They’re fun, they’re free, and people who go tend to be happy they did. They are AARP Pop Ups—short, informal member gatherings with benefits that ranged recently from a free ice cream to legendary University of New Hampshire hockey coach Dick Umile sharing insights about leadership.
Two more Pop Ups are coming to downtown Manchester: a free coffee hour, 9 to 10 a.m., June 10 at J Dubs Coffee, 1000 Elm St., where brightly painted walls reinforce the effects of caffeine; and free treats at Veterans Park, on Elm Street between Merrimack and Central streets, on July 17, from 6 to 7 p.m., before that evening’s free concert.
Come at any time during these gatherings. Besides being fun, Pop Ups present opportunities to meet and mingle with other members and AARP staff.
At a recent open house, keen interest in future Pop Ups prompted many members to “friend” AARP on Facebook using their smartphones. Others said they would go online to sign up for the state AARP’s monthly e-newsletter.
To find out about future Pop Ups and other AARP activities and events, friend AARP New Hampshire on Facebook ( facebook.com/aarpnh), follow on Twitter ( twitter.com/aarpnh), and sign up for e-newsletters ( www.aarp.org/yes2emailNH). –Joe Magruder