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10/29/2019 - Somerset County Senior Centers Announce November Activities

Somerset County Senior Centers
Announce November Activities


The senior centers announce the November program schedule. All programs begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

All centers will be closed on the following days: Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5; Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28; and Thanksgiving Day after, Friday, Nov. 29.

Outreach Program at Senior Centers: Each month, the Office on Aging & Disability Services will have staff available at the centers to assess needs and make referrals for services and assistance, if appropriate. Check your senior center schedule for dates and times.

All Somerset County-operated senior centers offer a nutritionally balanced lunch, Monday through Friday, for a suggested donation of $2.50 for anyone age 60 and above. Menu choices include a hot meat-based or meatless entrée or a cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunch. Please make reservations before 10 a.m. on the previous business day. Invite a friend or neighbor to join you for lunch! Come earlier in the day and enjoy one of the center’s many programs!

Somerset County senior centers offer a wide range of experiences designed for lifelong enrichment in a social and uplifting atmosphere intended to positively impact the overall health of all participants. Come join us for a variety of educational, health and wellness activities, programs and events. The senior centers listed below are operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services.

If you drive or have a ride, you can visit the center of your choice.

SOMERSET COUNTY SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BASKING RIDGE
202 Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
908-204-3435
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OoADS Satellite Office – Laurie Roome, MS, community educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Laurie will be at the center the third Tuesday of each month to answer any questions that you may have about the services that the Office on Aging & Disability Services provides, as well as offering information, assistance and support as needed. Laurie will be available to meet one-on-one as requested.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). A counselor will be available to provide FREE help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems, or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call 908-204-3435 to schedule an appointment.**
Billiards Room – Pool table is available daily on a drop-in basis, Monday – Friday.
Take Control with Exercise – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. This is an ongoing exercise program for all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Strengthen core muscles, and improve flexibility and balance while boosting stamina. **Call 908-204-3435 for more information. Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Dancercise – Monday, 10:30 a.m. Here’s an innovative and fun way to exercise! This low-impact aerobics class is great for the heart. Dance to popular music that will keep you moving. Start with a warm-up to help you avoid injury – then dance to the beat of the music and finish with a cool-down. Sneakers are required. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins
in January. Call 908- 204-3435 for more information.**
Hoop Fitness with Agnes – Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. Join this basic, low-impact aerobics class that will introduce participants to the world of hula hooping. Learn how to keep the hula-hoop on your waist and move it to different parts of the body by using tricks and dance moves. Have fun while burning calories, toning the body and stimulating creativity. No experience is necessary. This class is for all fitness levels, and participants can stand or sit while taking the class. **Space is still available. The cost is $30 for the six-week program. Call 908-204-3435 for more information.**
Yoga with Jillian – Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. In this gentle-flow yoga class, participants will practice poses while being seated in a chair and standing. Practicing poses will help release tension in the neck and shoulders. Learn to stimulate six directions of the spine for optimal health. The class will end with a guided relaxation so that participants will leave feeling rested and refreshed. **The cost is $25 for the five-week program; the next session begins on Nov. 19. Register by Nov. 9. Call 908-204-3435 for more information.**
Tai Chi for Health – Wednesday, 11 a.m. This beginner’s class teaches the basics of Tai chi and will help participants improve their strength, balance and flexibility. Learn new vocabulary, different ways of moving and develop posture and experience considerable improvement in your physical ability. This class will help participants master the more advanced forms of Tai chi. **Suggested donation of $32 for the 16-week program; the next session begins on Jan. 8. Register between Dec 10 to 28. Call 908-204-3435 for more information.**
Tai Chi for Health (Intermediate) – Wednesday, 1 p.m. Participants will develop the forms learned in the beginner’s class to help them master the more advanced forms. This class will help participants shift weight from one side of the body to the other, move one leg to the other without stumbling or falling, help keep the body in alignment. It will also teach participants how to move slowly and in a circular motion without hesitation or confusion and improve the practice of specific movements to help strengthen bones and develop muscles. **Suggested donation of $32 for the 16-week program; the next session begins on Jan. 8. Register between Dec. 10 to 28. Call 908-204-3435 for more information.**
Zumba Gold – Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Zumba Gold makes the Latin dance-inspired workout of Zumba accessible for people age 60 and above, and beginners or others needing modifications to their exercise routine. This fun exercise builds cardiovascular health using dance moves that challenge the heart and work the hips, legs and arm muscles. Sneakers are required. **The cost is $20 for the four-week program; the next session begins Nov. 20, Register by Nov. 10. Call 908-204-3435 for more information.**
Knitting/Crocheting/Stitching Club – Monday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to join. Bring your own knitting/crocheting/stitching project to learn a new hobby, practice an old one and socialize while practicing something you love. Participants are encouraged to donate their blankets and other items to the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home. All items will be collected at the Senior Wellness Center and donated every month.
Bridge Club – Meets Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Bridge is a mentally challenging card game that when played regularly, provides intellectual and social stimulation and helps your memory stay active. New members and beginners are welcome (lessons are available). **Call 908-204-3435 for more information.**
Mahjong Club – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Mahjong is a great game to keep your brain sharp and supercharged! This club is for anyone who loves the game, wants to meet new people and have some fun. This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome.
Monthly Book Club – Every Third Thursday, 12:30 p.m. On Nov. 21, join us for a discussion of the current book, “Of Monkey Bridges and Banh M Sandwiches from Saigon to Texas” by Oanh Ngo Usadi, then select the next book to read. New members are always welcome!
Nov. 1 – “Gouache Painting Workshop” by April Zay, Hummingbird Arts, LLC, 10:30 a.m. See examples of Mexican folk art and learn how to replicate the works by painting flower designs on
dark- colored paper. **Reserve by Oct. 30. Please call 908-204-3435 for more information. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.**
Nov. 1 & 22 – Country Western Dancing with Vince & Diana, 10:30 a.m. Learn line and partner dances to popular and classic country music songs. Vince and Diana will adjust the teaching according to participants’ skill level including beginners, experienced, partners, singles – everyone is welcome.
Nov. 4 – Diwali Celebration, 10:30 a.m. Come celebrate Diwali with the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater. Diwali, the “Festival of Lights” is an ancient Hindu festival and is the biggest and the brightest festival in India. The festival is a spiritual celebration that signifies the victory of light over darkness. Join the festivities and make crafts, play games and enjoy exotic entertainment.
Nov. 5 – Center is closed.
Nov. 6 – “Winter Vegetable Bingo & Tasting” by Cheryl Komline, registered dietitian, Bernards Township Health Department, 10:30 a.m. Play a vegetable-themed bingo game, sample roasted winter vegetables. **Reserve by Nov. 4.**
Nov. 8 – “Musicals of the 1970s” by Sam and Candy Caponegro, 10:30 a.m. Discuss clips from “Cabaret,” “1776,” “Lady Sings the Blues,” “Mame,” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Nov. 11 – Center is closed.
