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3/26/2019 - Somerset County Senior Centers Announce April Activities

Somerset County Senior Centers
Announce April Activities


The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services announce the April program schedule. All programs begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

All centers will be closed on Good Friday (April 19).

All Somerset County-operated senior centers offer a nutritionally balanced lunch, Monday through Friday, for a suggested donation of $2.50 for anyone age 60 and above. Menu choices include a hot meat-based or meatless entrée or a cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunch. Please make reservations prior to 10 a.m. on the previous business day.

Invite a friend or neighbor to join you for lunch! Come earlier in the day and enjoy one of the center’s many programs!

If you drive or have your own ride, you can visit any center of your choice.

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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. to 4 p.m.

Computer Lab – Available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Individual Computer Instruction – Meet with an expert computer instructor (by appointment only). **Call (908) 204-3435 for more information.**
Billiards Room – Pool table is available daily on a drop-in basis, Monday to Friday.
Knitting/Crocheting/Stitching Club – Monday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to join. Bring your own knitting/crocheting/stitching project or learn something new while meeting wonderful friends and practicing a hobby that you love. This spring we encourage you to give back to your community and donate your blankets and other items to veteran facilities.
Bridge Club – Bridge is a mentally challenging card game that offers intellectual and social stimulation. Playing bridge regularly stimulates your brain and helps your memory stay active. New members and beginners are welcome (lessons are available).**Call (908) 204-3435 for more information.**
o Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
o Wednesday afternoon at 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Mahjong Club – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 12:30 – 3 p.m. For more information, drop in on scheduled days.
Take Control with Exercise – Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. & Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. This is an ongoing exercise program for all levels of skill and ability and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Strengthen key core muscles, improve flexibility and balance while boosting stamina. Participants must register to attend. *Call (908) 204-3435 for more information. Check the monthly calendar for the schedule.**
Monthly Book Club – Every Third Thursday, 12:30 p.m. On April 18, join us for a discussion about the current book “One for the Money” by Janet Evanovich then select the next book to read. New members are always welcome!
Dancercise – Monday, 10:30 a.m. Here’s an innovative and fun way to exercise! This low-impact aerobics class is great for the heart! Dance to popular music that will keep you moving. Start with a warm up to help you avoid injury; then dance to the beat of the music and finish with a cool-down. Sneakers are required. **Cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins on April 8. Register by March 29. Call (908) 204-3435 for more information.**
Yoga With Denise –This class is open to all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Performing hatha yoga poses can help increase bone density, and improves strength, balance and flexibility while participants are being immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for stress relief and gaining an overall sense of well-being.**Cost is $40 for the eight-week program. Register by April 29. Call (908) 204-3435 for more information.**
o Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. The next session begins May 7.
o Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. The next session begins May 10.
Tai Chi for Health (Beginners) – Wednesday, 1 p.m. This beginner’s class teaches the core of tai chi and is designed to help participants improve their strength, balance and flexibility. Participants will learn new vocabulary, different ways of moving, and develop postures that will help them master more advanced forms of tai chi. The basic form of this art will help enable participants to experience considerable improvement in their physical ability. **Suggested donation of $16 for the eight-week program; the next session begins May 3 (will be held on Friday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m. due to Senior Expo on Wednesday, May 1. All other classes held on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.) Register by April 22. Call (908) 204-3435 for more information.**
Zumba Gold – Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin dance-inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for people age 60 and above, beginners or others needing modifications to their exercise routine. This fun exercise builds cardiovascular health with dance moves that challenge the heart and work the hip, leg and arm muscles. Sneakers are required. **Cost is $40 for the eight-week program. Register by May 20. Call (908) 204-3435 for more information.**
o Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. The next session begins May 29.
o Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. The next session begins May 31.
April 1 – “Medication Safety” sponsored by the New Jersey Poison Control organization, 10:30 a.m. A representative from the New Jersey Poison Control organization will discuss poisons that can be found both inside and outside of the home as well as medication safety including interactions and possible side effects.
April 2 – “Books that Influence Part 2” by Helen Vasko, 10:30 a.m. Helen leads part two of this discussion about the various classics and other reads that have influenced society throughout the years.
April 2 – FREE Blood Pressure Screenings by the Somerset Hills Visiting Nurse Association, 10:30 a.m. A registered nurse from the Somerset Hills Visiting Nurse Association will be on site to give individual blood pressure screenings. No appointment is necessary.
April 3 & 17 – Country Western Dancing with Vince & Diana, 10:30 a.m. Learn line and partner dancing to popular and classic country music. Vince and Diana will adjust the teaching to the participants’ level; whether it’s a class with beginners, experienced dancers, partners, or singles –
everyone is welcome!
April 5 & 24 – Bingo, 10:30 a.m. Bingo is more than an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple health benefits such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination and improving concentration, listening and short term memory.
April 8 – Bubbles 4 Autism with Paulann Pierson, disability services coordinator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 10:30 a.m. The Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge is supporting Autism Awareness Month by participating in a Bubbles 4 Autism event. Blowing bubbles can symbolize joy, hope, and promote fun and laughter when it brings people together who are affected by autism. During the month of April, people all over the world will be blowing bubbles of support as a way to create autism awareness. The purpose of this event is to offer autism education and to promote inclusion and acceptance for people with autism. Come join us as we blow some bubbles!
April 9 – “Remembering the Revolutionary War: Our Collective Memory” by Joel Farkas, lecturer, 10:30 a.m. Mark Twain once said, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” In this lecture, Joel will discuss iconic moments, events and people from the American Revolution, and he will help decipher what is fact, fiction, or fantasy.
April 10 – Spring Floral Arranging Workshop with 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, live flower basket. **Please reserve by April 5.**
April 12 – “Dino: The King of Cool” by Gordon James, jazz musician, 10:30 a.m. This program discusses the life of Dean Martin including his solo career as an actor in movies, and television as well as his “Rat Pack” days and his part in the comedy duo of “Martin and Lewis” with Jerry Lewis. Gordon will sing Dean Martin classics like “Sway,” “That’s Amore,” “Return to Me,” “Volare,” “Mambo Italiano,” “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” and “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You” and more.
