Chapin Senior Center – June 2019 Program List

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Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them
Tuesday June 4 at 10:30 AM
Telling personal and family stories is fun – and much more. Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times. In this active and interactive program, storyteller Jo Radner shares foolproof ways to mine memories and interview relatives for meaningful stories. Participants practice finding, developing, and telling their own tales. Please call COA at 526-6368 to register.
Jo Radner received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Before returning to her family home in western Maine as a freelance storyteller and oral historian, she spent 31 years as professor at American University in Washington, DC, teaching literature, folklore, American studies, Celtic studies, and storytelling.
Please call COA at 526-6368 to register.


Life Lessons from Kindergarten
with Becky Fowler, retired Kindergarten teacher                                                

Tuesday, June 18 at 1:30 PM

Becky shares the true stories and actual quotes from 5-year-olds which
reflect their learning and becoming good citizens and leaders of tomorrow. Precocious, hilarious, and often thought provoking, we all can learn a thing or two from a Kindergartner!

Please contact COA at 526-6368 to register.

Shamballa Reiki Sessions

Tuesday, June 25
Appointments from 9:30 to 3 PM

Linda Luck of “Lady Luck healing therapies” will be accepting appointments for Shamballa Reiki at the Chapin Senior Center on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

During the Reiki sessions, Linda will be checking the Chakras (energy centers) of clients to look for blockages in their energy system.  Upon the completion of the session, she will review what was found concerning the Chakras and give the client paperwork explaining what any blockages mean for the client’s health and what can be done about it.  Shamballa Reiki works on energy concerned with mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Sessions are 15 minutes in length and the cost is $15 per session.

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

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 at 8:30-10 AM
Please call COA at 526-6368 for more information. This is a walk-in program.

Outdoor Recreation for Seniors – Tuesdays at 10 AM
Join this active group to bike, hike, kayak and more! Please see the weekly schedule listed at or call COA at 526-6368.

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 at 10-11 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.

Slower Spokes for Older Folks Bike Group – Wednesdays
Slower Spokes for Older Folks will be operating again this year, on Wednesdays. It is the easier biking group for those who want time “to smell the roses” as well as get some exercise. Somewhat shorter rides, somewhat easier routes, and a more leisurely pace characterize this group. If you might be interested, call COA at 526-6368. Starting date will depend on weather. Suggestions for routes always welcome.

Line Dancing with Dee Connor
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. This is a walk-in program.

Needlework Craft Group – Wednesdays at 1 to 3 PM
Love to cross stitch, do needlework, quilt, knit or crochet? We do, too! We’d love to chat, laugh, and get to know the folks who enjoy the same hobbies we enjoy. Please join us! This is a walk-in program.

Tai Chi – Wednesdays at 2:30 PM
Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church, New London, NH. This is a walk-in program.

Bike Group – Thursday mornings
The COA Bikers trek forth every Thursday morning from Spring through Fall for a 25-mile (more or less) bike ride from various locations in New Hampshire and occasionally, Vermont. Our goal is enjoying the scenery and getting a bit of exercise. Call COA at 526-6368 for more information or to be placed on the email contact list for schedule information. Weekly schedule also available at


Women’s Discussion Group – Fridays at 9 AM
Get to know your neighbors over a casual cup of coffee. Join friends, new and old, to visit, chat and share! This is a walk-in program.

Bingo! – 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.

Duplicate Bridge – Mondays at 12:45 PM and Wednesdays at 9:15 AM
Contract Bridge – Thursdays at 9:30 AM

Poker – Tuesdays at 2 PM
Hand and Foot Card Game– Wednesdays at 1 PM
Mahjong – Thursdays at 12:30 PM

Blood Pressure Clinic
Monday, June 3 at 9:30 AM
This is a walk-in program.

Parkinson’s Support Group – Tuesday, June 4th at 1 PM
You are invited to join this lively, welcoming and supportive group! This is a walk-in program.

VNA Foot Care Clinic at COA
Friday, June 7 & June 14 at 9:30 to 1 PM
$25 Please call COA at 526-6368 to schedule an appointment.

Morning Book Group – Tuesday, June 11 at 9:30 AM
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. “Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his 50th birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself and making connections with the past.” – Novelist  Please call COA at 526-6368 to obtain the book.

Gentle Yoga                                        
Tuesdays, June 11 and June 25 from 3 to 4 PM
This wellness class will help you feel better and create a sense of inner calm as we focus on gaining flexibility, strength and balance. We will use yoga mats or chairs while we do yoga poses. At the end of each class there will be a time of relaxation.  Gentle yoga is appropriate for all levels from beginner to experienced. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Please call COA at 526-6368 to register. Carol Filbin, Certified Yoga Teacher

Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist Discussion Group
Thursday, June 20 at 1:30 PM
Welcome to those who are interested in delving into a variety of humanist and non-theist topics. We share our knowledge and experiences related to the challenging questions of religions, spirituality, and how they influence our lives. Using reason, critical thinking, and honest examination, we do our best to approach personal truths. Bring your thoughts, your questions, and an open mind, and join our lively, respectful monthly discussions. This is a walk-in program.

Movie & Pizza Matinee
“Victoria & Abdul”

Tuesday, June 25  at noon

Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. Please call COA at 526-6368 to sign up. There is no charge for this event. Come check out our new projector!

Caregiver Support and Discussion Group – Thursday, June 27 at 1:00 PM
There is no instruction manual for being a caregiver! Join this peer-led group to learn tips, strategies and advice from those experiencing the same challenges and rewards. Please call COA at 526-6368 to register.