Nov. 12 – FREE Blood Pressure Screenings by the Somerset Hills Visiting Nurse Association, 10:30 a.m. A registered nurse will be onsite to give blood pressure screenings. No appointment is necessary.
Nov. 13 – “Presidential Pets” by Joan Schaible, former senior historical program specialist, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 10:30 a.m. Join this interactive presentation about America’s first pets, and not just dogs –alligators, mice and even goats!
Nov. 15 – Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony & Breakfast, 10:30 a.m. Join us as we take the opportunity to thank our more than volunteers who dedicate their service and expertise. Enjoy a continental breakfast and ceremony. This year’s theme is “A Smiling Face Makes the World a Better Place.” **Reserve by Nov. 13.**
Nov. 18 – “Moods, Foods and Senses” by Kim Minerley, community liaison, Rehab at River’s Edge, 10:30 a.m. Explore the sense and sensibility of good foods and help alleviate gloomy moods through our sense of smell and taste. Did you know that food and its aroma could have both a positive and negative impact on our emotions, concentration and even energy levels?
Nov. 20 – Holiday Greeting Card Workshop with Jerry, 10:30 a.m. Make a unique greeting card for the holiday season using your creative touch. All levels of creativity are welcome! **All supplies are included. Reserve by Nov. 18.**
Nov. 22 – “A WASP Takes Wing: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II” by Carol Simon Levin, storyteller, 10:15 a.m. Listen to Carol Simon Levin tell this exciting story through the eyes of Ann Baumgartner Carl, the native New Jerseyian who trained as a WASP. She was the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during World War II, and the first American woman to fly a jet airplane! Hear about the trials and tribulations that she endured including terrible weather, snakes, spiders, scorpions, and dealing with hostile male instructors. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.**
Nov. 25 – Trivia: Music of the 1950s & 60s, 10:30 a.m. Take a trip back in time to the 1950s and 60s with Ken Warman, Jr. as he leads participants to a nostalgic trivia and music session.
Nov. 27 – “What’s in the Name?” by Helen Vasko, 10:30 a.m. Learn about the origin of first and last names.
Nov. 28 & 29 – Center is closed.

SOMERSET COUNTY SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BRIDGEWATER
876 East Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908-203-6101
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OoADS Satellite Office – Christina Panarese, MS, care manager, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Christina will answer any questions that you may have about services that the Office on Aging & Disability Services provides, as well as providing information, assistance and support as needed. Christina will be available to meet one-on-one as requested.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – Do you have questions or problems with your health insurance? Call to schedule a FREE appointment with a counselor who can help. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call 908-203-6101 to schedule an appointment.**
Computer Lab – Available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Billiards Room – Pool table is available daily on a drop-in basis, Monday – Friday.
Individual Computer Instruction – Available Monday – Friday. **Call 908-203-6101 for an appointment.**
Carrom – Available Monday – Friday. The Strike and Pocket table game originates from the east and is similar to billiards and table shuffleboard.
Games/Cards (Scrabble, Uno, Canasta, Cribbage, etc.) – Available Monday – Friday. If you have a favorite game that is not listed that you would like to play, and/or if you are interested in starting a club featuring your favorite game, please inform the staff.
Ping-Pong – Available Monday – Friday. Ping-pong (table tennis) has only been an Olympic sport since 1988. Go ahead and take a shot at this fun game. Play either singles or doubles games. It’s a great way to improve hand/eye coordination, concentration and agility. **Call for availability.**
Table Shuffleboard/Air Hockey – Available Monday – Friday. **Call for availability.**
Qigong Practices with Michael – Monday, 10 a.m. Michael will teach the traditional practice of Qigong, which is a sitting-meditation that helps participants get acquainted with the mind, body and spirit. Beginners will learn breathing techniques that are coordinated with physical movements and then they will practice sets of exercise (similar to Tai chi) until each movement or posture is perfected. Gentle Aerobics – Monday & Thursday, 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Exercise and move without putting undue pressure or strain on your body. Learn movements that will increase blood circulation, lubricate joints for flexibility, and strengthen and stabilize individual muscles. These exercises can help to decrease falls and make it easier to accomplish day-to-day activities. This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting and is open to all skill levels. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Mahjong Club – Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Mahjong is a great game to keep your brain sharp and supercharged! This club is for anyone who loves the game, wants to meet new people and have fun. This is not a competitive club. Join Sylvia and fellow center members to learn and play this interesting game. **Experienced players can visit the center to play on Thursdays from 12:30 – 3 p.m.**
Chair Yoga –Tuesday, 10:15 a.m. Practicing chair yoga can help increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility and balance while participants are immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress, can help participants gain an overall sense of well-being, is open to all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Check the monthly schedule for updates.**
Needlework Crafts Club – Tuesday, 1 p.m. Bring your crocheting/crafting project or learn a new craft and socialize. All are welcome to join. **Call 908-203-6101 for more information.**
Hatha Yoga – Hatha yoga teaches participants how to obtain improved body postures, controlled breathing, and meditation. Practicing Hatha yoga helps to stretch and align the body, improves balance and flexibility, and provides a suppler spine and better circulation. Please bring a personal mat; some mats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
o Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
o Friday at 9:15 a.m.
Scrabble Club – Wednesday, 1 p.m. Exercise your vocabulary and crossword skills. Enjoy a friendly game of Scrabble. With sufficient interest, we may plan for center members to compete with other Scrabble clubs in the area.
Pinochle Club – Friday, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Pinochle is a trick-taking card game, which can be played with two to four players. Whether you’re new to pinochle, or you’re just curious, you’re invited to join our weekly pinochle games.
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday, 10 a.m. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals who either are at risk for osteoporosis or have it. Exercises can improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is also required before the first class and then once every year. **Class is currently full. For more information, or to hear of other opportunities call Caitlin Witucki at 908-704-6339.**
Monthly Book Club – 4th Thursday of the Month, 10 a.m. Oct. 24. Join the club to discuss the current book, “I’ll be Your Blue Sky” by Marisa de Los Santos, then select the next book to read. New members are always welcome!
Exercise with Sabina – Friday, 10:45 a.m. Aerobic chair exercises provide many health benefits, such as improving heart health, reducing stress, lowering the risk of depression, reducing the risk of diabetes and osteoporosis, increasing body stamina, and improving metabolism, flexibility and stamina. This is an ongoing exercise program for all levels of skill. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Social Dancing – Friday, 11 a.m. This is a peer-led, social dancing class. Social dancing is not only great exercise but it is an opportunity to make friends in a positive and fun environment. No experience is necessary.
