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April 2022 - Poetry Month Events

I am looking forward to reading some of the new poems from my upcoming volume, as well as a few old favorites. Hope you can join me!

Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 (Phoenix Books - virtual)
An Evening with the Poetry Society of Vermont - group reading
Register here.

Wednesday, April 13, 7:00-8:30 (Virtual Hartland Poetry Festival)
The 3rd Annual Hartland Poetry Fest celebrates National Poetry Month with readings by local poets Laura FoleyRobert Foote, Michael MetivierScudder ParkerJim SchleyRebecca Starks, and Carol Westberg. This year's theme is Realigning and Reconsidering.
Register here.

** Thursday, April 14, 6:30 - 8:00
An Evening of Poetry: Scudder Parker
Deborah Rawson Memorial Library (Jericho, VT)

Registration required — This program is presented in-person and virtually. (*) To reserve a seat, please call the library (802-899-4962). (**) To register for the virtual livestream, please click 
here.

Wednesday, April 20, 6:oo (PoemCity Montpelier)
Poetry Workshop w/Scudder Parker, Samn Stockwell & Eva Zimet
Kellogg Hubbard Library (in-person, only)

Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 (PoemCity Montpelier)
Poetry reading w/Scudder Parker, Samn Stockwell & Eva Zimet
Kellogg-Hubbard Library (in-person & virtual)
Participants can participate via Zoom by preregistering here.


V4A and GetSetUp offering Technology Classes

The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A), serving the more than 132,000 older adults aged 60+ in Vermont, and GetSetUp, the largest and fastest-growing virtual social learning platform designed specifically for older adults, have partnered to help bridge the digital divide and combat social isolation for residents of Vermont. The partnership provides live interactive classes on GetSetUp by older adults for older adults from the comfort of their own homes.  Older adults can join at no cost for one year.
Through GetSetUp’s custom-built video learning interface the experience has been tailored to older adults of all tech levels. The platform offers support via phone and in all classes to assist learners with technology and includes a booking system complete with regular reminders and after-class notes. Vermont’s older adults can easily connect with a safe community of over 4.4 million peers globally. Learners can choose from a catalog of over 3,000 classes that shift weekly and are available around the clock for the next year. Classes promote digital literacy, socialization, health and wellness, and new learning experiences. Plus, classes are available in multiple languages including Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi.

To learn more about GetSetUp and enroll in classes, visit https://www.getsetup.io/partner/vermontGetSetUp 2022 Image

Community of Vermont Elders Spring 2022 Newsletter

Click here to read all the news from COVE, including items related to Medicare, Scams, Hearing Loss, Staying Active & Engaged, V4A News, SASH News, and more! 

How senior center patrons, admins are connecting after — and because of — pandemic isolation

Click here to hear a recent VPR story that features friends and colleagues from the VASCAMP 

Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging announces partnership with GetSetUp to bridge the digital divide and combat social isolation

Vermont residents 60+ now have free access to GetSetUp’s live interactive classes taught by older adults for older adults to make digital learning, connection, and exploration a reality. The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A), serving the more than 132,000 older adults aged 60+ in Vermont, and GetSetUp, the largest and fastest-growing virtual social learning platform designed specifically for older adults, have partnered to help bridge the digital divide and combat social isolation for residents of Vermont. The partnership provides live interactive classes on GetSetUp by older adults for older adults from the comfort of their own homes. To read the entire press release published last week in VT Digger, click here

Central VT Council on Aging is Hiring

Learn more about several available positions and how to apply here

Learn about “GetSetup,” a free online portal for virtual classes

Tues. March 15, 11 AM | online | Free |  Join CVCOA for an information session about the new GetSetup online class portal and digital community being offered to older adults in Vermont. This is a joint effort with the other Area Agencies on Aging in Vermont and V4A. Participation will be free and available to all adults age 60+. GetSetup has over 500 live virtual classes in their catalog in the categories of digital literacy, social health, physical health, mental health, and vocational health. This will be a great option for folks to interact online while also learning new skills. While    anyone can benefit from this opportunity, it is particularly great for homebound older adults and those seeking to learn and practice tech skills. Learn more on March 15th at this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83138800014?pwd=Yko4OTB1Z2g4Wjd3SkdIOFoxUU5DUT09

 Technology for Tomorrow (T4T) Presents Free online Classes

 

Wed. March 9: Older Adults Guide to Zoom

Thurs. March 17: Instagram 101 for Older Adults

Thurs. March 24: Instagram 102 for Older Adults

 

Pre-registration with T4T required. To find times, partners, information and registration links to attend these free, online events, visit T4T’s website at https://tech4tomorrow.org/events/

 

Kellogg-Hubbard Library Presents: Book Group Discussion of The Book of Lost Friends

Thursday, March 24, 2022 6:30 PM  Zoom Only | Join the library’s book group in discussing The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate. All are welcome. Preregister to attend by Zoom at kellogghubbard.org/adult-programs.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Training for Instructors

March 29, 12:30 – 4:30 | RSVP/Central VT Council on Aging (CVCOA) is looking for volunteers aged 55 and over to lead classes for older adults in the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, a low impact and evidence-based exercise program to engage in range of motion, stretching, strengthening, balance and coordination activities. Instructors have the option to include weight -bearing, posture, cardiovascular endurance, body awareness and socialization activities. Volunteers who choose to get involved can truly make a difference in others’ health and well-being. Studies show that volunteering results in an increase in mental and physical health and an increase in life satisfaction for the volunteer as well. For more information, contact Anne Greshin (agreshin@cvcoa.org or 802-241-4840).

Memorable Times Online: Wed. April 6

Join us from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Zoom for our next Memorable Times Online. Contact Barb Asen at basen@cvcoa.org or 802-476-2681 for the Zoom link or more information.

Memorable Times Online is the virtual memory café partnership between Central Vermont Council on Aging and the ABLE Library of the Vermont Department of Libraries. It meets the first Wednesday of each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Zoom.  This dementia-friendly program is free and part of the memory café movement growing all around the world.  Registration is required.  Get in touch with CVCOA to find out more! 

Low Income & Need Home Repairs?

Rural Development has a 504 Single Family Home Repair Program for property owners looking for help with covering costs of necessary home repairs (furnace, roof, windows, insulation, floor, accessibility, ramps, etc.).  They offer resources for income-eligible homeowners to make health or safety repairs to their homes. For those who qualify, they can offer loans, and grants of up to $7,500 for folks aged 62 years or older. Learn more at 802-828-6006 or  www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-repair-loans-grants/vt

VHFA’s Homeowner Assistance Program launched to help Vermonters facing pandemic hardships

Vermont Housing Finance Agency has launched our Homeowner Assistance Program, which offers grants for missed payments on mortgages, utilities (water/sewer, electricity, home heating), property taxes, and homeowner's or condominium association fees. Vermont homeowners can apply here: www.vhfa.org/news/HAP

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