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Gatekeeper workshop, March 12

Helping to recognize the warning signs and ease the emotional pain of suicide

Tamworth Community Nurse Assoc. offers Gatekeeper workshop, March 12, at Cook Memorial Library

Many of us in the town of Tamworth have been impacted by the shock and pain of losing friends and family to the tragedy of suicide.  Like so many residents, the Tamworth Community Nurse Association has wrestled with questions such as “What warning signs did I miss?” and “What could I have done?” For help with these difficult questions, the TCNA has reached out to our community resources for answers.

As a result, the TCNA will host a workshop for Tamworth residents to help them recognize the risk factors and warning signs for someone who may be at risk for suicide. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library. Those attending will gain an understanding of how to connect with that person and how to connect them with resources.

The Connect Gatekeeper Training is a four-hour course that will train individuals in the Connect program, a nationally recognized “best-practice” program to help prevent suicide deaths. Co-sponsored by the Carroll County Coalition of Public Health, the training will be conducted by Elaine deMello, Supervisor of Training and Prevention Services at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire. She will be assisted by Chris Kennedy and Donna Ulitz, both counselors at the Brett School in Tamworth, who completed a Training of Trainers course last summer.

There is no cost to attend the workshop, but pre-registration is necessary. Lunch will be provided. To register for the workshop, call Marletta at the TCNA at 603-323-8511 or email: to register. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot today.


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‘Laughing Matters’, April 19

Tamworth Community Nurse Assoc. offers a rollicking treat at Runnells Hall

TCNA to sponsor ‘Laughing Matters’ program with Jason Jedrusiak, April 19 in Chocorua

The Tamworth Community Nurse Association will host a special program on Tuesday, April 19 — school vacation week! — that is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s day. Whether you’re 2 or 102, you won’t want to miss “Laughing Matters,” presented by Jason Jedrusiak, of Boston, at Runnells Hall in Chocorua, from 10 a.m. to noon on April 19. Refreshments will be served.

Jason has been leading Laughter Yoga and Meditation sessions in the greater Boston area since 2010.  He has helped spread laughter to local organizations and institutions, including Harvard University, The Boston Children’s Museum, and NUPath, where he has laughed with people living with developmental, autism spectrum and acquired brain injury conditions.

Jason discovered the healing effects of laughter and movement through his training as a yoga teacher and meditation guide, his work as a local improv comedian, and through therapeutic clowning akin to one of his mentors, Dr. Patch Adams. He directs a non-profit group called Laughing Matters that brings laughter and improv comedy to retirement homes, rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters, and other places in need of the healing effects of laughter.

Jason’s therapeutic laughter yoga and meditation sessions help to connect people to their laughter and unlock its healing effects by exploring silliness and the ritual of play while creating community. Inspired by various childlike movements, breath and imagination, “fake” laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter. Laughter itself releases physiological and psychological benefits in the form of positive and stress-relieving endorphins similar to other forms of exercise such as a runner’s high, but with less stress on the body.

     No yoga poses are used in the workshop and no special clothing, mats, previous experience in yoga, meditation or having a sense of humor is necessary.

So, come laugh with your children, your parents, a friend or  just bring yourself to Runnells Hall on April 19 for a morning of giggles and fun. Residents and visitors of all ages are invited to the workshop, which is free of charge.

For further information, call the TCNA at 603-323-8511.


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TCNA Rings in the Holidays with Festive Gala, Dec. 4

         Here they come! The holidays, that is, and the Tamworth Community Nurse Association will ring in that festive time of year on Friday, December 4, by hosting its annual Holiday Gala benefit dinner at Chequers Villa in Tamworth.

         All are invited to come share in this much-loved community event, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by a scrumptious buffet dinner featuring meat, seafood and pasta entrees, plus side dishes and, of course, dessert! (Call 323-8511 in advance of the event to arrange special dietary restriction consideration.) Guests will also enjoy the music of pianist Becky VerPlanck as they dine.

         Tickets for the Holiday Gala are $55 per person, and can be purchased by calling the TCNA office at 323-8511. To make a donation to TCNA if you can’t make it to the Gala, please mail it to P.O. Box 352, Tamworth, NH 03886.

         The Tamworth Community Nurse Association looks forward to this always jolly evening and to seeing a great crowd of hungry holiday guests on Dec. 4 at Chequers Villa!

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Mindfulness Meditation Workshop, Sept. 22 to Oct. 27

Sign up for our Six week Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
to be led by Diane Johnson

         As part of its Get Healthy Tamworth series, the Tamworth Community Nurse Association is once again sponsoring a six-week Mindfulness Meditation Workshop, led by Diane Johnson. The workshop will be held on Tuesdays from Sept. 22 to Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth Village.


Move toward greater balance,
control and participation in your life

         Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you. Mindfulness is learning to work mindfully and systematically with your own stress, pain, illness and the challenges and demands of everyday life. To restore a balanced sense of health and well-being within yourself requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body and mind, heart and soul.

For more information on any of TCNA’s programs, call the office at 323-8511 or email tamworthnurses@yahoo.comVisit the Tamworth Exchange or the TCNA website,, for reminders of dates and meeting places.
Business hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.

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TCNA Annual Meeting – August 19

TCNA Annual Meeting to be held in Runnells Hall

Tamworth Community Nurse Assoc. to hold Annual Meeting at Noon, Wednesday Aug. 19.

The Tamworth Community Nurse Association will host its 2015 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 19, at noon, at Runnells Hall in Chocorua.

“You Can Be Happier Now.” 

The TCNA is shaking things up this year by holding its annual meeting at noon versus the traditional evening hour. The community is invited to be guests of TCNA for lunch and a talk by John Doherty, author of the book “You Can Be Happier Now.” He will explain that Aristotle once said, “Happiness is the whole aim and end of human existence,” and Doherty decided he was right. How we should live, how we should treat others, how we should select our life goals were the skills that would determine how happy one was. His study of happiness included the wisdom of religions, neuroscience, psychology and common sense. He found that how to live happily was no secret, but had been taught, preached, and verified by science for years.

Guests will enjoy music by Becky VerPlanck while they mingle with TCNA staff and board members, who will update everyone on TCNA happenings. And remember, it wouldn’t be a TCNA Annual Meeting without scrumptious blueberry ice cream from the Sandwich Creamery!

The TCNA requests an RSVP from anyone who would like to attend this always fun and informative event in order to predict attendance and be sure there is enough blueberry ice cream for all. Need a ride? They can help with that, too. Please call 323-8511 to RSVP or for further information of any sort.


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