Montpelier Senior Activity Center

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Important Announcements

  • Fall Class Registration is open September 6th. Visit our Classes page and explore all of our new offerings for the Fall 2022 semester. There are over 40 classes to choose from including English Country Dancing, Cooking Demos, Spanish Language, Neurodiversity & The Aging Brain, and much more. Sign up now online!
  • Our September Newsletter is now available. Read the interactive version online or download here
  • MSAC eLetter Delivery: we are aware of an ongoing issue with the delivery of our email newsletters going to SPAM rather than our member's inboxes. We are currently working on a solution, but for now, please whitelist our email, msac@montpelier-vt.org, by making us a contact on your email client in order to ensure the timely deliver of our eLetter every Monday. Thank you! 
  • Upcoming Holidays: MSAC will be closed for the following holidays: Labor Day (9/5/22), Indigenous Peoples Day (10/10/22), Veterans Day (11/11/22), Thanksgiving (11/24), and Black Friday (11/25).

End Of Life Series - Starting September 8th, 2022

The End of Life Series returns this fall with their first event, Advance Care Planning, happening on September 8th, 2022. Join Cynthia Stadler APRN, from BAYADA Hospice, for a four-part series exploring important issues encountered towards the end of life. We will introduce a different topic each session, but also allow plenty of time to discuss questions, concerns, and thoughts participants wish to bring.

Sessions will be in-person at MSAC and refreshments will be served. Topics include Advance Care Planning; Being Mortal film screening; Taking Control at End of Life; and Understanding Dementia.

Call to register: 802-223-2518

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The Montpelier Senior Activity Center (MSAC) is a gathering place for healthy aging, lifelong learning and delicious meals.

Masking is recommended for all inside our facility. 

MSAC's current offerings

2022 Summer Program Guide

Check out our Spring Program Guide to see what classes are upcoming through MSAC, plus M-Th FEAST Meals on Wheels deliveries, twice weekly FEAST Curbside Pickup meals, over a dozen drop-in groups and bimonthly foot clinics at our facility, plus special events on occasion, including Director Teas! Finally, check out MSAC at Home for assistance with select indoor and outdoor chores, technology and more!   

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Stay Informed about Montpelier Senior Activity Center:

To join our e-list and receive our weekly e-letter, email: msac@montpelier-vt.org.  Regularly updated announcements and events online and in-person are available at: https://www.montpelier-vt.org/1128/Special-Events . Click on links at left. Call our office with other questions at 223-2518!

Graffiti Removal Infrastructure Team (GRIT)

See How GRIT Cleans Up The Community In The Slideshow Below!

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Have Fun While Helping Montpelier Look Better!

Are you disturbed by the increase in graffiti appearing on buildings, retaining walls, signs, bridges, benches and other places in Montpelier? If so, you’re not alone. Some who have noticed the increase have formed a volunteer group to restore the city’s infrastructure to its pre-vandalized state. (See “before” and “after” photos.)

Known as GRIT (Graffiti Removal Infrastructure Team), the group was founded by Nancy Schulz and had its first outing in May with seven volunteers. GRIT enjoys the support of the Department of Public Works, the Police Department, Montpelier Alive, and MSAC.

Typically, GRIT members identify places in the downtown that have been vandalized and need to be cleaned up. GRIT members scrape off stickers, use wipes treated with solvents, and paint over graffiti. The day and time of outings varies according to the weather.

New volunteers are welcome and you don’t need to commit to regular attendance. You can come just once or as often as you like. The work isn’t physically demanding and requires no prior experience or specific skills. 

For more information, please contact Nancy Schulz: SaddleShoes2@gmail.com

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Classes


Do you want to keep your mind and body sharp? Our core program is our outstanding and diverse set of more than 75 affordable weekly classes, including classes in movement, the humanities, art, and technology. Learn more.

Trips


Your sense of adventure is alive and well. Harness that spirit and travel with us and other members to destinations near and far. Learn more.

Clinics & Resources


We partner with numerous community organizations to provide you with valuable information and services. Learn more.

Groups and Special Events


In addition to our classes, we also offer lots of lectures, presentations, activities, meals, and groups that are open to all older adults, many at no cost. Learn more. 

FEAST Meals


The FEAST  nutrition program for older adults provides healthy and delicious meals to the community. Learn more.

This month's FEAST menu

Community Corner

Kellogg- Hubbard Library October Events

Poetry Reading | Monday, October 3 | 6:30 pm

Charlie Barasch, Nadell Fishman, and Daniel Lusk read from newly published work. Barasch will be reading from his new collection, Home Movie; Fishman will be reading from her new collection, Traveling, Traveling; and Lusk will be reading from his new collection, Every Slow Thing. This is a free, in-person program at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Landscape, Place, & Environment Among Vermonters | Wednesday, October 5 | 7 pm

Landscapes are dynamic, as are the activities, values, and work of the people who live within them. This talk focuses on how different groups of Vermonters have engaged with land as landscape, place, and environment in recent years, and why it matters to contemporary land debates. Cheryl Morse is Associate Professor of Geography and Geosciences, and co-director of the Environmental Program. She is a rural geographer who researches human-environment interactions. This is a First Wednesdays program and will be held in person in the Hayes Room at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. For more information, visit vermonthumanities.org.

