Cannabis Job Fair and Information Session Planned at RVCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 1, 2023

Cannabis Job Fair and Information Session Planned at RVCC

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Valley Wellness, a medical cannabis dispensary located in Raritan Borough, is bringing a one-of-a-kind forum to the region on Monday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg. Attendees can enter a raffle.

This Job Fair and Information Session will be presented in RVCC’s Conference Center and will showcase information about the rapidly growing cannabis industry. Participation is open to all and is free of charge.

“We worked hard this year to get Valley Wellness open this past November. Now we’re excited to get into the community to provide information, education, and employment opportunities to area residents,” said Sarah Trent, C.E.O. of Valley Wellness, which is New Jersey’s first independently owned and operated medical cannabis dispensary.

Valley Wellness will be conducting on-site interviews throughout the event for positions in its dispensary, and Hillview Farms will be collecting resumes to start hiring later this spring. Those interested in securing an on-site interview at the event should pre-register by using this link: apply here. Walk-ins will also be given interviews, so participants are encouraged to bring their resumes.

During the event, presentations will be given by:

  • Hillview Farms in Pequannock is New Jersey’s first licensed cultivator and is owned and operated by native New Jersey farmers.
  • PremierMD, in Bridgewater is a medical practice headed up by Dr. David Boguslavsky who specializes in traditional and alternative patient-care methods. PremierMD will be on-site to explain the benefits of the medicinal use of cannabis and will be available to assist with the initial steps needed to obtain a NJ Department of Health Medicinal Marijuana card, for those interested.
  • Michael Hoffman is a New Jersey attorney specializing in marijuana expungement cases.
  • The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board oversees federally and state-funded career and employment services for businesses and residents in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Staff will be on-site to answer questions related to employment services that they and their partners provide to Somerset and Hunterdon residents.
  • Minorities for Medical Marijuana is a nonprofit organization committed to creating a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought, experience and opportunities are valued, respected, appreciated, and celebrated. Representatives will be on hand to serve as a resource by providing information, referrals and education regarding cannabis legislation, events, activities, and initiatives.

Event Raffle
Valley Wellness will conduct a raffle for two scholarships, valued at $500 each, for a NJ Cannabis Certified course. The 15-hour, five-module certificate course is taught live via Zoom and is designed for those who are interested in working within the cannabis industry or anyone simply looking to learn more about cannabis. To learn more, visit https://njcannacert.com/.

Job Fair Partnerships
This job fair event is made possible through partnerships with Hillview Farms, Premier MD, the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board, and Minorities for Medical Marijuana.

Somerset County Park Commission to Offer Presidents’ Day Deal for Golfers

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February 1, 2023

 

Somerset County Park Commission to Offer Presidents’ Day Deal for Golfers

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – In honor of Presidents’ Day, the Somerset County Park Commission is offering golf gift cards with a 20 percent special bonus for purchase at the Park Commission’s local golf courses beginning Thursday, Feb. 16.

“Golfers are excited about starting the season. Our golf courses are known to be among the finest public courses in the country, which makes the golfing experience even more exciting,” said Somerset County Commissioner Paul M. Drake. “Golfers will appreciate receiving these gift cards for any occasion.”

“The gift cards are a great way to introduce someone to golfing or to help improve a beginner’s game,” said Somerset County Park Commission Secretary-Director Geoffrey Soriano. “Give the gift of golf lessons at the Neshanic Learning Center, and the student will receive individual lessons from our golf instructors.”

The 20 percent special bonus means that a person spending $100 will receive a gift card with a redemption value of $120 that can be used to purchase tee time, lessons, or equipment. For terms and conditions, click here.

Gift cards can be purchased in-person or by phone at golf shops located at the Park Commission’s golf courses. For contact information, visit the following websites: Green KnollNeshanic Valley and the Neshanic Valley Learning CenterQuail BrookSpooky Brook and Warrenbrook. Gift cards purchased by phone will be held at the golf shop ready for pick up.

For locations and directions to the Somerset County Park Commission’s golf courses, visit https://www.somersetcountygolf.us/.

Somerset County Park Commission

The Park Commission is committed to excellence in promoting stewardship of land and resources, providing outstanding recreation opportunities and leisure services, and fostering an environment that is service oriented and responsive to the public’s needs.

 

15,000 acres of county-owned open space, which is visited by two million park users each year. Five golf courses have three driving ranges, a pitch and putt course and a recreational putting course. Other attractions include a riding stable, an environmental education center, two tennis facilities, an outdoor pool, paddle boating, a rock and rare plant garden, an award-winning rose garden, an arboretum, and a sensory and fragrance garden. Six county parks also offer amenities such as athletic fields, picnic facilities, bike paths, fishing, birdwatching, cross-country skiing, and hiking.

 

To stay up to date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Somerset County Park Commission to Host Job Fairs in February

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January 31, 2023

Somerset County Park Commission to Host Job Fairs in February

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Nature lovers, people who want to change their vocation, or anyone seeking a full or part-time position should attend the Somerset County Park Commission’s 2023 Job Fairs on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m., or Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The events will occur at 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08876.

At the job fairs, potential candidates will meet supervisors and managers from various departments, find out details and information about various jobs, and be among the first to have their resumes seen by hiring managers.

The Somerset County Park Commission has multiple full-time and part-time job vacancies such as Gardeners, Maintenance Workers, Stable Workers, Recreation Assistants, Camp Counselors, Lifeguards, Naturalists and many more.

Working for the Park Commission provides perks, such as positions located throughout the scenic park system, and full-time employees will have the option to receive a competitive benefits package.

For more information about the job fair, call 908-722-1200 ext. 5239, or visit https://www.somersetcountyparks.org/employment.

To learn more about the Somerset County Park Commission, visit https://www.somersetcountyparks.org.

The Park Commission has a knowledgeable, motivated, and dedicated staff. The goal of management is to create a working environment that will motivate all employees to provide unique, personalized and unparalleled service. The Park Commission is dedicated to creating a superior work experience in a friendly, efficient, and comfortable environment. They recognize that happy employees lead to satisfied customers and a successful and profitable business.

Non-Discrimination
Somerset County Park Commission does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, gender, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or religious or political affiliation.

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Somerset County Park Commission Offers Maple Sugaring Program for People of All Ages

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January 30, 2023

Somerset County Park Commission Offers Maple Sugaring Program for People of All Ages

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Get to the root of the maple sugaring process and participate in an intriguing Maple Sugaring program to be hosted by the Naturalists at the Somerset County Park Commission’s Environmental Education Center (EEC). Participants will learn how to tap a tree, collect sap, and make syrup. Hour-long demonstrations will be held on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 and 2 p.m. throughout February. The EEC is located at 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Participants can purchase tickets at the door only.

Native Americans and colonists began the tradition of maple sugaring centuries ago in the Northwest.  Now, people of all ages will see this tradition brought to life and learn how to tap trees, discuss sap-collecting methods from the past and learn modern-day techniques as well as the boiling process, which is the final step in creating New Jersey’s maple syrup.

About the Program
The outdoor program is sixty minutes and conducted at the EEC’s Sugar Shack, which is a half-mile hike from the EEC.

Tickets
Note: tickets are for sale at the EEC on the day of the event only. Participants should arrive thirty minutes before the start of the program to purchase tickets and allow time to hike to the Sugar Shack to meet their Naturalist. Maple Sugaring tickets are non-refundable unless the EEC cancels the class. Participants must also complete a waiver.

Dress Appropriately
Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, such as wearing boots for wet, muddy, and snow-covered trails and layers of clothing to stay warm.

Program Schedule
The February schedule Saturdays and Sundays on February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18,19, 25 and 26 at 12 or 2 p.m.

Cost of Program
The program costs $7 per adult and $6 per student and senior citizen.

Inclement Weather
To check for cancellations due to weather, call 908-722-1200 ext. 5002.

