Events in 2019

15th Annual Holiday Dinner
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Please stay tuned for details on having a hot meal delivered or joining us for a sitdown meal.


“HANDS in the Kitchen” Workshops
Tuesdays from June 4-July 23, 4:00-5:30pm
Old North End Community Center, 20 Allen Street in Burlington

“HANDS in the Kitchen” is a fun, hands-on workshop series that promotes healthy eating and offers cooking tips for adults 50 years and older. Workshops are offered on Tuesdays from June 4-July 23 from 4:00-5:30pm and take place in the Event Hall at ONE Community Center, 20 Allen Street in Burlington. A hot meal is included each week as well.

Individual classes are $5 each or $40 for the series. Through a collaboration between HANDS and Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, scholarships and free transportation are available.

Workshops and dates:

June 4         “Introduction to Healthy Eating: Shopping Tips, Cooking for

One, & A Healthy Plate” with Chef Robin Burnett

June 11       “Jar Salads” with Chef Robin Burnett

June 18       “Herbs in the Kitchen” with Carolina Lukac

June 25       “Simple Low-Sugar Jams” with Chef Robin Burnett

July 2          “Simple Pickling and Canning” with Jess Hyman

July 9          “Repurposing Food and Simple Sauces” with Chef Robin


July 16        “Fruit Smoothies” with Chef Robin Burnett

July 23        “Let’s Talk Tomatoes” with Charlie Nardozzi

Please register in any of the following ways: go to Miller Center, 130 Gosse Court or Parks, Recreation & Waterfront at 645 Pine Street, call 802-864-0123, or online at For more information, please go to




7th Annual “A Show of HANDS”
March 1-29, 2019 with a Silent Auction on March 28 from 6:00-8:00pm…Bidding ends at 7:45pm
Penny Cluse Café, 169 Cherry Street in Burlington

Almost 100 artists donated decorated wooden hands which adorn the walls for a month. On March 28, we’ll auction off all of the hands as a fundraiser for our upcoming gardening programs at long-term nursing centers, senior housing, and community sites. Hands are available for our “Buy It Now” option for $175 (we ask that you leave the hands up through the auction). Please go to our “A Show of HANDS” page for more info. Hope to see you there! And thank you.


“Show Me Your Seedy Side”
Tuesday, March 19 at 10:00am
Heineberg Senior & Community Center, 14 Heineberg Road in Burlington

After a long winter, it feels great to get your hands dirty again! On Tuesday, March 19, gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi will offer a fun workshop at Heineberg Senior & Community Center at 10:00am. “Show Me Your Seedy Side” will showcase heirloom varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetable seeds to start indoors. Charlie will teach ways to grow plants under lights with proper soil, water, and fertilizer so they’re ready to be planted in May. There will be a chance to share stories about old seed varieties and experiences of growing vegetables in Vermont. And we’ll have a hands-on activity of planting seeds to take home. Free and open to the public so please join us. Special thanks to HANDS for sponsoring the workshop.

A St. Patrick’s Day luncheon will follow at 11:45am. Suggested donation is $5 and reservations should be made by calling 863-3982.


“HANDS in the Kitchen” Nutrition Education Workshops
Weekly, Wednesdays at 10:00am, January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2019
Winooski Senior Center, 123 Barlow Street, Winooski

In partnership with Chef Robin Burnett, HANDS is presenting “HANDS in the Kitchen” workshops that cover: shopping on a budget, cooking with herbs, one-pot meals, and food through the decades with a healthy twist among other topics. Healthy snacks will be provided. Workshops are free and people can attend one or all of the series. For more info, please call Winooski Senior Center at 655-6425.


14th Annual Holiday Dinner
Tuesday, December 25, 2018

It was a huge community effort—thank you all! In partnership with Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Michelle Charron, Elks Club, Penny Cluse Café, and Temple Sinai among so many other people, businesses, and organizations, we offered our FREE 14th Annual Holiday Dinner. Through two separate events, we helped to provide almost 700 meals and giftbags. We delivered hot meals all over Chittenden County and also helped serve more folks at the Elks Club in Burlington. Almost 700 people, most of them seniors over the age of 50, received meals, giftbags, and transportation…all at no cost to them. THANK YOU to everyone who decided to lend a hand this season. Jess Hyman helped out this year with volunteer management, giftwrapping events, etc. and was invaluable. Thanks so much to everyone who pitched in to make the magic happen on a tough day for so many!

In partnership with the Elks Club, HANDS made sure there were lots of happy people getting a hot meal and giftbag on Christmas Day.


“HANDS in the Dirt”
Created by videographer Sam Mayfield
Please watch the full movie below (Thanks to samayfield!):


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