All indoor programs are limited to 10 attendees. Pre-registration and masks are required.
Tom & Tom’s Men’s Discussion Group - Mondays at 9:00am via Zoom
We want to hear your stories and we’ll share a few of our own. Please call COA at 526-6368 to join.
Bingo! – Mondays at 1:00pm
Ten games for $5. Ten bingo sheets with 6 cards on each sheet. Participants must be 55 years old and older. Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.
French Discussion Group - First and Third Mondays at 4:15pm via Zoom
Join this casual, friendly group to practice your language skills and have fun. Participants at all skill levels are welcome! Please call COA at 526-6368 to join.
VNA Foot Care Clinic at COA -Second and Third Mondays at 9:30am-2:00pm
$25 Please call COA at 526-6368 to schedule an appointment.
Chair Exercises – Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am
This low impact exercise program is perfect for those looking for an easy, effective exercise routine. Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.
Outdoor Recreation for Seniors - Tuesdays at 10:00am
Join this active group to bike, hike, kayak and more! Please call COA at 526-6368 to register prior to your first activity and to be placed on the email contact list for schedule information. Please see our weekly schedule on this website.
Memoir Writing Group - Tuesdays at 10:00am via Zoom
Please call COA at 526-6368 to join.
Walk-In Painting Group - Tuesdays at 1:00pm
Bring your current painting project to work on. This is an informal group and we’d love to have you join us. Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.
Book Discussion Group - Tuesday, September 8th at 10:00am via Zoom
American dirt : a novel by Jeanine Cummins
Selling two favorite books to an unexpectedly erudite drug-cartel boss, a bookstore manager is forced to flee Mexico in the wake of her journalist husband’s tell-all profile and finds her family among thousands of migrants seeking hope in America. Anyone interested in borrowing a digital copy of the book or in getting the link to attend the meeting can contact Jo-Ann at email@example.com.
Slower Spokes Bike Group - Wednesday morning departures
We welcome new members who want a relaxing, but challenging weekly ride, using either pedal or electric bikes. Most rides are between 15 and 20 miles in length with gradual hills. Biking speed varies according to those riding, weather, and route. Please call COA at 526-6368 to register prior to your first activity and to be placed on the email contact list for schedule information.
Needlework Craft Group - Wednesdays at 1:00-3:00pm
Love to cross stitch, do needlework, quilt, knit or crochet? We'd love to chat, laugh, and get to know the folks who enjoy the same hobbies we enjoy. Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.
Bike Group - Thursday morning departures
The COA Bikers trek forth every Thursday morning from Spring through Fall for a 25-mile (more or less) bike ride from various locations in New Hampshire and occasionally, Vermont. Our goal is enjoying the scenery and getting a bit of exercise. Please call COA at 526-6368 to register prior to your first activity and to be placed on the email contact list for schedule information.
Women’s Discussion Group – First and Second Thursdays at 1:00pm
Get to know your neighbors over a casual cup of coffee. Join friends, new and old, to visit, chat and share! Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.
Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist Discussion Group – Third Thursday (Sept. 17) at 1:30pm
Welcome to those who are interested in delving into a variety of humanist and non-theist topics. We share our knowledge and experiences related to the challenging questions of religion, spirituality, and how they influence our lives. Bring your thoughts, your questions, and an open mind, and join our lively, respectful monthly discussions. Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.
Caregiver Support and Discussion Group – Fourth Thursday (Sept. 24) at 1:00pm
There is no instruction manual for being a caregiver! Join this peer-led group to learn tips, strategies and advice from those experiencing the same challenges and rewards. Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.
Computer Tutoring with Nick Oursouff
Nick will be available for ½ hour on-line tutoring sessions. Nick has an extensive background in computers from teaching to programming. Please call COA at 526-6368 for registration information.
September ORFS Schedule
REMINDER: We meet Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for hiking or paddling. Always a good idea to bring your name tag, walking poles, water, sun cover, and even some bug spray. If you have been to another pond or waterway, please wash off your kayak or canoe so that invasive species are not transported into the ponds and lakes we enjoy.
September 1 – Newbury Harbor, Lake Sunapee
Leader Mark Friedman 630-567-5991
Newbury harbor is at the junction of Rt 103A and Rt 103. From New London go South on 103A to the junction and turn right. There are 12 parking spots on the right at the head of the harbor. If these are all taken, there is additional parking further along 103 on the right (by the caboose). The adjacent parking / across the street parking is private. You can pull in and launch from the dock or the beach, then move if the parking is full.
