NH Senior Notes: Plymouth senior center looking for memories

March 11. 2018 8:50PM
The Plymouth Regional Senior Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. (Grafton County Senior Citizens Council)

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., is marking its 25th anniversary this year and is looking for some help with the celebration.

The center’s staff is asking people to write down any memories they have of the senior center since its inception, or when the building was a train station, housed a bowling alley or when it became a lamp factory.

Activity/volunteer coordinator Robin Koczur is collecting the memories and plans to combine them for everyone to see.

Before becoming the senior center’s home, the building served the town from 1910 until the 1960s as the Boston & Maine Railroad Station. Afterward, the station fell into disrepair and was eventually turned into the lamp factory, though the train tracks remained.

The station was converted into the senior center in 1993. “The design concept was to restore and renovate the building while retaining as much of the railroad character as possible,” Samyn D’Elia Architects, which designed the senior center, wrote on its website.

Other celebrations also are on the schedule. The center will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday with music, a game and corned beef on the menu. An Easter celebration on Wednesday, March 28, will feature a ham dinner and an Easter parade. Anyone who wears a bonnet can join in the parade and also will be entered to win a prize.

For more about the center and its activities, call 536-1204.

Manchester center starting Forever Young program

MANCHESTER — The William Cashin Senior Center, 151 Douglas St., will offer an eight-week Forever Young exercise program at 9 a.m. Thursdays, starting March 22.

The exercise program, which is sponsored by Manchester Community College, is returning to the center because of its popularity with seniors, the staff says. A variety of workouts are available for different fitness levels. To participate, sign up at the front desk or call the center at 624-6533.

Free hearing screening will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday and on Mondays, March 26 and April 23. The sponsor, Affordable Hearing, also will clean hearing aids, perform minor repairs and answer questions about hearing aids. To reserve a spot, sign up at the front desk or call 624-6533.

Home Health and Hospice’s next foot clinics are scheduled for Tuesdays, March 27 and April 17, beginning at 9 a.m. The $30 service includes a foot soak, nail trim and filing, assessment of general foot health, a foot massage, foot care education and a referral to physicians when necessary. To schedule an appointment, call Addie Perez at 689-2899.

A shoe clinic sponsored by Step Lightly for diabetics on Medicare will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 5. Medicare benefits include a free pair of shoes and inserts annually for diabetics. To schedule an appointment for a fitting, call Leanne at 828-6762.

Learning Institute offers spring classes for seniors

HENNIKER — The Learning Institute at New England College is offering a variety of classes for seniors during its spring term, which goes from April 2 to May 11 on the campus of New England College.

This program offers noncredit classes for “the sheer pleasure of learning.” The classes, which are designed to entertain, challenge and enlighten, also are open to younger adults.

The class schedule includes: How the Earth Works; Learn to Write Your Own Memoir; Hamilton: Two Men and a Musical; Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”; Everyday Technology; Music as a Mirror of History; Algebra-Based Calculus (Not Hazardous to Your Health); The Concord Theatre — the Rebirth of a Legend; Franco Americans; and a five-week series,The World of Film.

Friday is the deadline to register.

For complete class information, instructor biographies as well as registration information, go to www.linec.org or email franphilippe38@gmail.com.

Littleton Center plans Easter dinner March 29

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will host a ham dinner at noon Thursday, March 29, in honor of Easter.

A foot clinic is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, March 13 and 27. To check on the availability of appointments, call 444-5317.

Surprise bingo is on the schedule at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A new craft class is offered at 1 p.m. Fridays. The goal is to have fun while creating something crafty. Bring a project to work on or try something new. For more information, call 444-6050.

Spaghetti supper March 28 to benefit Newport center

NEWPORT — The Newport Senior Center, 76 S. Main St., is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24.

The menu will offer spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert. The cost is $10 for adults; $6 for children younger than 10.

The proceeds will be used for a renovation project at the center.

The center says its mission is to help people 50 and older live independently in their own homes.

“We provide the Seven Dimensions of Wellness, which are wellness, environmental, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, vocational and emotional,” the staff wrote in a news release

Programs range from free blood pressure and foot care clinics, exercise classes and tai chi to bingo, line dancing, games and trips. Free Wi-Fi and computers are available for public use and classes. Sullivan County Nutritional Services, which provides Meals on Wheels, is based at the Newport center. The center also provides congregate meals to people 60 and older at two locations in Claremont and Newport. Transportation in Newport also is available for anyone 60 or older.

For more about the center’s renovation project or its programs, call 863-3177. Anyone 50 and older may join.

Chapin Senior Center has a monthly book group

NEW LONDON — The Morning Book Group at Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will discuss “The Trouble with Goats and Sheep” by Joanna Cannon when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. This is a walk-in program, so it’s not necessary to sign up in advance.

For creative types, the center also has a Memoir Writing Group that meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays; an informal painting group that meets at 1 p.m. Tuesdays; and a needlework craft group that meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. These are all walk-in programs.

For seniors who like to stay fit, the center offers chair exercises at 10:15 a.m. Mondays and Fridays, and walking at Proctor Academy Gym weekdays from 8:30 to 10 a.m. These are both walk-in programs. Outdoor Recreation for Seniors at 10 a.m. Tuesdays is an active group whose members bike, hike, kayak and more, For more information, call the Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368.

For those who like to games, duplicate bridge is played at 12:45 p.m. Mondays and 9:15 p.m. Wednesdays; contract bridge at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays; poker at 2 p.m. Tuesdays; a hand and foot card game at 1 p.m. Wednesdays; and Mahjong at 12:30 p.m. Fridays.

Bingo also is played at 2 p.m. Fridays at a cost of $5 for 10 games, with six cards per game. Players must be 55 or older. To register, call the COA at 526-6368.

Other activities include separate weekly discussion groups for men and women and a French discussion group; monthly blood pressure and foot care clinics; a Parkinson’s support group; and one-on-one computer classes and tutoring.

For more information about the programs or to make an appointment for computer instruction, call the COA at 526-6368.

VNA schedules ‘A Matter of Balance’ in Suncook

SUNCOOK — Concord Regional VNA is offering an eight-week “A Matter of Balance” program, which is designed to help prevent falls.

The program helps adults to view falls and the fear of falling as controllable; change the environment to reduce fall risk factors; and exercise to increase strength and balance.

The free program will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, beginning April 6, at St. John the Baptist Parish, 10 School St.

Space is limited, and preregistration is required. To sign up, call 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620 ext. 5815 or visit www.crvna.org.

The program is based on “Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance” out of Boston University.

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