Special Events with MSAC & Partners

Let's gather safely and joyfully this summer!

Current COVID guidelines affecting MSAC operations  

MSAC office and facility are now open to the public, and in-person classes, groups have resumed along with some continuing online.

Parkapalooza: FREE Family-friendly concerts at Hubbard Park for 1 more Thursday night:  Barika! 

Check out the last awesome event after six others we featured each Thursday night starting mid-summer!  For full info, click here.  

  • 9/23: Barika (rescheduled from July rain cancellation)

Osher Lifelong Learning Returns to MSAC! “Spirits” with “Banjo” Dan Lindner, Musician |  Wednesday, Sept. 29 | 1:30-3:00pm | In-person 

“Heart and Eyes: A Lens on the World” with Elliot Burg, Photographer
 Wednesday, October 6 | 1:30-3:00pm | In-person

Limited seating for COVID safety. Advance registration is required at: learn.uvm.edu/olli/centralvt or phone 802-656-5817.  Price is $8/session or $20 for these two programs and three films Nov.-Dec. To learn more about OSHER and other Fall in-person and online programs, visit https://learn.uvm.edu/program/osher-lifelong-learning/olli-statewide/central-vermont/

Slow Jam Drop-in Group for Music-making, with experienced musicians | at MSAC Community Room | Biweekly Thursdays, starts 9/30 | 6:00- 8:00pm| Open to public | Age 14+ | Suggested donation: $5 per session

MSAC will offer a “Slow Jam” on an every other Thursday basis starting on Thursday, 9/30, 6-8pm. The purpose of the Slow Jam format is to get the players familiar with the jam protocols associated with traditional and Celtic music as well as build confidence to participate in other jams. The session will start with a short instruction followed by playing familiar tunes at a slower than normal tempo and focus on playing by ear once the key of the song is announced. All acoustic instruments are welcome (no amplification please). Local musicians experienced in the jamming will lead the group. All ages and levels of playing are welcome to participate. These sessions are meant for beginning and intermediate level players with some basic familiarity with their instruments and will not include in-depth instrument instruction. These sessions focus on fun and learning. There is a suggested donation of $5 for each session that you attend to help support MSAC and the local musician leaders. No one is turned away for inability to contribute. Registration is encouraged but not necessary. https://www.montpelier-vt.org/DocumentCenter/View/6634/Fall-2021-MSAC-Class-Reg-Form?bidId=

Got smartphone or iPad Questions? Technology Tutor Available at MSAC!

Next session: Friday afternoon, October 1, 3:30-4:30

Local high school student, Russell Clar, is available for twenty-minute appointments at Montpelier Senior Activity Center to assist seniors with smartphone set-up, settings adjustments, email questions, Google Docs, photo-editing, or bring other questions/needs and he’ll do his best to help!  Depending on interest, Russell may continue to offer this service on an occasional or regular basis during after-school hours.   To reserve a slot or get your name on a future list, call the MSAC main office at 223-2518 or email msac@montpelier-vt.org

VT Home Energy Profile Clinics

Friday, Oct. 8 OR Oct. 22 | 4:00-5:30pm | Free | in-person at 58 Barre Street

Mayor Anne Watson and the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee, together with Efficiency VT and the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, bring you this free clinic from MSAC’s Community Room. The clinic will be most effective if you bring your own laptop or other device. The VT Home Energy Profile is a useful tool to help homeowners assess the energy efficiency of their own home. It’s generated either by answering  questions about the home or by entering utility bill information. In the end, there are some recommendations to homeowners about next steps they may take to make their home more efficient. This    workshop will assist attendees in filling out survey questions to get a VT Home Energy Profile for their homes, making sure it makes sense and is done  correctly. To learn more: https://www.netzeromontpelier.org/home-energy-information-ordinance  

To pre-register and receive electronic resources via email in advance, email msac@montpelier-vt.org or call 802-223-2518 by the Wednesday prior to each event (10/6, 10/20), indicating the date you will attend and your mailing address or email address for materials distribution before or after clinics. 

MSAC Advisory Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 12 | 1-2:30pm | Zoom & In-person | Agenda and last month’s minutes will be posted on our website. To receive the Zoom link or phone number, contact msac@montpelier-vt.org or call 223-2518. 

Learn more about the Hubbard Park Expansion Project: Two events

We have the opportunity to add 80 acres to Hubbard Park this year Look for updates, pledge forms, and coming soon, a button for online donations at www.montpelier-vt.org/1222/Expand-Hubbard-Park. Join Parks staff and Parks Commission members to hear the details and ask questions about this exciting opportunity!

