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March Programs at County-Operated Senior Centers

The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging &
Disability Services have announced the March 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
(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) Living
Well Yoga - Seated yoga class, Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (March 25 - May 13)
Advance registration required. No class April 8 or 29). Advance registration
required.
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** Zumba - Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30 a.m. (Session ends
March 12. New class begins April 8.) Advanced registration required.
March 4 - "The Evolution of Women's Roles Over the Past 50 Years" by Helen
Vasko, 10:30 am (Helen Vasko leads this discussion about women's roles in
the workplace, the home and community over the past 50 years.) March 4 -
Free Blood Pressure Screenings with Laura Cummings, RN, BSN, Visiting Nurse
Association of Somerset Hills, 10:30 am March 5 - "New Jersey's Wildlife
Photography" by Joe Mish, Local Nature Columnist and Photographer, 10:30 am
(Joe Mish will share amazing photographs of wildlife taken in Somerset and
Hunterdon Counties.) March 7 - "Emergency Preparedness" by Laurie Roome,
Eldercare Educator, Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services,
10:30 am (Our climate seems to be changing so today Laurie will be here to
talk about how we can be prepared for intense rain and snow storms, power
outages, floods and many other types of emergencies.  Better to be safe than
sorry!) March 11 - "Coffee From Around the World" by Laurie Loughney, 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.) March 12 - Craft: Create Your Own
Saint Patrick's Day Greeting Card with Gerry, 10:30 am (Gerry, our crafty
volunteer will show you how easy it is to make a unique Saint Patrick's Day
greeting card using rubber stamps and a lot of imagination.) March 14 - "How
to Deal with Intergenerational Conflict" by Suda Narasimhan, LSW, Jewish
Family Services of Somerset County, Family Mentor Program, 10:30 am (Suda
will be here to help older adults understand and cope with relationship
changes that take place with adult children and grandchildren.) March 17 -
Saint Patrick's Day Party, 10:30 am (What would the holiday be without
wearing green and corned beef & cabbage on the menu?  Celebrate with friends
because today everyone is Irish!) March 19 - Free Hearing Screenings &
Hearing Aid Checks with Farah Said, AuD., Raritan Valley Audiology,
10:00-12:00 pm (Farah Said will be at the center to conduct hearing
screenings and inspect your hearing aid to be sure it is working at optimal
levels.  No appointment is necessary).
March 21 - Total Brain Workout: Reasoning, 10:30 am (The program is like
aerobics for your brain!  Reasoning involves the ability to analyze the best
way to do something such as arranging or organizing.  The puzzles in this
chapter require you to activate your reasoning skills in a focused manner to
maximize brain power.) March 21 - Tea Tasting (Did you know there are many
health benefits to drinking tea?  With so many varieties on the market, you
are bound to find one you really enjoy.  Tea sampling following the Total
Brain Workout program.) March 25 - "The 12 Steps to Happiness" by Betty
Epple, 10:30 am (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).
March 26 - "Prostate and Ovarian Cancer Screenings with Somerset Medical
Center, 10:30 am (Raise your awareness with this important program about
prostate and ovarian cancer.  Somerset Medical Center will administer pen
and paper screenings to determine your risk factors.) March 26 - Bingo (Try
your luck today for some great prizes!) March 26 - "The Wide World of
Healthy Snacking" by Kaitlyn McGowan, RD, 10:30 am (Kaitlyn McGowan will
tempt your taste buds with the healthiest snacks out there today.  She will
speak about the nutrients and antioxidants that are plentiful in healthy
snacks and will offer samples including kale chips and fruit salad.) March
28 - Dance Performance by the Raritan Valley Community College Dancers,
10:30 am (Get ready for a great show by these talented students)!


