Manchester — Seniors, along with people of all ages, are invited to break out their sneakers and experience the city on foot through the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department’s Walk for Your Health program.
AARP staff will be at the walk Wednesday, Sept. 4, handing out treats and providing information on local AARP programs and events.
While walkers will gather Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Sept. 4 to Nov. 11, here’s what’s planned in September. The walks, which all begin at 9 a.m., are in Manchester unless noted otherwise.
Wednesday, Sept. 4: Livingston Park.
Parking: Livingston parking lot near the warming hut, 156 Hooksett Road.
Start: Near the warming hut on a paved path around the pond.
Friday, Sept. 6: West Side Ice Arena.
Parking: At the arena, 1 Electric St.
Start: In the parking lot to a partly paved and flat course with views along the Merrimack River.
Monday, Sept. 9: Lake Massabesic.
Parking: Lake parking lot, 16 Londonderry Turnpike, Auburn.
Start: From the parking lot east onto Rockingham Recreational Trail on a wooded, flat trail.
Wednesday, Sept. 11: Stark Park.
Parking: Inside Stark Park near the gazebo but not on the grass.
Start: River Road heading north toward Southern New Hampshire University. It’s mostly on sidewalks, but this trail is one big hill.
Friday, Sept. 13: Memorial High School.
Parking: Clem Lemire Field.
Start: At the field.
Monday, Sept. 16: Cullerot Park.
Parking: West Little League parking lot, 430 Youville St.
Start: From parking lot to side streets, mostly with sidewalks, to Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Wednesday, Sept.18: Manchester/Goffstown.
Parking: West Side Ice Arena, 1 Electric St.
Start: In the parking lot to a partly paved and flat course with views along the river.
Friday, Sept. 20: Camp Carpenter.
Parking: camp parking lot.
Start: 300 Blondin Road, on a wooded trail around a pond. This trail is shaded with small hills.
Monday, Sept. 23: Brookside Church.
Parking: On-street parking in front of the church. (Do not use the church lot.)
Start: 2013 Elm St. The walk will use sidewalks until Stark Park, where the trail is mostly even with some inclines within the park.
Wednesday, Sept. 25: River Walk.
Parking: Parking lot directly across from Second Street Laundromat.
Start: From the parking lot up a flight of stairs to access Rails to Trail, which is paved with some small hills. The trail will end and the walk will continue on the streets for a short distance in a quiet neighborhood.
Friday, Sept. 27: Stark Park.
Parking: Inside Stark Park near the gazebo but not on the grass.
Start: River Road heading north toward SNHU, mostly on sidewalks, but this trail is one big hill.
Monday, Sept. 30: Massabesic Ball Park.
Parking: The ballpark parking lot, Londonderry Turnpike, across the street from the lake.
Start: From the parking lot onto Rockingham Recreational Trail on a wooded trail, flat and partly paved
Participants are welcome to walk as far as their comfort level takes them. Remember to wear firm, comfortable footwear and loose clothing. A one-time $3 registration fee will be charged to help defray some of the program expenses.
If weather is inclement, walks will be held at the Mall of New Hampshire.
For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 624-6444.
Friends of Cashin center hosts seniors at ballgame
MANCHESTER — The Friends of the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center took more than 130 center members and their families to the ballpark on Aug. 18 to watch the New Hampshire Fisher Cats play the Portland Sea Dogs.
Each member was given a ticket behind home plate, a baseball cap and a food voucher for the game.
The center says the group has been generous in its fundraising efforts, which have helped bring events ranging from lobster fests to casino trips to the members over the years.
To make a donation to help the group support Manchester seniors, go to http://bit.ly/2MziisI.
Plymouth center readying for Teagan’s Ride Poker Run
Plymouth — The Teagan’s Ride Poker Run will start at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center on Sunday, Sept. 8, make three stops and end at the Sunset Grill in Campton.
Registration will take place from 8-9 a.m. at the senior center, 8 Depot St., where a free continental breakfast will be served.
The run will end at 3 p.m. at the Sunset Grill, where a free barbecue will be offered. A 50/50 raffle and a raffle for prizes also are planned.
Cars, motorcycles andbuses may participate.
The cost is $20 for drivers; $10 for passengers; and $10 for additional hands.
Money raised will go to support the center and to a local family in need.
For more information, see senior center director Gail Emmons-Shaw, call 536-1204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapin center’s book group to meet Sept. 10
NEW LONDON — The Morning Book Group at the Chapin Senior Center will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, to discuss “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles.
NoveList wrote of the book’s plot: “Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.”
This is a walk-in program at the 37 Pleasant St. center For more details or to obtain a copy of the book, call the Kearsarge Area Council on Aging at 526-6368.
Shamballa reiki sessions are planned Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. To check on the availability of appointments with Linda Luck of Lady Luck healing therapies, call the COA at 526-6368. The 15-minute sessions cost $15.
Anyone interested in computer tutoring with Nick Oursouff also should call the COA to see if any of his half-hour sessions are available. Appointments are offered Tuesdays, Sept. 3 and 17, from 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. These one-on-one sessions are for beginning computer users to the knowledgeable users who needs collaboration or advice. Bring your device — a laptop, tablet or Android — to the session.
