Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, also known as OLLI, will present a preview of fall classes Tuesday at Bethany Covenant Church, 1 Covenant Way, Bedford, and Wednesday at Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway.
In Bedford, sign-in and light refreshments will begin at 1 p.m., and the program will get underway at 2 p.m. The Conway preview will begin at 10 a.m.
Those who attend can review course descriptions in the fall catalog and also meet many of the class presenters, who will give a brief synopsis of their course content.
Class registration will not take place during the previews. Both online and mail registration will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5.
Everyone is welcome to the class previews. Those who are not OLLI members will be able to apply for membership, which is $40 per year and open to people 50 and older. Membership renewal applications also will be available.
The fall term offers 227 classes at the OLLI sites in the Concord, Manchester and Conway areas and on the Seacoast, with 77 of them set in the Manchester area.
The classes cover a multitude of categories, including history (Jefferson as a Philosopher); science and technology (Explore N.H. Aviation & Fly a Simulator); current events (Immigration: What a Mess! The Sequel); personal development (Planning your Own Funeral or Memorial Service: It Can be Fun); and arts and humanities (Robert Frost, New Hampshire’s Poet).
The fall schedule also includes outdoor activities and “On the Road” trips, including to the Peterborough Players’ performance of “She Loves Me” on Tuesday, Aug. 6; the Freedom Trail in Boston on Tuesday, Sept. 24; and a Christmas market cruise starting Monday, Dec. 2
OLLI, a member-driven, volunteer-based organization for lifelong learners 50 and older, also has other programming underway, including a Dartmouth summer lecture series and a new course with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
For more information about classes, programs, registration and OLLI in general, go online to olli.granite.edu or call 513-1377 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
AARP’s Ice Cream Nights free for members, guests
AARP New Hampshire staff will be at ice cream shops this month in Manchester, Rochester and Boscawen, offering AARP members and one guest each a free, small ice cream.
These Ice Cream Nights also are a chance to meet and mingle with AARP staff, volunteers and other members.
The gatherings will take place from 5-7 p.m. only, with a request for no early birds.
• Manchester: Wednesday, July 24, at the Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road.
• Rochester: Thursday, July 25, at Bloom’n Cow, 150 Marketplace Blvd. No. 5
• Boscawen: Wednesday, July 31, at Richardson’s Farm, 170 Water St.
Members must show their AARP membership card. To save time and skip the line, preregister at aarp.cvent.com/IceCream2019.
For more information about AARP activities, visit www.aarp.org/nh.
Free computer classes available at Cashin center
MANCHESTER — Free computer classes are scheduled throughout the month at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St. One-on-one support also is available. To register for a class, stop by the center’s front desk or call 624-6533.
The center has movie matinees scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursdays, July 18 and Aug. 29. Seniors are asked to sign up at least a week prior the movie by stopping at the front desk, where people also may vote for their favorite movie choice. The matinees cost $5, which also includes hot dogs, popcorn, candy and soda.
The center’s bridge group is looking for more players. The group meets at noon Mondays and Thursdays, and anyone interested is welcome to join in.
Local artist Anthony Williams leads an acrylic painting class from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Fridays. All levels and abilities are welcome. The fee is $10 per class, which includes all supplies.
Instant Pot the subject of July 24 Concord workshop
Concord — Fans of the trendy Instant Pot say it can make cooking a breeze by combining the speed of a pressure cooker with the ease of a slow cooker. It also help cooks avoid turning on the stove or oven on a hot day.
With that last trait in mind, the Center for Health Promotion is offering a “Beat the Heat with Your Instant Pot” workshop from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, July 24.
The center, located at 49 S. Main St. No. 201, also is offering a special $5 per person workshop price for AARP members and their guests.
To preregister, which is required, call 230-7300.
Audubon offers AARP price to gardening programs
Concord — Gardeners should be especially interested in two New Hampshire Audubon educational program this summer that have the bonus of discounted admission for AARP members and their guests.
“Moths — Surprising Pollinators” and “Native Plants for Native Gardens” will take place at New Hampshire Audubon, 84 Silk Farm Road. Admission is $10 for Audubon members and $15 for nonmembers; AARP members will get the member discount.
The program on moths, which is scheduled for 8-10 p.m. Thursday, July 25, will begin with a presentation, fascinating facts and a look at the role of moths as pollinators. After the educational component, participants will go outside and use lights to draw moths to the garden in order to observe and identify them close up.
The program on native plants will take place from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Dan Jaffe, coauthor of “Native Plants for New England Gardens,” will share his expertise on creating hardy gardens that tolerate drought, resist disease and encourage biodiversity. He also will lead participants in an outside exploration of native plants in the New Hampshire Audubon gardens and fields.
Registration for both programs is required; call 224-9909.
Coffee & Conversation coming to 3 communities
This month, AARP’s Coffee & Conversation community engagement program will be an opportunity to get the latest buzz on AARP activities and events happening in the Manchester, Concord and Seacoast areas.
The gatherings at coffee shops also offer the chance to meet up with friends, neighbors, AARP volunteers and other AARP members and to share ideas for future activities and events you’d like to see in your community. Members and guests also will receive a free cup of coffee.
Registration is not required; just show an AARP membership card.
Concord: Wednesday, July 17, 8-11 a.m., Revelstoke Coffee, One Eagle Square.
Manchester: Friday, July 19, 8-11 a.m., Café La Reine, 915 Elm St.
Exeter: Friday, July 26, 8-11 a.m., Ani’s Bagel Café, 12 Hampton Road.
Littleton center plans breakfast buffet
LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, plans a breakfast buffet from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 23.
An ice cream social is on the calendar for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 31. Donations are welcome.
The center invites seniors to stop by Wednesday, July 24, to try to win prizes during Grab-Bag Bingo. The free games will start at 12:30 p.m.
Mahjong will be played at 2 p.m. Mondays, July 15, 22 and 29. Organizers say this is not the matching online version. People are welcome to stop in and see what it’s all about.
Drop-in-style game days also are offered on Tuesdays, July 16, 23 and 30.
The center also offers a variety of fitness programs, including a group that exercises to music from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. The exercise equipment will be provided and will be available all day long.
All levels of fitness are welcome at a yoga class that meets at 1 p.m. Mondays in July. The fee is $4 for seniors; $6 for nonseniors.
For a fun way to stay active, line dancing is on the schedule for 1 p.m. Tuesday.
The cafeteria is open for laps daily, or seniors are welcome to walk the outside Riverwalk with a friend.
Transportation is available to the Senior Splash sessions in the pool at Evergreen Sports Center in Lisbon, which take place from 10:15-11 a.m. Mondays. For more information, call Evergreen at 838-6511.
The exercise center also is always open during the senior center’s hours.
Anyone who knows someone who needs home-delivered meals may make a referral by calling the center at 444-6050.
Bus service is available weekdays to and from destinations in Bethlehem, Easton, Franconia, Landaff, Lisbon, Littleton, Lyman, Monroe and Sugar Hill. To schedule a ride request, call 444-0867.