New Hampshire Senior News Notes
May 11. 2014 4:07PM
Beachy Claypool and Polly Deslandes pet a Flemish rabbit during a presentation by Wildlife Encounters of Rochester at the Littleton Area Senior Center. (COURTESY)
RiverWoods at Exeter program on downsizing
Retired men’s group’s focus is ‘Veterans History Project’
MANCHESTER — The N.H. Retired Men’s Association’s next meeting on Tuesday, May 20, will focus on the Library of Congress’ “Veterans History Project,” a collection of personal accounts of American war veterans.
DOVER — Maple Suites Senior Independent Living, 30 Holiday Drive, will host an open house and block party from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The public is invited to attend the free event, which will kick off the summer season and include games, food and music.
Birch Heights offers free community programs
DERRY — Birch Heights, an independent living retirement community at 7 Kendall Pond Road, is offering a variety of free programs to the community as well as a free meal before or after the programs, by reservation.
“Spring Vacation Hot Spots,” at 2 p.m. Thursday will be a visual presentation of places to visit on spring vacation.
Debra Desrosiers, a senior adviser and dementia coach from Visiting Angels, will give a seminar on “Caregiver Keys to Navigate the Dementia Journey” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. To sign up for this program only, call 483-8999.
“African Safari Adventure Travel” is on the schedule for 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, when a professional tour guide will conduct a visual presentation of a safari.
Memorial Day events on Monday, May 26, start at 7 a.m. with the VFW raising the flag at the community, followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. The annual “Veterans’ Show and Tell,” during which residents and visitors show service mementos and share military stories, will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. Musician Rockin’ Randy will give a tribute to veterans in song at 4:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m.
A full-course luncheon is available at 12:30 p.m. or a lighter full-course dinner is available at 5:30 p.m., by reservation. For more information or to reserve a space at a program and/or meal, call 425-7755.
WINDHAM — Warde Health Center residents and staff are celebrating National Nursing Home Week, which began Sunday, with the theme “Living the Aloha Spirit.”
The nursing home, which is decorated to follow the Hawaiian theme, already had a May procession Friday and a mothers’ tea Sunday.
LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will host a workshop with Kate Kelly on “An Alternative Path Through Grief” at 1 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $2. A sign-up sheet is available at the front desk.
The Bookworms Book Club will discuss “Night Time is My Time” by Mary Higgins Clark when it meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 27.
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will kick off its summer series of cookouts on Thursday, May 22, with a Memorial Day cookout at noon.
The center is accepting registrations for the AARP Driver Safety Program’s driving refresher class, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 5. The class is limited to 20 students. To sign up, call 444-6050.
ROCHESTER — The Homemakers Health Services is offering an educational seminar on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for caregivers from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at its office at 215 Rochester Hill Road.
Chapin center adds Spanish discussion group
Anyone interested in practicing Spanish may join the new group at 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month. All conversation levels are welcome. For more information, call Paula Minaert at 873-4779. The French group meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Mondays. All skill levels also are welcome at this group.
MANCHESTER — The Manchester Men’s 55-Plus Senior Softball group is open to new players.
The group gathers from 8:30 to about 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, weather permitting, at Wolfe Park. There is no fee to play.Current players are between ages 55 and 80-plus. No games are played, and no running is required. The men just have fielding and batting practice. Gloves might be available for loan for those who don’t have one.For more information, including directions, call Jesse Robert at 895-2474 or 486-8402 (cellphone) or Dick Kiley at 625-6331.