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All listings subject to state regulations and some are weather permitting, so please call ahead. Did we miss an event? Let us know by emailing [email protected]

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Fit and Fun exercise class 9:30 a.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. $15/month.
Low impact, aerobic, and stretching routines; move to lively, sing-a-long music led by Marilyn Sheldon. Feel better, increase strength, balance and flexibility. Preregistration required. Limited space. Call 773-1853 to reserve your spot. 

Wildflower Walk
10 a.m. Shaw Mountain Natural Area, Benson. Free.
Shaw Mountain in West Haven is one of the best places in Vermont to see the spring ephemerals. Last spring we counted more than a dozen species at this beautiful hill. Note: This is an easy hike in the woods that involves a bit of elevation and uneven surface; this is not a walk on a paved road. For more info contact [email protected]

Movers and Shakers
11 a.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. Free.
This free program of low-impact exercise is designed for people with Parkinson’s, or anyone else who wishes to maintain or improve flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive and relaxing environment. Start your week off right and work out with us.  Call 773-1853 to reserve your spot.

Medical Matters Weekly
11 a.m. Virtual. Free.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson, a weekly interactive, multi-platform medical-themed talk show, will feature Natalie Kwit, public health veterinarian with the Vermont Department of Health. The show will cover everything you need to know about ticks and tick-borne disease. Watch at facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. 

Yoga Wednesdays at the Chaffee
6:30 p.m. Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street, Rutland.  $40 for 4 weeks or $15/class. 
Instructor Stefanie DeSimone will lead a yoga class using galleries on first floor. Please bring your own mat. Min. students is 5, max is 10. Pre-register & pre-pay before class. For more information visit: chaffeeartcenter.org/event.

Wild Alaska birding lecture
6:30 p.m. Virtual. Free.
Marv Elliott, Treasurer of Rutland County Audubon, will present a free Zoom birding program on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. This photo talk will follow a camping trip by Marv and his wife Sue from their home in Vermont to Alaska. Their photos will show the transition from eastern to western species, with the highlight being their stay at Denali National Park.  To register, email [email protected]

Al‑Anon and Alateen
7 p.m. A Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 6 Church Hill Road in Rutland. Free.
Al-Anon and Alateen are organizations that aim to help relatives, friends, coworkers, and others affected by the drinking of people they know. Al-Anon meetings are open to everyone, while Alateen meetings are for teenagers (and occasionally preteens). Collectively, the meetings are known as Al-Anon Family Groups (AFG). For more info visit good-shepherd.org/events/al-anon.

Free Thursday Meditation
6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eagles Nest Studio, 2363 US-RT4, Killington. Free.
Reoccurring Free Thursday Meditation offered in the former Mountain Meadows building, below Base Camp Outfitters. Please RSVP, 8 participant limit to: 356-2946 or email: [email protected]

An Inside Exit: Selling Your Business to Family, Managers, or Employees
9 a.m. Virtual. Free.
In this webinar, you will learn the basics of how to assess internal exit paths. Following an overview of general ownership succession principles and considerations, we will take a close look at three different ways of selling a business: to family members, to managers, or to the larger group of employees. Exit advisor Lynne Silva of The Silva Group, LLC will be our lead presenter, Lauren Bass of the Vermont Small Business Development Center will discuss the importance of planning for management succession, and Don Jamison from the Vermont Employee Ownership Center will present a segment on selling a company to its employees through an ESOP or cooperative. Please RSVP at bit.ly/insideexit

Circle of Parents
10 a.m. Virtual. Free.
Virtual. Circle of Parents is a professionally facilitated, peer led self-help support group for parents and other caregivers. Participants meet weekly for 60-90 minutes online in virtual meetings.  To find a group appropriate for you, call 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373) or 1-802-229-5724 or email: [email protected]

Tai Chi Level 2
10 a.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. Free.
Often described as “meditation in motion,” Tai Chi is a mind-body practice, originating in China as a martial art. This class is a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable way to move with mindfulness and enjoy the comradery of others while practicing. For more informaion call 773-1853 or email [email protected]

Killington Bone Builders
10 a.m. Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Road, Killington. Free.
In the meeting room at Sherburne Memorial Library. Weights provided, masks please.  For more info call Pat 802-422-3368.

