Somerset County to Hold Free Document Shredding Event On April 27 Also Accepting Food Donations

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Douglas Singleterry, Commissioner

 

 

For Immediate Release

April 22, 2024

Somerset County to Hold Free Document Shredding Event On April 27

Also Accepting Food Donations

 

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – In an effort to help reduce food insecurity in Somerset County, residents can now drop-off canned food and non-perishable items at the free Operation Secure Shred event on April 27. Donations are delivered to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. The shredding event takes place at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, South County Facility, at 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08807 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled. The event will occur rain or shine.

Residents should be prepared to unload the items to be shredded from their vehicles. Staff will be available to assist them if necessary.

Proof of Residency

Residents must be prepared to present a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill that shows proof of a Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses and commercial vehicles are NOT allowed.

Attend Any Shredding Event

Residents from all 21 Somerset County municipalities can attend as many shredding events as they like and can participate even if they do not reside in the towns that are holding the events. To view a list of dates and locations for shredding events, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/shredding.

Items Accepted & Food Donations

Participants can bring up to six boxes, containers, or bags of documents per visit, but they will be required to take back their receptacles. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed.

Residents can donate canned food and non-perishable items in reusable bags or boxes.

Items Not Accepted

Junk mail, magazines and newspapers will NOT be accepted.

For more information about “Operation Secure Shred,” contact the Somerset County Public Works Department at 908-203-6018 or email publicworks@co.somerset.nj.us.

Identity Theft

Victims of identity theft can visit the Federal Trade Commission’s online one-stop resource center, which provides a step-by-step process for recovering from identity theft with downloadable resources. To learn more, visit IdentityTheft.gov.

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Somerset County to Hold Household Hazardous Waste Event in Warren on April 20

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Douglas Singleterry, Commissioner

For Immediate Release

April 16, 2024

Somerset County to Hold Household Hazardous Waste Event in Warren on April 20

 

WARREN, NJ  The Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management is holding its free drop-off event for residents to safely dispose of their harmful household hazardous waste items. The event will take place on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Warren Township Public Works Garage, located on 1 Bardy Road, Warren, NJ 07059.

 

Drop-Off Guidelines

Residents must stay in their vehicles. Materials should be stored in trunks, cargo areas, or truck beds and items must be accessible to the staff, so they can easily remove items from residents’ vehicles.  

Proof of Residency

Residents must be prepared to show a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill with a Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses or commercial vehicles are NOT allowed.

Accepted Household Hazardous Waste Items

Auto products (ten-gallon maximum) including motor oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, and brake fluid. Banned or outdated pesticides, wet-cell car batteries, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs, ammonia-based cleaners, gasoline, kerosene, mercury switches, oil-based paints, pool chemicals, propane tanks and rechargeable and button-cell batteries.

Items Not Accepted

DO NOT drop off tires, or air conditioners and dehumidifiers, electronics (computers and televisions), gas cylinders, infectious waste, latex-based paint containers, smoke detectors.

For more information about the types and quantities of materials that will be accepted at the event, contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management at 908-231-7109, send an email to solidwaste@co.somerset.nj.us or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/HHW.

For more information about recycling electronics, contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management at 908-231-7109, email solidwaste@co.somerset.nj.us, or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/e-waste.

A complete list of recyclable items, recycling drop-off events (First Saturday of the Month, Household Hazardous Waste, RX, E-waste and Tire disposal) is available at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle.

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Leonard J. Buck Garden to Host Spring Plant Sale on April 27 and 28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 12, 2024

Leonard J. Buck Garden to Host Spring Plant Sale on April 27 and 28

Free Nature Tours Are Available

 

FAR HILLS, NJ – Celebrate spring and Earth Day by purchasing plants for your yard at the Leonard J. Buck Garden plant sale where there will be a variety of spectacular plants available. The event will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, from 12 to 5 p.m. at the rock garden, located at 11 Layton Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931.

 

Visitors will love the selection of perennials, ferns, woody plants, and hypertufa planting troughs. There also will be free guided tours of the magnificent naturalistic rock garden each day at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 908-722-1200, ext. 5623. Individuals with hearing or speech impairment can call the Relay Service by dialing 711.

 

Co-Sponsor of Leonard J. Buck Garden Plant Sale

The Watnong Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) of Morristown, New Jersey co-sponsor this event along with the Somerset County Park Commission and Leonard J. Buck Garden.

 

Members of NARGS study, conserve, and cultivate many interesting plants, from various ecosystems such as high alpine peaks, bogs, woodlands, and deserts as well as plants found in the most at-risk environments.

About Leonard J. Buck Garden

Leonard J. Buck Garden is one of the finest rock gardens in the eastern United States. The garden consists of alpines and woodlands situated in a 33-acre valley. Mr. Leonard J. Buck developed the garden in the 1930s as part of his estate. In 1975, the garden was donated to the Somerset County Park Commission by his wife, Mrs. Helen Buck.

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Leonard J. Buck Garden To Host Woodland Walking Tours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 12, 2024

 

Leonard J. Buck Garden To Host Woodland Walking Tours

 

Private Group Tours Are Available

 

Participants admire eastern redbuds while on a Leonard J. Buck Garden Walking Tour.

FAR HILLS, NJ – The public can enjoy walking among woodlands, wildflowers, and more while learning about the surrounding nature from trained staff members. The walking tours will take place at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 21, and 28. The cost is $7 per person.

Participants can expect to see a variety of exotic plants growing among the rock formations and woodlands, as well as magnificent drifts of native wildflowers and spring perennials blooming throughout the garden. Azaleas, dogwoods, and many colorful flowering shrubs and trees are blossoming during the peak season.

As participants walk and watch, they will learn details about the surrounding flora and the history of this incredible garden. Everyone will learn something new.

Walking Tours in May and October

Additional tours will take place on Sundays at 1 p.m. on May 5, 19, and Oct. 27. The cost for the tour is $7 per person.

 

Private Group Tours

Group tours for garden clubs or other organizations are available. To schedule a private group tour, call 908-722-1200, ext. 5623. Individuals with hearing or speech impairment can call the Relay Service by dialing 711.

To learn about other activities sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission, click here or visit www.somersetcounty.parks.org.

The History of Azaleas and Dogwoods in Somerset County

Azaleas bloom in many colorful yellow, pink, red, or white funnel and bell-shaped blooms and are native to the hilly regions of North America and Asia.

In 1944, the New Jersey State Council of Garden Clubs began planting 8,000 dogwoods along a six-mile stretch of Route 22 from North Plainfield to Mountainside. The planting of dogwoods, with the stunning white and pink blooms, began as a beautification project, and then became a memorial to those who served in World War II. Later, through the legislature, the area was named the Blue Star Memorial Drive.

In 1951, the dogwood was adopted as the NJ State Memorial Tree to honor those who served in the armed forces, and to encourage widespread use of the dogwood in parks, parkways, monuments, and building sites.

About Leonard J. Buck Garden

Leonard J. Buck Garden is one of the finest rock gardens in the eastern United States. The garden consists of alpines and woodlands situated in a 33-acre valley. Mr. Leonard J. Buck developed the garden in the 1930s as part of his estate. In 1975, the garden was donated to the Somerset County Park Commission by his wife, Mrs. Helen Buck.