April 15 – “Understanding Pneumonia & Prevention” by Lauren Sparrazzo, Wegman’s pharmacy manager, 10:30 a.m. Lauren will be on site to give an educational presentation about the topic of pneumonia prevention. The goal of this program is to educate the community so that they can identify the signs and symptoms of pneumonia, understand the risk factors for developing pneumonia. The pharmacist will explain what Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 are and who it is indicated for, describe the side effects associated with both vaccines, and help people determine when it is appropriate to receive the vaccines. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the program.
April 16 – “Hummingbirds: The Jewels of the Americas” by Ben Barkley, naturalist, Somerset County Park Commission, 10:30 a.m. Did you know that the U.S. and Canada are home to 365 species of hummingbirds? Learn all about their habitat, how to attract them and other fun facts.
April 17 – Create Your Own Greeting Card Workshop with Jerrry, 10:30 a.m. Using your own creative touch make a unique greeting card for friends and loved ones. **All supplies are included. Reserve by April 15.**
April 19 – Center is closed.
April 22 – “Space Race 1957-1975” Kevin Woyce, author and photographer, 10:30 a.m. Relive the dramatic Space Race from the pioneering Mercury and Gemini flights to the first Apollo moon landings and learn about the lesser known scientific missions that followed. Kevin will introduce you to the visionaries and scientists who made space travel possible and the American astronauts who boldly traveled “where no man has gone before.”
April 23 – “Heart Healthy Foods” by Cheryl Komline, registered dietitian, Bernards Township Health Department, 10:30 a.m. Cheryl will present tasty foods that are heart healthy.
April 26 – Total Brain Workout with Kristen, 10:30 a.m. Did you know that solving puzzles or challenging yourself with new, mind-stretching exercises can stimulate the brain and enhance critical thinking processes? Join us for some mind-tingling brain stumpers and a fun-filled intellectual workout.
April 29 – Left, Right, Center Dice Game, 10:30 a.m. This is a fast-paced game that keeps the mind focused.
April 30 – Magic Mirror Players, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, 10:30 a.m. The Magic Mirror Players is a group of volunteer actors who portray real-life issues in dramatic presentations that use improvisational and role-playing techniques. This vignette will highlight the importance of maintaining friendships as you age.

SOMERSET COUNTY SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BRIDGEWATER
876 East Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 203-6101
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Computer Lab – Available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Individual Computer Instruction – Available Monday to Friday. **Call (908) 203-6101 for an appointment.**
Carrom – Available Monday to Friday. Strike and Pocket table game is of Eastern origin and is similar to billiards and table shuffleboard.
Games/Cards (Scrabble, Uno, Canasta, Cribbage, etc.) – Available Monday to Friday. If you have a favorite game that is not listed that you would like to play, and/or if you are interested in starting a club featuring your favorite game, please inform the staff.
Ping Pong – Monday to Friday. Ping-pong (table tennis) has only been an Olympic sport since 1988. Go ahead and take a shot at this fun game. Play either singles or doubles games. It’s a great way to improve hand/eye coordination, concentration and agility.**Call for availability.**
Table Shuffleboard/Air Hockey – Available Monday to Friday. **Call for availability.**
Qigong Practices with Michael – Monday, 10 a.m. Michael will teach the traditional practice of Qigong (a sitting meditation that focuses on getting acquainted with the mind, body, and spirit). Beginners will learn breathing techniques that are coordinated with physical movements. Participants will then practice sets of the exercise (similar to Tai Chi) until each movement or posture is perfected.
Gentle Aerobics – Monday & Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Exercise and move without putting undue pressure or strain on your body. Learn movements that will increase blood circulation, lubricate joints for flexibility, and strengthen and stabilize individual muscles. These exercises may help decrease falls and help make accomplishing day-to-day physical activities easier. The program can be practiced while either sitting or standing. **Check the monthly calendar for the updated schedule.**
Mahjong Lessons – Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Have you always wanted to learn how to play mahjong, or are you familiar with the game but need other players? Join Sylvia and fellow center members to learn this interesting game. Experienced players can come to the center on Thursdays from 12:30 – 3 p.m. to play.
Chair Yoga with Manjula Bhonagiri – Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. This class is open to all levels of skill. Hatha yoga will help increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility and balance while you are immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and to help gain an overall sense of well-being. **Check the monthly calendar for scheduled updates.**
Needlework Crafts Club – Tuesday, 1 p.m. All are welcome to join. Bring your own crocheting/crafting project or come learn something new and meet wonderful friends while practicing your favorite hobby. **Call (908) 203-6101 for more information.**
Hatha Yoga – Hatha yoga incorporates body postures, controlled breathing, and meditation. Practicing Hatha yoga has many benefits, including stretching and aligning the body, it improves balance and flexibility, the spine and circulation. Please bring a personal mat; some mats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited. **Check the monthly calendar for an updated schedule.**
o Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
o Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.
Scrabble Club – Wednesday, 1 p.m. Enjoy a friendly game of scrabble. If there is sufficient interest, we may plan for center members to compete with other scrabble clubs.
Pinochle Club – Friday, 12:30 – 3 p.m. New members are welcome to join the Pinochle Card Game Club!
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday, 10 a.m. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals who are either at risk for osteoporosis or have it. Exercises focus on improving balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is also required prior to the first class and then once every year. **Class is full, and there are no available openings. Call Caitlin Witucki at (908) 704-6339 for more information, or to hear of other opportunities.**
Book Club – Fourth Thursday of the Month, 10 a.m. New members are welcome. Join us to discuss the current book “Mother’s Promise” by Sally Hepworth.
Exercise with Sabina – Friday, 10:45 a.m. Aerobic chair exercises provide many health benefits, such as improving heart health; reducing stress; lowering the risk of depression; reducing the risk of diabetes and osteoporosis; increasing body stamina; and improving metabolism, flexibility and stamina. This is an ongoing exercise program for all levels of skill. Exercises can practiced while standing or sitting. **Check the monthly calendar for the schedule.**
Social Dancing – Friday, 11 a.m. This is a peer-led social dancing class. Social dancing is not only great exercise but is an opportunity to make friends in a positive and fun environment. No experience is necessary.
Tai Chi for Health (Beginners) – This beginner’s class teaches the core of tai chi and is designed to help participants improve their strength, balance and flexibility. Participants will learn new vocabulary, different ways of moving, and develop postures that will help them master more advanced forms of tai chi. The basic form of this art will help enable participants to experience considerable improvement in their physical ability. **Suggested donation of $16 for the eight-week program. Register by
April 10. Call (908) 203-6101 for more information.**
o Thursday morning at 10:45 a.m. The next session begins May 2.
o Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. The next session begins May 2.
