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Kellogg-Hubbard Library's PoemCity presents: Birth & Rebirth Poetry Reading
Tuesday, April 13 | 7:00 pm

Poets Samantha Kolber, Jesse LoVasco, Lisa Mase, and Eva Zimet read from their recently published poetry collections.

Samantha Kolber's first chapbook, Birth of a Daughter (Kelsay Books) was published in September of 2020. Jesse Lovasco's Homebound Publications 2019 Poetry Prize Winning book, Native, was released in April of 2020. Lisa Mase's chapbook, I Won't Be/Long Here (Kelsay Books) is forthcoming in April 2021, and Eva Zimet's collection, The Lost Grip (Rootstock Publishing) was published in January of 2021.

Register in advance HERE.

For more information about PoemCity generally, and to view all events planned for April please visit the PoemCity website here:

Rick Winston presents "Food Films to Savor" to benefit Savoy Theater
Tuesday, April 13 | 7:30 pm | online
For those who missed Rick Winston's program "Food Films to Savor," he will be giving an encore presentation next Tuesday evening, April 13 at 7:30, this time as a benefit for The Savoy Theater. The program will feature magnificent meals and the people who prepare them. We'll see excerpts from twelve films, that highlight the cuisines of France (Babette's Feast), Italy (Big Night), Taiwan (Eat Drink Man Woman), and India (The Lunchbox), plus excerpts from documentaries about bread, sushi, and garlic. To reserve tickets, go to

Vermont Legal Aid Presents A Free Virtual Virtual Legal Advice Clinic!
For Vermont Seniors (Ages 60+) | Thursday, April 22 | 9- 11:30 am
Vermont Legal Aid is hosting a virtual legal advice clinic by phone for free civil legal assistance to Vermont seniors, aged 60 and up, to answer legal questions about COVID-19 related assistance, federal and state benefits, housing, unemployment, or other civil legal issues. Call and book your free 20-minute appointment! Click here to learn more.
To schedule an appointment, call: 1-802-318-4169.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, April 22 | 10 am—2:30 pm
Your blood donation is essential to maintaining our community's health. Currently, the Red Cross is following FDA blood donation eligibility guidance for those who have received a COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received a vaccination (or part of a vaccination), you will need to know the name of the manufacturer to determine your eligibility. To learn more about donating blood in the time of COVID and the COVID vaccine, visit:

Central Vermont Council on Aging Launches Wellness Themed Fundraising Auction - Bidding Live! 
CVCOA has over 60 amazing auction donations from many of your favorite local businesses, artists, and wellness practitioners to uplift and enhance your wellbeing (and fun!) as we lean into spring. The CVCOA WellnesScape Online Auction features original art, wellness services, dining, entertainment, yummy treats, music lessons and so much more! We have gift certificates from your favorite stores and restaurants such as Guy’s Farm and Yard, Montpelier Agway, Guitar Sam, Splash Naturals, AroMed Essentials, Sarducci’s, Harrison’s Restaurant, Cornerstone Pub and Kitchen, King Arthur Flour…and many more. The auction runs through 9 pm on May 2nd. Online auction bidding is open at  Proceeds support healthy aging services for older central Vermonters and their family caregivers.  For more information on the work of your Central Vermont Council on Aging go to Please email Aly McHugh for more information or if you have questions about the auction at

Older Announcements!

Screenshot 2021-03-31 102331Activity Group and Virtual Social Time for Older Vermonters (phone-access friendly) Wednesdays, 2-3pm, free
A new weekly activity group for seniors! In an effort to help stave off feelings of isolation and loneliness, COVID Support VT has created a weekly phone-friendly activity group. You can chat, play games, and connect with others.
Call 2-1-1 and then press #2 with any questions or visit their website for more information:

Yiddish class series (two levels) on Zoom
All are welcome to join educator Randi Hacker on Zoom for a new series of 6 classes to learn Yiddish together! Beginner and Intermediate options available.
Beginners: Wednesday evenings starting April 14, 7-8 pm Sign up here-
Intermediate: Sunday evenings starting April 11, 7-8:30 pm Sign up here- 

Central Vermont Council on Aging Announcements

Need Tech Help?

