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Somerset County-Operated Senior Centers Announce April Program Schedule

The Senior Centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services have announced the new monthly program schedule for its locations in Bernards, Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Montgomery, Quail Brook and Warrenbrook.  All programs begin at 11:00 a.m., unless otherwise indicated. 

County-operated Senior Centers offer nutritionally-balanced lunches, Monday through Friday. Menu choices include a hot meat-based or meatless entrée or a cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunch.  Lunch reservations are usually requested by 10 a.m. on the business day before you wish to attend, unless a specific registration date is listed. A suggested lunch donation for those over age 60 is $2.50; the cost of lunch for those under age 60 is $7.34.Invite a friend to join you for lunch or come early and enjoy one of the center’s many programs. For more information, contact the appropriate senior center.

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. – 3 p.m.

Bridge – Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Drop in on Tuesdays for more information.)

Computer Lab – Available Daily, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Individual Computer Lessons – Friday mornings, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please call for information.

Mahjong – Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Drop in on Tuesdays and Fridays for more information.)

Pool Sharks – Pool Table Available Daily, Monday-Friday (Call for Availability)

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

Zumba Gold – Wednesday & Friday, 9:30 a.m. (The original concept of Zumba combines a dance workout with a party-like atmosphere.  Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and 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 working the muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance moves.)

April 1 – Total Brain Workout, 10:30 a.m. Join Kristen for another round of mind games and brain stumpers.

April 5 – “Music to Your Ears: Why Does Music Evoke Memories?” by Helen Vasko, 10:30 a.m. (Helen leads this round table discussion and will trigger your memories just by playing different songs).

April 5Free Blood Pressure Screenings by the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, 10:00 a.m. (A registered nurse from the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills will be onsite to do individual blood pressure screenings. No appointment is necessary).

April 6 – “Podiatry Education & Free Screenings” by Dr. Kenneth Donovan, Advanced Care Foot & Ankle, 10:00 a.m.  Register by April 4.Dr. Kenneth Donovan will be onsite to educate us on the importance of proper foot care and afterwards will offer Free individual foot evaluations and screenings. 

April 8 – Mandala Design Workshop, 10:30 a.m. (Mandalas are created with intricate geometric patterns that are thought to represent the universe.  The basic Mandala is a square with four “gates” containing a circle.  As an art form they are exquisitely beautiful when color is added.  No art experience is necessary.  Reserve your seat by April 6th).

April 12 - State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) A counselor will be available to provide Free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health benefits.  SHIP is a statewide program by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.  Call to schedule an appointment between 10 and 11 a.m.).

April 12 – “Bedbugs: What You Need to Know” by Lynne Gregory, United States Environmental Protection Agency, 10:30 a.m. (Lynne will present information such as the characteristics of bedbugs, how to protect yourself at home and while traveling and also how to get rid of bedbugs should you encounter them).

April 12 – “AARP Defensive Driving Course, 9:00-3:00 p.m. (Any licensed driver may take this course to sharpen their driving skills.  You will receive a 5% discount on your insurance premiums for up to three years.  AARP members $15.  Non-AARP members $20. Lunch is available for a donation of $2.50 for those over age 60 and a cost of $7.34 for those under the age of 60.  Choice of honey mustard grilled chicken or egg salad sandwich.  Please specify your lunch choice when making your reservation no later than April 7th).

April 13 – “Spring Floral Arranging Workshop” by the Bernardsville Garden Club, 10:30 a.m. (Members of the Bernardsville Garden Club will conduct an informative and interactive floral arranging workshop.  All participants will take home a lovely, fresh flower basket.  Seating is limited and reservations are required).

April 15 “Garden State in Bloom” by Walter Choroszewski, Photographer, 10:30 a.m. (Walter retraces the path taken in creating his award-winning book, “The Garden State in Bloom” which showcases Walter’s 25 favorite public gardens presented through colorful photography and accompanied by interesting historical information.  Reserve your seat by April 12th).

April 19 – “Pedestrian Safety Presentation” by RideWise, 10:30 a.m. (Learn tips on personal safety during the warm months ahead).

April 20 – Spring Wreath Workshop with Jerry, 10:30 a.m. (Create your own Spring Wreath to decorate your home. All supplies provided  Reserve your seat by April 15th).

April 22 – Walking Club & Bingo, 10:30 a.m. (Spring is finally here.  Let’s take a walk around the campus for fresh air and exercise and then enjoy bingo for some great prizes.  Reserve your seat by April 20th). 

April 26 – Jeopardy: New York Edition, 10:30 a.m. (Everyone loves the popular gameshow.  Today you can test your knowledge about New York City.  Reserve your seat by April 22nd). 

