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eating wellSave Time AND Money: Eat Healthy with Nutrition Connections!

Submitted by Champion, Christine Parshall

Learn how to:

  • Prepare quick, low cost meals.
  • Make your food dollars last longer.
  • Serve healthy food your family will really eat.

Nutrition Connections comes to YOU and is FREE to income-eligible families (families eligible for Food Stamps, WIC, School Lunch program, Head Start)

For more information, contact Christine Parshall at (603) 352-4550.

UNH Cooperative Extension
Cheshire County
800 Park Ave
Keene, NH 03431

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer. University of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Agriculture and NH counties cooperating.

FREE Cooking Classes This Fall in Keene: Real Food For Real People, Like You!get 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:

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.

3rd Annual “Kids Come First 5K Race/Walk” kids 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

Like and Share us on Facebook: Kids Come First Page

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 Walpole, Fairfields Auto Group, Beeze Tees, STA-FIT for Women, Ted Shoe & Sport, & The Mountain Retail Store

Life Changes in Retirement: Free Information Fair!keene senior center

Submitted by Organizational Champion, Keene Senior Center

Join us and learn about….

  • Housing
  • Health
  • Recreation
  • Finances
  • Legal
  • Learning
  • Employment
  • Volunteering
  • Insurance
  • Security
  • Saving on taxes

When: Saturday October 5th, 2013
Where: Keene Senior Center, 70 Court St. Keene, NH
Call to make a reservation with the Keene Senior Center at (603) 352-5037.

Healthy Food Tours at the Monadnock Co-op! Monadnock Food Coop

Submitted by Organizational Champion, Spirited Nutrition

Please join Cydney Smith, Wellness Coach & Founder of Spirited Nutrition for a free, fun and informative Healthy Food Tour!

Ever wonder what to buy at the Co-op? Or maybe how to shop for bulk? Learn more about all the healthy choices available at the Co-op, such as local & organic produce, bulk grains, super foods and much more.

Discover new products and learn how to find healthy options in your price range. Leave with handouts, recipes and other helpful resources.

When: Wednesday, October 9th at 5:30 pm or Saturday, October 26th at10 am with Cydney Smith, Spirited Nutrition
Where: Monadnock Food Co-op, 34 Cypress St. Keene
RSVP: ; 603-762-7301
Cost: FREE


champions event flyer4th 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!

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.

Cheshire Diabetes Move for the Curediabetes walk

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


Keene Family YMCA’s Fall Foliage 5K RaceYMCA 5k

Submitted by Organizational Champion, Keene Family YMCA

JOIN US for the upcoming Keene Family YMCA Fall Foliage 5K Saturday, October 12th! Proceeds to support the YMCA’s mission of serving men, women and children of all ages, races, incomes and religions throughout the Monadnock region with services and programs designed to increase health, teach life and leadership skills and promote family unity.

Pre-register TODAY!
$15 for YMCA members
$20 for non-members

When: Saturday, October 12th

When: 10:00 am

Where: 200 Summit Road, Keene, NH 03431

For more information, visit

Recognition 5K to Support Veterans

Submitted by Organizational Champion, Comfort Keeperscomfort 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.