  • Do you need help learning how to use Zoom, email, or other apps? Contact Luke Rackers, CVCOA's Community Engaged Tech Specialist, at 802-479-1953 or 
  • Here's a fun video on tips for sharing your screen during Zoom calls: 
  • Dell Laptops on Loan: Are you interested in trying out a laptop for the first time? CVCOA has 5 Dell Laptops to lend out to older adults who need a computing device and would like to test drive a laptop before deciding what to purchase. If you are interested in borrowing a laptop, please contact Luke Rackers, Community Engaged Tech Specialist, at or 802-479-1953. 

Missing the Outdoors? Take a virtual visit to a National Park this spring! Many national park sites offer virtual tours that allow you to experience the park digitally from your home. Click on this link to view virtual park tour options: National Parks Virtual Tour 

Two Creative Aging Opportunities:

  • 1) Variety Show - Friday, May 7th at 3:00 p.m. over Zoom. Registration is required in advance to attend or contribute. Register Here.
  • We are looking for people who would like to contribute to the show. Show off your storytelling skills, sing a song or play some music, recite a poem, perform a magic trick, showcase a skill, or any other act/performance you can dream up! Acts should be in the 3–7-minute range and can be pre-recorded or live. If you would like to contribute, please contact Luke Rackers at or call 802-479-1953. 
  • 2) Van Gogh Virtual Museum Visit - Friday, June 4th at 3:00 p.m. over Zoom. Registration is required in advance via this link: Van Gogh Registration. In addition to the virtual museum visit, we will also be discussing the Painting Everyday Objects activity and artwork from the recent Creative Care Kit project and reading some of Van Gogh letters.

Alzheimer's Association Support Groups: April-May 2021
Support groups can be a lifeline for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Support groups create a safe, confidential, supportive environment for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. They also offer participants an opportunity to learn about dementia and develop methods and skills to cope with challenges. Alzheimer's Association Vermont Chapter: To register for one of these support groups, please contact the facilitator listed.

  • Support Group for People Living with Younger-Onset Dementia
    Tuesdays at 12 PM 
     For people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia who were diagnosed before age 65. Group runs from April 6 - May 25. To register for this group, please contact Tania Paparazzo at or (617) 393-2071. 
  • Support Group for People Living with Early-Stage Dementia
    Thursdays at 2:30 PM
    For people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia who are in the early stage of the disease. Group runs from April 8 - May 27. To register for this group, please contact Gretchen Cole at
  • Support Group for People Living with Early-Stage Dementia
    Tuesdays at 12 PM 
    For people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia who are in the early stage of the disease. Group runs from April 20 - May 25. To register for this group, please contact Meghan Lemay at or (617) 393-2156.

    Support Groups for Caregivers
    To register for one of these support groups, please click the link or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900. 
  • Support Group for Male Caregivers
    Mondays at 6 PM
    Group runs from April 5 to May 24.
  • Support Group for Caregivers with a Loved One with Early-Stage Dementia
    Mondays at 12 PM
    Group runs from April 5 to May 24.
  • Support Group for Caregivers
    Wednesdays at 12:30 PM    
    Group runs from April 7 to May 26. 
  • Support Group for Grieving Caregivers 
    Tuesdays at 4 PM
    Group runs from April 20 to May 25. To register for this group, please contact Judy Tredwell at
  • Support Group for Caregivers - Phone Only 
    Thursdays at 12 PM
    Group runs from April 22 to May 27.

Bulk order of Jora Composters offered by Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District in partnership with the Composting Association of Vermont is holding its annual bulk order of Jora Composters. Orders will be accepted until April 6. This bulk-order opportunity allows folks to get a deep discount on quality, animal-proof compost equipment. 

 For more details and a list of sizes and prices, see our flyer

 If you have attended any of our compost presentations or webinars, you've heard about these dual-chambered, insulated tumblers that are great on their own, or as part of a larger compost system. Our partners at CAV will take your orders and answer questions. CVSWMD staff will distribute orders by contactless curb-side service when they are delivered to our facility in Barre City. Pick up dates are Tuesdays and Thursdays only. 

 *This bulk order is available to residents and businesses in CVSWMD's 19 member towns only. Scroll down to see a complete list of our district towns. Order and payment must be received by April 6. All questions should go to Order a Jora at this link.

