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March Program Schedule - All Senior Centers

Post Date:02/23/2017 3:24 PM

The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services have announced the March program schedule.  All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed. 

All Somerset County-operated Senior Centers offer a nutritionally balanced lunch, Monday through Friday, for a suggested donation of $2.50, for anyone 60 and above.  Menu choices include a hot meat-based or meatless entrée and a cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunch.  Please make reservations before 10:00 a.m. at least one business day in advance.  Why not invite a friend or neighbor to join you for lunch!  As an additional suggestion, why not come earlier in the day and enjoy one of the center’s many programs.

If you drive or have your own ride, you can go to 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, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

Ping Pong Club – Monday, 12:00– 2:00 pm. Members are not guaranteed so bring a friend!

(NEW)Yoga with Denise – Tuesday, 1:00– 2:00 pm. Open to all levels of practice and abilities. This class incorporates Hatha yoga poses while seated in a chair as well as the option for standing poses to increase bone density, strength and balance. Students learn techniques to help gain flexibility and 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 stress relief and overall well-being.  **$40 for the 8-week program, new session will begin March 7. Registration required, call (908) 204-3435 for more information.**

Computer Lab – Available Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pool Sharks – Pool Table Available, Monday – Friday, **Call (908) 204-3435 for Availability**

Dancercise – Monday, 10:30 a.m. 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 “cool down.”  An aerobics class that is low-impact and great for the heart!  Sneakers required. **$40 for the 8-week program, next session will begin April 10. Registration required, call (908) 204-3435 for more information**

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

Mahjong Club – Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Drop in on scheduled days for more information.

Zumba Gold – 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. Sneakers required.

Wednesday Morning 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. **$40 for the 8-week program, next session will begin March 1st. Registration required, call (908) 204-3435 for more information **

Friday Morning 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. **$40 for the 8-week program, next session will begin March 3rd.  Registration required, call (908) 204-3435 for more information **

Tai Chi for Health (Introduction) – Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. This preparatory course is the core of a Tai Chi program, designed to encourage participants’ development of their strength, balance and flexibility. Tai Chi has unfamiliar vocabulary, new ways of moving, and a sequence of movements that take time to learn. Participants will learn the basic form of this art, which will enable them to experience considerable improvements in their physical ability as well as to learn postures that will recur in new Tai Chi forms. **$16 suggested donation for the 8-week program, next session will begin March 1.  Call (908) 204-3435 for more information**

Billiards Club – Thursday, 10:30 a.m.  Otherwise pool table available daily on a drop-in basis, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm.

Stretch & Flex Class – Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Upper & Lower Body Chair Exercise.  This seated chair exercise is for all levels of ability and incorporates resistance bands and light weights.  Ongoing class, must be registered with the Senior Wellness Center to attend. **Check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Monthly Book Club – Thursday, 12:30 p.m. Join us on the third Thursday of every month. New members are welcome.  Join us to discuss the current book and to select the next book.  New members are always welcome!

Circuit Training – Friday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Have fun while performing exercises that tone your muscles.  In this class you will raise your heart rate with cardiovascular exercises and tone muscles in the upper and lower body. This will help you in your everyday activities, while working on balance, core and overall agility and muscle strength. Sneakers required. **$40 for the 8-week program, new session will begin April 7th.  Registration required, call (908) 204-3435 for more information**

March 1 – “Music Trivia from the 1950’s” by Ken Warman, 10:30 a.m.  Ken Warman returns today with trivia to exercise your brain.  Ken will focus on popular songs and artists from the 1950’s.  **Please register by Feb. 28**

March 3 – Dancer Performance by the Raritan Valley Dance Academy, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a performance by the talented Raritan Valley dancers.

March 6 – Bingo, 10:30 a.m.  Bingo is more than just an exciting activity.  Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple health benefits.  It promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination, and takes concentration-which improves listening and short term memory skills. Try your luck at some great prizes today.  **Please register by March 1.**

March 6 – “Using YouTube for Your Genealogy Search” – Lunch & Learn Opportunity, by Catherine Zahn, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Catherine ‘Casey” Zahn is a past trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and was the 2008 program chair for the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Philadelphia. She has written two teacher guides for the National Genealogical Society and had two articles published about teaching children genealogy. In this program, Casey will share her expertise on the best way to begin your family tree as well as where and how to get the most accurate results. Because we are using the computer lab, this program is limited to 9 people and we are taking reservations starting today. There is a $10 fee for the program and you can opt to have lunch at 12:00 pm prior to the start of the program for an additional $2.50 donation.

March 7 – “The United States Constitutional Amendments” by Helen Vasko, 10:30 a.m. Helen leads the discussion to briefly cover the 27 United States Constitutional Amendments as well as those that have been repealed.

March 7 – Free Blood Pressure Screenings by the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills,
10:30 a.m.  A Registered Nurse from the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills will be onsite to do individual blood pressure screenings.  No appointment necessary.

March 8 – “Animal Tracks” by the Somerset County Park Commission, 10:30 a.m.  A Naturalist from the Somerset County Park Commission will present various animal tracks and how to identify each.

March 10 – “Introduction to Traditional Chinese Culture & Shen Yun” by Tom Liang, 10:30 a.m.  Tom will take us on a journey to China through a cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.  Discover the true China you’ve never know!  **Please register by March 10**

March 13 – “The Evolving Mind of a Senior” by Dr. Roberta Kraus, 10:30 a.m.  Dr. Roberta Kraus is an internationally renowned Sports Psychologist and currently serves as the President of the Center for Sports Psychology in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Dr. Kraus was one of the coaches for the gold medal United States Paralympic Basketball team in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Today, we have the privilege of hosting her presentation on the evolution of the senior mind and how to cope and stay positive during the many changes that occur as we age.

