Somerset County Urges Residents Not to Place Batteries in Recycling Collection Container

Somerset County Urges Residents Not to Place Batteries in Recycling Collection Containers

Batteries, Particularly Lithium Batteries, Have Caused Repeated Fires in County Recycling Vehicles and Storage Areas

Residents can bring lithium and rechargeable batteries to the Hazardous Waste Drop Off events.

Post Date: 03/20/2024 12:48 PM
Hillsborough, NJ – Somerset County remind all residents that batteries should never be added to the bi-weekly recycling containers for collection. Batteries, and especially lithium and rechargeable batteries, have and continue to result in dangerous fires in the trucks and recycling center causing significant damage and potential injury risk.

When fires occur due to improperly disposed of batteries and other materials, Recycling staff must dump the contents of the vehicle and put the fire out as quickly and safely as possible.

Somerset County residents can bring lithium and rechargeable batteries to scheduled Hazardous Waste drop offs at various locations. The following events are available in 2024:

  •  April 20: Warren Township Public Works Garage
  • 1 Bardy Road, Warren 07059
  • June 15: South County Public Works Garage
    410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough 08844
  • September 14: Branchburg Township Public Works Garage
    34 Kenbury Road | Branchburg 08876
  • October 19: South County Public Works Garage
    410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough 08844

Household batteries (AA, AAA, D, C and 9 volt) may be disposed of in the regular trash and picked up by municipal or private haulers.

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County to Host Free Document Shredding Event on March 23

‘Operation Secure Shred’ Helps Protect Residents Against Identity Theft

The event is open rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are full.

Post Date: 03/20/2024 10:26 AM

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Help guard against identity theft by bringing personal documents to “Operation Secure Shred.” Residents can take advantage of this FREE, easy and secure way to dispose of personal documents on Saturday, March 23, at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, South County Facility located 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
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.

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-Operated Senior Wellness Centers Offer Exciting Activities in April

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

March 13, 2024

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

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Connect with others at any of the six Somerset County-operated senior wellness centers, which 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.

 

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 are invited to use the computers at their leisure.

Geri-Fit with Connie Ledder – Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 a.m. (April 29 – July 22). 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. The next sessions begin Monday, April 29, and Wednesday, May 1.**

 

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

Stronger Seniors: Stretch – Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Join this simple 45-minute prerecorded 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., (March 27 – May 15), & Fridays, 1 p.m. (March 29 – May 17). 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. The next sessions run on Wednesdays ( May 29 – July 17) & Fridays (May 31 – July 19). Preregistration is required. For more information and to preregister, call 908-204-3435.**

 

(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.**

 

Take Control with Exercise – Tuesdays &Thursdays at 10 a.m. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility and balance while boosting stamina during this gentle exercise program that is presented in a 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 members on April 17 to discuss “Belgravia” by Julian Fellows who is also the author of the “Downton Abbey” series.

April 1, 11 a.m. – April Fools Music Fun with Tommy Strazza. Join Tommy for a fun April Fool’s Day musical performance featuring fool-themed songs, such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” and more.

April 2, 11 a.m. – “Eating for Cancer Prevention” with Cecilia Gomez, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Learn how healthy eating may help prevent cancer and find out how various foods may increase or decrease the risk of cancer, as well as what lifestyle habits can improve one’s overall health.

April 3, 11 a.m. – April-Themed Trivia with Roberto. Play this fun-fact trivia game of pop culture, science, geography, and historic events that happened in April.

April 4, 11 a.m. – “Make Time for Your Mammogram” with Daisy Pelaez-Diaz from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. Learn about the importance of getting an annual mammogram for early breast cancer detection in this engaging educational webinar. **Participants will receive educational giveaways.**

April 5 & 22, 11 a.m. – Table Games. Join fellow game lovers to play Po-Ke-No, Left-Center-Right Dice Game, Scrabble, Dominoes, and other games to have fun. **Volunteers will teach participants how to play.**


April 8, 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.

April 10, 10 a.m. – Greeting Cards with Jerry. Learn how to craft beautiful, customized spring cards with Jerry’s assistance. **All supplies provided. Preregistration required. For more information, call 908-204-3435.**

April 12, 11 a.m.  Bingo. Partake 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.


April 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.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, screenings can be used as a baseline for people who experience hearing loss in the future. **Preregistration required. For more information and to register, call 908-204-3435.**

April 16, 11 a.m. – “All About Nuts” with Mikaela Kane, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Learn all about nuts, the tasty nutritional powerhouses that are packed with protein and vitamins.

 

April 17, 10:30 a.m. – Floral Arranging with the Bernardsville Garden ClubCreate a beautiful springtime floral arrangement with step-by-step instructions. **Preregistration is required. For more information and to register, call 908-204-3435.**

April 19, 11 a.m. – Bollywood Performance with Regi and Binu, Grace Musical Events. Enjoy this exotic solo and duet performance of popular Bollywood songs.

