CONCORD — AARP New Hampshire is accepting applications for its 2019 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Granite Staters 50 and older who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.
“AARP New Hampshire is excited to shine a light on Granite Staters who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Marc Boyd, AARP New Hampshire state president and volunteer. “The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service is an annual awards program developed to honor individuals whose service is a unique and valuable contribution to society. Last year, AARP recognized 50 outstanding individuals and couples from around the country.”
The achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and purpose, must have been performed as an unpaid volunteer and must be replicable and provide inspiration for others to volunteer.
Couples or partners who perform service together also are eligible, but teams are not.
This is not a posthumous award.
The award recipient will be announced in early fall.
Eligibility guidelines and a nomination form can be found at www.aarp.org/andrusaward. The application deadline is July 25.
Author to talk in Nashua about his book on memory
NASHUA — Anyone who has questions or concerns about memory problems might be interested in a discussion about the book “Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St.
Author Dr. Andrew Budson, chief of cognitive and behavioral neurology at the VA Boston Healthcare System and a neurology professor at Boston University, will discuss his book.
He’ll explore how much and what type of memory loss to expect as you age and what should trigger a visit to the doctor; the markers of cognitive impairment; how to convey memory concerns to a doctor; what a doctor can do to evaluate memory; which health care professionals to see; and medicines, alternative therapies, diets and exercises that can improve memory.
The discussion is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.
AARP discount offered to Audubon spring programs
The New Hampshire Audubon McLane Center in Concord and the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn are offering AARP members discounts to three spring activities.
• Pollinators in New Hampshire, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm Road. Eric Venturini, an entomologist with the Xerces Society, will discuss the state’s pollinators, how they are faring and how people can help. Questions are welcome as is participation in the discussion. The cost for AARP members and a guest is $15 per person.
• Birdscaping, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the McLane Center. Whether you are a gardener who enjoys birds or a birdwatcher who likes to garden, learn how to provide a welcoming habitat for birds. The talk will touch on how to create a layered landscape that emphasizes native plants, shrubs and trees and bird-friendly features such as food and water sources to help increase the number and variety of birds that visit your yard. The Cost for AARP members and a guest is $10 per person.
• Birds and Bagels, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Massabesic Center, 26 Audubon Way. Join Kelly Dwyer on a fun and informative walk to see and hear songbirds and other native or migratory birds in the height of nesting and mating season. Bagel snacks will be provided during a stop along the trail. Expect moderate walking on good footing trails. The cost for AARP members and one guest is $16 per person. For AARP members and their family, it’s $40 per family.
Registration is required for all three programs. To sign up for the two McLane Center programs, call 224-9909. To sign up for the Massabesic Audubon program, call 668-2045.
Quilt among the prizes for Newport center’s raffle
NEWPORT — A Mother’s Day raffle at the Newport Senior Center, 76 S. Main St., offers a chance to win a handmade quilt, gift certificate and wreath.
Tickets cost $1 each or six for $5. Tickets can be purchased throughout April for the May drawing.
AARP will provide assistance with the Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief forms from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 16, at the center on a first-come, first-served basis. Seniors could receive a rebate on the school portion of their property taxes. Participants will need a copy of their 2018 tax return and the most recent property tax bill for this free service.
For more information about the center and its activities, call 863-3177.
Program to explore ‘first’ Mt. Washington ascent
NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will host a New Hampshire Humanities program — Darby Field and the “First” Ascent of Mount Washington — at 1 p.m. Monday, April 29.
For more than 200 years, historians believed that Darby Field made the first climb up Mount Washington in 1642. In the last several decades, however, questions have emerged about his use of Native American guides, about the likelihood of prior ascents by Native Americans, about the route Field might have followed on the mountain and about whether Field actually made the ascent as claimed.
Allen Koop will examine how historians reconstruct the “truth” when given scant, vague and even contradictory evidence.
To attend, register with the Kearsarge Area Council on Aging by calling 526-6368.
The Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The group welcomes anyone interested in delving into a variety of humanist and nontheist topics to its lively but respectful monthly discussions. Members share their knowledge and experiences related to the challenging questions of religions, spirituality and how they influence lives. This is a walk-in program, so no registration is necessary.
A gentle yoga class is planned from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. The class, which will focus on gaining flexibility, strength and balance, involves using yoga mats or chairs while doing yoga poses. Gentle yoga is appropriate for all levels, from beginner to experienced. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. To sign up, call the COA at 526-6368.
The Caregiver Support and Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25. This is a peer-led group whose members shares tips, strategies and advice. To register, call the COA at 526-6368.
Senior health clinics set in Contoocook, Hillsborough
CONCORD — Concord Regional VNA is offering senior health clinics in Contoocook and Hillsborough next month.
Clinics are planned in Contoocook at the Slusser Senior Center, 41 Houston Drive, on Thursday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Park Avenue Apartments on Monday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In Hillsborough, clinics are scheduled at Smith Memorial Congregational Church, 30 W. Main St., on Friday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, and at Maple Leaf Village Apartments, 10 Center Road, on Wednesday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Services include foot care, blood pressure screenings, B-12 injections, medication education and nutritional education. A donation of $10 is suggested for services, however, they will be provided regardless of a person’s ability to pay. For an appointment, call 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815.
Breakfast Exchange Club’s ‘PotatoFest’ is next week
NASHUA — The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua’s fifth annual PotatoFest will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St.
The fundraiser will offer baked potatoes and toppings, salad, dessert and a beverage. Potatoes also can be packaged to take home.
The cost is $6 in advance; $8 at the door; and $6 for children younger than 12. Everyone attending will receive a chance in a door prize drawing.
To buy tickets, stop at the senior center’s front desk or go to Eventbrite at https://2019potatofestbxc.eventbrite.com. A service charge is added to tickets purchased by credit card online.
Proceeds will be used to fund Breakfast Exchange Club programs that help seniors. For more about the event or the club, which meets at Streeter Shores Senior Housing, email BXCNashua@gmail.
Manchester center to host movie matinee next week
MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will host its Movie Matinee at the Senior Center at 2 p.m. Thursday April 25.
The $5 cost includes the movie, hotdogs, popcorn, candy and soda. Sign up at least a week in advance at the center’s front desk, where seniors also can vote for their favorite movie choice.
‘Littleton 100+ Years’ topic of center’s program
LITTLETON — Dick Alberini will give a presentation on “Littleton 100+ Years” at the Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.
Line dancing is on the schedule at 1 p.m. this Tuesday.
The knitters group will meet at 1 p.m. Friday.
A shoe clinic for diabetics who are on Medicare and looking for a pair of therapeutic shoes or inserts will begin at 10 a.m. Friday. To sign up, call the center at 444-6050.
The book club will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.