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Daily (FREE!) Montpelier Food Sites
In these uncertain times, no one should have to worry where their next meal is coming from. Luckily, myriad options exist in our community aimed at preventing anyone from having to deal with that reality. In partnership with Vermont Everyone Eats (VEE), a program created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, daily meal sites exist in Montpelier and beyond to distribute free meals to anyone impacted by the pandemic. By contracting with local restaurants and caterers to produce and distribute the meals, VEE helps buttress a vital part of our local economy – one that has been especially hard hit during the pandemic – making use of the program even more critical. More information regarding the VEE program, including information on the Digital Voucher Program, can be located below:

Information on the “Digital Voucher Program”, which allows participants to download an app to get meals directly from participating restaurants at no cost: https://vteveryoneeats.org/find-a-meal

Current (statewide) meal sites: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1W5KfP8InYVv2sfCg7sBGVddEOAUWElZjecSrcibq8Rg/edit#gid=0 (note that this list is updated regularly and is subject to change).  

VT Humanities Council's Ten First Wednesdays Lectures Available Online! 
Vermont Humanities Council continues their First Wednesdays Talks in November with 10 Talks on Nov. 4. These talks, ranging in topic from "Emma Willard: Early Female Education and the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage" to "Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont" All talks will take place digitally and pre-registration is required. Click here: https://www.vermonthumanities.org/first-wednesdays/ for a complete list and descriptions of the November Talks as well to register. All talks are free of charge! 

City of Montpelier Winter Parking Regulations: Alternate Side Parking November 15th – April 1st
The City of Montpelier recently announced that beginning November 15, winter parking rules will be enforced. They have changed from previous years. Click here for more information.

Community of Vermont Elders (COVE) has some upcoming, free virtual events - Save the Dates!

  •  COVE Policy Priorities Check In
       November 11 | 2 pm | Advance registration required
       Hear a summary of the 2020 legislative session and the policy priorities COVE will be focusing on    in the upcoming session. Register here .
  • Poetry Online with Samantha Kolber and Rose Solari
       November 25 | 2 pm | via Zoom

       Poet bios and Zoom registration link coming soon.

Kellogg Hubbard Library's Adult Programs 
To follow Kellogg Hubbard Library's Adult Programs that are updated each week, click here: https://www.kellogghubbard.org/adult-programs 

Kellogg Hubbard Library Presents: Community Reading BINGO at your own pace! 
From now until November 20, 2020 all are welcome to join in community BINGO. Pick up a card at KHL or download it here: https://33dad4b7-7401-4dae-b26d-cbd0aa5ca53c.filesusr.com/ugd/52095c_f919438b2f92408c8044f08c37b1c684.pdf.

Put a mark in the box for each kind of book you read. Each book can only be used once (even if it fits in multiple categories). When you get “BINGO” (five in a row in any direction, including diagonal) turn your card into the library to be entered into a random drawing for a local gift card. Blackout cards (all the spaces filled) will be entered to win twice. Please submit only one BINGO card per person. Let us know the books you read on the back of the card (optional) and we will share the lists (anonymously) with the public. Enjoy! Questions? Email: msinger@kellogghubbard.org.

North Branch Nature Center Online Presentations 
Next Up: Macro photography: A Naturalist's Perspective presented by Joseph Saunders of Para Herpetologica
Nov. 11 | 7-8 pm | Free | via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86151252811
In this presentation, Joseph will give you a new perspective and appreciation for the macrofauna of our world. Through his experiences as a naturalist and photographer, Joseph will empower you with the tools and techniques to better notice, appreciate, observe, and photograph the minuscule in nature. He’ll share camera settings, knowledge of animal behavior, tips on finding subjects, and post-processing techniques (like focus stacking) to overcome some of the unique challenges in macrophotography. Joseph is excited and grateful to spend time with more people who value the tiny things in our world!

North Branch Nature Center’s Naturalist Journeys Online are made possible by sponsors: Hunger Mountain Co-op, GreenVest, Onion River Outdoors, Union Mutual, and Capitol Copy. Later this season, learn about wild apples, macro photography, slug thieves, ginseng poaching, animal acoustics, birdsong, and much more. And visit their webinar page to enjoy over 30 past presentations.

