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 Judith Custer. 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 along with 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, send an email to the Program Director.

Biking with the Pedal Pushers

Leader:  Sandy Rose

Contact:  (603) 969-4106 or Email:

With input from the group, we will plan both rail trails and road bike trips for up to 8 – 15 miles. We’ll communicate by email for notification of upcoming rides, cancellations and member communications/feedback. Rides will be scheduled on a weekly basis weather permitting until it is too cold, likely by November. Days of the week will vary based on ride and member input.

Members will be notified by email at the start of the week or earlier, and updates prior to events if weather is questionable.


Leader:  Dave Collins

Contact:  (603) 948-2325 or Email:

The Genealogy POD is for ARA members who want to build a family tree or expand an existing one.  We build our family trees, sharing our knowledge of genealogy and interesting lives of our ancestors.

When:  4th Tuesday of the month, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Where:  Dover Public Library (unless notified otherwise)

The Lunch Bunch

Leader:  Nancy Salka,

Contact:  (207) 363-6846 or Email:

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 meetingWe are a great group of people having stupendous fun!  Contact the Leader for information on the upcoming venue.

When:  3rd Wednesday of the month, 12:30 p.m.

Watercolor Painting

Leader:  Sue Keener

Contact:  603-397-5572 or Email:

This group works in watercolor, acrylics, and pastels.  You are welcome to try us out and share your interests and passion.  Time and location have yet to be determined.

When:  Every Other Tuesday Beginning September 18, 2018

Where:  Durham Police Department Community Room

Jazz Listening

Leader: Steve Fink

Contact:  603-418-7957 or Email:

This group is for you if you enjoy listening to jazz.  Each attendee is expected to bring a couple of selections on a CD or some other device. We share our selections and often discover new artists. 

When:  We currently meet in Durham on the last Friday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30.

Where:  Contact PoD Leader for location.


Leader:  Robert Keirstead

Contact:  (603) 389-7470 or Email:

Join this dynamic group to explore and study creative and technical aspects of digital photography with special attention to landscape, still life and portrait subjects.  The group is now operating on a member driven model, where the content and subject matter is chosen by the members. We have also completed our technical study and are looking at the creative aspect of the photography process.

When:  2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month (year-round), 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where:  Durham Public Library, Community Room (Second Floor)

ARA Readers Book Club

Leader:  Meg Gillis

Contact: (603) 343-2086 or Email:

The ARA readers read fiction, nonfiction, bios, best sellers and the classics.  Members suggest books and lead discussions of their recommendations.  Book choices are posted well in advance along with other proposed good “reads”. . 

When:  3rd Tuesday of the month. (year-round), 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Dover Public Library

Social Walking

Leaders:  Penny and Mike Drooker

Contact:  (603) 397-5681 or Email:

Walkers meet weekly throughout the year.  We set out from the Durham town parking lot at the corner of Pettee Brook Lane and Madbury Road, taking various routes around the UNH campus and greater Durham.  We usually stop for coffee or ice cream, then head back to the parking lot.  If you want exercise, good conversation and (optional) refreshments, please join us!  All you have to do is show up – no reservation required.

When:  Tuesdays (year-round, weather permitting), 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where:  Meet at parking lot, corner of Pettee Brook Lane and Madbury Road


Leader:  Bob Ely      Contact: (603) 868-5582 or Email:

Ever watch a play and think “I Can Do That?”  Well, join this group and give it a try.  We choose a play and explore all the aspects of stagecraft.  Remember, a stage play is more than actors and a director -- it takes varied skills to mount a production worthy of “curtain up”.  This PoD is currently rehearsing for a reading of a one-act which will be performed at the Players Ring in March.

When:  February 26, 10 – Noon.

Where:  897 Woodbury Ave, Portsmouth.

Contact Leader, Bob Ely, for more information.


Leader:  David Drucker, Contact: (315) 404-5438 or Email:

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 the vibrant and supportive community of ARA writers.

When:  4th Tuesday of the month, 1:30 p.m.

Where:  Dover Public Library Trustees Room