April 27 – “The Bridges of Manhattan” by Kevin Woyce, Author, 10:30 a.m. (Today, 20 bridges link the island to the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and New Jersey.  Author and speaker, Kevin Woyce will tell the stories of how and why the most famous bridges were built, including the High Bridge of the Croton Aqueduct, the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, Queensboro, and Triborough Bridges, and the George Washington Bridge.  This program is illustrated with original photographs and historic images of Manhattan’s iconic bridges-past and present-and of the city they helped to shape.  Reserve your seat by April 22nd).

April 27 – Birthday Celebration, 12:15 p.m.

April 29 – Movie & Lunch: “The Money Pit,” 10:30 a.m. (Enjoy this comedy starring Tom Hanks. Walter (Tom Hanks) and Anna (Shelley Long) who are house-sitting a New York City apartment owned by Anna’s ex-husband, who suddenly decides to toss them out.  Needing a new home, they settle on buying a country estate outside the city which is available for a suspiciously low price.  It soon becomes apparent why as they realize they have purchased a money pit).

 

Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at bridgewater

876 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

(908) 203-6101

Open Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Backgammon/Chess/Sudoku – Thursday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.; (Do you enjoy games of strategy or mentally-challenging activities?  If so, visit the center for Backgammon, Chess, Sudoku or Rummikub. If you are an experienced player and are willing to be a volunteer coach or teacher, let us know!).

Board Games/Cards/Dominos – Friday 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  Do you enjoy games like Boggle, Cribbage, Rummikub, dominos or cards?  If so, visit the center for a friendly game or two. Identify your game of choice when you make a reservation, so we can ensure adequate game supplies. As a new center, we are still building participation, so bring your friends!

Cards/Games (Scrabble, Backgammon, Chess, Rummikub, Uno, Canasta, etc.) Monday – Friday

Computer Lab- (Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) One-on-One instruction by appointment and upcoming classes (to be announced)

Caram – Monday - Friday (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards)

Knitting Club – Every Wednesday, 10:00-11:00 a.m.; new members welcome!

Dancercise- Tuesday 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ($35 for an 8 week session beginning March 1) Register by February 23) (An innovative and fun way to exercise!  This class incorporates dance moves to well – known music that will keep you moving.  Starting with a “warm up” which helps avoid injury, you will dance to the beat of the music and finish with a “warm down.”  Great for the heart!  Low aerobic and low impact.  Sneakers recommended).

(NEW!) Healthy Bones Exercise Class - Classes will be held Wednesdays, starting April 13, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Advanced registration is required.  A Doctor’s note is also required prior to the first class, and then once every year. For new participants, the cost is $45, which includes ankle weights, a manual and the class fee.  If ankle weights are not needed, the price is $15. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals who have osteoporosis and for those who are at risk of getting it.  Exercises focus on balance, strength, flexibility and posture.

Functional Fitness - Wednesday 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ($40 for an 8 week session beginning

Wednesday, March 2)(Register by February 24) (Learn exercises designed to train and develop your muscles to make it easier and safer to perform everyday activities such as carrying groceries, gardening, bending to do household chores, etc. While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, these exercises emphasize core stability, overall agility and develop muscle strength while also improving balance to reduce the risk of falls).

Jazz Dance – Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (This eight-week program began Thursday, March 3.)  Enjoy a fun way to move to a mix of popular music.  Learn basic stretches, jazz moves and steps that when combined provide an aerobic workout that tones your body while helping to improve flexibility. Did you know that learning and memorizing dance steps also helps stimulate the brain to improve your memory?  Be sure to sign up for this body and brain workout! )

(NEW!) Mahjong Lessons – Beginning April 19, lessons will be held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mahjong, or are you familiar with the game but just in need of fellow players?  Join Sylvia and fellow center members to learn and enjoy this interesting game!).

Needlework Crafts Club – Every Wednesday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. New members welcome!

News & Views – Tuesday – 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.; Casual get – together to discuss current events and share opinions).

Scrabble – Wednesday 2 – 4; (Enjoy a friendly game of scrabble; with sufficient interest, we may plan a club whose members can compete with other area scrabble clubs).

Ping Pong - Monday –Tuesday; Thursday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Pool Tables (2) – Monday – Friday; call for availability

Table Shuffleboard/Air Hockey – Monday – Friday

Mind Your Mind – Monday – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Our brains function in nine cognitive areas; metacognition, memory, flexible thinking, perception, using language, reasoning, using numbers, special relationships and communication. This series will provide hands on activities that exercise each of these areas.

