CONCORD — AARP has announced the recipients of its 2019 Community Challenge grant program, including five in New Hampshire.
Nearly $1.6 million will be distributed to fund 159 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jump-start long-term progress to support residents of all ages.
AARP says nearly 1,700 applications were received from nonprofits and government entities for the program, now in its third year.
The New Hampshire grant recipients and their projects:
• Town of Londonderry. This project will install 10 park benches throughout the Town Common and Kent Allen Town Forest to enhance accessibility to public open spaces.
• Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail. New wayfinding and informational signage in this project will help make the community’s trail rail safer for users of all ages, as well as provide helpful destination information and enhance safety at road crossings.
• HomeShare Mount Washington Valley-Gibson, North Conway. This project involves building a website to inform and facilitate HomeShare matches between homeowners with extra living space and home seekers willing to live in shared spaces.
• Marion Gerrish Community Center, Derry. In an effort to promote community bonding and to encourage multigenerational connections, this project will purchase several outdoor yard games such as cornhole, bocce, chess, Jenga and Connect Four for use around the community center.
• Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, Lebanon. This project will develop an Open Data Portal to host data and maps in an accessible and interactive framework that encourages community engagement and dialogue around housing, particularly for the needs of underserved groups.
For the full list of grant recipients, go to www.aarp.org/communitychallenge.
“AARP New Hampshire continues to hear from mayors, community leaders and local residents of the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change,” said Todd Fahey, AARP New Hampshire state director. “The Community Challenge grant is designed to answer that call and build momentum for more livable communities not only in New Hampshire, but across the country.”
All of the projects, which must be completed by Nov. 4, are designed to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
• Create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
• Demonstrate the tangible value of “smart cities” by engaging residents and policymakers in accessing, understanding and using data to increase the quality of life for all.
• Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements.
• Support the availability of a range of housing that increases accessible and affordable housing options.
The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative.
Chapin center hosts computer tutoring
NEW LONDON — Computer instruction is available every month at the Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St.
Instructor Nick Oursouff is available for half-hour one-on-one tutoring sessions for beginners to knowledgeable users who needs collaboration or advice. Seniors can learn to use a laptop, tablet or android device for a variety of tasks or receive help with spreadsheets, email or designing a website.
Appointments are available next month on Wednesdays, Aug. 7, 14 and 28, between 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. To sign up, call the Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368. Bring your laptop, tablet or phone to the class.
Memory care presentation planned at Cashin Center
MANCHESTER — Paula Whittier, a senior living and dementia expert, will give a presentation on memory care at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St.
Whittier has helped more than 800 people transition into retirement or specialized community living since 2005. She also hosts two weekly radio shows, one of which offers community resources and information in order to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.
To attend the presentation, which is sponsored by The Arbors at Bedford, sign up at the front desk or call the senior center at 624-6533.
Registered nurses from the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester & Southern New Hampshire bring foot care clinics to the center every month.
The clinics are designed to help the center’s members maintain healthy feet so they can stay active, reduce the risk of falls and decrease complications of diabetes and poor circulation.
The clinic’s $30 fee includes a foot soak, trim and file of nails, assessment of general foot health, foot care education and a referral to physicians when necessary.
Diabetics who take anticoagulants or have peripheral vascular disease must have a note from their physician before services are provided.
To sign up for a foot clinic, you must be a senior center member. To become a member, stop by the center weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to fill out a membership card and show proof of address.
To schedule a foot clinic appointment, members should contact the VNA directly at 622-3781.
Discount offered to seniors at annual Craftsmen’s Fair
NEWBURY — The 86th annual League of N.H. Craftsmen’s Fair will take place Saturday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 11, at Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103.
The general admission price is $15. Senior admission for ages 62 and older and for veterans is $13.
Admission for AARP members who show their membership card at the gate is $12. To receive the discount when ordering tickets online, visit nhcrafts.org and use the code SAVE2019.
The fair, which is open each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature displays of one-of-a-kind works made by more than 300 juried craftspeople along with demonstrations, entertainment, music and interactive activities for all ages.
For a list of fair activities, directions and other details, visit www.nhcrafts.org.