March 14 – “Armchair Travel Presents: India: Palaces to Poverty” by Dorothy & Irwin Vogel, 10:30 a.m.  Dorothy and Irwin Vogel started traveling the world 25 years ago after they retired and together they have visited 89 countries!  In each country, they have collected artifacts and have taken extensive photos and put them together on a DVD complete with music and narration of their experience.  Today’s featured tour will be diverse India, from palaces to poverty.  Don’t miss this very special program!  **Please register by March 10**

March15 – “Holi Celebration: Festival of Colors” by Maqsood Mamawala, 10:30 a.m. Join us to learn about this fun ‘festival of colors’ featuring Maqsood Mamawala, who will present the meaning, history, and significance of Holi.  You will get a chance to participate in lively Bollywood songs and afterward, enjoy samples of various traditional Indian dishes.

March 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration & Luncheon, 10:30 a.m.  Celebrate the day with Irish dancers and a traditional corned beef and cabbage lunch.  **Please register by March 14**

March 20 – “Goal Setting for a New Year” by Karen Muha, Professional Speaker, Wellness Outloud, 10:30 a.m. Karen is a dynamic speaker who will help you realize and organize your goals to make this year productive and positive.

March 21 – “Take it with a Grain of Salt” by Cheryl Komline, Registered Dietitian, Bernards Township Health Department, 10:30 a.m.  Cheryl will present the best ways to make tasty food choices without excessive salt.

March 22 – “My Problems are Bigger” 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.  In this segment, we will explore the idea of being a good listener. **Please register by March 17**

March 24 – Meet & Greet with Joy Scott & Baby Alpaca, Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch, 10:30 a.m.  Joy Scott, an owner of Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch will visit our center with a baby alpaca to talk about these sweet and gentle animals.

March 27 – Tasting & Demonstration: Healthy Greek Nachos, 10:30 a.m. Try something new today! A short demonstration will be followed by healthy and delicious samples of Greek nachos.  **Please register by March 22**

March 28 – “The Catbird Seat” by James Thurber, a Short Story Reading by Janice Kildea, 10:30 a.m. Janice Kildea is a short story teller and will read “The Catbird Seat” by James Thurber.

March 29 – “Posture Assessment & Education” by the Kessler Rehabilitation Center, 10:30 a.m. Kessler Rehabilitation will be at the center today to conduct individual posture assessments and provide educational information.  **Please register by March 24**

March 31 – “San Francisco Bay: A Photographic Journey” by Kevin Woyce, Photographer, 10:30 a.m. Kevin presents this program illustrated by his original photography and vintage images.  Along with the Bay’s iconic bridges and lighthouses, we’ll visit Alcatraz and Angel Islands, Muir Woods and the Marin Headlands, the Palace of Fine Arts, the California Academy of Sciences, the waterfront Maritime National Historic Park and Oakland’s Jack London Square.

 

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 pm

All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

Computer Lab – Available Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Individual Computer Instruction – Monday – Friday, **Call (908) 203-6101 for appointment**

Caram – Monday – Friday. East Indian game similar to billiards.

Games/Cards (Scrabble, Uno, Canasta, etc.) – Monday – Friday, also see Club opportunities below

Ping Pong – Monday – Friday; call for availability

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

Table Shuffleboard/Air Hockey – Monday – Friday

Gentle Aerobics – Monday & Thursday, 10:15 a.m. 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. 

Salsa Dancercise with Sabina – Monday, 10:45 a.m. This Latin dance will exercise all major muscle groups and improve your flexibility, balance and coordination while providing a rhythmic, aerobic workout to Latin music. **$40 for the 8-week program, new session will begin on March 20th. Registration required, 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 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.

Friday Afternoon 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. **$40 for the 8-week program, new session will begin on March 10th. Registration required, call (908) 203-6101 for more information**

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 just in need of fellow players? Join Sylvia and fellow center members to learn and enjoy this interesting game. Also being offered on Thursday’s from 12:30-3:00 for experienced players.

Needlework Crafts Club – Tuesday, 1:00 p.m.; new members welcome!

Hatha Yoga – 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; some mats available on a first come, first served basis. *Check monthly calendar for schedule*

Dance Aerobics with Marion Harris – Wednesday, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. - Get your cardio while dancing to a variety of music such as pop, country and Broadway classics.

Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 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 also required prior to first class and then once every year. Class is currently filled, call Caitlin Witucki at (908) 704-6339 to be placed on the waiting list or hear of other opportunities.

Social Dancing – Thursday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Do you love to dance, meet new people and make some friends? Join Frank as he plays a variety of music from Ballroom Dance to Country Western. Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get and stay in shape.  Besides being fun, dancing has many positive health benefits, such as increased flexibility, strength, endurance and emotional well-being. 

Scrabble Club – Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a friendly game of scrabble; with sufficient interest, we may plan opportunities for members to compete with other area scrabble clubs.