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 a.m.
Caram (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards) & Other Games - Every Thursday
Cards - Daily Flex, Stretch & Tone with Rose - Tuesday & Thursday March 3
-Visit the Manville Senior Center for a vocal performance by Josie
Mescallado (Home Instead Senior Care is pleased to present: a Musical
Interlude.  The program will include classical and opera selections,
Broadway show tunes, popular movie classics and an assortment of patriotic
songs.  Attendees will be encouraged to sing along with Josie.) March 7 -
Dance Performance by the Raritan Valley Community College Dancers, 10:45 am
(Get ready for a great show by these talented students)!
March 10 - Mind Your Mind:  Using Language Exercises March 12 - "Affordable
Housing" by Ella Mendalski, Central Jersey Housing Resource Center, 10:30 am
March 14 - The History of Saint Patrick's Day with Brain Teasers March 17 -
Visit the Manville Senior Center for a Special Saint Patrick's Day Program:
"Ireland's Culture and it's People"
March 19 - Visit the Manville Senior Center for Somerset County's K-9 Unit
Program with Al Bauer, Somerset County Sheriff's Office March 21 - Wii Games
(Bowling, Baseball or Tennis) March 24 - Reader's Digest: Scenic Wonders of
the American Atlantic Vistas, 10:30 am March 26 - Visit the Manville Senior
Center for "Nashville Memories" with Entertainment by Michael Kaye, 10:45 am
March 28 - Mind Your Mind: Perception Exercises March 31 - Visit the
Manville Senior Center for the Drumming Circle program sponsored by the
Horizon Foundation, 10:30 am


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 and Wednesday, 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.
March 3 - Vocal Performance with Josie Mescallado (Home Instead Senior Care
is pleased to present: a Musical Interlude.  The program will include
classical and opera selections, Broadway show tunes, popular movie classics
and an assortment of patriotic songs.  Attendees will be encouraged to sing
along with Josie.) March 4 - Pass the Pig (Game) March 6 - "How to Deal with
Intergenerational Conflict" by Suda Narasimham, LSW, Jewish Family Services
of Somerset County, Family Mentor Program (Suda will be here to help older
adults understand and cope with relationship changes that take place between
adult children and grandchildren.) March 7 - Free Body Mass Index Screenings
with Nutritional Guidance by Teresa Grasso, RD, 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.)
March 10 - Craft: Being Creative with Clay March 11 - Potato Leek Soup
Tasting with Rachel Simpers, RD, Shoprite/Wakefern Company. 10:45 am March
13 - Visit the Quail Brook Senior Center for a "Hands On" Origami Program,
10:30 am March 14 & 24 - Dominoes with Al March 17 - Happy Saint Patrick's
Day:  Learn about Ireland's Culture and its People with a Craft Decoration
March 18 - Sing Along with Ken Tekel & Pete Piccirillo on the Drums and
Banjo March 19 - "All About Somerset County's K9 Unit Program" by Al Bauer,
Somerset County Sheriff's Office March 21 - Operation Shoebox Community
Project March 26 - "Nashville Memories" with Entertainment by Michael Kaye,
10:45 am March 27 - "Controlling Bed Bugs" By Lynne Gregory, Coordinator,
Pesticides Community Outreach, United States Environmental Protection
Agency, Region 2 (The most important step in controlling bed bugs is to
learn about them and prevent them from being introduced.  This program will
highlight prevention, detection and control of bed bugs, which are parasites
that seek out sleeping people and animals.  Non-chemical and chemical
intervention methods will also be discussed.) March 28 - Wii Bowling March
31 - Drumming Circle program sponsored by the Horizon Foundation, 10:30 am


