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Senior Coordinator Information

The Senior Services Office has moved from City Hall to the Senior Activity Center at Community Campus.
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, NH.

Contact Person: Brinn Chute
Office: 603-610-4433
Cell: 603-247-9531
Email: bchute@cityofportsmouth.com

Hours for the new Senior Activity Center:
May 6 - July 3
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00am-2:00pm
Starting July 7
Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm


Grand Opening Celebration for the New Senior Activity Center - Thursday, July 10 (Click Here)


Senior Newsletter 2014

Senior Activity Center

The Senior Activity Center is located at Community Campus, 100 Campus Drive in the former Mark Wentworth Senior Enrichment Center.
The Senior Services office is also located in the Senior Activity Center.
Starting July 7 the Center will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm.


Introduction to Sketch-Booking and Drawing
Sketching is an enjoyable way of quickly capturing ideas, moments and inspirations. It encompasses a variety of skills and is a good entry point into the world of artistic expression.
4 Fridays; August 8-29 from 1pm-3pm
$50.00 includes all lessons and materials to keep. Materials include a sketchbook, graphite pencil and black ink pen.
Some of the things that will be touched upon in this class:
– Explore and develop drawing styles and techniques
– Learn the basics of shading, light, forms and composition
– Practice capturing unique characteristics of people, places and objects
– Enjoy the freedom of artistically expressing yourself
– Enhance visual and aesthetic observation skills
Leigh Cronin is a student artist from Portsmouth. Currently studying visual communications at Studio M Academy in Montpellier, France. She is enthusiastic about sharing her ever expanding interest in different art styles, techniques and mediums.
To register: RSVP to the Senior Activity Center at 603-610-4433 or bchute@cityofportsmouth.com

NEW!! Walking Group at Community Campus
Every Tuesday starting August 12
Meet at 9:00am at the rear entrance to Community Campus
Walk will include a shaded walk through well groomed walking trail then down the paved campus drive. Walk should take apx 30-min. Longer walking routes available for those who would like to keep on trekking!

Passport Information Day
Tuesday, August 12
Everyone Welcome – all Ages
From 10:00am-1:00pm the Senior Activity Center will host two passport specialists from the National Passport Center to answer any and all passport related questions. They will also screen any citizenship evidence that is brought in that day to insure it is acceptable for passport purposes. This will help streamline the passport application process. Since 9/11 regulations about travel have changed and the passport regulations have become stricter. They will also have luggage tags, handouts and pens available. For more information about passports visit www.travel.state.gov. Everyone is encouraged to drop by anytime between 10am-1pm on August 8 to learn more. Senior Activity Center, 100 Campus Drive, 610-4433.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Fall Preview:
Thursday, Aug 14 at 11:00am
At the Portsmouth Library Levenson Room
Learn about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and their line-up of fall workshops, classes and educational opportunities. Ages 50+ welcome. Call OLLI at 603-513-1377 to learn more.

Fuel & Electric Assistance On-Site Sign ups
Wed, August 20 from 10:00am-1:00pm
All ages welcome to sign on this day – not just seniors.
Senior Activity Center, 100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth
Rockingham Community Action staff will be on site to take applications for both fuel and electric assistance programs.

  • Please bring all income documentation for the past 30 days/365 days.
  • Please bring all of the documentation listed below that pertain to all individuals in your household:

SS benefit letter or bank statement • SSI • pension • HHS benefits letter • IRA or annuity statements • paystubs • alimony/support • 2013 tax return • copy of social security card • mortgage/rent • current electric bill • 12 month usage heating bill.
Please note that there may be additional information requested at the time of your appointment.
For more information or questions, please call 603-436-3896/1-800-639-3896


Senior Luncheons
Lunches take place on the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month.
Soup, salad, sandwich & dessert are served for $5.00
Lunch is served at 12:00pm, but guests are welcome to arrive as early as 10:00am to chat and socialize in the senior activity center.
Luncheons take place at Community Campus, 100 Campus Drive.

  • Tuesdays; Aug 12, Sept 9, Oct 14, Dec 9 (no Tuesday lunch in November)
  • Thursdays; Aug 28, Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 20 (no Thursday lunch in December)

RSVP by calling (603) 610-4433. Leave a message with your name, phone and which lunch you are attending.

Fitness Schedule – Classes are free unless otherwise noted
Senior Strength & Cardio -Every Monday starting September 29 at 10:00am. $3 per class.
 Walking Group-9:00; Starting Aug 12. Meet at the rear entrance in the back of CC 
Strength & Balance -10:00-11:00am
Chair Yoga-1:00-2:00pm
Boomers Boot Camp- 7:00-8:00am; For ages 55+, (6-Wednesdays; Oct 1-Nov 5), $60.
Gentle Yoga-10:00-11:00am; starting Sept 17. $5 per class
Line Dancing-9:00-10:30am
Tai Chi-10:00-11:00am

Drop in Art
Each week create a fun take home project. Projects include painting a little bird house and painting a flower scene on canvas. All under the instruction of an art instructor. No experience with painting needed, just a fun hour of art.
Wednesdays through August 20 from 12:00-1:00pm
At the Senior Activity Center
Free; no reservations needed, just drop in.

