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Upcoming Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

Summer Garden Party: Volunteers Neededveggie garden
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Advocates for Healthy Youth

Join us at the Maplewood Demonstration Garden!

  • Come work and play in the garden!
  • Celebrate summer and community connections!
  • Meet friends & learn about sustainable agriculture!

Where: Cheshire County Farm – River Road Westmoreland, NH 03467 (Near the Maplewood Nursing Home and old Chesterfield Prison Complex)

When & What:
Garden parties start July 1st and occur every Monday, 5-7 pm, through October 5th
Antioch’s Community Garden Connections (CGC) staff will support volunteers in planting, watering and weeding the vegetable garden, caring for the orchard, and creating a perennial flower garden.

What to bring:

  • Dress for garden work, rain or shine
  • No supplies are required, but water bottles, gloves, and trowels may be helpful
  • A dish to share or non-alcoholic beverages are extremely welcome and totally optional

Save The Date: A Harvest Festival and garden clean-up is planned for October 5th!

This project is the result of a unique partnership between the County of Cheshire and Antioch University New England’s CGC initiative. The garden is being re-established with the mission to produce healthy food for people of the region and involved interested community members in sustainable local agriculture.
For more information, contact:

FREE Cooking Classes This Fall in Keene!: Real Food For Real People, Like YouGet Fresh flyer
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Cheshire County Conservation District
The Cheshire County Conservation District will host "Get Fresh", free hands-on cooking classes, at The Community Kitchen of Keene, Saturdays this fall.  Stretch your dollar, the season, and ingredients using local produce.  Take a guided tour of The Farmers' Market of Keene and the Monadnock Food Co-op to learn about the Double-Up Veggie Bucks and Healthy Food for All programs.  Meet local producers, vendors, and food advocates.  Employ savvy shopping strategies that allow you to navigate the local food system on a budget.  Perfect techniques and flavor combinations that build kitchen confidence, invite improvisation, and encourage you to cook from the heart.  Create fast, fresh, nutritious recipes that nourish your body, soul, family and community. 

"Get Fresh" cooking classes will be facilitated by Michael Hightower, passionate home cook and environmental educator.  The current class offering follows:

September 7 (10am-Noon / 3pm-5pm)
The Savvy Shopper:  Keene Farmers' Market and Monadnock Food Co-op Tour (10am)
Real Food for Real People:  Simple money-saving, meal-stretching strategies, as well as tried and true techniques (3pm) 

September 21 (10am-Noon / 3pm-5pm)
Perfect Pairings:  Roast chicken dinner and classic flavor combinations that build confidence and invite improvisation

October 5 (10am-Noon / 3pm-5pm)
In Hot Water:  Create kitchen staples, including: homemade broths, soups, pastas, grains & beans

October 26 (10am-Noon / 3pm-5pm)
Bowls to Warm Hearts and Souls:  Seasonal favorites to take the chill off, including:  Spicy West African Peanut Soup, Chipotle-pumpkin-black bean chili & Southern cornbread

November 9 (10am-Noon / 3pm-5pm)
The Pie is the Limit:  Stress-free steps to yummy piesand perfect crust just in time for the holidays

Classes are open to everyone, but space is limited.  Priority seating goes to Community Garden Connections garden sites and The Community Kitchen customers.  Morning and afternoon classes are offered to fit your schedule. 
Register for one class, or all.  To reserve your seat, contact Michael Hightower at (512) 431-9229, or, at least one week prior to the class you plan on attending. 
The Savvy Shopper class will meet at The Farmers' Market of Keene on Gilbo Avenue, while all other classes will meet at The Community Kitchen, 37 Mechanic Street in Keene.          
This project is made possible through grant funds awarded to the Cheshire County Conservation District from the USDA's Farmers Market Promotion Program administered by the County of Cheshire.

2nd Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Champions Programgolf tournament logo
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene

SAVE THE DATE for Organizational Champion Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene’s 2nd annual Golf Tournament at Keene Country Club on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 to benefit the Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champions Program! Mark this great event on your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

Interested in volunteering for this event? Contact Kelsey Plifka or (603) 354-5454 ext. 2322 TODAY!

For more information, please contact Cindy Rodenhauser-Stewart or at (603) 354-6810.