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Somerset County Recycling Center Temporarily Closed to Public and Small Businesses Beginning April 15

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Douglas Singleterry, Commissioner

For Immediate Release

April 10, 2024

 

Somerset County Recycling Center Temporarily Closed to Public and Small Businesses Beginning April 15

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Due to a repaving project, the Somerset County Recycling Center on 40 Polhemus Lane in Bridgewater, NJ will be temporarily closed to residents and small businesses for recycling drop-offs beginning Monday, April 15 to Saturday, April 20. The Recycling Center will reopen on Monday, April 22.

The Somerset County Recycling Division thanks residents for their patience and understanding.

For more information about recycling in Somerset County, click here.

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Celebrating Older Americans Month

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Douglas Singleterry, Commissioner

 

For Immediate Release

April 4, 2024

 

Somerset County-Operated Senior Wellness Centers Offer Exciting Activities in May

Celebrating Older Americans Month

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Connect with others at any of the six Somerset County-operated senior wellness centers that are managed by the County Office on Aging and Disability Services. Join the fun, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The senior wellness centers offer games, activities, and educational, health and wellness programs in a social and uplifting atmosphere.

 

Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). The 2024 theme is “Powered by Connection,” which recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on the health and well-being of communities. The senior wellness centers play a vital role in supporting independence and aging in place through connection combatting isolation, loneliness, and other issues.

The Senior Wellness Centers are closed on May 27th in honor of Memorial Day.

 

Lunch

Attendees can invite a friend or neighbor to join them for lunch. All county-operated senior wellness centers provide a nutritionally balanced lunch on Mondays through Fridays for a suggested donation of $2.50 for anyone age 60 years and above. The menu includes a choice of hot meat-based or meatless entrées or cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunches. Senior wellness center clients must make reservations for lunch by 10 a.m. on the previous business day.

 

Virtual and/or Hybrid Program Guidelines

Hybrid and virtual programs are noted throughout the schedule. Participants can attend hybrid programs either in person with an instructor or via Zoom. Participants can join Zoom programs through a web browser without downloading applications or software. A camera (audio and video) is required to participate in Zoom programs.                                                

Zoom Tutorials

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 daily. Participants can use the computers at their leisure.

Geri-Fit with Connie Ledder – Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 a.m. (April 29 – July 26). Rebuild strength that’s been lost through the aging process and achieve a higher level of functioning. This class combines strength training with 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 45-minute exercise program is facilitated two times per week, for 12 weeks (24 classes). ** Preregistration is required. Participants can practice Geri-Fit when seated or standing. This class requires a set of light dumbbell weights (2 lbs. to start), a sturdy chair, a stretch band, and water to drink during the workout. For more information and to preregister, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327. **

Stronger Seniors: Core Strength – Mondays, 1 p.m. and  Fridays, 10 a.m. Get a safe and easy workout for core muscles by using resistance bands in this pre-recorded exercise program.

Stronger Seniors: Stretch –Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1 p.m. Join this simple, 45-minute pre-recorded exercise program. Use a chair for a safe and thorough stretching routine to feel more flexible.

 

Mahjong Club – Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:30 – 4 p.m. Learn to play Mahjong, an interesting game that helps keep the 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.**

 

Canasta Club – Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Play this traditional card game that requires strategic and tactical thinking. **New members are welcome. For more information, call 908-204-3435.**

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

 

Chair Yoga with Jillian Wednesdays, 1 p.m. (May 29 – July 17), & Fridays, 1 p.m. (May 31 – July 19). Gain health benefits by practicing yoga poses with the support and safety of a 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 achieve an overall sense of well-being. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. Preregistration is required. For more information and to preregister, call 908-204-3435.**

 

Project Healthy Bones – Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Next session: May 14 – Oct. 22). Improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture in this peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who either have or are at risk for osteoporosis. **Preregistration is required. A doctor’s note is also required before the start of the first class and then once every year. For more information, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

 

(Virtual) Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention with Phillip Chan – Thursdays, 10 a.m. (April 4 – July 25). Learn how to reduce pain, fatigue, and stiffness, gain a greater sense of well-being, and reduce the risk of falling by practicing Tai Chi. In this class, participants will learn how to shift their body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. **This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Preregistration is required. For more information and to preregister, call 908-204-3435.**

Line Dancing – Thursdays, 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! Line dancing doesn’t require a partner, and it’s a great way to maintain one’s mental and physical health.

 

Take Control with Exercise –Thursdays at 10 a.m. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility and balance while boosting stamina during this gentle exercise program that is presented via video. **Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. There is no fee for this class.**

Mahjong Lessons with Sylvia Rubin – Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Learn how to play this fun and challenging game. Playing Mahjong helps keep the brain sharp and supercharged.

 

Stronger Seniors: Core Strength – Fridays, 10 a.m. Get a safe and easy workout for core muscles by using resistance bands in this pre-recorded exercise program. **If possible, bring your exercise bands.**

Monthly Book Club – Every Third Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. Join fellow book club lovers on May 15 to discuss “The Paris Orphan,” by Natasha Lester.

May 1, 11 a.m. – May-Themed Trivia with Roberto. Kick off the month of May by playing May-themed trivia, which consists of trivia categories related to spring and the Month of May.

May 2, 11 a.m. – “Organization and Decluttering” with Ronald Ford, Hoarders Express. Learn how to organize and declutter your house when transitioning from winter to spring including techniques to keep your living space organized and clear.

May 3, 11 a.m. – “Aging and Medications” with Retired Pharmacist and Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater Client, Jan Lo. Learn how to monitor your reaction to medication, how to take medicine correctly, as well as why aging affects how medication is absorbed into the bloodstream, and why taking medication can affect aging people differently even if they have been taking the same medication for years.

May 7, 11 a.m. – “Medication Management” with Joshua O’Neal, Somerset County Office of Aging and Disability Services. Join this valuable conversation to learn tools for maintaining a good medication regimen and learning how to communicate effectively with one’s healthcare providers, which is key to improving one’s quality of life.

 

May 7, 11 a.m. – “Planning for End of Life” with Joshua O’Neal, Somerset County Office of Aging and Disability ServicesLearn how to plan for the end of life, which includes tips for communicating with one’s support network and ensuring important documents are prepared properly.


May 8, 22, 28, 29, 11 a.m. 
 Moving and Grooving with Jack PulukaStimulate the mind and strengthen the body through a multidisciplinary workout that combines different dance techniques, such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, and rhythmic modern dance. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.**

May 9, 11 a.m. – Mother’s Day Wreath Craft. Take part in this fun flower-wreath craft project to make a nice Mother’s Day gift. **There  are only 24 slots open in the class to ensure there are enough materials. Preregistration is required. To preregister and for more information, call 908-204-3435.**

 

May 10, 11 a.m. – Mother’s Day Bingo with Caitlyn Meador, Foothill Acres. Bingo is more than an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple health benefits such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, and improving concentration, listening, and short-term memory.

