NH Senior Notes: Nominations for Book of Golden Deeds Award due May 8

April 16. 2017 8:56PM
Members of the Presidential Players Wii Bowling team at Presidential Oaks retirement community in Concord finished the season with a record of 5-2 in the National Senior League. Sitting from left are Francine Pinkos, Aurea Laliberte and Deane Mae Rangnow; and standing are Joan Wentworth, Doris Alexander, Evelyn Ide and Elaine Montminy. (COURTESY)

NASHUA — The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua is accepting nominations for its Book of Golden Deeds Award, which is given each year to honor a person, group of people or organization that donates time, talent and energy to help improve the quality of life of seniors in Greater Nashua.

“The goal of the Book of Golden Deeds is to recognize and honor those who give everything they have — and then some. They are the ones that make the rest of us realize how much more we can do,” said Suzanne Koperniak, chairman of the Book of Golden Deeds committee for the club.

For more information about the award or for the nomination form, call Koperniak at 289-3515 or email skoperniak@lifecoping.org. Nomination forms are due by Monday, May 8.

The Breakfast Exchange Club assists nonprofit agencies with programs that support area seniors, such as working with Meals on Wheels to deliver flowers to homebound seniors on Valentine’s Day. The all-volunteer club also has regular “Days of Caring,” during which members food shop for seniors in the community. It also offers a heat-up/cool-down fuel assistance program as well as socials for seniors in low-income housing.

The club meets at 8 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Langdon Place of Nashua, 319 E. Dunstable Road.

For more information about the club, email BXCNashua@gmail.com. Currently, members represent local businesses, organizations, nonprofit agencies and retirees.

Chapin center has monthly Movie & Pizza Nights

NEW LONDON — “Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont” will be the featured film at the next Movie & Pizza Night at 5 p.m. Friday at the Chapin Senior Center of the Kear-sarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) moves to London with the hope of gaining her independence and seeing her grandson. While she is staying at a residential hotel for senior citizens, she meets writer Ludovic Meyer (Rupert Friend) when she trips and falls on the street in front of his home and an unlikely friendship flourishes between them. To attend, call the COA at 526-6368.

Bingo is played at 2 p.m. Fridays. The cost for the 10 games is $5 for 10 bingo sheets with six cards on each sheet. Players must be 55 or older. To register, call the COA.

The center’s Humanist Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. This is a monthly walk-in program.

Other activities that don’t require registration include men’s and women’s discussion groups; a French discussion group that welcomes all skill levels; weekday walking at Proctor Academy Gym; chair exercises; a memoir writing group; an informal painting group; and bridge, poker, a hand and foot card game, dominoes and Mahjong.

For details about days and times of the activities, call the COA at 526-6368.

AARP members offered discount to ‘Candide’

MANCHESTER — Manchester Choral Society is offering discounted tickets to AARP members and their guests for its performances of a full orchestra concert version of composer Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.”

The performances will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at St. Anselm College in the Dana Center’s Koonz Theatre, 100 St. Anselm Drive.

Throughout the 1950s, Bernstein worked to adapt Voltaire’s 1759 novel “Candide” into a musical. The novel is a satirical story in which the characters, regardless of social or financial status, suffer unimaginable hardship. Through comedy and Bernstein’s music, the choral society says, the message is about striving to overcome adversity.

The choral society, an auditioned community chorus, says it has become a magnet for serious choral singers throughout southern New Hampshire. The musical director — Dr. Dan Perkins — has served more than two decades as a professor of music and director of choral activities at Plymouth State University.

Tickets may be purchased online or at the door using the code SPRING. AARP volunteers will be at each concert to share information about other upcoming events and programs.

Presidential Players have another winning season

CONCORD — Winning is nothing new to the seven-member Presidential Players Wii Bowling team, which continued its success this year in the National Senior League games.

The women on Presidential Oaks retirement community’s Wii Bowling team finished the competition with a record of 5-2, ending the season first in New Hampshire and third in their conference.

The team finished with a ranking of 125th overall in the National Senior League, out of nearly 300 teams.

Team members are Deane Mae Rangnow, Aurea Laliberte, Evelyn Ide, Doris Alexander, Joan Wentworth, Francine Pinkos and Elaine Montminy. This year, the members moved up a level in competitiveness due to an impressive first match score. The top score posted this season by the team was 206, with an average score of 184. Team members knocked down a total of 10,297 pins during competition.

The league’s spring championship involves nearly 100 communities, 295 teams and 1,500 bowlers from 30 states.

Teams are made up of at least four senior bowlers and may have up to four substitutes. Each conference consists of eight teams, which play each other one time — for a total of seven matches. The successful teams advance to three or four weeks of playoffs. If they lose in the playoffs, a team is done. The season runs for seven to 10 weeks.

Teams play where they live — no travel is required. The league maintains statistics, makes the schedule, monitors results and gives out awards. All that’s needed is a sponsoring retirement community.

Although the league’s 2017 season is winding down, the Presidential Players hold weekly practices to keep their bowling skills sharp all year long.

For a more information about the National Senior League and to view the Presidential Players’ schedule and individual scores, visit www.nslgames.com.

AARP’s free iPad workshops set for May 10 in Concord

CONCORD — AARP New Hampshire is offering free AARP TEK (Technology Education & Knowledge) workshops Wednesday, May 10, for those who want to get the most out of their iPads.

Four workshops are scheduled in the Grappone Conference Center’s Pierce Room, 70 Constitution Ave.

• “Intro to iPad: Beginner Workshop,” 10 to 11:30 a.m., is for people new to mobile technology and ready to discover the power of apps. The hands-on workshop will cover iPad skills including touchscreen basics, texting, taking and sharing photos, and downloading apps.

• “Beyond the Basics — iPad: Intermediate Workshop,” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., is for those who have the essentials down, but are ready to take things to the next level. This workshop will offer tips and tricks, including how to share your location with friends, how to control a tablet with your voice using Siri and how to edit photos. Tablet experience is recommended.

• “Staying Safe Online — iPad: Beginner Workshop,” 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., will cover ways to identify and avoid some of the most common online scams.

• “Privacy and Sharing on Facebook — iPad: Intermediate Workshop,” 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., is a hands-on session that will teach people how to control what they see and who sees what they share on Facebook. Tablet experience is recommended, and people must bring their Facebook user name and password.

Registration is required by calling (866) 591-8105 or by visiting aarp.cvent.com/aarptekgreatermanchester. AARP membership is not required to participate.

To find out about other AARP events and activities, visit aarp.org/nh.

Littleton center schedules nature photography class

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will offer a free eight-week nature photography class Thursdays, June 15 to Aug. 3.

The class, which is open to adults 55 and older, is part of a new “Experience/Arts” initiative. It will provide a guided hands-on exploration of photographing nature led by professional photographer John Anderson. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design who teaches at Plymouth State University and who also has served as the White Mountain National Forest Artist in Residence.

No experience with photography is required to participate.

The class size is limited, so essarly registration is advised. To sign up, call Anne-Marie at 444-6050.

The class, which is co-sponsored by Grafton County Senior Citizens Council and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, is possible because of a grant from the national Seeding Artful Aging initiative of Aroha Philanthropies and additional support from the Couch Family Foundation.

The center says Artful Aging programs are designed to inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share art in ways that are novel and socially engaging. Donations to support the program will be accepted.

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