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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: Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm

Senior Newsletter 2014

Senior Activity Center

The Senior Services Office has moved from City Hall to the Senior Activity Center at Community Campus.
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, NH. (located in the former Mark Wentworth Senior Enrichment Center)
Parking is located in the front and back of the building.

Senior Activity Center Programs and Activities

Drop in Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm
Senior Strength & Cardio Every Monday at 10:00am. $3 per class.
Scrabble 1:00-3:00pm – very popular…come join us!
Toe nail cutting clinic 2nd Monday of the month at 10:00am $25          
Alzheimer's Café  4th Monday of the month from 2:00-3:30pm

Drop in Hours 9:00am-3:00pm       
Walking Group Every Tuesday 9:00-9:30am. Meet at the rear entrance in the back   of Community Campus
Senior Wellness Expo 9:00am-noon – Community Campus gym
Strength & Balance 10:00-11:00am
Computer Help 10:00-11:00am. Help from a fellow senior to help navigate the    internet or your device.
Rhythm Drumming 11:15am-12:00pm with Jeanne Russell
Chair Yoga 1:00-2:00pm
Senior Luncheon 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12pm; $5 pp

Drop in Hours 9:00am-3:00pm
Gentle Yoga 10:00-11:00am; $5 per class. Instructor Sherry Evans
Drop in Art 12:00-1:00pm; create take home projects in a fun & relaxed setting
Senior Movie 4th Wed of the month at 11:30am 

Drop in Hours 9:00am-3:00pm       
Line Dancing 9:00-10:30am
Computer Help 10:00-11:00am
Yarn Works Knitting Group 12:30-2:30pm
Senior Luncheon 4th Thursday of the month at 12pm; $5
Flu Shot Clinics 11:00am-12:00pm October 23

Drop in Hours 9:00am-3:00pm       
Friday Café 9:30-11:30am – Keurig coffee, snacks, walk, games, and more
Tai Chi 10:00-11am

Green Bean Café at Community Campus closes as of Oct 18. New Café Services will start October 27.


NEW!! Lunch Bunch
Meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month for lunch with friends…and yet-to-meet friends.
Wed, Oct 8 at 11:30am: Portsmouth Country Club
Meet in the lobby of the country club
Each person is responsible for their own lunch. RSVP at the Senior Activity Center or call 610-4433.
Next lunch dates: Nov 12 & Dec 10. Location TBD

 Health RHYTHMS Drum Circle - FREE
@ Senior Activity Center with Jeanne Russell
3rd Tuesday of each month 11:15am-noon
Group Empowerment Drumming – Come and join the fun!
· Stress-Reduction · Exercise · Self-Expression
· Camaraderie  · Nurturing  · No experience necessary
We will use a variety of drums including West African, North African, Native American as well as various rhythm making instruments.  We will supply the instruments.
Systematic inquiry into the relationship between music and brain function is one of the most rapidly developing fields of human research. "Music making offers extensive exercise for brain cells and their synapses (connections). It would be difficult to find another activity that engages so many of the brain's systems."(Weinberger, N., 1998)

Walking Group at Community Campus
Every Tuesday
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!

Drop in Art
Every Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Each week create a fun take home project. Projects include painting a little bird house and painting a flower scene on canvas. No experience with painting needed, just a fun hour of art.
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.
October 22: Heaven is for Real
November 19: Steel Magnolias
December 17: White Christmas
*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
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 from 1:00-3:00pm
Senior Activity Center
Play Scrabble and Upwords and enjoy the company of others. Several boards will be set up to play. Free – everyone welcome. This is a popular activity…we hope you join us too!

Toe Nail Cutting Clinic
October's Foot Care Clinic date has been rescheduled to accommodate the Columbus Day holiday. Please note the new date is Monday, October 6 from 10:00am-11:00am.
Drop-ins welcome or call to make a reservation at 603-610-4433.
At Senior Activity Center at Community Campus. Private room available for the foot care and toenail trimming. $25.
Free coffee and tea available while you wait.

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

Senior Strength & Cardio
Every Monday at 10am
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.
Call to sign up or drop-ins happily accepted.
Friday Café
Join us every Friday from 9:30-11:30am for complimentary Keurig coffee, conversation and congregating. Walking offered at 10am, cards at 10:30am. Our delightful volunteer, Marsha, will entertain you with jokes.

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.

Craft Fair
Thursday, October 23  10:00am-2:00pm
@ Community Campus Gym
Everyone welcome - Free Admission
Vender still wanted - $10 per table

  • Senior Luncheon at 12:00pm. $5.00. RSVP lunch attendance to 610-4433.
  • Flu Shots also available from 11:00am-noon.

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.