MSAC and Community Services Updates
Last Call for Qigong and Food as Medicine Registrations!
Qigong (with a new start date!)
Ellie Hayes |12 Wednesdays, starts 4/21 | 1:00 - 1:45 pm | via Zoom | $35 members/ $60 public | Ages 15+
In this class you will learn qigong practices from various sources. Qigong literally means “cultivating the Qi” and is effective at moving stagnant energy, strengthening your immune system, and establishing relaxation, and ease. Open to all levels of experience. Class will begin online but likely move outdoors once weather permits. Registration details/form: https://www.montpelier-vt.org/751/Classes
Food as Medicine Fundamentals (needs at least 3 more!)
Lisa Mase | 4 Fridays, starts 4/23 | 1:30—2:30 pm | via Zoom | $35 members/$60 public | Ages 14+
ARE YOU READY TO TRANSFORM YOUR HEALTH WITH FOOD AS MEDICINE? This four-week course is for you! Lisa created Food as Medicine Fundamentals because she knows that we are in a pivotal point in the well-being of ourselves, our species, and our planet. The way we eat and care for ourselves has tremendous ripple effects. May this course help us heal ourselves so we can heal the planet. UPGRADE YOUR NUTRITION KNOWLEDGE. During this 4- week course you will:
- Find healthy eating rhythms for yourself and your loved ones
- Work with Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and the Mediterranean Diet
- Explore nutrition science, macronutrient balance, and personalized nutrition
- Learn how to heal common conditions with food and herbs
- Understand which culinary and tea herbs are best for digestion
- Feel empowered around using food and herbs for health
From intuitive eating for stress reduction to learning about your body’s internal cues for nourishment, we will delve into the importance of what we eat and how we eat it. With traditional nutritional philosophies as our foundation and your common interests as our tools for exploration and growth, we will create a community of wellness. Weekly live courses and our online community will help us deepen our knowledge of food as medicine and keep connected! Take the course at your own pace. You will have lifetime access to materials. All classes will be recorded to watch anytime. Registration details/form: https://www.montpelier-vt.org/751/Classes
Senior Center Re-opening update
Much planning for our re-opening is in the works, and we are taking the slow path forward. Several drop-in groups will restart outdoors in May, and a few more online classes will pivot to in-person outdoor gatherings (as Drawing already has). In June we will host a few activities in-person inside the Center, including our Annual Meeting on June 22 (limited space with distance, masks, and some will attend on Zoom). In July, some Summer classes and meals will be able to return for in-person gathering at MSAC, and by August, we may have a few van trips able to run. We will continue to stay informed of State Guidance and keep you posted about what our staff team, city leadership, and Advisory Council decide for MSAC's slow, safe re-opening. Meanwhile, we encourage everyone to please get vaccinated!
2021 AARP Tax-Aide Clinic Wraps up at MSAC
Lead coordinator/volunteer Georgia Valentine shared the following message: "With enormous thanks to the Staff at MSAC and a group of dedicated volunteers, and despite the procedural constraints of COVID, we managed to serve 80 clients this season, down just slightly from last year. We surely hope to be back to full steam next year."
MSAC Staff offers immense gratitude to Georgia and all the volunteers, along with all those who made contributions to MSAC after having your tax returns prepared.
City Pool Facility News
The Montpelier City Pool (on Elm Street) will be opening for the 2021 summer season but may be operating differently than in previous years. At the April 14th City Council meeting, City Council directed staff to come up with a few plans to open the pool that allows for COVID safety guidelines and safety considerations for the Summer Camp programs. Staff will be presenting their opening options to Council for a decision at the April 28th Council meeting. Stay tuned for more information!
FEAST Farm has a New Farm Manager! Welcome, Dave Hershberger!
From Dave: "Since I was a young child helping my dad in our vegetable garden, I have always had a keen interest in growing things. In high school, I started working for a local vineyard and winery where I continued working on and off throughout college. After graduating with a degree in Environmental Science, I enjoyed working there for several years as they expanded their vineyards and wine production. My experiences working in the vineyard led me to develop a passion for local, sustainable agriculture. I started my own business selling vegetables using the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. By 2019 it was time for our family to make some big changes. We orchestrated a move to Montpelier in January of 2020 and spent the past year taking care of our two little girls. As the new farm manager for Feast Farm, I am excited to get my hands dirty again working with our community to grow our local food system."
Free Exercise guides for healthy aging, available at MSAC for pick-up (and online)!
We know that online exercise programs don't work for everyone, even during a pandemic. So, we reached out to the National Institue of Health and requested copies of their "Get Fit for Life" booklets that include exercises and physical activity strategies for healthy aging. Arrange to pick up a copy by calling 223-2518. Or, read it online or forward to a friend with this link: https://order.nia.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2021-02/exercise-physical-activity-get-fit4-life.pdf.
Check out our Helpful Resources webpage and new additions!
We've posted some new resources on our "Helpful Resources" page recently and wanted to encourage you to check them out. In addition to a lot of other links, you'll now find COVE's 2020 Aging in Vermont Resource Guide & Directory, Finding Help: VT's Abuse, Exploitation & Neglect in Later Life Help Guide, and MSAC 2020 Wellness Call Volunteers Training Resources Guide.