Meditation for your life
11 a.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. Free.
Sessions are lead by Brian Salmanson. Meditation creates the ability for improving all of our daily challenges. Meditation for Your Life is easy to learn and easy to practice. It happens naturally and is a state of being, no different than being in a state of sleep. Meditation is beneficial to seniors and this class is geared toward accomplishing a healthy attitude and spirit for all. All participants will be sitting on a chair.  For more info. or to reserve your spot call 773-1853.

Paperbag Poetry: A Lunchtime Meet Up
12 p.m. Virtual. Free.
Break out your favorite poems and break bread together for a half hour every noontime on Thursday during the month of April, National Poetry Month. There is so much to choose from that the group will explore a specific theme each week. Bring your favorite poem to share! 12-12:30 p.m. For more info. visit: mclvt.org.

Martin Henry Freeman sculpture dedication
12 p.m. Center Street Marketplace, Rutland. Free.
The sculpture honoring Rutland native and leading abolitionist Martin Henry Freeman will be formally dedicated May 13 at 12-noon in the Center Street Marketplace – 195 years after his birth. 

Drive-up Pick-up Meals
12 p.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. $3.50 Donation ages 65+, $6 fee under age 65. Reservations required.
Godnick Center, in partnership with Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging and Meals on Wheels, is providing drive-up pick-up meals on Mondays and Thursdays at noon at the Godnick Center. For more info or to make a reservation call 773-1853.

Doing business in Canada: product labeling and cert. requirements
1 p.m. Virtual. Free.
U.S. firms that are new to exporting to Canada need to understand the requirements for their products to be properly labeled and certified before shipping them for sale in Canada. Attendees will learn more about the process of exporting to Canada. Please RSVP at bit.ly/Canadalabeling.

Tai Chi Level 1
2:30 p.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. Free.
Often described as “meditation in motion,” it is a mind-body practice, originating in China as a martial art. This class is a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable way to move with mindfulness and enjoy the comradery of others while practicing. Call 773-1853 or email [email protected] for more info. 

Circle of Parents in Recovery
3 p.m. Virtual. Free.
Support group meets weekly online on Thursdays from 3-4:30 p.m. For more info. and/or to join a group contact Amber: [email protected], 802-498-0603.

NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
3 p.m. Virtual. Free.
Struggling with managing your mental health? NAMI Connection Peer Support Group can help. This is a free, 90-minute recovery support group for people living with a mental health condition. For more info. visit namivt.org/support/peer-support-groups/.

Circle of Parents for Grandparents
4 p.m. Virtual. Free.
Meets weekly online. Run by Prevent Child Abuse VT. For info. and to join a group contact Amber: [email protected], 802-498-0603.

Second Annual Stuff a Cruiser benefit
9 a.m. Walmart, 90 Shopping Plaza Road, Rutland.
Stockton Security, Rutland City Police Department and Project Vision will be holding the second annual Stuff A Cruiser to benefit BROC Community Action and the Rutland County Humane Society will also be a beneficiary. Donations of nonperishable foods, pet foods, items off the Rutland County Humane Society’s Wish List and monetary donations will be accepted from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot, near the Amtrak Station. Sponsors of the event ask that donations be placed in the back seat or trunk of your vehicle and they will be safely removed. For more info, visit broc.org and rchsvt.org/ways-to-give/wish-list/ or email [email protected]

Yoga: Prana & Meditation
10:30 a.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. $7/class.
No experience necessary. Gentle movements with body awareness, and breathing exercises to invigorate and relax the body and the mind. Pre-registration required by contacting the Godnick Center at 773-1853 or [email protected] Runs through April 30. Pre-registration required, call 802-773-1853.

Introduction to meditation
11:30 a.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. Free.
A variety of styles and techniques will be presented in a half hour intro to meditation class.  Pre-registration required, call 802-773-1853.

Socially distanced bingo
1 p.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. Free.
Play bingo Fridays May 7, 14 and 28. The in-person limit is 20. Once filled there will be a waiting list created. RSVP’s required.  Call 773-1853 or email [email protected]

Household hazardous waste collection
8:30 a.m. Rutland Town Transfer Station, 218 Northwood Park, Rutland. Free.
The Solid Waste Alliance Communities are sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection event for the residents of Benson, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth, and West Haven. Proof of residency may be required.  For more info call Pam at  342-5701.

