MSAC and Community Services  Updates

FEAST Nutritional Webinars Are Now Online!

The August and September nutritional webinars are now available on our (under construction) YouTube page!

https://youtu.be/2KN8kfKDIc4 - The Protein of Protein w. Sylvia Gaboriault

https://youtu.be/HrC-jVekFGQ - Cooking & Baking with Sugar Alteratives w. Lisa Mase

https://youtu.be/j9vfy4lpyxE - Get the Scoop on Sodium & Salt w. Ilene Siegel

Enchanted Forest Tickets on Sale! 
Enchanted Forest 2020 tickets are now on sale here: https://enchantedforest.brownpapertickets.com/. The event will look a little different now to accommodate for keeping attendees, staff and volunteers safe, but it will feature a lot of the same enchantment that people have to enjoy over the last 20+ years of this event. Please note, that ticket sales will be online only this year, and there will be no tickets sold at the event. For more information, including changes being made accommodate COVID-19 guidelines, please visit this page: https://www.montpelier-vt.org/1188/Upcoming-Events..

Needed: Clean "Shaw's Style" Plastic Bags 

Although single-use plastic bags are now banned in Montpelier, the Trash Tramps are wondering if you have some extra, clean Shaw's bags that you wish to donate. The Tramps use these on their weekly outings to pick up litter from Montpelier's downtown. If you have some to spare, please email Anne Ferguson: StoryWalkVT@yahoo.com Thank you! 

MSAC Village Offering Raking, Wood-stacking and other Outdoor Chore Help this Fall and Recruiting Volunteers 

With fall officially in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about what outdoor chores need to be done before the first flakes fly. Have any leaves that need to be raked, wood that needs stacking, or a garden to be put to bed? If you’re a Montpelier resident, let MSAC know! As part of an initiative to create a Village model here in Montpelier (more information below), we are pleased to announce the offering of assistance with outdoor chores in the month of October! If you – or your Montpelier friends, family, or neighbors – need any assistance with an outdoor to-do list, we are here to help. Contact AmeriCorps member Andrew Gribbin at 262-6287 or at msac-americorps@montpelier-vt.org to learn more about this new initiative and to register for the services today. We hope to see you – socially distanced – in your yard soon! Additionally, we are looking for volunteers who would be willing to lend their time in support of this project. If you are able to assist in this initiative, we could use your help! Any amount of time you are able to give will go a long way to ensuring your neighbors can check all the boxes on their fall chore list. Please contact Andrew Gribbin to learn more about ways to assist or to register as a volunteer. What is a Village model and why is one planned for Montpelier? Learn more about it here: https://www.timesargus.com/ news/local/village-model-proposed-forcapital-city/article_2f4e8d22-328e-560a9915-4fd25607fce8.html and here: www.vtvnetwork.org and keep an eye out for more communication ahead!

Fall 2020 Weekly Classes Have Started but There is Still Time and Space to Sign Up! 

24 classes are happening, and 20 are on-line (Zoom, phone option also available). Over half are movement classes. Many classes also open to people under age 50, and no classes have limits on town of residence. Click to open our class forms below. Click on the classes webpage below for the current (updated!) Registration Form and  Program Guide. Please contact us at msac@montpelier-vt.org if you have questions or need help to enroll. If need be, we can place you in your desired class, and you can send payment later. If you’re running into any problems with the online system related to fees or membership, just let us know. If you need help with Zoom, please visit www.montpelier-vt.org/751/Classes for some helpful information. If you’d like more help, contact us so we can assist you. We may schedule more Zoom training with Chet in the weeks to come, depending on need. Or let us know if you need help for other technology questions! Finally, many of our talented instructors are or will be offering remote classes independently/privately, and we are pleased to provide a list (on our classes webpage - link above) that gets updated periodically. Please support them while keeping yourself engaged and active! 

Winter Program, Presentation and Class Proposals Due October 13 

Do you have an exciting idea for a class or educational presentation that you would like to see MSAC offer this winter and either the skills to lead it yourself or clear information about someone willing to do so? The Program Committee is currently accepting proposals for Winter classes and other programs. All classes will be held in accordance with the most up-to-date State COVID-19 guidelines or held online. We always love to hear from our members about what they would like to see offered, but now more than ever – what could we do that would keep you engaged? Request proposal forms by emailing Harry at msac@montpeliervt.org.


Older Announcements:

Reminder: Health Screenings and Reservations Only
Just a reminder to everyone that our building is still closed to the public EXCEPT during scheduled activities and events. At those times, only people who are registered for classes, foot clinics or other scheduled activities are able to come, and everyone will be subject to our health screening. If you've been exposed to anyone with Covid in the past 14 days or have any of the symptoms, please stay at home. All who enter the building are asked to wear a face covering, stay 6+ feet apart, and practice hand sanitizing/washing. Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we work to prevent virus transmission and follow state guidance.

Bone Builders Equipment:
As many of our members are getting ready to start up or continue taking bone builders over Zoom, we wanted to give everyone an update on the supply of our weights. What was were once a shareable piece of equipment is now limited to use within a household. So if you are able, we recommend purchasing a pair of weights for yourself. Dick’s sporting good in Williston, VT (# 802-288-9854 or website: https://www.dickssportinggoods.com) is offering curbside pickup. Last weekend their supply was high, and pricing ranged from $4-$30 for neoprene-coated weights ranging 1-20 pounds, and from $7-$23 for cast iron hex weights ranging from 5 to 20 pounds. Dick's was limiting the purchase of weights to one pair per size/type per customer. 

If you are unable to go to the store, weights are also available on Amazon and other suppliers.

However, we do have a limited supply of weights to share for those unable to acquire their own. We will work with instructors to get weights out to people. If you have weights you borrowed from MSAC that you are able to return or are not using, please call us at 802-223-2518 and let us know. 

Memorial Website for Jessica Sanderson
The family of Jessica Sanderson has created a beautiful memorial website for her, and they asked us to share it. On the site, you can read her obituary, share memories, and learn how the family asked that in lieu of donations, donations be made in her memory to support MSAC's FEAST program. Click here to navigate to the site.