Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center’s Neighbors-In-Deed program has light handyman volunteers to help seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and military family members with small, episodic home repairs.
The volunteers can help with things like repairing a rickety step, installing a grab bar, replacing a lock, changing a light bulb, weatherizing windows, replacing batteries in fire detectors and moving AC units. Recipients are responsible for the cost of materials, but labor is free of charge.
If you need some assistance and would like more information about the program, or if you would like to learn about how you can become a volunteer, call 283-1861 for Cheshire County or 924-7350 for the greater Peterborough region.
Meals on Wheels
Friendly Meals offers dining for seniors at the Garden Café at 312 Marlboro St. in Keene. Doors open Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is served at noon.
Dining rooms also serving Monday through Friday are at The United Church of Jaffrey Parish Hall and at the Millstream Community Center in Hinsdale. Friendly Meals are served Wednesdays at the Keene Senior Center. Monthly meals are served in Marlow, Marlborough, Jaffrey, Westmoreland, Nelson and North Walpole.
Cheshire County residents ages 60 and older may attend. Dietetic desserts are available at all locations. There is no charge for Friendly Meals, but a suggested donation of $3 is appreciated.
Participants should make reservations by 11 a.m., two business days in advance. Reservations: Garden Café, 352-2253; Jaffrey Parish Hall, 242-7986; Hinsdale Community Center, 336-7087; Keene Senior Center, 352-5037.
Meals on Wheels are available in Chesterfield, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Rindge, Sullivan, Swanzey, Troy, Westmoreland and Winchester.
For information, call Gia at 352-2253.
This week’s menu:
Monday, Nov. 26: Chicken and biscuit, mashed potatoes, winter mixed vegetables, date bar.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: Baked mini penne with marinara meat sauce and mozzarella cheese, broccoli florets, pineapple tidbits.
Wednesday, Nov. 28: Turkey stew with a biscuit, cut green beans, Mandarin oranges with gelatin with cream.
Thursday, Nov. 29: Barbecue chicken breast, mashed potatoes, beets with orange sauce, pineapple chunks.
Friday, Nov. 30: Spinach-ricotta pie, peas and onions, yellow cake with strawberry yogurt.
for Troy seniors
The Troy Senior Breakfast is held at the Samuel E. Paul Community Center on South Street on the first Saturday of every month, 7 to 10 a.m. Breakfast buffet is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children.
Bellows Falls center hosts meals, activities
The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center at 18 Tuttle St., Bellows Falls, serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The meal is served until sold out and is open to area seniors.
Suggested donation is $3.50 for seniors over the age of 60, which includes a beverage. Information: 463-3907.
The following activities for seniors are offered at the senior center:
Basic tai chi for fall prevention: Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Chair caning: meets Mondays at 1 p.m.
The Knit and Stitch group: meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
The BFASC Quilters: meet the on the second Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m.
Nickel Bingo: is held every Tuesday starting at 12:30 p.m., with 20 games played.
Gad about the Girls: meet the first Thursday of every month.
Age In Motion
Age In Motion, an exercise program designed for older adults, is offered in various locations within the region. Classes are led by trained instructors and are held for one hour, twice a week and consist of exercises to increase strength, flexibility and balance. Both men and women from any area town are invited to participate. A $2 donation per class is requested.
The following programs are ongoing, but new members are welcome:
Hinsdale (Millstream Community Center): Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Marlborough (Community House): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m.
Walpole (Town Hall): Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m.
Winchester (ELMM Center): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon.
Chesterfield (Town Hall): Mondays and Wednesday, 9 to 10 a.m.
Stoddard (Town Hall): Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m.
Physician approval is needed to join. Please call Jo-Anne at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, 352-2253, extension 118, for a registration packet. Age In Motion is a program of HCS, a Monadnock United Way agency.
to host activities
Bentley Commons is on Water Street in Keene.
Monday, Nov. 26: 9:30 a.m., sit ’n’ fit; 10:30 a.m., coffee and chat, darts; 11 a.m., walking club; 1:15 p.m., large dice Yahtzee; 1:30 p.m., bus leaves for shopping, mahjong; 1:45 p.m., balance; 3:15 p.m., flower arranging; 4:15 p.m., social hour; 6:30 p.m., Scrabble.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: 9:30 a.m., balance; 10:30 a.m., coffee and chat,Ted Talks, strolling club; 11 a.m., ladder ball; 1 p.m., adult coloring; 1:30 p.m., craft; 1:45 p.m. strength and resistance, cribbage; 3:15 p.m., bell choir; 4:15 p.m., social hour, 6:45 p.m., bingo.
Wednesday, Nov. 28: 9:30 a.m., yoga; 10:15 a.m., shopping bus to Hannaford; 10:30 a.m., bag toss, coffee and chat, Catholic rosary and communion; 11 a.m., walking club; 1:30 p.m., bus leaves for shopping, Wii bowling; 1:45 p.m., balance; 2:30 p.m., women’s group; 3:15 p.m., chorus; 4:15 p.m., social hour; 7 p.m., classic movie night.
Thursday, Nov. 29: 9:30 a.m. balance; 9:45 a.m., confessions with Fr. Allen; 10:30 a.m., coffee and chat, Catholic mass, putting; 1 p.m. bingo, move for thought; 1:45 p.m., strength and resistance; 3 p.m., Bob Rutherford; 4:15 p.m., social hour; 7 p.m., documentary night.
Friday, Nov. 30: 9:30 a.m., sit and fit; 10:30 a.m., coffee and chat, bag toss; 11 a.m., walking club; 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge; 1 p.m., name that tune; 2 p.m., group crossword puzzle; 3 p.m., stories by fireside; 4:15 p.m., social hour; 7 p.m., arm chair travel.
offered in Keene
A senior cribbage league is held at Stone Arch Village, 835 Court St., Keene on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Information: Jan Lecuyer, 354-3255.