Hikers should proceed back up 103A north (back toward New London) about 1.5 miles to the Fells. You can park in the Fells lot. There are several hiking options:
Directly across the street is the Sunset Hill Trail. You can follow this to the top of Sunset Hill (about 30 minutes) where you will be rewarded by views of Lake Sunapee.
If you a want a flatter trail, continue straight on old county road (just a trail these days) where the Sunset Hill Trail turns L up the hill. This will end at Rollins Road.
Or you can hike the trails in the Fells (there is an admission charge if the gatehouse is attended).
At about noon, kayakers will put in at Blye Hill Landing (on the East Shore) for lunch. Mark and Mary Friedman will provide water and snacks. Hikers can park in the lot at the foot of Blye Hill Landing Rd (0.7 mi N of Newbury on 103A. There is a tall flagpole in the lot). Proceed down the hill to the beach. The sign says homeowners and guests only, and you are my guests.
After lunch kayakers can paddle back to the harbor or shuttle back by car and take out at the landing.
Quick Facts About Newbury
September 8 – Dewey Beach, Lake Sunapee
Leaders: Al Peterson and Skip Hause
KAYAK OR HIKE- DEWEY BEACH, Lake Sunapee. Bring lunch (alcohol not permitted)
Directions: Take Rt.11 out of New London to Sunapee. After the ball field on your left hillside and before ballpark on your right), turn onto Job's Creek Rd and continue to Garnet St.
September 15th – Perkins Pond, Sunapee, NH
Leaders: Steve and Cathy Priest 603-582-2413. Walkers and Kayakers meet at the boat ramp off Perkins Pond Road.
Directions to Put-in: Exit 12 off Rte 89. Take Route 11 west. From exit 12 go six miles, and you pass Sunapee Safety Complex on the right. Turn right on Lower Sunapee Road. Go ¼ mile and take a right on North Road. North Road makes a sharp right at the top off hill. Continue on North Road and take a left on Perkins Pond Road. At the bottom of the hill boat ramp is on the left.
Directions to Priest’s after paddle/hike (116 Mary’s Road, Sunapee, NH 03782.) Go right from put-in on Perkins Pond Road. Go uphill, returning to North Road. Take a right on North Road and go until stop sign. Turn right on Ryder Corner Road. Go down and then up a large hill. At the top of the hill take a right on Melody Lane – a dirt road. Follow Melody Lane and stay on the road when it bears right starting around the Pond. Look for house #116. A Desert will be provided. Bring chairs and bathing suits for swimming. There will be a pontoon boat ride around Perkins Pond.
September 22 - Little Lake Sunapee
Leader/Host: Anne Forzley 860-670-9984
104 Murray Pond Road, New London.
Directions: From I 89 exit 12, Newport Road, turn towards New London and drive 1.3 miles to Murray Pond Road on the left. Murray Pond Road is across from a sign that indicates that the speed limit is about to drop to 30mph. Drive all the way down Murray Pond Road. My house is just after the beach. Park at my house, a tall, skinny grey house #104. I can fit four cars in my parking spot. Others can park along the road, and beyond my house, at the dead end, but please don't block any driveways. If the neighbors are not going to be around, they will let me park cars in their spots as well. When you arrive, I’ll let you know which driveways we can use.
Kayaking – Please unload your kayak at my house and leave it at the Murray Pond Association beach next to my house. Then, I can direct you to park. We’ll kayak along the shores of Little Lake Sunapee.
Hike Leader: TBD
Hiking: From my house on Murray Pond Road, you can walk ¼ mile east up Newport Road to Cricenti’s Bog to explore the bog.
Bring your lunch, a chair, a swimsuit, and a towel. I will supply cold beverages and dessert.
September 29th Highland Lake - East Andover, NH
Hosts: Steve and Cathy Priest
Directions Highland Lake - East Andover, NH:
From New London, Four corners/Flying Goose Restaurant, take Route 11 east go 9.1 miles through Andover to the left on Route 11. Continue 3.5 miles to the left on Channel Road, East Andover. Continue left on Channel Road to Chaffee Park Beach. Park in the parking area. Kayakers will paddle Highland Lake. Walkers can hike on the Northern Rail Trail then return to the beach for lunch. Bring your lunch and a chair.