Learn How to Use MyRide!
In April, seniors can learn how to use MyRide by GMT, the new on-demand bus service from Green Mountain Transit. An education campaign on the GMT web site,, through partners social media, flyers, and at bus stops will explain how to schedule your ride using the MyRide app or by calling the GMT Call Center. Videos will show how to download and use the MyRide app, and personal coaching will also be available. Keep an eye on the MSAC weekly newsletter for links to these important resources.

With MyRide, multiple passengers heading in the same direction are booked into a shared vehicle. By giving your current location to the MyRide by GMT app or the GMT Call Center, a MyRide vehicle will pick you and drop you off at your destination, for the same amount of time it would take to take a taxi, for free!

Please note that GMT is following strict COVID protocols. Individuals who have temperatures or are coughing are not allowed to ride the bus. There continues to be an eight person per vehicle limit, to enable a six-foot distance between riders. For the present, bus use is only for essential needs; for seniors who are vaccinated, this means that you can MyRide to get to medical appointments or to shop.

For more information, contact the Call Center at 802-279-7287 or the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition at 802-272-1195 or visit this April as resources become available. 

April-May Film Appreciation Series with Rick Winston starts April 1! 
MSAC film instructor Rick Winston will offer another eight-week session of classes on various topics in film history. The classes, offered remotely via Zoom, will begin on Thursday moring, April 1, and continue each Thursday morning from 10:00 till noon through the end of May. This sessions topics include: Collaborations Between Actors and Directors; Actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age; a close look at the thriller "The Third Man;" and a conversation with film critic Gerald Peary. The fee is $50 per household; to register, and for a full description with dates, email Rick at <>

MSAC's Neighbor, The T.W. Wood Gallery, Celebrates 125 Years and offers tours!
Passersby would not suspect that a refurbished 1950s Catholic grammar school in Montpelier contains masterful paintings from the 19th century as well as works from the 1930s Works Progress Administration.

In one room on the second floor of the Center for Arts and Learning, visitors can linger over the expressive faces and tiny details of an 1860s genre painting by Montpelier native Thomas Waterman Wood. In the next room, they can be wowed by a stylized 1937 composition of skyscrapers by Joseph Stella. (The hallway connecting the rooms contains the water fountain once used by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, who attended elementary school there.)

This is the unusual home, and bifurcated collection, of the T.W. Wood Gallery. One of the oldest art museums in Vermont, the Wood is currently observing its 125th anniversary. Since the pandemic made a slew of planned events impossible, the Wood instead has been offering something unprecedented: tours. 

You’re invited: Older Vermonters Caucus weekly meetings, Wednesdays at 12 pm
The caucus is organized by Representatives Noyes and Wood of the House Human Services Committee. Each meeting hosts a guest presenter on a topic pertaining to older Vermonters and is an opportunity for caucus members to voice their opinions, ideas, and issues. This is a platform that cares greatly about Vermonters and all are welcome. Public participation is very much encouraged! If you would like to engage with the caucus, you can watch our previous meetings on youtube as well as catch them live each week at Comment your questions and we will do our best to raise them during the meeting! For more information please feel free to email

MSMS Youth Track & Field seeking volunteer coaches – adults of all ages and retirees invited!
Main Street Middle School outdoor Track & Field season starts April 5th. We have a head coach and several parent volunteers, but the students would benefit from some specific skills: We are seeking volunteer coaches with experience in high jump, long jump, sprints, and throwing events. We take a positive, inclusive approach to working with middle school-age kids. We practice 5 days a week, likely between the hours of 3:00-5:00 or 4:30-6:30. Volunteers can choose which days they are available - preferable at least one practice per week, but less frequent is also possible. We practice careful public health protocols. If you are interested in helping our team, please be in touch via email or phone: Nathan Suter, Head Coach, Montpelier Track & Field. (415) 310-7197 c | 

Community Harvest of Central Vermont is hiring!
Close MSAC partner, Community Harvest of Central Vermont, is looking to add a part-time program administrator to their team.