Scrabble Club – Wednesday, 2 – 4; (Enjoy a friendly game of scrabble. If there is sufficient interest, we may form a club, whose members can compete with other area scrabble clubs).

Tai Chi for Health (Formerly Tai Chi for Arthritis) - Thursday 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ($40 for an 8 – week session, beginning Thursday, March 3.)  Tai chi, aptly called “moving meditation,” consists of slow, repetitive movements that improve balance, flexibility, control and stability while promoting relaxation.

(NEW!) Walking Club – Begins Tuesday, April 12, at 10:30 a.m. Now that the weather is warming up, join in a weekly walk along the path that surrounds the center.  Join Caitlin, our Health Promotion Specialist, who will lead the first walk and offer walking exercise tips along the way, with a touch of humor!  Sneakers required.  The rain date is April 19.

Yoga -

Gentle Yoga – Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (An eight-week session that began

March 2.) This style of yoga is ideal for individuals who are new to the practice, new to exercise, looking to improve their flexibility or want a more relaxed workout.  Mats will be provided. 

Hatha Yoga with Bharati Trivedi – Wednesday, 10:45 a.m. (Hatha Yoga incorporates body postures, controlled breathing and meditation.  There are many different benefits of Hatha Yoga, including stretching and aligning the body, improved balance and flexibility, a supple spine and improved circulation. Please bring a personal mat). 

Zumba Gold – Monday, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. (The eight-week session began March 14 and will run through May 2.) The original concept of Zumba combines a dance workout with a party-like atmosphere.  Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for people age 60 plus, including beginners or those who are looking to modify their exercise routine.  Zumba Gold builds cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and by working the muscles of the hips, legs and arms.

Zumba Gold – Friday, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. (Sessions started March 18 and will continue through May 13). The original concept of Zumba combines a dance workout with a party-like atmosphere.  Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for people age 60 plus, including beginners or those who are looking to modify their exercise routine.  Zumba Gold builds cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance moves).

April 1 – Violin Performance by Ivan Zhang (Ivan is a classically trained performer who will captivate the audience with his beautiful musical interpretations).

April 4 – “Embracing the Changes in our Life” by Karen Muha (Karen returns to discuss how to make every day meaningful).

April 4, 11, 18 & 25 – Gentle Aerobics (Exercise and move without putting undo pressure or strain on your body.  Learn movements that lubricate joints and keep them flexible, strengthen and stabilize individual muscles and increase blood circulation.  These exercises and movements can help decrease falls and increase the ability to better accomplish day-to-day physical activities.  This program can be done using a chair for support if desired).

April 4 - State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) - Call to schedule an appointment between 10 and 11 a.m.. A counselor will be available to provide Free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health benefits.  SHIP is a statewide program by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. 

April 5 – “Poetry in Motion: Writing Workshop for One-of-a-Kind Poetry” by Deanna Lerner, Local Resident, Teacher, Author, Artisan (All levels welcome – beginner to advanced).

April 6 “Blast From the Past” – a special event with Entertainment by DJ Gary Morton, 10:45 a.m. (Gary will have you up and dancing with the greatest hits.  Before you enter the facility, you will have a photo opportunity with vintage cars displayed by “Street Dreams.”

April 7 – “The Power of Color” by Audrey Oxenhorn, LCSW (Colors have been used very successfully for healing, entertainment and creating beautiful, peaceful spaces from the beginning of time.  Explore how you already use colors by looking at your clothing and environment.  Audrey will also discuss ways to intentionally add color to heal yourselves).

April 8 - State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) A counselor will be available to provide Free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health benefits.  SHIP is a statewide program by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.  Call to schedule an appointment between 12 and 1p.m.).

April 8 & 29Active & Strong Demonstration with Laura Kerr (Learn exercises designed to train and develop your muscles to make it easier and safer to perform everyday activities such as carrying groceries, gardening, bending to do household chores, etc. While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, these exercises emphasize core stability, overall agility and develop muscle strength while also improving balance to reduce the risk of falls).

April 11 – “All About Recycling” by Melissa Harvey, Recycling Coordinator, Somerset County Solid Waste Department (Recycling is beneficial for the environment because it protects habitats, saves natural resources and produces less pollution than traditional methods of waste disposal. It is also required by law in New Jersey.  Somerset County sells recycled materials to generate revenues that help offset recycling costs for taxpayers.  Recycling also saves residents money by reducing landfill disposal costs.)

April 12 – Discussion: Share Your Favorite Work Memories or Experiences (Join us as we reminisce about past work experiences).

