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Somerset County Senior Centers Announce December Programs

The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services have announced the December program schedule.  Note: All centers will be closed on Dec. 12, 19, 24 and 25. All programs begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise listed. Please call for lunch reservations by 10 a.m. the day before you wish to come. For more information, contact the appropriate centers. 

Somerset County Senior Wellness Center

202 Mt. Airy Road

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

(908) 204-3435 

Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Computer Instruction – One-on-one instruction, available by appointment only.

Computer Lab – Daily, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Call for Availability)

Pool Sharks – Pool Table Available Daily, 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. (Call for Availability)

Stretch & Flex Class – (Upper & Lower Body Chair Exercise), Every Monday & Thursday, 10:45 am **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Tai Chi – Monday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (6 week session: Nov. 4 – Dec. 16. Advanced registration required.)

Zumba – Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30 am (Nov. 6 – Dec. 20. Advanced registration required.)

December 3Free Blood Pressure Screenings with Laura Cummings, RN, BSN, Somerset Hills Visiting Nurse Association, 10:30 am

December 3 – “What is the Most Important Room in Your House and Why?” by Helen Vasko, 10:30 am

December 4 – “Kidney Health: Get the Facts” by Morristown Medical Center, 10:30 am (A nurse from Morristown Medical Center will be here to discuss kidney health including risk factors for kidney disease.  The steps you take to keep your kidneys healthy help the rest of your body too!)

December 6 & 27 – Bingo, 10:30 am (Try your luck for some great prizes!)

December 10 – “Coffee From Around the World” by Laurie Laughney, 10:30 am (This coffee lover’s workshop covers how different types of coffee have played a role in the history of the world.  Learn interesting tidbits about “cowboy coffee” including how to make it).

December 11 – Annual Holiday Party with Performance by the Harp to Harp Ensemble, 10:30 am (Come celebrate the holidays with us!  The Harp to Harp Ensemble will delight us with an educational program about the harp followed by beautiful live music).

December 12 – Center Closed

December 13 – The Total Brain Workout: Verbal Thinking, 10:30 am (This is the ninth session in the interactive series.  The left hemisphere of the brain is responsible for how we produce and understand sounds, words and sentences.  The puzzles in this chapter are designed to stimulate and sharpen these language areas of our brains).

December 16 – “The Life & Music of George Gershwin” with Dan Colodner, 10:30 am (Enjoy the piano music of Dan Colodner as he explores the life and music of this famous American composer and pianist).

December 18 – Holiday Greed Game, 10:30 am (It’s all in the name of fun!  Great gifts are wrapped and placed on a table.  You pick one, unwrap it and the next person in numerical order can choose their gift from the table or take yours!  The game goes around and around until everyone has taken a turn and ends up with a gift).

December 19 – Center Closed

December 20 – Cranberry Avocado Salsa Tasting, 10:30 a.m. (Try a new spin on salsa with heart-healthy avocado and juicy cranberries.  This easy recipe will be a new holiday favorite!)

December 24 & 25 – Holiday – Center Closed

December 26 – December Birthday Celebration!, 12:15 p.m.

December 31 – New Year’s Party, 10:30 a.m. (Another reason to celebrate!  Come ring in 2014, bring your hat & noisemakers and join us for lunch and a toast at noon.)

 

 

HILLSBOROUGH SENIOR CENTER
339 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ
(908) 369-8700

Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 – 2:00 pm

Blood Pressure Screening - 3rd Tuesday of Month, 10:30 am

Caram (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards) & Other Games – Every Thursday

Cards – Daily

Flex, Stretch & Tone with Rose – Tuesday & Thursday

December 2 – Help Decorate the Christmas Tree for the Holidays

December 3 – Dance Performance by the Hillsborough Rockettes and Rockets, 10:30 am

December 4 – “Healthy Holiday Eating: How to Make Better Food Choices During the Holidays” by Nancy Rosa-Mejias, Program Coordinator, Family and Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension (This presentation will help you make better food choices during the holidays.  We will take a look at calories and fats in some of the traditional holiday dishes and offer tips for healthier alternatives).