The position will focus on non-financial administrative activities, file and database management, and overall logistics and coordination for their small nonprofit. The initial focus will be on updating existing databases, documenting processes, and assisting with planned organizational expansion/capital campaign. For more information, including how to apply please visit

Eric Nielsen, MSAC instructor, shares some fun Opera tidbits of a different kind…

(Scroll to bottom for two links!) The Metropolitan Opera is now in its third season of producing the podcast Aria Code with host Rhiannon Giddens, musician and MacArthur Genius Fellow. The first episode's topic is the aria Nessun Dorma from Puccini's Turandot. The podcast features not only a wonderful historic recording from the Met archives of Franco Corelli singing the aria, but interviews with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, former classical music critic for The Washington Post Anna Midgette, and critical care physician (and violist) Dr. Michael Cho of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. The entire episode is both enthralling and moving as it ties the aria not just to its place in the opera, but to its place as a symbol of hope during the current pandemic. And as a special bonus, there is a recording of 700 children singing the aria with orchestra, as well as an interview with two of the participants! It literally brought tears to my eyes. Here are the two links: (1) 700 children singing Nessun Dorma: and (2) the Met podcast that breaks down the aria: Hope Never Dies

State announces new number for homebound neighbors to call to arrange COVID-19 vaccines.
In their weekly COVID-19 summary, the state announced a new call number for home-bound Vermonters to call to get an appointment for a vaccine via a home visit. That new number is 833-722-0860.

Eat healthy and live strong with help from 3SquaresVT — a program that can help you put nutritious foods on your table every day.
"3SquaresVT in a SNAP" is an easy way for older Vermonters and people living with disabilities to apply for 3SquaresVT benefits. Click Here for More Information
Call CVCOA's HELPLINE (800) 642-5119 for assistance with your application.

Central Vermont Council on Aging--one of our key community partners-- has two exciting openings that have a direct impact on MSAC!
Central VT Council on Aging seeks its next Executive Director. CVCOA’s board of directors has launched an active search for a seasoned professional who will lead us into our future. The ideal candidate will possess a deep commitment to CVCOA’s excellent delivery of service while building necessary resources and facilitating organizational growth to better meet a projected increase in caseload. This exciting opportunity will be best secured by someone who can demonstrate proven success in leading like organizations with similar deliverables. For a full position description and how to apply, click here. CVCOA’s search for Nutrition Outreach Specialist also continues! To learn more, visit

Poetic Journeys Workshop & Reading Series with Kellogg Hubbard Library
Saturdays, March 6 -April 10 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get a jump start on National Poetry Month. this writing workshop series, held over five consecutive Saturdays, will help you craft memories into poems through writing exercises in class, at home, and through group discussions. Give voice to your untold stories with writer Laurie McMillan leading you in the journey. All levels of experience welcome. Workshops will culminate in a public Zoom reading on April 10 as part of PoemCity. To register, click here:

Get Fit For Life: Exercise & Physical Activity for Healthy Aging
The National Institute on Aging has a website full of great resources and tips for getting moving. This guide can help you learn about the many types and benefits of exercise and physical activity, find out how to get started, reduce your health risks by doing activities safely, and celebrate your progress. Please note: MSAC has ordered ten hard copies of this guide and should receive them soon. Let us know if you’d like us to reserve you a hard copy to use at home or share with a friend or loved one – especially those who can’t attend online classes.

Washington County Community Meals & Food Resources
We received this resource link from our friends at UCM recently and have posted to our Resource Links and FEAST Pages for your reference. Copies will also be available at FEAST To-Go and distributed to Meals on Wheels recipients.

Fuel and Food Assistance Available
Vermont seniors may be eligible to receive fuel assistance if your household income is equal or less than 185% of the federal poverty level, regardless of resources. It is possible that people who live in your home will not be in your Fuel Assistance household, such as a caretaker, which means their income will not be counted when determining your eligibility. Visit this site:, call the State’s benefits center at 1-800-479-6151, or call the Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 to learn more or get help to apply

COVID Support VT: New Wellness and Mental Health Resources free for the community!
COVID Support VT is excited to announce that they have three Support Counselors, now available Mondays-Fridays, 8am-8pm, to provide emotional support, connections to community resources and to be a listening ear. Support Counselors are available by calling 2-1-1.