NH Senior Notes: Manchester Mayor’s Senior Luncheon next week

June 18. 2017 10:13PM

Presidential Oaks Retirement Community in Concord recently hosted a Grandparent Essay Contest banquet that included the seven finalists and their families. From left are first-place winner Gavin Wheeler and second-place finisher Mya Balch, both students at Merrimack Valley Middle School, and Jaylyn Jefferson of Rundlett Middle School, who placed third. (COURTESY)

MANCHESTER — The annual Mayor’s Senior Luncheon will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St.

Tickets are $5 and will be for sale at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., until Tuesday, June 27.

This year’s luncheon will have a patriotic theme. A staged area will be set up for seniors to take pictures of their friends, so bringing a camera is encouraged.

MTA transportation to and from the luncheon will be free. Tickets also serve as parking validation.

The senior center offers a variety of ongoing activities, including adult coloring classes on Mondays for $1 per class; chair yoga on Thursdays and tai chi on Fridays, each $5 per class; a walking group on Wednesdays; and Mindful Living at Any Age the first and third Fridays for $2 per session.

Free balance assessments and free hearing screenings also are offered as well as diabetic shoe clinics the first Thursday of each month for diabetics on Medicare. Appointments are recommended for the hearing screenings (call the center at 624-6533) and required for the shoe clinic (call Leanne at 828-6762).

Senior softball group in Manchester looking for players 55 and older

MANCHESTER — A senior softball group for players 55 and older is inviting people to join.

Current players are ages 55 to 80-plus. No games are played. It’s just fielding and batting practice, so no running is required. The group has spare gloves available for those who don’t have one.

They play from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the softball field in Raco-Theodore Park on Head Street.

For more information, call Dick at 625-6331 or Ron at 644-0826 or just show up at the park and check out the group.

AARP’s ‘Job Search in the Digital Age’ workshop offered twice next month

MANCHESTER — AARP New Hampshire will offer its “Job Search in the Digital Age” workshop twice on Tuesday, July 11, in The Falls Event Center’s Niagara Room, 21 Front St.

The free workshop is designed to help people discover the best websites and apps to connect to job resources — and learn important tips for how to network online and get noticed by hiring managers.

In this hands-on workshop, all participants will practice using an Apple iPad Tablet as well as a touchscreen stylus pen, which will be provided. Proficiency in using a tablet is a prerequisite.

The workshop is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. or 7 to 8:30 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, call (866) 740 7588 or go to aarp.cvent.com/jobsgtma.

Presidential Oaks names winners of annual Grandparent Essay Contest

CONCORD — Sixth-graders shared stories of love and admiration of their grandparents during the annual Grandparent Essay Contest banquet at Presidential Oaks Retirement Community.

The seven finalists — students from Merrimack Valley Middle School and Rundlett Middle School — were invited to the banquet with their families to enjoy dinner and to read their essays to the audience of their guests and Presidential Oaks residents. Some students brought along the grandparent or grandparents who were featured in the essay.

Merrimack Valley student Gavin Wheeler won the first-place prize of $100 for his essay about both sets of grandparents in his family — “Mimi and Poppy” and “Nanny and Papa.”

Mya Balch, also a Merrimack Valley student, placed second for her touching story about the love for her grandmother, Gloria.

The third-place prize went to Jaylyn Jefferson, a student at Rundlett Middle School, who wrote about her Nana and the strong bond they share.

This year’s contest theme was “What Makes My Grandparent(s) Special to Me.” Sixth-graders in the Concord region were invited to participate by writing an essay of 300 words or less. Each finalist was presented a certificate, and the top three essay writers were awarded cash prizes.

The other finalists were Merrimack Valley students Gabe Marquis, Autumn Smith and Knevaeh Myers and Rundlett student Davis Linzell.

The essay contest is a long-standing tradition, celebrating the bonds shared among generations, the staff at the community say.

Presidential Oaks, known as the New Hampshire Odd Fellows Home, offers retirement living, assisted care and skilled nursing and rehabilitation to senior. For more information, call 225-6644 or go to www.presidentialoaks.org.

Chapin Senior Center accepting registration for drumming workshop

NEW LONDON — Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., plans a workshop of drumming, rhythm, song and sounding at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 12.

Seniors will make music together using West African hand drums and percussion and also experience singing bowls and pan drums. Musicians Kathy Lowe of New London and Julie Corey of Sunapee will lead the workshop. Bring a drum if you have one, or use one of theirs.

The free workshop is limited to 10 people. To sign up, call the Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368.

Plymouth senior center kicking off summer with a barbecue and music

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will celebrate the official start of summer on Wednesday with a barbecue and music by Paul Hubert from 11 a.m. to about 1 p.m.

Another barbecue is planned Wednesday, June 28, in celebration of Independence Day.

Volunteer drivers are needed in Plymouth and Bristol for home-delivered meals. Anyone interested should call the center at 536-1204 and ask for Lisa, Gail or Robin for more information.

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