— Exploring the possibility of turning your hobby into a business? Join AARP New Hampshire, Small Business Administration, and SCORE  and find out how! Industry leaders will walk you through the steps to think about if you’re interested in making your hobby a business, including: Is your product or service marketable? How do you move beyond a fun pastime to a serious endeavor? What are the critical steps in building your business? Which on-line presence is best for you? This free, …

— Oh, what a resource we have in Concord:  31 trails covering 81 miles.    And at our April 21 Intro to Concord Trails presentation by Sam Durfee , we found out you are hungry for more.  So that’s what you’re going to get! On Saturday, June 9 at 10:00 am, City of Concord Trails Committee volunteers are going to lead two hikes – one beginner hike and one moderate hike.  There is a limit of 20 participants per hike, so …

— Did you realize that the City of Concord has a trail system of 31 trails covering 81 miles?  Want to find out more about this fabulous resource? Join AARP New Hampshire and City Planner Sam Durfee for an educational session on how to navigate the off-road trails and how to read the trails and maps (so you don’t get lost!) Sam will take you on a virtual tour of three of the trails and advise you on what to bring …

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— The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications through May 16, 2018 to fund “quick-action” projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program is now in its second year and is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities, helping neighborhoods, towns and cities to become great places for all ages. “We know that it takes time to build great communities. But, …

— A “Livable Community” is good for people and business!  No matter what our age, we all want many of the same things, and what appeals to younger people is the same as what appeals to older folks. “Communities are most livable and age friendly when people thoughtfully and intentionally design, organize and operate their communities to make them great places for all ages,” said AARP New Hampshire State Director Todd Fahey.  “Livable communities help residents thrive, and when residents thrive, …

— AARP New Hampshire announces its winner for the first-ever AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community level.  The winner in New Hampshire is the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition in Conway.  Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “Great communities require careful planning and time, but quick action projects such as the one in Conway can …

— Come visit AARP New Hampshire at the 14th Annual Taste of Downtown Manchester for a night of shopping, strolling, and eating!  During this 3-hour extravaganza, participating downtown restaurants set up sampling stations inside local businesses, and ticket purchasers are free to enjoy the cuisine, browse the local shops, and meet with neighbors! Here are the details: Wednesday, September 13 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Downtown Manchester   Upon purchase of a ticket, you will receive a wristband and a map …

— Do you have ideas on how to make Southern New Hampshire communities more age friendly for all members?  AARP is collaborating with The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) to work on just that, as part of a “Becoming Age-Friendly” program. The concept of an age-friendly community is in part about adopting such features as: ·         Safe, walk-able streets ·         More housing and transportation options ·         Access to key services ·         Opportunities for residents to participate in community activities So …

— Do you have ideas on how to make Southern New Hampshire communities more age friendly for all members?  AARP is collaborating with The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) to work on just that, as part of a “Becoming Age-Friendly” program. The concept of an age-friendly community is in part about adopting such features as: ·         Safe, walk-able streets ·         More housing and transportation options ·         Access to key services ·         Opportunities for residents to participate in community activities So …

— 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 …

— Join us on Saturday, January 23 — at the Puritan Back Room in Manchester, from 11:30 to 1:00 — for We Need to Talk, a program developed to offer tips, guidance, and resources to family members who are planning sensitive conversations with their loved ones regarding safe driving. We Need to Talk is based on information created jointly by The Hartford (Insurance Group) and MITAgeLab. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The main topics …