Senior Movie Days
The Senior Activity Center will be showing movies on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 11:30am.
Bring your lunch or buy lunch in the cafe. Free. No reservations needed, just show up.
August 27: Les Miserable, September 24: Saving Mr. Banks
October 22, November 19*, December 17*
*Due to the holidays Nov & Dec movies will take place on the 3rd week of the month.

Gentle Yoga with Sherry
Every Wednesday from 10-11am starting September 17
Senior Activity Center
$5 per class
A yoga class designed just for you! 
Open to all levels, including beginners. This gentle yoga class incorporates traditional postures, moving from seated to kneeling to standing. Modifications are offered for each pose and suggestions made in the use of supportive props, such as blocks, cushions, blankets, a chair or the wall. Each student is encouraged to let their body be their guide. In this class we will:

  • Increase flexibility and gain strength
  • Improve balance and posture
  • Increase range of motion
  • Deepen the breathe, relax and still the mind

Sherry Evans, a senior herself, is a certified yoga teacher in the Classical tradition and has been teaching seniors for several years.  She also teaches a monthly restorative yoga class and all level yoga classes at Gateway Taiji, Qigong and Yoga (Portsmouth, NH). Sherry believes that anyone can practice yoga.  Call to learn more or just stop by and give the class a try. First class free. 207-451-8503 / sherryevans13@gmail.com

Scrabble with Friends
Every Monday starting September 8
Senior Activity Center
Play Scrabble and Upwords and enjoy the company of others. Several boards will be set up to play.
Free – everyone welcome.

Toe Nail Cutting Clinic
Offered monthly on the 2nd Monday of the Month starting September 8
Senior Activity Center
Hosted by Cornerstone VNA
$25 per person
10:00-11:00am; first come first served
Bring your own lotion and towel. You may also bring your own basin to soak your feet.

Yarn Works! Knitting Group
Every Thursday from 12:30-2:30pm
Senior Activity Center
Bring your knitting, crochet, cross stitch, needlepoint, latch hook, or whatever your project!
Sit and create while chatting with others. Nice established group who always welcomes newcomers.
Free; drop in anytime


Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias Lecture
Tuesday, September 9 at 6:00pm
At Portsmouth Library
Extended Family and Portsmouth Senior Services are pleased to offer an information session about Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. This lecture is free and open to the public. J. Bludau, M.D. from Eliot Memory & Mobility Center will be giving an update on the latest on diagnosis and treatments. He will also talk about what is currently understood about prevention.

Walk to End Alzheimer's
Sunday, September 28 at 10:00am
Starting at Strawbery Banke and walking 1-mile or 3-mile loop around beautiful downtown Portsmouth. Join the "Senior Activity Center" team. Registration is free. Come support this worthwhile cause.

Senior Healthy Living Expo
Tuesday, October 14 from 9:00am-noon
At the Community Campus Gymnasium
Free to attend.
Over 60 venders will be on site to share information and resources about their products, programs and services.
Senior Luncheon to follow at 12:00pm for $5. Reservation to lunch required by calling 610-4433.

Murder Mystery Matinee Trip
Thursday, October 30
Take a motor coach bus (with bathrooms) to Randolph, MA for a fun murder mystery luncheon. None of the performers will be dressed in costume and it will be your job to figure out who-done-it! It could be someone at your very own table. The meal will be roast turkey with all the fixings, minestrone soup, dinner role, dessert, coffee and tea. Reservations will be taken in September by calling the Senior Activity Center at 610-4433.

Senior Strength & Cardio
Every Monday at 10am beginning September 29
Senior Activity Center
Cost:  $3/class
Active aging group exercise classes are designed to help seniors and older adults maintain their cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility. Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living.

Boomer Boot Camp for Ages 55+
Wednesdays at 7am beginning October 1
8 weekly sessions - $60
Community Campus
Boot Camp burns calories and is designed to help you reach your fitness goals. It alternates cardio workouts with strength training exercises, resulting in improvements in your physical well-being and self-confidence, as well as increased strength and endurance. Sign up today and get in shape for the holidays.
Instructor for both Senior Strength and Boomer Boot Camp is Vivian Lefebvre, Certified Personal Trainer/Senior Fitness Specialist, Boomerang Fitness Training


Bone Builders Senior Exercise
Strengthen bones and muscles, improve balance and overall health. Mondays & Thursdays from 1:00-2:00pm at Spinnaker Point Fitness Club at 30 Spinnaker Way, Portsmouth.
Class are free – donations are accepted
For more info, call Friends RSVP at 1-800-536-1193 ext 213.
Membership to Spinnaker Point NOT required.