May 13, 11 a.m. – “Understanding Bone Health” with Chris Connors, Happier At HomeLearn how bones provide structure, protect organs, anchor muscles to store calcium, what affects bone health, and ways to keep one’s bones healthy.

May 14, 11 a.m. – Brain Games with RobertoTest problem-solving skills when answering thought-provoking riddles and questions. 

May 15, 11 a.m. – Cards with Gerry
Design and make beautiful cards with guidance. Cards can be given to loved ones. **All supplies will be provided. **Preregistration is required. To preregister, and for more information call 908-204-3435.**

May 16, 11 a.m. – Table Games. Join fellow game lovers to play an array of table games including Scrabble, Dominos, Parcheesi, Rumiko, Chess, Yahtzee, and PO-KE-NO. **No experience is required. Beginners are welcome.**

May 17, 11 a.m. – “Maintain Your Brain” with Mallory Dubuisson, Atlantic HealthcareLearn key lifestyle habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. According to research people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by incorporating certain healthy habits into their routine.

 

May 20, 11 a.m. – Older American’s Month Celebration Juggling Performance with Ryan Ozolins. Enjoy this unique performance that combines juggling, music, and the magic of improvisation. This performance will spark laughter and rekindle dreams during this playful and heartwarming experience that celebrates and reconnects the audience with their youthful spirit.

 

May 21, 11 a.m. – “Feeling Good In The Spring” with Mary Ellen Day, Grace Healthcare Services. Learn techniques and strategies to get the most out of the spring season.

May 23, 11 a.m. – “Nutrition and Hydration” with Kathy Bassiacos, Unicity HealthcareLearn about good habits that will support healthy aging.

 

May 24, 11 a.m.  BingoPartake in a friendly game of Bingo, which is more than a fun activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo provides multiple health benefits, such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, and improving concentration, listening, and short-term memory skills.

May 27 – Memorial Day – The Senior Wellness Center is Closed

May 28, 12:30 p.m. – Poetry Workshop with Jack Bernardo and Carolyn Moretti, Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge Participants. Read, write, share, and interpret your favorite poems in this beginner-friendly workshop. **New members are always welcome!**

SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BRIDGEWATER
876 East Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908-203-6101

Project Healthy Bones – Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Next session: April 1 to Sept. 23. No class on May 27), Fridays from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (Next session: April 5 to Sept. 20, No class on June 21). 
Improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture in this peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are at risk for osteoporosis– or have it. **The current sessions are full. Preregistration is required for the next sessions. A doctor’s note is also required before the start of the first class and then once every year. For more information, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

 

Qigong Practices with Michael – Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – Learn the traditional practice of Qigong (similar to Tai Chi), which involves using techniques for meditation, controlled breathing, and movement to connect the mind, body, and spirit for healing. **There is no class on May 15.**

Walking Club – Mondays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. Join fellow senior wellness center members to walk outside for exercise. Walking regularly can improve one’s balance, mood, memory, and sleep. **Participants will walk under the awning in case of inclement weather. Appropriate footwear is required.**
Chair Yoga with Jane Puckett– Mondays, 1 p.m. (March 18 to May 6) Learn how to improve mood, lung, and heart health by practicing seated yoga exercises to feel stronger. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. Preregistration is required. To register and for more information, call 908-203-6101.**

(Virtual) Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention with Phillip Chan – Thursdays, 10 a.m. (April 4 – July 25). Learn how to reduce pain, fatigue, and stiffness, gain a greater sense of well-being, and reduce the risk of falling by practicing Tai Chi. In this class, participants will learn how to shift their body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. **This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Preregistration is required. For more information and to preregister,  call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

 

(Virtual) Hatha Yoga with Bharti – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Improve body posture through breath control and meditation by practicing Hatha Yoga, which can provide health benefits, such as aligning the body and improving balance, flexibility, and circulation. **There will be no class on May 7, 9, 14, 16.**

Card Games – Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Play favorite card games with fellow center members at the senior wellness center.

Line Dancing –Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Improve cardiovascular and muscular strength, coordination, and balance while line dancing, which is so much fun it doesn’t even seem like exercise! Line dancing doesn’t require a partner, and it’s a great way to maintain one’s mental and physical health.

Mahjong Club – Beginners (Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Advanced (Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)  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. **There will be no club on May 15.**

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

Monthly Book Club with Nan – May 23, 10 a.m. Join fellow book club members to discuss “The Fraud,” by Zadie Smith. **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 stamina, improving metabolism, and increasing flexibility during this exercise program. **This program is appropriate for all skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

Somerset Seniors Hootenanny (Formerly Ukulele Bootcamp) – Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to play songs by Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Buddy Holly, Peter, Paul & Mary, the Monkees, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Jimmy Buffett, Hank Williams, and more. Players from previous Bootcamp sessions are welcome back, as well as new ukulele players, other instrumentalists, and singers!**No previous musical training or experience is necessary. There are a limited number of ukuleles available to borrow, and newcomers will be the first to receive a loaner. The class size is limited. Preregistration is required. To register and borrow a ukulele, call 908-203-6101.**

(Hybrid) Gentle Aerobics with Lisa & Caitlin – Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Exercise and move 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 decrease the risk of falls and make it easier to accomplish day-to-day activities. **There will be no class on May 31. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. The class is open to all skill levels.**

Crafts Club – Fridays, 12:30 – 2 p.m. Craft and chat. Knit, crochet, embroider or bring any crafting project and have fun socializing. **The senior wellness center has limited supplies available.**

Pinochle Club – Fridays, 1 – 4 p.m. Play Pinochle. It’s a fun card game! **New members are welcome!**

May 1, 11 a.m. – Cinco De Mayo Trivia. Join fellow center members for a fun game of trivia and learn some Spanish with interesting information about Mexican culture.

 

May 2, 11 a.m. – “Interesting Facts About the Kentucky Derby” with Nanette Peterson, Somerset County Library SystemBring your best hat to this fun facts session about the Kentucky Derby.

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 11 a.m. – Many Voices, Together as One with Joy Merkel, JAK Music Studios. Join choir practice and prepare for the Older Americans Month performance in May. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.**


May 3, 17, 31, 1 p.m. 
 Stronger Seniors: Stretch. Join this simple, 45-minute pre-recorded exercise program. Use a chair for a safe and thorough stretching routine to feel more flexible.

May 10 & 24, 1 p.m. – Stronger Seniors: Core Strength. Get a safe and easy workout by using resistance bands to strengthen core muscles in this pre-recorded exercise program. **Bring exercise bands, if possible.**

May 6, 11 a.m. – “Hearing Loss & Falls” with Dr. Lisa Durazzo, Audiologist. Learn about the dangers of hearing loss and how it can contribute to a greater risk of falling.