December 5 – Trip to the Montgomery Senior Center for a Special Hanukkah Program

December 6 – Developing and Sending Holiday Cards to the Troops

December 9 – “Sugar Addiction: What are the Signs?” by Michelle TenEyck, Somerset Treatment Services (Michelle will discuss the reasons why our bodies become addicted to sugar and the detrimental side effects as a result.  She will also speak about the various ways to eliminate sugar cravings for better health).

December 10 – Annual Holiday Party with Entertainment by Gary Morton, 10:30 am

December 11 & 18 – Bingo

December 12 – Center Closed

December 13 – Creating a Gingerbread Village

December 16 – Holiday Movie: “White Christmas”

December 17 – Holiday Sing Along with Liz

December 19 – Center Closed

December 20 – December Trivia

December 23 – Come and Enjoy Eggnog “Delite” – A healthier version of a Traditional Holiday Treat

December 24 & 25 – Holiday – Center Closed

December 27 – Wii Sports (Bowling, Baseball or Tennis)

December 30 – Holiday Short Stories (Please join us for “Christmas Blues”, “When Christmas Falls on Thursday” and “The Holiday Cookie Party.”)

 

 

MANVILLE SENIOR CENTER

South Third Ave., Manville, NJ
(908) 526-0175

Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 2:30 pm

Aerobic Chair Exercise - Class sponsored by the Manville Recreation Department - Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:45-9:45 a.m.;

Bingo – Every Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.

Birthdays – 4th Wednesday of Month

Leg Strengthening Exercises – Every Friday, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Zumba Gold Exercise Class – Tuesday and Thursday, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

December 2 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Counseling with Nancye Kearns (A counselor will be available to provide free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health insurance.  SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.  Please call (908) 526-0175 to schedule an appointment).

December 2 – Operation Shoebox Community Project

December 3 – “Stroke & Heart Attack Warning Signs” by Laura Cummings, RN, BSN, Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills

December 4 – Holiday Extravaganza, 10:30-1:30 pm

December 6 – Dirty Polly Card Game

December 9 – “Healthy Food Tasting” with Rachel Simpers, RD, Shoprite/Wakefern Company (Come and enjoy a healthy appetizer, a side dish and a healthy taste on a classic).

December 10 – “Real Life Issues Related to Getting Along with Others as we Age” by the Magic Mirror Players, Somerset Medical Center

December 12 – Inservice – Center Closed

December 13 – Snow Flake Making Party (By cutting and twisting paper strips and stapling them together in a special way, we will make large and small snowflakes to hang at the center and take home.  Directions, supplies and music will be provided).

December 16Free Balance Screenings with Kessler Rehabilitation Center, 10:00-12:00 pm

December 17 – “Affordable Care Act” – Lunch & Learn Opportunity by Kevin Lynch, President, Somerset County Chapter, Society for Financial Awareness, 12:30-2:00 pm (Program fee is $5.00 per person).

December 18 – Dance Performance by the Bridgewater Roxies

December 19 – Inservice – Holiday Closed

December 20 – Visit to the Quail Brook Senior Center for a “Sliver of Silver” Holiday Event, 10:30 am

December 23 – Performance by the Spring Hill Bell Choir

December 24 & 25 – Holiday – Center Closed

December 27 – “Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease” by Rose Berger, Greater New Jersey Alzheimer’s Association

December 30 – “The Power of Positivity” by Betty Epple (Betty Epple is a club mentor in Toastmasters International and a board member of the Bridgewater Women’s Club.  Her presentation explains the laws of attraction and the magnetic power of positive thinking).

December 31 - New Year’s Party, 10:30 am (Another reason to celebrate!  Come ring in 2014, bring your hat & noisemakers and join us for lunch and a toast at noon).

