MANCHESTER — Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, known as OLLI, is offering its members the opportunity to learn about a Senior Citizen Scientist project.

OLLI will host a Mug ’n’ Muffin informational session Friday at the college’s Manchester location, 195 McGregor St. Light refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m., followed by the program at 10 a.m. Members who attend are asked to bring their own mug for coffee or tea.

The discussion will focus on an OLLI-based project that would use data OLLI members collect to monitor the health of sugar maple and white pine trees. “Both are extremely important economically, aesthetically and ecologically to our state,” OLLI wrote in a news release. “The best part is the monitoring can be done in local parks and even your own backyard.”

Giving the presentation will be:

• Barry Rock, Ph.D., who initiated the project. He is a professor emeritus in the University of New Hampshire Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. For 23 years, he also oversaw Forest Watch, an educational research program at UNH that conducts research on New England forest ecosystems.

• Isabel Munck, Ph.D., a plant pathologist for the USDA Forest Service and Forest Health Protection in the Durham field office.

• Kyle Lombard, Forest Health program coordinator at the N.H. Division of Forest and Lands.

Members of OLLI and their guests are welcome to attend this free presentation. Jo Hendry is leading a plan to develop a statewide Special Interest Group related to this subject. Anyone wishing to become more involved must be an OLLI member. The annual membership fee is $40. People may join at any time, and staff members will be on hand to help anyone interested in signing up.

OLLI, an organization driven by its volunteer members, offers adults 50 and older learning opportunities and social activities. For more information, go to

Newport center to host yard sale, Alzheimer’s talk

NEWPORT — The Newport Senior Center, 76 S. Main St., will host its annual yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

Donated items for the sale will be accepted starting Monday, May 20, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The center is in need of cashiers and sales attendants as well as volunteers for the concession stand. Anyone able to volunteer should see board member Arnie Hebert at the center.

The Alzheimer’s Association will provide the program, “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body,” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29.

People have known for some time that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that could help keep your brain and body healthy as you age. The program will focus on the latest research about Alzheimer’s disease, including diet and nutrition, cognitive activity and social engagement. It also will show how people can incorporate the recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Registration is required. For more information, call the center at 863-3177.

Balance assessments, chair massages at Cashin center

Manchester — The Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise is offering free chair massages and balance assessments starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St.

A licensed therapist will provide the five-minute chair massages. A physical therapist will assess people’s balance or any aches or pains that make it difficult to get around.

To reserve a spot, sign up at the front desk or call 624-6533.

Workout Warriors, an exercise class, is offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for $2 per class. The class includes work on flexibility, stretching and strength training. The class is limited to 15 to 20 people, so all members must sign up at front desk or call 624-6533 to register.

Other ongoing activities include an acrylic painting class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, which costs $10 per class. All levels and abilities are welcome, and all supplies are provided.

The bridge group is looking for more players. The group meets at noon Mondays and Thursdays. Anyone interested may drop by.

Computer classes are scheduled throughout the month, including one-on-one support and group instruction. To register for this free service, stop by the front desk or call 624-6533.

Financing dementia care focus of seminar Tuesday

DOVER — Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road, is hosting a free seminar at 2 p.m. Tuesday on “How to Finance the High Cost of Dementia Care.”

Thomas Torr, an elder law attorney from Cocheco Elder Law Associates in Dover, will conduct the seminar. He specializes in estate planning, estate administration, and wills and trusts for seniors.

The public is invited to attend. Anyone interested must RSVP in advance by calling 743-4110 ext. 224.

The seminar will look at the costs, how to find the money, what happens when someone is diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s and has no family to help care for them, the physical, mental and emotional strain on families and resources available to help.

60 attend spring meeting of retired educators

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Area Retired Educators Association, also known as MAREA, held its spring meeting May 1, which 60 members and guests attended.

President Barbara DiVenuiti opened the meeting with a pledge to the flag, followed by a prayer and a moment of silence for departed members.

Guest speaker Stacy Driscoll, assistive technology specialist with the UNH Institute on Disability, gave demonstrations of various devices available for people who have handicaps such as hearing loss, poor vision or movement restrictions. She said the devices are easy to use and readily available.

Two members who recently published books — Monica Joyal who wrote “One Manchester Family,” and Nancy-Ann Feren, who wrote “Not Your Average Travelers” — were there to sign copies.

MAREA’s next meeting will be in the fall.

Zentangle class scheduled at Chapin Senior Center

NEW LONDON — A free Zentangles class is planned at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St.

Zentangles are miniature pieces of abstract, black-and-white art created through a specific method from a collection of simple, structured patterns called tangles. Instructor Deborah Coffin says the process of creating a Zentangle is a form of artistic meditation that anyone can do. She will guide people through the process, focusing on one stroke at a time. To register, call the Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368.

The center’s Morning Book Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A licensed massage therapist will offer free 15-minute chair massages starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. To check on the availability of appointments, call the COA at 526-6368.

Gentle yoga is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, May 14 and 28. The class will use yoga mats or chairs while doing yoga poses. The center says the class is appropriate all levels of experience, including beginners. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. To register, call 526-6368.

The caregiver support and discussion group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23. People in this peer-led group can learn tips and strategies and pick up advice from those experiencing the same challenges and rewards. To register, call 526-6368.

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