Helping others remain active & independent


We want to take a moment to thank Linda Minsinger and Sarah Crane and the entire staff of Project Independence for bringing us so much joy and pleasure while they occupied our space these past few weeks. We have been supremely delighted to be surrounded by the gentle clientele they service and feel very lucky to have been on the fringes listening to the music, storytelling and other sharing that happens day to day through their specially directed program–not to mention the awesome smells coming from Cook Annie’s kitchen! Oh my! We wish them the best as they settle in at their refurbished 81 N. Main St. location–we all know there is no place like home! At BASC we are very glad we were here when you needed us.

Deep appreciation also goes out to our Board of Directors and our membership for holding space–literally and figuratively–to the gem in our community that Project Independence represents. Once again we find ourselves acknowledging how good it is to live in a place that knows the true meaning of being neighborly. Thank you!

We hope to bring BASC programs back to the center beginning with Bone Builders on Tuesday, Aug. 22. To that end, we are planning a bit of a Welcome Back Celebration and hope you will join us for cake, refreshments and musical entertainment on Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 1-3 p.m. Please mark your calendars and join us for this special, fun time!

We will begin to rehome programs on a very limited basis on Thursday, Aug. 17 with our Board meeting at 10 a.m.; Book Discussion also meets that day at 1 p.m. The CVHHH Foot Care Clinic scheduled for Monday, Aug. 21 beginning at 8 a.m. will take place as planned. All other programs will continue at their relocated venues until Tuesday, Aug. 22 when BASC reopens; programs will then meet at their usual times here at BASC. We are very grateful to our membership for their understanding and support during this time. Be assured we are working behind the scenes and are available to you–just give us a call at 479-9512 or send an email to


While programs are suspended at our 131 S. Main Street site, we have reached out and found temporary homes for current programs–thanks to Sarah Costa, library director at the Aldrich Public Library; Stephanie Quaranta, Assistant Director of Buildings & Community Services for Barre City’s Recreation Department; Jodi Demell of CVHHH; David Hartnett of the Barre SASH Program and EF Wall for assisting us in making this transition so smooth! Here’s an update of meeting times and places for ongoing programs:

EF Wall Complex

  • Pitch, Mondays from 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Line Dancing at 3:30 p.m.

Aldrich Public Library

  • Spanish Conversation with John Murray, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
  • Mah Jongg, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon

Barre Auditorium

  • Seniors in Motion with Jackie Isabelle, Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Bone Builders with Judy Prive, Mondays and Wednesdays 8-9 a.m.

How do you become a member of BASC?

Anyone who is 50 or older and lives in Central Vermont is welcome to become a member of BASC! We ask for a small donation of $25 per year which entitles you to many no and low-cost programs, as well as a discount on our bus trips.

BASC partners with other community organizations where you also receive a discount when you are a BASC member, such as Jazzercise and the Rehab Gym in Barre, VT.

Stop in to obtain a membership application, click the link below or call us to have one mailed to you.

Every penny counts!

Barre Area Senior Center appreciates the community’s support to make our program as successful as possible.

Great food

Meals every Tuesday

Every Tuesday is lunch day prepared by Chef Bob from The Galley.  Call by Monday of each week to have your name put on the reservation list.  Only $6 for a delicious meal with drinks and dessert included.  Call 479-9512 for menu.  Your payment helps fund the Meals on Wheels program!

Natural healing remedies

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Barre Area Senior Center is very fortunate to have two talented Tai Chi instructors.  Diane teaches Tuesdays at 2:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.  David teaches an advanced class Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.  No charge for members of BASC, and only $3 per class for non-members.  Open to the public for those 50 and older.  Call 479-9512 for more information.

Move around with


Currently, we have two types of dancing for your enjoyment!  Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. we have square dancing and are very fortunate to have Steve, who is a talented caller and instructor.  By donation and open to the public for those 50 and over.  Grab a friend and stop in.  Loads of fun and no pressure.  (On leave this summer…but will be rarin’ to go in September!)

Also on Wednesdays we have line dancing taught by Cheryl who is very experienced and has a great sense of humor.  Whether you are new to line dancing or a seasoned dancer, we welcome you!  No partner needed.  Lots of fun, laughs, fun music…and no pressure!  Only $5 per class. Line dancing has lightened its summer schedule…next session: Aug. 16!

Call 479-9512 for information…or just drop in!