 

 

MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER
356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, NJ

(609) 466-0846

Open Monday-Friday, 10:00 – 2:00 pm

Beginners Computer Class – First, Third & Fourth Thursday; 1:00 p.m. Limited seating; call to register

Birthday Celebrations – Last Friday of the Month

Blood Pressure Screening by Montgomery EMS – Third Monday of the Month, 9:45 am

Bridge – Every Friday, 10:15 a.m.

Card Game “3-13” – Every Friday, 10:00 a.m.

Computer Resource – Every Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (Limited seating – registration required)

ESL Chinese – Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.

Pool Table – Available Daily

Qigong with Bobbi – Dec. 13 and 18, 10:15 a.m.

Silver Strength with Linda – Every Monday, 10:15 am

Theater Jazz with Dawn – Every Thursday, 10:15 a.m.

Yoga with Trish – Every Tuesday; 10:30 a.m.

December 2 – Holiday Hangman

December 2 – “Basket Weaving 101” – Lunch & Learn Opportunity with Lois Maknick, Basket Weaver, 1:00 pm (If you ever wanted to make a basket, now is your chance.  You will have an opportunity to make a round reed basket using patterns and color reeds.  The $10.00 program fee for anyone 60 and above includes the cost of lunch and supplies.  Reservations are required by Wednesday, November 27.  Class limit is 12 people).

December 3, 10 & 17 – Exercise for Arthritis with Elizabeth

December 4 & 18 – Tai Chi with Herb

December 4 & 20 – Salsa Dancing with Elizabeth, 10:30 am

December 5 – “Hanukkah Traditions” with Susan

December 6 – “The Life & Work of Katsushika Hokusai” – Lecture & Water Color Painting Workshop, Art of the Master’s Program by Creative Notions, 10:30 am (Fifteen minute lecture has unlimited attendance.  Art project has a 16 person maximum.  Registration is required).

December 9 – “Medicare Fraud” by Tunde Aknrolabu, Senior Medicare Patrol

December 11 – Annual Holiday Party with Entertainment by Gary Morton, 10:30 am

December 12 – Center Closed

December 16Free Body Mass Index Screenings with Nutritional Guidance by Kathy Iannuzzo, RN, Community Mobile Health Services, Saint Peter’s University Hospital (Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated from your weight and height and measures average body fatness.  This can serve as a guide to overall health and should be treated as a helpful guide to healthfulness).

December 19 – Center Closed

December 24 & 25 – Holiday – Center Closed

December 27 – The Marshmallow Challenge Rematch, 10:30 am (A remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages collaboration).

December 30 – “Depression & Older Adults” by Suda Narasimhan, LSW, Jewish Family Services of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties

December 31 - New Year’s Party, 10:30 am (Another reason to celebrate!  Come ring in 2014, bring your hat & noisemakers and join us for lunch and a toast at noon).

 

 

QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER
625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ
(732) 563-4213

Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 3:00 pm

(Check monthly calendar for schedule updates.)

Bingo Tournament – Every Thursday

Caram – Daily (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards)

Chair Exercises – Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Computer Instruction – Every Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Advance registration required.

Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Monday, 9:30 a.m. (Doctor’s Note Needed for Class)

Line Dancing – Every Friday, 9:30 am

Games (Scrabble, Dominos, Checkers, Yahtzee, Uno & Quizzle) – Daily

December 2 – Performance by the “5 Straws: A Brass Wind Instrument Quintet”, 10:30 am (They will play a variety of music that will put you in a festive spirit).

December 3, 17 & 21 – Tai Chi with Bobbi Joels, 10:30 am (Tai Chi as exercise is based on shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically together into one long, graceful gesture.  Some studies have reported that participants experienced a reduction in pain, fatigue and stiffness and a greater sense of well-being.  Regular tai chi can help reduce falls especially for those with balance problems).

