Somerset County Senior Centers Announce August Activities
Freeholder Robert Zaborowski, human services liaison, announced that county senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services have released their latest program schedule. 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
Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Computer Lab – Daily, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Call for Availability)
Computer Instruction: Classes will resume in September
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 a.m. **Please check monthly calendar updates**
Tai Chi – Monday, 1:00 p.m. (Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25) Advanced registration required.
Zumba – Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30 a.m. (June 18 – Aug. 15) Advance registration is required.
August 1 & 20 – Bingo, 10:30 a.m. (Try your luck for some great summer prizes today!)
August 5 – “The Origin of Games” by Helen Vasko, 10:30 a.m. (Helen Vasko leads the discussion on where popular games like Bingo and Monopoly originated.)
August 5 – Free Blood Pressure Screenings with Laura Cummings, RN, BSN, Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, 10:30 a.m.
August 6 – Total Brain Workout, 10:30 a.m. (Challenging your mind is fun and beneficial to your brain function so join us today for some puzzles and mind games.)
August 8 – “The Life & Work of Leonardo Da Vinci” – Lecture & Paint Markers Workshop” Art of the Master’s Program by Creative Notions, 10:30 a.m. (We are pleased to have Creative Notions return to conduct this interactive workshop on Leonardo Da Vinci. Fifteen minute lecture has unlimited attendance. Art project has a 16 person maximum. Advanced registration for art project is required.)
August 12 – Free Balance Screenings by Kessler Rehabilitation Center, 10:00-12:00 pm (Therapists from Kessler Rehabilitation Center will be on site to conduct individual balance screenings. No appointment is necessary.)
August 13 – “Travel Back to the 1920’s” by Trish Chambers, Trish Chambers Productions, 10:30 a.m. (The “Roaring 20’s” return with a production featuring full costumes and music. This presentation discusses the emergence of American women from the demure Gibson Girl to the flashing Flapper. Also discussed are the impacts of World War I on society, the influences of literature, movies and art, plus a look at the fashion of that time period. You don’t want to miss this program!)
August 15 – Lunch & a Movie: “The Great Gatsby,” 10:15-12:30 pm (As a follow up to our trip back to 1920’s, today we will watch the Great Gatsby, based on the 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The movie follows millionaire Jay Gatsby and a cast of characters living on Long Island in the summer of 1922.)
August 19 – “Healthy Mexican Recipe Ideas” by Kaitlyn McGowan, RD, 10:30 a.m. (Kaitlyn will discuss how simple it is to swap some ingredients to create a healthier taco and give suggestions on various healthy Mexican recipes.)
August 20 – Literary Quiz Part II, 10:30 a.m. (This is the second session of our American literary program to test your knowledge of the great classics.)
August 22 – Healthy Food Tasting: Watermelon Peach Salsa, 10:30 a.m. (This combination of sweet summer fruits equals a tasty salsa. Please reserve your seat by Tuesday, August 19th.)
August 26 – “The Story on How Coco (The Cutest Shih Tzu) Became a Therapy Dog, by Kate Domen, 10:30 a.m. (Meet Coco and learn how dogs are trained to bring joy to all they visit.)
August 27 – “Musical Interlude: Songs That You Love” by Josie Mescallado, 10:30 a.m. (Josie Mescallado will perform a Musical Interlude which will include classical, opera, show tunes and popular classics.)
August 27- August Birthday Celebration, 12:15 pm
August 29 – “The Power Over Diabetes” by Jeanette Grimes, American Diabetes Association, 10:30 a.m. (Jeanette Grimes from the American Diabetes Association will discuss how to prevent diabetes, what the risks and symptoms are and also how to manage it.)
HILLSBOROUGH SENIOR CENTER
Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Blood Pressure Screening - 3rd Tuesday of Month, 10:30 a.m.
Caram (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards) & Other Games – Every Thursday
Cards – Daily
Flex, Stretch & Tone with Rose – Tuesday & Thursday
August 1 – “Recycling: What Goes In and What Stays Out” (Are you unsure how to tell what you can and cannot recycle? This program will clear up those questions. Receive a FREE Newspaper Recycling Bucket and a FREE reusable grocery bag.)