(NEW!) April 12 – Introduction to Upcoming Bereavement Support Group  - Enduring the death of a loved one is a universal experience in our lives. Everyone at some time or another loses a beloved family member, friend, neighbor, colleague or pet.  Coming together to speak or listen is often an opportunity to find comfort and strength.  The purpose of this support group is to provide our guests a safe place to talk with others who share common feelings about the grief and renewal process.  Incorporating Interfaith bereavement principles and universal spiritual concepts Ronald W. Kaplan, Rabbi, Doctor of Ministry -  a pastoral psychotherapist and grief counselor, will facilitate discussions. We welcome your presence and participation. Support group will meet twice per month beginning in May – Tuesday mornings 10:30.  Please call to register.

April 13 – “What Does the Office on Aging & Disability Services Offer?” by Cynthia Voorhees, Eldercare Administrator. April is County Government Month.  Join us as Cynthia provides an in-depth presentation on the services available through the Office on Aging & Disability Services that help people maintain their independence in the community).

April 14 – “A Taste of India” (Join us to sample various dishes that comprise East Indian cuisine).

April 15 – “The Booth Family History” by Peter Lubrecht, Ph.D. (The assassin John Wilkes Booth, was the most famous member of his theatrical family.  Edwin Booth voted for Lincoln and was an avid supporter of the Union, while his brother John was a self-proclaimed spy for the Confederacy who committed what was considered one of the most tragic criminal acts of the nineteenth century.  Dr. Lubrecht traces the family lineage, including the famous father Junius Brutus Booth, and follows John Wilkes Booth on his trail to fame and dishonor).

April 19 – “Virtual Tour of India & Its Music” by Maqsood Mamawala. Enjoy this virtual tour of India and learn about the country’s history, culture and music.

April19 - State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) - Call to schedule an appointment between 10 and 11 a.m. A counselor will be available to provide Free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about, their health benefits.  SHIP is a statewide program by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.  

April 20 – Unused Medication Drop-Off and a Canine Unit Presentation by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. Please take advantage of this safe way to dispose of your medications - Sheriff’s Officers will be at the center to collect unused or expired medications.  (Center staff cannot accept unused medications without a Sheriff’s Officer being present.)  The officers also will conduct a presentation describing the amazing work of the Canine Unit.

April 21 – “What’s the Matter with Your Bladder” by Dr. Saiz-Rodriguez, Atlantic Urogynecolgy Associates (Dr. Saiz-Rodriguez will discuss different bladder issues and available treatment options).

April 25Name “5” Game (Can you name 5 things that could make a person sneeze?  How about 5 Television Dads?  Video Games? Vegetables beginning with the letter A?  Name 5 is a memory – challenging game that tickles your funny bone).

April 26 – “Hand Percussion, Shakers, Kazoos & More Musical Aesthetics” by John Fitzpatrick (While listening to songs from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, enhance your understanding and awareness of the varying tempos of each song, while using hand-held instruments).

April 26Free Dental Screenings with Dr. John Maletta, 10:00 a.m. (No appointment is necessary).

April 27 – “What Has Changed Over the Last 100 Years” by Nanette Peterson, Somerset County Library System, Manville Branch (Nanette will engage you in mind-tingling brain stumpers about what has changed over the last 100 years).

April 28 – “Book Discussion Group” with Nanette Peterson, Somerset County Library System, Manville Branch, 10:00 a.m. (Join us on the fourth Thursday of every month to discover new authors and titles in a casual atmosphere.  You will meet new people, enjoy a lively discussion or a good debate and learn something new. As a group we will decide on a title. All books will be provided by the Somerset County Library System)

HILLSBOROUGH SENIOR CENTER
339 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ  08844
(908) 369-8700

Open Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates.

Bocce Court – Available Daily, Monday - Friday (Weather permitting)

Caram – Daily, Monday-Friday (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards)

Fit & Flex with Rose – Every Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., and Thursday at 10:15 a.m. (This FREE weekly exercise program changes frequently and is suitable for all.  Included are stretches, strength training, laugh yoga, breathing exercises and more.)

Game Room – Open Daily, Monday-Friday

Horseshoe Pit – Available Daily, Monday - Friday (Weather permitting)

Stretching – Available Daily, Monday-Friday

(NEW!) Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Class will be held Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00 p.m., starting
April 12. For new participants, the cost is $45, which includes ankle weights, a manual and the class fee.  If ankle weights are not needed, the price is $15.
  This is a peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who have osteoporosis or are at risk of it.  Exercises focus on balance, strength, flexibility and posture.  Advanced registration is required.  Doctor’s note is also required prior to first class and then once every year.

