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Somerset County Senior Centers Announce October Programs

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

(908) 204-3435 

Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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

Computer Individual Instruction with Mike Dias – Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Sept. 19 - Oct. 31) Appointment required

Pool Sharks – Pool Table Available Daily, 9:00 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. (Sept. 8 – Oct. 13) Advanced registration required.

Zumba – Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30 a.m. (Sept. 17 – Nov. 7) Advance registration is required.

October 1Free Hearing Screenings & Hearing Aid Checks with Farah Said, AuD, Raritan Valley Audiology, 10:00-12:00 p.m. (Farah Said will be onsite to conduct individual screenings and inspect your hearing aids.  No appointment is necessary).

October 3 – “Alert! Phone Scams on the Rise” by Hank Werner, Police Officer, Bernards Township Police Department, 10:45 a.m. (Police Officer Hank Werner wants you to know about a wide spread scam targeting older adults.  This is information you don’t want to miss).

October 7 – “Local Ghost Stories” by Helen Vasko, 10:30 a.m. (Helen Vasko leads the discussion on popular ghost stories in this local area.  We would love to hear your own stories).

October 7Free Blood Pressure Screenings with Laura Cummings, RN, BSN, Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, 10:30 a.m.

October 8 – “Know the Facts About Shingles” by Rite Aid Pharmacy, 10:30 a.m. (Presented by a Pharmacist and a Clinical Manager from Rite Aid Pharmacy.  Topics to be covered will be risks, symptoms and treatments from the shingle virus).

October 8Free Osteoporosis Sahara Screenings with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 10:30-12:00 p.m. (Saint Barnabas Medical Center has partnered with Rite Aid Pharmacy to offer simple osteoporosis “Sahara” screenings.  It is done by resting your foot comfortably in a device for a painless, non-invasive ultrasound measurement.  An analysis is given with the results and recommendations.  The entire screening takes only a few minutes and no appointment is necessary).

October 10 – Total Brain Workout, 10:30 a.m. (Dust off those thinking caps and bring them along today.  Workout includes timed puzzles and mind game.  Please make a reservation).

October 13 – Holiday – Center Closed

October 15 – Fall Flower Arranging Workshop, 10:30 a.m. (Members of the Bernardsville Garden Club will conduct an informative and interactive flower arranging workshop.  All participants take home a lovely live flower basket.  Seating is limited and reservations are required).

October 17 – “All About Apples” by Joe Gyrurian, Horticultural Consultant, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 10:30 a.m. (Joe will discuss the various types of apples as well as explain modern production methods.  A variety of apples will be sampled).

October 21Free Vision Screenings with Kessler Rehabilitation Center, 10:00-12:00 p.m. (No appointment necessary).

October 22 – “Recycling: What Goes In and What Stays Out” by Melissa Harvey, Somerset County Solid Waste Department, 10:30 a.m. (Are you unsure how to tell what you can and can’t recycle?  This program will clear up those questions.  Receive a Free Newspaper Recycling Bucket and a Free reusable grocery bag).

October 23 – “Conquer Clutter” – Lunch & Learn Opportunity by Linda Anders, Professional Organizer, 12:00-2:00 p.m. (Linda Anders owns an organizing business and is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers.  She specializes in personalized home organizing, space planning, records management and behavior modification.  During this presentation, Linda will touch on all of the above topics and will also cover how to eliminate paper piles in order to acquire more space in your home.  This program addresses anyone who has wasted time looking for important documents such as bank statements, income tax information and receipts and also offers information on when it is safe to dispose of these items.  $25.00 per person.  Registration is required by October 21st.  Boxed Lunches are available.  For those 60 and above there is a donation of $2.00 and for those under 60 the cost is $6.75).

October 24 – Rubber Stamping Greeting Cards Workshop with Gerry, 10:30 a.m. (Gerry will show you how to create your own unique Thanksgiving cards for friends and loved ones).

October 28 – “Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families” by Volunteers of American, 10:30 a.m. (Volunteers of America have organized this division to offer services to support our veterans and their families while they are away as well as when they transition back home).

October 28 – “AARP Defensive Driving Course” – Lunch & Learn Opportunity, 9:00-3:00 p.m. (Any licensed driver may take this course to sharpen driving skills plus receive 5% discount on insurance premiums for 3 years.  AARP members $15 and Non AARP members $20.  Lunch is available for a donation of $2 for those 60 and above and a cost of $6.75 for those under age 60.  Please make your reservation no later than Friday, October 24th.  Class is limited to 25 people).