For more information about the program or if groups are interested in attending, contact Kurt Bender at kbender@scparks.org or call 908-722-1200 ext. 5332.

The Environmental Education Center (EEC)

The EEC at Lord Stirling Park offers approximately nine miles of hiking trails, Naturalist-led programs, school field trips, fun festivals, nature-themed exhibits, facility and classroom rentals, a resource library, science and conservation research, and more. The goal of the EEC is to improve environmental literacy in Somerset County and beyond.

To stay up to date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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Somerset County-Operated Senior Centers Offer Virtual and In-Person Activities in February

For Immediate Release

January 30, 2023

 

Somerset County-Operated Senior Centers Offer Virtual and In-Person Activities in February

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Register at any of the six Somerset County-operated senior centers in February and join the fun activities and programs, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Managed by the county’s Office on Aging and Disability Services, the senior centers provide a wide range of programs to help foster lifelong enrichment in a social and uplifting atmosphere, which will positively impact the overall health of aging adults.

 

Closures

There will be no virtual, in-person programs or hybrid classes on Monday, Feb. 20 (President’s Day).

 

Lunch

Invite a friend or neighbor to join you for lunch! All county-operated senior centers provide a nutritionally balanced lunch on 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. Senior center clients must make reservations for lunch by 10 a.m. of the previous business day.

Virtual and/or Hybrid Program Guidelines

Hybrid programs occur in person with an instructor and simultaneously virtually via Zoom. Hybrid and virtual programs are noted throughout the schedule.

Unless otherwise specified, residents aged 60 and above can join any Zoom programs listed in this schedule even if they are not a client at the center that is hosting the event. A camera (audio and video) is required to participate in virtual programs.

 

What Is Zoom?

Zoom is a secure, video-based, user-friendly, online platform that can be accessed through a smartphone, tablet, or computer that allows residents to see and hear others. Participants can join Zoom meetings through a web browser without downloading any applications or software.

Learn how to use Zoom or sign-up for a virtual tour, at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us. To register for a virtual program or class, call 908-203-6101 or email Donlin@co.somerset.nj.us.

SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BASKING RIDGE

202 Mt. Airy Road

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

908-204-3435

 

Computer Lab – Available dailyCenter members are invited to use the computers at their leisure.

 

Billiards Room – Available dailyThe pool table is available daily on a first-come, first-serve basis, Monday – Friday.

 

Knitting/Crocheting/Stitching Club – Mondays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Bring your knitting/crocheting/stitching project to the center or come and learn a new hobby while meeting wonderful people. All are welcome to join this club.

 

Take Control of Exercise – Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 a.m. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility and balance while boosting stamina in this ongoing exercise program that is presented in a video format. **There is no fee for this ongoing class. This class is for all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. For more information, call 908-204-3435.**

 

Bridge Club – Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Get intellectual and social stimulation when playing Bridge, a mentally challenging card game. Studies show when participants play Bridge regularly it can stimulate the brain to keep it alert and help one’s memory stay active. **New members and beginners are welcome. For more information, call 908-204-3425.**

 

Mahjong Club – Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 12:30 – 4 p.m. Learn to play Mahjong, an interesting game that helps keep your brain sharp and supercharged! This club is for anyone who loves the game and wants to meet new people and have fun. **This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome.**

Chair Yoga with JillianWednesdays, 1 p.m. Gain health benefits by practicing yoga poses with the support and safety of your favorite chair. Increase bone density, and improve strength, flexibility, and balance while immersed in a relaxing class. Expect a lot of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and helping participants to gain an overall sense of well-being. **The class is for all skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting. The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. For more information, call 908-204-3435. **

 

Chair Yoga with JillianFridays, 1 p.m. Gain health benefits by practicing yoga poses with the support and safety of your favorite chair. Increase bone density, and improve strength, flexibility, and balance while immersed in a relaxing class. Expect a lot of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and helping participants to gain an overall sense of well-being. **The class is for all skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting. The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. For more information, call 908-204-3435. **

 

Monthly Book Club – Every Third Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.  Join fellow book club members on Feb. 15, to discuss the historical fiction novel “The Last Dress from Paris,” by Jade Beer. New members are always welcome!

Feb. 1, 11 a.m. – “Nutrition for Colorectal Cancer” by Community Cancer Control Specialist Cecilia Gomez, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Help prevent and decrease the symptoms of colorectal cancer through nutrition and learning what foods should be eaten.

Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m. – February Trivia with Kelly. Learn about all things February including history, famous birthdays, major events, and holidays.

Feb. 2, 9, 16 & 23, 11 a.m. – Line Dancing with David CrossHave fun getting fit while dancing. Participants don’t need a partner, and it’s an easy way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. Studies have shown line dancing increases cardiovascular and muscular strength and improves coordination and balance. **For more information, call 908-204-3435.**

 

Feb. 3 & 17, 11 a.m. – BingoBingo is more than just a fun activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo provides multiple benefits, such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, improving concentration, honing one’s listening skills and boosting short-term memory.

Feb. 6, 11 a.m. – “Life Planning Documents Workshop: Part 1” by Legal Services of Northwest Jersey. Learn how to prepare for the future and what important life documents are necessary.

Feb. 7, 14 & 21, 11 a.m. – “Healthy Aging” with Senior Education by Director Brenda Miller, Community in Crisis. Learn about topics such as health and wellness, medication use, stress management, depression, substance use and misuse in a seven-week wellness program that provides valuable information for adults 60 years of age or older. In the seventh, session Ms. Miller will discuss how to manage pain through alternative methods such as yoga, chiropractic care, massage and more. **Attendance is required at all (or most) sessions.**

Feb. 8, 11 a.m. – “Winter Adaptations” by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center. Learn how animals adapt to cold weather.

Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m. – Craft: Valentine’s Mosaic Heart with Kelly. Create a mosaic heart for Valentine’s Day using paint chips. **All supplies will be provided. For more information, 908-204-3435.**

 

Feb. 10, 11 a.m. – “Dental Awareness” by Registered Dental Hygienist Karen Hughes. Learn about the importance of dental hygiene in this interesting, interactive presentation.

Feb. 13, 11 a.m. – “Life Planning Documents Workshop: Part 2” by Legal Services of Northwest Jersey. This is part two of part one for more in-depth information about how to plan for your future.

Feb. 15, 11 a.m. – Harp Romantic Favorites with Merynda Adams. Enjoy the Valentine’s Day harp performance featuring your favorite romantic melodies.

Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m. – Brain Games with KellyPlay various games, puzzles, and trivia to help boost your brain’s health. Studies show that brain games may help sharpen certain thinking skills that tend to wane with age, such as processing speed, planning skills, reaction time, decision-making and short-term memory.

Feb. 22, 10 a.m. – Seasonal Flower Arranging Workshop with the Bernardsville Garden Club. Join the Bernardsville Garden Club to learn how to arrange seasonal flowers. **All supplies will be provided. Register by Feb. 17, call 908-204-3435.**

 

Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. – Watercolor Painting Session with Kelly. Create a beautiful watercolor butterfly design by using a simple template. **All supplies will be provided. For more information, call 908-204-3435.**

 

Feb. 24, 11 a.m. – “Vision Loss Awareness” by Elsa Zavoda, New Jersey Vision Loss Alliance. Learn simple strategies to help you adjust to living with vision loss.

Feb. 27, 11 a.m. – Ukulele Sing Along with Roberta Foster. Enjoy hearing the uke performance of memorable standards, Broadway hits, and popular tunes that will bring back memories and make you want to sing along.

(Hybrid) Feb. 28, 11 a.m. – “Women in Princeton’s History” by Eve Mandel, Historical Society of Princeton. Learn about some of the most influential female trailblazers who played key roles in Princeton’s history, including immigrants, enslaved women, working women, and community leaders. Their stories have often been lost in historical records and hidden behind their husbands’ names, but this presentation will shine a light on their bright accomplishments. **This class will be presented live at the center by an instructor and simultaneously presented via Zoom.**

 

SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BRIDGEWATER

876 East Main Street

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

908-203-6101

Billiards Room – The pool table is available daily on a  first-come, first-servedfirst basis, Monday – Friday.