April 1 – Welcome Spring Luau, 10:30 a.m. (Enjoy beautiful music, a hula demonstration, a volcano photo booth and mind-stimulating games at our second annual Welcome Spring Luau).

April 4 – Craft: Flower Pot Garden Accents, 10:30 a.m. (Join Pam to create a “mushroom” flower pot. Supplies provided).

April 5, 12,19 & 26 – Mahjong Lessons, 10:00 a.m. (Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mahjong or are you familiar with the game but just in need of fellow players?  Tuesday mornings are Mahjong mornings.  Lessons and refreshers are available).

April 5 & 19 – Mind Your Mind Exercises, 11:15 a.m. (Did you know that solving puzzles or challenging yourself with new mind-stretching exercises can stimulate the brain and enhance your critical thinking processes?  Join Janet for some mind-tingling brain stumpers and a fun-filled intellectual workout).

April 6 – Visit to the Montgomery Upper Middle School Music and Art Showcase, 10:30 a.m. (Enjoy musical performances and an art show led by these talented students.  Lunch will follow at the Montgomery Senior Center).

April 7 – Name That Tune: A Musical Adventure (Challenge your memory to guess old and new favorite songs in this hilarious game).

NEW! April 8 – Karaoke, 10:00 a.m. (Take a turn trying out our new machine.  Go solo or join a group for this exciting activity).

April 8 & 25 – Bingo Bonanza, 10:45 a.m.

April 11 – Hearing Program and Free Screenings with the American Hearing Center, 10:30 a.m. (Learn about hearing loss and tinnitus, ways to protect your hearing and receive updates on the latest in hearing technology.  Question/answer session at the conclusion of the program.

April 12 & 26 – Trivia Time with Anna, 11:15 a.m. (Anna will challenge and keep you on your toes in this new series).

April 13 & 18 – “Who am I?” 10:00 a.m. (Ask clever questions while exercising your mental recall abilities to determine the identity of famous historians, celebrities, authors or public figures).

April 13 – April Jeopardy, 10:45 a.m. (Join us for a mind-stimulating morning of jeopardy celebrating all things April).

April 14 – Spelling Bee (In honor of the publication of the first American Dictionary we will test our minds with a spelling challenge).

April 15 – Spring Garden Vegetable and Herb Seed Planting with Laura, Senior Center Volunteer, 10:45 a.m. (Join Laura as we plant an assortment of seeds to prepare our outdoor garden.  All supplies will be provided).

April 18 – “It’s Healthy Grains Month” by Samantha Nunzio, Registered Dietitian, ShopRite/ Wakefern (Join Samantha as she discusses better grain choices and the benefits of eating a diet that includes healthy grains.  She will be making a Mediterranean salad to sample.  Recipes will be provided).

April 20 – “April in Paris” Special Event, 10:30 a.m. (Spring has finally arrived and we will experience Paris for a day.  While strolling past “pictures” of popular tourist attractions, enjoy Parisian café music by Jazz musician, Gordon James, as he entertains us with classic songs of spring and the romance of Paris.  Sample a crepe as part of the festivities).

April 21 - Mandala Design Workshop (Mandalas are created with intricate geometric patterns that are thought to represent the universe.  The basic Mandala is a square with four “gates” containing a circle.  As an art form they are exquisitely beautiful when color is added.  No art experience is necessary).

April 22 – “Affordable Medicare & Medications” by Laurie Roome, Eldercare Educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 10:30 a.m. (Are you finding it difficult to pay for your prescriptions, healthcare insurance premiums and co-pays?  If so, this program is for you!  Learn the basics of Medicare and how you can get the most out of your Medicare dollars.  Discover the best options for you and cost-saving programs for you may be eligible. Please call (908) 369-8700 to register by April 20).

April 25Free Blood Pressure Screenings with Barbara Barath, RN

April 25 – Broadway Musical Bingo, 10:45 a.m. (Enjoy a new way to play bingo as we celebrate the best of Broadway Musicals).

April 27 – “The Stars of Hillsborough” Volunteer Celebration, 10:30 a.m. (Celebrate the amazing volunteers at the Hillsborough Senior Center).

April 28 – Healthy Smoothie Tasting with Janet and Rose

April 29 – Movie & Lunch: “The Intern,” 10:00 a.m. (70 year old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin).

 

MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER
 356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, NJ  08558

(609) 466-0846

Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates.

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

Bocce Ball – Weather Permitting, Thursday, 10:15 a.m.

Card Game “3-13” – Most Fridays, 10 a.m.

Crochet with Silvia – Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Exercise for Arthritis with Elizabeth – Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. (Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates.)

Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. A peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who have osteoporosis or are at risk of getting it.  Exercises focus on balance, strength, flexibility and posture.  Advanced registration is required.  Doctor’s note is also required prior to first class and then once every year.

Modern American Mahjong – Please call for information

Pool Table – Available Daily, Monday-Friday

Qigong with Bobbi – Every Other Wednesday, 10:15 a.m.

Silver Strength with Linda – Every Monday, 10:15 a.m.

Tai Chi with Herb – Every Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. (Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates.)

Yoga with Elizabeth – Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.

Zumba Gold Exercise Class with Elizabeth – Every Other Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. (The original concept of Zumba combines a dance workout with a party-like atmosphere.  Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and 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 working the muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance moves.)

April 1 “Jazz, Pop & Rock” by Walter Choroszewski, Photographer, 10:45 a.m. (Walter in New Jersey proud and celebrates our state’s significant contributions to American music of the twentieth century.  Walter explores these music genres and showcases New Jersey artists including iconic legends Sinatra, Basie and Springsteen, as well as numerous other music talents from the Shirelles to the Four Seasons…and many more).

April 4 – “A Fresh Look at Whole Grains” by Samantha Nunzio, Registered Dietitian, ShopRite/Wakefern (Samantha will review the benefits of eating a diet rich in whole grains.  As part of the presentation, Samantha will prepare an apple, gouda cheese and pecan salad with the grain farro for sampling.  The recipe and nutrition literature will be available for all attendees).

April 4 - State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) A counselor will be available to provide Free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health benefits.  SHIP is a statewide program by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.  Call (609) 466-0846 to schedule an appointment).

April 6 - Visit to the Montgomery Upper Middle School Music and Art Showcase, 10:30 a.m. (Enjoy musical performances and an art show led by these talented students).

April 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Mahjong Lessons, 10:00 a.m. (Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mahjong or are you familiar with the game but just in need of fellow players?  Thursday mornings are Mahjong mornings.  Lessons and refreshers will be available).

April 8 – “A Story of Hope: Making Lemons into Lemonade” by Brad Levine, Ridge High School Student, 10:15 a.m. (Brad will tell his personal story of hope within his family and how a positive outlook helped guide them through his grandmother’s illness).

April 11 -”Healthier Living for Your Brain and Body” by Rose Berger, MSW, the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter (This program is designed for individuals of any age who are looking for information on healthy aging lifestyle practices.  Learn tips on how to adopt positive lifestyle habits that help maintain and potentially improve brain health).

(NEW!) April 12, 19, 26, 28 & 29 – Karaoke, 11:30 a.m. (Take a turn trying out our new machine.  Go solo or join a group for this exciting activity).

April 15 & 29 – Ageless Grace with Roz Gerken, 10:15 a.m. (Ageless Grace is a fitness program based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change structurally and functionally).  It 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 people of all abilities and can be performed while sitting or standing.  Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers).

April 18 – “Making the Most Out of Your Sleep” by Anana Phifer, Director, Sleep Disorders Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset (Anana will speak about the various types of sleep disorders and how to address them).

April 22 – Dancing with the Montgomery Senior Center Stars Recap, 10:30 a.m. (Join us as we watch a video of this wonderful and heartwarming event).

April 25 - Bingo

QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER
625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 563-4213

 Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Body & Brain Yoga with Lucy Pagnetti – Monday, 10:30 a.m. (Body and Brain Yoga is a dynamic  mind-body practice that combines stretching, flowing movement, deep breathing exercises and meditation in a simple and easy to learn format that focuses on the development of the body’s core strength as the basis of physical, mental and spiritual health. Bring mats or you can use a chair) (Advanced registration is required.) ($5.00 suggested donation/class)

Bridge Lessons – Friday, 10:30 a.m.

Computer Instruction – Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Please call for appointment.)

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1:00-3:00 p.m. (There is a $10.00 fee which includes supplies).

Healthy Bones Exercise Class with Joan Ackerman – Monday, 9:15 a.m. (A peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who have osteoporosis or are at risk of it.  Exercises focus on balance, strength, flexibility and posture.  Advanced registration is required.  Doctor’s note is also required prior to first class and then once every year).

Line Dancing – Friday, 9:30 a.m.

A Variety of Board & Card Games (i.e., Monopoly, Po-Ke-No, Yahtzee, Dominoes & Checkers) – Available Monday - Friday

Outdoor Shuffleboard and Horseshoes – Monday – Friday, Weather Permitting

April 1 – “Legendary Tuskegee Airmen” by Charles Nolley, World War II Veteran, 10:30 a.m. (Relive WWII through the eyes of Lt. Charles Nolley, a member of the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces-The Tuskegee Airmen).