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.
Exercise for Arthritis with Elizabeth - Tuesday & Thursday, 11 a.m.
Pool Table - Available Daily
Qigong with Bobbi - March 12 and 26, 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.
March 3 - "How to Deal with Intergenerational Conflict" by Suda Narasimham,
LSW, Jewish Family Services of Somerset County, Family Mentor Program (Suda
will be here to help older adults understand and cope with relationship
changes that take place between adult children and grandchildren.) March 5,
12, 19 & 26 - Tai Chi with Herb March 5 & 19 - Zumba Gold with Elizabeth,
10:30 am March 7 - "The Life & Work of Pierre Augustine Renoir" - Lecture &
Watercolor 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.) March 10 - "Fall Prevention"
Pati Muscolino, Ways To Be Safe March 21 - Musical Interlude with Josie
Mescallado (Home Instead Senior Care is pleased to present: a Musical
Interlude.  The program will include classical and opera selections,
Broadway show tunes, popular movie classics and an assortment of patriotic
songs.  Attendees will be encouraged to sing along with Josie.) March 24 -
"Nocturnal Animal Sounds" by the Somerset County Park Commission March 28 -
Operation Shoebox Community Project, 10:30 am (We will be packing candy bags
for the troops.) March 31 - "New Jersey Snakes" by the Somerset County Park
Commission


QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER
625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ
(732) 563-4213
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) 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.
Games (Scrabble, Dominos, Checkers, Yahtzee, Uno & Quizzle) - Daily Healthy
Bones Exercise Class - Monday, 9:30 a.m. (Doctor's Note Needed for Class)
Line Dancing - Every Friday, 9:30 am March 3 - "A Psychic Experience:
Popular Culture or Real Prophecies & Predictions?" by Artie Hoffman, 10:30
am March 4, 5 & 25 - 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.) March
7- "Reconciliation: A Conclusion to Internal and External Conflicts" by the
Magic Mirror Players, Somerset Medical Center, 10:45 am March 10 - "Putting
the Better in Baking: A Lecture & Demonstration on Healthy Desserts" by
Allison Napolitano, RD, Shoprite/Wakefern Company, 10:00 am March 11 -
"Aromatherapy: A Belief in the Balance & Harmony of Body and Mind Using
Essential Plant Oils" by Meredith Krantz & Lucy Tamayo, 10:30 am March 12 -
"Planning a Native Butterfly Garden" by Christa Wood, Naturalist, Somerset
County Park Commission, Environmental Education Center, 10:30 am March 13 -
"Hands On" Origami Program sponsored by the Horizon Foundation, 10:30 am
March 17 - Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day: The Patron Saint of Ireland, 10:30
am March 18 - "Don't Back Down: Learn How to Prevent Back Injuries" by
Kessler Rehabilitation Center, 10:30 am March 19 - "Controlling Bed Bugs" by
Lynne Gregory, Coordinator, Pesticides Community Outreach, United States
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 10:30 am  (The most important step
in controlling bed bugs is to learn about them and prevent them from being
introduced.  This program will highlight the prevention, detection and
control of bed bugs, which are parasites that seek out sleeping people and
animals.  Non-chemical and chemical intervention methods will also be
discussed.) March 24 - "Fire Safety and Fire Prevention" by the Franklin
Township Fire Prevention Squad, 10:30 am March 26 - Visit to the Manville
Senior Center "Nashville Memories" Party with Entertainment by Michael Kaye,
10:45 am March 31 - "Passover & Easter: A Jewish Commemoration and A
Christian Festival with a Spirited Discussion, 10:30 am


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 March 6 - "For the
Birds" by John DeMarrais, Bird Expert & Master Gardner March 7 - Wii Bowling
March 10 - "Taking Your Medications Safely" by Samantha Banerjee, Somerset
County Department of Health March 11 - "Ask the Therapist" by Denise
Calloway, Kessler Rehabilitation Center March 12 - Free Eye Screenings with
the Commission For the Blind, 10:00 am March 13 - Operation Shoebox
Community Project March 13 - Left, Right, Center Dice Game March 14 -
National Craft Month: Bring in a Craft You Want to Share March 17 - The
History of Saint Patrick's Day March 20 - Apron Parade: Wear Your Favorite
Apron and Tell Us a Story About It!
March 21 - "Where Did I Put My Cat?" by Laurie Roome, Eldercare Educator,
Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services March 24 - "Serving Up
Good Nutrition" by Caitlin Witucki, MS, Somerset County Office on Aging &
Disability Services March 27 - "Financial Awareness" - Lunch & Learn
Opportunity by Kevin Lynch, President, Somerset County Chapter, Society for
Financial Awareness, 12:00 pm



