New Hampshire Senior News Notes

December 01. 2013 6:07PM

Shoppers asked to be a Santa for seniors
MANCHESTER — Holiday shoppers can brighten the Christmas of central New Hampshire seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program, which helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays.

The program is run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with Belknap-Merrimack County Community Action Program, Meals on Wheels; Concord Regional Technical Center; St. Joseph Community Services; area retailers; and volunteers and community members.

Retailers participating in Be a Santa to a Senior will display Christmas trees until Friday, Dec. 13, that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Shoppers can pick an ornament from these trees, buy the items listed and return them in a gift bag to the store, with the ornament attached.

Trees can be found in Manchester at Chalifour’s Flowers, Gift & Gourmet, 46 Elm St.; St. Mary’s Bank, 234 Elm St.; Heart & Hand Unique Gifts, 823 Elm St.; and Meetinghouse at Riverfront, 60 Riverfront Drive. In Concord, the trees will be at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 68 N. State St.; Snip It With Style, 219A S. Main St.; and Merrimack County Savings Bank, North Main Street.

Ornaments also will be available at Home Instead Senior Care, 100A Middle St., Manchester.

The gifts will be given out by Meals on Wheels volunteers in Hillsborough, Merrimack and Belknap counties.

The Home Instead Senior Care office also will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, nonprofit workers and others to collect and distribute the gifts to seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.

“Be a Santa to a Senior gives back to older adults in our area, many of whom have had significant, positive influence on our lives,” said Lisa Byrne, owner of Home Instead, a private home care agency. “During this season of giving, we encourage shoppers to buy a little extra to say thank you to these community members.”

For more information about the program, go to or call 668-6868.

Retired educators to meet at Marlborough House

MARLBOROUGH — The Cheshire County Retired Educators Association will meet Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Marlborough House, 9 Ling St.

Social time is planned from 11:30 a.m. to noon, and Deb Wilson and Sue North will greet members and guests as they arrive.

Marlborough schoolchildren will entertain the group with holiday songs. A luncheon catered by the Pub Restaurant in Keene will begin after the entertainment.

The association will be collecting unwrapped mittens, hats and scarfs to be donated to the local Head Start program, as well as nonperishable food and money to be donated to the Community Kitchen.

This association comprises retired teachers, administrators, nurses and educational support staff who live in or formerly worked in Cheshire County. Anyone interested in attending the event should call Ken Whitaker at 827-3702.

Chapin center’s workshop on gift-box decorating

NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Area Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St., will host a “Pretty Little Holiday Boxes” workshop at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12

With just a few simple supplies and some colorful paper, seniors can learn to make unique boxes to decorate their home or to give as gifts. Those attending should bring a pencil, scissors and a 12-inch ruler for small boxes or an 18-inch ruler for larger boxes. Paper will be supplied. The workshop is limited to 10 people. To register, call 526-6368.

The center’s Breakfast Club book discussion group will discuss “The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures” by Caroline Preston when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Movie & Pizza Night at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, will feature “Prancer.” To sign up, call 526-6368. For information about the Sunday at the Movies film at 2 p.m. Dec. 8, call COA at 526-6368.
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