New Hampshire Senior News Notes

February 23. 2014 3:46PM

Littleton Area Senior Center members put on a skit for a “Love Your Neighbor” food drive on Valentine’s Day. From left are Dyanna Thresher, Ron Simons, Anne-Marie Donlon, Thad Thresher and Phyllis Gonyer. (COURTESY)

OLLI spring class catalogs available

MANCHESTERThe Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, known as OLLI, says its catalog of spring classes is available for anyone 50 and older wishing to learn for the fun of it.

The catalog describes the more than 141 courses being offered and includes information about the class locations, registration and the membership process. An online version of the catalog also is available at

Online and mail-in registration opened Sunday; phone and walk-in registration opens Thursday. Classes will start Monday, March 24. There are no tests, grades or prerequisites.

To learn more about OLLI, the courses or to request a catalog by mail, email or call 513-1377.

The OLLI program in New Hampshire, which has more than 900 members, offers classes in Manchester, Concord, Conway and on the Seacoast.

Cribbage, Mardi Gras on Littleton center’s agenda

LITTLETON — The Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, plans a cribbage tournament with prizes at 1 p.m. Thursday. Seniors are welcome to participate or just come to watch. To play, sign up with Phyllis Gonyer at the center..

The center will celebrate “Fat Tuesday,” or Mardi Gras, on Tuesday, March 4, with a special lunch, jazz music with Wayne Klingler and friends, and games and surprises. Seniors who are dressed for Mardi Gras in purple, green or gold or all three colors will be entered in a special drawing.

Patricia Dexter, director of the Respitality Program at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Bethlehem, will visit the center Thursday, March 6, to talk about the program and answer any questions.

For more information about activities at the center, call 444-6050.

Manchester NARFE to meet Thursday

MANCHESTER — The National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 408, will have its first meeting of the year at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sweeney American Legion Post Hall, 251 Maple St.

The guest speaker will be Pat Mitchell, a consultant for the Medi-Plan Group, who has more than 15 years of experience working for the state determining financial eligibility for Medicaid programs.

All members and prospective members are invited.

AARP Day planned March 9 at Capitol Center for Arts

CONCORD — The Capitol Center for the Arts is offering an AARP Day on Sunday, March 9, giving members a $5 discount to the 4 p.m. performance of “A Moment in Time,” a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

The show will feature jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford, accompanied by the Capital Jazz Orchestra.

AARP members can purchase tickets by going to, calling 225-1111 or stopping by the box office at 44 S. Main St. To receive the discount, use the code ELLA. (The discount does not apply to Gold Circle seats.)

Members are welcome to arrive an hour prior to the show for refreshments and a chance to meet AARP staff, volunteers and other members.

The recent launch of AARP New Hampshire’s new political initiative drew prospective volunteers. The civic engagement project is aimed at taking advantage of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary status to engage members of the community in the political process. To find out more or to get involved, email

Plymouth center schedules Mardi Gras celebration

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will celebrate Mardi Gras at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, with a “second line” parade and bead throw, accompanied by the music of New Orleans from Jim Tyrrell. Seniors are encouraged to dress in purple, green and/or gold masks or costumes. Lunch will take place after the celebration.

For more information about the center’s activities, call 536-1204.

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