May 7 & 21, 11 a.m. – Bereavement Support Group. Share common feelings about grief and the renewal process in this support group, which 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.**

May 7, 11 a.m. – Mother’s Day Cards for Hospice Patients with Mary Ellen Day, Grace Healthcare Services. Learn how to make a colorful and festive card to send to a hospice patient. **All supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required. To register and for more information, call 908-203-6101.**

May 8, 11 a.m. – Masquerade Mask CraftCreate a unique, alluring, and mysterious mask and wear it to the Masquerade Ball Senior Prom. **Supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required. To register and for more information, call 908-203-6101.**

 

May 8, 12:30 p.m. – Lunch & Learn: Recycled Jewelry with Debbie Young-PerezLearn how to create beautiful jewelry using recycled coffee pods. **The class size is limited. Preregistration is required. To register, call 908-203-6101.**

May 9, 11 a.m. – Mindfulness and Art Therapy with Jordan Mealey, MA, LPC, ACS, NCC, CGRS, CCTP, Ellie Mental Health of Central New JerseyLearn more about mindfulness (a type of meditation) and practice mindfulness techniques through art.

May 10, 12:30 p.m. – Mother’s Day Photo Share. Share a photo of your mother or a picture of anyone you consider a mother figure to be displayed at the senior wellness center.

May 13, 11 a.m. – Big Band, Swing, and More with Kelly Carpenter, sponsored by Donna Smith, Arbor TerraceEnjoy this performance of big band, swing, country music, and musical theater.

 

May 14, 11 a.m. – “Housing Resources, and Banking Safely” with Susie Suter, Central Jersey Resource CenterLearn about fair housing, resources, and safe money management when using online banking.

May 15, 10:30 a.m. – Masquerade Ball with Lorri WoodwardGet your best dress or suit out of the closet in preparation for the Senior Prom Masquerade Ball. At the event, participants will dance to great music and mingle with Somerset County Vo-Tech students. **Space is limited. Preregistration is required. To register, call 908-203-6101.**

May 16, 11 a.m. – “Senior Scams & Fraud” with Melanie Hazin, New Jersey Division of Consumer AffairsLearn how to avoid getting scammed.

 

May 20 & 28, 11 a.m. – BingoPartake in a friendly game of Bingo, which is more than an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo provides multiple health benefits, such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination, and improving concentration, listening, and short-term memory skills.

May 21, 11 a.m. – Hillsborough Rockers & RockettesEnjoy this uplifting performance by this group of Hillsborough Township residents who practice up to three times per week and perform throughout the area at nursing homes, senior centers, and other local events.

May 22, 11 a.m. Terrific Ted sponsored by Sunrise Senior LivingEnjoy this performance of popular music from the 40s to the 60s.

May 23, 11 a.m. – “Medication Management” with Joshua O’Neal, Somerset County Office of Aging and Disability ServicesJoin this valuable conversation to learn tools formaintaining a good medication regimen and learning how to communicate effectively with one’s healthcare providers, which is key to improving one’s quality of life.

 

May 27 – Memorial Day the senior wellness center is closed.

May 29, 11 a.m. – “Life Planning Documents” with Colleen Cunningham, Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, Inc.  Learn about wills, powers of attorney (POA), and living wills including the purpose of each document, how to complete the paperwork, and what the risks are if you don’t have these documents.

May 30, 11 a.m. – Patriotic Craft with Alyssa Rudic, Alvita CareCreate a patriotic-themed craft.

**All supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required. To register, call 908-203-6101.**

May 31, 11 a.m. – Many Voices, Together as One with Joy Merkel, JAK Music Studios. Join choir practice and prepare for the Older Americans Month performance in May. **This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.**

 

SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT HILLSBOROUGH

339 South Branch Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

908-369-8700

 

Judgment Card Game – Mondays – Fridays, 1 p.m. Challenge and encourage your cognitive abilities during a fun card game. **There will be no group on May 8, 13, 20.**

Rummikub – Mondays, & Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Play this fast-moving board game, which requires a little bit of luck and the use of one’s strategic thinking skills. Playing Rummikub promotes social interaction, mental stimulation, and relaxation. Time flies when participants play this game.

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 exercises while either standing or sitting.**

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

Fit & Flex with Rose – Tuesdays & 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. Participants will also learn how to achieve proper breathing and positioning techniques.

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. **There are a limited number of ukuleles available to borrow.**

Line Dancing Video – Thursdays, 11 a.m. Join this line dancing class to help improve mobility, coordination, and cognitive skills, promote social engagement, and provide an overall good time.

Enhance Fitness with Jaswinder Kaur, Hillsborough Greater Somerset County YMCA – Fridays, 10 a.m. (May 3 to June 28). Take this dynamic one-hour fitness class that combines cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and balance and flexibility exercise. This is a falls prevention program that has been proven to help older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered. **This class can be practiced while sitting in a chair or standing. Preregistration is required. To register, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327. There is a suggested donation of $10.**

Puzzle Club – Wednesdays & Fridays, 1 p.m. Strike up a conversation, make new friends, and enjoy assembling puzzles. Choose from a wide variety of puzzles available at the senior wellness center.

 

Hillsborough Discussion Group – Every Second Tuesday, 1 p.m. Join this group discussion for a thought-provoking conversation. The topic will be chosen when the group meets.

May 2 &16, 10 a.m.  Simply Seated with Curtis AdamsGain strength, energy, and a positive mood by practicing chair exercises during this video presentation.

May 7, 11 a.m. – “Fair Housing” with Jaaide Ramirez, Central Jersey Housing Resource Center. Learn about fair housing in your community. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

May 8, 13, 15, 20, 1 p.m. – Art Exploration with Gwen Leubner, Somerset County Park CommissionExplore shape, color, texture, and space using a variety of art materials to make beautiful masterpieces in this hands-on, four-session, art program where participants will learn creative art techniques. **No experience is necessary. This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.**

May 9, 1 p.m. – Crafting with Tammy. Learn how to make a beautiful floral table decoration in preparation for spring. **All supplies will be provided.**
May 10, 11 a.m– Get Creative for Mother’s Day with Senior Advisor Audrey Taffet, Oasis. Get creative with painting and discover your hidden talents with step-by-step instructions. **All supplies will be provided.**

May 13, 11 a.m.  Juggling Performance with Ryan Ozolins. Enjoy this unique performance that weaves together juggling, music, and the magic of improvisation to spark laughter and rekindle dreams. Expect an interactive hour where everyday stories turn into extraordinary adventures with the audience becoming an essential part of the performance. This entertaining hour is a playful and heartwarming show celebrating the whimsical and youthful spirit.

May 14, 10 a.m. – “Navigating the Health Care Field” with Randi Goldberg, Archer Brogan Elder Law & Estate Planning. Learn proactive ways to manage health, stay informed about insurance coverage, and build a relationship with a primary care provider.

May 20, 11 a.m. “A Real Pain In The Thumb” with Kathyrn Haskins, PT, DPT, OCS, CHT, of JAG PT. Learn about the bony and muscular anatomy of the thumb, the causes and effects of osteoarthritis in the thumb joint, strategies to protect the joint, and an exercise program to help maximize the health of the thumb.

May 21, 10 a.m. – “Healthy Living for Your Brain and 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” with St. Rachel Ustanny, Alzheimer’s Association. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement, and how to incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging to help prevent Alzheimer’s. Participants will also find out how to recognize the common signs of Alzheimer’s in oneself and others, and how to talk to a doctor about the disease.