October 29 – “Cold & Flu Prevention” by Kaitlyn McGowan, RD, 10:30 a.m. (Kaitlyn will present the most effective ways to prevent and treat illness during the upcoming cold and flu season).

October 29 – October Birthday celebrations, 12:15 p.m.

October 31 – Halloween Costume Party, 10:30 a.m. (Dress up and get ready to have fun!)

 

 

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

Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Flex, Stretch & Tone with Rose – Tuesday & Thursday

Mahjong – Every Wednesday, 10 a.m.

October1 – Come and Join us as We Decorate the Center for the Fall Season, 10:00 a.m.

October 1 – Bingo, 10:45 a.m.

October 2, 7, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30Fit and Flex with Rose (Come exercise with Rose.  This weekly exercise program changes frequently and includes games, stretches, walks, chair fitness, strength training movement and more).

October 2 – Classic Board Games, 10:00 a.m.

October 3 – “Skits, Songs & Games” by the Franklin Middle School Drama Students, 10:45 a.m. (Join students from the Franklin Middle School’s Drama and Music Departments as they entertain with songs, poetry and skits).

October 6, 14, 17, 21 & 23 – Minute to Win It Practice, 10:00 a.m.

October 6 – “Disaster Preparedness” by Laurie Roome, Eldercare Educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services (Laure Roome from the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services will offer guidance and tips to help us prepare for many types of emergencies including natural disasters).

October 7 – Monopoly Morning, 10:00 a.m.

October 8, 15 & 22 – Mahjong, 10:00 a.m. (Come join us and learn how to play this new exciting game).

October 8 – Getting to Know You Bingo Day, 10:45 a.m.

October 9 – “Pick Ten Lotto Game” by Meredith Krantz and Luci, Avalon, 10:45 a.m.

October 10 – Classic Cruisers, 10:30 a.m. (October is the Anniversary of the sale of the first Model T Ford car dubbed “the first affordable vehicle.”  Celebrate this milestone by learning some fun details of car history, enjoy trivia and meet a special guest who will bring a classic car to the center.  Bring a picture or some memories of your first cars to share).

October 13 – Holiday – Center Closed

October 14 – “Diwali Program” by Leela Ramachandra (Join Leela for a special presentation on Diwali – The Indian Festival of Lights).

October 15 – Amazing Leave Crafts, 10:45 a.m. (Bring the outdoors in as we try our hand at some amazing crafts you can make with leaves).

October 17 – Coffee and Chat with the Senior Center Manager, 10:15 a.m. (Chat about your ideas for the center with the new Senior Center Manager, Janet Timari).

October 20 – “An Apple a Day” by Nancy Rosa Mejias, Program Coordinator, Family and Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 10:45 a.m. (Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?  Join Nancy Rosa Mejias to learn all about the apple.  Enjoy tasting some favorite varieties while learning about its history and health benefits).

October 22 – “The Spirit and the Psyche: The 10 Commandments of the Aging Process” by Rabbi Ronald W. Kaplan

October 24 – Visit to the Montgomery Senior Center for the “Minute to Win It Rematch” 10:00 a.m.

Come join the fun as Hillsborough Senior Center challenges the Montgomery Senior Center in our fifth year of Minute to Win It.  There will be great prizes and a lot of fun.  This program is sponsored by the Montgomery Rocky Hill and Hillsborough Rotary.  This is an event you don’t want to miss.  Call the center for details!)

October 27 – “The Healthy Harvest” by Rachel Simpers RD, Shoprite/Wakefern (Rachel Simpers will celebrate The Healthy Harvest with her program featuring pumpkins, squash and a cranberry appetizer for all to enjoy).

October 28 – Trivia Time, 10:00 a.m.

Ocotber 29 – “New Ragtime Guitar: A Musical & Historical View of America’s Frist Popular Music Fad” by Allen Jaffe, Artist/Composer, 10:45 a.m. (Allan Jaffe will explore the musical and social origins of piano ragtime, focusing on the music of Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb and James Scott, among others.  He will introduce the audience to the music of three great ragtime artists, Arthur “Blind” Blake, Mississippi John Hurt and the Reverend Gary Davis, showing how these artists incorporated techniques from piano ragtime into their particular form of acoustic blues.  The third part of the presentation deals with his own rags, which effectively fuse the two styles of ragtime together, while incorporating elements of more contemporary forms of American music, i.e. Jazz, Funk and Blues.  The result is a new form of acoustic solo guitar music).