Dirty Work Reflections | Wednesday, October 12 | 7 pm | Zoom

Eyal Press is a writer and journalist who contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other publications. His most recent book, Dirty Work (2021), examines the morally troubling jobs that society tacitly condones and the hidden class of workers who do them. Dirty Work won the 2022 Hillman Prize for book journalism. This is a Virtual 2nd Wednesday Event and will be streamed from a live presentation at the Manchester Community Library. Preregister to tune in via Zoom at vermonthumanities.org.

Comfort Care at the End of Life for Pets | Saturday, October 15 | 10 am

We love our pets and want only the best for them. But as they age and develop chronic problems and terminal conditions, it becomes more of a challenge to know what “the best” really means. How do we begin to guess how they feel, and what they want? How can we maximize comfort and minimize stress—for them as well as for us, the caregivers? Come to the library for a thoughtful conversation about end-of-life care for pets, covering practical information as well as philosophical questions. A veterinarian in the Montpelier area since 2002, Dr. Erika Bruner currently focuses on improving quality of life for elderly animals and their people. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and makes house calls for end-of-life consultations and euthanasia throughout central Vermont. This is a free, in-person program at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Vermont CCC Camps: Their History & Lore | Monday, October 17 | 6:30 pm

Author and historian Marty Podskoch will give a presentation on the history of the Vermont Civilian Conservation Corps Camps. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps were set up in many VT towns, state parks, & forests. Workers built trails, roads, campsites, and dams, stocked fish, fought fires, and planted millions of trees. Marty Podskoch is a retired teacher and the author of eleven books. He is presently gathering information for future books on the camps in Vermont and is keenly interested in meeting individuals who may have CCC stories and photos to contribute to these books. Those that have information should contact him at podskoch@comcast.net. This is a free, in-person program at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Screening of Vision Portraits | Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 6 PM

Join in this free, community screening of Vision Portraits, a feature-length documentary that chronicles the creative paths of blind and visually impaired artists including a photographer (John Dugdale), dancer (Kayla Hamilton), writer (Ryan Knighton) and the film’s director, Rodney Evans. Co-sponsored by the Vermont Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (VABVI) and in conjunction with Blindness Awareness Month. This is an in-person program at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

KHL Book Discussion Group | Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 6:30 PM | Zoom

All are welcome to join us in discussing The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. This will be the first of two discussions (the next being on 11/17, also on Zoom) of this 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner in general nonfiction. Multiple copies of the book are available at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library for patrons. You can ask for the “KHL Book Group” at the main circulation desk. For questions, contact Michelle Singer at msinger@kellogghubbard.org. To register for this Zoom program, go to www.kellogghubbard.org/adult-programs.

Larceny at the Library! | Saturday, October 29 & Sunday, October 30, 2022 | 6-8 PM  

It was a dark and stormy night in 1899 when the spirit of John Hubbard, embattled founder of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, shed its mortal coil forever. Now buried in the Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier and guarded by the “Black Agnes” memorial (widely understood to be haunted), John Hubbard had been involved in a years-long conflict over the disputed inheritance from his aunt, Fanny Hubbard Kellogg, and uncle, Martin M. Kellogg. 

Some say the strain of the bitter legal and community battle over the money, earmarked for the building of a new library, led directly to his death on that fateful night when, “great trees swayed and houses trembled.” Any of this information can be found in the Vermont History article, “Dying Well in Montpelier: The Story of the Hubbard Memorial” by Cynthia Mills. What people don’t know is that John Hubbard left behind that night a valuable item that has recently gone missing. Our questions to you are: what is it, and who took it? 

Come help us find out on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th for the Larceny at the Library! event. Individuals, families, and groups of up to six people, are invited to move through the library meeting Halloween characters and solving riddles. Teams who successfully complete their game card will be entered into a raffle for a grand prize. 

This event is open to all ages but parents and guardians should know that there are spooky elements (no one is jumping out at you, though). Register in advance at www.kellogghubbard.org/caper. Donations are appreciated but not required. This is an in-person event at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in collaboration with The Greatest Caper in Montpelier. The library is an accessible building. For more information, contact Michelle Singer at msinger@kellogghubbard.org.

 Home Delivery

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library offers Home Delivery service to patrons who are housebound and unable to visit the library for a period of two months or longer. You can call (802) 223-3338 or download the Home Delivery Registration Form at https://www.kellogghubbard.org/outreach-and-home-delivery. Don’t forget: all residents of the towns of Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, Montpelier, and Worcester are eligible for a free library card at KHL!

Language Lunches

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier offers Language Lunches every week in the Hayes Room. These drop-in meetings are open to all.

Italian Language Lunch on Tuesdays 12-1 p.m.

Spanish Language Lunch on Wednesdays 12-1 p.m.

French Language Lunch on Thursdays 12-1 p.m.

For more information about programs at KHL, visit www.kellogghubbard.org/adult-programs.


Quotes

July Quote of the Month

"I really value your programming and good Instructors. I’d like to take French conversation or Spanish, join the Mahjong or scrabble group, and wish I could have attended Rick Winston’s films at the Savoy. I hope he will continue that. I miss seeing great films."

August Quote of the Month

"ZOOM allows me to participate. As a full-time caregiver for my husband with dementia, I cannot ever attend live classes or events.

September Quote of the Month

“The classes are great, I would love more educational ones, like Art History, local history, how a car engine works....”