Learn to Grow Vegetables
9 a.m. Virtual. Free.
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Community Horticulture Program Master Gardener volunteers are hosting a free vegetable gardening education series on six consecutive Saturdays this spring. Learn to Grow Vegetables will be offered weekly via Zoom, April 17-May 22, from 9-10 a.m. The series consists of 10 short videos produced by University of Maine Cooperative Extension on different vegetable gardening topics, and includes live, facilitated Q&A sessions with UVM Extension Master Gardeners. On May 15 the discussion is on if that insect in your garden is friend or foe? Or what disease may be affecting the leaves of your favorite landscape plant? Ann Hazelrigg, Ph.D., talk about integrated pest management (IPM), a best approach pest control strategy involving the use of cultural, physical and mechanical controls with chemical pesticides only used as a last resort. To register visit: go.uvm.edu/growveg.

Artisan Marketplace at the Chaffee Art Center
10 a.m. Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street in Rutland. 
Stop by our new artisan marketplace that will be outside on the Chaffee grounds starting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and throughout the summer and fall. Booths will change each week with artists, crafters, specialty foods and more selling their handmade items on the front, side and back lawns. Jewelry, paintings on canvas, stained glass, carvings, pottery and more!  

Billings Backyard Series: Beekeeping and Pollinators
10 a.m. at Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock and virtual. $15 or $10 for BF&M members.
Curious about keeping bees? Passionate about pollinators? Troy will discuss the basic concepts of beekeeping and caring for hives as well as the joys one can discover keeping bees. He will also share conservation methods, what to plant and how to manage your land for the benefit of all pollinators. For more info and to register visit billingsfarm.org/classes-workshops/ or call 802-457-2355.

Ogden’s 40th Birthday
12:45 p.m. at VINS, Quechee and virtually. $16.50 admission or free virtually.
Ogden, the turkey vulture, is turning 40 years old! Join us for a Facebook Live Q&A and an in-person Meet & Greet at the VINS Nature Center with one of VINS’s oldest animal ambassadors. The Facebook Live event is from 12:15-12:45 p.m. The in-person meet and greet at VINS is from 1-1:45 p.m. (Note: Ogden is “retired” from in-person encounters and has the freedom to return to her enclosure and end the encounter at any time.) For more info visit vinsweb.org.

Brandon Congregational Church reopening
10 a.m. 1 Carver Street, Brandon. Free.
There will be a celebration of the reopening of the Brandon congregational church. Much preparation, lots of ventilation and care have been given to open the doors for worship and church music for all. Mask wearing, registering, and social distancing will be required and  follow state regulations. Weather permitting there will be a coffee hour outside the fellowship hall. If there are any questions, please contact Reverend Bartholomew at 802-745-7515.

Dare to Dance Again: Maypole Dance
10 a.m. Grace Congregational UCC, West Street lawn, Rutland. Free.
Spring has arrived; let’s rejoice! Celebrated folk musicians, John Kirk and Trish Miller, will offer music and guide volunteers through a maypole dance. All welcome to try the dancing! Traditional folk music, readings and devotions will also be offered. This Sunday morning worship service will take place outside and in-person following Covid protocols, including social distancing/mask wearing. Please bring a lawn chair.  For more information, call 802-775-4301. 

Hospitality Field Day
11 a.m. Dream Maker Bakers. $120 per team (up to 6 people).
Dream Maker Bakers and Killington Boot Camp Wellness Center have teamed up to create a fun day of games, music, food and drinks! Join us on Sunday, May 16 for a classic Killington event that is sure to be one for the books! The event will be socially distanced and outdoors with COVID protocols in place.  For more info and to register, email [email protected]

Coffee Hour Social
9:30 a.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. Free.
In an effort to bring people together in a safe way to socialize and spend time catching up we will offer a Coffee Social Hour Mondays in May (except Memorial Day). Tables will be set out for individuals to sit together in groups of 6 or less. Masks will be required except when you are sipping your coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. Once you are seated we ask that you stay at that table. This will also be a chance to share feedback for what you would like to see happen at the Godnick Center. For more information call April at  773-1853.

Powering Through Covid: Service providers
10 a.m. Virtual. Free.
The VT offices of the Center for Women & Enterprise are excited to bring to you, Powering Through COVID: In-Person/High-Touch,  a business class for service providers (e.g., tradespeople, consultants). This is a 7-part workshop taught by Monique Priestley and guest experts Mondays through May 24. Attendees can pick and choose sessions depending on needs and experience. Recordings will be available to those enrolled. For more info and to register visit: cwewbc.ecenterdirect.com/events/976619.