Tai Chi for Health (Intermediate) – Thursday, 1 p.m. Participants will develop the forms learned in the beginner’s class to more advanced forms. This class will help participants shift weight from one side of the body to the other; move one leg to the other without stumbling or falling; better keep the body in alignment; move slowly and in a circular motion without hesitation or confusion; and improve the practice of specific movements to help strengthen bones and develop muscles. **Suggested donation of $16 for the eight-week program; the next session begins May 2. Register by April 10. Call (908) 203-6101 for more information.**
Zumba Gold – Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin dance-inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for people age 60 and above, beginners or others needing modifications to their exercise routine. This fun exercise builds cardiovascular health with dance moves that challenge the heart and work the hip, leg and arm muscles. Sneakers are required. **Cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins in June. Call (908) 203-6101 for more information.**
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – Do you have questions or problems with your health insurance? Call to schedule a FREE appointment with a counselor who can help. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call (908) 203-6101 to schedule an appointment.**
April 1, 16, 24 & 30 – Bingo. Bingo is more than an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple health benefits such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, and improving concentration listening and short-term memory.
April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Conversational English with Sally Rob, Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County, 10:45 a.m. The mission of the Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) is to promote literacy throughout the community. LVSC provides student-centered tutoring and literacy programs for adults to help them function more effectively in their daily lives.
April 2 – “Safety in the Home” by Lori Morell, director of health & wellness, Parker. Today, Lori will teach us how to make the home safe and from tripping and falling so that you can live safely while aging in your home.
April 4 – “Unused Medication Drop-Off Opportunity & K-9 Visit” by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. A Sheriff’s Officer will be at the center to collect any unused or expired medication. Please take advantage of this safe way to dispose of medication. The center’s staff cannot accept unused medication without the Sheriff’s Officer is present. The Sheriff’s K-9 unit will also pay us a special visit.
April 8 – “Understanding Pneumonia & Prevention” by Lauren Sparrazzo, Wegman’s pharmacy manager. Lauren will be on site to give a presentation about pneumonia prevention. The goal of this program is to educate the community so that they can identify the signs and symptoms of pneumonia, understand the risk factors for developing pneumonia. The pharmacist will explain what Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 are and who it is indicated for, explain the side effects associated with these vaccines and discuss when it is appropriate to receive the vaccines. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the program.
April 9 & 23 – Bereavement Support Group, 10 a.m. Grieving the death of a loved one is a universal experience in our lives. The purpose of this support group is to provide participants with a safe place to share their common feelings about their grief and renewal process. The group incorporates interfaith bereavement principles and universal spiritual concepts. Ronald W. Kaplan, doctor of ministry, grief counselor, and pastoral psychotherapist, will facilitate discussions. We welcome your presence and participation.
April 9 – Music Through the Ages with Ian Gallagher, 10:45 a.m. Ian Gallagher will provide an entertaining performance that will include an oldies sing-a-long.
April 10 – “Foot and Ankle Care” by Dunja Cronje, Foot and Ankle Center of New Jersey. Dunja will discuss how aging affects your feet and ankles, why common problems occur and when to seek medical help.
April 11 & 22 – “Music for Wellness” with John Fitzpatrick, 10:45 a.m. Please join us for a participatory music-making program that offers participants the chance to have a direct and intimate experience with live music. Participants will be challenged mentally and physically by memorizing lyrics and dancing, will practicing decision-making by choosing what songs to sing, and use safe risk-taking skills by singing for the group.
April 15 – “Singing to the Oldies” with Joe Paris. Joe Paris is a professional entertainer who has been performing in the tri-state area for over 30 years. His show will have lots of good oldies, and lots of sing-a-long and interactive participation.
April 17 – “Eternal Spring” by Michael Norris, Ph.D., 10:45 a.m. Wander vicariously through fabulous private gardens both ancient and medieval. This program is brought to you by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters.
April 18 – “Serving Up Good Nutrition” by Caitlin Witucki, MS, health promotion specialist, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services. Participants will learn how to identify and make a meal healthier, what the healthier food choice is in each food group and the name of three nutrient deficiencies associated with aging.
April 23 – Bubbles 4 Autism with Paulann Pierson, disability services coordinator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services. The Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater is supporting Autism Awareness Month by participating in a “Bubbles 4 Autism” event. Bubbles are symbols of joy, hope, and laughter and blowing bubbles is simple, fun and brings people together. During the month of April, people all over the world will be blowing bubbles of support as a way to incite autism awareness. The purpose of this event is to provide education about autism and to promote inclusion and acceptance for people with autism. Come join us as we blow some bubbles!
April 25 – “Through the Eyes of a Photographer: A Pictorial Cross County Journey” by Brien Szabo, photographer and author, 10:45 a.m. Travel in the minds-eye with a photographer on cross country trips, hiking in the mountains, strolling through cities and a few other exotic locations. Now, the next time you take a trip (even if it’s around the block), you will know how to engage, embrace and click away!
April 26 – June 21 – Matter of Balance, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. A Matter of Balance program goals are to reduce the fear of falling, stop the falling cycle, and increase activity levels. This interactive workshop will give practical coping strategies to reduce the fear of falling; by explaining that the fear of falling is controllable, and it gives suggestions for changing the environment to reduce the risk of falls. The class also provides realistic goals for increasing activity and promoting exercise to increase strength and balance. This workshop is conducted over eight sessions and meets weekly for a one hour and 15- minute session. **Registration is required. Please call (908) 203-6101 for more information.**
April 29 – “The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow” by Linda Barth, author and teacher, 10:45 a.m. Many people are familiar with Edison’s “invention factory” in Menlo Park, where he patented the phonograph, the light bulb, and many more inventions. But did you know that New Jerseyians have been the first for other important innovations? Learn about the interesting ideas that have been grown in the garden state.

SOMERSET COUNTY SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT HILLSBOROUGH
339 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
(908) 369-8700
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bocce Court and Horseshoe Pit – Available Monday to Friday, (weather permitting).
