Programs on Demand (PODS)

ARA PODS (Programs on Demand) were born from member requests for more informal and diverse opportunities for social activities.

Disclaimer:  ARA, its officers and content providers, shall not be liable for any loss or damage arising from or otherwise connected to your voluntary participation in any program, POD, activity or event.

How does your idea become a POD?

After deciding on a particular activity, the POD Leader develops an email notification soliciting new members for the proposed POD.   The email should include the information on the POD and request interested members to get in touch with the POD Leader.  The requests for an email notification should be directed to Carol Selsberg, Director of Programs, at

After initial interest is generated, the POD leader will schedule a start-up meeting following which the group will work autonomously from then on. The POD will set dates that work for the group and optimally do not conflict with ARA regularly scheduled programming --typically Tuesday all day and Friday afternoons are free.  POD Leaders communicate plans and changes among the  POD members.  

ARA will include a general description of PODS in the printed program schedule which is mailed to members in August and January. 

ARA will also include POD activity/schedule information on the ARA Website Calendar of Events.  To be included on the Website Calendar of Events, you must send information on the what, when and where to ARA Technology Services at using the POD name as the subject of the email.

For questions and further information on starting a POD for your special interest, contact Carol Selsberg at


This group meets Tuesday afternoons at the Durham town parking lot at the corner of Pettee Brook and Madbury Road for a 1:30 PM departure. They walk various routes through Durham and the UNH campus for approximately 45-60 minutes. Each week a different person selects the route. For some reason they always seem to end up at the Dairy Bar (at the Durham RR Station) or at Aroma Joe's for coffee. So if you want exercise, good conversation, and a refreshing drink (hot or cold) please join them.  All you have to do is show up. No reservation required!  For more information or to join, contact POD Leader: Bob Hylen at or 603-659-2422.


Known as the Pedal Pushers, a small group gets in a few rides in the Spring and Fall on rail trails. So far, several times each, they’ve done one from Kennebunk to Biddeford and then Wolfeboro from the old depot, both about 10-12 miles long. The Kennebunk ride breaks for lunch in Biddeford at Dunkin’ Donuts and the Wolfeboro ride at a restaurant on the lake at the end of the ride. They’d like to find new riders so join them for friendship and exercise and bring your suggestions! For more information or to join contact POD Leader Claudia Gilmartin at


Say that 10 times and you're on your way!  Meets for 20 weeks in Fall, Winter, and Spring, 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. at the Durham Recreation Center. Some arrive eager to begin; others stumble through the door.  All leave ready to meet the day. The certified fitness instructor, Jenn Merriam, has been teaching some of them for more than 20 years; she makes class fun and they laugh a lot. Exercise components include stretching, strengthening, balance, agility and aerobics. Equipment is provided.  Participants come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are high kickers, others just lift their feet. They work at their own ability levels.  A minimal fee---less than $5 a class---is collected to reimburse the instructor. This is the biggest fitness bargain around! For more information or to join, contact POD Leader Joy Winston at or 603-659-502.


They meet every other Tuesday from 1-3 at the Durham Police Station. They paint, discuss events and exhibits locally and chat about supplies with no formal class. Bring your supplies and enjoy being with other painters. Leader:  For more information or to join, contact POD Leader Sue Keener at 603-397-557.


The ARA readers currently meet at the Dover Library on the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. They read fiction, nonfiction, bios, best sellers and the classics.  POD Members suggest books and lead discussions of their recommendations.  Book choices are posted well in advance along with other proposed good “reads”.  For more information or to join, contact POD Leader Meg Gillis at

SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH SUPPERS (But Not Always on Saturday and Not always at a Church)!

Church suppers are a Yankee tradition for a reason:  the best cooks in town raise funds by cooking for YOU at a reasonable price!  Join other ARA members as we discover the best comfort food in the area -- mostly, but not always at a Saturday night supper.  Bring your appetite and ideas and join us! For more information contact POD Leader Deidre Prescott at or 603-749-4473.


The Lunch Bunch is a group of people who enjoy each other and enjoy finding new venues to do their eating! They always have good food, good conversation and a genuine positive outlook in their lives that they share together. They pick their future restaurants at each meeting on the third Wednesday (negotiable) of each month at noon throughout the year. For more information or to join, contact POD Leader Nancy Salka at


Dover High School teen teachers patiently and lovingly teach our members to get past our F.O.D. (Fear of Device). Wear your ARA nametag.  Bring your fully charged devices (laptop, tablet, smartphone) notepad, your questions, your courage, and the magic begins. Dover High School Library, 2:45 pm., on alternating Tuesdays. For more information, contact POD Leader Carol Selsberg at


There are many reasons why kayaking is one of the fastest growing sports. It offers outdoor enjoyment, healthy exercise, a fun connection with friends, solitude, fishing, challenge, adventure or just a peaceful escape. Whether a seasoned veteran or a beginner, paddle on in. For more information or to join in, contact Connie Williams at


If you're eager to play with words, to try new ways of writing and some unconventional and lively approaches to self-expression, this POD is for you. The goal here is not so much to turn out the great American novel, but to help you to try new things, to expand your understanding of your own writing process - indeed, to have fun with words. This group is an opportunity for writers to come together and support one another by taking risks and developing skills and confidence. We'll explore it all: poetry, short stories, your prose and so much more. Bring your passion, creativity and inspiration. and join in creating a vibrant and supportive community of writers.

This group will be led by Ariele Sieling, a local author who wrote her first book as an eleven-year-old. Since then, she has pursued the art of writing in a variety of forms, from short stories and essays, to newspaper articles, newsletters, classroom curriculum, and novels. She is the founder of the organization New England Independent Writers, a group of authors working together to help market one another and promote the art of independent publishing. She is anxious to share her passion for writing with aspiring writers. No writing experience or expertise is necessary. Really!

For more information or to join the group, contact Deidre Prescott at


The newest POD (Program on Demand) will inspire members to share activities of common interest.  How about the opportunity to get together with new and/or old friends while enjoying the cornucopia of activities in the Greater Seacoast area: see a movies; do some window-shopping while enjoying the scenery of local towns; visit an area beach; enjoy the abundant culture available: plays, museums, concerts; visit craft fairs/flea markets; and much more - the sky's the limit.

 For more information or to join in, contact POD Leader Valerie Allen at 603-905-9892 or by email at