NH Senior Notes: OLLI plans member appreciation day, lecture series

June 17. 2018 9:36PM

CONCORD — Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, known as OLLI, has announced plans for a Member Appreciation Day this week as well as an opportunity for members to view a live-stream summer lecture series offered by OSHER@ Dartmouth starting next month.

The day for members is set for noon to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bethany Covenant Church, 1 Covenant Way in Bedford. It will feature live music from the ’60s and ’70s by Don Desmaris, games, trivia and socializing while sampling pizza and light refreshments.

The day also will include special recognition of Phil Valley and a thank you to Mike Baker, both longtime OLLI volunteers who are stepping down from active leadership roles in the organization.

Reservations should be made as soon as possible by contacting Fran Deleault at 669-6914 or afdeleault@comcast.net.

The lecture series is organized around the theme “Our Divided Country: How to Find a Common Ground.” The six lectures will be viewed at the Concord campus of Granite State College from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, July 12 through Aug. 16.

Online registration is available at olli.granite.edu by credit card, by mail or in person by cash or check at OLLI’s main office at the college, 25 Hall St. in Concord. Each lecture costs $20; the entire series is $95.

The sessions and presenters are:

• July 12: Dysfunctional Government and the Future of Democracy. Steve Livitsy, professor of government at Harvard University and an author whose books include “How Democracies Die.”

• July 19: Racism. Damon Tweedy, M.D., professor of psychiatry at Duke University, staff psychologist at Durham VA Medical Center and author of “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine.”

• July 26: Widening Inequality. Kathy Edin, professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University, former chairman of the Department of Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard and author or co-author of eight books about living in poverty in America.

• Aug. 2: The Immigration Dilemma. Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School who previously practiced immigration law for 35 years and author of many books on immigration issues.

• Aug. 9: The U.S. Role in the World: Can a Divided County Still Lead. Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, chairman of Northern Ireland peace negotiations, special envoy to the Middle East and author of five books including “The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life.”

• Aug. 16: Unequal Opportunties, Unequal Outcomes? Averting the Worst for Healthcare and Healthcare in America. Susan Dentzer, a Dartmouth graduate, former Newsweek writer, U.S. News & World Report economics columnist, health correspondent on PBS News Hour With Jim Lehrer and current president and CEO of NEHI (Network For Excellence In Health Innovation), a consortium of health care organizations.

For more about the series or OLLI, go to olli.granite.edu or call 513-1377. OLLI is a volunteer-based membership organization offering adults 50 and older classes, social events and volunteer opportunities.

Deal offered for Audubon’s Plants with a Purpose class

AUBURN — In collaboration with Massabesic Audubon, AARP New Hampshire is offering $10 ticket prices to AARP members and one guest for the Plants with a Purpose educational session scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Auburn Way.

Registration is required by calling 668-2045.

Those attending the session will spend the longest day of the year learning about gardening with plants that provide habitat to pollinators. Find out which plants are loved by native bees, butterflies, moths, birds, bats and beetles and other insects. Everyone also will take home a pollinator plant to get started.

To find out about other AARP New Hampshire activities and events, visit aarp.org/nh, facebook.com/aarpnh and twitter.com/aarpnh.

June 25 is AARP Day at Fisher Cats’ ballpark

MANCHESTER — Monday, June 25, is AARP Day at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, where a $28 ticket will get you into the game between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Portland Seadogs and an all-you-can-eat buffet.

The deal is for AARP members and their guests.

The buffet will be in the Sam Adams Brewhouse at the ballpark, One Line Drive in downtown Manchester. Food will be served from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A cash bar also will be available. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets need to be preordered online at www.nhfishercats.com or by calling Stephanie at 606-4105. To receive the $28 special ticket prices, use the code CONNECT.

AARP will have a table set up during the game where people can visit with the staff, volunteers and other members and find out about more activities in the community.

Plymouth senior center to celebrate July 4th early

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will celebrate the Fourth of July early, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, with a barbecue, music donated by Rick and Maria of Center Stage and some other fun.

The farmers market is back at the senior center. Sponsored by Local Foods Plymouth, the market is at the senior center from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays.

The center will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Friday, July 27, with an open house and is looking for people to share their memories of the building. Anyone who would like to contribute should contact Robin Koczur, activity/volunteer coordinator, at the center or call 536-1204.

AARP to give free ice cream to members and a guest

Concord — AARP New Hampshire will be at The Beach Plum’s three locations in June, July and August to offer AARP members and one guest a free, small ice cream.

Members also will be able to meet and mingle with AARP staff, volunteers and other members.

Thursday, June 28: 17 Ocean Blvd., North Hampton, 3 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 19: 2800 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, 2 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 29: 24 Route 125, Epping, 2 to 4 p.m.

Members must show their AARP membership card.

Cashin Center has activities to help seniors stay fit

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., has a variety of activities to help its members stay in shape.

Workout Warriors is offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The exercise class is limited to 15 to 20 people. To sign up, stop at the front desk or call 624-6533. The cost is $2 per class.

A free walking group meets at 9 a.m. Wednesdays to walk the track across from the center or along the Manchester Rail Trail. The walks take about 30 to 45 minutes, and participants must be able to walk without assistance

Qi Gong, an exercise class consisting of gentle, repeated movements followed by a simple meditation and reflection, meets from 1 to 2 p.m Wednesdays. The cost is $5 per class.

Chair yoga is on the schedule at 11 a.m. Thursdays, and tai chi, which involves gentle flowing movements, is at offered at noon Fridays. Both cost $5 per class.

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