2nd Annual Touch-A-Truck to Benefit The SamaritansTouch A Truck Flyer
Submitted by Organization Champion, The Samaritans

Join us at The Cheshire Fairgrounds for an interactive outdoor family even allowing children to climb on, explore and discover their favorite big trucks and vehicles.

Admission is $5 per person ($20 max per car, under 1 is free). Other activities include a Keene Police K-9 demo, food and drink concessions, face painting, coloring contests, and more children’s activities.

Click Here for more information, and to view the flyer.

Otter Limits Triathlon
Submitted by Organizational Champion, 90% Mental Multisport

SAVE THE DATE for the next upcoming Otter Limits Triathlon on Saturday, September 14th! Participate and help support Hundred Nights Shelter in Keene, NH. otter limit triathlon

Event Details:
Swim .93 miles, Bike 24.6 miles, & Run 6.2 miles
Lunch provided for participants and volunteers.

Start time: 9:30 am
Pre-race check in & registration:  7:00am- 9:00am

Individual: $65 until July 14, $75 until Aug 14, $85 until September 13,and $95 day of.
Team: $100 until July 14, $110 until Aug 14, $120 until September 13, and $120 day of.
T-shirts for first 100 registrations.

For more information about this event or how to register, please visit

Community Invited to “Place at the Table” Event: Linking Hunger, Health and Food Systemplace at the table

Submitted by Organizational Champion, The Monadnock Food Co-op

The Monadnock Food Co-op and Neighboring Food Co-op Association, in association with Participant Media and Active Voice, will host a viewing and discussion of the film "A Place at the Table" on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street, Keene.

The screening is part of Participant Media's "Take Your Place" Social Action Campaign, an initiative that uses this acclaimed documentary to seed community conversations about hunger, obesity and food policy, to inspire collective action to address these systemic problems. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a total of 25 communities across the country will host such events throughout the summer and fall.

Some of the questions this campaign addresses are: Why are almost 50 million Americans hungry, while more than 23.5 million children and teenagers overweight or obese (and sometimes hungry, too)? What triggers and connects these trends? What systems and institutions perpetuate food insecurity, and what policy reforms will ensure that people get the healthy food they need? In an effort to engage the Monadnock Region in a conversation around these questions, the Monadnock Food Co-op invites local residents to "take their place" in local efforts to end hunger and ensure that all children and families have access to healthy, affordable foods.
The September 24th event will focus on the efforts of food cooperatives and farmers markets to make healthy food more affordable to more people.  A panel discussion will follow the film featuring Bonnie Hudspeth of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association's Healthy Food Access Program, Vicky Senni of the Brattleboro Food Co-op's Good to Grow Program and Nancy McGartland of the Farmers' Market of Keene's Double Up Veggie Bucks Program.  Another six Food Co-ops in New England are coordinating efforts to plan similar events this fall, and additional Monadnock Region organizations are collaborating on a second "Place at the Table" Event later this year.

"This screening is a great opportunity for us to come together as a community to discuss the roots of food inequality and what we can do to address this issue together," said Michael Faber, Monadnock Food Co-op General Manager. "Following the film screening, we hope to build participation in our Healthy Food for All program, which offers discounts at the co-op to individuals with low incomes and gives them more access to healthy foods."

"We're excited to be working with enthusiastic and thoughtful partners around the country, who are planning a range of events with this film," said Shaady Salehi, Executive Director of Active Voice, the organization that is managing the community campaign in association with Participant Media. "We need to work collaboratively to make sure that everyone has access to healthy affordable food."

More event details are at

3rd Annual “Kids Come First 5K Race/WalkKids Come First
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Cheshire YMCA

This event is a Tribute to Peter Masiello, A true friend of the Cheshire YMCA who was dedicated to his family and community, who’s integrity, generosity, kindness & sense of humor were felt by all who knew him. All proceeds go towards helping impact our recreational, educational, and life enhancing programs for youth of Cheshire YMCA service area.

When: Saturday October 5th, 2013

Where: Camp Takodah, 55 Fitzwilliam Road, Richmond, NH, 03470


  • 8:45am Check in table opens
  • 9:45am Kids’ Run (1 mile) & Kids Dash (200m)
  • 10:00am 5K Walk (Youth & Adult)
  • 10:15am 5K Run (Youth & Adult)

Entry Fee

  • Kids Under 13: $5  / Kids 13-17: $10 / Adults 18+: $20 / (Online Registration available)
  • Family Price (2 Adults & 3 Kids under 17): $50 (Online Registration available)
  • Must be registered by September 22nd to ensure a FREE T-shirt

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New: Register Online OR Please print and complete the form:Race Registration Form (2013)

(Registering for the ‘Family Price’ is not available online and can only be done through our ‘Registration Forms’ (above). Please make sure that one form is completed for every individual taking part on the day. Each will then be assigned a ‘Race Number’.)