Tai Chi for Health (Beginners) – Thursday, 10:45 a.m. This beginner’s class teaches the core of Tai chi and is designed to help participants improve their strength, balance and flexibility. Participants will learn new vocabulary, different ways of moving, and develop postures that will help them master the more advanced forms of tai chi. The basic form of this art will help enable participants to experience considerable improvement in their physical ability. **Suggested donation of $32 for the 16-week program. The next session begins Jan. 9. Register between Dec. 10 and 28. Call 908-203-6101 for more information.**
Tai Chi for Health (Intermediate II) – Thursday, 1 p.m. Build on the foundation of what you have learned in Tai Chi for Health – Intermediate I, and progressively increase your ability to perform the more complex sets of tai chi. This will enhance their understanding of the fundamental principles that serve as the foundation of tai chi. This class will help improve your stability, fluidity, self-confidence, concentration, and self-awareness. **There is a suggested donation of $32 for the 16-week program; the next session begins Jan. 9. Register between Dec. 10 to Dec. 28. Call 908-203-6101 for more information.**
Tai Chi for Health (Intermediate I) – Thursday, 2 p.m. Participants will develop the forms learned in the beginner’s class. This class teaches participants to practice specific movements, which will help strengthen their bones and develop muscles. **There is a suggested donation of $32 for the 16-week program; the next session begins Jan. 9. Register between Dec. 10 thru Dec 28. Call 908-203-6101 for more information.**
Zumba Gold – Friday, 1 p.m. Zumba Gold makes the Latin dance-inspired workout of Zumba accessible for people age 60 and above, and beginners or others needing modifications to their exercise routine. This fun exercise builds cardiovascular health using dance moves that challenge the heart and work the hips, legs and arm muscles. Sneakers are required. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins Nov. 1, register by Oct. 28. Call 908-203-6101 for more information.**
Nov. 1, 8, 15 & 22 – A Matter of Balance, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. The eight-week workshop that has been shown to have health benefits. The class emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and helps to increase participants’ activity levels. They will learn to view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce the risk of falls, and learn an exercise to increase strength and balance. This program includes a small exercise component. ** For more information call Caitlin Witucki at 908-704-6339.**
Nov. 1 – “1950s: The Golden Age of Original Musicals” by Sam & Candy Caponegro, 10:45 a.m. Join us and enjoy Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, in their original movies made in the 1950s that can’t be compared to any other time period. You will leave singing a song and tapping your toes.
Nov. 4 & 12 – Bingo, 11 a.m. Bingo is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing bingo promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination and improves listening and short-term memory skills.
Nov. 5 – Center is closed.
Nov. 6 – “NJ: The Personality State” by Jim DelGiudice, photographer and educator, The Judson Lecture Series, 10:30 a.m. Get to know the Garden State’s most famous, notorious, and unlikely characters. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.**
Nov. 7 – “Hawk Migration” by Peter Axelrod, education & community outreach coordinator, Wild Birds Unlimited, Scotch Plains, 10:45 a.m. Learn about hawk migration and how to identify them in flight during the Fall when hawks migrate through New Jersey.
Nov. 8 – Life Line Screening, 8 a.m. Register for a preventative health event with Line Screening for their affordable, non-invasive health screenings. Life screenings will offer five screenings to scan for potential health problems such as blocked arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries, atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat and bone density. A Wellness Package will be offered, which includes four vascular tests and a bone density screening for $149 or $139 with a Lifeline member discount. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. **There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129. For more information please call 1-888-653-6441.**
Nov. 11 – Center is closed.
Nov. 12 & 26 – Bereavement Support Group, 10 a.m. When we grieve the death of a loved one is a universal experience. This support group will provide participants with a safe place to share their common feelings about their grief and renewal process while they learn interfaith bereavement principles and universal spiritual concepts. Ronald W. Kaplan, doctor of ministry, grief counselor, and pastoral psychotherapist will facilitate discussions. Everyone’s presence and participation are welcome.
Nov. 12, 19 & 26 – Conversational English with Sally Rob, Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County, 10:45 a.m. The mission of the Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) is to promote literacy throughout the community. LVSC provides student-centered tutoring and literacy programs for adults to help them function more effectively in their daily lives.
Nov. 13 – Flag Painting with Tara Delon, UNICO, 10:45 a.m. Join Tara Deleon from UNICO (Unity, Neighborly, Integrity, Charity and Opportunity) to honor Veterans Day, and paint a flag to bring home. All supplies will be provided. Pre-Registration is required by Nov. 6.
Nov. 13 – Coffee Pod Pendant Workshop with Debbie Perez, local artist & designer, 1 p.m. Debbie is a local artist and designer who specializes in creating one of a kind, nature-inspired jewelry by using upcycled items. Learn how to upcycle used coffee pods to create a unique, beautiful, and wearable pendant. ** This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.*
Nov. 14 – “Singing to the Oldies” with Joe Paris, 10:45 a.m. Join Joe Paris, a professional entertainer who has been performing for over 30 years, for this fun sing-a-long.
Nov. 15 – Raritan Valley Community College Dance Ensemble Performance, 10:45 a.m. Enjoy this show featuring unique music and a variety of dances that will demonstrate the communicative aspects of dance. Participants will have the opportunity to practice unique dance movements. The program will conclude with a Q&A session. Directed by Loretta DiBianca Fois, assistant professor of dance at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), you won’t want to miss this show!
Nov. 18 – Dance Performance by the Franklin Hi-Steppers, 11 a.m. Don’t miss this fun performance by one of the oldest dance groups in Somerset County who have been performing for nearly twenty years.
Nov. 19 – “Veteran’s Services in Somerset County” by Peter Niemiec, director of Somerset County veteran’s services, 11 a.m. Join Peter to learn about the veteran’s services that are provided to residents, some of which you may not know exist.
Nov. 20 – Fall Floral Arrangement Workshop with Lisa, Nadeen and Caitlin, 10:45 a.m. Help create new autumn centerpieces for the center using pinecones and other Fall-themed items. Flex your creative muscles to help make our center an even brighter place. **All supplies will be provided. Call 908-203-6101 for more information.**
Nov. 21 – “A Photographic Journey: Alaska and Iceland” by David Ward, photographer, 10:45 a.m. Take a trip in your mind’s eye with David for scenic views of Alaska and Iceland.
Nov. 25 – “Songs from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s” by Paul Elwood, 10:45 a.m. Join Paul as we sing along to music from this era featuring a variety of songs to get you up and moving!
Nov. 26 – Mandala Art Workshop, 10:45 a.m. Create a velvet mandala art design. Mandala art is used around the world as a form of self-expression.
Nov. 27 – “Burn and Fire Prevention Safety” by Audrey Taffet, Somerset Hills Visiting Nurse Association, 11 a.m. Learn how to avoid painful burns as well as safety tips on fire prevention.