August 4 – “Bed Bug Awareness” by Lynne Gregory, United Stated Environmental Protection Agency (Bed bugs are on the rise and they can be very difficult and costly to get rid of. This program explains why the bugs are increasing, help you identify them, and provide tips on avoiding them in the first place!)
August 5 – “What is Gluten & Who Needs a Gluten Free Diet?” by Christine Pecorino, RD, Somerset Valley Rehabilitation & Nursing Center (Have you been told you are gluten sensitive or intolerant and you’re not sure what that means or how to eat? Do you have friends who are gluten sensitive and you’re not sure what you can offer them when they visit your home? Attend this informative talk for these answers and more.)
August 6 – “Around the World in 45 Minutes” by Jeffery & Jonathan Tsai and Forest Smith, Franklin Township National Honor Society (How many countries have you travelled to? Our speakers and students from the Franklin Township National Honor Society will treat you to a pictorial journey to places you’ve never visited. The photography is breathtaking!)
August 7 – Brain Games: Join Your Friends for a Game of Scrabble, Boggle, Caram & More
August 8 – “Learn About the Handyman Program & How It Can Help You” by Bill Crosby, Somerset County Volunteer Services (Do you have a leaky faucet or a window that just won’t budge? Are small repairs too costly to fix or are you unable to find someone to do those small jobs? If so, learn about the Handyman Program offered through Somerset County.)
August 11 – Visit the Manville Senior Center for the Left, Right, Center Dice Game
August 12 – Visit the Manville Senior Center for a Flute Performance by Hannah Morris
August 13 – Try your luck at Bingo at the Manville Senior Center. Win lots of great prizes!
August 14 – Water Color Painting at the Manville Senior Center
August 15 – Visit the Montgomery Senior Center for the Dance Factory Tour Team Performance
August 18 – “Herbs: Adding Flavor Without the Salt” by Rachel Simpers, RD, Shoprite Wakefern Company (Learn how to cook fresh, flavorful meals using fresh herbs and citrus instead of salt! Heart healthy recipes will be provided, as well as low-sodium or salt-free product recommendations. Receive FREE herbs from the Hillsborough Garden as a take home gift!)
August 19 – Learn About Somerset County’s Library Services (Learn what the library offers you at the Municipal Building and about new Services that are coming directly to our very own center!)
August 20 – “Understanding Dreams” by Audrey Oxenhorn, LCSW (Dreams can be a gateway to happiness and self-understanding. Learn the underlying meanings of dreams and what they may be trying to tell you.)
August 21 – “How to Communicate During an Intergenerational Conflict” by Sudha Narasimham, LCSW, Family Mentor Program, Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties (Are you struggling to get through to the younger generation? Learn some techniques to help you resolve issues.)
August 22 – “Unclaimed Funds” by Linda Henderson, New Jersey Unclaimed Property Office (Learn how to find out if there are an unclaimed funds with your name on them.)
August 25 – The Rubiani Brothers Dynamic Duo: A Musical Tribute to the Oldies & Goodies” (This is a “not to miss” show by Tino (age 14) and Jacob (age 13) who love to sing the good ‘ol songs.)
August 26 – “Safe Medication Disposal” by Officer Tom Wallace, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office (Bring your expired or unused medications to the center for safe disposal and learn about the hazards of previously used disposal methods.)
August 27 – “The Amazing Things You Can Make with Legos” by Phillip Tellep (Do you think Legos are just for kids? Not so! Enjoy seeing unique designs made with Legos and then try your hand at making them!)
August 28 – “The Great Tomato Tasting” by Joe Gyurian, Somerset County Horticulturalist (There are hundreds of tomatoes and here’s your chance to taste some of them, including those growing in the center’s own garden!)
August 29 – Bingo
MANVILLE SENIOR CENTER
South Third Ave., Manville, NJ
Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Aerobic Chair Exercise - Class sponsored by the Manville Recreation Department - Every Monday and Wednesday, 8:45-9:45 a.m.;
Bingo – Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.
