Resolve to take time for yourself this year

The Ideas on Tap series meets around the state to examine timely topics in contemporary society.
Photo courtesy of NH Humanities

After a whirlwind holiday season, it’s a good time to take a break and reflect on the year that has just ended and look ahead to the new year.

Whether you’ve resolved in 2020 to (finally) clean out that junk closet, work on your family tree, or learn more about current events, there are programs going on in the Granite State this month for adults that can help you accomplish your goal. Here are a few places you can go to improve yourself or give back while meeting new people and, yes, having a good time.

Learn more about the world      

NH Humanities’ Ideas on Tap is a bi-monthly series of pint-sized conversations about big ideas. Enjoy drinks, appetizers, and conversation in casual pub settings around the state while examining topics in contemporary society.

On Monday, Jan. 13, the topic is, “Higher Education: The Great Equalizer?” Does higher education still have the power to fix social and economic inequality? The academic landscape in New Hampshire and the future of higher education will be discussed from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Area 23 in Concord. For tickets (RSVP by Jan. 8) or for more about upcoming events, go to

Science on Tap, a program of SEE Science Center in Manchester, is held the first Tuesday of the month at Stark Brewing Co. in Manchester. Events are informal discussions with local scientists and experts on a chosen topic.

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, the topic is,“Advances in Cancer Treatment.” The events are free, and attendees can order from the food and beverage menus. Doors open at 5; panelists are introduced at 6 p.m. Follow “Science on Tap” on Facebook for more events or go to

Learn more about yourself    

The New Hampshire Historical Society hosts several workshops on different topics throughout the year, including those related to genealogy.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Society is holding the workshop: Tracing Female Ancestors. This workshop will help you reclaim their stories by providing resources and strategies for finding maiden names, discussing the road to naturalization for women in the 20th century, and uncovering material and written culture. Register through Eventbrite or call 228-6688. Go to for upcoming events.

Get organized

Clearing the Clutter, a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Women’s Health Resource Center workshop, offers solutions to create a home inside yourself and inside your dwelling. Participants are invited to come with a project in mind and an intention to get the job done. The four-session workshop at DHMC Women’s Health Resource Center in Lebanon takes place on Fridays in January. For more information, go to Eventbrite or

Help the community (while having a fun night out)   

Don’t miss the 17th annual New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet’s Winter Wine Spectacular featuring 1,800 wines on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester. Enjoy appetizers from the area’s best restaurants and chefs, and meet over 50 winemakers and vineyard owners. Also, there is a grand silent auction that features more than 100 items.

Proceeds benefit Easterseals’ Early Supports & Services. The program helps children born with a disability, special need or developmental delay from birth to 3 years of age to get critical and timely services during their most important years of development.  For more:

You can also head to LaBelle Winery in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 11, for the 2nd annual Meal Matters Gala for an evening of community involvement with food and a silent auction with the focus on food insecurity in the Nashua School District.

The goal is to raise funds for Meals Matter, a nonprofit created in 2018 by a group of students at Nashua High School South. For more information or tickets:

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