Book Club 4th Thursday of the Month **Call (908) 203-6101 for details**

Tai Chi for Health (Intermediate) – Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The intermediate course will build upon the basic form learned in the introductory class, allowing students to move forward with their Tai Chi abilities. Forms learned in both courses will improve specific strengths such as, the ability to shift weight from one side of the body to the other, move one leg to the other without stumbling or falling; increase the ability to keep the body in good alignment, enhance the ability to move slowly and in circular motion without hesitation or confusion, and improve the practice of specific movements to develop strengthen bones and muscles. ** $16, suggested donation, for 8-week program, new session will begin in March 2. Registration required, call (908) 203-6101 for more information**

Tai Chi for Health (Introductory) – Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. This preparatory course is the core of a Tai Chi program, designed to encourage participants’ development of their strength, balance and flexibility. Tai Chi has unfamiliar vocabulary, new ways of moving, and a sequence of movements that take time to learn. Participants will learn the basic form of this art, which will enable them to experience considerable improvements in their physical ability as well as to learn postures that will recur in new Tai Chi forms. ** $16, suggested donation, for 8-week program, new session will begin in March 2nd. Registration required, call (908) 203-6101 for more information**

Pinochle Club – Friday, 12:30 – 3:00 pm. New members welcome!

Board Games/Cards/Dominos – Friday, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Do you enjoy games like, Boggle, Cribbage, Dominos or cards, etc.?  If so, visit the center for a friendly game or two. Please note: We cannot guarantee players so bring your friends! Please identify your game of choice when you make your reservation so we can ensure adequate game supplies.

State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) - Do you have questions about or problems with your health insurance or benefits? Call to schedule a FREE appointment with a counselor who can help. SHIP is a statewide program by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Call (908) 203-6101 to schedule an appointment.

March 2 – “Tasting & Demonstration: Green Hummus” by Samantha Nunzio, Registered Dietitian, ShopRite/Wakefern, 10:45 a.m. Samantha will demonstrate how to make a green hummus variation to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.  You will also have an opportunity to taste the recipe. In addition to this demonstration, Samantha will discuss National Nutrition Month and the foundations of a healthful diet. Recipes and literature will be provided.

March 3, 6, 17 & 21 -   ”Music for Wellness” by John Fitzpatrick, 10:45 a.m. Everyone becomes a member of the band and makes music together.  Join us for a revitalizing hour of music as John plays the guitar and invite attendees to play hand percussion instruments.  Attendees will sing along to prepare for our concert in May, which will celebrate Older Americans Month. **This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant**

March 7 – “Backyard Bears” by the Somerset County Park Commission, 10:45 a.m. Bear sightings are increasing throughout the state of New Jersey. Do you know what to do if you see a bear? This presentation will help you become educated in bear etiquette.

March 9 – Beadamania at 10:45 a.m. Beadamania is a program sponsored by the Rehab at River’s Edge. This event will include a step by step guide to jewelry making. We will provide the bead, you provide the creativity.

March 10 - Bagpipe Performance by Matthew Thiel, 10:45. The Saint Patrick’s Day excitement begins a bit early with a live performance of the bagpipes. Our featured artist, Matthew Thiel, started playing in the eighth grade under the direction of Cliff Roberts. Once on the full set of pipes, he joined the St. Ann’s of Hampton Pipes and Drums Band.  He has competed in bagpipe competitions as part of the band and as a solo bagpiper in both the United States and Scotland. As part of Matt’s performance he will talk about the history of the bagpipes which are among the world’s oldest instruments, and his experiences while learning to play.

March 13 – Ask the Pharmacist, 10:45 a.m. A pharmacist from Walgreens will be onsite to answer all questions about medications and more.

March 14 – “Music Through the Decades” by Sheli Monacchio, Always Best Care. Sheli will take the group on a journey throughout the decades.

March 16 – National Agriculture Day, 10:45 a.m. Let’s celebrate National Agriculture Day by getting involved with this year’s theme “Food For Life”. Join us as we paint boards, which will be used to create raised bed planters. The harvest from these planters will be donated to the Somerset County Food Bank.

March 20 – “Home Modifications for Safety & Independence” by Senior Blue Book, 10:45 a.m. A representative from Senior Blue Book will provide tips on how to remain safe in your home, how to reduce fall risks and ways to modify your home to keep safe and accessible.

March 20 & 21 – “AARP Smart Driving Course,” 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. This is a classroom, driver-improvement course that will teach motorists about new traffic laws and defensive driving techniques. You will receive two points off your license and receive 5% off your insurance for three years. The fee for AARP members is $15.00 and $20.00 for non-members. **Please call (908) 203-6101 to register and for more information**

March 23 – “Niagara River” by Kevin Woyce, Photographer, 10:45 a.m. Join Kevin for an illustrated tour of the Niagara River, from its historic bridges and forts to modern-day parks and tourist attractions. Discover how the river, falls and gorge formed, and see how they have changed over the years. Kevin will also introduce the river’s explorers and settlers; daredevils who risked their lives for fame or fortune; businessmen who harnessed the falls’ power; and the conservationists and visionaries who saved the falls for generations of visitors.

March 24 – Performance by Ian Gallager, Irish Singer and Musician, 10:45 a.m. Ian will be performing some favorite Irish classics, as well as some you have never heard of before! Be prepared to have fun as Ian talks to the attendees about the history of Ireland and the songs being performed.  Don’t forget to wear green!

March 27 – Bingo. Bingo is more than just an exciting activity.  Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple health benefits.  It promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination, and takes concentration-which improves listening and short term memory skills.

