Montpelier Senior Activity Center
- Become a member! Sign up by downloading the form and bringing it into our office at 58 Barre Street.
- Winter Class Registration starts soon.
- Our November Newsletter is now available. Read the printable version and interactive version online or download by clicking the links.
- 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, email@example.com, 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: Veterans Day (11/11), Thanksgiving (11/24), and Flannel Friday (11/25).
Giving Back To MSAC This Holiday Season
Dear Montpelier Community,
As you likely know by now, the Montpelier Senior Activity Center (MSAC) is proud to run a vibrant Meals on Wheels program through our FEAST Senior Meals Program. While we are always in need of volunteer drivers and kitchen helpers, MSAC is also in need of your financial generosity.
We know that many worthy organizations are seeking your donations right now...but we're putting the word out to you because for just a few dollars a month, your contributions could help ensure that your neighbors in need of home-delivered meals can get them.
Like many others, we are struggling with inflation and rising food costs, so it currently costs $133/month to purchase the ingredients needed to provide ONE Meals on Wheels client with meals for the month. With all the other costs, it actually costs just over $500 to serve one client a month. We are exceedingly grateful to the Central VT Council on Aging (CVCOA) for the $3.80/meal they reimburse us, but the current food costs are more like $4.43/meal.
The need for Meals on Wheels is increasing, exponentially. In the last year alone, we have more than doubled our service. Just this week alone we have received 5 new intakes…and these are all for folks coming out of the hospital with mobility issues and dire need for our home-delivered meals.
Consider this: if just 4 of you contributed $33/month, that is one client taken care of for a whole month of meals. And think of it this way: $33 a month is like skipping just one lunch at a café...
If you feel able, even $10 a month is helpful. And moreover, if you can help us by spreading the word about this opportunity to ensure that food finds the folks that need it, please do. You may set up your monthly contribution by visiting here: https://www.montpelier-vt.org/746/Donate
(Make sure to specify if your gift is for FEAST or for general MSAC support)
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for ALL that you do for our beautiful community. Together, we shine the light so our elders can feel at ease on their aging journeys.
End Of Life Series at MSAC
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
The Montpelier Senior Activity Center (MSAC) is a gathering place for healthy aging, lifelong learning and delicious meals.
Stay Informed about Montpelier Senior Activity Center:
To join our e-list and receive our weekly e-letter, email: firstname.lastname@example.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!
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
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.
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.
The FEAST nutrition program for older adults provides healthy and delicious meals to the community. Learn more.
Kellogg - Hubbard Library
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!
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 pm
Spanish Language Lunch on Wednesdays 12-1 pm
French Language Lunch on Thursdays 12-1 pm
For more information about programs at KHL, visit www.kellogghubbard.org/adult-programs.
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....”
October Quote of the Month
"I’d love to someday have a course, maybe 5 or 6 sessions, in ice skating. It’s been so, so many years since I’ve done it. I’d like to be able to skate with my grandsons and mentee but feel unsure of myself."
November Quote of the Month
“Montpelier is very fortunate to have a worthy Senior Center.
Many courses are offered to satisfy varied interests.”
December Quote of the Month
“There is great variety and value in the MSAC course offerings. I would like to see the guitar class come back!”