May 24, 11 a.m. – “Introduction to Acupuncture” with Michelle and Koby Chen, Chen Family Acupuncture. Dive into the world of acupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine and learn about the incredible benefits of this ancient practice as well as how it fits into one’s wellness journey. **There will be a Q&A session at the end of the program.**

May 27 – Memorial Day the senior wellness center is closed.

May 30, 11 a.m. – “Butterfly Basics” with Ben Barkley, SC Environmental Education Center. Learn what makes a butterfly a butterfly and not a moth, and find out about the interesting physical and behavioral adaptations that make these insects interesting and complex.

May 31, 11 a.m. – “Living Off the Land in the 19th Century in NJ” with Museum of Early Trades and CraftsExplore the agricultural history of New Jersey and its profound influence on farming today and learn what it was like to live and work on a 19th-century New Jersey farm.

MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER
356 Skillman Road
Skillman, NJ 08558
609-466-0846

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

Blood Pressure Screenings – First Monday of Every Month, 9:45 a.m. Get a FREE blood pressure screening from a Montgomery Township nurse who will be onsite at the senior wellness 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 exercises while either standing or sitting.**

(Hybrid) Yoga Chair Fusion with Debbi – Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m. Learn techniques to help gain flexibility and improve strength while immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. Practicing yoga can help increase bone density, strengthen muscles, improve balance, relieve stress, and help participants achieve a sense of well-being. **These exercises can be practiced while standing or sitting and are open to all skill levels. This class will be presented via Zoom and simultaneously conducted live at the center by an instructor.**

Tai Chi with Herb – Wednesdays, 10 a.mReduce the risk of falls by practicing Tai Chi. In this class, participants will focus on shifting their body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. Studies show that participants reduce their pain, fatigue, and stiffness and achieve a greater sense of well-being when practicing Tai Chi. **On May 1 there will be a

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 six weeks with easy-to-follow lessons. **The next session begins May 8.To register and/or to reserve a ukulele, call 609-466-0846 or email Crowley@co.somerset.nj.us.**

Line Dancing with Debbie Bjornsted – Thursdays, 11 a.m. Line Dancing is so much fun that it doesn’t even seem like exercise. You don’t need a partner and dancing is an easy way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. It’s suitable for participants with limited mobility and has been shown to increase cardiovascular and muscular strength and improve coordination and balance as you work through the different moves. **All levels of skill are welcome.**

 

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

 

Intermediate Ukulele – Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. Play the uke with members of the Full Monty Uke Band in this peer-led class where members practice their favorite tunes and create programs for future performances. **To register and/or reserve your ukulele please call 609-466-0846 or email crowley@co.somerset.nj.us.**

 

Mahjong Club – Fridays, 10 a.m. Join this club to meet new people while learning to play Mahjong, which is an interesting way to keep the 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.**

 

Bocce Ball – Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy time outside while playing bocce ball! The game is open to all levels of skill. Instructions are available. **The game will take place only when weather permits.**

 

Rummy 500, Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. Play this fun and relaxing version of the card game Rummy, which can be played with two to eight people. Playing cards helps exercise the brain and keeps the memory sharp.

 

Walking Club – Friday, 1 p.m. Join fellow senior wellness center members to walk in the gym for exercise, which can improve one’s balance, mood, memory, and sleep. **Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. For more information, call 609-466-0846.**

(Hybrid) Gentle Aerobics with Lisa & Caitlin –Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Exercise and move 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 decrease the risk of falls and make it easier to accomplish day-to-day activities. **Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. The class is open to all skill levels.**

May 2 & 30, 10 a.m. – Creative Wellness with Shirin Stave-MataisAchieve calm, gain control, and learn meditative practices through imaginative, joyful, and social interaction in this class that 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. The class can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

May 3, 11 a.m. – Songwriters of the Brill Building with Gordon James. Enjoy this retro performance of songs written and sung by New York City’s famous Brill Building performers. The Brill Building is where famous pop artists got their start in the 1960s including Carole King, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, and more.

(Hybrid) May 7, 11 a.m. “Get a Grip” with Geoffrey Stankus, PT, DPT, Cert. DN, SFMA, CKTP. Find out what factors influence the aging process of cells, the difference between biological cell age and chronological age, and how one’s cell age is used to make healthcare decisions. Participants will test their grip strength for insight into their biological cell age.

May 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 in this class that 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. The class can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

May 9 & 23, 10 a.m. – 
Crocheting with MaryLearn everything there is to know about crocheting, such as how to hold a crochet hook and how to practice the most common crochet stitches. Crocheting is the process of creating textiles by using a crochet hook to interlock loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other material. This is a fun and relaxing hobby for everyone. **All supplies will be provided. For more information, call 609-466-0846.**


May 9 & 10, 11 a.m. – “The Montgomery Stable of Racehorses: A Restoration Project.”  Learn all about the intricacies of refurbishing the Montgomery stable, which is just in time for the Preakness Stakes, race.

 

May 13 & 20, 1 p.m. – Left-Center-Right GamePlay this fun dice game to pass the time. There aren’t a lot of rules, so learning the game is a piece of cake.

May 14, 11 a.m. Singing Bowls with Marina Kogan. Learn how to relax, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, balance, and harmonize the body, and stimulate the immune system with Tibetan singing bowls. The origin of singing bowls began in the 16th century when Buddhist Monks used the bowls while meditating, and this practice is now used as a form of therapy with other holistic techniques in the U.S. and other countries.

 

May 15, 11 a.m. – “Behind the Scenes of the Montgomery Stable.”  Learn the riveting story of the  Montgomery Stable’s six derby horses including how they were trained, the story of their owners, and why these horses are winners.

 

May 17, 10:45 a.m. – The Montgomery StakesMeet the horse jockeys and bet on your favorite horse.

 

May 21, 11 a.m. – Touch Drawing with Karen TuvesonTake this cathartic class for healing and self-discovery through touch-drawing, which is spontaneous, and deeply intuitive. The touch-drawing method does not require a brush, pencil, model, or objects. Participants will place paper over a surface of ink or paint and apply gentle pressure with the fingertips and hands, as images emerge on the paper. Through tactile engagement with the materials the sensory experience creates a grounding in the present moment like the experience one would have walking through nature.

May 23, 10:15 a.m. – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Certified Ageless Grace Educator Roz GerkenActivate all five functions of the brain when participating in this program, including strategic planning, memory, recall, analytical thinking, creativity, imagination, and kinesthetic thinking. Ageless Grace is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity, which means it will help the brain and central nervous system change functionally and structurally for better health. **Participants of all skill levels will be thoroughly engaged in the class while seated in a chair.**

May 27 – Memorial Day the senior wellness center is closed.

