Special Events at MSAC

As a reminder, the Governor’s safety advisories continue to urge Vermonters age 65 and older to shelter at home. The City of Montpelier and MSAC encourage anyone participating in our volunteers’ outdoor activities to follow all the State of Vermont’s safety precaution recommendations.  

Advisory Council Meeting | Monday, July 13 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Zoom

Agendas, past minutes, Governance policy and other information about the Advisory Council can be found here: https://www.montpelier-vt.org/369/MSAC-Advisory-Council. Contact us at msac@montpelier-vt.org  for Zoom link; all are welcome!

A Peer-to-Peer Conversation About Osteoporosis on Zoom | Thursday, July 16 | 6:00-7:00 pm | Online Zoom 

Have you been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis? Are you curious about different treatment approaches? Prescription drugs? Supplements? Diet? Exercise? Alternatives to the western medical model? In this peer-to-peer exchange, attendees will have the option to share what they’re doing and what they’ve learned about bone density and bone loss. Nancy Schulz will facilitate this discussion to which all are welcome. To get the Zoom link, contact Nancy at saddleshoes2@gmail.com

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED on Mondays (Three 2-hr shifts): Help Parks and MSAC Team grow food for FEAST Senior Meals!

Plants coming up at Community FEAST Farm

Would you like to help provide FEAST with fresh, local food? This summer, the Parks Department and MSAC are teaming up to grow fresh food for Montpelier Senior Activity Center’s FEAST senior meals program (including Meals on Wheels). We are in need of volunteer help with weeding, planting, watering, harvesting, and more.  We are looking for volunteers to sign-up to help for 2-hour shifts on Mondays. No special skills or abilities are necessary! Please bring water and work gloves. Sign-up here or email Jacqueline Huettenmoser at eco-americorps@montpelier-vt.org for more information. This is the link to the sign-up sheet. 

Directions to the farm (5 Home Farm Way, Montpelier):

  • Follow route 2 east (toward East Montpelier). 
  • Continue on route 2 through the roundabout (where Formula Ford is). 
  • Make your first right turn after the roundabout. You’ll see an office complex and a sign that says 1 Home Farm Way.
  • Follow the one-way signs around the buildings.
  • Turn right onto a dirt driveway (it will look like a private drive and you’ll see a big old house)
  • Follow the driveway to the left of the house and you should find us!

If you have gardening tools to share or simply wish to see what the farm needs, please visit the announcement page!

Monday walks with Joan

This longtime MSAC drop-in group is back, but meet-up locations will vary. 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 and shared your email, Joan will email you her meet-up locations in the future and let you know of changes/cancellations.

The Trash Tramps Welcome You to Join Tuesday afternoons

The group of volunteers who call themselves the Trash Tramps will be resuming their regular outings. 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 a mask 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): StoryWalkVT@yahoo.com.

Some MSAC partner public education events are now online! 

We are pleased that some of our community partners have created online versions of events that would have been offered in our facility this spring, and more are in the works for in the future.  These are free and open to the public, with registration through the partners and instructions in the descriptions.

  • Medicare and You: Workshop | Tuesday, July 21 | 1 am - 3 pm | Online 

Turning 65 and have questions about applying for Medicare? Confused about the options available within Medicare plans? In this workshop, we will walk you through the ins and outs of Medicare plans and options, including Parts A, B, and D prescription coverage, supplemental plans, Advantage plans, and more. Central Vermont Council on Aging provides information, counseling, and assistance to all Medicare eligible per-sons under the auspices of the State Health Insurance & Assistance Program. CVCOA is your local non-profit Medicare expert with nothing to sell. Our presenters are State Health Insurance Program Coordinators with knowledge of the most recent changes to Medicare. This workshop is interactive, lively and fun, so please join us! Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 479-0531 or email medicareworkshops@cvcoa.org. If you can’t attend but have questions, or to learn about more 2020 workshops in Central Vermont, visit www.cvcoa.org or call CVCOA at 479-0531.

  • Backyard Compost Basics | Thursday, July 30 | 1 - 2:30 pm | Online

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to compost successfully - whether you’re starting for the first time, or are a compost veteran. We’ll cover cold composting, as well as active and passive management techniques. You’ll leave with strategies for jump-starting an old pile, keeping smells down and animals out, and how to compost safely during this time of COVID-19. We’ll also review Vermont’s food scrap ban from the landfill, and other options for managing food scraps in addition to home composting. Join Cassandra Hemenway, Outreach Manager at the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District, trained and certified in turning food waste into soil! Also presenting is Theron Lay-Sleeper, CVSWMD outreach coordinator, and lifelong composter. http://www.cvswmd.org/workshop-registration.html

  • Recycle Right: From Blue Bin to Beyond Free Webinar | Wednesday, August 19 | 10:30 am - 12 pm | Online 

Ever get confused by what goes in and what stays out of your recycling bin? Why is there a recycle symbol on Styrofoam when it can’t get recycled in Vermont? We’ll review recycling basics, why it’s important to have a contamination free bin, how to avoid “wish cycling.” We’ll also talk about extra recycling options that are easy, and free. Pre-registration required: http://www.cvswmd.org/workshop-registration.html 

  • Don’t Flush That! Reduce and Replace Toxins at Home Webinar | Thursday, August 6 | 2:00-3:30 pm | Online 

What should not go down the drain? Join Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District educators and learn to avoid using toxic materials in the first place as well as what to do with those you already have on hand. We will emphasize appropriate collection points for expired medications, household hazardous wastes such as cleaners and automotive fluids, and the array of “universal waste” that can be properly recycled for free throughout Vermont, including paint, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, e-waste & mercury containing devices. Pre-registration required: http://www.cvswmd.org/workshop-registration.html

Coming Soon:

Cooking and Baking with Sugar Alternatives: A Free Webinar with Lisa Mase | Friday, July 24 | 1 - 2:30 pm 

Processed sugar is toxic and addictive. Today’s diet-related diseases trace their roots back to process beet and cane sugar. Learn how to cook and bake with sugar alternatives and understand ways to enjoy the sweet flavor without the addiction and resulting blood sugar imbalance. Questions? Email lisa@harmonizedcookery.com. Pre-registration required by emailing msac@montpelier-vt.org or calling 223-2518. A pre-event and post-event survey will be distributed.

All other special events canceled, postponed or on hold at this time
Due to the pandemic, MSAC is closed to the public except for FEAST senior meal production for delivery and to-go. All special events and activities on and off-site are postponed or canceled at this time until further notice, with the exception of walks and online events we announce here. We will continue to post online offerings of our community partners as space allows! This includes our Annual Meeting originally, which is postponed. 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.