March 28 – “The Journey of Frankie & Olive” 10:45 a.m. Help Frankie and Olive, two spunky Boston Terriers, fulfill their certification requirements to become therapy dogs. As part of their training they must be exposed to people in different situations and master various commands. Learn how to teach and practice the commands with Frankie and Olive who must master them to achieve certification.

March 29 – “The Types of Dementia” by Dr. Gubbi, Atlantic Healthcare System. 10:45 a.m. Dr. Gubbi will provide the group information about the types of dementia, causes and treatment options.  Literature will be provided.

March 30 - Dancer Performance by the Raritan Valley Dance Academy, 10:45 a.m. Enjoy a performance by the talented Raritan Valley dancers.

 

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

Open Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

Game Room – Monday – Friday

Stretching – Monday – Friday

Horseshoe Pit – Monday – Friday (Weather Permitting)

Bocce Court – Monday – Friday (Weather Permitting)

Caram – Monday – Friday. East Indian game similar to Billiards.

Fit & Flex with Rose – Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00 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. **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates.  No class on March 2nd or March 14th**

Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Tuesday, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. 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 also required prior to first class and then once every year.  For a new participant, the price is $45. This includes ankle weights, a participant manual and the class fee.  If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15.

T’ai Chi Chih with Janet O. Wednesday, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. T’ai Chi Chih is a series of 19 gentle, fluid movements and 1 pose that activate, circulate and balance the intrinsic energy of the body known as chi.  The practice can be performed by individuals of most any age, ability or condition, while standing or sitting. **$20 for the 10-week program, new session will begin on March 22. Come and sample a free trial class any Wednesday prior to signing up. Registration required, call (908) 369-8700 for more information**

Horseshoe and Bocce Ball Club – Every Friday, 10:00 a.m.  Enjoy time outside while being part of our Bocce and Horseshoe Clubs!  Great for all ability levels; instruction will be available. (Weather Permitting)

March 1 – Bingo Bonanza, 10:45 a.m.  Bingo is more than just an exciting activity.  Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple health benefits.  It promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination, and takes concentration-which improves listening and short term memory skills.

March 1 - 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.  **Please call (908) 369-8700 to schedule an appointment**

(NEW) March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 – Mahjong Club, 12:30 - 3:00 p.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?  Lessons and refreshers are available. **Please call (908) 369-8700 for more information**

March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Puzzle Club, 10:00 a.m. Strike up conversation, make new friends and enjoy assembling puzzles together.

March 2 & 30 – Mandala Art & Tea Workshop, 10:15 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.  Enjoy creating your own mandala over a cup of herbal tea.

March 2 – Spring’s the Thing Interactive Game. Participants will guess various spring items as described by other players. You might have to draw, act or give clues to reveal your item.

March 3 – Glenis Redmond: State Theatre Poet in Residence, 10:30 a.m. Glenis Redmond’s love of words has carried her across the country for two decades. She logs over 35,000 miles a year bringing poetry to the masses. This Road Warrior Poet, though steeped in Afro-Carolinian roots, speaks a universal tongue of love, loss, celebration, sorrow and hope. Her verse uplifts family, culture and community.  Glenis is a gentle pen pusher as she encourages others to create. She is a 2005-2006 NC Literary Award recipient and a Denny C. Plattner Award winner for Outstanding Poetry awarded by the Journal, Appalachian Heritage. She has been inducted in the Mt. Xpress’ Hall of Fame for Best Poet in Western North Carolina after winning for over a decade.  She is a Leader with the Kennedy Center’s Partnership in Education Program in Washington D.C. Glenis’ work has aired on National Public Radio.  She is a past winner of the Southern Fried Poetry Slam twice and a top ten finalist in the National Poetry Slam.

March 6, 13, 20 & 27 – In the News, 10:00 a.m. Join us as we discuss breaking news around the world and current events of interest.

March 6 – Remember When: Inventions that Changed the World. We will look at every day inventions and the not so commonly known inventions that changed our world. From electricity to the remote control and many inventions in between this program will not only be educational but will have you taking the time to Remember When.

(NEW) March 6 & 20 – Scrabble Friends Group, 1:30 pm -2:45 pm.  Enjoy a friendly game of scrabble; with sufficient interest, we may plan opportunities for members to compete with other area scrabble clubs. **Please call (908) 369-8700 for more information**

March 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Trivia Time, 10:15 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 us for some mind-tingling brain stumpers and a fun-filled intellectual workout.

March 8 & 22 – Book Club, 9:45 a.m. -10:30 a.m. New book club is forming. Meet friends, read and discuss books, poems, short stories and articles. Next book selection will be a mystery. **Please call (908) 369-8700 for more information**

March 8 - “Affordable Housing” by Christy Barboe, Central Jersey Housing Resource Center, 10:30 -11:45 a.m.  Join us for a discussion on affordable housing options, living situations and housing rehabilitation programs and the latest housing scams. Literature will be provided.

March 9 – TED Talk, 10:30 a.m. TED Talk is a YouTube channel that is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Today we will watch Elizabeth Gilbert’s presentation on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and share the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk. After viewing the video, we will have a group discussion. Join us for this insightful presentation and what could be a lively discussion following the presentation.

March 10, 24 & 31 – Canasta Card Club, 10:00 a.m. Although many variations exist for two, three, five or six players, it is most commonly played by four in two partnerships with two standard decks of cards. Players attempt to make melds of seven cards of the same rank and “go out” by playing all cards in their hand.

