returns for Walks on Wednesday mornings at 9 am - All Ages and Abilities Welcome!

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. The group will leave from the MSAC courtyard at 9am on Wednesdays, weather permitting. Masks are required as well as physical distancing for participants. 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.

Rainbow Umbrella Women’s Discussion Group Meeting biweekly on Wednesday evenings on Zoom; next date is August 19

RU Women’s Discussion Group is meeting every other Wednesday from 5:30-7 on Zoom. Their next meeting will be August 5th. Interested women who are not regular group members can email womendiscuss@gmail.com for the link.

Coming Soon:

Informal Social Gathering Times | Select Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays |August 24, 27 | 1:30—3 pm

Gather with friends for informal social time. Reservations required along with following all other re-opening health and safety guidelines including masking and social distancing. We will have chairs and tables properly distanced, and location may vary. Limited space, re-serve for up to two dates in advance to allow other members to reserve as well. Call 223-2518 or email msac@montpelier-vt.org and provide the date and time you wish to reserve. Please arrive 10 minutes early for screening and enter at side door only.

CVHHH Foot Care Clinics are Returning! | Monday, August 17 | 1 - 4 pm | MSAC

Get The Scoop on Sodium and Salt and How it Affects Your Health  | Tuesday, August 18 | 1 - 2 pm | Zoom

Hosted by Ilene Siegel. Most people get far more sodium than is recommended in their diet. This can lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. This class will review why too much sodium is unhealthy, how much is recommend-ed, and where sodium comes from in various foods. Learn how to interpret the food labels with regards to sodium; how much is low, acceptable or too high. Also, the DASH Eating Plan, as a way to reduce high blood pressure will be reviewed. To sign up, email MSAC@montpelier-vt.org and mention the workshop on sodium to receive the zoom link along with a pre-presentation questionnaire. Free CVCOA RD consults available to eligible participants.

Some MSAC partner public education events are now online! 

We are pleased that some of our community partners have created online versions of events that would have been offered in our facility this spring, and more are in the works for in the future.  These are free and open to the public, with registration through the partners and instructions in the descriptions.

  • Recycle Right: From Blue Bin to Beyond Webinar | Wednesday, August 19 | 10:30 - Noon | Online 

Ever get confused by what goes in and what stays out of your recycling bin? Why is there a recycle symbol on Styrofoam when it can't get recycled in Vermont? We'll review recycling basics, why it's important to have a contamination free bin, how to avoid “wish cycling.” We'll also talk about extra recycling options that are easy, and free.

  • Medicare and You: Workshop | Wednesday, August 26 | 10 - Noon | Online 

Turning 65 and have questions about applying for Medicare? Confused about the options available within Medicare plans? In this workshop, we will walk you through the ins and outs of Medicare plans and options, including Parts A, B, and D prescription coverage, supplemental plans, Advantage plans, and more. Central Vermont Council on Aging provides information, counseling, and assistance to all Medicare eligible per-sons under the auspices of the State Health Insurance & Assistance Program. CVCOA is your local non-profit Medicare expert with nothing to sell. Our presenters are State Health Insurance Program Coordinators with knowledge of the most recent changes to Medicare. This workshop is interactive, lively and fun, so please join us! Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 479-0531 or email medicareworkshops@cvcoa.org. If you can’t attend but have questions, or to learn about more 2020 workshops in Central Vermont, visit www.cvcoa.org or call CVCOA at 479-0531.

  • Backyard Compost Basics | Thursday, August 27 | 1 - 2:30 pm | Online

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to compost successfully - whether you’re starting for the first time, or are a compost veteran. We’ll cover cold composting, as well as active and passive management techniques. You’ll leave with strategies for jump-starting an old pile, keeping smells down and animals out, and how to compost safely during this time of COVID-19. We’ll also review Vermont’s food scrap ban from the landfill, and other options for managing food scraps in addition to home composting. Join Cassandra Hemenway, Outreach Manager at the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District, trained and certified in turning food waste into soil! Also presenting is Theron Lay-Sleeper, CVSWMD outreach coordinator, and lifelong composter. http://www.cvswmd.org/workshop-registration.html

All other special events canceled, postponed or on hold at this time
Due to the pandemic, MSAC is closed to the public except for FEAST senior meal production for delivery and to-go. All special events and activities on and off-site are postponed or canceled at this time until further notice, with the exception of walks and online events we announce here. 

Next week, starting August 10, we will start a soft re-opening with some informal social gatherings. See above and in our August newsletter for more information. 

We will continue to post online offerings of our community partners as space allows! This includes our Annual Meeting originally, which is postponed. We will update this site as the situation evolves and will send other news in our weekly e-letter. Anyone can subscribe by sending us a request to msac@montpelier-vt.org.