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AARP seeks volunteer leader as state president

CONCORD — AARP New Hampshire is accepting applications through Friday, March 18, for state president, its top volunteer position in the state.

The president collaborates with the state director and staff to achieve AARP’s vision, mission and strategic priorities in the state.

“A visionary leader — with a passion for issues that impact people as they age — is needed to motivate and engage volunteers and people 50-plus, their families and the communities in which they live,” AARP wrote in a news release.

AARP says candidates should have strong leadership and interpersonal skills; public policy and planning experience; a talent for networking; and the ability to coach, mentor and inspire others. Previous volunteer leadership experience is required, either with AARP or other organizations.

Besides offering a chance to make a positive difference in the lives of people, the position’s benefits include reimbursement of all expenses as well as training and support from the state, regional and national offices.

A description of the position and an application can be found at www.aarp.org/nh. Specific questions should be directed to Todd Fahey, AARP New Hampshire state director, at tfahey@aarp.org.

AARP is a nonprofit organization with a membership of nearly 38 million, including 230,000 members in New Hampshire.

AARP Smart Driver classes scheduled for March

The AARP Smart Driver class is scheduled at three sites in March. The refresher course is designed for drivers 50 and older, but open to any age licensed driver.

The six-hour class is held in one- or two-part sessions. No driving or tests are involved; the focus is on learning about adjustments in driving techniques that can be made as people get older. The cost is $20, or $15 for AARP members. Preregistration is required.

Dover: March 3, 10 a.m., Maple Suites, 30 Holiday Drive. To register, call Jennifer Torgersen at 742-8820.

Manchester: March 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Catholic Medical Center, 195 McGregor St., LL22. To register, call CMC at 626-2626.

Nashua: March 29-30, 9:30 a.m., Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 2300 Southwood Drive. To sign up, call 594-3628. Coffee will be provided; bring snacks.

Italian dinner fundraiser in Littleton open to public

LITTLETON— The Littleton Area Senior Center is raising money through May with a variety of fundraisers, culminating in a March for Meals walkathon to support the local Meals on Wheels program, which delivers more than 33,000 meals a year to homebound residents.

The next fundraiser is an Italian dinner at 1 p.m. Sunday at the center, 77 Riverglen Lane. The menu includes spaghetti and homemade sauce with meatballs, salad, garlic bread and strawberry shortcake.

Dick Alburini and Phil Rivera will provide entertainment. The day also will include raffles.

The public is welcome. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $10 for adults; $5 for children. For more information, call 444-6050 and ask for Phyllis.

The Littleton center will be the walkathon site for Grafton County Senior Citizens Council’s annual multi-county fundraiser for Meals on Wheels on Saturday, May 21. The center is planning a daylong event and is in need of walkers, vendors, donations, sponsors, solicitors, entertainment and behind-the-scenes help. For more information, call 444-6050.

Heidi Wells will be at the center Thursday, March 3, to process applications for Tri-County Cap fuel assistance. Appointments are available between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. To make an appointment, call her at 968-3560 or Phyllis at 444-6050. It’s not necessary to be a senior.

John Hennessey and Chad Stearns will give a presentation on the River District Project and the related warrant article at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, March 3.

The center is looking for 15 SNAP recipients to attend a free informational workshop on nutrition incentives with Helen Costello, manager of the New Hampshire Food Bank’s Recipe for Success program, which helps people get the best value for their SNAP benefits. The workshop will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, March 11. To sign up, see Phyllis. Those who attend will receive a thank you gift.

Donations sought for community center project

MERRIMACK — The John O’Leary Adult Community Center’s board of directors has recently begun a building improvement initiative and is seeking donations to help with the costs.

The Merrimack Senior Citizens Club is among the groups that regularly meet at the 4 Church St. center, which also is rented for special occasions.

The goal of the project is to make the center more aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient. It includes painting the interior, adding new LED chandeliers and wall sconces in the ballroom, replacing acoustical ceiling tiles and grids and installing a new public address system.

The board and the Senior Citizens Club’s members have put up most of the funding for the work, but they hope the town, which owns the building, will reimburse the bulk of these expenses. They also hope people in the community and those who have used the center will help with a tax-deductible donation, which should be mailed to John O’Leary Adult Community Center, P.O. Box 10, Merrimack, NH 03054-0010. For more details, call 424-6306

RSVP program has volunteer openings

Anyone 55 years and older who wants to stay active and help improve their community through volunteering at a local nonprofit organization can do so by joining the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a component of Senior Corps, according to Jennifer Sanders, volunteer services director at Southern New Hampshire Services.

Openings exist in Greater Manchester and Greater Nashua in education, health and wellness, home repairs, veterans support and other areas. For more information, visit www.snhs.org or call 634-1169.

Cashin center adds adult coloring classes

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will offer an adult coloring class, “Chill Out and Color,” beginning Friday, March 4, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and continuing weekly. The fee is $1.

The center is in need of volunteers in its reception areas and for its Knit and Crochet group, basic computer class and one-on-one computer assistance. For information, call 624-6535.

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