Birthdays – 4th Wednesday of Month
Zumba Gold Exercise Class – Tuesday and Thursday, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
August 1 – Movie Day: Herbie Fully Loaded
August 4 – Contest Games
August 5 - “12 Steps to Happiness Program” by Betty Epple (Betty Epple is a club mentor in Toastmasters International and a board member of the Bridgewater Women’s Club. Her presentation will guide us towards the simple steps that anyone can do to create happiness such as nurturing cherished friendships and expressing gratitude on a daily basis.)
August 7 – Musical Interlude: Songs That You Love” by Josie Mescallado (Josie Mescallado will perform a Musical Interlude which will include classical, opera, show tunes and popular classics.)
August 8 – The Memory Challenge Game
August 11 – Left, Right, Center Dice Game
August 12 – Performance on the Flute by Hannah Morris
August 14 – Craft: Painting Flowers with Water Colors
August 15 – “Bringing Vegetables to the Table” by Nancy Rosa-Mejias, Program Coordinator, Family and Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
August 18 – The Three Letter Game
August 19 – Name That Tune sponsored by Optonline.net
August 20 – Visit to the Quail Brook Senior Center for the Hee-Haw Hoe Down with Country Entertainment by Mike Kaye, 10:30 a.m.
August 22 – Dominoes with Al
August 25 – “Health Living” by Sumantha Banerjee, MPH, CHES, Somerset County Department of Health
August 26 – Free Blood Pressure Screenings by Saint Peters Mobile Health Unit, 10:30 a.m.
August 27 – “So the Doctor Says “Yes” to Rehabilitation” by Dr. Labenthal, Somerset Valley Rehabilitation
August 28 – Woof Club Training Demonstration by the Somerset County 4H Woof Club
MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER
Open Monday-Friday, 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Birthday Celebrations – Last Friday of the Month
Blood Pressure Screening by Montgomery EMS – Third Monday of the Month, 9:45 a.m.
Bridge – Every Friday, 10:15 a.m.
Card Game “3-13” – Every Friday, 10:00 a.m.
ESL Chinese – Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.
Computer Class – Cancelled until late September
Exercise for Arthritis with Elizabeth – Most Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11 a.m.
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Every Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. (Doctor’s note required.)
Pool Table – Available Daily
Qigong with Bobbi – Every Wednesday, 10:15 a.m.
Silver Strength with Linda – Every Monday, 10:15 a.m.
Theater Jazz with Dawn – Every Thursday, 10:15 a.m.
Yoga with Trish – Every Tuesday; 10:30 a.m.
Zumba Gold with Elizabeth – Every Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
August 1 - “The Life & Work of Leonardo Da Vinci” – Lecture & Paint Markers Workshop” Art of the Master’s Program by Creative Notions, 10:30 a.m. (Fifteen minute lecture has unlimited attendance but the art project has a limit of 16 people. Advanced registration for art project is required.)
August 4 – “Emergency Preparedness” by Laurie Roome, Eldercare Educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services
August 8: Craft: Making a Tee-Shirt Infinity Scarf with Anna Moberg, 10:30 a.m.
August 11 - “12 Steps to Happiness Program” by Betty Epple (Betty Epple is a club mentor in Toastmasters International and a board member of the Bridgewater Women’s Club. Her presentation will guide us towards the simple steps that anyone can do to create happiness such as nurturing cherished friendships and expressing gratitude on a daily basis.)
August 12: “My Trip to Austria” by Kristin Youngberg
August 18 – Celebrate Our Backyard Debut (Come and join us for a picnic and the opening of our new and improved backyard.)
August 22 – Free Skin Cancer Screenings with Saint Peters University Hospital’s Mobile Health Unit, 10:30 a.m.
August 22: Mind Your Mind: Using Numbers Exercises
August 25 - “Musical Interlude: Songs That You Love” by Josie Mescallado, 10:30 a.m. (Josie Mescallado will perform a Musical Interlude which will include classical, opera, show tunes and popular classics.)
August 29: Left, Right, Center Dice Game, 10:30 a.m.
QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER
Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Check monthly calendar for schedule updates.)
Bingo Tournament – Every Thursday
Bridge Lessons – Every Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Caram – Daily (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards)
Computer Instruction – Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Advance registration required.
Games (i.e., Scrabble, Dominos, Checkers, Yahtzee) – Daily
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Monday, 9:15 a.m. (Doctor’s Note Needed for Class)
Line Dancing – Every Friday, 9:30 a.m.
