LACONIA -- Belknap County Area Committee on Aging is kicking off its 2014-2015 Benefit You Series.
Purpose of this series of 10 monthly talks is to provide information about various benefits available to older citizens. All of the sessions in the series are held at the Wesley Woods Community Room, off Route 11A in Gilford, behind the United Methodist Church.
Louisa Simpson from ServiceLink will kick off the series on Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. with a discussion about Medicare. She will talk about the Medicare system, the changes in the program that are imminent, how to access benefits, and how to understand the program's benefits.
On Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. Sarah Gellert from ServiceLink will talk about Medicaid. Gellert will go over the common misconceptions regarding the Medicaid program as well as the options counseling that is available to everyone.
The session on Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. will be about veterans' benefits. A representative from the VA Public Affairs office will participate in this session.
Getting through the "winter blues" will be the topic for the program being planned for Dec. 12.
On Jan. 9 Craig Beane from Wilkinson & Beane Funeral Services will discusses end-of-life issues. There will be information about choosing a funeral service, traditional burial or cremation, costs, funeral, memorial, columbarium and more.
The benefits of a healthy heart and knowing the risks and signs of a heart attack, and stroke will be explored in the program scheduled for Feb. 13.
With March being Alzheimer's Awareness Month, the program on March 13 will look at ways to recognize the signs of dementia, learn how to manage, important planning, find out the benefits of support groups, and other important information about this disease.
On April 10 there will be a program on AARP.
On May 8 Steve Norton from NH Center for Public Policy Studies, will discuss "An aging New Hampshire in a changing policy landscape."
The series will conclude on June 12 with a program on the benefits to staying healthy, in touch, and out in your community.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 12:40
LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia is will host Charlie Farren with Chuck Farrell and Jill Ducsai on Saturday, September 6 at 8 pm.
Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.
Charlie Farren has long been known for great songs, great singing, and for outstanding live solo acoustic performances. Alone onstage with acoustic guitar in hand, Charlie captures an audience with his unique delivery, insightful lyrics, memorable songs, soaring vocal, and subtle yet innovative guitar style. It wasn't always quite so subtle, as Charlie formed this original self-taught style with a history of successful, hard-crunching rock bands throughout the 1980s.
Charlie emerged onto the national scene in the early '80s as lead singer and guitarist with The Joe Perry Project.
In 1986 Charlie, along with Dave Hull (Joe Perry Project) and John Muzzy, formed Farrenheit, which became one of the premier new rock acts and receiving awards, media attention and new fans across the country.
Joining Charlie will be Chuck Farrell and Jill Ducsai. Chuck has 20 years of experience in many diverse styles of music, with roots in rock and roll, R and B to folk music. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Chuck now calls central NH home as he brings his diverse talents to the area. Jill has been performing around Central NH for several years and her voice and her guitar will complete the Trio.
Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 494-3334 for details and reservations. www.pitmansfreightroom.com
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 02:39
PLYMOUTH — A Harvard Law School professor will talk about efforts to reform government when he delivers the first of the 2014-15 Sidore Lectures on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for Arts at Plymouth State University.
Lawrence Lessig will be speaking on "How New Hampshire Saved America." Lessig says, "New Hampshire has a critical role in restoring the Republic that the framers promised." Americans believe our government is broken and according to a recent Gallup Poll, fixing the government is the most important issue for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
In his talk, Lessig will explain his view of the fundamental corruption that has taken hold of our government and how "We the People," have lost touch with our framers' values. He examines how recent efforts — including the ongoing New Hampshire Rebellion — are mobilizing citizens to band together to form a movement capable of effecting fundamental and lasting change.
Lessig is a professor of Law and Leadership at the Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and author of "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It."
Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school's Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lessig serves on the Board of the AXA Research Fund, and on the advisory boards of Creative Commons and the Sunlight Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in philosophy from Cambridge, and a Juris Doctor from Yale. He was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries.
The theme for this year's Sidore Lecture Series is The State of Democracy. The series' premise is that Americans consider our political system to be the premier model of democracy, and that we like to think that others throughout the world wish to emulate us. But the democratic nature of our institutions cannot be taken for granted and they need to be examined and reexamined. Headlines in the news—about growing inequality, money in politics, changes in voter registration laws, government surveillance, and setbacks of democratic movement in various parts of the world—suggest that now is a good time for reflecting on the state of democracy in the United States and elsewhere.
All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 02:34
GILMANTON — Long-time Gilmanton resident Betty Mitchell will display her paintings as Artist in the Library for September and October. A reception and opportunity to meet the artist will be held on Saturday, September 6, 1:30-3 pm at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library on Route 140, opposite the Gilmanton School.
Betty describes the development of her interest in painting: "I started oil painting about ten years ago as a very part-time interest. However, the time devoted to painting has increased tremendously since I retired in 2013. Painting for me is a very quiet and contemplative experience. Putting colors on canvas, the mixing and blending to create my representation of a scene or person is a rewarding one. While I love to paint on my big porch, I also enjoy the opportunity to share painting time with other women who paint locally. There are several groups that get together casually at local libraries and we exchange our thoughts, difficulties with a piece of work, and our successes. The support is warm and generous. Joining the Lakes Region Art Association has facilitated this connection with others who share my interests."
Betty has taken classes with fellow Gilmanton resident Larry Frates, and currently attends an oil class at the Kimball Jenkins Art Center in Concord. She says "I hope to improve on landscapes in the coming year so I can capture more the local scenes in the Lakes Region, especially Gilmanton. We are fortunate to have many gifted and skilled painters in the area. I am glad The Year Round Library has been there for local artists to hang our work. We all appreciate it."
The exhibit will be available for viewing during the Library's open hours. For details consult the website: www.gyrla.org or call the Library at 364-2400.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 02:31
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