December 4 – Dance Performance by the Hillsborough Rockettes and Rockets

December 5 – Hanukkah Basics: An Educational Journey of Time, Relevance & Sharing, 10:30 am

December 6 – “Colon Health: Anatomy & Function of Your Large Intestine” by Saint Peter’s University Hospital, 10:30 am

December 6, 13 & 27 – Bridge Lessons with Renee, 10:30 am

December 9 – “Oh What Fun It Is: A Christmas Chorus with Jackie Weigart & the Canal Choral Society, 10:30 am

December 10 – “Tis the Season to be Safety Conscious: Another Gentle Reminder on Fire Safety During the Holidays” with the Franklin Township Fire Prevention Squad, 10:30 am

December 12 – Center Closed

December 13 – “Depression & Older Adults” by Suda Narasimham, LSW, Jewish Family Services of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, 10:30 am

December 16 – Performance by the Swinging Singing Seniors

December 19 – Center Closed

December 20 – “A Sliver of Sliver” Holiday Event, 10:30 am (A Sliver of Sliver is Quail Brook’s 2013 Holiday Event for friends and family.  Please join us and celebrate with a much lauded & savory lunch, delectable dessert and much anticipated music that will lift your spirits just in the “Nick” of time!)

December 23 – A Trip to the Movies: Popcorn and a Classic Holiday Movie at Quail Brook, 10:30 am

December 24 & 25 – Holiday – Center Closed

December 26 – Bingo: Grand Prize Drawing, 10:30 am

December 27 – “Kwanza: A Celebration of family, Friends and Culture” with Girl Scout Troop 61091, 10:30 am

December 31 - New Year’s Party, 10:30 am (Another reason to celebrate!  Come ring in 2014, bring your hat & noisemakers and join us for lunch and a toast at noon).

 

 

RARITAN SENIOR CENTER
Somerset County Annex
614 First Ave., Raritan, NJ
(908) 203-0001

Open Monday-Friday 10:00 – 3:30 pm

Bingo – Every Tuesday

Caram – Daily (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards)

Cards (Uno, Canasta and Bunko) – Daily

Crocheting – Every Wednesday

Pool – Available Daily

Table Shuffleboard/Rummikub, Air Hockey and Dominoes – Daily

December 2 - Free Body Mass Index Screenings with Nutritional Guidance by Kathy Iannuzzo, RN, Community Mobile Health Services, Saint Peter’s University Hospital (Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated from your weight and height and measures average body fatness.  This can serve as a guide to overall health and should be treated as a helpful guide to healthfulness).

December 4 – Trivia

December 5 – Outburst Game: Guess the answers before time runs out!

December 6 – Wii Games (Bowling, Baseball or Tennis)

December 11 & 30 – Cahir Aerobics

December 12 – Center Closed

December 13 – Holiday Party with Dancing and Door Prizes

December 16 – “Winter Emergency Preparedness” by Laurie Roome, Eldercare Educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services

December 18 – “White Lotus Qigong & Tai Chi Demonstration” – Lunch & Learn Opportunity with Bobbi Joels, 12:00-2:30 pm (White Lotus Qigong is a series of slow, flowing, low impact movements which help unify the mind, posture and breath).

December 19 – Center Closed

December 20 – Almond, Rice & Soy Milk Sampling (There is quite a selection of milk these days and today we will learn about the nutritional differences between them and taste all three types of milks.)

December 23 – “Depression & Older Adults” by Suda Narasimham, LSW, Jewish Family Services of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties

December 24 & 25 – Holiday – Center Closed

December 26 – Discussion: Tell us all about your best friend!

December 27 – Rubber Stamping Program: Making Cards for the troops

 

WARRENBROOK SENIOR CENTER
500 Warrenville Rd., Warren, NJ
(908) 753-9440

Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 3:00 pm

Free Ballroom Dance Lesson – Every Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Ballroom Dancing – Every Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Bingo – Every Tuesday & Thursday, 10 a.m.

Bridge – Tuesday, 1:00 pm

Caram – Daily (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards)

Chair Exercises – Every Wednesday, 10:45 a.m.

Computer InstructionCall to Register

Every Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m.

Computer Room – Open Monday thru Friday (Call for Availability)

Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Every Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 a.m. (Advance registration & doctor’s note required.)