October 30 – Sculpey Time: Learn How to Make Objects with Clay, 10:00 a.m. (Try your hand at making clay objects with Sculpey which is soft and pliable, works and feels like ceramic clay but will not dry out when exposed to the air.  It is the perfect material to create many different types of items).

October 31 – Happy Halloween Party, 10:30 a.m. (Join us for Haunted Somerset County history, fun games and more.  Come wearing your favorite costume or hat for a chance to win a funny prize!)

MANVILLE SENIOR CENTER

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

Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Aerobic Chair Exercise - Class sponsored by the Manville Recreation Department - Every Monday and Wednesday, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.;

Low Impact Aerobic Exercise Class - sponsored by the Manville Recreation Department - Every Thursday, 9:45 – 10:45 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.

October 2Free Vision Screenings by Dr. Subramanion, the Princeton-Flemington Eye Institute, 10:45 a.m.

October 2 – Come Join the Holiday Choir, 11:30 a.m.

October 3 - Trip to the Historic Brook Arts Center for “Little Shop of Horrors” (Pre-registration is required.  $15 per person.  Please see Lisa Carra).

October 6 – “The Importance of Stretching” by Caitlyn Witucki, MS, Health Promotion Specialist, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services (Stretching increases flexibility, improves circulation, balance/coordination and helps alleviate tense muscles and pain).

October 6 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) (A counselor will be available to provide free help to New Jersey beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health insurance.  SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services.  Please call Lisa Carra for appointment at (908) 526-0175).

October 7 – Discussion: The History of the Jewish Holiday Yom Kippur

October 9 – Craft: Halloween BOO Plaque

October 10 – Movie Day: “Hocus Pocus” 10:30 a.m.

October 13 – Holiday – Center Closed

October 14 – “Got Clutter?” by Theresa D’Auria, Organized to a T

October 17 – Left, Right, Center Dice Game

October 20 – Dominoes with Al

October 21 – “Sharks 101” by the Somerset County Parks Commission

October 23 – Come to the Center and Enjoy a Healthy Twist on a Pumpkin Smoothie

October 24 – Craft: Creating Fall Wreathes

October 27 – “The Agility Show” by Bonnie Charkowick and her Dogs (Enjoy a visit by Bonnie and her adorable dogs.  They are sure to make you smile).

October 28 – Halloween Memory Game

October 29 – “Breast Cancer Awareness” by Saint Peter’s University Hospital

October 31 – A Spooktaculer Halloween Costume Party with Entertainment by DJ Giovanni, 10:45 a.m.

 

 

MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER
356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, NJ

(609) 466-0846

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” – Most Fridays, 10:00 a.m.

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

Exercise for Arthritis with Elizabeth – Tuesday & Thursday, 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.

Tai Chi with Herb – Every Wednesday, 11 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.

October 1 – Come and Learn the Exciting Game of Bocce Ball, 10:30 a.m.

October 3 – “The Life & Work of Alexander Calder” – Lecture & Wire Sculpture Workshop, Art of the Master’s Program by Creative Notions, 10:30 a.m. (Alexander Calder was an American sculptor known as the originator of the mobile, a type of sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended components which move in response to motor power or air currents.  Calder’s stationary sculptures are called stabiles.  He also produced numerous wire figures, notably for a miniature circus.  The day’s project will be a wire sculpture.  Fifteen minute lecture has unlimited attendance.  Art project has a 16 person maximum.  Advanced registration for the art project is required).

October 6 – “Learn All You Need to Know About the Mary Jacobs Library” by Meredith Hoyer, Adult Services, Mary Jacobs Library

October 13 – Holiday – Center Closed

October 17 – Free Balance Screenings with Kessler Rehabilitation Center

October 20 – “Understanding Cholesterol:  Tips, Tasting & Recipes” by Rachel Simpers, RD, Shoprite/Wakefern (Join Rachel Simpers as she offers some tasty tips, tastings and recipes for foods that help keep your cholesterol in check for heart health).

October 24 – “Minute to Win It” Rematch vs. the Hillsborough Senior Center, 10:00 a.m. (Come join the fun as Montgomery Senior Center challenges the Hillsborough Senior Center in our fifth year of Minute to Win It.  There will be great prizes and a lot fun. This program is sponsored by the Montgomery Rocky Hill and Hillsborough Rotary.  This is an event you don’t want to miss.  Call the center for details!)

