Saturday, July 1, 2017

Bethel Family Health Center Offers Free "Living Well" Class

(from The Bethel Citizen, June 29, 2017)

Bethel Family Health Center is pleased to offer a free Living Well for Better Health class starting Thursday, July 13. Because ongoing health conditions affect so many adults, SeniorsPlus offers this interactive workshop where participants learn tools to better manage their own health conditions. The Living Well workshop has also been shown to reduce hospitalizations by improving participant's ability to take care of their health.

Topics discussed during this six-week course include depression, medication use, nutrition and communication skills. Classes run from noon to 2:30 p.m. every Thursday for six weeks. The class begins on Thursday, July 13 and ends on August 17. All sessions will be held at Bethel Family Health Center.

To register or for more information, please call SeniorsPlus at 800-427-1241. Bethel Family Health Center is located at 32 Railroad Street in Bethel. Living Well for Better Health is FREE and open to the public. Caretakers and spouses are welcome to attend as well!

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Summer Exercise for Seniors

(from The Bethel Citizen, June 22, 2017)

It is fairly easy to stay active in the summer when the weather is more cooperative, but if you are interested in exercising as a social activity as well as a health benefit, you might be interested in these free opportunities being offered on a weekly basis this summer. These two activities are jointly sponsored by the Bethel Recreation Committee and the Bethel Area Age-Friendly Community Initiative. If you are a resident, 55 years or older, of Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Newry or Woodstock, you are invited to participate in these group activities.


Offered through the generosity of Jeff and Patty Parsons at the Bethel Outdoor Adventures and Campground, Monday mornings from 10 to noon, starting June 26. This is a sport that is featured in the Senior Olympics, so if there are any aficionados out there, come on over and show us how it's done! (Croquet can also be offered if there is interest.) FMI call Eliza Barnes at or 824-3703.


Offered through the generosity of our AFCI member town of Greenwood, Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, starting June 27 at the Greenwood Town Beach. Swimming is a wonderful all-body exercise, but one should never swim alone. If this is your preferred activity, join Bob for some invigorating exercise when the beach is relatively quiet. FMI contact Bob Oickle at 576-5104 or

And a reminder about other exercise opportunities in our area:

The Telstar High School track is open for use by residents during the summer.

The Bethel Pathway provides a flat, hard-surfaced, 2.5-mile path along the river and across the Gateway property owned by the Mahoosuc Land Trust.

The Mahoosuc Land Trust maintains other trails for public use on its various properties and is now building a handicap-access trail at the Valentine Farm. FMI call 8243806 or visit

Barker Mountain Bikes on Route 2 hosts casual rides (social and scenic) Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Perfect for those new to the sport, getting back into shape, or who want to enjoy some great company. FMI call 824-0100 or email

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July Events

The following events are not sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College, but may be of interest to our members.

Saturday, July 1

Bethel Art Fair
Artists and vendors on the Bethel Common; exhibits around town at Owen Art Gallery at Gould Academy; Bethel Historical Society; Philbrook Place; Shy, Novice and Closeted Art Show (18 High St.); Nabos; DiCocoa's Marketplace; Maine Mineral and Gem Museum; OpenStudio at Isham Farm (1006 Vernon St.); Mattie Templeton at the Gem Theater (6:00-6:00 pm)
Saturday, July 1; 9:00 am -4:00 pm unless otherwise noted; various locations around Bethel

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from July 4 - 29

Music Without Borders Piano Festival
Free public recitals every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday performed by international students of acclaimed pianist and teacher Tamara Poddubnaya. Opening recital on July 4 begins at 7:00 pm, all others at 7:30. FMI:Music Without Borders 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, July 4 - 29; 7:30 pm (July 4 opening recital at 7:00 pm); McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy

Tuesday, July 4
Annual Community Picnic and Concert

Free two-hour concert (rain or shine) by the Portland Brass Quintet. FMI: 207-824-2908 or
Tuesday, July 4; 11:30 am - 1:30 pm; Moses Mason House lawn, 14 Broad St., Bethel

Friday, July 7
Maple Leaf Seven

Traditional jazz band (clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums) features traditional and contemporary interpretations of "Dixieland" and classic swing music. Tickets ($12/adults, $8/under 18) available online (for a small additional fee), at the door, at the art center's office at 155 Emery St., Berlin NH, or call 603-752-1028.
Friday, July 7; 7:00 pm; St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery St., Berlin, NH

Saturday, July 8

Oxford County Mineral & Gem Association Mineral and Gem Show
18 mineral, gem, fossil and jewelry dealers, hourly door prizes, Grand Prize one carat Smoky Quartz set in Sterling Silver, donated by Northeast Gems of Fryburg. Over 12 admission $3. FMI: or Dennis Gross (207-665-2759).
Saturday, July 8; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Telstar High School, Bethel

Thursday, July 13
Hike to Mt. Jasper

A 3/4-mile hike with features that stretch back centuries. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. FMI: Mahoosuc Land Trust, 207-824-3806.

Thursday, July 13; 9:00 am; meet at Berlin High School parking lot, Madison St., Berlin, NH

Friday, July 14 & Saturday, July 15

Bethel Library Book Sale
Bethel Library is accepting any donated books from community members. Books may be dropped off at the library or call 824-2520 to get further assistance.
Friday, July 14, noon-5:00 pm & Saturday July 15, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Bethel Library

Saturday, July 15

60th Annual MollyOckett Day
Bethel's biggest festival. Parade at 11:00, fireworks at 9:00. For complete details: MollyOckett Day 2017 
Saturday, July 15; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Bethel Common

Thursday, July 20
Glassface Mountain Trail Hike

This is a moderately strenuous hike and is Mahoosuc Land Trust's newest trail. The ledges at the top offer sweeping views of the Androscoggin River Valley below. FMI: Barbara Murphy (824-3806)
Thursday, July 20; 9:00 am; meet at Hastings' Landing boat launch, Rumford Center

Wednesday, July 26
Community Supper

Free community supper the last Wednesday of the month. All are welcome.

Wednesday, July 26; 4:30 - 6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

Sunday, July 30
An Evening with Richard Blanco

Poet & engineer Richard Blanco, Mahoosuc Heart and Soul and The Gem Theater team up for a poetry reading followed by a discussion about community. Free and open to the public, coffee and desserts served.  FMI: or Catherine Ingraham at 207-590-0541.
Sunday, July 30; 6:30-8:30 pm; The Gem Theater, Bethel

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