March 10 – “Pain Management Options and Discussion” by Dr. Daniel Rothstein, 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Dr. Rothstein’s scope of practice includes a broad spectrum of painful conditions. Dr. Rothstein specializes in minimally invasive techniques and will discuss advances in pain management as well as take audience questions.

March 13 - Open Mic Day. Bring an instrument, voice, lyrics, words, laughs or just stop by for the show! The stage is yours!

(NEW) March 13 & 27 – Introduction to Social Media, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Learn about social media in a small setting. **Please call (908) 369-8700 for more information**

March 14 – March Jeopardy. Challenge yourself in this mind-stimulating morning of jeopardy celebrating all things March.

March 15 – Bagpipe Performance by Matthew Thiel, 10:45 -11:45 a.m. The Saint Patrick’s Day excitement begins a bit early with a live performance of the bagpipes. Our featured artist, Matthew Thiel, started playing in the eighth grade under the direction of Cliff Roberts. Once on the full set of pipes, he joined the St. Ann’s of Hampton Pipes and Drums Band.  He has competed in bagpipe competitions as part of the band and as a solo bagpiper in both the United States and Scotland. As part of Matt’s performance he will talk about the history of the bagpipes which are among the world’s oldest instruments, and his experiences while learning to play.

March 16 – Name That Tune: A Musical Adventure, 10:15 a.m. Challenge your memory to guess old and new favorite songs in this hilarious game.

March 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration with Entertainment by Lynne’s Academy of Irish Dance, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy an Irish Step Dancing demonstration with Lynne’s Academy students in costume. A traditional lunch will be served featuring corned beef and cabbage. **Please register by March 15th**

March 20 – “Ask the Nurse” by Steve Majewski, Senior Helpers, 10:45 a.m. Do you always feel like you never have enough time to get all your questions answered when visiting the doctor? Join Senior Helpers for our annual Ask the Nurse program. Bring your questions and join our group discussion.

March 22 – “All About Arthritis” by a Walgreen’s Pharmacist, 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Participate in the Pharmacy Education Program as we learn more about the various types and treatments for arthritis. Literature will be provided for all participants.

March 23 – “Who Am I?” 10:15 a.m. Ask clever questions while exercising your mental recall abilities to determine the identity of famous historians, celebrities, authors or public figures.

March 24 – “Top 10 Healthy Foods to Keep in Your Home” by Samantha Nunzio, Registered Dietitian, ShopRite/Wakefern, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Samantha will discuss the best foods to stock at home for a healthy kitchen. She will make a recipe to sample.  Literature will be provided.

March 27 – Craft: Creating Fancy Floral Pens with Pam, 10:45 a.m. This very popular craft will come with a spring theme. Taking flowers, pens and floral tape will create these fancy pens to keep or share.

March 29 – Entertainer Mike Simone: The Singer with the Swagger, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Whether it’s those Sinatra classics, the moving ballads of the Great American Songbook or modern popular songs performed in that big-band, swinging style, Mike will create an exciting, memorable and enjoyable day for all!

March 31 - “Introduction to Traditional Chinese Culture & Shen Yun” by Tom Liang, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Tom will take us on a journey to China through a cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.  Discover the true China you’ve never know! 

 

MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER
356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, NJ  08558

(609) 466-0846

Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm

All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

Meditation Garden – Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Enjoy this outdoor oasis for your meditation practices. (Weather Permitting)

Pool Table – Monday – Friday

Cosmic Coloring – Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m.  Learn the emotional health benefits garnered from this inventive activity.  When we immerse ourselves into a coloring action, a destressing effect occurs because we no longer focus on a problem or worry, but focus on a particular activity instead.  Coloring also “brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot of stress.”  Enjoy this creative activity with an emotional twist.

Ballroom Dancing with the Princeton School of Dance – Monday, 1:00 p.m. Have you ever wanted to learn how to Foxtrot, Waltz or Tango? Over this 8-week course the instructor will teach appropriate body/arm position, the foot work and the timing for each dance step. The instructor will slowly give you more and more steps, teaching the necessary lead/follow technique and monitoring your progress, until you are comfortable going out to ballroom events and dancing without instructor supervision. Come with or without a partner. **$40 for the 8-week program, new session will begin April 3.  Registration required, call (609) 466-0846 for information**

Games/Cards (Scrabble, Chess, Uno, Rummikub, etc.) – Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm. If you have a favorite game not listed that you would like to play, and/or if you are interested in starting up a club on the game of your choice, please inform the staff.

Silver Strength with Linda – Monday, 10:15 a.m. 45 minutes of exercise for older adults; 20 minutes of cardio (or movement) followed by 20 minutes of toning (with or without weights), followed by a 5 minute relaxing stretch. This exercise is great for all levels and abilities. Sneakers required. **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Mahjong Lessons Monday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mahjong or are you familiar with the game but just in need of fellow players?  Lessons and refreshers are available! **Please call (609) 466-0846 for more information. 

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

Yoga with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. Open to all levels of practice and abilities. This class incorporates Hatha yoga poses while seated in a chair as well as the option for standing poses to increase bone density, strength and balance. Students learn techniques to help gain flexibility and 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 stress relief and overall well-being.

Exercise for Arthritis with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. & Thursday, 11:00 a.m. This recreational exercise program is designed to address the following physical goals: to reduce pain, fatigue and stiffness while increasing flexibility, strength, balance and endurance in a safe & positive environment.