Computer Lab – Available daily, Monday to Friday. Center members are invited to use the computers at their leisure.

Ping Pong – Available Monday – Friday. Take a shot at this fun game for a great way to improve hand/eye coordination, concentration and agility.

Table Shuffleboard – Available Monday – Friday.

 

Qigong Practices with Michael – Mondays, 10 a.m. Learn the traditional practice of Qigong, a sitting meditation that teaches participants to get acquainted with their mind, body, and spirit. Beginners will learn to coordinate their breathing techniques with movements and then practice sets of exercises (similar to Tai Chi) until each movement or posture is perfected.

 

(Virtual) Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention – Mondays, 1 p.m. (Jan. 9 to May 8). Learn how to reduce the risk of falls by focusing 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 achieved a greater sense of well-being when practicing Tai Chi. **This program is beneficial for those with balance problems and can be practiced while either standing or sittingFor more information, call 908- 203-6101.**

 

(Virtual) Hatha Yoga with Bharti – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Improve your body posture through controlled breathing and meditation. Learn how to align your body, and improve balance, flexibility, and circulation. **To register, call 908-203-6101 or send an email to donlin@co.somerset.nj.us.**

 

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – Chair Yoga with Manjula. Gain health benefits by practicing yoga poses with the support and safety of your favorite chair. Increase bone density, and improve strength, flexibility, and balance while immersed in a relaxing class. Expect a lot of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and helping participants to gain an overall sense of well-being. **The class is open to all skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

 

Line Dancing with Connie and DebbieTuesdays, 1 p.m. Improve cardiovascular and muscular strength, coordination and balance while line dancing. Line dancing is so much fun it doesn’t even seem like exercise! You don’t need a partner and it’s a great way to maintain your mental and physical health. **This class is suitable for participants with limited mobility. All levels of skill are welcome. For more information, call 908-203-6101.**

 

Mahjong Club – Learn how to play Mahjong, an interesting game that can help sharpen the brain and keep it supercharged! This club is for anyone who loves the game and wants to have fun and meet new people.

  • Wednesday Mornings –9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Beginners)
  • Wednesday Afternoons –1 to 4 p.m.
  • Friday Mornings –9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

**This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome.**

Take Control with Exercise – Wednesdays & Fridays, 1 p.m. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility, and balance while boosting stamina in this gentle exercise program, presented in a video format. **Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting.**

Monthly Book Club – Every Fourth Thursday, 10 a.m.  Join fellow book club members on Feb. 23, to discuss the historical fiction novel, “The Kitchen Front,” by Jennifer Ryan. New members are always welcome!

Aerobic Chair Exercise with Sabina – Thursdays, 10 a.m. Improve heart health, reduce stress, and lower the risk of depression, diabetes and osteoporosis while increasing body stamina, improving

metabolism and increasing flexibility. ** No class on February 23. This is an ongoing exercise program for all levels of skill. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting.**

 

Ukulele Bootcamp – Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. (Jan. 12 – March 9). Learn how to start playing songs on the first day of this fun, eight-week ukulele course! The ukulele is an incredibly easy-to-learn instrument with only four strings, which makes it easy for participants to quickly learn finger placement and play chords. Playing the ukulele can help improve focus, and hand-eye coordination, foster social interaction, and more. **The class is currently full. For more information, call 908-203-6101.**

 

Stronger Seniors, Core Strength – Thursdays, 1 p.m. Join this safe and easy workout to strengthen core muscles by using resistance bands in this pre-recorded exercise program. **Participants can bring resistance bands or use the bands at the center. For more information, call 908-203-6101.**

 

(Hybrid) Gentle Aerobics with Lisa & Caitlin – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. & Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Exercise without putting undue pressure or strain on the body. Learn movements to increase blood circulation, lubricate joints for flexibility, and strengthen and stabilize individual muscles. Gentle aerobics can help decrease the risk of falls and make it easier to accomplish day-to-day activities. **This class will be presented via Zoom and conducted live at the center by an instructor. Exercises can be practiced while standing or sitting. The class is open to all skill levels.**

 

Project Healthy Bones – Fridays, 12:45 p.m. Improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture in this peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are either at risk for osteoporosis or have it. **The class is full, and there are no available openings. For more information, call 908-203-6101.**

 

Pinochle Club – Fridays, 1 – 4 p.m. Play Pinochle! **New members are always welcome.**

Feb. 1, 11 a.m. – “I Have a Dream: The Story About the Speech” by Museum Curator Marisa Bozarth Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences. Honor Black History Month and learn facts that you may not know about one of the most famous speeches in American history – Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Feb. 2, 17 & 27, 11 a.m. – BingoBingo is more than just a fun activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo provides multiple benefits, such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, improving concentration, honing one’s listening skills and boosting short-term memory.

Feb. 3, 11 a.m. – Winter Painting with Anastasia and James Robinson. Create a beautiful winter scene in a few simple steps. **Supplies are limited. Registration is required. Call to register at 908-203-6101.**

 

(Virtual) Feb. 6. 11 a.m. – “The Life of Albert Einstein” by Eve Mandel, Historical Society of Princeton. Examine the life of Albert Einstein and learn how his fascination with a compass played a role in his development as a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, how he accepted a job in Princeton to escape Nazi Germany and how he used his status to advocate for civil rights and advance world peace.

 

Feb. 14 & 28– Bereavement Support GroupShare common feelings about grief and the renewal process in this support group that provides participants with a safe place for grieving the death of a loved one. Interfaith bereavement principles and universal spiritual concepts are incorporated into this group. Doctor of Ministry, Grief Counselor, and Pastoral Psychotherapist Ronald W. Kaplan will facilitate the discussions. **Everyone’s presence and participation are welcome. To register, call 908-203-6101.**

 

Feb. 7, 11 a.m. – Valentines for Kids with Caitlin & Lisa. Make adorable Valentine’s critters for local first-grade students to make them feel special on Valentine’s Day. **Supplies are limited. Registration is required. Call 908-203-6101.**

 

Feb. 8, 11 a.m. – Color Chemistry & Geometry by Local Artist Karen Haake. Create different geometric shapes by using drawing templates and watercolors. Learn how using different colors with shapes (color chemistry) affects how one sees and feels about art. **Supplies are limited. Registration is required. To register, call 908-203-6101.**

Feb. 9, 11 a.m. – “Low Back Pain” by Dr. William Walsh, DC, AllCure Spine & Sports Medicine in Somerset. Learn about how to ease lower back pain and prevent future pains.

Feb. 10, 10 –11:15 a.m. – Free Blood Pressure ScreeningsGet a free blood pressure screening from the Somerset County Vo-Tech nursing students.  Learn about your health and help them learn. **No appointment is necessary.**

Feb. 10, 11 a.m. – NJ Shares by Nicholas Carra, NJ Shares. Learn how to apply for aid to pay utility bills and how to apply for assistance.

Feb. 13 & 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Free Blood Pressure Screenings. Get free blood pressure screenings from Rutgers School of Nursing students. **No appointment is necessary.**

Feb. 13, 11 a.m. – Heart Ornament Craft with Lisa & Caitlin. Create a simple, folk-art heart ornament to hang in your home for Valentine’s Day. **Supplies are limited. Registration is required. To register, call 908-203-6101.**

 

Feb. 13, 2 p.m. – Lunch & Learn Opportunity: Aromatherapy by Lisa Bayer, Always Best Senior Care Services. Learn about different essential oils and create an aromatherapy product to take home. In this class, participants will also learn about the history, properties, and intended usage of essential oils, the various ways essential oils can be used in daily life, and will receive an essential oil recipe to create at home. **The class size is limited. Registration is required. To register and for more information, call 908-203-6101.**

Feb. 14, 11 a.m. – Love is in the Air by Arlene Brief Entertainmentsponsored by Aristacare Health. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with DJ Arlene and sing and dance to romantic favorites.