October 27 – “Medication Management” by Barbara Vanning, Princeton University Hospital

October 31 – Kid Connection Halloween Party, 10:30 a.m.

 

 

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)

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.

Gentle Yoga – Every Wednesday, 2:15-3:30 p.m. (Oct. 15-Dec. 3) Advance registration required. The fee is $40 for an eight-week session.

October 1 – Canasta Tournament with Rich Scott, 10:30 a.m. (Learn the rummy family game of tactics and strategy).

October 1 – “Seven Roadblocks for Moving Forward: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles Seminar” – Lunch & Learn Opportunity with Susie Robinson, Certified Life Coach, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

October 2 – “Germ Warfare: History, Practice & Importance of Hygiene and Hand Washing” by Sally Awad, BS, Public Health Community Liaison, Bright Star Care, 10:30 a.m.

October 3, 10, 24 & 30 – “Learn Basic Arabic” by Sally Awad, 10:30 a.m. (Part 3 of Background, Salutations and Local Phrases from Quail Brook’s Around the World Languages Program).

October 4, 20 & 27 – “Body & Brain Yoga: Learn to Breathe, Relax and Experience Self-Discovery” by Lucy Pagnetti, Certified Yoga & Meditation Instructor, 10:30 a.m.

October 7 – “Weatherize Your Home & Your Life: How to Select a Contractor, Avoid Scams and Stay in Your Home” by Sharon Clark, Executive Director, Central Jersey Housing Resource Center, 10:30 a.m.

October 7, 14 & 28 – “Become an Artist: Learn to Draw” by Karen Haake, Local Artist, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

October 8, 15, 22 & 29 – “Movement For Life: A Progressive & Unique Way to Exercise Program” by Joanne, 10:30 a.m.

October 13 – Holiday – Center Closed

October 14 & 28 – 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 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).

October 15 – Quail Brook Foot Clinic with Sharon Joag, DPM, East Brunswick Foot Care

October 16 – “Can You Hear Me Now: Ear Anatomy, Signs of Hearing Loss, Impact & Prevention” by Zounds Hearing, 10:30 a.m.

October 17 - “Know the Facts About Shingles” by Rite Aid Pharmacy, 10:30 a.m. (Presented by a Pharmacist and a Clinical Manager from Rite Aid Pharmacy.  Topics to be covered will be risks, symptoms and treatments from the shingle virus).

October 20 – “What You Need to Know About Arthritis” by Ivy Rehabilitation, 10:30 a.m.

October 21 – “A Healthy Homage to Halloween with Cooking Demonstration” by Allison Napolitano, RD, Shoprite/Wakefern, 10:30 a.m.

October 21 & 23 – AARP Defensive Driving Course – Lunch & Learn Opportunity, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Any licensed driver may take this course to sharpen driving skills and receive a 5% discount on insurance premiums for 3 years.  AARP members $15 and Non AARP members $20.  Class is limited to 25 people.

October 23 – “What Does it Take to Stay Healthy: The More You Know, The Healthier You Are” by Carol Rocco, RN, Spring Hills Assisted Living, 10:30 a.m.

October 31 – Visit the Manville Senior Center for a Spooktaculer Halloween Costume Party with Entertainment by DJ Giovanni, 10:45 a.m.

 

 

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

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

Pool – Available Daily

Table Shuffleboard/Rummikub, Air Hockey and Dominoes – Daily

October 1 – “Medicare Review” by Tina Stewart, First Jersey Health Insurance

October 3 & 17 – Wii Games (Bowling, Baseball or Tennis)

October 6 – “The Importance of a Home Safety Checklist” by Bright Star Home Care

October 8, 20 & 29 – Chair Aerobics

October 9 – “Recycling: What Goes In and What Stays Out” by Melissa Harvey, Somerset County Solid Waste Department (Are you unsure how to tell what you can and can’t recycle?  This program will clear up those questions.  Receive a Free newspaper recycling bucket and a Free reusable grocery bag).

October 10 – Left, Right, Center Dice Game

October 13 – Holiday – Center Closed

October 15 – Trivia

October 16 – Horse Racing Game

cid:image001.jpg@01CF3DD7.68D66DE0October 22 - ”Hands On” Calligraphy Program at 10:45 a.m. with Catherine Lent, sponsored by the Horizons Foundation (This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts  Program).