 

Geri-Fit with Karen – Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. (The next session begins on Wednesdays July 17 to Oct. 2,  and Fridays, July 19 to Oct. 4). Rebuild strength that’s been lost through the aging process to gain a higher level of functioning. This class combines strength training with 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 45-minute exercise program is facilitated two times per week, for 12 weeks for a total of 24 classes. **This class can be practiced while sitting or standing. Participants should bring a set of light dumbbell weights (2 lbs. to start), a sturdy chair, a stretch band, and water to drink during the workout. Preregistration is required. To preregister, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

 

Geri-Fit with Susan –Tuesdays and Fridays, 1 p.m. (The next session begins April 16 to July 5). Rebuild strength that’s been lost through the aging process to gain a higher level of functioning. This class combines strength training with 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 45-minute exercise program is facilitated two times per week, for 12 weeks for a total of 24 classes. **This class can be practiced while sitting or standing. Participants should bring a set of light dumbbell weights (2 lbs. to start), a sturdy chair, a stretch band, and water to drink during the workout. Preregistration is required. To preregister, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

(Hybrid) Your Essence of Yoga– Fridays, 1 p.m. Learn about signal paths and how to find your essence through yoga.

Rummikub – Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Play this fast-moving board game, which requires a little bit of luck and the use of one’s strategic thinking skills. Playing Rummikub promotes social interaction, mental stimulation, and relaxation. Time flies when participants play this game. **All levels of playing ability are welcome.**

Walking Club –Tuesdays – 12:30 p.m. Join fellow senior wellness center members to walk outside for exercise. Walking regularly can improve one’s balance, mood, and memory, and sleep.**This club will meet when the weather permits. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes.**

 

(Hybrid) Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher – Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Get your blood pumping to zesty music during this hearty workout to help 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.**

Introduction to Line Dancing 101 with Deborah Gibson – Thursdays, 1 p.m. Learn how to line dance and become familiar with the line dancing steps and movements. Each class will prepare participants for the next class by incorporating a new movement to build on the line dancing skills learned in previous classes.

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 improve one’s mental and physical health.

 

Mahjong Meet Up – Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Play this fun game requiring participants to use their strategic thinking skills. **This is a six-week series and is open to beginners, and those who need a refresher course. For more information and to join, call 732-563-4213.**

Stretching Exercise with Karen – Mondays, 10 a.m. Start the week gently with stretching while sitting in a chair.

Tai Chi for Seniors with Anna – Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Reduce pain, fatigue, and stiffness, decrease the risk of falls, and gain a greater sense of well-being when practicing Tai Chi. In this class, participants will focus on shifting their body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. **There will be no class on May 15This program can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

 

May 2 & 16, 11 a.m. – Singing with Nap. Join fellow crooners to sing your favorite songs with karaoke.

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 11 a.m. – Voices Soaring in Strength with Emma Rentzel, JAK Music Studios, L.L.C.  Practice singing various genres and styles with the Quailbrook Senior Center seniors. There will be five practices in May in preparation for a performance in honor of Older Americans Month on May 31. ** This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.**

May 6, 11 a.m. – Hearing Screenings with Tracy Walker, Hearing Life. Get a free 15-minute hearing screening, which is recommended for everyone over the age of 60 years. Even with good hearing, participants can use their screenings as a baseline if they experience hearing loss in the future. **Preregistration is required. To register and for more information, call 732-563-4213.**

May 6 & 20, 1 p.m. – Ping Pong instruction with Jin MarParticipate in this exciting game to help improve hand-eye coordination. **All levels of skill are welcome.**

 

May 7, 11 a.m. – “Senior Medicare Patrol & Fraud Prevention” with Joel Schneider, Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability ServicesLearn how to detect and report Medicare fraud, and protect yourself from other scams.

 

May 9 & 30, 11 a.m. – Ageless Grace Brain Health with Roz Gerken, Certified Ageless Grace Educator. Activate and improve all five functions of the brain including strategic planning, memory, analytical thinking, creativity, and kinesthetic thinking when practicing Ageless Grace. This class is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change functionally and structurally when performing certain exercises.

**This program is for participants with all skill levels and can be practiced while standing or sitting in a chair.**

 

May 13, 11 a.m. – Magic Marker Masterpieces with Gwen Leubner, Somerset County Park Commission. Create a work of art using simple magic markers with a rainbow of colors. Art will be displayed at the center. **Beginners are welcome.**

 

May 14, 11 a.m. – Performance by Tommy Strazza. Enjoy this guitar and vocal performance of popular music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

 

May 20, 11 a.m. – “Living with Anxiety” with Anna Krisak, LPC, PCADC, Behavioral Health Institute.  Learn how to manage anxiety using ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy).

May 21, 11 a.m. – “Hail to the Chiefs’ Pets” with Joan SchiableListen to lovely American pet stories about pet owners including George Washington and Joe Biden. The White House was home to a variety of animals. Hear about the antics of these pets and be amazed at the unusual creatures that were gifted to Presidents.

 

May 23, 11 a.m. – Paint by Sticker with Anna. Enjoy this fun art project when participants will use stickers instead of paint.

May 27 – Memorial Day the senior wellness center is closed.

 

May 28, 11 a.m. – Karaoke with Crystal Clement. Join fellow crooners for a morning of rousing fun. Get ready to sing and clap along!

 

WARRENBROOK SENIOR CENTER
500 Warrenville Road
Warren, NJ 07059
908-753-9440

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

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

Carrom – Available dailyPlay this fun game, which is like billiards and table shuffleboard.

Games/Cards (Scrabble, Uno, Canasta, Rummikub, etc.) – Available dailyHave fun playing these games or suggest another favorite.

Jigsaw Puzzles – Available dailyStrike up a conversation, make new friends, and have fun putting together puzzles. There are a wide variety of puzzles available at the senior wellness center.

Lending Library – Available dailyBorrow a paperback book and return it when finished reading.

 

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

 

1-on-1 Computer with Sal – Mondays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.mLearn how to email, play solitaire, and search the web in this eight-week, one-on-one class when participants will finally understand what their grandkids have been trying to explain. **Preregistration is required. For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

Stretch, Mondays, 10 a.m., with Warrenbrook Senior Center Volunteers Kanwaljit Minhas and Emma (Connie) Deversterre. Improve flexibility and balance by stretching, which keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy so participants can maintain range of motion in the joints. **There is no fee for these classes.**

 

Mahjong for Intermediate Players – Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join other intermediate-level mahjong players to play an interesting game of strategy and calculation.

 

Zumba Gold with Judith –10:15 a.m., Tuesdays (Next Session May 14 to July 2and Fridays (Next Session June 7 to July 26). Get the blood pumping with zesty music and a hearty workout in this class. Build cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and exercising, the hip, leg, and arm muscles when performing fun and rhythmic moves while sitting in a chair. **Preregistration is required. The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. This class is suitable for beginners or anyone who needs modifications to their exercise routine. To preregister or for more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

Bridge Group with Ronnie – Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Play bridge, a mentally challenging card game that provides intellectual and social interaction. Playing this game can stimulate the brain to keep it alert and help it stay active. **New members and beginners are always welcome. Lessons are available.**

 

Gentle Yoga with Jillian – Tuesdays, 1 p.m. & Thursdays, 10 a.mPractice Hatha yoga poses while either sitting or standing, to 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. The class is perfect for relieving stress, and it also helps participants achieve an overall sense of well-being. **Preregistration is required. The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. This class is appropriate for all skill levelsTo preregister for the next session or for more information, call 908-753-9440. Tuesdays next sessions: May 28 to July 16, Wednesdays next sessions: May 30 to July 18.**

 

Project Healthy Bones – Wednesdays, 10 a.m. (March 20 to Aug. 28). 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. **Preregistration is required. A doctor’s note is also required before the first class and then once every year. To preregister and for more information, call Karen Kowalski at 908-704-6327.**

 

Strength– Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Improve flexibility and balance by using resistance bands. ** Two to five-pound hand weights are recommended. There is no cost for this class. **

 

Advanced Bridge – First & Third Wednesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Play Bridge to stimulate the brain and keep the memory active and alert. **This group is for advanced players only.**

 

Art Hour with Jean – Wednesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Take this great opportunity to meet new people while creating a piece of artwork using watercolors or acrylics. **All supplies will be provided.**

Take Control with Exercise – Thursdays, 10 a.m. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility, and balance while boosting stamina in this gentle exercise program. **This class is free. For more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

Card/Table Games – Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Join other senior wellness center members to play favorite games such as dominoes, Left-Right-Center dice games, Rummikub, Canasta, and more.