Killington Bone Builders
10 a.m. Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Road, Killington. Free.
In the meeting room at Sherburne Memorial Library. Weights provided, masks please.  For more info call Pat 802-422-3368.

Maker Monday
10:30 a.m. 88 Main St, Ludlow. Free.
A quick stop at Fletcher Memorial Library is all you need to pick up a free Maker Monday STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Grab & Go bag. Each bag contains directions and supplies to complete a unique and fun project. Provided on a first-come first-serve basis from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (or until supplies last). For more info visit: fmlnews.org.

Drive-up Pick-up Meals
12 p.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. $3.50 Donation ages 65+, $6 fee under age 65. Reservations required.
Godnick Center, in partnership with Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging and Meals on Wheels, is providing drive-up pick-up meals on Mondays and Thursdays at noon at the Godnick Center. Call 773-1853 for information or to make a reservation for pick-up. For more info or to make a reservation call 773-1853.

Bone Builders
1 p.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. Free.
An Osteo Exercise Program. All you need to bring with you is a bottle of water. The weights are provided. For more info. and to RSVP call 775-8220.

NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
7 p.m. Virtual. Free.
Struggling with managing your mental health? NAMI Connection Peer Support Group can help. This is a free, 90-minute recovery support group for people living with a mental health condition. For more info., visit namivt.org/support/peer-support-groups or contact Nick Martin at [email protected]

Endless Brook bird walk
7:30 a.m. Endless Brook Trailhead, Poultney.  Free.
 Beginning birders welcome! There will be friendly birders in the group who will happily share their knowledge with you. Bring water and a snack, insect repellent, binoculars, cameras, and field guides. There is usually an opportunity to leave early. We walk at a slow pace with lots of opportunities for observing and photographing. Limited to 8 people. Meet at the Endless Brook trailhead located at Endless Brook Rd, 0.9 miles in from Route 30 at 7:30 a.m. Expect easy to moderate terrain with a 250 foot elevation for 3 miles for 3 hours. For more info, email [email protected] or call 802-598-2583 during evenings from 7 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Virtual Story Time
10:30 a.m. Virtual. Free.
Designed for our youngest readers ages 0-5, but all are welcome. Join on Facebook Live to explore a variety of books, felt board and spoken rhymes, songs and other activities with a different weekly theme. April is Poetry Month. All this month, we will be enjoying poetry at Story Time. This week, we are reading and learning all about Spring–little green leaves, flowers, mud, rain and all! 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more info. visit: mclvt.org.

Powering through Covid: Farm & produce
12 p.m. Virtual. Free.
Center for Women & Enterprise is excited to bring to you, “Powering Through Covid: Farm & Produce,” a business class for farmers, growers, and makers. This is a 7-part workshop taught by Monique Priestley and guest experts Tuesdays 12-2 p.m. through May 25. Each session will feature a blend of example showcase, how-to walkthrough, peer sharing, and Q&A. Attendees can pick and choose sessions depending on needs and experience. Recordings will be available to those enrolled. Register at cwewbc.ecenterdirect.com/events/976618.

Foot Clinic
12:30 p.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. $10.
Appointments will be made between 12:30-3 p.m. in 20 minute increments. Provided by VNA and Hospice of the Southwest Region.  Preregister for an appointment by calling the Godnick Center 773-1853 or visit Rutlandrec.com/godnick.

Knitting group
2:30 p.m. Godnick’s Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland. Free.
Tuesdays through May at 2:30 p.m. Gather your knitting (or crochet) project and let’s come together! We are trying a new way of gathering with our creative interests.  Call 773-1853 or email [email protected] to RSVP for in-person or for the Zoom link.

Circle of Fathers
4 p.m. Virtual. Free.
Fathers Support Group. Run by Prevent Child Abuse VT. For more info. Contact Amber Menard, Family Support Programs Coordinator, at 802-552-4274 or [email protected]

Circle of Parents in Recovery
5:30 p.m. Virtual. Free.
Virtual support group. Run by Prevent Child Abuse VT. For more info. Contact Cindy Atkins, Family Support Programs Coordinator, at 802-498-0608 or [email protected]

All listings subject to state regulations and some are weather permitting, so please call ahead. Did we miss an event? Let us know by emailing [email protected]!

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