‘Make A Difference’
Would you like to make a donation or are you part of an organization that may want to sponsor this special event. All proceeds go towards helping impact our recreational, educational and life enhancing programs for youth in the Cheshire YMCA service area.

Sponsorship/Donation Form (2013)
If you have any questions: please call us at 603-352-0447 or email Peter Simmonds.

Sponsored by: Masiello Insurance Agency Inc
Supported by: Healthy Monadnock 2020, Savings Bank Of WalpoleFairfields Auto GroupBeeze Tees, STA-FIT for Women, Ted Shoe & Sport, & The Mountain Retail Store

4th annual Champions Celebration Event

You’re Invited to our upcoming 4th annual Champions Celebration Event on Thursday, October 10th from 5:30-7:00 pm at Keene High School! champions celebration event

Join us for Champion awards, celebrate our 81 Organizational Champions & 11 School Champions, healthy snacks made by Keene State College Dietetic Interns, raffle prizes, fun  AND meet our 2,000th Champion! Bring a friend! We hope to see you there and stay tuned for an invitation in the mail soon!  Click here to view the flyer on our website.

Looking to highlight a Champion for their hard work and successes around healthy eating and active living in the past year? At this year’s celebration, our Champions will be recognized with the following awards: The H.E.A.L. (Healthy Eating Active Living)Award, the Healthiest Community Champion of the Year Award, and the S.T.A.R. award. Nominate a Champion TODAY for an award! Nominations should be in by September 21st and finalists will be selected by October 1st. For more information, contact Kelsey Plifka or (603) 354-5460.

diabetes walkCheshire Diabetes Move for the Cure
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

JOIN US for the upcoming annual Cheshire Diabetes Move for the Cure Saturday, October 12th! Cheshire Diabetes is an annual event organized by the Endocrinology Department at Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene to raise awareness and support for our Diabetes Fund with a goal to actively prevent and control Diabetes in Cheshire County.

The walk is a pleasant, moderate, 3-mile loop beginning and ending at CMC/DHK. Registration is free. Sign-up as an individual or as a team! Register online TODAY!

Event Details:
Registration is FREE!
9:00 am Registration
10:00 am Walk begins
Rain or Shine

Recognition 5K to Support Veteranscomfort keepers
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Comfort Keepers

Comfort Keepers is partnering with Southwestern Community Services (SCS) to host Recognition 5K on Veterans Day. All proceeds will support the SCS SSVF.

The SCS SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) program will begin October 1, 2013 and will serve annually approximately 55 Veteran households on the Western side of NH.  The primary function of this program is housing stabilization.  With intensive case management, we will also be able to provide financial supports to include rental assistance, utility assistance, moving costs, child care cost, transportation costs, and emergency housing costs.  This is intended to be a temporary (3-month) intensive program to stabilize Veterans in their homes or in new homes.

This worthy organization was picked to partner with Comfort Keepers of Keene and Milford NH to receive proceeds from a 5K Recognition Run/Walk/Wheel. Comfort Keepers is a premier provider of in-home senior care, and assistance to anyone above the age of 18 needing assistance with daily activities, enabling them to stay safely in their own homes.  Services include trips to the doctor, reminders to take the right medication at the correct time, help with grocery shopping and meal preparation, transportation, pet care, running errands, light housekeeping, general shopping and all non-medical care that will allow a person to remain as independent as possible and reside in their own home for as long as possible. Comfort Keepers also provides personal care such as bathing, toileting, and transferring- and so much more!

The Recognition Run will be held on November 11, 2013 and will take place prior to the Veterans Day Ceremony in Keene, NH. The 5K will begin at 8:30am after the National Anthem is sung and the Pledge of Allegiance has been delivered. There will be t-shirts and medals as well as food and beverages available and the hope is to raise awareness of Veteran’s needs and support programs that can assist in meeting these needs.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event or volunteering please contact Erin Bruce at Comfort Keepers by e-mail or phone 603-352-2227.