Feb. 15, 11 a.m. – Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge. Get a little brain workout and exercise both sides of the brain at the same time by solving a jigsaw puzzle.

Feb. 16, 11 a.m. – “Home Fire Safety” by Joe Bender & Allie Calascibetta, Red Cross. Learn how to keep your home safe from fire. Families are twice as susceptible to injuries and death in homes that do not have working smoke detectors.

 

Feb. 21, 11 a.m. – “U.S. Dollar Symbols and Denominations” by Nan Peterson, Somerset County Library System. Discover the origins of the imagery, such as pyramids, eagles, owls and other symbols and markings including Latin phrases used on American currency. Also, learn other bits of entertaining trivia.

Feb. 22, 11 a.m. – Health & Wellness Jeopardy by Lori Morell and Anne Lorraine, Parker LifePlay a fun team game about staying well.

Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. – Casino Night with Caitlyn Campbell, Foothill Acres. Bring your good luck charms and enjoy the excitement of Las Vegas at the senior center. Get revved to play slot machines, poker, and roulette in Bridgewater.

Feb. 24, 11 a.m. – Fun and Games with Lisa & Caitlin. Play your favorite games such as dominoes, left-right-center a dice game and more, to relax and have fun.

Feb. 28, 11 a.m. – “Healthy Habits of Successful Aging” by Program Coordinator Mary Catherine Lundquist, Rutgers University COPSA Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. Learn about practicing healthy habits to stay strong while aging. It only takes about 66 days to implement a new habit that can add years to your life.

SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT HILLSBOROUGH

339 South Branch Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

908-369-8700

 

Chair Yoga with Manjula – Mondays, 10 a.m. Gain health benefits by practicing yoga poses with the support and safety of your favorite chair. Increase bone density, and improve strength, flexibility, and balance while immersed in a relaxing class. Expect a lot of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and helping participants to gain an overall sense of well-being. **The class is open to all skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

 

Sit & Stitch Club – Mondays, 1 p.m. Bring your knitting, crocheting, and sewing projects to practice with the club, and share your skills and talents with other members. ** Beginners are welcome.**

Do You Want to Bingocize? by Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough participant and trained instructor, Carol Slater – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. & Fridays, 11 a.m. (Jan. 4 – March 10). Play this fun version of Bingo with an educational twist to Bingocize your brain. The game combines exercise and facts about health. Game sessions last 45 to 60 minutes. This a great way to get mingling and moving. Participants will have a chance to win a prize. ** Registration is closed. The game should only be played twice a week on nonconsecutive days. For more information, call 908-369-8700.**

Mahjong Club – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Play Mahjong, an interesting tile-based game that requires skill, strategy and luck, which was invented in China and has been played throughout the world since the early 20th century.

 

Fit & Flex with Rose – Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Get fit while performing 20 minutes of low-impact exercise to music, use weights for 15 minutes, and then use resistance bands for 15 minutes. Perform stretching exercises with a chair and other movements while standing. The instructor encourages and supports proper breathing and proper positioning.

 

Beginner Ukulele Club with David – Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Start on the right note with easy-to-follow lessons. Learn how to hold, tune, and strum simple chords while learning the foundation of playing the ukulele. **A limited number of ukuleles are available to borrow. For more information,

call 908-369-8700.**

 

Vitality: Cardio Boxing Series with Curtis Adams – Tuesdays &Thursdays, 10 a.m. Cardio boxing is an exciting blend of exercises, in video form, for older adults that are easy to follow. **All exercises are demonstrated while standing and sitting.**

Hillsborough Discussion Group with Al Alvaro – Every Second Thursday (Feb. 9), 1 p.m. Join the group to discuss heart health and encourage fellow members to work towards heart-healthy lifestyles in honor of American Heart Health Month when all people can focus on their cardiovascular health. **For more information, call 908-369-8700.**

 

Simply Seated: Energize Serries with Curtis Adams – Fridays, 10 a.m. Join other center members for a fun, challenging and invigorating chair exercise class, which is presented in a video format. In this class, participants will practice a variety of exercises and stretching to strengthen the heart, abs, and core, and to help increase strength, boost stamina and energy, and improve blood circulation, heart health, range of motion, motor skills and balance. **Participation requires a sturdy chair, water bottle, and hand weights for strength training. Substitute hand weights with two soup cans or two filled water bottles.**

(New) Blood Pressure Screenings – Last Friday of Every Month, 12:30 p.m. Get a FREE blood pressure screening from a nurse from the Philippine Nurse’s Association of New Jersey, who will be onsite to provide FREE blood pressure screenings. **No appointment is necessary.**

 

Card Club – Fridays, 1 p.m. Play Rummy, Poker, Blackjack, Solitaire, and more. **Beginners are welcome.**

 

Puzzle Club – Thursdays, 1 p.m. Strike up a conversation, make new friends, and enjoy assembling puzzles. Participants can choose from a wide variety of puzzles.

 

Feb. 2, 11 a.m. – “Fantastic Plant Stories” by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center. Learn how plants have been used as part of the celebration around the world for hundreds of years, such as the calming and contemplative effect of an evergreen bonsai with moss, the scarlet poinsettia, cut evergreen trees, formal planted gardens and bouquets of common flowers have been bringing joy to our lives throughout the decades.

Feb. 6, 11 a.m. – Art Project: Photo Finish Roses with Senior Center Participant Aiko AllynEnhance a photograph of roses using a technique of collage-colored leaves. **All supplies will be provided. For more information, call 908-369-8700.**

Feb. 9, 11 a.m. – Love Songs with Musician Andrew Lobby. Join fellow center members to celebrate the month of love through Andrew’s performance of popular love songs from the past.

Feb. 13, 11 a.m. – Valentine’s Craft with Tammy. Create a Valentine’s craft by following step-by-step instructions. Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift. **All supplies will be provided. For more information, call 908-369-8700.**

Feb. 16, 11 a.m. – “Wildlife and Your Home” by the Somerset County Parks Commission Environmental Education Center. Learn about the wildlife that travels through New Jersey yards and sometimes into homes. In this presentation, participants will find out what to do if they encounter these animals, receive informational resources, and contribute to Q&As throughout the session.

Feb. 23, 11 a.m. – “Functional Foods: Berries” by Program Coordinator Jennifer Korneski, Family & Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Find out valuable nutritional and health information about berries and how including berries in the daily diet can provide exceptional health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol and improving one’s overall heart health.

February 27, 11 a.m. – “Our Rights Too!” By Historical Impersonator, Storyteller Carol Simon Levin. Celebrate Black History Month and enjoy this fascinating tale brought to life by a historical impersonator. Carol Simon Levin tells the often untold and overlooked story of an enslaved female poet, an abolitionist and women’s rights speaker, famous female organizers and suffrage activists, female Native American activists, migrant rights advocates and many more diverse women of all colors and creeds who fought for women’s rights and made a significant impact in history.

 

MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER

356 Skillman Road

Skillman, NJ 08558

609-466-0846

Billiards Room – Available dailyThe pool table is available daily on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Computer Lab – Available dailyCenter members can use the computers at their leisure.

