NH Senior Notes: Free workshop in Dover to focus on genealogy

August 26. 2018 8:19PM

Ward Paronto, dressed as a dog, gives a lift to the real thing, Nina, to start off the pet parade. (COURTESY)

DOVER — Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road, is hosting a free workshop, “Beginning Genealogy/Tracing Your Family’s Roots,” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. Veteran genealogists Joanne Eaton and Patricia Holt of the Margery Sullivan Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in Dover will conduct the workshop.

They will offer basic genealogy research techniques along with some tips for making the most of online resources. They’ll discuss how to create a family tree, the use of family group charts and give advice on how to get started. All participants need to bring is a pencil, copies of any pertinent records (keep the official documents at home to prevent any loss) and a desire to learn more about their heritage.

The DAR is a nonprofit volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism and preserving American history. Any woman 18 or older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the Revolution is eligible for membership.

To attend the seminar, RSVP in advance by calling 743-4110 ext. 224 as seating is limited.

Workshop to explain Concord’s trails system

CONCORD — Concord has a system of 31 trails covering 81 miles. To find out more about this resource, join AARP New Hampshire and Assistant City Planner Beth Fenstermacher for a free workshop on how to navigate the off-road trails and how to read the trail maps.

The Intro to Concord Trails workshop is planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Center for Health Promotion, 49 S. Main St. Suite. 201.

Fenstermacher will offer a virtual tour of three of the trails, give advice on what to bring on a hike and what kind of terrain to expect, discuss how to navigate the city’s website to find trail maps and other pertinent information and explain the Trail Passport program.

The program is open to the public, but preregistration is required at aarp.cvent.com/IntrotoTrails.

Shoe clinic for diabetics on Medicare set for Sept. 20

MANCHESTER — A shoe clinic for diabetics on Medicare is planned Thursday, Sept. 20, at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St.

Diabetics on Medicare are entitled to one pair of therapeutic shoes and inserts each calendar year. To pick a style and get measured for shoes, call for an appointment at 828-6762. Seniors should bring their Medicare and insurance information, plus their doctor’s name, address and phone number.

Workshop to show how to be a bike-friendly driver

CONCORD — Learning how to be a bicycle-friendly driver is the goal of a workshop planned from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Center for Health Promotion, 49 S. Main St. Suite. 201. AARP members and one guest will each receive a discounted admission of $5. Registration is required by calling 230-7300.

Writing sessions start Sept. 7 at Littleton center

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, is starting a writing workshop with instructor Bob O’Connor on Friday, Sept. 7.

The group, which will meet at 12:30 p.m. Fridays, is for everyone from experienced writers to beginners to those who just want to have fun. The main goal is to have people put their thoughts down on paper. The emphasis will be on what you write, not how you write. Bring a legal pad or notebook and you’ll be ready to go. A few basics will be covered as needed. The types of writing, such as autobiographies, poetry or essays, will be decided at the beginning of the class.

United Way will kick off its Day of Caring with a breakfast at the center for all its volunteers from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.

A field trip to Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln is planned Wednesday, Sept. 12, to see “Patsy Cline” and have lunch at the Lincoln senior center.

For more information about the center and its activities, call 444-6050.

AARP Driver Safety classes scheduled for September

The September schedule has been set for the AARP Smart Driver course, a classroom refresher designed for drivers 50 and older, but open to any age licensed driver.

The six-hour class, which is held in one- or two-part sessions, does not involve driving or tests. The focus is on learning about adjustments in driving techniques that can be made as people get older. The cost is $20, or $15 for AARP members. Preregistration is required.

Littleton: Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Littleton Regional Healthcare, 600 St. Johnsbury Road. To register, call the Littleton Area Senior Center, 444-6050.

Manchester: Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Catholic Medical Center’s Community Health Services, 195 McGregor St. lower level, Suite LL 22. Bring lunch or use the CMC cafe. To register, call 626-2626.

Milford: Sept. 12 and 14, 9 a.m. to noon, Milford Medical Center, 442 Nashua St. To register, call 595-3168.

Nashua: Sept. 24-25, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nashua Senior Center, 70 Temple St. To register, call 889-6155.

To check for any updates, go to goo.gl/Kva2MS.

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The celebration also included blessings for pets. Outside Wheelock Terrace, Pastor Dick Hodge, center, blesses Jack the dog as Elizabeth Haustin, left, and Pat Ryan look on. Supplies and donations that were collected during a pet drive also were presented to the Upper Valley Humane Society during the event. (COURTESY)

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