New Hampshire Senior News
Meals on Wheels plans gala benefit May 4
MERRIMACK - St. Joseph Community Services, which provides Meals on Wheels and community dining throughout Hillsborough County, will host its 19th annual gala benefit from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.
This year's theme is "Run for the Roses" because the gala will be on the same day as the Kentucky Derby.
Hundreds of fashionably attired guests are expected to dance the night away to music by K & S Music, enjoy a dinner, bid on auctions and see performances by local ballroom dancers. Mike Morin, co-host of WZID radio's New Hampshire in the Morning show, will be the master of ceremonies.
The proceeds from the gala, SJCS's biggest fundraiser of the year, will help the agency to continue to deliver food, friendship and a daily safety check to elderly and homebound disabled people in the county.
Tickets are discounted at $55 until Friday, April 12. After that date, tickets will be $60. They may be purchased at MealsOnWheelsNH.org, by email at Meals@SJCSinc.org or by calling 424-9967. For those unable to attend, donations are welcome at any time.
Since it opened in 1977, SJCS has provided more than 11 million hot, nutritious meals. For more information, go to www.MealsOnWheelsNH.org.
Retired educators to resume meetings
SWANZEY - The Cheshire County Retired Educators Association will resume its schedule of events with a luncheon buffet Tuesday, April 9, at Papagallo's Restaurant, Route 12 South in North Swanzey.
The gathering will begin with social time from noon to 12:30 p.m., followed by the luncheon, which will be hosted by Jean Corriveau and Carol Plaisted.
After the luncheon, Alan Rumrill, executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, will discuss early schools and schooling in the county.
CCREA membership is available to all retired educators, including teachers, administrators and educational support personnel, who reside or previously taught within Cheshire County. Prospective members are encouraged to call the membership chairman, Ken Whitaker, at 827-3702.
SeniorsCount workshop on personal safety
NASHUA - "Practical Suggestions for Your Personal Safety," a free workshop sponsored by Seniors Count-Nashua, aims to increase seniors' awareness of crime and teach avoidance skills to help them avoid being a crime victim.
Jane Constant, senior relations officer for the Nashua Police Department, will share risk-reduction strategies and offer basic physical defense techniques during the workshop, which will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St.
Advance registration is strongly advised as space is limited. To sign up or for more information, call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator, at 889-3440 ext. 132.
Workshop participants may come early for lunch offered from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. by St. Joseph Community Services in the center's cafeteria. A $5 donation is requested for diners younger than 60; $2 for 60 and older. Preregistration for lunch is required; call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106.
The workshop is one of a series of free programs offered monthly by Seniors Count-Nashua, a program of Southern New Hampshire Services. Prior programs have been filmed by Nashua's Education Channel 99 and are broadcast at 1 p.m. Mondays. They also can be viewed at nashua.ezstream.com.
Forum's focus on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security
MANCHESTER - The Granite State Organizing Project, the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare and the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance are sponsoring a community forum on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid with U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, R-N.H., from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St. The public is welcome.
For more information, go to www.ncpssm.org or call the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action at 225-2097 or the Granite State Organizing Project at 668-8250.
AARP Tax-Aide help available until April 15
MANCHESTER - Seniors looking for help with their federal tax returns can make an appointment with an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide counselor through April 15 at a variety of locations.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, a volunteer-run, free tax preparation program, is available to most middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention given to those 60 and older.
"Last year, Tax-Aide volunteers helped nearly 18,000 New Hampshire residents in 12,000 households file their federal income tax returns, bringing in over $12 million in refunds," said Jan Nedelka, AARP Tax-Aide state coordinator, who added that all of the volunteer tax counselors have passed IRS certification exams.
Nearly 50 locations in New Hampshire offer the service. Many have evening and weekend hours, and all sites are handicap accessible. Counselors at some locations also can provide guidance regarding eligibility for property tax abatements from cities and towns. Some sites also will reopen briefly in May or June to offer help with filing New Hampshire property tax rebates.
To find the best time and location and to learn what documents should be brought to the appointment, go to www.aarp.org/taxaide, call (888) AARPNOW (888) 227 7669 or call 211, New Hampshire's statewide resource number.
Hearing screening planned at Manchester center
MANCHESTER - The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will host a free hearing screening sponsored by Affordable Hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10.
The representative also can clean hearing aids, perform minor repairs and answer questions about hearing aids.
Appointments are recommended. For information or an appointment, call the center at 624-6533.
Chapin Senior Center offers monthly movies
NEW LONDON - The Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St., screens movies twice a month. Movie & Pizza Night at 5 p.m. Friday, April 19, will feature the film "Miss Potter." For movie information about the next Sunday at the Movies, set for 2 p.m. April 14, call the COA at 526-6368.
The next Conversations With Lunch program will focus on "Muster Field Farm - Farming Since 1774" and will be presented by Jack Noon. The program will begin at noon Monday, April 22, at New London Baptist Church. To sign up, call the COA 526-6368 before Thursday, April 18.