NH Senior News in Brief

June 23. 2013 3:42PM
Ms. New Hampshire Senior America 2012, Marie Klinedinst of Warner, center, is wrapping up her reign. Pageant organizers are seeking contestants to vie for the 2014 title. Klinedinst is joined by other state pageant winners and a Maine winner. From left, Hope Heath, 1994; Patricia Platt, Maine 2009; Dawn Baker, 2010; Kathy Salanitro, 2011; Dianne M. Durkin, 2009; and Mary Griffin, 1993. (COURTESY)

Ms. NH Senior America seeks contestants

Ms. New Hampshire Senior America organizers are seeking contestants for the 2014 state pageant, which will take place in November.

Both the New Hampshire and the national contestants are judged based on an interview, presentation in a gown (no swimsuits), presentation of their philosophy of life and a talent portion. Organizers say the talent options can go beyond singing or dancing. Past New Hampshire contestants have included an oxen driver, flower arranger and poet.

Active New Hampshire women 60 and older who are interested in competing for the title should contact Ellen Risley at 888-6669 for information. The new queen, who will compete in Atlantic City in October 2014, will have almost a full year to collect sponsors and enjoy the honor conferred.

The extended reign of 2012 winner Marie Kline- dinst of Warner will end soon. She traveled to Atlantic City in October for the national competition, which she says she enjoyed. She met queens from other states and delegates from states without pageants. A pageant was not held in New Hampshire for the 2013 season, so the state won’t have a contestant this fall in Atlantic City. Past contestants are eligible to continue to entertain with the Ms. New Hampshire Senior America Cameo Club Showcase. The women and some guest male performers get to display their talents on the road. Klinedinst has continued to sing and tap dance in New Hampshire and beyond.Information on becoming a contestant and the application also are available at www.msnhsenioramerica.org. The application and entry fee should be sent as soon as possible to Ellen B. Risley, secretary, 37 MacDonald Drive, Nashua, NH 03062.

AARP sets July schedule for driving refresher class

The AARP Driver Safety Program has announced the July lineup for its driving refresher course.

The class covers such information as defensive driving techniques and age-related changes to vision, hearing and reaction time. It’s a combination of discussion and videos; there are no written or driving tests. The two-part class costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required.Concord: July 24-25, Horseshoe Pond Place, 26 Commercial St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 228-6956 to register.Dover: July 11-12, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, 1-5 p.m., 742-6075.Nashua: July 8 and 10, St. Joseph Hospital, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 595-3168.Nashua: July 16-17, Nashua Senior Activity Center, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 880-8685.

Seminar tackles giving up car keys and Alzheimer’s

DOVER — The Alzheimer’s Association will present a seminar on “Driving — When it is Time to Give up the Car Keys?” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Maple Suites retirement community, 30 Holiday Drive.

The seminar is especially geared for families and caregivers of those who are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association says ideally families should talk openly about driving soon after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Making a decision about when it is time to stop driving can be difficult, but dealing with the issue early on can help ease the transition, the association says. The seminar will help prepare people to make that important decision for a loved one and ease the family through the transition process.

To attend the seminar or for more information, RSVP to Maple Suites at 742-8820. Seminar attendees who sign up in advance are invited to have a meal at Maple Suites after the seminar at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday is AARP Day at Millyard Museum

MANCHESTER — Saturday is AARP Day at the Millyard Museum, which will be offering AARP members a $3 discounted ticket price.

Admission includes access to all the exhibits as well as a special lecture, “Samuel Blodget — Manchester’s Pioneer of Industry.”

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the lecture at 11 a.m.

“Throughout last year, we held a series of open houses to find out what Granite Staters wanted from their AARP membership,” said AARP New Hampshire state director Kelly Clark. “A consistent theme emerged. Members wanted local offerings, at New Hampshire venues, and the chance to meet other AARP members. That’s the impetus behind AARP Day at the Millyard Museum.”

The downtown museum — at Mill No. 3 at the corner of Commercial and Pleasant streets — features the permanent exhibit, “Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls,” which tells the story of Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here. It also tells the story of the development of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, once one of the largest textile-producing companies in the world, employing more than 17,000 people. The company’s vast brick millyard still dominates Manchester’s cityscape.

Preregistration is recommended for the lecture on Blodget, a lumberman, merchant, inventor and visionary who built a transportation canal so river boats carrying cargo could bypass Amoskeag Falls on the Merrimack River. To sign up, call 622-7531. Other exhibits require no reservations.

Discounted adult admission on Saturday is $5 for AARP members; $3 for members 62 and older. An AARP membership card is required.

“AARP staff and volunteers will also be at the Millyard Museum to meet and greet AARP members,” Clark said. “We encourage them to stop by and chat with us and find out more about our work in their communities.”

Other community happenings with AARP discounted tickets:

• Majestic Theatre’s performance of “Cinderella,” July 14 and 21;

• Free tastings and tours at five Seacoast wineries, Aug. 5;

• UNH Wildcats hockey game against the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Nov. 2.

Information on these and other special deals can be found at www.aarp.org/nh, www.facebook.com/aarpnh or www.twitter.com/aarpnh.

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