Chair Exercise – Fridays, 10 a.m. – Use resistance bands to strengthen the abdominal muscles, lower back, and pelvic floor muscles. **There is no cost for this class.**

 

Bridge – Fridays, 1 p.m. Play Bridge, a mentally challenging card game that stimulates the brain, keeps the memory active and the brain alert while providing intellectual and social stimulation.

May 1, 11 a.m. – “Historic Smithville Village” with Marisa Bozarth. Listen to the story of Smithville Village, a unique historic place with small-town hospitality, and the charm of local businesses that have flourished over the years. What began as a simple, one-room stagecoach stop has blossomed over fifty years and is now a beloved destination.

May 2, 11 a.m. – Warrenbrook Derby. Wear a colorful and have fun participating in betting on a horse race between tables in honor of the Kentucky Derby.

May 3, 11 a.m. – Maracas craft. Paint and decorate maracas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. **All materials will be provided. Preregistration is required.**

May 6, 11 a.m. – Fiesta Games. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo while immersed in the Mexican culture by playing “Pass the Sombrero,” “Limbo,” “Pin the Tail on the Donkey,” and dancing to the “Macarena.” Participants also will have the opportunity to sample Mexican chili.

 

May 8, 11 a.m. – Mariachi Songs Musical Entertainment with Lorri WoodwardEnjoy Mariachi Songs and a Mexico-themed day at the senior wellness center.

 

(Virtual) May 9, 11 a.m. Breathing Techniques for Mental Wellness by Dr. Prabha SrinivasLearn useful techniques to distract the mind and induce calm during an episode of anxiety. These techniques help to identify situations that may trigger anxiety and can be regularly practiced to calm the nervous system.

May 10, 11 a.m. – Mother’s Day Bouquet Flowers Craft. Create a vibrant flower bouquet with  brightly colored blooms for Mother’s Day using a craft kit. This gift will last much longer than flowers. No green thumb is required. **All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required.**

May 13, 11 a.m. – Mind Reading Game Show with Flavian Petrulio. Have a laugh during this interactive and entertaining event when Flavian will read your mind and make you laugh when he reveals the answers to some very funny questions.

(Virtual) May 14, 1:30 PM – Monthly Book Club (Every second Tuesday of the month.) Join fellow book club members to discuss “True Biz” by Sara Nivoc and select the next book to read. **This book club is for Warrenbrook Senior Center Participants only, but new Warrenbrook members are welcome!**

 

May 15, 11 a.m. – Balance & Flexibility Exercise with Nisha Rele BSME, PT, DPT, AmeriCare Physical Therapy. Practice balance and flexibility exercises, stability movements, and quick techniques to help prevent injuries.

 

May 16 & 30, 11 a.m.  Bingo with Bob MazetJoin others to play a rousing game of Bingo, which is more than just an exciting activity. Researchers have found that playing Bingo promotes socialization, strengthens hand-eye coordination, and improves listening and short-term memory skills.

May 17 & 31, 11 a.m. – Brain Games and Handbells with Adrienne Graubard. Solve puzzles and use handbells to stimulate the brain and enhance creative and critical thinking in this mind-tingling, brain-stumping, and fun-filled musical workout.

 

May 20, 11 a.m.  – Spring Trivia with Hirey Molligoda, Assisting Hands. Gather for a fun-filled morning and test your knowledge on all things spring-related while experiencing laughter, and friendly competition.

 

May 22, 11 a.m. – “Senior Medicare Patrol & Fraud Prevention” with Joel Schneider, Jewish Family Services of Middlesex CountyLearn how to detect and report Medicare fraud and protect yourself from other scams.

May 23, 11 a.m. – “Over the Counter Drug Interactions: Part 2 with Shivani Shah, Walmart PharmacyLearn what to look for while taking OTC drugs including interactions that can make drugs less effective, what can cause unexpected side effects, or increase the action of a particular drug.

May 24, 11 a.m. – Memorial Day Paint & Sip with Andrea Maceus, Arista Care. Create beautiful artwork while enjoying sugar-free lemonade to kick off Memorial Day Celebrations. **All supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required. To register and for more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

May 27 – Memorial Day the senior wellness center is closed.

 

May 29, 10:30 a.m. – Blood Pressure ScreeningsGet a free blood pressure screening. **No appointment is necessary.**

 

May 29, 11 a.m. – Older American Month Celebration with Joshua Van NessEnjoy entertainment by Joshua Van Ness with music and songs from the 50s and 60s in honor of Older Americans Month.

 

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Somerset County Accepting Food Donations at First Saturday and E-Waste Drop-Off Events on April 6

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Douglas Singleterry, Commissioner

For Immediate Release

April 2, 2024

Somerset County Accepting Food Donations at First Saturday and E-Waste Drop-Off Events on April 6

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – In an effort to expand Somerset County’s assistance for food-donations, residents can now drop-off canned food and non-perishable items at the free, First Saturday and E-Waste Drop-off events on April 6. Donations will be delivered to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.

“We’ve ramped up Somerset County’s food-donation assistance by implementing more convenient drop-off locations, and we will continue to do so throughout the year and beyond,” said Somerset County Commissioner Melonie Marano, liaison to Public Works. “Somerset County’s Public Works Department has been instrumental in the success of our food donation programs and thankfully they will still help support our new plan to expand food assistance through help with easier access to donation locations.”

Food Donations at Two Drop-Off Locations

Residents can donate non-perishable food donations with their First Saturday and E-Waste recyclables. If requested, cloth bags containing food donations will be returned to the donator, otherwise their bags will be donated to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.

Proof of Residency Is Required at Both Events

Residents must have a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill that shows proof of their Somerset County address for both events. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses and commercial vehicles are NOT permitted at either the First Saturday or E-Waste events.

FIRST SATURDAY

Residents can bring recyclables such as newspapers, junk mail and other acceptable items as well as non-perishable food donations to the First Saturday of the Month Drop-off on Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

Residents should remain in their vehicles: Staff will be available at every station to help residents remove their items.

Items Accepted: Drop off up to eight tires – with or without rims – scrap metal, used motor oil,

oil filters, antifreeze, and the usual curbside materials, including chipboard items, plastic bottles and containers marked #1 through #7. Chipboard items include gift, shoe, shirt- and all retail boxes, as well as cereal, cookie, pasta, cake and cracker boxes without the plastic liners, poster board, backing from writing pads, and empty dried-out steel paint cans.

