Birch Heights' community events include brass quintet, cabaret

June 01. 2014 8:29PM

DERRY — Birch Heights, a Holiday independent retirement community at 7 Kendall Pond Road, is inviting area residents to its free community programs in June, as well as to lunch or dinner before or after the programs.

The lineup includes:

• Nottingham Brass Quintet, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.• “Come to the Cabaret,” 2 p.m. Thursday. The act will include singing and dancing.• “Friendship Barbecue at Birch,” 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

• “Touched by the Little Angels,” 2 p.m. Sunday. Visiting Angels Home Care will sponsor a show of “little angels” performing song and dance routines.

• “Adventure Travel to the Hawaiian Islands,” 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. This is a presentation about touring the islands.

• “Alternative & Holistic Therapies for Pain Management,” 2 p.m. Thursday, June 12. Dr. Dawn Buik, D.C., of Triskelia Wellness of Derry, will discuss new approaches to pain management, including chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and yoga.

• “Diabetes Risk Assessment: Education and Prevention,” 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14. A representative of Humana will help people assess their risk.

• “Medicare 101: Navigating the Medicare Maze,” 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 18. Connie Young, a representative of ServiceLink, the Aging and Disability Resource Center, will help people better understand their Medicare benefits. This is appropriate even for those who have been on Medicare for years.

• Rockin’ Randy performance, 4:15 p.m. Saturday, June 28.

All programs are free and open to the public, however, an RSVP is required by calling 425-7755. A full-course luncheon is available at 12:30 p.m. and a lighter full-course dinner is available at 5:30 p.m., by reservation.

Bedford Seniors plan potluck luncheon June 10

BEDFORD — The Bedford Seniors group is getting ready for its year-end potluck luncheon on Tuesday, June 10, at the Bedford Presbyterian Church hall on Church Road.

Food will be set up at 11:45 a.m., and the meal will begin about noon. Members should bring their favorite dish, though it’s not necessary to be a member to join the group at the luncheon.

To attend, sign up with the group’s president, Bill, at 488-2195.

Dotty of the Sunshine Group says a bus trip is planned to York Beach, Maine, on June 11. Plans also include lunch at Newick’s and stops at Calef’s Store in Barrington and in Portsmouth. The cost is $30, with lunch on your own. To sign up, call Dotty at 624-4483.

Littleton Center schedules Father’s Day celebration

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will celebrate Father’s Day on Friday, June 13, with a special dinner, door prizes and entertainment by David Shikes, a humorist and storyteller.

As part of Community Day, area business owners of any age may eat lunch for free on Thursday at the center. They’re welcome to promote their business or just have lunch. To attend, RSVP by calling the center at 444-6050.

Kate Kelly’s “Lunch and Learn” series continues after lunch Thursday, June 12, with “What’s Your Sign?” Those registering for the class should include the month and date of their birth, so she can know everyone’s Zodiac sign before the workshop. To sign up, stop at the center’s front desk.

Wheel of Fortune with Geoge Mitchell will return to the center Thursday, June 19, after the food raffle. Prizes will be gift certificates from The Coffee Pot. A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk for those who would like to play. An audience to cheer on players also is welcome.The center will host Molar Express on Friday, June 20. Seniors will be offered free assessments of dental health. Each assessment will take about 20 minutes. Appointments will be available all day. To schedule one, contact Phyllis at the center.

A Drumming Circle with John is planned after lunch Wednesday, June 18. No experience is necessary. To participate in the free class, sign up at the front desk.

Merrimack students lend hand at community center

MERRIMACK — The board of directors of the John O’Leary Adult Community Center is sending its thanks to the senior class of Merrimack High School for participating in Senior Service Day on May 20.

Students Kelsey Somers, Brianna Jeffery and Justine Coppola performed various cleanup tasks at the center, such as washing windows and mirrors and tidying up the outside.

The senior class also helps the community in a number of other settings. Afterward, the students were treated to a barbecue at the American Legion.

“Thanks also to teacher Dave Delisle and the Merrimack High School administration for organizing and supervising this annual activity, which strengthens the bond between the younger and older citizens of our town,” Steven M. Dembow, the center’s coordinator, wrote in an email.

The center, located at 4 Church St., is the hub of activities for senior citizens in the town. It is home to the Merrimack Senior Citizens Club and a site for St. Joseph Community Services’ Meals on Wheels program, as well as host to weekly meetings of a variety of groups.

‘Seniors for Seniors’ pet adoption at Maple Suites

DOVER — Maple Suites Senior Independent Living, 30 Holiday Drive, will host a senior pet adoption event for the Cocheco Valley Humane Society from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The humane society will be there for the “Seniors for Seniors” pet adoption with older dogs and cats in need of adoption.

Maple Suites also will collect monetary donations and food and supplies for the humane society. Seacoast residents can drop off cans and bags of dog and cat food at Maple Suites. All pet food collected will be donated to the shelter to help feed the hundreds of stray and abandoned pets cared for daily.

For more information about the humane society, go to

For more about Maple Suites, part of Holiday Retirement, call 742-8820.

Plymouth regional center council elects officers

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional Senior Center Advisory Council elected officers at its May meeting.

Dick Coutu was elected president; Anne Marie LeBlanc, vice president; Sally Coutu, secretary; and Sandra Mitchell, treasurer.

The council’s next meeting will be the annual open meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at the center, 8 Depot St.

A luau for King Kamehameha Day is planned at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 11. It will include music, Hawaiian chicken and maybe some hula. Flip flops and loud shirts are encouraged.

A Father’s Day celebration will get underway at noon Thursday, June 12. Dads can take their pick of moose meatloaf (donated by N.H. Fish and Game) or regular beef loaf with all the fixings and also belly up to a mocktail bar. Plaid shirts are optional. Entertainment will be a surprise.

The Senior Golfers group will begin its summer season Thursday, June 19, at the White Mountain Country Club. The $126 cost is due by June 19. For information or to sign up, call Ron at 536-1204 or Norm at 744-6739.

A bird-watching trip to the Audubon Center at Newfound Lake is planned Tuesday, June 24. The group will leave the center at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine. This is a walking tour, so sturdy footwear is recommended. Lunch will follow at the Newfound Senior Center. Bus space is limited, so seniors are encouraged to sign up soon. For information, call Diane at the center at 536-1204.

Seniors also can sign up for a multi-day trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., from Nov. 2 to 8. For tickets and more infromation, call Cindy at 536-1204.

Chapin Senior Center offers monthly book club

NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging offers a monthly Breakfast Club book discussion group. At its next meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, the group will focus on “A Ceremonial Time” by John Hanson Mitchell.

Movie & Pizza Night at 5 p.m. Friday, June 20, will feature the film “Parkland.” To sign up, call 526-6368.The center has a variety of activities and programs planned in June, including separate men’s and women’s discussion groups, French and Spanish discussion groups, chair exercises, walking programs, bridge, chess and other games, walk-in painting sessions, health screenings, Ask a Nurse, a VNA foot care clinic, Parkinson’s and dementia caregivers support groups, computer tutoring and sessions are Medicare and long-term care planning.

For more information about activities, call COA at 526-6368.

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