Jigsaw Puzzles – Available Monday to Friday. Strike up a conversation, make new friends and enjoy assembling puzzles together. We have a large variety of puzzles for participants from which to choose.
Fit & Flex with Rose – Tuesday & Thursday, 10:45 a.m. This FREE weekly exercise program changes frequently and is suitable for all skill levels. Included in the class are stretching, strength training, laughter-yoga, breathing exercises and more. **Check the monthly calendar for an updated schedule.**
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Tuesday, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals who either are at risk of having osteoporosis or have it. Exercises focus on improving balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is required prior to the first class and then once every year. **For a new participant the price is $45; this includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed, the price is $15.**
Tai Chi Chih with Janet O. – Wednesday, 9:15 a.m. In Tai Chi Chih, participants will practice a series of gentle, fluid movements and one pose that will activate, circulate and balance the chi (the intrinsic energy of the body). Learn this practice at any age, ability or condition. This class can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins June 5. Call (908) 369-8700 for more information.**
April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 – Technology Based Games, 10 a.m. Did you know that solving puzzles or challenging yourself with new, mind-stretching exercises could stimulate the brain and enhance critical thinking processes? Join us for some fun-filled intellectual workouts when we play Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on the Wii.
April 1 – Gentle Yoga for Balance and Flexibility with Conny, 10:30 a.m. Join us for an introduction to easy yoga that supports physical mobility and wellness. This class will help increase flexibility and help participants overcome physical limitations as they focus on improving their posture, through practicing easy movements, and simple stretching. No experience is necessary.
April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Card Games, 10 a.m. Join us as we learn how to play an exciting game of Cards Down and Kings in the Corner. Playing card games can sharpen cognitive ability and promote socialization.
April 3 & 10 – Art Class with Nadeen, 10:30 a.m. Join Nadeen as she teaches us how to paint daffodils with watercolor paints. She will show us the necessary tools and techniques for watercolor painting. **All supplies will be provided.**
April 3, 10, 17 & 24 – Wednesday Mahjong Club, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Have you always wanted to learn how to play mahjong or are you familiar with the game, but need fellow players? Lessons and a game playing-refresher are available at the center. **Please call (908) 369-8700 for more information.**
April 4 – Trivial Pursuit, 10 a.m. In this game, you will challenge your knowledge of geography, entertainment, history, art, literature, science, nature, sports and leisure.
April 5, 12 & 26 – Needlepoint Club, 10 a.m. Bring your own crocheting/crafting project or come learn something new and meet wonderful friends while practicing your favorite hobby.
**All supplies will be provided. Call (908) 369-8700 for more information.**
April 5 – “Through the Eyes of a Photographer: A Pictorial Cross County Journey” by Brian Szabo, photographer and author, 10:30 a.m. Travel with a photographer in your minds-eye through cross country trips, hikes in the mountains, strolls in cities and a few other exotic locations and the next time you take a trip (even if it’s around the block), you will know how to engage, embrace and click away!
April 5, 12 & 26 – Friday Mahjong Club, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Have you always wanted to learn how to play mahjong or are you familiar with the game, but need fellow players? Lessons and game playing refreshers are available at the center. **Please call (908) 369-8700 for more information.**
April 8 – Craft: Creating Tote Bags with Tammy, 10:45 a.m. Paint your favorite design on a tote bag that you can take home to give to a family member, friend or keep for yourself.
**All supplies will be provided.**
April 8 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), 10:30 a.m. A counselor will be available to provide FREE help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call (908) 369-8700 to schedule an appointment.**
April 12 – Planting Seeds for Our Garden, 10:30 a.m. Every year the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough grows a robust garden. In order to help our garden grow, we will plant seeds in individual cups and place them in our greenhouse. After several weeks, our plants will be transferred to the garden.
April 15 – Craft: Creating Banners with Tammy, 10:45 a.m. Create a decorative banner that you can take home and hang on your front door. **All supplies will be provided.**
April 18 – April in History with Prashanti, 10 a.m. Learn about many historical events that have occurred in April when you travel back in time during our monthly history program.
April 19 – Center is closed.
April 22 – Magic Card Tricks with John Hrevnack. John will teach the method behind some popular magic card tricks and perform some more complicated tricks to help keep you on your toes.
April 25 – Bubbles 4 Autism with Paulann Pierson, disability services coordinator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 10 a.m. The Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough is supporting Autism Awareness Month by participating in a “Bubbles 4 Autism” event. Bubbles are symbols of joy, hope, and laughter, and blowing bubbles is simple, fun and brings people together. During the month of April, people all over the world will be blowing bubbles of support as a way to promote autism awareness. The purpose of this event is to provide education about autism and to promote inclusion and acceptance for people with autism. Come join us as we blow some bubbles together!
April 26 – “Understanding Pneumonia & Prevention” by Lauren Sparrazzo, Wegman’s pharmacy manager, 10:30 a.m. Lauren will be on site to give a presentation about pneumonia prevention. The goal of this program is to educate the community so that they can identify the signs and symptoms of pneumonia, and understand the risk factors of developing it. The pharmacist will explain what Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 are, who they are indicated for, highlight the side effects associated with both vaccines and explain when it is appropriate to receive the vaccines. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the program.
April 29 – “Healthy Choices” by Samantha Nunzio, registered dietitian, ShopRite/Wakefern. Learn new and easy healthy recipes. Literature will be provided.

MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER
356 Skillman Road
Skillman, NJ 08558
(609) 466-0846
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pool Table – Available Monday to Friday.**Call for availability.**
Computer Lab – Available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Individual Computer Instruction – Available Monday to Friday. **Call (609) 466-0846 for an appointment.**
Bocce Ball – Available Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy time outside while playing bocce ball! Great for all ability levels. Instruction is available, (weather permitting).
Games/Cards (Scrabble, Uno, Rummikub, etc.) – Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. If there is a favorite game that you would like to play and it isn’t listed, or if you are interested in starting a club featuring the game of your choice, please inform the staff.
Silver Strength with Linda – Monday, 10:15 a.m. This 45-minute exercise class is great for older adults of all skill levels. Participants will have 20 minutes of cardio (or movement); followed by 20 minutes of toning (with or without weights), then a five-minute relaxing stretch. Sneakers are required. **Check the monthly calendar for an updated schedule.**
Montgomery EMS Blood Pressure Screenings – Third Monday of the Month, 9:45 a.m. A Montgomery Township EMS worker will be on-site to give FREE blood pressure screenings. No appointment is necessary.