Nov. 28 & 29 – Center is closed.

SOMERSET COUNTY SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT HILLSBOROUGH
339 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
908-369-8700
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OoADS Satellite Office Opportunity – Eldercare Specialist Janice Reitman, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, will be at the center on the second Tuesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This month Janice will be there on Nov. 12 to answer any questions that you may have about the services that the Office on Aging & Disability Services provides, and she will offer information, assistance and support as needed. The Janice Reitman will be available to meet one-on-one, as requested.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – Do you have questions or problems with your health insurance? Call to schedule a FREE appointment with a counselor who can help. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call 908-369-8700 to schedule an appointment.**
Bocce Court and Horseshoe Pit – Available Monday – Friday, (weather permitting).
Jigsaw Puzzles – Available Monday – Friday. Strike up a conversation, make new friends and enjoy assembling puzzles. A wide varieties of puzzles are available.
Tai Chi with Alice – Monday, 9:30 a.m. Tai Chi participants will focus on shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. Studies have shown that some participants have experienced a reduction in pain, fatigue, and stiffness and have gained a greater sense of well-being. Regular Tai Chi can help reduce falls, especially for those with balance problems. This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Please call 908-369-8700 for more information.**
Word Games – Monday, 10 a.m. Exercise your mind with fun games such as boggle, word searches, crossword puzzles and other mind-stimulating games.
Chair Yoga with Manjula – Monday, 10 a.m. Increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility and balance while you are immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and to help gain an overall sense of well-being, is open to all levels of skill and can be practiced while either standing or sitting.
Games/Cards (Cards Down, Kings in the Corner, etc.) – Tuesday, 10 a.m. If you have a favorite game that is not listed that you would like to play, and/or if you are interested in starting a club featuring your favorite game, please inform the staff.
Mahjong Club – Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Playing mahjong will help keep your brain sharp and supercharged! This club is for anyone who loves the game, wants to meet new people and have fun. This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome. **Call 908-369-8700 for more information.**
Needlepoint Club – Friday, 10 a.m. Bring your own crocheting/crafting project or learn a new hobby and socialize. **All supplies are provided. Call 908-369-8700 for more information.**
Fit & Flex with Rose – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:45 a.m. This FREE weekly exercise program changes frequently and is suitable for all skill levels. Included in the class are stretching, strength training, laughter-yoga, breathing exercises and more. ** Space is limited. Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Tai Chi Chih with Janet O. – Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. In tai chi chih participants will practice a series of gentle, fluid movements and one pose that will activate, circulate and balance the chi (the intrinsic energy of the body). Learn this practice at any age, ability or condition. This can be performed while either standing or sitting. **The cost is $8 for the three-week program; the next session Dec. 4. Call 908-369-8700 for more information.**
Nov. 2 – “Focus on Fungus” with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 10:30 a.m. Join us to learn about mushrooms, a fascinating fungus. Did you know there are nearly 14,000 different types of mushrooms in the world and about half of them are edible and nutritious? The next time you’re looking for an all-natural multivitamin, skip the supplement aisle and pick up some mushrooms.
Nov. 4 – “Aroma-Thera-Tea” by Kim Minerley, community liaison, Rehab at River’s Edge, 10:45 a.m. Take guided a journey of tea tasting and get an introduction to aromatic studies. Dive deeper into the rich background and culture of Chinese tea while learning about the therapeutic use of aromatic substances for holistic healing. In one hour, participants will experience scents and flavors of exotic teas. Participants will receive a sample of a special blend of loose-leaf tea and a complimentary educational Aroma-Thera-Tea leaflet. Bring a teacup and saucer!
Nov. 5 – Center is closed.
Nov. 6 – “Drumming Circle” with Dave Miller, Earthmovers Drum Collective, 10 a.m. Learn the art of drumming. Engage your brain by performing simultaneous hand positioning, counting and rhythm/singing. This class is for everyone – whether participants are shy, or boisterous and energetic, all are welcome.
Nov. 7 – Glaucoma and Vision Screenings by the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 10 a.m. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to get your vision checked. The Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired will be onsite to conduct FREE glaucoma and vision screenings.
Nov. 8 – “Backyard Birds” by the Somerset County Park Commission, 10:30 a.m. Join a Naturalist and learn the fundamentals of backyard bird watching. If you’ve ever wondered about the birds in your backyard, this PowerPoint-based lecture and discussion will help you get acquainted with many of New Jersey’s backyard birds. Learn basic identification skills, what to feed backyard birds, and when and where to place bird feeders.
Nov. 11 – Center is closed.
Nov. 13 – “1950s: The Golden Age of Original Musicals” by Sam & Candy Caponegro, 10:30 a.m. Join us and enjoy Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, in their original movies made in the 1950s that can’t be compared to any other time period. You will leave singing a song and tapping your toes.
Nov. 14 – "Keep Moving" by RWJUH Somerset Family Practice, 10 a.m. Learn about different types of arthritis, its causes, risk factors, and the signs and symptoms from DiDoctors of RWJUH. You will also learn about diagnostic tools, the latest treatments and the importance of exercise for maintaining joint flexibility.
Nov. 15 – “Much Ado About Shakespeare” by Ellen Parker, 10 a.m. Join the center for an interactive and creative workshop where participants will discuss The Bard, by William Shakespeare who has been entertaining people for over 400 years. Enjoy discussing his fun, dramatic, and beautiful prose, which has been open to countless interpretations. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.**
Nov. 18 – “Genealogy” by Terri Coss, librarian, Hillsborough Library, 11 a.m. Learn how to trace your family’s roots and open up a completely new world. Participants will learn about genealogy, the study of families, family history and tracing their lineages.
Nov. 20 – “The Delaware and Raritan Canal” by Linda Barth, author, 10:30 a.m. Join Linda for a fascinating discussion about the Delaware and Raritan Canal, which was one of our nation’s most successful towpath canals. It carried more tonnage in 1866 than the famous Erie Canal. Learn other interesting facts.
Nov. 21 – Craft: Creating Felt Flowers with Tammy, 10:30 a.m. Socialize with peers and stimulate your mind with a creative craft. Create a felt flower with Tammy. Take home your creation. **All supplies will be provided. Call 908-369-8700 for more information.**
Nov. 22 – Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony with entertainment by Paul Elwood, 10:30 a.m. Join us as we take the opportunity to thank our more than volunteers who dedicate their service and expertise. This year’s theme is “A Smiling Face Makes the World a Better Place.”
Nov. 25 – “Backyard Bears” by the Somerset County Park Commission, 10:30 a.m. Learn bear etiquette in this PowerPoint-based lecture and discussion. In this class, you will learn the bear necessities of what to do if you see a bear, which you might find useful since bear sightings are increasing in New Jersey.