  **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Circuit Training – Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Have fun while performing exercises that tone your muscles.  In this class you will raise your heart rate with cardiovascular exercises and tone muscles in the upper and lower body.  This will help you in your everyday activities, while working on balance, core and overall agility and muscle strength.  Sneakers required. **$40 for the 8-week program, new session will begin March 15.  Registration required, call (609) 466-0846 for more information **

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

Healthy Bones Exercise ClassClasses will resume in April. 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 also required prior to first class and then once every year. For a new participant, the price is $45.  This includes ankle weights, a participant manual and the class fee.  If ankle weights are not needed the cost is $15.

Crocheting with Jocelyn – Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Move Today with Elizabeth – Every Other Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. Move Today is a non-aerobic exercise class conducted by a certified leader and is designed to improve flexibility, balance, strength and stamina.  A major focus of the class is on good posture and fall prevention. Exercises can be done while sitting or standing. **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Card Game: “3-13” – Thursday & Friday, 10:00 a.m. **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Bocce Ball – Thursday, 10:30 a.m. & Friday, 11:00 a.m. (Weather Permitting)

March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – 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 are available.

March 3, 17 & 31 – Ageless Grace with Roz Gerken, 10:15 a.m.  Ageless Grace is a fitness program based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change structurally and functionally.  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 people of all abilities and can be performed while sitting or standing.  Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

March 3 & 17 – All Roads Lead to You.  Let’s find out who attends the Montgomery Senior Center.  Each month we will interview several center members and find out their life’s journey.

March 6 – TED Talk.  Drop in for a lively discussion in our continuing series.  For the first 15 minutes, we will watch a TED Talk and then discuss it as a group.  For a background, visit www.TED.com.

March 6 - 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.  **Please call (609) 466-0846 to schedule an appointment**

March 8 & 22 – Laughter Class with Denise Crowley, 10:30 a.m. Laughing is an excellent way to reduce stress in our lives, and can help you to cope with and survive a stressful lifestyle.  Laughter provides a full-scale workout for your muscles and unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins.  Since our bodies cannot distinguish between real and fake laughter, anything that makes you giggle will have a positive impact.

March 10 & 24 Beginner Ukulele Lessons with John Fitzpatrick, 10:15 a.m.  The Ukulele is a small, four stringed instrument in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone.  Join us as John teaches the group how to play this very interesting and exciting instrument. **Please call (609) 466-0846 for more information.  This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and administered by the Somerset County

Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant**

March 13 – “Affordable Housing” by the Central Jersey Housing Resource Center.  Join us for a discussion on affordable housing options, living situations and housing rehabilitation programs and the latest housing scams. Literature will be provided.

March 16 – Book Club, 12:45 -1:45 p.m.  We have started a book club! Come to our next meeting. We will begin with a “meet and greet” and discuss the following book: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime” by Mark Haddon. **Please call (609) 466-0846 for more information**

March 20 – Mind Your Mind Exercises.  Did you know that solving puzzles or challenging yourself with new mind-stretching exercises can stimulate the brain and enhance your creative and critical thinking processes?  Join Denise for some mind-tingling brain stumpers and a fun-filled intellectual workout.

March 27 – Bingo. Bingo is more than just an exciting activity.  Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple health benefits.  It promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination, and takes concentration-which improves listening and short term memory skills.

March 29 – Music & Karaoke with DJ Gary Morton, 10:45 a.m.  Gary will have everyone up and dancing to lively music. 

(NEW) March 30 – Comedy Workshop with Kate Lyn Reiter, Humorist & Inspirational Speaker, 10:30 a.m. If you are looking for someplace to escape from the stress of your life and re-connect with your sense of humor, a comedy workshop is for you. Join the group and explore your funny bone in a relaxed and judgement-free environment.

 

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

Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

Table Tennis (Ping Pong) – Monday – Friday. Take a ‘shot’ at being a tournament master by playing Single or Doubles games. This competitive game has been an Olympic sport since 1988 and is a great way to maintain and improve hand/eye coordination, concentration and agility.

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.

Individual Computer Instruction – Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. **Please call for appointment**

Healthy Bones Exercise Class with Joan Ackerman – Monday, 9:15 a.m. 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 also required prior to first class and then once every year. For a new participant, the cost is $45.  This includes ankle weights, a participant manual and the class fee.  If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15.

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

Outdoor Shuffleboard and Horseshoes – Monday – Friday (Weather Permitting)

QBC News – Monday – Friday, 10:00  – 10:30 a.m. Enjoy breaking news around the world or current events of interest for a stimulating Question and Answer session as fellow center members take turns researching and sharing the hot topics of the day.

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. **$10.00 fee includes supplies**

Circuit Training – Thursday, 9:15 a.m. Have fun while performing exercises that tone your muscles.  In this class you will raise your heart rate with cardiovascular exercises and tone muscles in the upper and lower body.  This will help you in your everyday activities, while working on balance, core and overall agility and muscle strength. Sneakers required. **$40 for the 8-week program, next session will began in March.  Registration required, call (732) 563-4213 for more information**

Line Dancing – Friday, 9:30 a.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 movements.

Bridge Lessons – Friday, 10:30 a.m.

Card Sharks Friday, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to play various card games for group play and/or tournament participation.

(NEW) March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 – The Regime Exercise Class: Interval Stretching & Aerobic Movements, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. 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. 

