NH Senior News: OLLI, Silver Liners co-host folk music program in Bedford

June 15. 2014 8:45PM

BEDFORD — “A Brief History of American Folk Music with Paul & Peggo Hodes,” presented jointly by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College (OLLI) and the Silver Liners, will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bethany Covenant Church, 1 Covenant Way.

Presented in concert form, the program will explore the deep roots of American folk music, with a focus on songs of peace and justice. With Peggo Hodes singing and Paul Hodes on guitar, they will play and discuss a variety of songs, from “Yankee Doodle” to “This Land is Your Land” to “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

When the couple had children, they formed a family rock ’n’ roll band, Peggosus. Their recordings won two Parents’ Choice Awards and a USA Today Kids’ Pick. Together, they’ve played venues from the White House to Boston’s Hatch Shell to country fairs. In their spare time, he has been N.H.’s 2nd Congressional District representative and she conducts the Songweavers at the Concord Community Music School.

Their program, held as part of OLLI’s 10th anniversary celebration, is open to the public and free, however, donations will be accepted. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Christina Link at the OLLI office at 513-1377.

OLLI is a member-led organization that provides classes and social activities for people 50 and older in Greater Manchester, Concord, Conway and on the Seacoast. There are no prerequisites or grades; the focus is on learning “for the fun of it.” For more information, go to olli.granite.edu.

The Silver Liners is a group for people 65 and older at Bethany Covenant Church. It meets monthly for fellowship, a focus on faith and social activities. For more information, contact ministry leader Cathy Thorgerson at sancathy@aol.com or 668-3919.

Dover seminar to explore senior living options

DOVER — Maple Suites is hosting a free seminar — “What Level of Care Does Your Loved One Need?” — at 11 a.m. Saturday at the senior living community, 30 Holiday Drive.

Amy Gaskin, a senior living adviser in New Hampshire for A Place for Mom, will help educate families and seniors on a wide range of topics related to senior living. Her presentation will explore the range of senior living and care options available, including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing, as well as the differences in services, amenities and costs. She also will discuss the financial, social and health benefits of home care versus community life, among other topics. 

A Place for Mom is a senior living referral service with a national network of more than 18,000 providers. The service is free to families as providers pay a fee. For more information, go to www.aplaceformom.com or call (877) 311-6099.

Seating for the seminar is limited. To sign up or for more information, call 742-8820. Those who RSVP in advance may stay for lunch afterward at 12:30 p.m.

Bedford Falls offers talk on elder law in NH

BEDFORD — Bedford Falls will host a presentation on “Elder Law in N.H. — Hot Topics and a Q & A Session” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the senior living community, 5 Corporate Drive.

David R. Craig, an attorney and principal of a trusts and estates law practice in New Boston, will discuss elder law and what people need to know about guardianship, Medicaid eligibility, probate administration and special needs disability planning.

Craig is certified in elder law by the National Elder Law Foundation and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the N.H. Estate Planning Council, a founding member and past president of the N.H. Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and past chairman of the Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate section of N.H. Bar Association.

The presentation is open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Bedford Falls at 471-2555.

Plymouth center’s July 4th plans include cookout

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will celebrate the Fourth of July with an “All-American Cookout” on Thursday, July 3. Bob Kent and his band will entertain with traditional country music, which will start at 11 a.m. The cookout will begin at noon, and seniors can dance when the mood hits.The center’s Senior Golfers group begins its summer season Thursday at White Mountain Country Club. The $126 fee is due by that day. To sign up, call Ron at 536-1204 or Norm at 744-6739.

Families First extends deadline for artists

PORTSMOUTH — Families First Health & Support Center has extended the deadline for submissions of artwork to be considered for a project to decorate its new “Big Blue,” a van that delivers health care to people experiencing homelessness and to low-income seniors.

Families First invites local artists — including photographers and graphic designers — to send digital photos of their work to info@familiesfirstseacoast.org until Monday, June 30.

The requirements and other information, including a photo of the current van that features the work of artist Peter Welch, is available at familiesfirstseacoast.org/bigblueartwork.html.

Littleton senior center in need of volunteers

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, is looking for volunteers of all talents and ages. For more information, call the center at 444-6050.

Tuesdays have become game day at the center. Seniors are welcome to come for lunch and then stay for an afternoon of games. They can bring their own game and teach others or join one of the weekly groups of Scrabble or Upwords players.

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