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Friends on a trail

Categories: Building Resilience, Community Engagement, Healthy Places

The Monadnock region has active social networks for many interests and ages. The following groups and organizations offer free or almost free opportunities to connect with your neighbors.

Keene Senior Center

The Keene Senior Center has endless opportunities from a morning walking club at the Keene Parks and Recreation Center to educational opportunities, crafts, nutrition and social events including movies, card games and dancing. The center is membership based, and also offers volunteer opportunities for those wishing to contribute time instead of money.

Keene Young Professional Network

Younger generations should consider joining the Young Professional Network, a valuable resource for networking, social and community involvement opportunities to develop both personally and professionally in a welcoming atmosphere. Events include movie nights and volunteering at the Community Kitchen. 

Cheshire Walkers

Join Cheshire Walkers for one of their weekly (Spring and Fall), Wednesday morning walks or hikes in Cheshire County – no need to sign up – just come! Each outing is rated according to difficulty and distance.  Interested in finding out about the next walk? There will be a meeting on July 22nd to plan the fall walking series. Contact Cheshire Walkers Program Coordinator at (603) 354-5454 x2322

Senior Passport

Senior citizens 60 years and older can receive a free passport to better health information and, at the same time, have an opportunity to partake in the Cheshire Medical Center’s passport meal program. Membership in the Senior Passport Program entitles participants to free nutrition, exercise, and health education lectures and classes. Members can also enjoy a “Passport Meal” in the Cheshire Medical Center dining room with a 25% discount on almost everything. Meals are available Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m and Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Seniors can access the Senior Passport Menu Line at (603) 354-5454 x6368. Passports are also available at the Information Desk in the Cheshire Medical Center lobby.

Community Garden Connections

Kids and adults are welcome to join the “garden parties” offered at the Westmoreland Garden Project site on Tuesdays from 4-6. For more information, contact:

Monadnock Cycle Club

This active group organizes bike rides for all ages and levels of riders. Beginners could consider the “D” group rides, offered throughout the week and they even have mountain bike rides for kids at Stonewall Farm! Find more information including a calendar of rides at:

Monadnock Region Meetup Groups

“Meetup” groups are simply local groups “getting together to learn something, do something or share something”. Anyone can start a Meetup group, and there are several very active group in the Monadnock region. New members are always welcome and encouraged to join in activities. Monadnock region “Meetup” groups include the Cheshiremen Barbershop chorus, a Permaculture group, several business and networking groups and an active social group calling themselves, “Good friends Who’ve Just Met”. 

Following Healthy Monadnock on social media is also a great way to stay connected. We share local news, events and share opportunities to promote the healthiest community. Join us today.