Blood Pressure Screenings – First Monday of Every Month, 9:30 a.m. Get a FREE blood pressure screening from a Montgomery Township nurse who will be onsite at the senior center. **No appointment is necessary.**

Take Control with Exercise – Mondays, 10 a.m. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility, and balance while boosting stamina in this gentle exercise program. **Participants can practice these exercises while either standing or sitting.**

 

Nia Melt with Alida Westfield – Mondays, 11 a.m. Have an hour of fun every week while practicing this combination of healthy exercises Nia and MELT. Nia combines martial arts, modern dance, and yoga in a workout accompanied by music. In this class, participants will practice 15-20 minutes of non-impact Nia movements performed to music while standing or sitting, and will practice MELT, which is a self-treatment technique to help prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. The class was created especially for seniors to help promote HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training). **This class will not be held on Feb. 20.**

 

(Hybrid) Yoga Chair Fusion with Debbi – Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Learn techniques to help gain flexibility and improve strength while immersing yourself in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. Practicing yoga may help you increase bone density, strengthen muscles, improve balance, relieve stress and achieve an overall sense of well-being. **This class will be presented in person with an instructor and simultaneously presented via Zoom.**

 

Intermediate Ukulele Lessons with Chris – Tuesdays, 11 a.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m. Build on the skills learned in the beginner’s class to master chords, melodies and improvisation. Participants will also play a multi-part arrangement in a band and perform a wide range of musical genres. **For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

Tai Chi with Herb – Wednesdays, 10 a.mReduce the risk of falls by practicing Tai chi. In this class, 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 most participants have reduced pain, fatigue, and stiffness and achieve a greater sense of well-being when practicing Tai Chi. **Participants can practice exercises while either standing or sitting. For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

Beginner Ukulele Lessons with Denise – Wednesdays, 1 p.m.  Learn how to hold, tune, and strum simple chords while learning the foundation of playing the ukulele in easy-to-follow lessons over six weeks. **Next session will start on March 1, 2023. To register and/or reserve a ukulele, call 609-466-0846 or email Crowley@co.somerset.nj.us.**

 

Line Dancing with Debbie BjornstedThursdays, 11 a.m. Improve cardiovascular and muscular strength, coordination and balance while line dancing, which is so much fun it doesn’t even seem like exercise! You don’t need a partner and it’s a great way to maintain your mental and physical health. **This class is suitable for participants with limited mobility. All levels of skill are welcome.**

Advanced Beginner Ukulele Lessons with Denise – Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. Hone the skills you have learned, such as basic chords and strumming techniques, then learn how to play songs with more challenging chord combinations. **Call to register and reserve a ukulele at 609-466-0846, or email crowley@co.somerset.nj.us.**

 

Mahjong Club – Fridays, 10 a.m. Join the Mahjong Club and meet new people while learning to play the game, which is an interesting way to keep your brain sharp and supercharged! This club is for anyone who wants to learn the game or loves playing it. **This is not a competitive club. All levels of experience are welcome.**

Advanced Ukulele Lessons with Chris – Fridays, 10 a.m. Learn advanced techniques such as orchestration, fingerpicking, chord melody, harmonies and music theory for beginners. **For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

Feb. 1, 11 a.m. – Jazz, Motown and Music From the 60s with Jim Lutz, Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Sound, and Music Production, and Member of the Raritan Valley Trombone Quartet. Sit back and enjoy Jim’s performance while he plays musical genres such as Jazz, Motown, and 60’s Music on the trombone and other instruments using live-looping technology.

Feb. 2 & 16, 9:45 a.m. – Creative Wellness with Shirin Stave-MataisAchieve calm, gain control, and learn meditative practices through imaginative, joyful and social interaction. This class combines wellness exercises with Hatha and Chair yoga. Participants will learn gestural, improvisational and world dance forms, sound therapy, creative play, guided relaxation and meditation techniques. **Participants of all skill levels are welcome, and the class can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

Feb. 3, 10 a.m. – Craft: Valentine Yarn Hearts with Delores. Create a beautiful yarn heart following by following a step-by-step tutorial. **All supplies will be provided. For more information, call 609- 466-0846.**

 

Feb. 8 & 22, 11:15 a.m. – Creative Wellness with Shirin Stave-MataisAchieve calm, gain control, and learn meditative practices through imaginative, joyful and social interaction. This class combines wellness exercises with Hatha and Chair yoga. Participants will learn gestural, improvisational and world dance forms, sound therapy, creative play, guided relaxation and meditation techniques. **Participants of all skill levels are welcome, and the class can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

Feb. 9 & 23, 10 a.m. – Crocheting with MaryLearn everything you need to know about crocheting, such as how to hold the hook, the most common crochet stitches and how to crochet “granny squares.” Crocheting is a fun hobby that helps people to relax. **All supplies will be provided. For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

Feb. 10, 11 a.m. – Where in The World (Island Edition) with Denise. Avoid jet lag and locating your passport and instead enjoy a sit-in-your-chair trip to seven island destinations while playing this game of where-in-the-world is it? Participants will receive clues and photographs to help name the location. Participants will also be encouraged to share their travel stories and experiences.

 

Feb. 13 & 27, 11 a.m. – BingoBingo is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple benefits, such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, improving concentration, honing listening skills and boosting short-term memory.

 

Feb. 14, 11 a.m. – “ABC’s of Candy” by Historian Meg Wastie. Learn the history of everyone’s favorite treats in this sweet guessing game of naming candies for each letter of the alphabet.

Feb. 15, 10 a.m. – Art Project: Photo Finish Roses with Denise. Create an enhanced photograph of roses using a collage of colored leaves. **All supplies will be provided. For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

Feb. 17, 10 a.m. – Acrylic Painting Project with Denise. Create a painting of a winter dog using any color of acrylic paint and with a step-by-step tutorial. **All supplies will be provided. For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

 

Feb. 21, 11 a.m. – “Heading Off Hoarding” by Chris Kellogg, NightingaleNJ. Learn about Hoarding Disorders vs. Diogenes Syndrome as well as the risks, signs, symptoms and how to help your loved ones with this lifelong challenge that tends to worsen with age.

 

Feb. 24, 11 a.m. – Name That Instrument with DeniseExperience the joy of music through this educational and entertaining interactive video where participants will listen and learn about instruments through a vibrant video slideshow, intriguing discussion, and orchestral journey featuring five instruments. **Participants of all hearing abilities can enjoy this presentation.**

Feb. 7 & 28, 11 a.m. – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Certified Ageless Grace Educator Denise. Activate all five functions of the brain (i.e., strategic planning, memory and recall, analytical thinking, creativity, imagination and kinesthetic thinking) in this fitness program that is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change functionally and structurally.) **Participants of all skill levels will be thoroughly engaged in the class while seated in a chair.**

 

QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER

625 New Brunswick Road

Somerset, NJ 08873

732-563-4213

(Hybrid) Stretching with Allison – Mondays, 10 a.m. Start the day off right by stretching in a chair and then standing to keep the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy. Stretching will help maintain one’s range of motion in joints. **This is a hybrid class that will be conducted live at the senior center by an instructor and simultaneously also offered via Zoom.**

 

(Virtual) Geri-Fit with Quail Brook Senior and Trained Instructor Karen Jesse – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11 a.m. Rebuild the strength that has been lost through the aging process with Geri-Fit, an exercise program that supports a higher level of functioning in older adults. The program is practiced while seated in a chair and incorporates strength training, stretching and range-of-motion exercises, stability and balance training for fall prevention, cardiovascular activity for heart health, and gait exercises to help improve walking. This unique and beneficial evidence-based exercise program is facilitated for 45 minutes, two times per week, over 12 weeks for a total of 24 classes. **The class is currently full. Standing is optional. The class size is limited to 12 to 24 participants. Participants need a set of light dumbbell weights (2 lbs. to begin), a sturdy chair, a stretch band, and water to drink during the workout.**

 

(Virtual) Tuesdays, 12 p.m. – Yoga/Meditation & Breathing with Dr. Prabha Srinivas. Take control of your emotional and physical well-being through the practice of yoga and meditation. This class will help participants reduce their daily stress. **This program is hosted by the Quail Brook Senior Center. The class will resume on Feb. 14. To register call 732-563-4213 or email toth@co.somerset.nj.us.**

 

(New) Boggle Bonanza Word Club with Valerie Fryar – Wednesdays 10 a.m. Dust off your vocabulary skills and connect with others to create camaraderie while playing Boggle. This is a fun, chaotic but structured game that helps hone teambuilding skills. Playing Boggle will help improve memory, and concentration and can relieve stress.

