MANCHESTER — Break out your sneakers and experience Greater Manchester on foot!

Manchester’s Parks and Recreation Department is inviting AARP members and their guests to join its spring “Walk for Your Health” program. The walking group is open to people of all ages who want to get out in the fresh air, exercise, and meet new friends!

The program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from April 15 through June 21. All walks begin at 9 a.m. There will be a one-time registration fee of $3 to help defray some of the program expenses.

Participants are welcome to walk as far as their comfort level takes them, but don’t forget to fill out your mile sheet weekly, because every mile walked enters one raffle ticket into the end-of-the-year raffle drawings.

Remember to wear firm, comfortable footwear and loose clothing.

In case of inclement weather, walks will be held at the Mall of New Hampshire.

Following is what’s planned for April. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 624-6444.

Monday, April 15: Livingston Park. AARP will be present, handing out treats and providing information on local AARP programs and events. Parking: Livingston parking lot near the warming hut, 156 Hooksett Road.

Wednesday, April 17: West Side Ice Arena. Parking: West Side Ice Arena, 1 Electric St.

Friday, April 19: Pine Grove Cemetery. Parking: Our Lady of the Cedars Church parking lot, 140 Mitchell St. Park away from the building at the outer edge of the lot.

Monday, April 22: Cullerot Park. Parking: West Little League parking lot, 430 Youville St.

Wednesday, April 24: Manchester/Goffstown. Parking: West Side Ice Arena, 1 Electric St.

Friday, April 26: Memorial High School. Parking: Clem Lemire Field.

Cruises in Europe planned for May, December

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, known as OLLI, has recently announced two travel opportunities sponsored by Grand Circle Cruise Line for members and non-members alike.

One trip, “Eastern Europe to the Black Sea,” will depart Tuesday, May 21, and explore five countries. Travelers will stay two nights in a hotel and tour Bucharest and other parts of Romania before embarking on a river ship. It is a 10-night Black Sea and Danube River cruise. Optional extensions are available to Transylvania, Romania, and Prague, Czech Republic.

A second offering is “Christmas Markets Along the Danube,” which will depart Monday, Dec. 2. This seven-night river cruise will explore ports and markets in Austria and Germany. Optional extensions are available to Munich and Vienna.

Both cruises are rated level-one easy. Physical requirements include walking 1 to 3 miles unassisted and participating in two to three hours of physical activities each day, including stairs. Travelers using walkers or other mobility aids must travel with a companion who can assist them. The trips are not accessible for travelers using wheelchairs or scooters as the terrain encountered could include uneven walking surfaces, cobblestones, steep paths, hills, riverbanks and stairs without handrails.

For more information and reservations, OLLI members and non-members may call Grand Circle Cruise Line directly at 800-221-2610, making sure to mention group code G9-27564.

OLLI is a “learning for the fun of it,” member-driven, volunteer based educational program for lifelong learners age 50 and older who are eager to explore ideas and interests in a safe and relaxed environment with a community of peers. New members are always welcome. For more information, go to

Fisher Cats offering special ticket prices

MANCHESTER — It’s baseball season in the Granite State, and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are offering AARP members a special ticket offer at select games.

AARP members can purchase a game ticket for $11.25 for the games scheduled for April 20, May 26, June 21, July 6 and Aug. 11.

The ticket purchase also includes a meal voucher for a hot dog, a 12-oz. beverage and a bag of chips.

Tickets need to be pre-ordered online at or by calling Stephanie at 603-606-4105. To buy tickets at the reduced price, use the code SUMMERFUN. Additional fees apply to online orders.

All games will be held at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium at 1 Line Drive in downtown Manchester.

Here’s the schedule:

April 20 at 6:35 p.m.: New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs. Hartford Yard Goats

May 26 at 1:35 p.m.: New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs. Hartford Yard Goats

June 21 at 6:35 p.m.: New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs. Trenton Thunder

July 6 at 7:05 p.m.: New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs. Portland Sea Dogs

Aug. 11 at 1:35 p.m.: New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs. Erie Sea Wolves

See you at the ballpark!

Retired men invited to play cribbage

MANCHESTER — The NH Retired Men’s Cribbage Club is seeking new players. The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the rear dining room of the Chez Vachon restaurant, 136 Kelley St., Manchester. Eating and socializing are on the schedule from 10:15 to 11 a.m., and cribbage will last from 11:05 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each member pays for his own food and beverage, but there is no cost to play. The next meeting is April 9. New members are always welcome. For more information, call Eric at 603-571-9268.

Nashua library to host course on online dating

NASHUA — On April 28 at 3 p.m., Lisa Allen will present “Online Dating for People over 50” at the Nashua Public Library.

Allen will cover choosing an online dating site, creating your personal profile, posting your photo and staying safe online and off.

The event is free. No registration is required.

The library is located at 2 Court St. Visit for directions and parking information.

For other information, contact Carol at or 603-589-4610.

Ask an attorney questions at Cashin senior center

MANCHESTER — A “nursing home, medicaid, and elder law” workshop will be held for free Thursday, April 11, and Thursday, April 18, at 1 p.m. at the Cashin senior center.

At this seminar, elder-law attorney Edward “Ted” Beasley will discuss how to protect your house and lifetime savings from a prolonged nursing home stay, how to avoid probate, and strategies for passing assets safely and efficiently. Beasley, former chairman of the American Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee, presents this lively and engaging seminar in everyday language, and there will be plenty of time for questions. Please call 1-800-370-5010 to register. Sponsored by Beasley & Ferber, PA.

Hearing screenings: Every month someone is here to perform free hearing screenings, clean your hearing aids, perform minor repairs and answer any questions that you may have regarding hearing aids, etc. Ask about getting batteries for your devices at an affordable price before purchasing your batteries at a local department store. Sign up at the front desk or call 624-6533 to reserve your spot. These screenings are sponsored by Affordable Hearing.

Kuster’s reps paying visit to Littleton senior center

LITTLETON — Representatives from U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster’s office will be visiting the Littleton Area Senior Center Thursday, April 11, to discuss the issues that are important to you — issues involving Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Veterans Affairs, school internships, flag requests and congressional recognitions for outstanding public achievements. If her office may be of assistance to you, you can send an email to or call 226-1002.

Advance care directives, living wills: This is a free event. Littleton Regional Healthcare will be here on Thursday, April 18, at 4 p.m., and you can walk away with a fully notarized living will.

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