Knit ‘N Crochet Circle – 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the Month, 10:30 a.m.

Lending Library – Open Daily, Monday through Friday

Line Dancing – Monday, 1:00 p.m.

Oil Painting – Every Wednesday, 9:00-11:00 am

Pool Room – Open Daily, Monday through Friday

Social Dancing – Every Tuesday & Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 pm

Watercolor Paint Class – Monday and Thursday, 9:00 – 11:30 am; Call for availability.

Zumba Gold Exercise Class – Monday, 10:45 am (Call for availability)

Zumba Gold Exercise Class – Wednesday, 11:30 am (Call for availability)

December 2 – Tree Decorating Party and Herbed Fresh Vegetable Dip Tasting, 10:30 am (Come and join other members as we trim the center’s Christmas tree.  After the tree lighting, enjoy crackers and an herbed fresh vegetable dip).

December 3 – Dental and Oral Hygiene Program with Dr. Huma Mirza, DDS, Smile Warren, 11:10 am (Learn the importance of establishing an oral health baseline, what a dental hygiene program should include and how to properly maintain good oral hygiene).

December 4 – Annual Holiday Party with Entertainment by Sophistication, 10:30-2:30 pm (In the morning, Jean Marie Fusco will lead us in a variety of party games and Christmas caroling.  We will enjoy a special lunch and then dance the afternoon away with Jean Marie becoming a DJ and entertainer.  Advanced reservations are required by Tuesday, November 26.  County transportation will depart the center at 2:00 pm.  Due to the late departure, the A&P shopping trip will be cancelled).

December 6 – “White Christmas” Movie Discussion and Trivia with Catherine DeBerry, Adult Services Librarian, Somerset County Library System, Warren Branch, 10:15 am (White Christmas (1954) is a warm, nostalgic movie that is one of the all-time great musicals.  Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star in the Christmas classic as a couple of veterans who form a singing duo.  Smitten by another singing pair played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, the guys tag along on the girls’ trip to a Vermont Lodge to perform a holiday show.)  After viewing the movie, we will discuss the movie and share some movie trivia.  The transportation van will depart the center at 12:45 for the return trip home).

December 9 – “Spine/Back Issues and Conditions” by Tiffany Carter Fiore, PA-C, Somerset Medical Community Health Center, 10:30 am (It is important to understand that back pain is a symptom of a medical condition, not a diagnosis itself.)  Join us and learn a few tips to help take better care of your spine and back.

December 10 – “FED-UP” Senior Consumer Fraud” by Peggy Anastos, Director of Outreach, Division of Consumer Affairs, Office of the Attorney General, 11:10 am (Learn about FED-UP, (Senior Fraud Education and Protection Program) and how it can provide practical information for self-protection when doing business, avoiding scams, protecting your identity and credit, making investments, applying for mortgages and managing your health).

December 11Free Blood Pressure Screenings with Susan Anastario, RN, Community Visiting Nurse Association, 10:30 am

December 12 – Center Closed

December 13 & 20 – Brains and Games with Adrienne, 10:30 am

December 16 – “Laugh Out Loud and Celebrate Life” by Yvette Halpin, Certified Laughter Leader and Yoga Teacher, 10:30 am (Laughter is a breakthrough in integrative healing strategies and when combined with breathing and stretching, it will engage the feelings of the Body, Mind and Spirit.  This program will combine very gentle Yoga stretches with lots of chuckles, giggles and laughter.)

December 19  - Center Closed

December 23 – Jazz Trio Performance, 10:30 am (Three students from Bridgewater High school joined talents and formed a small jazz band and they are coming to the center to entertain us).

December 24 & 25 – Holiday – Center Closed

December 27 – Chair Dancing Exercises

December 30 – Reasoning: Mind Your Mind Mental Exercises, 10:30 am (Reasoning is a mental searching process for finding answers to problems, using acquired knowledge and wisdom.  Together we will do some mental exercises that are designed to give your brain a workout).