Sustainable Montpelier Coalition seeks On-Demand Micro transit Survey Volunteers

  • Reason/need for volunteer:  surveys will help determine what current riders want to improve the service and what we can do to make the transition from fixed route to Microtransit easier 
  • Benefits: Increase rider access to public transit. Be part of modernizing your city and making it greener, the success will benefit neighbors and themselves. You will be rewarded in knowing you are part of making this pilot a success
  • Duties: 
    • Be familiar with Microtransit and be able to explain it to others  
    • Attend training that covers FAQs, how to approach people for a survey, how to record information, and how to deal with aggravated survey takers 
    • Establish what routes and times you are available to administer the survey 
    • During predetermined times, administer the survey and record responses 
    • Report information to Sustainable Montpelier Coalition via Tom Hubregsen
  • Qualifications: Participated in the training session, positive attitude, basic reading and writing skills, follow COVID-19 safety protocols  
  • Time requirement: Minimum of three hours of your choice, survey coverage on the circulator and Hospital Hill bus routes for at all operational times for a week  
  • Boundaries: Will report to Tom Hubregsen, who is supervised by Elizabeth Parker. GMT will determine the survey questions
  • To Apply: Contact Tom Hubregsen (He/Him), Tom@sustainablemontpelier.org, 203-560-4550.

Celebrating the Passage of Older Vermonters Act! 
We celebrate the passing of the Older Vermonter’s Act in September and signing of it by the Governor earlier this month. You can read the final bill, now known as Act 156, by clicking on this link: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/ACTS/ACT156/ACT156%20As%20Enacted.pdf. The principles of the Act are presented in a more “readable” document here.

This act, which Janna—representing the senior center and meal site association of VASCAMP-- participated in helping draft, provides Vermont with a strong, collaborative and positive vision for both celebrating and supporting Vermonters as we all grow older. The principles that this working group crafted together make up the first section of the Act and we’ve put them together into a one-page visual (attached) to use as a guiding tool for our planning work going forward. Now begins the good work of implementation, which involves several expanded planning steps related to the next State Plan on Aging (FFY 2023-2026), as well as a new Vermont Action Plan for Aging Well and more.

 Older Announcements

September 25 Reframing Aging Conference Sessions Now Available Online to All!  
This conference was sponsored by V4A - the VT Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Staff attended online, and we reported on some of these conference sessions last month. This week we got word that all of the sessions are now available to the general public. To view the agenda, speakers, sessions, etc. and to register for free, click here.

Utility Customers Eligible for Help Paying Past-due Balances During Pandemic.  
Our partners at Central VT Council on Aging brought this opportunity to our attention. Click here for more information.

CAN: Capital Area Neighborhoods are organizing and recruiting volunteers! 
Sustainable Montpelier Coalition (SMC) is recruiting volunteers for these Capital Area Neighborhoods – Barre Street, Northfield Street, River Street, Elm Street (Meadows section), parts of Main and East State Street and State Street by Bailey Avenue. If you aren’t part of these neighborhoods, but are still looking to get involved, reach out to Laura and Tom (information provided below) and they’ll connect you to your neighborhood network.

Back in late March 2020, the SMC took on the role of organizing the city’s Capital Area Neighborhoods (CAN). This project, partly in response to the COVID pandemic, is creating strong communication networks at the city’s most local level – the neighborhood. CAN is designed to share information from the City and emergency response services with neighborhoods, share information between neighbors, and to share information from neighborhoods to the City and service providers.

Be a part of your community and set up a one-on-one chat with SMC staff to figure out next steps. Laura and Tom are both working on the CAN Project and can be reached at montpeliercan@gmail.com or 802-272-1195.

Community Harvest of Central Vermont Looking for Volunteers
Community Harvest of Central Vermont is looking for volunteers of any age to join us over the next seven weeks to get as much food stored up for the coming winter ahead. We know the need for food is only going to increase as we go into winter and now is our chance to glean as much as we can before the cold sets in. Email CommunityHarvestVT@gmail.com or call 802- 229-4281. Note: CHCV and their partner farms are significant fresh produce donors to MSAC's FEAST Program!

Crops Cash (Farmers Market) and other Food, Fuel Benefits that help add to your grocery budget and pay for heating your home this winter!
Read our October newsletter (page 9) to learn much more about the latest news in Three Squares, Fuel Assistance, and Crops Cash, a benefit that triples your benefits when shopping at Farmers' Markets across VT this Fall. Some highlights: Did you know that seniors are eligible for maximum Three Squares food benefits now through December, and if you're 65+, they can be deposited right in your bank account as cash? Learn more and apply today-call the Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 for help to apply!