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- 3 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 Instruction - Call to Register
Every Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m.
            Every Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Computer Room - Open Monday thru Friday (Call for Availability) Healthy
Bones Exercise Class - Every Wednesday & Friday, 10 a.m. (Advance
registration & doctor's note required.) Knit 'N Crochet Circle - Every
Wednesday, 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 a.m. Advance
Registration Required. Call for availability.
March 3 - Mind Your Mind Memory Fun, 10:30 am (Memory loss is a concern as
we age.  Together we will work through several activities and games that
when practiced on a regular basis will help with the retrieval process.)
March 3 - Marshmallow Challenge (Using sticks of spaghetti, tape, string and
one marshmallow, attendees will use their creativity and problem-solving
skills as they work together to try and create the tallest freestanding
tower.) March 4 - "Maple Sugaring" by Vanessa Darras, Naturalist, Somerset
County Park Commission, Environmental Education Center (Attendees will learn
about both the history of maple sugar from the time of the Native Americans
and techniques used to make this tasty treat.  Mini pancakes will be
provided for a maple syrup tasting.) March 7, 14, 21 & 28 - Brains and Games
with Adrienne/Hand Bell Practice, 10:30 am March 10 - "Keeping Your Mind
Sharp" by Caitlin Witucki, MS, Health Promotion Specialist, county Office on
Aging and Disability Services, 10:30 am (An educational workshop that will
empower attendees to lead healthier lifestyles.  Specific actions will be
suggested to improve one's current health and to keep one's mind sharp.)
March 11 - Sci-Tech 101: Soft Shell Eggs and Rubber Chicken Bones, 11:15 am
(Eggs and chicken bones contain calcium carbonate.  See what happens when
acetic acid is added to them.) March 17 - Minute It to Win It Games: Ireland
vs. United States, 10:30 am (Based on the games used on the popular TV show,
we will have some client-friendly competitions with deceptively simple games
that require savvy to complete.) March 18 - "Diabetes and Arthritis Basics"
by Bryan Deneberg, National Diabetic Education Association (After discussing
diabetic basics, there will be a demonstration on proper foot care and
additional information given regarding proper eye care.  Other topics to be
discussed are:  arthritis pain management, benefits to orthotic bracing and
NO COST Medicare programs.  Everyone attending the program will receive a
FREE pair of diabetic socks so pre-registration for this program is a must.)
March 24 - Craft: Making Spring Greeting Cards, 10:30 am (Join us as Donna
Hollman and Jan Wisse show us how to make special Spring themed greeting
cards that will be delivered to the center's Meals on Wheels clients in a
gift bag.) March 25 - Quinoa Cooking and Tasting with Roberta (This hands-on
cooking preparation opportunity will allow attendees to make a simple
pudding-like quinoa recipe.  According to the Incas, quinoa is known as
chisaya mama or "mother of all grains."  It is an ancient seed that is
harvested from the goosefoots plant is native to South America.) March 27 -
"Journey Dancing" - Lunch & Learn Opportunity with Esta Kaftan, LCSW,
Certified Leader, 12:45 pm (Weaving simple, guided movement sequences with
free exploration, Journey Dancing reconnects you with your innate state of
joyous wellbeing.)  Lunch begins at 11:45 am and the program begins at 12:45
pm.  This is the first of four 'Boom-errific" (Baby Boomer + Terrific)
well-being, movement programs.  Advance reservations are required by
Tuesday, March 25. ) March 31 - Vocal Performance with Josie Mescallado,
10:30 am (Home Instead Senior Care is pleased to present: a Musical
Interlude.  The program will include classical, opera, Broadway show tunes,
popular movie classics and an assortment of patriotic songs.  Attendees will
be encouraged to sing along with Josie.)