 

Items NOT Accepted: Somerset County does NOT accept textiles at First Saturday of the Month Drop-off. Residents should continue to recycle used textiles at any local charity donation bin.

To learn more about First Saturday events, call the Somerset County Recycling Center at 732-469-3363. For a complete listing of recyclable items, recycling events and more visit https://bit.ly/Recycling2024.

ELECTRONIC WASTE DROP-OFF

Dispose of items cluttering the home and donate non-perishable food items at the Electronic Waste Drop-off event to be held on Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the South County Public Works Garage, located at 410 Roycefield RoadHillsborough, NJ 08844.

Residents should remain in their vehicles unless otherwise instructed and may need to remove items without assistance and place them on pallets as instructed by the staff.

 

Items Accepted: Computers (desktops and laptops), monitors (cathode-ray tube and flat panel), televisions (cathode-ray tube and flat panel), copiers, digital cameras, DVD players, e-book readers, fax machines, MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDAs), printers, stereos, radio equipment, VCRs, audiovisual equipment, typewriters, camcorders, telephones, cellular phones, circuit boards, modems, telephone mainframes, keyboards, mice, scanners, cables, wiring, power supplies, mainframe equipment and controllers.

 

Items NOT Accepted: Batteries are not accepted. Residents can recycle household hazardous waste, including lithium and rechargeable batteries at scheduled Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off events.

 

For a complete list of items accepted at the Electronic Waste Drop-off, contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management at 908-231-7109 or send an email to solidwaste@co.somerset.nj.us.

A complete listing of recyclable items, recycling drop-off events (First Saturday of the Month, Household Hazardous Waste, Rx Medicine, E-Waste) and more, are available at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle.

Use the free Recycle Coach app to get personalized and up-to-date recycling information. To download the app, visit https://bit.ly/SCRecycleCoach2024.

About the Food Bank Network of Somerset County, Inc.

Incorporated in 1982, the Food Bank Network of Somerset County, Inc. is a non-governmental, non-sectarian, 501(c)3 not-for-profit public benefit organization. For the past 40 years The Food Bank has been serving the needs of food-insecure families in Somerset County, New Jersey.

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Learn About Free Mental Health Services & Other Programs

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Douglas Singleterry, Commissioner

For Immediate Release

April 2, 2024

 

Somerset County Staff and HELPS Van to Visit Bridgewater and North Plainfield Libraries for National County Government Month

Learn About Free Mental Health Services & Other Programs

 

The Somerset County HELPS mobile outreach van with (r-l) Somerset County Commissioners Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry with staff from the County’s Human Services Department.

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – In honor of National County Government Month (NCGM) in April, Somerset County will be shining a light on the mental health and substance use disorder services offered and supported by the County, at a time when the nation is dealing with a surge in problems of those kinds. Somerset County mental health leaders and social workers will be available to meet with the public, and they will be joined by the Somerset County HELPS mobile outreach van.

“The purpose of National County Government Month is to inform and remind residents about the valuable services and programs the county offers,” said Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “This year the Somerset HELPS Van will be at two libraries where residents can receive valuable information about the County’s free Mental Health services and meet with knowledgeable representatives from the Human Services division who will help with referrals and gaining access to other resources.”

Last year, the White House Report on Mental Health Research Priorities concluded “our nation is facing a mental health crisis among people of all ages, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made these problems worse.” Somerset County government has made it a priority to address these issues by expanding services at the Richard Hall Community Health & Wellness Center, by launching a mobile outreach van, hiring a mental health services navigator, and increasing grants to local nonprofits that provide services for people dealing with mental health and/or substance use disorder recovery. Funding has come from the American Rescue Plan and the national opioid settlement.

County Government Week at Bridgewater Library, April 8 to 12
Information about the County’s free services and programs will be available in the lobby of the Bridgewater Library during business hours. Brochures and flyers with information about Medicare, transportation, senior wellness centers, free mental health services, and much more will be on display for free.

Somerset Helps Van at Bridgewater and North Plainfield Libraries

The Somerset Helps Van is a mobile resource that provides services directly to communities needing support. Bilingual (English/Spanish) staff will be available at the two libraries to provide information and resources about a wide range of human services programs.

There will also be a brief presentation at both library locations along with refreshments and bags of food for families in need. In addition, staff will distribute Narcan, a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose.

 

The Somerset Helps Van will be visiting the libraries at the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Wednesday, April 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Bridgewater Library

1 Vogt Drive

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

  • Friday, April 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

North Plainfield Library

6 Rockview, Ave.

North Plainfield, NJ 07060

National Association of Counties (NACo)
The NACo was founded in 1935 to strengthen America’s counties by supporting best practices, nurturing leadership skills, optimizing county and taxpayer resources, and increasing the public’s understanding of county government.

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Tennis and Pickleball Season Start at Green Knoll and Colonial Park Tennis Centers on April 1

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Tennis enthusiasts or anyone who has an interest in learning the game should gather the tennis gear in preparation for the opening of the Somerset County Park Commission’s Green Knoll and Colonial Park Tennis Centers . Eighteen state-of-the-art, outdoor, all-weather courts with acrylic surfaces that provide extra traction, will be available daily beginning April 1.

Pickleball players can paddle-up at Colonial Park Tennis Center, where the tennis courts are striped for pickleball and portable pickleball nets are available at the facility.

The public should take advantage of the modern tennis courts, convenient hours, and the opportunity for fun exercise. Staying physically active, such as playing tennis, can help participants prevent and manage heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes, as well as support weight management, reduces stress, and improve one’s sleep and overall mental health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Tennis Court Locations, Hours of Operation, and Fees

The Green Knoll Tennis Center is at 587 Garretson Road, Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807.

Colonial Park Tennis Center is at 156 Mettlers Road, Somerset, NJ 08873. To reserve a tennis court, players must register 24 hours in advance.

The following hours of operation and fees apply to both locations:

  • April 1 to June 21

Monday through Friday, 8 to 11 a.m., and 3 to 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • June 21 through Labor Day

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Sept. 3 to Nov. 1

Monday through Friday, 8 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Tennis Court Fees

Monday to Friday until 5 p.m. – $9 per hour; after 5 p.m. – $11 per hour

Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays – $11 per hour

  • Pickleball Fees (Colonial Park Only)

Monday through Friday before 5 p.m. – $5 per hour, after 5 p.m. – $6 per hour

Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays – $6 per hour

To reserve a tennis court at the Green Knoll Tennis center, call 908-722-1200, ext. 5021, and to reserve a court at Colonial Park, call 908-722-1200, ext. 5473. Individuals with hearing impairments can use the Relay Service at 711.

Green Knoll Tennis Center Offers Tennis Lessons

The Green Knoll Tennis Center offers private tennis lessons all year and summer group lessons for people of all ages and abilities.

To register for private lessons, contact Stephen Dahl at sdahl@scparks.org. To register for summer group lessons, visit somersetcountyparks.org.

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

About the Somerset County Park Commission

The Somerset County 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.

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