Nov. 27 – Bingo Bonanza. Bingo is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing bingo promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination and improves listening and short-term memory skills.
Nov. 28 & 29 – Center is closed.

MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER
356 Skillman Road
Skillman, NJ 08558
609-466-0846
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OoADS Satellite Office Opportunity – Joshua O’Neal, L.S.W., Case Manager, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, third Tuesday of the Month, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Joshua will be at the center on Nov. 19, to answer any questions that you may have about the programs and services that the Office on Aging & Disability Services provides. Joshua will be available to meet one-on-one as requested.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). A counselor will be available to provide FREE help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems, or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call 609-466-0846 to schedule an appointment.**
Billiards Room – Available Monday – Friday.
Computer Lab – Available Monday – Friday.
Bocce Ball – Available Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy time outside while playing bocce ball! Great for all skill levels. Instruction is available (weather permitting).
Games/Cards (Scrabble, Uno, Rummikub, etc.) – Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. If there is a favorite game that you would like to play and it isn’t listed, and/or if you are interested in starting a club featuring the game of your choice, please inform the staff.
Silver Strength with Linda – Monday, 10:15 a.m. This 45-minute exercise class is great for older adults of all skill levels. Participants will practice 20 minutes of cardio (or movement), followed by 20 minutes of toning (with or without weights), then a five-minute relaxing stretch. Sneakers are required. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Montgomery EMS Blood Pressure Screenings – Third Monday of the Month, 9:45 a.m. A Montgomery Township EMS worker will be on-site to give FREE blood pressure screenings. No appointment is necessary.
Montgomery Walkers – Tuesdays & Thursdays – 12:30 p.m. Tired of walking alone? Looking for a new way to get motivated? Join the Montgomery Walkers every Monday and Wednesday to get moving and have fun! **Call 609-466-0846 for more information.**
Beginner Ukulele Lessons with Chris – Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Get started on the right note and learn the foundation of playing the ukulele in this easy-to-follow lesson. Participants will learn how to hold, tune, and strum simple chords. **Call 609-466-0846 for more information.**
Intermediate Ukulele Lessons with Chris – Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. & Thursday, 10 a.m. Now that participants know the basics of ukulele playing, they will be ready to take the intermediate lessons! Using a wide range of musical genres, participants will learn more about chords and melody playing, improvisation, and will play a multi-part arrangement in a band. **Call 609-466-0846 for more information.**
Yoga with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 11 a.m. Practicing yoga can help to increase bone density, strength and balance. Learn techniques to help gain flexibility and improve strength while being immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and to help gain an overall sense of well-being. This class is open to all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Exercise for Arthritis with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. & Thursday, 11 a.m. Reduce pain, fatigue and stiffness and increase flexibility, strength, balance and endurance while practicing exercises in a safe and positive environment. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Tai Chi with Herb – Wednesday, 11 a.m. Tai chi participants will focus on shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. Studies have shown that participants have experienced a reduction in pain, fatigue, and stiffness and have gained a greater sense of well-being. Regular Tai chi can help reduce falls, especially for those with balance problems. This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals who either are at risk of having osteoporosis or have it. Exercises help improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is required before the first class and then once every year. **For new participants the price is $45; this includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15.**
Crocheting/Crafting with Jane – Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to join. Bring your crocheting/crafting project or come learn something new and meet wonderful friends while practicing your favorite hobby. **Call 609-466-0846 for more information.**
Afternoon Ukulele Jam – Wednesday, 1 – 2 p.m. This is an informal jam session. All skill levels are welcome! **Call 609-466-0846 for more information.**
Mahjong Club – Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Keep your brain sharp and supercharged by playing mahjong! This club is for anyone who loves the game, wants to meet new people and have fun. This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome. **Call 609-466-0846 for more information.**
Nov. 1 – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Roz Gerken, certified ageless grace educator, 10 a.m. Ageless Grace is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change structurally and functionally. This program is designed to activate all five functions of the brain (i.e. strategic planning, memory and recall, analytical thinking, creativity and imagination and kinesthetic thinking). The program is for participants of all abilities. Participants who are seated in a chair will have the same results as those who are not.
Nov. 1 – Diwali Celebration, 10:45 a.m. Come celebrate Diwali the “Festival of Lights” is an ancient Hindu festival and is the biggest and the brightest festival in India. The festival is a spiritual celebration that signifies the victory of light over darkness. Join the festivities and learn some Indian dance. Enjoy Indian snacks during the program.
Nov. 1, 8, 15, & 22 – “Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers” by Christina Panarese, M.S.W., care manager & Adalin Ball, M.S.W., eldercare educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 1:30 – 3 p.m. This nine-week program is designed for family members who provide care to a person with dementia. Learn proven techniques to help patients manage their stress. This is NOT a support group, a class, or a counseling group; but will offer elements of support, education and counsel.
Nov. 1, 8, 15, & 22 – “Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers” by Christina Panarese, M.S.W., care manager & Adalin Ball, M.S.W., eldercare educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 1:30 – 3 p.m. This nine-week program is designed for family members who provide care to a person with dementia. Learn proven techniques to help patients manage their stress. This is NOT a support group, a class, or a counseling group; but will offer elements of support, education and counsel. **This is a closed group and no new members are able to sign up. To hear of future opportunities call Adalin Ball or Christina Panarese at 908-704-6346.**
Nov. 4 – “NJ: The Personality State” by Jim DelGiudice, photographer and educator, The Judson Lecture Series, 11 a.m. Get to know the Garden State’s most famous, notorious, and unlikely characters. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.**
Nov. 5 – Center is closed.
Nov. 6 & 20 – Move Today with Elizabeth, 10:15 a.m. Improve flexibility, balance, strength, and stamina. This class focuses on improving posture and fall-prevention. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting.
Nov. 6 & 13 – Community Service Project, 10:30 a.m. Create Christmas cards to send to our troops overseas for our November community service project.
Nov. 8 – “My Life as a Veteran” by Jared Gutowski, former marine helicopter pilot, 11 a.m. Listen to Jared discuss his life as a veteran and his need to fulfill his calling to serve our country.
Nov. 11 – Center is closed.
Nov. 13 & 27 – Creative Wellness with Shirin Stave-Matais, former professional dancer, 10:15 a.m. Creative Wellness strives to create a unique combination of wellness exercises for participants. By merging aspects of Hatha and chair yoga with gestural, improvisational and world dance forms, sound therapy and creative play, along with a guided relaxation and meditation techniques, the class will promote calm, control, and meditative practices with imaginative, joyful and social interaction. Enhance positivity, reduce stress and create feelings of empowerment and well-being in this class, which is intended for people of all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting.