October 23 – Video Match Game

October 24 – Your Choice!  Dominoes, Cards and Boggle

October 27 – “Poison Control” by Sumantha Banerjee, MPH, CHES, Somerset County Department of Health

October 30 – Mind Your Mind: Flexible Thinking Exercises

October 31 – Halloween Party

 

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

Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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 and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (No Bingo Oct. 14 or 16)

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 RoomCall for Availability

Computer Instruction (Advanced Registration Required):

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Healthy Bones Classes – Every Wednesday and Friday, 10 – 11 a.m. (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 p.m.

Oil Painting – Every Wednesday, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Pool Room – Open Daily, Monday through Friday

Watercolor Paint Class – Monday and Thursday, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Advance registration required)

Zumba Gold Exercise Class – Monday, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. (Advance registration required, call for information)

Zumba Gold Exercise Class – Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Advance registration required)

October 3 – Mind Your Mind: Perception Exercises, 10:30 a.m.

October 6 – Viva Las Vegas Special Event, 10:30 a.m. (Join us as we have fun at the High Roller Casino (a.k.a. Warrenbrook Senior Center) starring in the (Venetian Room-a.k.a. dining room) Michael Kopczyka as Elvis.  Have some fun playing 21 or learning about the history of Las Vegas.  A special lunch menu of Jackpot Center Cut Roast Pork or Snake Eyes Vegetable Napoleon is planned.  Lunch reservations are required by Thursday, Oct. 2).

October 10, 17 & 24 – Brains and Games with Adrienne/Hand Bell Practice, 10:30 a.m.

October 13 – Holiday – Center Closed

October 14 - “The Life & Work of Alexander Calder” – Lecture & Wire Sculpture Workshop, Art of the Master’s Program by Creative Notions, 10:30 a.m. (Alexander Calder was an American sculptor known as the originator of the mobile, a type of sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended components which move in response to motor power or air currents.  Calder’s stationary sculptures are called stabiles.  He also produced numerous wire figures, notably for a miniature circus.  The day’s project will be a wire sculpture.  Fifteen minute lecture has unlimited attendance.  Art project has a 16 person maximum.  Advanced registration for the art project is required).

October 15 – “Unused Medication Drop-Off Opportunity” with Officer Thomas Wallace, Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Officer Wallace will be at the center to collect any unused or expired medications.  Please take advantage of this safe way to dispose of your medications.  Center staff cannot accept any dropped off medications without the Somerset County Sheriff’s Officer being present).

October 16 – Celebrating Latino Heritage, 10:30 a.m. (Join us as Eulalia Kuga teaches us how to dance the Cumbia.  After dancing we will make a Hispaniola Decorative Plate.  Have you ever tasted Adobo Roast Loin of Pork or Argentine Lentil Stew?  If not, join us for a special lunch.  Reservations are required by Friday, October 10th).

October 20 – “Stroke and Heart Attacks” by the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, 10:30 a.m. (A representative from the visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills will be at the center to discuss the differences between strokes and heart attacks.  The causes for both are similar, yet diverse.  Both share many of the same risk factors, but there are also differences.  Learn the difference in these two medical conditions).

October 21 – Book Club’s First Meeting, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Olive Kitteridge (2008) presents a portrait of the title character and a number of recurring characters in the coastal town of Crosby, Maine.  It takes the form of 13 short stories that are interrelated.  It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2009 and HBO is producing a four-part miniseries, based on the novel that will air in November.  This is the first book to be discussed.  For additional information or to pick up a copy of the book to read in preparation of the first meeting, contact Gwen or Lorraine, at (908) 753-9440).

October 27Free Balance Screenings with Caitlin Witucki, MS, Health Promotion Specialist, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 10:30 a.m. (Balance screenings will test upper and lower body strength, flexibility and endurance.  By assessing the skills used in everyday tasks, such as carrying groceries or climbing stairs, participants will better understand their risks for falling.  In addition, the screenings will offer key insights into the preventative measures as well as tips for improving balance).

October 29 – Diwali Celebration, 10:30 a.m. (Diwali is the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals.  Harinee Madhusudhan, from Nadam of India, a non-profit organization promoting classical arts, will lead us in games and craft making.  An Indian classical dance by youth will be performed.  We will listen to Indian music and enjoy some mouthwatering Indian snacks and sweets).

October 31 – Halloween Brains and Games with Adrienne/Hand Bell Practice, 10:30 a.m.