Seacoast Village Project kicks off Lunch & Learn series: Community events this week

Seacoast Village Project kicks off Lunch & Learn series

PORTSMOUTH - The Seacoast Village Project kicks off its 2022 Lunch & Learn series for seniors with “Maximizing Good Health” featuring Dr. Karl Singer on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at noon. The virtual program is the first in a ten-part series geared toward seniors and offered by Seacoast Village Project. The Lunch & Learn series, which is free and open to the public, will be held via Zoom video conference and requires advance registration.

Dr Singer, a board-certified geriatrician and Medical Director for the Rockingham County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, has a long-standing interest in how we can maximize healthy aging. During this presentation he will share the strategies he recommends to his patients and also what he uses himself. Prior to the Jan. 18 sessions, participants are encouraged to review the Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator created by Dr Tom Perls, the founder and director of the New England Centenarian Study, which is trying to understand the genetic and lifestyle traits that enable a long and healthy life. The calculator can be found at

The series is offered by Seacoast Village project, a network of older adults working together to get connected, get smart and help each other out as they grow older in their homes and communities. For more information on the complete calendar of 2022 Lunch & Learn programs or to register for "Maximizing Good Health” by Jan. 17, visit

Free SCORE workshop on starting your own business

PORTSMOUTH — Seacoast SCORE is offering a free live online workshop Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 12 to 2 p.m. This is an introductory course for those who are either considering, or are early in the process, of starting their own small business. You will learn about: small business myths, marketing vs. sales, start up cash and where to find it, business plans, LLC/sole proprietor/S-corp and which works for you, building a team, and more. Register at:

Free, outdoor professional ice dancing performances and lessons

PORTSMOUTH – Professional figure skating company Ice Dance International based in Kittery is offering free performances and lessons this winter, many at easily accessible Seacoast locations. The public is invited to watch world renowned skaters or take a skating lesson with the pros throughout January and February, 2022.

Performance this week is on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Winter Party Fundraiser for IDI at the Labrie Family Ice Rink at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth.

Lessons, which are all free but those who wish to attend must register if indicated, will be on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Strawbery Banke Museum Pop Up, registration not required; Monday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m., at the rink at the Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road, Kittery, Maine; and Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m., at York Parks and Recreation, 200 U.S. Route 1, York, Maine.

Details and registration of all winter events are available at For those unable to attend person, performances can be viewed by live stream webcam provided by To watch, visit

Portsmouth Senior Activity Center Winter Art Exhibit opens

“Ducks,” an oil painting by Anita Freeman, will be on display in the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center's Winter Exhibit, which opens Jan. 20.
“Ducks,” an oil painting by Anita Freeman, will be on display in the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center's Winter Exhibit, which opens Jan. 20.

PORTSMOUTH — Visit the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center and be inspired by its new exhibit of local artists from Jan. 20 to April 14. The new artists this season, Gerry Bresnahan, Pat Corlin, Mary Crump, Patricia Dateo, Jane Fithian, Joe Flaherty, Anita Freeman, Gary Gansburg, Carol Kuzminski, Janice Michienzi, Nancy Reiss and Michael Sterling, will illustrate the challenges and the joys of creating art as a senior.

"Creativity is an important element to healthy aging," says artist and Art Committee member Mo O’Leary. "It is good to see we are in no short supply here on the Seacoast. I’m inspired by the talent of the artists who are part of the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center Winter Exhibit. And I invite other Seacoast older adult artists to consider this venue as a great welcoming place to share and sell your work."

“The Hill,” an oil painting by Joe Flaherty, will be on display during the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center Winter Exhibit.
“The Hill,” an oil painting by Joe Flaherty, will be on display during the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center Winter Exhibit.

Drop-in hours for the show are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a safe reception where you can meet the artists and see their artwork on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. All are invited. Thank you for wearing a mask. The Senior Center is located at 125 Cottage St., Portsmouth. 603-610-4433. See more at and you can follow them on Facebook.

Black Matter Is Life virtual poetry event

PORTSMOUTH —The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is offering a third and final online poetry event in its The Black Matter is Life series. "The Black Matter Is Life: Poetry for Engagement and Overcoming" will be a virtual-only event held via Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Visit for details and registration or call 603-570-8469.

Take a virtual trip to Tahiti with Dover library

DOVER — Escape to the South Pacific with the vibrant colors of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin virtually on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about Gauguin (the infamous frenemy of Vincent Van Gogh), his career in France and his decision to leave it all behind. Enjoy the incredible images inspired by the Tahitian people and landscape and find out why success eluded this notorious artist during his lifetime.

Registration is required to view this virtual program and the library uses Ring Central software which will need to be downloaded to your computer so give yourself a little extra time to sign on that evening for that to happen. The registration can be found on the library’s event calendar at The program is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 603-516-6050.

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Seacoast Village Project, SCORE, Ice Dancing International