 

(Hybrid) Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher. Get your blood pumping to zesty music during this hearty workout and build cardiovascular health. In this class, participants will exercise the hip, leg, and arm muscles and practice fun, rhythmic moves while sitting in a chair. ** This is a hybrid class and will be presented live at the center by an instructor and simultaneously presented via Zoom. To register, call 732-563-4213 or email toth@co.somerset.nj.us. **

 

(Hybrid)Yoga for All! Stand & Chair Yoga with Manjula – Thursdays, 10 a.m. Gain health benefits by practicing yoga poses from the support and safety of your favorite chair or practice without a chair. Increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility, and balance, relieve stress and gain an overall sense of well-being. In this class, expect to practice gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. **The class is appropriate for all skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting. To register, call 732-563-4213 or email toth@co.somerset.nj.us. This is a hybrid class and will be presented live at the center by an instructor and simultaneously presented via Zoom.**

 

Line Dancing – Fridays, 9 a.m. Improve cardiovascular and muscular strength, and balance while line dancing, which is so much fun it doesn’t even seem like exercise! Participants don’t need a partner and it’s a great way to maintain mental and physical health.

 

Mahjong with Sylvia Rubin – Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Play this fascinating game that is fueled by skill, strategy, and luck. This is a six-week series and is open to beginners and those who need a refresher course. **For more information and to reserve a spot, contact the Quail Brook Senior Center at 732-563-4213.**

 

Feb. 2 & 16, 1 p.m. – Canasta Club with Karen Masur, Quail Brook Senior. Join fellow center members to play this game of tactics and strategic thinking.

Feb. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 1 p.m. – The Essence of Yoga with Raj Gupta and Vijay Patel, North American Vihangam Yoga. Learn traditional yoga poses as well as how to meditate through a combination of physical and mindful sessions. In this class, participants will extract their journey by getting to know themselves, learning to obtain a level of calmness and serenity, and how to be kinder to themselves and others.

Feb. 6, 11 a.m. – “Our Rights Too!” By Historical Impersonator, Storyteller Carol Simon Levin. Celebrate Black History Month and enjoy this fascinating tale brought to life by a historical impersonator. Carol Simon Levin tells the often untold and overlooked story of an enslaved female poet, an abolitionist and women’s rights speaker, famous female organizers and suffrage activists, female Native American activists, migrant rights advocates and many more diverse women of all colors and creeds who fought for women’s rights and made a significant impact in history.

 

Feb. 6, 1 p.m. – Optical Illusions, Riddles & Using Your Wits by Lisa Bayer, Always Best Care Senior Services. Learn the benefits of challenging different cognitive skills to achieve brain fitness through viewing optical illusions, and solving riddles, etc. It’s never too late to start exercising the brain. Research has shown that by exercising the brain, the neural pathways are stimulated, which helps maintain and improve one’s brain health.

 

Feb. 7, 1 p.m. – “Food & Managing Waste” by Program Coordinator Jennifer Korneski, Family & Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Discover simple, yet effective ways to become smarter about food consumption and waste management. The first step is knowledge. According to the FDA, food waste is estimated to be between 30 to 40 percent of the food supply, which costs more than $161 billion and is the largest amount of material dumped in municipal landfills. That wasted food could potentially feed thousands of families. Reducing food waste is not easy and requires cooperation between federal, state, tribal and local governments, faith-based institutions, environmental organizations, communities, consumers, and the entire supply chain. Learn how to make a difference.

Feb. 8, 11 a.m. – Karaoke Competition Continues! With Crystal Hapagama, Quail Brook Senior. Pay homage to a fun form of entertainment and the brave participants who are singing. Vote for the best rendition of your favorite song to help select the winner. First- and second-place winners will receive an award. Lyrics and music will be provided.

Feb. 9, 1 p.m. – “John Basilone Detachment 190 NJ” with Jim Velcheck, Detachment Commandant. Learn about “The Few, The Proud, the Marines” through the experiences of Mr. Velcheck, including the origin of the Marines in 1775, the expected precision of folding the flag, and the Marine’s ongoing commitment to our country. Mr. Velcheck will discuss the mission of the 190 Detachment and the connection to John Basilone a WWII hero and the recipient of the Purple Heart, which is the highest medal of honor.

Feb. 13, 11 a.m. – “Africans in America” by Professor Charles Smith, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Rutgers University. Take a deep dive into the history of African Americans starting with Africa, continuing to the Middle Passage and Harriet Tubman, and others. In honor of Black History Month participants will learn about people who have made a positive impact in history.

(Virtual) Feb. 13, 1 p.m. – Chair Dance Fitness Break.  Improve flexibility, gain more stamina, relieve stress and have fun with this 30-minute video-based session, when participants practice chair-dance fitness exercises by performing dance moves set to energetic music. **Wear loose-fitting clothing and sneakers and have plenty of water on hand.**

 

Feb. 14, 12:45 p.m. – A Deck of Hearts with Clifford Seay, Singer. Celebrate Valentine’s Day and enjoy Clifford’s performance of nostalgic songs from the 1930s and throughout the decades commemorating happiness, positive feelings, sharing and friendship.

Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Blood Drive. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by donating blood. One person’s gift of blood will help three people. This is the first time the Quail Brook Senior Center will be the site for a donation drive to help Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health replenish its blood supply. This collaboration between the senior center and the hospital is an opportunity for everyone to make an impact. **We need a minimum of twenty-five people to truly make an impact. Call the Quail Brook Senior Center at 732-563-4213 or email AgingQuailbrook@co.somerset.nj.us by Feb. 1.**

Feb. 15, 11 a.m. – “M & M’s: Medicare & Medicaid” by Joel Schneider, Jewish Family Services.  Get more information on Medicare and Medicaid health benefits to help benefit you. Learn how to navigate through the Medicaid and Medicare systems to find out how to make the best choices, and get valuable and useful tips. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

Feb. 15, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator and Guest Speaker Kaylee White, Princeton Medical Institute. Join this monthly group for emotional and psychological support, and get tips, knowledge, and resources. This group will help educate Somerset County caregivers, individuals living with Alzheimer’s, and others dealing with the impact of this disease. **To make reservations, call 732-563-4213.**

 

Feb. 21, 1 p.m. – “Jack the Ripper: Part 2” by Professor Charles Smith, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Rutgers University. Learn more about Jack the Ripper, a 125-year mystery. The Ripper was infamous for his heinous crimes and his identity remains unknown. Discuss the possible suspects, such as Montague Druitt, a barrister and teacher with an interest in surgery; Michael Ostrog, a Russian criminal and physician; and Aaron Kosmiski, a Polish immigrant who lived in Whitechapel.

 

Feb. 22, 11 a.m. – Good Luck with BingoPlay Bingo for health benefits and friendly competition.  Bingo is more than a really fun game, researchers have found that playing the game has multiple benefits, such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, and improving concentration, listening, and short-term memory, all with a little bit of friendly competition.

Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m. – “West Africa on the East Coast: Connecting with the Richness of Culture and Paying Homage to Black History Month” by Dr. Michael Norris, Armchair Tours. Join other center members to explore the cultural richness of West African art created by its indigenous people. Marvel at sculptures, metalwork, and more from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Princeton University Art Museum.

Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m. – Martial Your Strength: Senior Self-Defense by L. Greg Smith. Learn all about self-defense. As people age their reaction time is slower, and perception changes. In this presentation, participants will learn from a lecture, demonstration and practicing moves. In this class (which builds on the 2022 presentation) participants will learn initiatives, techniques, and tips to help protect themselves. **Subsequent classes (1 per month) will continue to emphasize and practice evasive techniques to give participants the street-smart edge.**

Feb. 27, 11 a.m. – “The Rainforest” by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center. Find out about the Costa Rican rainforest that ranks first globally for biodiversity. Enjoy the magical nature sanctuary with its abundance of shapes, colors and sounds, exotic birds, colorful butterflies, tree frogs, three-wattled bell bird mustache, poison dart frogs, two-toed vs. three-toed sloths, monkeys, and even stealthy and elusive felines. Learn how this natural gem has been jeopardized by politics, commerce, and greed.