August 1 – Quail Brook Road Trip, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a summer outing and the beauty of Somerset County. Call for information.
August 4, 11, 18 & 25 – “Body & Brain Yoga: Learn to Breathe, Relax and Experience Self-Discovery” by Lucy Pagnetti, Certified Yoga & Meditation Instructor, 10:30 a.m. (The cost per 75 minute class is $5.00.)
August 5 – “A Taste of Ethnic: Cooking European Demonstration” by Allison Napolitano, RD, Shoprite/Wakefern Company, 10:30 a.m.
August 6 – “Bread, Dough, Cash, Moolah: How Green is Your Money” by Robert Junge, Unity Bank, 10:30 a.m.
August 8, 15, 22 & 29 – Learn Basic Chinese with Chiaching Chao, 10:30 a.m.
August 12 & 26 – Chair Tai Chi with Bobbi Joels, 10:30 a.m. (Tai chi is based on shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically together into one long, graceful gesture. Studies have reported that some participants experience a reduction in pain, fatigue and stiffness and gain a greater sense of well-being. Regular tai chi can help reduce falls, especially for those with balance problems.)
August 13 – “Walking the D&R Canal: A New Jersey History Program” by Linda Barth, Teacher, Author and Historian, 10:30 a.m.
August 19 – Quail Brook’s Gone Country: Decorating the Center for Hee-Haw Hoe Down on Wednesday, August 20th, 10:30 a.m.
August 20 - Hee-Haw Hoe Down with Country Entertainment by Mike Kaye, 10:30 a.m.
August 27 – “How to be Sun Smart: Sun Safety & Free Derma Scan Screenings” by Saint Peters University Hospital, 10:30 a.m.
RARITAN SENIOR CENTER
Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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
August 1 & 18 – Wii Games (Bowling, Baseball & Tennis)
August 5 – Free Skin Screenings by Smita Agarwal, MD, Dermatology Center of New Jersey
August 6 – Trip to a Baseball Game – Patriots Stadium, Bridgewater
August 7 – Mind Your Mind: Reasoning Exercises
August 8 – Pick Ten Lotto Game
August 11 & 21 – Chair Aerobics
August 13 – “Eating For Health” by Nancy Rosa-Mejias, Program Coordinator, Family and Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
August 14 – Your Choice! Dominoes, Cards or Ping Pong!
August 15 – Operation Shoebox Community Service Project
August 20 – Video Match Game
August 22 – “Back Injury Protection” by Mike Boulos, Kessler Rehabilitation Center
August 25 – Music Trivia
August 27 – Elvis Anniversary Trivia: His Songs, Films & Family History
August 28 – “Osteoporosis” by Paul Mostoff, Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
WARRENBROOK SENIOR CENTER
Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FREE Ballroom Dance Lesson – Every Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30
Ballroom Dancing – Every Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00
Bingo – Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
Bridge – Every Tuesday, 1:00 p.m.
Caram Board Game – Available Daily (East Indian Game, Similar to Billiards)
Chair Exercises – Every Wednesday, 10:45 a.m.
Computer Room – Call for Availability
Healthy Bones Classes – Every Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 – 11:00 (Advance registration required; Doctor’s Note Needed)
Knit ‘N Crochet Circle – Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.
Lending Library – Open Daily, Monday through Friday
Line Dancing – Every Monday, 1:00 – 3:00
Living Well with Yoga – Thursdays, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. (June 12 – August 14) Advance registration required.
Oil Painting – Every Wednesday, 9:00 – 11:00
Pool Room – Open Daily, Monday through Friday
Watercolor Paint Class – Monday and Thursday, 9:00 – 11:30 (Advance registration required)
Zumba Gold Exercise Class – Monday, 10:45 – 11:30 (Advance registration required, call for information)
Zumba Gold Exercise Class – Wednesday, 11:30 – 12:15 (Advance registration required, call for information)
August 1 – “Drumming Circle and its Health Benefits” by Sharon Silverstein, Living at Peace, 10:30 a.m. (A Drumming Circle feeds the mind, body and spirit. It is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. Drumming has been known to induce deep relaxation, lower blood pressure and reduce stress. Sharon Silverstein facilitates drumming circles for health and wellness. She has been featured on local cable television, radio programs and in national magazines. Participation in the inner drumming circle has an 18 person maximum. Advanced registration is required for participation in the inner drumming circle. Limited participation space is available outside the drumming circle. Drums and other percussion instruments will be provided for 35 participants.)