Nov. 15 – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Roz Gerken, certified ageless grace educator, 10:30 a.m. Ageless Grace is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change structurally and functionally. This program is designed to activate all five functions of the brain (i.e. strategic planning, memory and recall, analytical thinking, creativity and imagination and kinesthetic thinking). The program is intended for participants of all abilities who will be thoroughly engaged while seated in a chair.
Nov. 18 – “Choices…Chances” by Leonie Infantry, a volunteer at the Quail Brook Senior Center, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this one-woman play when Ms. Infantry will reveal her wellness journey and mission for gratitude when she realizes that in a matter of seconds your life will be changed forever.
Nov. 22 – Let Yoga Dance with Kate Denby, certified yoga instructor, 10:45 a.m. Join this fun class and get your body moving in a safe environment with a fusion of gentle yoga and dance accompanied by exciting music. The class will accommodate everyone and is open to participants of all skill levels.
Nov. 25 – “A WASP Takes Wing: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II” by Carol Simon Levin, storyteller, 11 a.m. Listen to Carol Simon Levin tell this exciting story through the eyes of Ann Baumgartner Carl, the native New Jersian who trained as a WASP. She was the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during World War II, and the first American woman to fly a jet airplane! Hear about the trials and tribulations that she endured including terrible weather, snakes, spiders, scorpions, and dealing with hostile male instructors. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.**
Nov. 28 & 29 – Center is closed.

QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER
625 New Brunswick Rd.
Somerset, NJ 08873
908-231-7312
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity – Adalin Ball, M.S.W., eldercare educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, Third Wednesday of the Month, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Adalin will be at the center on Nov. 20, to provide assistance, support and answer any questions that you may have about the services and programs, which the Office on Aging & Disability Services provides. Adalin will be available to meet one-on-one as requested.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). A counselor will be available to provide FREE help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems, or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call 732-563-4213 to schedule an appointment.**
A Variety of Board & Card Games (Monopoly, Po-Ke-No, Yahtzee, Dominoes & Checkers) –
Available Monday – Friday. If one of your favorite games is not listed and you would like to play, or if you are interested in starting a club featuring the game of your choice, please inform the staff.
Bridge, Cards & Board Game Lessons with Quail Brook Seniors & Volunteers – Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. Classic games of strategy are a great opportunity for people of all skill levels to meet and socialize. Join the Quail Brook Seniors and volunteers for mind-stimulating and competitive games of Bridge, Texas Hold ‘Em,’ Monopoly, dominoes and more! If you would like to play a game that is not listed and/or if you are interested in starting a club featuring the game of your choice, please inform the staff.
Indoor Shuffleboard – Available Monday – Friday.
Table Tennis (Ping-Pong) – Available Monday – Friday. Ping-Pong (table tennis) has only been an Olympic sport since 1988. Go ahead and take a shot at this fun game. Play either singles or doubles games. It’s a great way to improve hand/eye coordination, concentration and agility.
Healthy Bones Exercise Class with Joan Ackerman – Monday, 9:15 a.m. This either is a peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are at risk of having osteoporosis or have it. Exercises help improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is also required before the first class and then once every year. **For new participants, the price is $45. This includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15. Call Caitlin Witucki at 908-704-6339 for more information.**
QBC News – Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. Enjoy discussing global breaking news and current events in a stimulating Q&A session. Fellow center members will take turns researching and sharing hot topics of the day.
The Regime Exercise Class – Monday, Thursday & Friday, 1 p.m. Get a head-to-toe workout that uses weights, stretching and aerobic movements. Learn movements that will lubricate joints for flexibility to strengthen and stabilize muscles, increase blood circulation – and with the proper diet, you may lose weight! These exercises can help decrease falls and increase the ability to accomplish day-to-day activities. This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting and with or without hand weights. Monday – Upper Body Routine; Thursday – Mid Section Routine and Friday – Lower Body Routine. **Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing; sneakers are required.**
Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1 – 3 p.m. – Tuesday, 1 – 3 p.m. Exploring Fantasy Themes: Highlighting Textures and Using Watercolors; Modules 1 and 2 – Gardens, Forests, Castles: Blurring structured boundaries to create a parallel motif; Module 3 – Incorporating Base Layering, Stenciling and Other Features with Fall Harvest (Fruit/Vegetables) and Mixed Media. **$10.00 fee per class, includes supplies.**
Functional Fitness – Thursday, 9:15 a.m. Have fun while performing cardiovascular exercises that raise your heart rate, tone muscles in the upper and lower body and strengthen your core. Improve your balance, overall agility and increase your ability to move more easily while performing everyday activities. Sneakers are required. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins on Nov. 7. Register by Nov. 1. Call 732-563-4213 for more information.**
Yoga with Jade Ko – Friday, 2 p.m. Yoga is considered by many as a holistic approach to health and wellness. Practice physical poses, breathwork and meditation to improve alignment and relaxation. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing that will allow for movement. **The cost is $35 for the seven-week program; the next session begins Nov. 1. Register by Oct. 30. Call 732-563-4213 for more information.**
Crochet & Knitting with Esther Fowlkes – Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. Learn the difference between two methods of creating artistic patterns using fabric and yarn, a single hook or two needles. Crocheting or knitting? Which method do you think is easier? This class is for beginners, experts and those wishing to brush up on their skills. **Check the monthly calendar for updates to the schedule.**
Line Dancing – Friday, 9:30 a.m. Line dancing is so much fun that it doesn’t seem like exercise! You don’t need a partner, and dancing is an easy way to stay healthy both mentally and physically. It’s suitable for participants with limited mobility and has been shown to increase cardiovascular and muscular strength and improve coordination and balance while participants work through different moves
Mindful Meditation and Breathing Techniques – Monday, 2 – 3 p.m. with Dr. Prahba Srinivas council for yoga accreditation international at the S-Vyasa University of Yogic Sciences, Bangalore India, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to improve your breathing techniques through mindful meditation. Most people who rush through the day take short shallow breaths. Learning how to breathe properly can promote muscle relaxation, skeletal alignment, and relieve stress. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. **The cost is $40 for the 8-week program; session begins Nov. 4. Register by Oct. 21. Call 732-563-4213 for more information.**
Nov. 1 – Raritan Valley Community College Dance Troupe Presents “And Justice For All: Art & Conversation on Social Justice and Equality,” by Loretta DiBianca Fois, assistant professor, dance, Raritan Valley Community College, 10:30 a.m. Watch this unique performance, which includes dances created by Raritan Valley Community College faculty, students and guest artists. Dancers will perform improvisational dances using expressive movements along to a variety of music and sound. The audience will have the opportunity to participate. A Q&A session will be held at the end of the show.
