CCL Weekly Update – 10/28/2021

Trick or Treat …

As the leaves fall and the days shorten, Halloween draws near. Halloween, my favorite holiday, brings fond memories. Haunted houses, trick or treating, time with friends and family, classic Halloween movies, and of course trips to Salem! (Yes, I am a true New Englander, despite always being cold.) While Sunday draws near, I would ask you to consider how you can help make this Halloween spooktacular for your friends, family, and neighbors. Perhaps a few tricks, and hopefully many treats! It’s been a long, stress- filled 20 months for everyone, making finding fun and safe ways to celebrate even more essential. We’re all ready for a sense of normalcy, if you consider dressing like an evil clown or zombie “normal”, anyway.

People choose to engage with Halloween in many ways, or not at all, both which are okay! If you do choose to go trick-or-treating please be safe – wear bright clothing, use all the glow sticks (safe + fun = a win!), go in groups – and of course have fun! Especially if you live around the Common, you have the opportunity to be extra-generous, and give directly to more people than you might, even at the biggest Thanksgiving table. After all, who doesn’t love seeing a T-rex, a princess and Batman all in one night?

Please keep that sense of childlike wonder on Halloween, and always.

Warmest regards and gratitude from your Halloween loving friend,


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News and Notes:

Halloween Fun in Lyme

The Great Pumpkin Festival – Saturday, October 30 at 10am on the Lyme Green. 

Costumes, pumpkin contest, bake sale, goodie bags, and more! Read more  here.

Trick or Treating – Sunday, October 31st, 5-7pm around the Lyme Common neighborhoods.
From Chief O’Keefe: Please remember to park in appropriate places. Parents should wear bright colored clothing, and children should have a light or glow item so that they are visible.

It’s time for a flu shot

It’s expected to be a particularly bad flu year, so it’s very important to get your shot. Remember that Covid mitigation practices (hand washing, distancing, and masking) help stop the spread of the flu virus, as well.

Flu shots are being offered throughout the Upper Valley. The Public Health Council of the Upper Valley offers updated details about flu shot types, locations, and times here. The next free flu vaccine clinic is: Friday, October 29 from 4 to 7 pm at the Mascoma Community Health Center, 18 Roberts Road, Canaan, NH. The clinic is walk-in, no reservation required, and free. Please visit their website (above) for more information on vaccine guidance. 

Read more from the CDC on Flu Vaccines here. 

Covid Update

Last week, the CDC issued updated booster recommendations. Following is a high-level summary. Always check with your doctor if you have questions about what’s best for you. For Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, at least 6 months after completing 2 doses, some people should receive a booster: age 65+, 50+ with underlying medical conditions, or 18+ living in long-term care settings. People 18+ may receive a booster, if they have underlying medical conditions or are at increased risk for Covid-19 exposure because of occupational or institutional setting. For J&J/Janssen vaccine, at least two months after receiving the single dose, people 18+ should receive a booster. In most cases, people may choose a booster of a different vaccine than their primary series. Click here to search for vaccination locations and make an appointment.

After a special FDA panel recommendation, the Pfizer vaccine is likely to be approved for use in 5-11 year olds any day now. Be on the lookout for more details.

Contact CCL if you have questions, and we’ll do our best to get you the most up-to-date answers and help you may need. Email or call 603-795-0603.

October is Arts and Humanities Month

Throughout the month, we have shared events and programs that lift up the arts and culture. As Arts and Humanities month wraps up, know that the resources we have been sharing continue to hold terrific, accessible programs and events. 

Here are just a few upcoming for your consideration:  

  • The Dartmouth Aging Resource Center extensive list of programs includes drawing, singing, and poetry readings. Read the latest ARC weekly update to learn more about the offerings. 
  • NH Humanities supports programming and events throughout our state. Learn more about their upcoming events here. Many are virtual too! 
  • Halloween Themed Humanities Programs:
    • HOP – Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster. Sunday 10/31 at 4:00pm hosted by the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth. Learn more here. 

Do you have an Arts or Humanities program you would like us to share? Email 

Weekly health and well-being tips, resources, and recipes …

Monday’s Menu. This week’s Monday’s Menu is Shelby’s Simple & Sweet Smoothie. Shelby shared, “as someone who doesn’t love to cook, I often default to things that are quick and painless to make in the kitchen. Simple, sweet and with limited ingredients this smoothie is great for breakfast, lunch or as a sweet treat!” 

