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Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's January Thaw/Volunteer Recognition Committee include, standing, Norma Steiner of Hooksett, left, and Reta MacGregor of Goffstown, and seated from left, Joan Stergiou of Manchester, Kay Klein of Bedford and Mary Rheault of Manchester. Doris "Rick" Sherman of Bedford and Sharon Kace of Manchester also are on the committee. (COURTESY)

NH Senior News Notes

Talk to focus on Amoskeag Manufacturing

MANCHESTER - Historian Ray Cresswell will give a presentation on "Granite State Thunder," the story of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company and the production of rifle-muskets and carbines during the Civil War, at the Retired Men's Association's meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15.

This presentation will cover the beginning of the AMC, its impact on the city of Manchester and especially its involvement with the war effort.

Cresswell, who has a degree in history, is involved with the New Hampshire Aviation Museum, the Manchester Historic Association and Exeter's Independence Museum, as well as the Candia Heritage Association. He teaches at Jesse Remington High School in Candia, where he also resides, and substitute teaches at local schools.

The association meets monthly with a social hour and refreshments at 10:30 a.m., followed by a guest speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meetings are in Catholic Medical Center's Community Health Services Conference Room, on the lower level floor at 195 McGregor St., across the street from CMC. The meetings are free and open to all interested men. For more information, contact Tom Arnold at tomtarnold@att.net or 965-3573.

OLLI's January Thaw luncheon set for Jan. 17

MANCHESTER - The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College will host its annual January Thaw luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Bedford Old Town Hall, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford.

OLLI's Manchester Social Events Committee will provide a lunch as a thank you to the Manchester volunteers and for OLLI members and guests, along with musical entertainment and some surprises.

The luncheon also will include a discussion of OLLI's previous classes and a brainstorming session on what offerings the group would enjoy in the future. OLLI welcomes input from current and potential members to ensure that it continues to deliver classes and programs that are of interest and value to the 50-plus community.

OLLI at Granite State College is a member-led organization that provides lifelong-learning opportunities for New England residents 50 and above. It holds classes in Manchester, Concord, Conway and on the Seacoast.

Although the luncheon is free, an RSVP to the OLLI office at 513-1377 or www.olli.granite.edu is requested.

Presidential Oaks plans 'Snow Ball' family dinner

CONCORD - Presidential Oaks Retirement Community, 200 Pleasant St., plans "The Snow Ball" family dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Guest families are invited to partake in a gourmet meal while enjoying social time. The evening will include a winter trivia game and a menu of Swiss Alps steak, mile high mashed potatoes, and blizzard cupcakes.

Reservations are requested for the free dinner. For more information or to sign up, contact Linda Bresnahan, executive director, at 724-6100 or happenings@presidentialoaks.org.

Seniors can see movies at New London's center

NEW LONDON - The Kearsarge Council on Aging's Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., shows twice-monthly movies.

To find out about the movied planned for "Sunday at the Movies," which will begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 13, call the center at 526-6368. "Movie & Pizza Night" at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, will feature "We Bought a Zoo."

For the next Conversations With Lunch at noon Monday, Jan. 28, Two Fiddles - Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman - will perform New England fiddle music, including Irish and French Canadian jigs and reels, on fiddles and accordion. To register and for location information, call the Kearsarge COA at 526-6368 before Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Physical therapist to speak at Upper Valley center

LEBANON - The Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell St., will host a talk by Dawna Pidgeon, a physical therapist with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

She will be at the center at 1 p.m. Wednesday to speak about exercises to increase strength and balance and ways to reduce the risk of falling.

For more information, call the center at 448-4213.

Littleton center's offerings include Reiki, yoga

LITTLETON - Starting this month, the Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will offer Reiki twice a month by appointment. The next sessions are Thursdays, Jan. 17 and 31. For a free 20-minute Reiki session, sign up at the front desk.

Yoga is offered at 1 p.m. Mondays, except Jan. 21. New members are welcome. The cost is $3 for seniors; $5 for those younger than 60.

For more about activities at the center, call 444-6050.



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