 

Feb. 28, 1 p.m. – A Balancing Act 2023 Series with AllCure Spine and Sports. Learn a multitude of, in this month-long series, with simple yet effective exercises to help improve strength, balance, and stability to help prevent falls, a common occurrence for older adults. **Please wear sneakers and comfortable clothing.**

 

WARRENBROOK SENIOR CENTER

500 Warrenville Road

Warren, NJ 07059

908-753-9440

Billiards Room – Available daily. The pool table is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Computer Lab – Available daily. Center members are invited to use the computers at their leisure.

Carrom – Available dailyPlay this game that is similar to Billiards and Table Shuffleboard.

 

Games/Cards (Scrabble, Uno, Canasta, etc.) – Available dailyHave fun playing these games, or suggest another one of your favorites.

Jigsaw Puzzles – Available dailyStrike up a conversation, make new friends and have fun putting the pieces of a puzzle together. There is a wide variety of puzzles available.

Lending Library – Available dailyPick up a paperback book and return it when you are finished reading.

 

Watercolor Paint Class – Mondays & Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Practice your craft with other experienced artists and meet new people. **All supplies are included.**

 

Take Control with Exercise. Mondays, 10 a.m. This ongoing exercise program is appropriate for all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Participants will strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility, and balance while boosting stamina. **There are no fees for this class. To register, call 908-753-9440. **

 

Mahjong for Intermediate Players – Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join other intermediate mahjong players for a game of strategy and calculation. **For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

Zumba Gold with Judith – Jan. 3, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Get your blood pumping with zesty music and a hearty workout. Build cardiovascular health by challenging your heart and exercising, the hip, leg, and arm muscles by performing fun and rhythmic moves while sitting in a chair. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. This class is suitable for beginners or anyone who needs modifications to their exercise routine. For more information, or to register call 908-753-9440.**

 

Bridge Group with Ronnie – Tuesdays, 1 – 3 p.m. Play Bridge, a mentally challenging card game that provides intellectual and social interaction. Regularly playing bridge can stimulate the brain to keep

it alert and help it stay active. **New members and beginners are always welcome. Lessons are available.**

 

Project Healthy Bones – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture in this peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are either at risk for osteoporosis or have it. **This class is currently full. To hear about other opportunities, call Lisa Cheng at 908-704-6327.**

 

Tai Chi – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Help reduce the risk of falls, ease pain, fatigue, and stiffness and gain a greater sense of well-being when practicing Tai Chi. In this class, participants will practice shifting their body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. **Participants can practice these exercises while either standing or sitting.**

 

Gentle Yoga with Jillian – Jan. 5, Thursdays, 10 a.m. Practice Hatha yoga poses while either sitting or standing to increase bone density, and improve strength, flexibility, and balance while being immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. The class is perfect for relieving stress, and it also helps achieve an overall sense of well-being. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. This class is appropriate for all skill levels. For more information and to register for the next session, call 908-753-9440.**

 

Mahjong for Experienced Players – Thursdays, 1 – 3 p.m. Play this game of skill, strategy, and calculation. **This game is only for players who have experience.**

 

Older Wiser Workout: Low Impact Aerobics with Sue Grant – Fridays, 10 a.m. Get a gentle, and safe video-based workout that is perfect for beginners and intermediate participants. The class includes a warmup, low-impact aerobics, and a relaxing cooldown and stretch. Participants will appreciate the upbeat encouragement and helpful cues. **For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

Feb. 1, 11 a.m. – Love is in the Air by Musician Ken Kuehl. Enjoy this guitar performance and sing along to popular Valentine’s Day songs from the 50s and 60s.

Feb. 2 & 16, 11 a.m. – Basic Computer and iPad Instruction with Parul. Learn basic computer and iPad skills, such as checking email, opening/attaching documents, clearing the cache and creating word documents. Other topics covered will be based on the needs of class participants. **For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

Feb 2, 11 a.m. – Monthly Stitcher’s GroupJoin other members to chat and stitch. All projects are welcome, including knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and quilting. All are welcome!

Feb. 3, 11 a.m. – Bach & Forth: Discovery Orchestra by Orchestra Staff Member Michael Avagliano, Violinist & DiscoveryLearn how J.S. Bach creates a conversation of many voices out of a single instrument in the “Sonata in G Minor for Solo Violin,” in this fifty-minute live presentation that includes a live performance of the sonata.

Feb. 6, 11 a.m. – Heads Up Seniors by Anna BuslerBrain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. Find out how to increase your independence and decrease falls in the home and community in this fun and interactive workshop. Participants will also learn driving and pedestrian safety tips.

Feb. 6, 11 a.m.  – Blood Pressure ScreeningsGet a free blood pressure screening from a Brandywine Senior Living nurse. **No appointment is necessary.**

 

Feb. 9, 11 a.m. – “Armchair Travel: Portugal.” Travel to Portugal in your mind’s eye and visit vibrant cities, golden beaches, mountains, and stone-built villages located in rolling hills. Listen to three famous songs about Portugal sung by Amalia Rodrigues.

Feb. 10 & 24 – Brain Games and Hand Bells with Adrienne Graubard. Solve puzzles and challenge your brain with mind-stretching activities, such as word games and a fun-filled musical workout using hand bells.

Feb. 13, 11 a.m. – Valentine’s Jewelry Made from Recycled Items by Local Artist Debbie Perez. Learn how to turn trash into a treasure. Debbie will help us create a heart pendant just in time for Valentine’s Day using recycled items. **All supplies will be provided. For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

(Virtual) Feb. 14, 1:30 p.m. – Monthly Book Club (Every Second Tuesday). Join fellow book club members to discuss “The Dutch House” a historical fiction novel by Ann Patchett and select the next book to read. New members are always welcome! **This club is only for Warrenbrook Senior Center Participants.**

(Hybrid) Feb. 15, 11 a.m. – Thomas Paine: Forgotten Founding Father by Museum Curator Marisa Bozarth, Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences. Learn about Thomas Paine’s early life, his writings, his imprisonment in Europe, and why he should be remembered. Paine’s pamphlet “Common Sense” inspired the idea of American independence and is one of the best-selling books of all time. Find out about Paine’s other pamphlets that were praised and ostracized.

Feb. 17, 11 a.m. – Fun, Fit, and Fabulous: Stretch and Strength by Brandywine Living and Powerback Rehabilitation. Lace-up your sneakers and get moving. Improve flexibility and mobility in this interactive program taught by a licensed physical therapist. This is a great way to improve one’s physical health without injury by stretching and strengthening muscles.

 

Feb. 23, 11 a.m. – Mardi Gras with Parul. Celebrate Mardi Gras by playing a Mardi Gras Bead Roll Game, a Mardi Gras Puzzle, and solving a secret message, crossword puzzle, and word search.

Feb. 27, 11 a.m. – Smoke Detectors for Seniors by Allie Calascibetta, American Red Cross. Learn about the importance of fire safety and what action to take when there is a fire in this informative presentation.

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Somerset County Offers Free Tax-Aide Program

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Doug Singleterry, Commissioner Deputy Director

Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul Drake, Commissioner

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 24, 2023

Somerset County Offers Free Tax-Aide Program

Appointments begin on February 1

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County’s Volunteer Services and AARP are teaming up again to provide the Tax-Aide program to help residents prepare their taxes. The free tax-counseling service is available to all county residents, but designed specifically for older adults, residents with disabilities, and lower-income residents who need help preparing federal and New Jersey income tax returns.

“Our Tax-Aide volunteers help ease some of the stress for our residents during tax season by providing this free and valuable service,” said County Commissioner Paul M. Drake. “The truth is income tax forms can be confusing for anyone, and a little help from these trusted professionals can not only ease the tax preparation process, but help residents save money.”