We would LOVE to learn your favorite recipe(s). Please send your recipes to 

Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday. This week we share a post submitted by Tracy Penfield with Shelby Wood on Mindful Movement and Guided Meditation, which can be enjoyed here. We explore how this helps with stress. We are also so grateful to be able to offer our community a collaborative workshop with Tracy Penfield. Please view information on this upcoming workshop here

See all Wellness Wednesday posts here

If you have a wellness tip or a healthy recipe you would like to share, please contact

Extending our Warm Lyme Welcome

You may be aware of the energy and excitement building, and you may have already offered to be a part, as Lyme and the whole region prepare to welcome displaced Afghan families and to strengthen our community of support for everyone who lives here. CommunityCare of Lyme is helping to coordinate this effort, in partnership with KJ Dell’Antonia, Kate Semple Barta, Bill Ploog, and a growing team in Lyme, and in collaboration with organizations and individuals at Dartmouth, Hanover High School, and across the Upper Valley. 

New Hampshire has committed to welcoming at least 100 Afghans, a complicated and evolving process. In cooperation with Ascentria Care Alliance in Concord, we are creating the Lyme/Upper Valley Neighborhood Support Team, helping to build a sustainable, community-based model for resettlement that allows us to share the abundance of the Upper Valley. There will be lots more to come. If you would like to help, especially if you’d like to be part of the coordinating team, please contact KJ ( or Martha (, 603-795-0603). 

We are here. Every day. 603-795-0603 or

Reach out when you or someone you care about needs a hand. If you could use information, help, a listening ear or ways to bring someone else joy, contact us at 603-795-0603 or  Our phone is answered every day, usually in person. Our welcoming living room in the Lyme Center Academy is a terrific place to relax, read, visit with friends, or meet with a CCL team member. It is now open often during the week and by appointment. Give us a call to confirm times. Be in touch, any time. You’ll reach a friendly voice, a little (or a lot of) help, and creative, safe ways to be involved.

Coming up: 

There is a LOT going on out there! Check out the Lyme Events Calendar (a selection of events from lots of calendars), the Valley News Calendar (especially for all kinds of arts in the area, but lots more), Lyme organizations (see several links at the end of this message) or the Aging Resource Center for ideas. 

Lyme is happening!

We are pleased to pass on news shared by Lyme organizations.

  • Skiway Passes! The Lyme child pass is on sale thru the end of October for just $10. After that it goes to $35. You can buy online here. Questions? Contact the Skiway. Thanks to Steve Small, recreation director, for the heads up!
  • Mindful Movement with Guided Meditation. Co-hosted by Tracy Penfield & CCL. Conscious breathing, gentle movement (standing and/or in chair) and guided meditation. No prior experience of any kind is required. In the CCL office at the Lyme Academy Building, Wednesday, November 10 at 10:30am. Learn more here. 
  • Lyme Historians. Museum and Barn are open on Saturday (10/30). Stay tuned for future hours.
  • Lyme Food Pantry. CCL hosts every Tuesday at 1pm at Lyme Congregational Church. Call ahead to let us know what you’d like (603-795-0603), or just stop by. DELIVERY AVAILABLE. We are pleased to offer free Thanksgiving turkeys, frozen and uncooked. Contact us to order one. Referrals are welcome. See Kathy Sherrieb’s listserv post earlier today (10/28) for more info.
  • Lyme Library.  Please visit the library website for current information on hours and programs. 
  • Happy Feet Clinic. CCL hosts three Thursdays a month at the Lyme Center Academy Building. Appointment required. Expert foot care with nurse Susan Hannah Rose. Call 802-296-1112 0r email to schedule a time.
  • Our Hour Friendly Gatherings, with the theme Thankful Thoughts! Zoom Meeting Tuesday, November 9 at 10:30am.  In-Person in the CCL Living Room on Wednesday, November 17, 10:30-11:30am. All are welcome! Please bring your ideas, memories, hopes, poems and stories to share! Please RSVP
  • Those Guys.  Monthly first Wednesday in-person meeting. This Wednesday at 7:30AM via zoom. Please email if you would like the Zoom meeting information. 
  • Lyme Congregational Church. In person worship is back! Sundays at 10:30am. Bring a mask. Family Hike Sunday. Contact for more information.

*NOTE: For any event that’s not online, please be prepared with a mask and clean hands. Safety guidance, and hosts’ comfort continues to evolve.

Check out the Lyme Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events selected for Lyme and neighboring communities.

Calendar information is gathered from multiple sources, including:

Lyme and other local listservs
Lyme Library Calendar
Lyme Community and Church Newsletter
Lyme School Events Listing
Town of Lyme Website
Daybreak Upper Valley daily newsletter Click to subscribe
Valley News online calendar

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center

Please share any additions or edits to calendar items, so that we can include them in the online calendar.

We are here for you.
When you seek information, help, or ways to help others, contact us.

The Lyme Community Help Line:
call 795-0603 or email

Connection to resources you need now to stay active, involved, and well.
Lyme Food Pantry or prepared meals. Deliveries or errands. Help around home.
Just a chat. You name it.