Montgomery Walkers – Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. Tired of walking alone? Looking for a new way to get motivated? Join the Montgomery Walkers every Monday and Wednesday to get moving and have fun! **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**
Beginner Ukulele Lessons with Chris – Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. This class will get beginners started on the right note as they learn the foundation of playing the ukulele in easy-to-follow lessons. Participants will learn how to hold, tune, and strum simple chords, and how to buy a ukulele. **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**
Intermediate Ukulele Lessons with Chris – Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. & Thursday, 10 a.m. Now that you know the basics of ukulele playing, you are ready to take intermediate lessons so that you can play like a pro! Using a wide range of musical genres, participants will learn more about chords and melody playing, improvisation, and will start playing multi-part arrangements in a band. **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**
Yoga with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 11 a.m. This class is open to all levels of skill. This class practices yoga poses that can be performed while either standing or sitting. Practicing yoga may help to increase bone density, strength and balance. Participants will learn techniques to help gain flexibility and improve strength while being immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for helping to relieve stress and for gaining an overall sense of well-being. **Check the monthly calendar for an updates schedule.**
Exercise for Arthritis with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. & Thursday, 11 a.m. This exercise program is designed to help reduce pain, fatigue and stiffness and helps increase flexibility, strength, balance and endurance as you practice in a safe and positive environment. **Check the monthly calendar for the updated schedule.**
Tai Chi with Herb – Wednesday, 11 a.m. Tai Chi participants will focus on shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. Studies have shown that some participants have experienced a reduction in pain, fatigue, and stiffness and have gained a greater sense of well-being. Regular Tai Chi can help reduce falls, especially for those with balance problems. This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Check the monthly calendar for scheduled updates.**
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals who either are at risk of having osteoporosis or have it. Exercises will help improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is required prior to the first class and then once every year. **For a new participant the price is $45; this includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15.**
Crocheting/Crafting with Jane – Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to join. Bring your own crocheting/crafting project or come learn something new and meet wonderful friends while practicing your favorite hobby. **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**
Afternoon Ukulele Jam – Wednesday, 1 – 2 p.m. This is an informal jam session. All skill levels are welcome! **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**
Mahjong – Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Have you always wanted to learn how to play mahjong, or are you familiar with the game but needing other players? Thursday mornings are mahjong mornings! Lessons and game playing refreshers are available. **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**
April 1 – “Virtual Safari” by the Somerset County Park Commission. Travel via armchair to amazing Tanzania on a virtual safari. This program will bring you deep into the African “bush” on a safari to see elephants, lions, gazelles, and many more animals that are exotic.
April 3 & 17 – Move Today with Elizabeth, 10:15 a.m. Move Today is an exercise class designed to improve flexibility, balance, strength, and stamina. The class focuses on improving posture and fall prevention. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting.
April 5 – NIA/MELT Exercise Class with Alida Weisfeld, advanced MELT instructor, 10:15 a.m. This class uses non-impact aerobics (NIA), which is a class where participants practice gentle movements to music; and the MELT method, which is a technique to help eliminate stress and pain from the body by using little exercise balls on the hands and feet; and participants will practice other exercises using resistance bands. NIA and MELT have been shown to improve balance, agility and mobility by releasing the stuck stress in joints.
April 5 – Raritan Valley Community College Dance Ensemble Performance. Under the direction of Loretta Di Bianca Fois, assistant professor, dance, Raritan Valley Community College, the group’s performance will demonstrate the communicative aspects of dance. The show features a variety of dances performed to different musical pieces and sound accompaniment. The audience will have a chance to practice unique dance movements.
April 5 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). A counselor will be available to provide FREE help for New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call (609) 466-0846 to schedule an appointment.**
April 5 – “Adult & Child CPR,” Lunch & Learn Opportunity, 12:30 p.m. The Family & Friends CPR program teaches you how to perform CPR on adults and children. Members of the general community who want to learn CPR, but does not need a course completion card can participate in this program.
April 8 – “Dino: The King of Cool” by Gordon James, jazz musician. This program showcases the life of Dean Martin including his solo career as a performer in movies and television during his Rat Pack years as well as his part in the comedy duo “Martin and Lewis” with Jerry Lewis. Gordon will sing Dean Martin classics like “Sway,” “That’s Amore,” “Return to Me,” “Volare,” “Mambo Italiano,” “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” and “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You” and more.
April 10 & 24 – Creative Wellness with Shirin Stave-Matais, former professional dancer, 10:15 a.m. Creative Wellness strives to create a unique combination of wellness exercises for participants. It merges aspects of Hatha and chair yoga using gestural, improvisational and world dance forms, sound therapy and creative play, along with guided relaxation and meditation techniques. The class will promote calm, control, and meditative practices with imaginative, joyful and social interaction. This class can enhance positivity, reduce stress and create feelings of empowerment and well-being. All participants of every skill level are invited. This can be practiced while either standing or sitting.
April 10 – Bunny Craft, 10:30 a.m. Join the Montgomery Craft Group as they show us how to create adorable bunnies for the Easter Holiday. **All supplies will be provided. Please call
(609) 466-0846 for more information.**
April 12 – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Roz Gerken, certified ageless grace educator, 10:30 a.m. Ageless Grace is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change functionally and structurally. The program 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 participants of all abilities while being thoroughly engaged and seated in a chair.
April 15 – Bubbles 4 Autism with Paulann Pierson, disability services coordinator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services. The Montgomery Senior Center is supporting Autism Awareness Month by participating in a Bubbles 4 Autism event. Bubbles are symbols of joy, hope, and laughter and blowing bubbles is simple, fun and brings people together. During the month of April, people all over the world will be blowing bubbles of support as a way to promote autism awareness. The purpose of this event is to educate people about autism and to promote inclusion and acceptance of people with autism. Come join us as we blow some bubbles!
April 19 – Center is closed.
April 22 – BollyFit Dance Demonstration. BollyFit is a fitness workshop tailored for older adults that uses choreography with essential dance movements, footwork, arm and hand gestures and expressions practiced to Bollywood music.
April 26 – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Roz Gerken, certified ageless grace educator, 10 a.m. Ageless Grace is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change functionally and structurally. The program 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 participants of all abilities while being thoroughly engaged and seated in a chair.