Senior Supper Club
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from May-December at 5:00pm
Sponsored and hosted by Living Innovations at 1950 Lafayette Rd (former Casey Center)
Yummy home-cooked meals for you to enjoy and socialize with friend…or make new ones! Dessert included with each meal. Arrive at 4:30pm for a cup of coffee and conversation before dinner.
$7.00 per person; Reservations required by calling Cyndi at 531-0767

Blue Ribbon Senior Committee Report

In July of 2013, Mayor Eric Spear created a Blue Ribbon Senior Committee with the charge to advise the City Council on developing a Senior Center. The Senior Committee met eight times from August through December 2013 and developed a report and recommendations for the City Council for further review. To view the report and more information, please click here.

Senior Transportation Prog

Updated information on the Senior Transportation Program, a collaboration between the City of Portsmouth and the Mark Wentworth Home.

Senior Transportation Information (pdf)

Recreation Department Senior Services Information

The Portsmouth Recreation Department is pleased to provide seniors with premiere leisure activities and resources.  Our goal is to keep seniors fit and active.  Below you will find great membership discount rates for seniors within the recreation department and other resources on senior services.

Recreation Department Rates

Portsmouth Public Pool
Daily Visit (Age 60+): $3.00 (Resident) $5.00 (Non-Resident)
Monthly Membership (Age 60+): $20.00 (Resident) $25.00 (Non-Resident)

Spinnaker Point
Annual Membership (Age 60+): $108.00*
Monthly Membership (Age 60+): $9.00
Monthly Membership (Non-Resident) (Age 60+): $18.00
*See full rate chart in the Recreation Department program brochure.

Senior Services Events

Learn more about the "So Much for Seniors!" TV show on PPMTV- Channel 98 in Portsmouth.
A fun and educational television show for seniors by seniors on Portsmouth's local cable channel. With a great line up of guests you're bound to learn something new.
Volunteers are being recruited to help with the show. Call or email the Senior Services Office for an application 603-610-4433 or bchute@cityofportsmouth.com.

Gundalow Trip for Seniors
Friday, August 8 from 10:00am-12:30pm
$25 per person
The Gundalow's crew and onboard educators will share their knowledge of the Piscataqua maritime regions as well as cultural and natural history of the area. Or just relax and take in the sights. RSVP is required by calling the Senior Activity Center at 603-610-4433 or bchute@cityofportsmouth.com.

Monthly Senior Luncheons at 12:00pm
Soup, salad, sandwich & dessert catered by the Green Bean Café (very yummy) @ Community Campus. Enjoy the company of others over a delicious lunch.
• 2nd Tuesday of the month: July 8, Aug 28, Sept 25, Oct 23, Dec 9 (please note there is no Tuesday lunch on Nov 11)
• 4th Thurs of the month: July 24, Aug 28, Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 20
$5.00 per person
RSVP by calling (603) 610-4433. Leave a message with your name and phone number.
Arrive as early as 10:00 in the Senior Activity Center for a cup of coffee and to chat with friends, new and old. The lunchroom will open at 11:30am.
Vial of Life Program
The Portsmouth Police Department is pleased to offer, free of charge, the Vial of Life kit. It is designed to speak for you when you can't speak for yourself. The vial contains important medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment. 4 easy steps; 1) fill out the form, 2) put the form in the special baggie, 3) hang the baggie on your fridge, and 4) hang the Vial of Life decal on front door.
Call Brinn Chute for your Vial of Life Kit or to learn more.
Senior Supper Club at Living Innovations
All seniors are welcome to join the fun and enjoy a scrumptious home cooked dinner. This season we welcome a new Chef Tony to the kitchen to delight us with his traditional favorites.
Dinner takes place and are hosted by Living Innovations at 1950 Lafayette Rd.
First and Third Tuesdays of the month from May-December.
Next dinners are July 15, Aug 5, Aug 19, Sept 2, Sept 16, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 18, Dec 2 & 16
Supper is served at 5:00pm.
Call Cindi to RSVP: 603-531-0767

Art Class by Joyce Eldridge
Learn how to paint different mediums and crate fun take-home projects.
6 Wednesdays, July 16-August 20 from 12:00-1:00pm
At the Senior Activity Center
Projects will include painting on slate, wood and other mediums.
Beginners welcome.
Only 12 students – sign up early

CarFit on Thursday, July 17
CarFit is a free, interactive and educational program designed to improve older driver safety. Trained volunteers provide information to unsure the safest "fit" for older drivers in the vehicles. Volunteers will give participants useful advice on making their car fit them while driving. For example helping adjust seats, mirrors, steering wheel, and seatbelt. Drivers may think that they are fitted well for their car, but the volunteers can help make simple adjustments that create a safer more secure driving experience. Hosted by Northeast Rehab and sponsored by AAA and AARP.
Only 11 spots left. RSVP today by call the Senior Activity Center at 603-610-4433 or email bchute@cityofportsmouth.com.