— Back by popular demand: the Annual Enchanted Fall Festival with new skits, more indoor activities, extra pumpkins, and as always – enchanting fun!  But this year, the fun is coming to Concord and doubling up with a second festival day! And AARP members and their guests receive special member prices of $6.50!   Here are the details:   Friday, October 20, 2017 AND Saturday, October 21, 2017 5:00 PM – 8:45 PM McLane Audubon Center 84 Silk Farm Road Concord, NH Directions …

— Winters in New Hampshire can be long and when the weather breaks, it’s nice to be able to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.  And get some exercise! That is why AARP New Hampshire is hosting free miniature golf on Friday, May 19, from noon to 3:00 pm.  All the activities take place at Chuckster’s Family Fun Park on Route 4 in Chichester. Rain or shine, AARP members (and one guest per member) can join the miniature golfing fun for …

— It’s a CAREversation:  a free family caregiving event! Join AARP in Greater Manchester and connect with other family caregivers around your table in an engaging, interactive conversation about family caregiving. A group facilitator will help guide your conversation around such topics as how to build a support network, offer tips on caring for yourself, and share information on finding local resources.  Plus, you’ll enjoy complimentary food and drinks. Seats are limited for this free event, so reserve your spot today!  …

— Nice to see a category specifically for folks of AARP age!  Cheer on this seasoned team when the 7th annual 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championships return to White Park in Concord from Friday, February 10 – Sunday, February 12! The tradition began in 2011 with a mission to help maintain and expand ice skating opportunities throughout the City of Concord.  In the past, proceeds from the event have aided in the restoration of local skating rinks, provided discounts for …

— AARP and the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission are guiding 14 communities through strategic planning to help residents live in their own homes as they age, rather than move into nursing homes. Each community will survey its residents to evaluate needs in terms of housing, transportation, neighborhood characteristics, environment, health, opportunities, and civic and social engagement. The results will be shared with city planners and the public. The organizers hope the results will inspire other towns across the state to …

— I waited in Panera Bread, readying myself to interview the 2016 AARP New Hampshire Andrus Award for Community Service recipient.  The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious award, recognizing an individual 50 years or older who has made an impact on their community through volunteerism and inspired others to do the same.  With that prestige in mind, I admit I was nervous. And then Claire Bloom walked through the door, and my nervousness seemingly walked out. Everything about Claire Bloom …

— In honor of November as National Family Caregivers Month, Create the Good from AARP is sponsoring a unique way to nominate and honor a caregiver. We’re sponsoring 25 Days, 25 Ways to Care, a contest and sweepstakes in which you create and submit a short video of your favorite caregiver. The award is a $2,500 donation to a charity of the caregiver’s choice! To enter the 25 Days, 25 Ways to Care contest and sweepstakes, participants nominate an individual who does …

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— Are you concerned about an aging parent’s driving? If you live near Manchester, expert guidance is coming Sept. 15 at a free AARP New Hampshire seminar. Veteran presenter Charlie Zoeller, from Derry, said he plans to focus on three topics: understanding what driving means to people, including emotionally; observing a loved one’s skills objectively; and learning to initiate “the talk.” Zoeller, an AARP volunteer, said if safety requires restricting or ending someone’s driving, family members need to understand how that …

— Lights, Camera, Action! Come on down and enjoy an outdoor screening of a family movie this summer. It’s all part of the TD Bank Movies in the Park, produced by Intown Manchester. So, join the fun in Veteran’s Park on August 18 and 25 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm in downtown Manchester. The movies are free and centered on family-friendly entertainment and activities for people of all ages.  Here’s what you’ll find: August 18:  Inside Out August 25:  The …

— It’s a CAREversation:  a free family caregiving event! Join AARP in Greater Manchester for an engaging, interactive conversation about family caregiving.  Connect with other family caregivers around your table as you enjoy complimentary food and drinks. Register today for one of six events – July 7, 12 or 16 – at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester. You’ll learn how to build a caregiver support network, tips to care for youself, and where to find local resources. Events are free …