  • Tuesday, October 12, 7:30pm on Zoom 
  • Wednesday, October 13, 5:30pm at MSAC, 58 Barre Street.    note: no advance registration needed; capacity limits for physical distancing; masking required.
  • Zoom link and more details will be posted at the above website by October 5.

Preparing for Winter Walk

Saturday, October 16, 10:00am (rain date, 10/17) | Easy to moderate walk led by Naturalist Gail Johnson. No need to register; just show up! Meet at the New Shelter in Hubbard Park. 

Elders Together Drop-in Group

Monday, October 18 | 1-2:30pm | In-person at MSAC | Seeking new facilitator — not certain to meet in October. Call MSAC main office to RSVP. 

Enchanted Forest at Hubbard Park 

Friday, October 29 & Saturday, October 30 | Our family-friendly, enchanting event featuring a candlelit walk, art, music and more, in partnership with All Together Now, is on! Ticket sales will be online and at the Community Services office at 58 Barre Street starting about October 4. Check the website here for updates and a link to tickets soon, which sell out fast: https://www.montpelier-vt.org/1188/Upcoming-Events

Flu Clinic with CVHHH

Monday, November 1, 10am – 12pm | walk-ins only | Please bring your insurance card. If you’re 19 years+, the flu vaccine is provided at no cost. For those aged 18, it would be billed to a billable insurance. CVHHH can’t bill United Health Care (even if you have traditional Medicare), Cigna, Care Centrix or the VA. Only come if you have no COVID symptoms, fever or exposure. Masking required. CVHHH isn’t doing joint flu/COVID vaccine clinics, but the vaccines can be given on the same day. No advance appointments, but please spread out arrival times through the two-hour block. Age 18+ only. 

Making Seed Collages Walk

Saturday, November 13, 10:00am (rain date, 11/14)  | Very easy walk led by Naturalist Gail Johnson. No need to register; just show up! Meet at parking lot next to Winooski River on Siboinebi Path at Country Club Road. 

See our Community Announcements page for more great events offered by other organizations!  

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We will continue to post online offerings of our community partners as space allows! 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.

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Drop-in Groups (most weekly)

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

  • Tai Chi: New Drop-in with Judy Copa, Tuesdays, 11am, VCFA green (geared to previous students of Judy's Tai Chi classes. Questions? Contact her at judy@gmavt.net). 
  • Walks with Joan
    Mondays | 9:30 am as of 9/20/21 | meetup locations vary week to week
    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 Online
    The Ad-Hoc Writers Group meets online on Monday Nights. To get more information about dates, times, and links, contact hugo@liepmann.us.
  • Trash Tramps Outdoors
    Tuesdays | 2:00 pm | meets at 1:50 pm in front of MSAC
    (email Nancy Schulz at 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.
  • Italian Group In-person
    Tuesdays | 1:15-2:30 pm| MSAC Activity Room
    Anyone interested in joining the Italian group can email stevecbailey@gmail.com to learn more.
  • Photography Club Outdoor Walks with Linda Hogan
    Wednesdays | 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.
  • Crafters Group In-person at MSAC
    Wednesdays | 12:30-2:30pm | MSAC Art Room
    Knitting, sewing, and other hand-crafts. All are welcome at all levels of skill! Many generous crafters donate their items for sale by MSAC as a fundraising effort. Contact Norma in the MSAC office with questions. nmaurice@montpelier-vt.org
  • Rainbow Umbrella Women's Discussion Group Online
    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 Group Resumes In-person at MSAC!
    Monthly, varying dates and locations; next date: Monday, September 20, 1:00-2:30 
    Contact Mary Alice Bisbee at maryalicebisbee@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP. Some carpooling may be possible but arranged by Mary Alice. Past topics of discussion have included health care, housing, transportation, and exchange of life experiences. Seeking additional facilitators!
  • Montpelier Ukulele Players 
    Biweekly Thursdays. Email barrettsvt@gmail.com to get on the notification list and learn more about what, where and when exactly they play, since there is fluctuation at this time. 
  • MSAC Book Discussion Group Online, 2nd Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 pm. Contact Barbara Dall at 229-4870 if interested in getting next title and/or joining. 
  • Poetry Club (Paused)
    Still paused for pandemic but historically has met at K-H Library. 
  • Mah Johng, Fridays, 1:00-3:30pm 
  • Bridge, Thursdays, 12:30-3:45pm 
  • Scrabble & other table-games, Tuesdays, 1-3pm, Fridays 1:00-3:30 
  • On hold until in-person FEAST meals return indoors: Show & Tell Fridays