Nov. 4, 18 & 25 – Chair Yoga with Jade Ko, certified yoga instructor, 10:30 a.m. Participants will practice a series of specific poses while seated in a chair. When practiced regularly, this gentle form of yoga can be an effective way to improve one’s strength, flexibility, mental clarity, proprioception, and help reduce stress.
Nov. 5 – Center is closed.
Nov. 6 & 20 – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Roz Gerken, certified ageless grace educator, 10:30 a.m. Ageless Grace is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change structurally and functionally. This program is designed to activate all five functions of the brain (i.e. strategic planning, memory and recall, analytical thinking, creativity and imagination and kinesthetic thinking). The program is for participants of all abilities. Those who will be seated in a chair will receive the same benefits as those who are not.
Nov. 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Yoga for Mental & Physical Wellness with Dr. Prabha Srinivas, council for Yoga Accreditation International at the S-Vyasa University of Yogic Sciences, Bangalore, India,
2 p.m. Take control of your emotional and physical well-being through the practice of yoga and meditation while reducing stress in your life. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing that will allow for movement.
Nov. 7 & 21 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher, 10:30 a.m. With popular music designed to inspire a hearty workout, Zumba Gold makes it accessible for people age 60 plus, beginners or others needing modifications in their exercise routine. Zumba Gold builds cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and exercising the muscles of the hips, legs, and arms with fun, energetic and rhythmic moves. This fun and energetic session can be done seated in a chair or standing up. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows for dynamic movement.
Nov. 7 – Hoop Fitness with Agnes Carbone, Glitter Hoops, 11 a.m. Learn how to keep the hula-hoop on your waist and move it to different parts of the body by using tricks and dance moves in this basic, low-impact aerobics class. In this class, you will learn about the world of hula hooping while having fun burning calories, toning the body and stimulating your creativity. No experience is necessary. This is a class for all fitness levels and participants can either stand or sit while taking the class.
Nov. 8 – “Strike that Chord!” by Jenny Ketrow, musician and songwriter, 10:30 a.m. Tap into your inner musical voice with Jenny, a musician, singer, and songwriter, who will entertain you by using various musical mediums. In the finale, participants will break into two groups – one group will play instruments the other group will sing.
Nov. 11 – Center is closed.
Nov. 12 – “Moods, Foods and Senses” by Kim Minerley, community liaison, Rehab at River’s Edge, 10:30 a.m. Explore the sense and sensibility of good foods and learn how to help alleviate gloomy moods your sense of smell and taste. Did you know that food and its aroma might have both a positive and negative impact on your emotions, concentration and even energy levels?
Nov. 13 – “Theatre Workshop: Being Thankful” by Ellen Tillson Parker, 10:30 a.m. Join this creative workshop where seniors will act out and improvise personal aspects of the Thanksgiving holiday scenes. Impromptu poetry will also be read.
Nov. 14 – “Music for Appreciation” by Noel Javier, musician and music/instruments teacher, 10:30 a.m. Join us to sing praises to the volunteers at the Quail Brook Senior Center who give their time to others on a daily basis.
Nov. 15 – “Space Age NJ: 60 Years of Achievement” by Jim DelGiudice, photographer and educator, The Judson Lecture Series, 10:30 a.m. Take a journey through the science and history of NASA, from its beginning to moon landings almost a half-century ago, and the Voyagers who have been gone for forty years. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.**
Nov. 19 – McCarter Theatre Center/OnStage Seniors: A Community Project of McCarter Theatre, 10:30 a.m. Be a supportive audience participant in this theatre production hosted by ensemble members (all over the age of 55). They will navigate the nuances, explore stories and issues of the aging community while they delight, express insight, and affirm senior memories and experiences.
Nov. 21 – To Dance the Waltz with Donnamarie McCarthy, Create an Impression & Yoga Studio, 10:30 a.m. Join this elegant dance class where participants will learn dance instruction for the Waltz – one of the oldest types of German dance –, which is a form that fuses ballroom and folk dance. Also, learn facts about German music, food and culture.
Nov. 22 – “Football and New Jersey: A Historical Celebration” by Alan Delozier, Seton Hall University, 10:30 a.m. Learn sport’s Greek and British ties and the development of the modern-day game. This fun and informative look at the sport focuses on the memorable players, teams, and the overall spirit that makes football so appealing to millions. **This program is sponsored by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.**
Nov. 26 – Music Celebration: Annual Quail Brook Volunteer Appreciation with a Performance by the Quail Brook Center Participants and Noel Javier, musician and music/instruments teacher, 11 a.m. Join us as to serenade the center’s wonderful volunteers who make the Quail Brook Senior Center an oasis of giving.
Nov. 27 – (Ani) Tsalagi (Ones Falagi), a Native American Tribe of New Jersey with Gray Wolf (a war woman), Two Bears and Carol Lone Eagle, 10:30 a.m. Join the center to celebrate the eve of the Native American harvest celebration, and learn about their culture presented by a Native American from the Cherokee tribe.
Nov. 28 & 29 – Center is closed.

WARRENBROOK SENIOR CENTER (located on the Warrenbrook Golf Course)
500 Warrenville Rd.
Warren, NJ 07059
908-753-9440
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity, Gabrielle Stander, LSW, MAS, Care Manager, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, second Wednesday of the month, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gabrielle will be at the center on Nov. 13, to provide assistance, support and answer any questions about any services or programs that Office on Aging & Disability Services provides. Gabrielle is available to meet one-on-one as requested.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – Do you have questions or problems with your health insurance? Call to schedule a FREE appointment with a counselor who can help. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Services are available by advanced appointment only and are available the last Friday of the month. To make an appointment, call 908-704-6319.**
Billiards Room – Pool table is available daily on a drop-in basis, Monday – Friday.
Computer Lab – Available on Tuesday’s after 1 p.m., Wednesdays after 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays from 9 – 4 p.m.
Jigsaw Puzzles – Available Monday – Friday. Strike up a conversation, make new friends and enjoy assembling puzzles with others. Choose from a large variety of puzzles.
Lending Library – Available Monday – Friday. Soft-covered books are available to take home and return when finished reading.
Monthly Book Club – Every Second Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. Join us on Nov. 12, a discussion of the current book then select the next book to read. New Members are always welcome!