April 4 – Learn the Basic Italian Language with John Fitzpatrick, 10:30 a.m. (This is a continuation of Quail Brook’s Around the World Language Series).

April 5, 13, 20 & 27 – Learn the Basic Mandarin Language with Soong Ling Van, 10:30 a.m. (This is a continuation of Quail Brook’s Around the World series).

April 6 – “The Stage, The Lights…On Being a Dancer with Anne Eurick, Manville Resident and Former Radio City Performer, 10:30 a.m. (Learn about Anne’s lifetime of experiences as a former dancer… the philosophy of dancing, mental and physical demands, training, different troupes, costumes and behind and performing on the Radio City Music Hall Stage).

April 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Electronic Keyboard Music Lessons with Robert Norton & John Fitzpatrick, 10:30 a.m. (Hone your newly found musical abilities; learn how to play favorite songs and ‘practice-practice-practice!’)

(NEW!) April 8 – Card Sharks: Quail Brook’s Club of Cards, 10:30 a.m. (Learn how to play several different card games and participate in a tournament).

April 12 & 26 – 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 experienced a reduction in pain, fatigue and stiffness and gain a greater sense of well-being.  Regular tai chi can help reduce falls, especially those with balance problems.  This program can be done using a chair for support if desired).

April 12 - State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) A counselor will be available to provide Free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health benefits.  SHIP is a statewide program by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.  (Call (732) 563-4213 to schedule an appointment).

April19 – Short Story Workshop with Deanna Lerner, 10:30 a.m. (Join us as Deanna explains the steps to writing a short story).

April 22 – Franklin High School Latin Club, 10:30 a.m. (Known in modern times as a ‘dead language’, this classical language was the basis of other languages such as French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Romanian with words contributed to the English language as well. The students from the Latin Club will help us see how Latin roots are still used today in theology, biology and medicine.  Get your thinking caps on and join us for Latin Bingo while reciting the day’s luncheon menu in Latin).

April 28 – Put Some Spring into Your Steps: A Foot Clinic with Dr. Sharon Joag, East Brunswick Foot Care, 10:30 a.m. (Dr. Joag will review proper foot care, shoe choices and will include a Free screening for those interested.  Please call ahead at (732) 563-4213 for an appointment for the screening portion of the program).

April 29 – “Slices of Life” by the Magic Mirror Players, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset, 10:30 a.m. (Players improvise, using role-playing techniques to offer “Slices of Life” to provide an opportunity to focus on important life issues.  The interactive skits help the audience become more self-aware of their reactions and opinions in similar situations).

WARRENBROOK SENIOR CENTER
500 Warrenville Rd., Warren, NJ 07059
(908) 753-9440

Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Ballroom Dancing – Every Tuesday & Wednesday, 1-3 p.m. 

Bingo – Every Thursday, 10:30 a.m.

Bridge – Every Tuesday, 1 p.m.

Caram Board Game – Daily: Monday-Friday (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards)

Computer  Instruction – Advanced Registration Required:

Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.;

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;

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

Computer Room – Call for Availability

Exercise with Sabina – Every Wednesday, 10:45 a.m.  Enjoy an energizing class suitable for beginner and intermediate levels. Exercise with Sabina will boost your energy level, reduce stress and help tone your body by using resistance bands, exercise balls and dance moves.

Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 a.m. (A peer-led, 24 week exercise and education program for individuals at risk or who have osteoporosis.  Exercises focus on balance, strength, flexibility and posture.  Advanced registration is required.  Doctor’s note is required prior to first class and then once every year).

Lending Library – Open Daily: Monday through Friday

Line Dancing (Advanced) – Every Monday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Oil Painting – Every Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. 

Pool Room – Open Daily, Monday through Friday

Watercolor Paint Class – Monday & Thursday, 9-11:30 a.m. (Advanced Registration Required)

Zumba Gold Exercise Class – Monday, 10:45-11:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 11:30-12:15 p.m. Advanced Registration Required. Zumba Gold sessions are designed for all levels of fitness; no prior experience is needed. Zumba is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance.  There are several benefits of Zumba such as strengthening of the cardiovascular system and bones, improving range of motion and good posture.

April 1, 15 & 29 – Brains and Games with Adrienne, 10:30 a.m. (Did you know that solving puzzles or challenging yourself with new mind-stretching activities like learning can stimulate the brain and enhance your creative and critical thinking processes?  Join Adrienne for some mind-tingling, using numbers stumpers followed by Hand Bell practice for a fun-filled, intellectual workout).

