COA Chapin Senior Center, June 2017

Programs and Activities

Press Release

Tom & Tom’s Men’s Discussion Group

Mondays at 8:45 AM

We want to hear your stories and we’ll share a few of our own.

Come visit over an endless cup of coffee!

This is a walk-in program.

French Discussion Group

First and Third Mondays at 4:15 PM

Join this casual, friendly group to practice your language skills and have fun.

Participants at all skill levels are welcome!

This is a walk-in program.

Chair Exercises

Mondays and Fridays at 10:15 AM

This low impact exercise program is perfect for those looking for an

easy, effective exercise routine.

This is a walk-in program.

Walking at Proctor Academy Gym

Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 10 AM

Walk in the Farrell Fieldhouse year round.

Please call COA at 526-6368 for more information.

This is a walk-in program.

Memoir Writing Group

Tuesdays at 10 AM

This is a walk-in program.

Walk-In Painting Group

Tuesdays at 1 PM

Bring your current painting project to work on. This is an informal group and

we’d love to have you join us.

This is a walk-in program.

Friends Program Bone Builders Exercise Classes

Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 to 11 AM

This senior exercise program helps strengthen bone, build muscle and improve balance. You can exercise while seated or standing using small hand weights. Classes are held in the Newbury Heights Community Room, 52 Newbury Heights Road, Newbury.

This is a walk-in program.

Line Dancing with Dee Connors

Wednesdays at 10 AM

Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church, New London

Line dancing includes a variety of styles of dancing, needs no partner, and is lots of fun! An excellent form of exercise for both the mind and body.

Classes will be held through October 25.

Tai Chi

Wednesdays at 2:30 PM

Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church, New London, New Hampshire

This is a walk-in program

Women’s Discussion Group

Fridays at 9 AM

Get to know your neighbors over a casual cup of coffee.

Join friends to visit, chat and share!

This is a walk-in program.


Fridays at 2 PM

Ten games for $5. Ten bingo sheets with 6 cards on each sheet.

Participants must be 55 years old and older.

Please call COA at 526-6368 to register.


Duplicate Bridge – Mondays at 12:45 PM and Wednesdays at 9:15 AM

Contract Bridge – Thursdays at 9:30 AM

This is a walk-in program.


Poker – Tuesdays at 2 PM

Hand and Foot Card Game – Wednesdays at 1 PM

Dominoes – Thursdays at 4 PM

Mahjong – Fridays at 12:30 PM

VNA Foot Care Clinic at COA

Friday, June 2, and Friday, June 9, from 9:30 AM to 1 PM

$25 (doctor’s order required for diabetics)

Please call COA at 526-6368 to schedule an appointment.

Meditation Class

Saturday, June 3, and Saturday, June 17, at 10 AM

Meditation is a process of transforming the mind. It enhances clarity, concentration, relaxation, and positive mind states while alleviating stress, anxiety, depression, and other medical conditions. This is done by focusing the mind, staying present, and being aware of thoughts. We will be sitting in chairs and will be doing some silent guided meditation sessions along with contemplations. No prior meditation experience is necessary. These ongoing classes will be guided by Ilene Venizelos. For questions or to register, please call COA at 526-6368.

Computer Class with Laura Thompson

Saturday, June 3 from 9 to 11 AM

(1/2 hour appointments beginning at 9 AM)

Are you looking for answers to questions about basic computer and iPad skills? Sign up for a one on one half hour session by calling 526-6368.

Blood Pressure Clinic

Monday, June 5 at 9:30 AM

This is a walk-in program.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Tuesday, June 6 at 1 PM

You are invited to join this lively, welcoming, and supportive group!

This is a walk-in program.

Long-Term Care Planning

Friday, June 9 at 10:30 AM

Learn more about your options for long term care with Wayne Blanchard from ServiceLink.

Please call COA at 526-6368 to sign up for this program.

Computer Tutoring with Nick Ourusoff

Monday, June 12, 19, and 26 from 9 to 11 AM

Wednesday, June 21, and 28 from 2 to 4 PM

Nick will be available for ½ hour one on one tutoring sessions for the beginning computer user to the knowledgeable user who needs collaboration or advice.

Learn to use your laptop, tablet, or android device for a variety of tasks.

Receive help with spreadsheets, e-mail, or designing a Web site.

Nick has an extensive background in computers from teaching to programming.

Please bring your laptop, tablet, or android device with you.

Please call COA at 526-6368 for an appointment.

Morning Book Group

Tuesday, June 13 at 9:30 AM

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This is a walk-in program.

Humanist Discussion Group

Thursday, June 15 at 1:30 PM

This is a walk-in program.

A New Hampshire Humanities Presentation: “12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State”

Presented by Robert Goodby, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University

Tuesday, June 20 at 1:30 PM

The native Abenaki people played a central role in the history of the Monadnock region, defending it against English settlement and forcing the abandonment of Keene and other Monadnock area towns during the French and Indian Wars. Despite this, little is known about the Abenaki, and conventional histories often depict the first Europeans entering an untamed, uninhabited wilderness, rather than the homeland of people who had been there for hundreds of generations. Please call COA at 526-6368 to register for this presentation.

This program was initially offered in March, but was rescheduled due to weather.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Classes

A 6-week program led by Melissa Laverack

Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 PM

June 22 through July 27

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. Melissa Laverack will guide you through this 6-week program originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at UMass-Medical Center over 30 years ago. The course includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching, yoga, and other body awareness practices, group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life and more. Melissa was trained and certified as a Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction teacher at the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical Center. She holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Pastoral Care. Please call COA at 526-6368 to register. Limit of 15 attendees. No charge for classes.