April 23, 11 a.m. – “Wildflowers in My Garden” with Krista, Somerset County Park Commission. 
Learn about various wildflowers including what is the best type for planting in the garden and which ones will support insect pollination.


April 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Health Screenings with Patty Kerrigan, R.N., Community Visiting Nurse Association
Get a free blood pressure screening.

April 24, 11 a.m. – “Jump Start Your Garden Indoors” with Rutgers Master Gardeners. Learn how to jump-start an indoor garden and find out about the benefits of indoor seed starting. Participants will also learn what materials are needed, how to select seeds and when to plant seeds, how to manage seedling growth, and what to do before transitioning young plants from indoor to outdoor gardens.

April 25, 11 a.m. – Volunteer Appreciation Day with Christopher Doughty. In honor of the senior wellness center volunteers, Chris Doughty will give a wonderful instrumental and vocal performance. His rustic baritone voice will accompany music while he is playing classic guitar, jazz banjo, and piano arrangements of hit songs as he serenades the volunteers so everyone can sing along.

April 26, 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.

April 29, 11 a.m. – Billiards Fun with Roberto. Learn how to play billiards. **No experience is necessary, new learners are welcome.**

April 30, 11 a.m. – Spring Photo Collage Creation and Discussion with Roberto. Create beautiful, personalized spring photo collages by using pictures from magazines that evoke personal meaning and/or copies of pictures from home. After completion, the group will discuss their creations. **All supplies will be provided except copies of photos.**


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 either have or are at risk for osteoporosis. **The current sessions are full. 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.**

 

Qigong Practices with Michael – Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – Learn the traditional practice of Qigong (similar to Tai Chi) is a sitting meditation that teaches participants to get acquainted with their minds, bodies, and spirits. Beginners will learn techniques to coordinate their breathing with movements while practicing exercises until each movement and posture is perfected.

Walking Club – Mondays 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.**This club will meet when the weather permits. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes.**

Chair Yoga with Jane Puckett– Mondays, 1 p.m. (March 18 to May 6) Learn how to improve mood, lung, and heart health to feel stronger by practicing seated yoga exercises. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. Preregistration is required. For more information and to register, call 908-204-3435.**

(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 908-203-6101.**

 

(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.

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 – 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.

  • Beginners Group – Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Advanced Players – Wednesdays, 1 – 4 p.m., Fridays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

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

Monthly Book Club with Nan – April 18, 10 a.m. Join fellow book club members to discuss “7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” by Stuart Turton. **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. **This exercise 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!**Players from previous Ukulele Bootcamp sessions are welcome to participate. No previous musical training or experience is necessary. There are a limited number of ukuleles available to borrow, so newcomers will be the first to receive a loaner. The class size is limited. Preregistration is required. To register and request to 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. **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. For more information, call 908-203-6101.**

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

April 1, 11 a.m. – “Living with Low Vision” presented by Elsa Zavoda, Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey. Learn about low vision and how it can impact a person’s ability to function. The presentation will also include information about simple, inexpensive adaptive devices and the strategies available to help people with low vision function more independently in their homes as well as tips for home safety and fall prevention.

April 2, 11 a.m. – Positive Postcards CraftDecorate postcards with an inspiring message using watercolors. **All supplies will be provided. Register to reserve a spot.**

April 3, 11 a.m. – Minute to Win It with the Somerset County Youth Council. Complete a task in 60 seconds in this sometimes silly, sometimes challenging, intergenerational high-speed game, which is always fun!

April 4, 5, 8, 11, 19, 22, 26, 29, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Blood Pressure Checks. Get free blood pressure screenings from Rutgers School of Nursing students.

 

April 4, 11 a.m. – “Oral Hygiene,” with Lyndsay Devereaux, Aspen Dental. Learn how to protect the health of teeth and gums and the importance of oral hygiene to help prevent gum disease.

April 4, 18, 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.

 

April 5, 11 a.m. – Framed Glass Artwork with Audrey Taffet, Oasis Senior Advisors. Create one-of-a-kind, bright, and lovely framed artwork. **All supplies to be provided. All levels of skills are welcome. To register, call 908-203-6101.**

 

April 8, 11 a.m. – Pieced Together Quilters with Patsy Chowanski, Pieced Together Quilters Club. Learn about quilting including the history of quilting, which dates back as far as ancient Egypt, but is still an evolving art form. Participants will also learn about intricate quilting designs, and how to begin the quilting process.

 

April 9 & 29, 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.