The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. This is a walk-in program.
VNA foot care clinics are scheduled for Fridays, Sept. 6 and 13, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.. The fee is $25. For an appointment, call the COA at 526-6368.
Memory cafes offered at several spots next month
People with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and their families and caregivers are welcome at special cafes that offer a blend of social time and support in safe and relaxed environments.
• Concord: Capital Area Memory Cafe, third Wednesday of the month, 2-4 p.m., at Granite Ledges of Concord, 151 Langley Parkway. The cafe is a collaboration of Concord Hospital, Concord Regional VNA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord and Granite Ledges. Caregiver roundtable discussions an option. Registration not required. For information: 230-5673. Next: Sept. 18. Roundtable topic: “Cafe Chat.”
• Dover: Alzheimer’s Cafe, third Thursday, 2-4 p.m., Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St. Reservations not needed. Cafe is free, but donations accepted. Sponsored by Wentworth Senior Living. For information: 742-2002 or www.childrens-museum.org. Next: Sept. 19.
• Dover: Dementia Memory Cafe, second Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road. Free. Held in partnership with Cornerstone VNA. Open to the public. Roundtable discussion, 2-3 p.m., with guest speakers for caregivers and a fun activity for those with dementia. Reservations not required. For information: 743-4110 ext. 224. Next: Sept. 10. Roundtable topic: “What is a Geropsych Unit and How to Use It.”
• Exeter: Alzheimer’s Café, second Tuesday, 2-4 p.m., Exeter Senior Center, 30 Court St. Sponsored by easterseals NH. Free. Reservations suggested, but walk-ins welcome. For information: Tracy Gillick, email@example.com. Next: Sept. 10.
• Hanover: Upper Valley Memory Cafe, usually first Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., except next month when it will be the third Saturday, Howe Library’s Mayer Room, 13 South St. Registration requested. Includes breakfast, activities and entertainment. For information or to sign up: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center at 653-3460 or AgingCenter@hitchcock.org. Next: Sept. 21.
• Manchester: Alzheimer’s Cafe, second Wednesday, 2-4 p.m., Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St. Free. No RSVP required. For information: Lynn Thomson at 669-6144 ext. 151, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Next: Sept. 11.
• Manchester: Memory Lane Cafe, fourth Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Easterseals NH, 555 Auburn St. Reservations suggested, but drop-ins welcome. For reservations: Shirley Gordon at 621-3569 or email@example.com. Next: Sept. 25.
• Peterborough: Memory Cafe, Summerhill Assisted Living, 183 Old Dublin Road, is on hiatus until October. For updates, call 924-6238.
AARP Driver Safety classes scheduled for September
The September schedule has been set for the AARP Smart Driver course, a classroom refresher designed for drivers 50 and older, but open to licensed drivers of any age.
The six-hour class is held in one- or two-part sessions at a variety of locations, as well as online.
The class does not involve driving or tests; the focus is on learning about adjustments in driving techniques that can be made as people get older. It will also explore how issues ranging from medication to the newest auto technology can affect driving ability.
The cost is $20 per person, or $15 per AARP member. Payments are collected at the first class. Preregistration is required.
Exeter: Friday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., RiverWoods Retirement Community, 7 RiverWoods Drive. Bring a bag lunch. To register, call 686-9457.
Littleton: Thursday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Littleton Regional Healthcare, 600 St. Johnsbury Road. To register, call Anne Marie at the Littleton Area Senior Center, 444-6050.
Manchester: Monday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Catholic Medical Center’s Community Health Services, 195 McGregor St., lower level, Suite LL 22. Bring lunch or visit the CMC cafe. To register, call 626-2626.
Milford: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Milford Medical Center, 442 Nashua St. To register, call 882-3000 ext. 63221. Bring lunch or purchase it in the hospital cafeteria.
Nashua: Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 24-25, 9 a.m.-noon, Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. To register, call 889-6155.
Rollinsford: Monday, Sept. 23, and Wednesday, Sept. 25, 3-6 p.m., Rollinsford Public Library Community Room, 3 Front St. To register, call the library at 516-2665 (provide your name, phone number or email address.) Arrive by 2:45 p.m. the first day to tend to paperwork and payment.
Weare: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Weare Public Library, 10 Paige Memorial Lane. To register, call 529-2044. A one-hour lunch break is planned.
Newport center taking donations for yard sale
NEWPORT — Newport Senior Center, 76 S. Main St., will host its annual yard sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
Donated items may be dropped off beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3. The center is not accepting bedding, electronics, clothing, shoes or books.
Proceeds will benefit the center. For more information or to volunteer to help, call 863-4422.
Tuesday, Sept. 3, is meeting day at the center. The board of directors will gather for a 10 a.m. meeting. A senior meeting for members only is scheduled for 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Also Sept. 3, the Lake Sunapee Visiting Nurse Association will host a blood pressure and blood sugar clinic from 10:45 a.m.-noon.