March 1 – Ageless Grace with Roz Gerken, 10:30 a.m. Ageless Grace is a fitness program based on cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change structurally and functionally. 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 people of all abilities and can be performed while sitting or standing. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher, 10:30 a.m. Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout 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. This program can be done using a chair for support if desired.

March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 -   Choir and Electronic Keyboard Lessons with John Fitzpatrick & Bob’s Quailers. We are proud to continue choir practice and electronic keyboard lessons under the tutelage of John Fitzpatrick, Virginia Ganim and Esther Fowlkes. Our theme is Broadway Tunes with a performance to be scheduled at a local rehabilitation center at some point in April.   **This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant**

March 3 – “Heads Up Seniors: A Safety Campaign” by Joanna Boyd, Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, 10:30 a.m. This program is geared towards increasing awareness of potential fall hazards in your home and lifestyle along with the associated risks and consequences of brain injury that could occur. Participants will be encouraged to start thinking and talking about issues while having fun playing Jeopardy.

March 6FREE Blood Pressure and Blood Screenings with the Saint Peter’s University Hospital Mobile Health Unit, 10:30 a.m. No appointment is necessary.

March 7, 14, 21 & 28 – 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 gesture. Studies have shown that some participants experienced a reduction of 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 if desired.

March 8 – “Armchair Travel Presents: New Zealand-The Island Nation in the Pacific Southwest Ocean” by Dorothy & Irwin Vogel, 10:30 a.m. Dorothy and Irwin Vogel started traveling the world 25 years ago after they retired and together they have visited 89 countries! In each country, they have collected artifacts, have taken extensive photographs and put them together on a DVD complete with music and narration of their experience. Today’s feature is New Zealand-The Island in the southwest Pacific Ocean.

March 10 - National Agriculture Day, 10:30 a.m. Let’s celebrate National Agriculture Day by getting involved with this year’s theme “Food For Life”. Join us as we paint boards, which will be used to create raised bed planters. The harvest from these planters will be donated to the Somerset County Food Bank.

March 13 – “Virtual Rainforest: Visit the Costa Rican Rainforest” by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, 10:30 a.m. A rainforest is a tropical forest. The rainforests of Costa Rica are home to nearly 100 species of trees. Giant versions of orchids, as well as the expected sloths, monkeys and copious birds can be found while venturing into the Costa Rican rainforest depths. Join our group as a representative from the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center provides us with more interesting facts about the Costa Rican rainforest.

March 15, 22 & 29 – “Advantage Over Arthritis” by Alex Tischler, Registered Nurse, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset & Sagar Modh, Registered Nurse, Newark Beth Israel Hospital under the tutelage of Dr. Karen DeWitt, Kean University, 10:30 a.m. The emphasis is being placed on being one’s own advocate for health and healthier living through discussions on incorporating exercise, change to existing diets/habits, managing medications properly, dealing with healthcare providers, preconceived perceptions about joint pains, interacting with friends and family and coping strategies.

March 17 – “Wheel of Fabulous Health: A Twist on 1983 Game” with the Raritan Valley Community College Nursing Students, 10:30 a.m.  The Raritan Valley Community College Nursing Students will engage us in an exciting game of Wheel of Fortune with topics regarding health and nutrition.

March 20 – Step Into Spring: A Clinic for Healthy & Great Looking Feet 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**

March 21 – “Creating Mini Terrariums” by the Somerset County Park Commission, 10:30 a.m. A Somerset County Park Commission Horticulturist will be onsite assist the group in creating mini terrariums.  Become a botanist and create unique environments for plant life.

March 24 – Visit to the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater for Performance by Ian Gallager, Irish Singer and Musician, 10:45 a.m. Ian will be performing some favorite Irish classics, as well as some you have never heard of before! Be prepared to have fun as Ian talks to the attendees about the history of Ireland and the songs being performed.  Don’t forget to wear green!

March 31 - “Pain Management Options and Discussion” by Dr. Daniel Rothstein, 10:30 a.m. Dr. Rothstein’s scope of practice includes a broad spectrum of painful conditions. Dr. Rothstein specializes in minimally invasive techniques and will discuss advances in pain management as well as take audience questions.

 

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

Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All programs begin at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

Lending Library – Available Monday – Friday

Pool Room – Pool Table Available, Monday-Friday

Caram Board Game – Available Monday – Friday. East Indian game similar to Billiards.

Individual Computer Instruction Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; and Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  **Advanced Registration required, call (908) 753-9440 for more information**

Zumba Gold with Angie – Zumba Gold takes the 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.

Monday Morning 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. **$40 for the 8-week program, new session will begin in May.  Registration required, call (908) 753-9440 for more information**

Monday Afternoon 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. **$40 for the 8-week program, new session will begin in May. Registration required, call (908) 753-9440 for more information**

Wednesday Morning 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. **$40 for the 8-week program, new session will begin in May.  Registration required, call (908) 753-9440 for more information**

Watercolor Paint Class – Monday & Thursday, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. **Advanced Registration Required**  Line Dancing – Mondays, 1:00 – 3:00 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 movements. **Call (908) 753-9440 to see when Line Dancing will resume in March**

Yoga with Jillian – Tuesday, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.  Open to all levels of practice and abilities. This class incorporates Hatha yoga poses while seated in a chair as well as the option for standing poses to increase bone density, strength and balance. Students learn techniques to help gain flexibility and 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 stress relief and overall well-being. **$40 for the 8-week program, new session will begin on March 28. Registration required, call (908) 753-9440 for more information**

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

Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 a.m. 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 also required prior to first class and then once every year. Openings available, call Caitlin Witucki at (908) 704-6339 to hear about available opportunities**

Ballroom Dancing – Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Meet new people and make some friends while exercising!  Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get and stay in shape.  Besides being fun, dancing has many health benefits.  Dance can have an incredible impact on overall flexibility, strength, endurance and emotional well-being.  Join Bice, who has won several dance competitions, as she plays a variety of Ballroom Dance music.