August 4 – “Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong” by Saul Broudy, Ph.D., Folklorist and Performer from the Horizons Speakers Bureau, 10:30 a.m. (Before modern mass-media and widespread literacy, workers in various occupations made their own songs to express emotions, convey information, tell stories, solidify group identity and help them make it through the day. Saul Broudy will perform the songs of railroad workers, coal miners, farmers, hobos, truck drivers, pilots and other workers, and discuss the role this music played in the worker’ lives. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
August 5 – “Around the World with Wyndham” by Wyndham Worldwide Hotels, 10:30 a.m. (Get your passport (provided) and join members of Wyndham Worldwide Hotels as they take us around the world. Among the “stops” we will be making will be London, St. Thomas, Aruba and Rome. You will learn about different countries and receive an assortment of trinkets.)
August 6 – “Vitamins and Antioxidants” by Susan Canonico, RD, Summit Health Management, 10:15 a.m. (What are they? Do we really need them, vs food? What is the correct way to take them? This program will define what vitamins and antioxidants are and will answer many questions surrounding the two.)
August 8 & 22 – Brains and Games with Lorenthia, 10:30 a.m.
August 11 – Hawaiian Statehood Day Celebration, 10:30 a.m. (Hawaii was the 50th state to be admitted to the Union and some historians say that it wasn’t until Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941 that people on the U.S. mainland fully recognized the importance of Hawaii to the rest of the country. Join us as we celebrate Hawaii with Yasmine, a professional Hula Dancer. After the full costume performance, Yasmine will tell us the meaning of the hand movements and she will teach us how to do the Hula Dance. “E Komo Mai” (welcome, come in.) and join us for a fun-filled program.)
August 13 – Free Blood Pressure Screenings by Susan Anastario, RN, Community Visiting Nurse Association, 10:15 a.m.
August 15 – Mind Your Mind: Flexible Thinking Exercises, 10:30 a.m.
August 18 – “The Story of How Coco (The Cutest Shih Tzu) Became a Therapy Dog” by Kate Domen, 10:30 a.m. (Meet Coco and learn how dogs are trained to bring joy to all they visit.)
August 18 – “Grief: Adjusting to Change” by Audrey Oxenhorn, LCSW (As we get older, the only things that we are sure of is change. It can be really difficult adjusting to constant change. Sometimes, it is helpful to talk about it so that you know that aren’t alone. This program will discuss ways to stay in gratitude and peace even though the world is shifting around us.)
August 20 – Free Blood Sugar Screenings with Overlook Medical Center’s Mobile Health Van, 10:15 a.m. (Please call (908) 753-9440 for a 10 minute appointment.)
August 25 – “FED-UP” Senior Consumer Fraud” by Andrew Tucker, Supervising Investigator, Division of Consumer Affairs, Office of Attorney General, 10:30 a.m. (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.)
August 25 – “Veteran Support Services” by Howard Bradford, Veterans Outreach Specialist, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, 11:30 a.m. (This organization offers support to veterans and their families to overcome the barriers that stand between them and a stable, secure life. Their goal is to make sure veterans connect to the benefits they are entitled to. This program promotes the strong bonds forged between veterans by incorporating mentoring and peer-to-peer support. This program is open to all veterans and their families, regardless of age.)
August 27 – “Understanding Memory Loss” Rose Berger, MSW, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, 10:15 a.m. (Memory loss that disrupts everyday life is not a normal part of aging. This program explores the difference between normal age-related memory changes and abnormal changes that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia disorders, including the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The presentation will discuss the importance of receiving a thorough diagnostic evaluation when symptoms arise, current treatment options and research advances.)
August 29 – Card and Dice Games with a Twist of Cranberry Burst, 10:30 a.m. (Start the holiday weekend early by enjoying a refreshing drink while playing mind-stimulating card games.)