April 26 – Magic Mirror Players (Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital). The Magic Mirror Players is a group of volunteer actors who perform real-life issues in dramatic presentations while using improvisational and role-playing techniques. This vignette will demonstrate the positive effects of behavioral changes such as eliminating negative comments and replacing those with praise.
April 29 – “Foot and Ankle Care” by Dunja Cronje, Foot and Ankle Center of New Jersey. Dunja will discuss how aging affects your feet and ankles, how common problems occur and when to seek medical help.

QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER
625 New Brunswick Rd.
Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 563-4213
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Variety of Board & Card Games (Monopoly, Po-Ke-No, Yahtzee, Dominoes & Checkers) – Available Monday to Friday. If you have a favorite game not listed that you would like to play, and/or if you are interested in starting a club featuring the game of your choice, please inform the staff.
Indoor Shuffleboard – Monday to Friday.
Individual Computer & PED (Personal Electronic Devices) Instruction with Mike Dias – Tuesday,
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. **Call (732) 563-4213 to schedule an appointment. Check the monthly calendar for an updated schedule.**
Healthy Bones Exercise Class with Joan Ackerman – Monday, 9:15 a.m. This either is a peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are at risk of having osteoporosis or have it. Exercises will help improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is also required prior to the first class and then once every year. **For a new participant, the price is $45. This includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15. Call Caitlin Witucki at (908) 704-6339 for more information.**
QBC News – Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. Enjoy discussing global breaking news and current events in a stimulating Q&A session. Fellow center members will take turns researching and sharing the hot topics of the day.
The Regime Exercise Class – Monday, Thursday & Friday, 1 p.m. A head-to-toe workout that also uses intervals of weights, stretching and aerobic movements. Learn movements that lubricate joints for flexibility, strengthen and stabilize muscles, and increase blood circulation. With proper diet, you may lose weight! These exercises can help decrease falls and increase the ability to better accomplish day-to-day activities. This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting and with or without hand weights. Monday – Upper Body Routine, Thursday – Mid Section Routine, Friday – Lower Body Routine/Total Routine. **Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing; sneakers are required.**
Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1 – 3 p.m. Back to Basic Drawing Skills Module 1 – Still Life Studies; emphasis on sketching and drawing techniques to master line, shape, value perspective, form and composition Module 2 – Reflective Properties; a point of reference and shapes of objects. Module 3 – Nature and Landscape; textures, realism, and retail. Module 4 – Portrait Studies; facial expressions/details. Module 5 – Students’ Free Choice; personal drawing composition. All modules will utilize various mediums (graphite pencils, colored pencils, markers, pastels). **$10.00 fee per class includes supplies.**
Bridge, Cards & Board Games with the Quail Brook Seniors – Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. Classic games of strategy are a great opportunity for people of all skill levels to meet and socialize. Join the Quail Brook Seniors and volunteers for mind-stimulating and competitive games of Bridge, Texas Hold ‘Em,’ Monopoly, Dominoes and more! If you have a favorite game not listed that you would like to play, and/or you are interested in starting up a club, please inform the staff.
Crochet & Knitting with Esther Fowlkes – Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. Learn the difference between the two methods of creating artistic patterns using fabric and yarn, a single hook or two needles. Which method do you think is easier? This class is for beginners, experts and those wishing to brush up on their skills. **Check the monthly calendar for an updated schedule.**
Line Dancing – Friday, 9:30 a.m. Line Dancing is so much fun that it doesn’t even seem like exercise! You don’t need a partner; and dancing is an easy way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. It’s suitable for participants with limited mobility, has been shown to increase cardiovascular and muscular strength, and improve coordination and balance as participants work through different moves.
Table Tennis (Ping Pong) – Monday to Friday. Take a shot at being a tournament master by playing singles or doubles games. This competitive game has been an Olympic sport since 1988 and it is a great way to maintain and improve hand-eye coordination, concentration, and agility.
April 1 – “Low to No Vision” Blind Rehabilitation & Low Vision Therapy Seminar” by Jill Feigelis, blind rehabilitation outpatient specialist, VA Medical Center, East Orange, 10:30 a.m. If you suffer from impaired sight or if you know someone who does, join us and get the latest information about how to reclaim your quality of life and improve mobility.
April 2, 16, 23 & 30 – Body and Brain Yoga with Lucy Pagnetti, certified yoga instructor, 10:30 a.m. This class teaches a 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.
April 3, 10, 17 & 24 – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Roz Gerken, certified ageless grace educator, 10:30 a.m. Ageless Grace is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change structurally and functionally. This program 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). This program is intended for participants of all skill levels who are thoroughly engaged while seated in a chair.
April 3, 10, 17 & 24 – Yoga with Dr. Prabha Srinivas, Council for Yoga Accreditation International at the S-Vyasa University of Yogic Sciences, Bangalore India, 1 p.m. Take control of your emotional and physical well-being through the practice of yoga and meditation while reducing stress in your life. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing that will allow for movement.
April 4 – Bubbles 4 Autism with Paulann Pierson, disability services coordinator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services. The Quail Brook Senior Center is supporting Autism Awareness Month by participating in a Bubbles 4 Autism event. Bubbles are symbols of joy, hope, and laughter and blowing bubbles is simple, fun and brings people together. During the month of April, people all over the world will be blowing bubbles of support as a way to promote autism awareness. The purpose of this event is to educate people about autism and to promote inclusion and acceptance for people with autism. Come join us as we blow some bubbles!
April 4, 11, 18 & 25 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher, 10:30 a.m. This class has popular music designed to inspire a heart workout. Zumba Gold is accessible for people age 60 and above, beginners or others needing modifications to their exercise routine. Zumba Gold builds cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the muscles of the hips, legs, and arms using fun, and rhythmic moves.
April 5 – “The Legend of the Jersey Devil” Angus Gillespie, Ph.D., professor of American studies at Rutgers University, Fulbright professor, New York Times best-selling author, 10:30 a.m. Professor Gillespie will bring the 1730’s alive when he discusses the Leeds family, his research in the Pine Barrens, and his search for the true Jersey Devil; a creature with the head of a horse, the wings of a bat, the torso of a man and the feet of a goat still thought to be lurking in the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey.