Computer Lab – Call for Availability

Jigsaw Puzzle – Group Activity – Available Daily

March 1, 8, 15 & 22 – iPad Instruction Lessons with Alberto (1-4 weeks, your choice), 11:00-12:00 p.m.  Now that you have an iPad, what do you do?  Learn how to use its many features by personalizing the number of lessons you want (1-4 weeks).  Call (908) 753-9440 to reserve space and determine the number of classes you wish to sign up for.  Call early as class size is limited.  You must bring your own iPad.

March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 – 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 done standing up or sitting down.

March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Bingo, 10:30 a.m.  Bingo is more than just an exciting activity.  Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple health benefits.  It promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination, and takes concentration-which improves listening and short term memory skills.

March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 – 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 music can stimulate the brain and enhance your creative and critical thinking processes?  Join Adrienne for some mind-tingling, brain-stumpers, for a fun-filled intellectual workout.

March 6 – “Armchair Travel Presents: A Visit to North Vietnam” by Dorothy & Irwin Vogel, 10:30 a.m.  Few countries in such a short space of time have changed as much as Vietnam.  It’s been 40 years since the end of the Vietnamese War.  It is now a country in a state of constant evolution and is now considered a real gem, arising almost miraculously from the ashes of war.  The people have said a quick goodbye to their bitter past and now focus on the future and the overall prosperity of their country.  Join the Vogels as they share their North Vietnam experiences.

March 7 – “Unused Medication Drop-Off Opportunity” with Officer Nick Fazio, Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, 9:30 -10:30 a.m.  Officer Fazio will be at the center to collect any unused or expired medications.  Please take advantage of the safe way to dispose of your medications. Center staff cannot accept unused medications without the Sheriff’s Officer being present.

March 7 – “Get Rid of the Blues with Laughter” by Reeta L. Aggarwal, Brightstar Homecare, 10:30 a.m. Laughter creates a liberating environment to rid your body of stress while promoting optimal health.  A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but when you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body.  Come and learn some of the lesser known benefits of laughter.

March 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Ronnie’s Bridge Group with Lessons Available, 1:00 - 3:00 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 welcome.

March 13 – “Put Your Best Fork Forward” by Jessica Guarnieri, Registered Dietitian, ShopRite/Wakefern, 10:30 a.m.  March is National Nutrition Month.  Jessica will be sharing how to make nutritional changes in your eating habits, one forkful at a time, that will help you create a healthy eating style.  Enjoy a healthy snack at the end of the program.

March 13 – TED Talk, 11:00 a.m.  TED Talk is a YouTube channel that is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.  Today we will watch Simon Sinek’s presentation on Millennials and learn why this generation is being referred to as feeling entitled and being unfocused and somewhat lazy.  After viewing the video, we will have a group discussion.  Join us for this insightful presentation and what could be a lively discussion following the presentation.

March 13 – “How to Prepare and Stage Your Home for Sale” – Lunch & Learn Opportunity by Roseanne Aragona, the Aragona Team at RE/MAX, 1:00 p.m.  Roseanne will discuss the specifics of getting your home ready to show and sell.  Ready to put your home on the market but don’t know where to start?  Confused about the best ways to showcase your home for everyday use or for sale?  Joins us for this informative program and get the secrets straight from an expert!  **Reservations required by March 9.  Choices of menus with or without meat including a boxed lunch, available**

March 14, 21 & 28 – Boggle and Word within a Larger word, 10:30 a.m.  This is a challenging 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.  Then look for words within a larger word.  Join us as we try to find as many words as possible.

March 14 – Warrenbrook Book Club (New Members Welcome!) Featured Book: “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend,” 1:30 pm -3:00 pm.  Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal.  When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving.  The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor-there’s not much else to do in a dying small town that’s almost beyond repair.  You certainly wouldn’t open a bookstore.  And definitely not with the tourist in charge.  You’d need a vacant store front (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy’s house is full of them), and…customers.  The bookstore might be a little quirky.  The again, so is Sara.  But Broken Wheel’s own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.  A heartwarming reminder of why we are booklovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.

March 20 – “Learn About Birds and Create a “Soda Bottle” Bird Feeder” with Krista Maxwell, Librarian, Somerset County Library System, Warren Township Public Library Branch, 10:30 a.m.  After learning some interesting facts about birds that can be found in the area, we will be making and painting soda bottle (bottles to be provided) bird feeders.  **Reservations required by March 16**

March 22FREE Blood Pressure Screenings with Jill Hockenbury, RN, Community Visiting Nurse Association, 10:30 a.m.  No appointment is necessary.

March 27 – Celtic Cracked Walnuts, Musical Duo of Jan Ausfahl and Jeff, 10:30 a.m.  This program will feature songs, stories and humor from Ireland, Scotland and some Americana.  In addition to the banjo and washboard that Cracked Walnuts is known for, attendees will also be treated to guitar, penny whistle, concertina and bodhran (an Irish drum) music.

March 31 – 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.  **Services available by advance appointment only and will be available the last Friday of the month**

 

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