Tax counselors will review and prepare residents’ New Jersey and federal tax documents and file their documents electronically. To ensure they are up to date on current tax laws and forms for both the federal and state governments, volunteer counselors receive annual training and are tested and certified by the Internal Revenue Service and have had their backgrounds checked by Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo’s office.

This year, there will be approximately 57 volunteers providing direct support to residents at six sites in Somerset County, including Montgomery, North Branch, Manville, Bridgewater, Franklin, and Green Brook.

Tax returns are filed electronically, enabling taxpayers to obtain a more rapid refund if they are eligible.  Taxpayers will receive a paper copy of their federal and state returns. Volunteers also can assist with preparing Property Tax Reimbursement (PTR) forms for homeowners ages 65-years or older who meet eligibility requirements.

Appointment Guidelines
Residents must schedule an appointment to receive tax assistance. Appointments are available through April 17. Residents are required to bring the following items to their appointment:

  • 2022 W-2 forms
  • Bank, broker, and Social Security Statements from tax year 2022
  • Total of all medical expenses and all other deductible expenses from 2022
  • Copy of 2021 tax returns
  • Property Tax Reimbursement (PTR) forms for homeowners ages 65-years or older who meet eligibility requirements.  Please bring the following to complete your PTR:
    • The blue booklet received in the mail and prior year’s tax return
    • Documentation for property taxes paid and other deductible expenses.

To make an appointment, call the Somerset County Office of Volunteer Services at 908-541-5710 after Wednesday, February 1.

 

Somerset County Office of Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services recruits people of all ages to volunteer for various county departments and/or non-profit programs. The Office of Volunteers oversee the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the Handyman Project, Tax Filing Assistance Program, Tutoring Program, Fall Clean-Up Program. 

To stay up to date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

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Somerset County Park Commission Providing Scenic Spots for Weddings, Events, and Photoshoots

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2023

Somerset County Park Commission Providing Scenic Spots for Weddings, Events, and Photoshoots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Anyone seeking an ideal location for an event, wedding or posed photoshoot should consider the Somerset County Park Commission’s Colonial Park Gardens and photoshoots only at Leonard J. Buck Garden. Both gardens provide scenic locations with picturesque settings. The Park Commission is currently accepting reservations for both gardens.

 

Venue Details

Colonial Park Gardens offers scenic sites with botanical gardens, an award-winning rose garden, a flourishing perennial garden, an ornamental grass collection, a fragrance and sensory garden, and an Arboretum with flowering trees, shrubs, and dwarf conifers.

Leonard J. Buck Garden features exquisite, planted rock outcroppings, wildflowers, ferns, azaleas, rhododendrons, and diminutive alpines in a wooded naturalistic setting.

 

Reservation Guidelines

Reservations at all venues must be made within two weeks in advance. Events and photoshoots include, but is not limited to, birthdays, engagements, family portraits, graduations, proms, weddings, quinceañeras, and maternity.

Permit holders and park visitors must agree that while using the facilities at the Somerset County Park Commission, discrimination against any person or group of people due to race, color, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, national origin, and religious or political affiliation will not be tolerated.

 

Cost of Permits

  • Wedding ceremonies and milestone events venue – $200 per hour per venue
  • Wedding photoshoots venue – $175 per hour per venue
  • Other events for posed photoshoots or photography – $100 per hour per venue

For reservations and information, please call 908 722-1200, ext. 5721 for Colonial Park Gardens and ext. 5621 for the Leonard J. Buck Garden.

For more information, about the Somerset County Park Commission visit www.somersetcountyparks.org

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Somerset County Park Commission to Host ‘Nature Through a Child’s Eye’

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Enjoy nature-themed artwork at the 2023 children’s art show “Nature Through a Child’s Eye.” The free exhibit will be hosted by the Somerset County Park Commission’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Basking Ridge, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road, on Friday, Jan. 6 to Sunday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be closed on Jan. 16.

“Nature Through a Child’s Eye is one of my favorite exhibits at the EEC,” said EEC Environmental Science Manager Carrie Springer, CPRP. “The colors and creativity portrayed by each child are very inspiring.”

“The artists often bring their families to visit the exhibit so they can show off their masterpieces,” said Somerset County Park Commission Secretary-Director Geoffrey Soriano. “Visitors of all ages will enjoy the exhibit as well as all that the EEC offers.”

The 31st annual art show features pieces that were created by applying textures, shapes and colors to depict nature through the student’s eyes.  The colorful exhibit features 380 pieces of artwork created by local students in kindergarten to grade six from the following schools:

  • Basking Ridge – St. James School
  • Bernardsville – Bedwell Elementary School
  • Bound Brook – Lafayette Elementary School and Lamonte Elementary School
  • Bridgewater Township – Hillside Intermediate School
  • Hillsborough – Amsterdam Elementary School and Triangle Elementary School
  • North Plainfield – East End Elementary School and West End Elementary School

For more information, call 908-722-1200, ext. 5002. Individuals with hearing or speech impairment can contact the Relay Service at 711.

The Environmental Education Center (EEC)

The EEC offers approximately nine miles of hiking trails, Naturalist-led programs, school field trips, fun festivals, nature-themed exhibits, facility and classroom rentals, a resource library, science and conservation research, and more. The goal of the EEC is to improve environmental literacy in Somerset County and beyond.

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Somerset County Seeks Volunteer Peer Leaders for ‘Project Healthy Bones’

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Melonie Marano, Commissioner Deputy Director

Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ Paul Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Doug Singleterry, Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 15, 2022

Somerset County Seeks Volunteer Peer Leaders for ‘Project Healthy Bones’

Registration Deadline is Jan. 5

 

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services encourages individuals to volunteer to become peer leaders and conduct Project Healthy Bones sessions to help others improve their balance, strength and nutrition.

Project Healthy Bones is a 24-week exercise and educational program for older adults who have, or are at risk of, osteoporosis, a disease that thins and weakens bones. The goal of the program is to help older adults reduce falls and fractures by targeting the body’s large muscle groups that will lead to improved posture, strength, balance, and flexibility. Participants also will learn educational health topics such as nutrition, importance of hydration, and more.

Studies have shown that people who have completed this program have seen improvement. To learn more about Project Healthy Bones, visit: https://bit.ly/3Y30F5Q

The two-day training will run from Thursday, Jan. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., to Friday, Jan. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will be held in the first-floor conference room of the Human Services building, located at 27 Warren Street, Somerville. Registration will be open until ThursdayJan. 5.

Listed below are the requirements for becoming a volunteer peer leader:

  • Must attend both days of the training to receive Peer Leader certification.
  • Registration is required. No walk-ins.
  • Free background check and fingerprinting required prior to teaching the class.
  • Peer Leaders lead workshops in teams of two using an easy to follow manual and are expected to facilitate a minimum of one 24-week program per year.

 

To register, or for more information, call Health Promotion Specialist Lisa Cheng at 908-704-6327 or send an email to lcheng@co.somerset.nj.us.

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Somerset County Holiday Transportation Services Update

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Melonie Marano, Commissioner Deputy Director

Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Doug Singleterry, Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 14, 2022

Somerset County Holiday Transportation Services Update

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Transportation Division will be offering limited transportation services during the holiday weekend, Friday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Dec. 26.

Paratransit services will only be available for dialysis trips. Public transit shuttles will not be operating during this time, including CAT, DASH, and SCOOT.

Home delivered meals will not be delivered Dec. 23 or Dec. 26. Clients are encouraged to use frozen and shelf-stable meals that were delivered earlier in the season.

For more information, contact Somerset County Transportation at 908-231-7115.

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Somerset County Transportation
Provides para-transit services to senior citizens (age 60+) and persons with disabilities (age 18+) for medical, employment, workshops, senior centers, and other destinations as predetermined. The division also provides community transportation to the general public along fixed routes as indicated on the pre-printed time schedules.

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