April 8 – April Showers: Umbrella Art with Karen Haake, local artist, 10:30 a.m. With a plethora of unique items such as beads, sequins, shells, gemstones, paint, stencils and fabric, an everyday umbrella will be transformed into an extraordinary masterpiece. Now “April showers bring May flowers,” will take on a completely new meaning! The umbrellas can be given as unique gifts or used as décor in one’s home.
April 9 – “Through the Eyes of a Photographer: A Pictorial Cross County Journey” by Brien Szabo, photographer and author, 10:30 a.m. Travel with a photographer in your mind’s eye through cross country trips, hikes in the mountains, strolls in cities and a few other exotic locations. The next time you take a trip (even if it’s around the block), you will be inspired to engage, embrace and click away!
April 10 – “What is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute?” by Rutgers University, 2 p.m. Affectionately known as OLLI-RU, this Rutgers University curriculum for learning opportunities is designed for participants age 50 years and above who want to continue their learning experience and share knowledge with others. It is a noncompetitive, noncredit education that is stimulating, friendly, and informal. Please stop in for more information.
April 11 – Knitting Lessons with Esther Fowlkes. The basics of knitting will unwind for you in this progressive learning platform that is sure to be rewarding as you learn creative ways to use colorful yarn. Choose your style and learn the lingo – cast on, knit stitch, purl, and cast off. Meet in a friendly environment and treat yourself to a meditative, creative and eco-friendly hobby that is known to help reduce stress and anxiety!
April 12 – Tai Chi with Laurina Kuligowski, activities director, Regency Jewish Heritage Rehabilitation Center, 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi is based on the practice of shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. Studies have shown that some participants have experienced a reduction in pain, fatigue and stiffness and have gained a greater sense of well-being. Regular Tai Chi can help reduce falls, especially for those with balance programs. This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting.
April 15 – “Sweet Georgia Brown: Impact, Courage, Sacrifice and WWII” by Lawrence E. Walker, filmmaker and Somerset County resident, 10:30 a.m. This documentary film shares the consequences and changes in race and gender policies for the status of African-American women in the U.S. armed services during World War II. Opportunities for women in the military expanded, during this era; learn what social, and political factors influenced change in racial and gender policies in the military during World War II. Share your thoughts, opinions and questions during a Q&A session at the end of the program.
April 18 – Magic Mirror Players (Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital). The Magic Mirror Players is a group of volunteer actors who portray real-life issues using improvisational and role-playing techniques in a dramatic presentation. This vignette will highlight the positive effects of behavioral changes such as eliminating negative comments and replacing those with praise.
April 19 – Center is closed.
April 22 – Interfaith Panel Discussion with Multi-Denominational Representation, 10:30 a.m. The intent is to create an opportunity for thoughtful conversation and is a vibrant learning opportunity.
April 25 – “Choices…Chances!” by Leonie Infantry, Quail Brook Senior Center volunteer. It only takes a second to have your life changed forever. Ms. Infantry will speak about her personal wellness journey and mission of gratitude during her one-woman play.
April 26 – “A 1,000 B.C. Language Comes Alive” by the Franklin Township High School Latin Club, 10:30 a.m. Did you know you are already speaking Latin words in everyday use even though it is
considered a dead language? Although Latin is still used in specific contexts, Latin native speakers don’t exist anymore. Latin really didn’t die, but is actually used in other languages such as French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian.
April 29 – “Wild, But Mild Senior Ecology Series, Part 1” by Kate Reilly, Duke Farms educator, 10:30 a.m. The Quail Brook Senior Center’s participants will be designing and creating educational tool (boxes) highlighting each letter of the alphabet that corresponds to an animal and the environment. These boxes will be used in the Duke Farm’s classrooms so that young children can learn letters, words, and be exposed to native fauna and flora.

WARRENBROOK SENIOR CENTER (located on the Warrenbrook Golf Course)
500 Warrenville Rd.
Warren, NJ 07059
(908) 753-9440
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Billiards Room – Pool table is available daily on a drop-in basis, Monday to Friday.
Computer Lab – Available on the following days and time Tuesday’s after 1 p.m., Wednesdays after 1:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, 9 – 4 p.m.
Jigsaw Puzzles – Available Monday to Friday. Strike up a conversation, make new friends and enjoy assembling puzzles together. Choose from a large variety of puzzles.
Lending Library – Available Monday to Friday. Soft-covered books are available to take home and return when finished reading.
Individual Computer Instruction – Are you intimidated by computers? Do you know how to email and/or play solitaire on the computer? Do you know how to do a web search? By the end of an 8-week, one-on-one class, you will finally understand what your grandkids have been trying to explain. **Please call (908) 753-9440 for more information.**
Watercolor Paint Class – Monday & Thursday, 9 – 11:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity for an experienced artist to meet new people while watercoloring. **Advanced registration is required. Please call (908) 753-9440 for more information. Openings are available in the Monday group.**
Oil Painting – Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. This is an excellent way to connect with people who have oil painting experience. **Advanced registration is required. Please call (908) 753-9440 for more information.**
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday & Friday, 10 a.m. This is a peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are either at-risk of having osteoporosis or have it. Exercises focus on improving balance, strength, flexibility and posture. Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is also required prior to the first class and then once every year. **For a new participant, the price is $45. This includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15. Call Caitlin Witucki at (908) 704-6339 for more information.**
Zumba Gold – Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin dance-inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for people age 60 and above, and beginners or others needing modifications to their exercise routine. This fun exercise builds cardiovascular health using dance moves that challenge the heart and work the hips, legs and arm muscles. Sneakers are required. **Cost is $40 for the eight-week program or $50 for the ten-week program. Call (908) 753-9440 for more information **
o Monday morning at 10:45 a.m. The next session begins June 10.
o Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. The next session begins June 10.
o Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. The next session begins June 12.
Chair Yoga with Jillian – Tuesday, 12:45 p.m. This class is open to all levels of skill. Hatha yoga poses can be practiced while either sitting or standing. Hatha yoga will help increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility and balance while you are immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and to help gain an overall sense of well-being. **Cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins May 21. Call (908) 753-9440 for more information.**
April 1 – “Healthy One Dish Wonders” by Michelle Sweeney, registered dietitian nutritionist, ShopRite/Wakefern, 10:30 a.m. This program will focus on using nutritious foods from all food groups in one pot or pan! One pot/pan meals are a great way to save time for lunch and dinners as well as allowing us to spend more time enjoying dinner rather than cleaning!
