News and Notes:
Vaccinations! There’s a lot of activity, with many of us eligible for booster shots, and 5-11 year olds newly eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. While there are dozens of locations around the Upper Valley offering vaccinations of all types, some are finding it challenging to schedule an appointment at a time and location that meets their needs. Vaccines.gov allows you to search for vaccination locations and make an appointment. You can also schedule directly with retailers, such as Walmart and CVS. Most scheduling is done online, but some locations can work with you by phone. New sites and new practices are happening all the time. As has so often been the case during this pandemic, a little patience will go a long way!
Contact CCL if you would like assistance navigating the system or have other questions, and we’ll do our best to get you the most up-to-date answers and help you may need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-795-0603.
Orford Senior Center Monthly Update
The Orford Senior Center serves Lyme with home delivered meals, Grab-N-Go meals every Thursday, and an expanding list of programming. We are pleased to be partnering with the new coordinator, Eileen Nickles. To learn more about the Orford Senior Center programs and this month’s Grab-N-Go Menus, please review their November 2021 Newsletter here.
November is …
Family Stories Month. With the holiday season around the corner and families traveling to come together, it’s a time to reflect on our roots and celebrate our traditions and culture.
Celebrate the second week of Family Stories Month by taking time to write a family member a letter sharing one of your favorite family memories together.
National Hospice Month. You can learn more about Hospice and Palliative care at CaringInfo.org.
In honor of this year’s theme, It’s about how you live, we are uplifting those who choose to live life to the fullest throughout the month. This week, we share the story of Lois Tomlinson, singer from One Direction, who has made a meaningful connection with Richard Green, 83, and is helping him live life to the fullest by checking items off his bucket list, such as singing to a packed arena, flying a helicopter, and driving a race car. This week’s video is from Inside Edition (2019), and can be enjoyed here.
As we’re thinking of National Hospice Month and end of life, there are two upcoming virtual ARC programs that support this conversation:
Thursday, November 18th 2-3:30pm End of Life Cafe: A Time to Talk and Share – Virtual ARC Program
Friday, November 19th 10-11:30-am Home Funeral, Green Burials, and Everything In-between- Virtual ARC Program
Season of Giving. During the Holidays there can be a lot of pressure and added stress. It can be a happy time for people, and it can also be a very triggering time for people. This Season of Giving, our hope is to remind people there are so many ways to give that enhance our lives and the lives of others without being another source of holiday stress.
This week we share the inspiring story from CBS Evening News (2019). A widow is invited to join a group of thoughtful young men for dinner, and it changes their lives for the better. Enjoy this video here. What small act might you do to make someone’s day?
Do you have a story, poem, picture, video etc. you would like us to share one one of these themes? Email email@example.com
Weekly health and well-being tips, resources, and recipes …
Monday’s Menu. This week’s Monday’s Menu is Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder (vegan). Add a little spice on these chilly nights!
We would LOVE to learn your favorite recipe(s). Please send your recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.
Wellness Wednesday. This week’s Wellness Wednesday with you, submitted by Beth O’Donnell and Andrea Buccellato of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center: ConnectShareCare. Please see this week’s posting here.
See all Wellness Wednesday posts here.
If you have a wellness tip or a healthy recipe you would like to share, please contact email@example.com.
Extending our Warm Lyme Welcome
Lyme and the whole region is preparing to welcome displaced Afghan families and to strengthen our community of support for everyone who lives here. 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. We welcome our first family to Lyme next week, and there will be lots more to come. If you would like to help, please contact KJ (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Martha (email@example.com, 603-795-0603).
SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT for Afghan Refugees in the Upper Valley Featuring Works by Internationally Renowned Artists and the music by the Anonymous Coffee House – Friday, November 19, 6-9pm at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon.
We are here. Every day. 603-795-0603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 help@CCLyme.org. 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.
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.
- 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 24 at 10:30am. $10 suggested donation. Learn more here.
- Silent Auction Benefit for Afghan Refugees in the Upper Valley Featuring Works by Internationally Renowned Artists Friday, November 19, from 6:00 to 9:00 at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon. Can’t attend but want to help the Neighborhood support team?
- Lyme Historians. Museum open Saturdays from 10AM – 1PM.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com to schedule a time.
- Our Hour Friendly Gatherings, with the theme Thankful Thoughts! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Those Guys. Monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month.
- Lyme Congregational Church. In person worship is back! Sundays at 10:30am. Bring a mask. Contact email@example.com 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.