Individual Computer Instruction – Are you intimidated by computers? Do you know how to email and/or play solitaire on the computer? Do you know how to do a web search? By the end of these eight-weeks, one-on-one classes, you will finally understand what your grandkids have been trying to explain to you. **Call (908) 753-9440 for more information.**
Watercolor Paint Class – Monday & Thursday, 9 – 11:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity for an experienced artist to meet new people while water coloring. **Advanced registration is required. Please call 908-753-9440 for more information. Openings are available in the Monday Group.**
Oil Painting – Wednesday, 9 – 11 a.m. This is an excellent way to connect experienced oil painters. **Advanced registration is required. Please call 908-753-9440 for more information.**
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday & Friday, 10 a.m. This is a peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are either at-risk for osteoporosis or have it. Exercises will help improve balance, strength, flexibility and posture. Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is also required before the first class and then once every year. **For new participants, the price is $45. This includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15. Call Caitlin Witucki at 908-704-6339 for more information.**
Zumba Gold – Zumba Gold makes the popular Latin dance-inspired workout of Zumba accessible for people age 60 and above, beginners or others needing modifications to their exercise routine. This fun exercise builds cardiovascular health with dance moves that challenge the heart and work the hips, legs and arm muscles. Sneakers are required. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. Call 908-753-9440 for more information.**
o Monday at 11 a.m. The next session begins in January 2020.
o Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. The next session begins in January 2020.
o Friday at 11:45 a.m. The next session begins in January 2020.
Chair Yoga with Jillian – Tuesday, 12:45 p.m. This class is open to all levels of skill. Hatha yoga poses can be practiced while either sitting or standing. Hatha yoga will help increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility and balance while being immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and helps to gain an overall sense of well-being.**The cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins in January 2020. Call 908-753-9440 for more information.**
Nov. 1, 8, 15 & 22 – Fun with Brain Games and Trivia with Adrienne Graubard, 10:30 a.m. Did you know that solving puzzles or challenging yourself with new mind-activities could enhance your creative and critical thinking processes? Join Adrienne for a mind-tingling, brain-stumping workout.
Nov. 4 – A WASP Takes Wing: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II” by Carol Simon Levin, storyteller, 10:30 a.m. Listen to Carol Simon Levin tell this exciting story through the eyes of Ann Baumgartner Carl, the native New Jersian who trained as a WASP. She was the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during World War II, and the first American woman to fly a jet airplane! Hear about the trials and tribulations that she endured including terrible weather, snakes, spiders, scorpions, and dealing with hostile male instructors. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.**
Nov. 5 – Center is closed.
Nov. 6 – FREE Blood Pressure Screenings with Jill Hockenbury, RN, Community Visiting Nurse Association, 10:15 a.m. No appointment is necessary.
Nov. 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Tone and Flexibility Exercise Class with Sabina, 10:45 a.m. Enjoy an energizing class, which is suitable for beginner and intermediate levels. Exercising with Sabina will boost your energy level, reduce stress, and help tone your body with exercises that use resistance bands, exercise balls and dance moves. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting.
Nov. 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Ballroom Dancing with Art & Fe, 1 – 3 p.m. Dance to a variety of ballroom dance music. Meet new people and make friends while exercising! Dancing is a great way for people to get healthy and stay in shape. Besides being fun, dancing has many health benefits such as improving overall flexibility, strength, endurance and one’s emotional well-being.
Nov. 7, 14, & 21 – Bingo, 10:30 a.m. Bingo is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing bingo promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination and improves listening and short-term memory skills.
Nov. 7, 14, & 21 – Line Dancing with Linda, 1 – 3 p.m. Line Dancing is so much fun, it doesn’t even seem like exercise! This form of dance can help participants stay healthy both mentally and physically, and is suitable for people with limited mobility, can improve cardiovascular and muscular strength, and can increase coordination and balance.
Nov. 11 – Center is closed.
Nov. 12 – “Gouache Painting” by April Zay, Hummingbird Arts, LLC, 10:30 a.m. Create Latin American folk art-inspired paintings by using gouache paint (opaque watercolor). **Advanced reservations are required by Nov. 7. This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.**
Nov. 12, 19 & 26 – Bridge Group with Ronnie, 1 – 3 p.m. Bridge is a mentally challenging card game that offers intellectual and social stimulation. Playing bridge regularly stimulates your brain, keeps it alert, and helps keep your memory active. New members and beginners are welcome (lessons are available).
Nov. 12, 19 & 26 – Mahjong Club – Experienced player only. 1 – 4 p.m. Mahjong is a great game to keep your brain sharp and supercharged! This club is for anyone who loves the game, wants to meet new people and have some fun. This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome.
Nov. 15 – Quilting Bee for Experienced Quilters, 1 p.m. Need other quilters who want to get together once a month to socialize and discuss their quilting projects? If yes, this is the perfect group for you. Each experienced quilter is responsible for her or his patterns, fabrics and notions. Call the center for more information.
Nov. 18 – “Bringing Vegetables to the Table: A Celebration of the Harvest” by Jennifer Korneeski, M.P.H, healthy living coordinator, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 10:30 a.m. Autumn offers a bounty of healthy vegetables. Explore ways to prepare and enjoy a variety of New Jersey vegetables. Literature and recipes will be provided.
Nov. 18 – “Moving Mind and Body,” a lunch & learn opportunity with Lara Kats, certified dance educator and instructor, 1 p.m. Join this holistic class, which combines meditation and dance as you are guided through mind-body exercises. Class starts with deep breathing and body awareness. Then progress to gentle exercise when your entire body will explore creative movement to music. Class can be performed while either standing or sitting in a chair.
Nov. 19 & 26 – “Learn How to use Your iPhone and iPad Workshop” with Maureen Greenbaum, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Get your questions answered and explore the benefits of using iPhones apps like Find My Friend, Google/Apple Maps, Podcasts, Email, Health, Camera, Calendar, Stocks and more! This class is for beginners and those who are interested in learning how to use their iPhones more effectively while having fun! **This is a hands-on workshop that requires each participant to bring an iPhone or iPad. Advanced registration is required. Space is limited. THIS CLASS IS NOT FOR ANDROID PHONES.**
Nov. 19 – “The Legends of Holiday Plants” by Christa Wood, naturalist, Somerset County Environmental Center, 10:30 a.m. Learn about the origins and uses of poinsettias, evergreens, rosemary and holly, holiday plants that have a rich tradition and history associated with the Christmas season.
Nov. 25 – “Radio Waves and New Jersey: A Historical Overview” by Alan Delozier, historian, 10:30 a.m. Join Alan as he guides us through the wonder, imagination, nostalgia and history of wireless communication in the annals of the Garden State. **This program is sponsored by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.**
Nov. 25 – “Cooking for a Few” – Lunch & Learn Opportunity, by Samantha Nunzio, registered dietitian, ShopRite/Wakefern, 1 p.m. Learn how to use ingredients in a variety of ways to help limit waste when you are cooking for yourself or just a few people. Sam from ShopRite will be presenting recipes and cooking tips on how to waste less. She will also demonstrate one 10-minute recipe for tasting.
Nov. 26 – “See the Music” by Paul Elwood, 10:30 a.m. An avid guitar player, teacher (and student). Paul will play the guitar and sing as he presents an interactive “edutainment” program about music and art.
Nov. 28 & 29 – Center is closed.

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