April 4 – Movie & Lunch: “An American in Paris,” 10:30 a.m. (Gene Kelly, producer Arthur Freed, director Vincente Minnelli and skilled production team conjure up an entertainment of the ages.  Kelly plays an ex-GI who loves Paris and an alluring (but engaged) perfume-shop clerk (Leslie Caron in her beguiling debut).  Dazzling dance sequences are spun around songs by the Gershwins.  And the closing ballet-combining the George Gershwin title piece, impressionist set stylings and Kelly’s inimitable talent for telling a story in dance-lifts this winner of six Academy Awards, including best picture into the either of timelessness).

April 5 & 7 – Cherry Blossom Tree Craft, 10:00 a.m. (Join us as we create tissue paper cherry blossoms for our upcoming April in Paris special event that will take place on Monday, April 11th.  Please feel free to bring a tree branch with multiple off-shoots that can be decorated).

April 5 – Left, Right, Center Dice Game, 10:30 a.m. (Do you have a competitive spirit?  If yes, then join us for some fun and laughter as we play dice and card games).

April 6Free Blood Pressure Screenings with Susan Anastario, RN, Community Visiting Nurse Association, 10:30 a.m.

April 8 – Performance by the Raritan Valley Community College Dance Ensemble, 10:30 a.m. (Enjoy interpretive dance by these talented students in an interactive presentation).

April 11 – “April in Paris” Special Event, 10:30 a.m. (Spring has finally arrived and we will experience Paris for a day.  View the hand – made cherry blossom trees, created last week and learn about various Paris landmarks.  While strolling past “pictures” of popular tourist attractions, enjoy Parisian café music by Jazz musician, Gordon James as he entertains us with classic songs of spring and the romance of Paris.  Afterwards, enjoy French inspired cuisine for lunch.  Reserve your seat by April 6th).

April 12 & 19 – Boggle and Word Within a Word, 10:30 a.m. (This is a word game that is played using a grid of letters, in which attendees search for words that can be constructed from letters of sequentially adjacent letters.  Words must be at least three letters long but may not use the same letter on the grid more than once per word.  Look for words within a larger word.  Join us as we try to find as many words as possible).

April 12 – Warrenbrook Book Club (New members welcome!) “Featured Book: “Caleb’s Crossing,” 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Join the Warrenbrook Book Club to discuss Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.  In 1665, a young man from Martha’s Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College.  Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of life and faith, magic and adventure).

April 13 – “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 unused medications without the Sheriff’s Officer being present).

April 18 – “Affordable Housing” by Kristie Barbolt, Executive Assistant and Counselor, Central Jersey Housing Resource Center, 10:30 a.m. (This program will cover affordable housing options, living situations and housing rehabilitation programs and will highlight the latest housing scams).

April 22 – Spring Has Sprung Performance with Josie Mescallado, 10:30 a.m. (Josie will entertain us with “Spring” - songs of the past and present.  Singing along is encouraged).

April 25 – Trivia: Celebrating Mystery Items and People, 10:30 a.m. (What am I? Who am I? Together we will hear a variety of clues that will help us solve the mystery).

April 25 – “Senior WalkWise” by Lauren Powelson, RideWise (Walking is good for our health and keeps us connected to the community,  but safety is KEY!  This program will offer tips on how to safely walk and navigate busy streets).

April 25-28 – Third Annual Ageless Art Show Exhibition (The center’s watercolor and oil paint students will be displaying their artistic talent during this art show.  The Art Exhibition will be open to the public from Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.).

April 26 – Art Show Reception, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Teaching and professional artist, Kit Sailer, from Arts Horizons, will talk about The Importance of the Arts and will offer painting critiques with the art show participants.  Light refreshments will be served).

April 29 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) A counselor will be available to provide Free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health benefits.  SHIP is a statewide program by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.  Call (908) 704-6319 to schedule an appointment).

 

The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services operates six multipurpose facilities that offer a variety of educational, recreational and entertaining activities for active older adults, including wellness programs and health screenings. The centers are accessible to individuals with disabilities. 

Somerset County senior centers offer a wide range of experiences designed for lifelong enrichment in a social and uplifting atmosphere, intended to positively impact overall health. Many of these programs are funded, in part, through the Older Americans Act.

Help the Office on Aging and Disability Services improve existing services by taking a Needs Assessment Survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CB68ZG7). The purpose of this survey is to get the opinions of residents on what services are needed to ensure quality of life for older adults. We will use this information to guide decisions about the provision of community-based senior services in Somerset County.