April 2 & 9 – Mind Your Mind-Brain Workout with Gwen, 10:30 a.m. Just as you do physical exercise to tone up the muscles throughout your body, playing word games and puzzles will stimulate different parts of your brain. As a group, participants will do several mind-stimulating exercise workouts.
April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Bridge Group with Ronnie, 1 – 3 p.m. Bridge is a mentally challenging card game that offers intellectual and social stimulation. Playing bridge regularly stimulates your brain and helps keep your memory active and your brain alert. Join Ronnie and her group as they play bridge on a weekly basis. New members and beginners are welcome (lessons are available).
April 2, 9, 16 & 30 – Mahjong for Experienced Players, 1 – 4 p.m. If you are an experienced mahjong player and would like to play this game of skill, strategy and calculation, then join us on Tuesday afternoons.
April 3, 10, 17 & 24 – Tone and Flexibility Exercise Class with Sabina, 10:45 a.m. Enjoy an energizing class suitable for beginner and intermediate levels. Exercising with Sabina will boost your energy level, reduce stress, and help tone your body by using resistance bands, exercise balls and dance moves. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting.
April 3, 10, 17 & 24 – Ballroom Dancing with Art & Fe, 1 – 3 p.m. Meet new people and make some friends while exercising! Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get fit and stay in shape. Besides being fun, dancing has many health benefits such as improving flexibility, strength, endurance and emotional well-being. Join Art and Fe as they play a variety of ballroom dance music. **Due to the center’s art show, ballroom dancing will be held on the second-floor activity room on April 24.**
April 4, 11, 18 & 25 – Bingo, 10:30 a.m. Bingo is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing bingo has multiple health benefits such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination and improving listening and short-term memory skills.
April 4, 11, 18 & 25 – Line Dancing with Linda, 1 – 3 p.m. Line dancing is so much fun, it doesn’t seem like exercise! You don’t need a partner and it’s an easy way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. It is suitable for people with limited mobility and is known to improve cardiovascular and muscular strength and improve coordination and balance as you work through the different moves. **Due to the center’s art show, line dancing will be held in the second-floor activity room on April 24.**
April 5 & 26 – Brain Games and Handbells with Adrienne, 10:30 a.m. Did you know that solving puzzles or challenging yourself with new mind-stretching activities like learning music could stimulate the brain and enhance your creative and critical thinking processes? Join Adrienne for some mind-tingling, brain-stumping word games and a fun-filled musical workout using handbells.
April 8 – “France Among U.S.” by Anna Nowik, 10:30 a.m. Allons-y! So many French words, terms, and foods are a part of our culture in the United States! Yet, fewer than six percent of Americans have any French ancestry. This lecture explores the extent of this French integration throughout the nation and ends with a Great Landmarks of France quiz.
April 9 – Warrenbrook Book Club, Second Tuesday of the Month, 1:30 p.m. The featured book to be discussed is “The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn. New members are welcome!
April 12 – Raritan Valley Community College Dance Ensemble Performance, 10:30 a.m. Under the direction of Loretta Di Bianca Fois, assistant professor, dance, Raritan Valley Community College, the group’s performance will demonstrate the communicative aspects of dance. It features dancers performing a variety of dances with a wide range of music and sound accompaniment. The audience will have a chance to participate.
April 15 – “The Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling in Somerset County” by Melissa Harvey, certified recycling professional, Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management, 10:30 a.m. This program will inform residents what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in the county’s recycling program. Melissa will discuss the impact China has had on the marketing of recyclables and where the recyclables are being disposed of. She will also discuss how to dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics and discuss the shredding events throughout the county in 2019.
April 16 – Nostalgic Name that Tune by Andrew Lobby, 10:30 a.m. Popular songs from the 1960s and 1970s will be performed. A few notes of each song will be played to give attendees the opportunity to name the tune. Once the song has been identified, the entire song will then be performed.
April 19 – Center is closed.
April 22 – Ageless Art Show Reception, 10 – 10:30 a.m. Join us for light refreshments as the center’s oil and watercolor programs display their work in the Sixth Annual Ageless Art Show.
April 22, 23 & 24 – Sixth Annual Ageless Art Show Exhibition, Monday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The center’s watercolor and oil paint students will be displaying their artistic talent during this art show.
April 22 – “Art Appreciation” by Lisa Brown, Art as Therapy, 10:30 a.m. Using the artwork done by the center’s art class participants and works of famous artists, Lisa will talk about mediums, expression, interpretation and how art can be therapy to inspire inner peace, confidence, self-expression and more.
April 23 – “A Good Night’s Sleep” by Laura Cummings, RN, BSN, clinical manager, community health services, Somerset Hills Visiting Nurse Association, 10:30 a.m. This program will discuss sleep disorders, how sleep changes as we age, the problems caused by poor sleep and why a good night’s sleep is important, especially for older adults. Join us so that you will be able to have a good night’s sleep.
April 26 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). A counselor will be available to provide FREE help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Services are available by advanced appointment only and will be available the last Friday of the month. To make an appointment call (908) 704-6319.**
April 29 – Pictionary with Gwen, 10:30 a.m. Pictionary is a charades-inspired guessing word game where instead of acting out clues, you sketch them. You don’t have to be an artist to play. All you need is a quick imagination. Join us for some fun and laughter.
April 29 – Bubbles 4 Autism by Paulann Pierson, disability services coordinator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 11:15 a.m. Warrenbrook is supporting Autism Awareness Month by participating in a Bubbles 4 Autism event. Bubbles are symbols of joy, hope, and laughter and blowing bubbles is simple, fun and brings people together. During the month of April, people all over the world will be blowing bubbles of support as a way to create autism awareness. The purpose of this event is to educate people about autism and to promote inclusion and acceptance of people with autism. Come join us as we blow some bubbles!
April 30 – “The Secrets of Staging and Preparing Your Home for Sale” by Adriane Stewart, REMAX premier realtor associate, senior residential specialist, 10:30 a.m. Join Adriane and Stacy Colman, certified professional stager, as they share their secrets about staging a home so that it’s ready to sell. They will discuss how to assess the value of a home so that you know what to expect from the sale.

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