Special Events with MSAC & Partners

Let's gather safely and care for our community this new year!

Current COVID guidelines affecting MSAC operations  

Since mid-2021, MSAC's office and facility have been open to the public, and in-person classes and groups resumed, while others are held online.

On January 3rd, 2022, staff made the decision to PAUSE ALL IN-PERSON GROUP ACTIVITIES (including groups and classes) until the week of January 17, when we hope post-holiday COVID-19 cases have been identified and safety risks may be lower. 

All staff and group leaders are subject to the City's updated vaccine/testing guidelines, everyone inside the facility is required to wear masks, and no one who has recently been a close contact of a positive case or has symptoms should enter the facility.  We encourage everyone to get vaccinated and boostered and to wear N-95, K-95, surgical, and/or double-masks whenever possible, and we are endeavoring to get a supply of these for MSAC volunteers. 

Special Events brought to you by MSAC, the City, and in collaboration with our partners

MSAC Advisory Council Meeting

Tues. Jan. 11 | 1-2:30pm | Zoom only (for now) | Agenda and last month’s minutes will be posted on our website here. To receive the Zoom link or phone number, contact msac@montpelier-vt.org or call 223-2518. 

Office Closure: Monday, January 17

The Community Services Office at MSAC will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. Some classes will meet but not in-person drop-in groups at MSAC; check with your instructor if unsure.

Director’s Tea Events: Meet the Director! Chat with Sarah and take home tea and cookies

Join Sarah Lipton, MSAC Director for one of three hour-long events to meet her, learn about her vision for MSAC’s future, and share your wishes, hopes, dreams and feedback. Hot tea and fresh cookies to take home will be provided by Chef Shalonda in the FEAST Kitchen.

  • Tues. Jan. 18,11am – MSAC Art Room (pick up a Curbside meal afterwards to take home, too!)
  • Wed. Jan. 26, 2pm – MSAC Community Room
  • Wed. Feb. 2, 5:15pm – MSAC Community Room (intended for working seniors so you can pop over after work before your commute home!) 

ON HOLD FOR NOW: “Slice of Life” — a new drop-in activity at MSAC! 

with Nancy Schulz | at MSAC & Zoom | 10 Tuesdays, in-person start delayed to Jan. 18 | 4-5pm | Open to public |  Ages 18+ | See full description in "Drop-in Groups" list. 

Community Jam Drop-in Group for Music-making, with experienced musicians 

Biweekly 1st & 3rd Thursdays, next session 1/20 | 6:15- 7:30pm | at MSAC  |  Open to public | Age 14+ |  See full description in "Drop-in Groups" list.

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

Next sessions: Friday afternoons, Jan. 21, 28 | 3:30-4:30 | Pre-register

Local high school student, Russell Clar, is available for twenty-minute appointments at MSAC 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! 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.  FREE!

Montpelier Ukulele Players Drop-in Group Returns! 

Biweekly 2nd & 4th Thursdays, next session 1/27, 6:15- 7:30pm | at MSAC  | Open to public | Age 14+ |  See full description in "Drop-in Groups" list. 

Animal Tracking Intro Walk

Sat. Jan. 22 | 10am (rain/snow date, 1/23) | Free | all ages | Join Naturalist Gail Johnson at the New Shelter at Hubbard Park for an easy walk. This is a first of a series about animal tracking. We'll learn the basics of how animals move which determines their track patterns. Every set of tracks reveals a story about the animal. Handouts and props will illustrate track patterns and shapes. 

Lunar New Year Celebration 

Tuesday, February 1, 11:30am—4:00pm
Join teacher Ellie Hayes, MSAC Director Sarah Lipton, and friends at MSAC and Kellogg Hubbard Library (KHL) for all or part of this full-day Lunar New Year Celebration. Celebrating the Year of the Tiger, we will share: (please note, many of these activities may be pivoting to online/remote only, and we will post updates soon)

  • Art Exhibit of Calligraphy Scrolls at MSAC by Ellie Hayes
  • 11:30am, Tai Chi Demonstrations (by front entrance of MSAC if weather allows)
  • 12pm, Chinese Curbside Pickup lunch at MSAC
  • 12-1pm, Chinese Language luncheon at KHL
  • 2-3pm, Intro to Chinese Culture and Lunar New Year Customs at KHL
  • 3-4pm, Chinese Paper Cutting Activity (children and their grownups welcome!) at KHL

Insights Into Conflict Workshop with Montpelier Community Justice Center

Wed. Feb. 2 | 10-11:30am | Zoom | Free | Age 18+ | When you disagree with someone, do you argue, fight, try to get even or want to teach the person a lesson? Or do you retreat, give in or give up? Do you feel satisfied in how difficult interactions happen or do you feel like things could go better? In this class we will look for answers to these questions and learn some new ways to think about disagreements that might help you fight less, feel more satisfied with conflict outcomes and work to preserve relationships. Please contact msac@montpelier-vt.org or call 223-2518 to register for this free workshop. 

“Valenteer” Love Fest: Curbside Pickup Meal Celebrating our Volunteers  

Monday, February 14 (Valentine's Day!) More details to come in January! 

Weekly (and other regular) Drop-in Groups & Classes

Click here to find registration materials and current lists and schedules of in-person and online free and fee-based offerings for all ages. Dozens of diverse options! 

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

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.