April 9 & 23, 10 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.**

 

April 10, 11 a.m. – “Make Time for Your Mammogram” with Daisy Pelaez-Diaz, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. Learn about breast cancer and the importance of getting an annual mammogram in this interesting educational webinar. **Participants will receive educational giveaways.**

 

April 11, 11 a.m. – “All About Nuts” with Mikaela Kane, Rutgers Cooperative ExtensionLearn all about nuts, the tasty nutritional powerhouses that are packed with protein and vitamins.

April 11, 25, 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.**

April 12, 11 a.m. – “Aging and Medications” with Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater Client and Retired Pharmacist, Jan Lo. Learn how to monitor your reaction to medication, how to take medicine, 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.

April 15, 11 a.m. – Scrabble & Word Games. Celebrate Nation Scrabble Day (April 13) and play the classic word game Scrabble.

April 16, 11 a.m. – “Proton Therapy” with Clinical Educator Jerry Rymar, ProCure Proton Therapy Center. Get an overview of proton therapy, which is an advanced form of radiation cancer treatment that can help prostate, breast, and lung cancers. In this informative class, participants will learn about the science and clinical benefits of proton therapy.

April 17, 10 – 11:15 a.m. Blood Pressure Checks. Get a free blood pressure screening from a Somerset County Vo-Tech nursing student. **No appointment is necessary.**

April 17, 11 a.m. – Drumming in Spring with Dave Miller, EarthMovers Drum Collective. Learn how to hold a drum and make different tones while soothing the mind, body, and spirit. This class will offer a holistic drumming experience that will incite self-expression and a sense of joy. Drumming has been used as an ancient method for healing that has withstood the test of time by providing participants with health benefits, such as deep relaxation, lower blood pressure, stress reduction, and socialization.

April 18, 11 a.m. – Seniors, Stay in Shape with Connor Stevenson, DPT, JAG PT. Learn about the best exercises for aging adults to stay healthy.

April 19 & 26, 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.

April 22, 11 a.m. – Plant a Tree for Arbor Day Craft. Celebrate all things nature by decorating pots and planting pine tree seedlings in the pots. **Registration is recommended. All materials will be provided.**

 

April 23, 11 a.m. – Games and Trivia Challenge with Raritan Valley UNICO. Play Extreme Pick Up Sticks and Trivia Challenge in this exciting game session. **Winners will receive prizes.**

April 24, 11 a.m. – “Natural Aging vs. Dementia” with Andi Knoble, CADDCT, CALA, CDP, Residence at Basking Ridge. Learn about dementia and how to identify the signs and symptoms of aging.

April 25, 10:30 a.m. – Volunteer Appreciation Celebration with The PettetsCelebrate the people who make a difference in our lives – the senior wellness center volunteers. Sing along and dance to a wonderful performance by The Pettets.

April 30, 11 a.m. – Mexican Bark Painting Craft. Create a simple Mexican Bark Painting (using brown paper) in honor of Cinco De Mayo, a holiday that celebrates Mexican culture. **Registration is recommended. All supplies will be Supplies are provided.**

SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT HILLSBOROUGH

339 South Branch Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

908-369-8700

 

Judgment Card Game – Mondays – Fridays, 1 p.m. Play this fun card game to challenge one’s cognitive abilities. This game is a crowd-pleaser at the center.


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. **There is no program on April 3.**

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. In this class, the instructor will teach participants 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. **

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.**

Tai Chi Exercises – Fridays, 10 a.m. – Reduce pain, fatigue, and stiffness, decrease the risk for falls, and gain a greater sense of well-being when practicing Tai Chi. In this class, participants focus on shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. **This program can be practiced while standing or sitting.**


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.

April 1, 11 a.m. – “Make Time for Your Mammogram” with Daisy Pelaez-Diaz, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. Learn about breast cancer in this interesting educational webinar and find out why it is important to get an annual mammogram. **Participants will receive educational giveaways.**

April 2, 10 a.m. – “How to Avoid Scams” with Audrey Taffet, Oasis Advisor. Learn how to identify scammers and stop their greedy games. Financial scams are on the rise, and getting more sophisticated, and often the aging population is the target.

April 3, 9:30 – 11 a.m. – YMCA Togetherhood Program. Teach high school students the game Rummikub and the card game Judgement. In turn, the students will teach senior wellness center members how to use their phones. Don’t miss this win-win experience.

April 4, 11 a.m. – Casino Day with Caitlyn Campbell, Foothill AcresTake part in the excitement of playing a slot machine, the challenge of poker, and the thrill of roulette. At this event, participants will get a Las Vegas experience without going to a casino.

April 4, 18, 10 a.m. – Simply Seated with Curtis AdamsGain strength, energy, and a positive mood by practicing chair exercises during this video presentation.

April 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.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 required. To register and for more information, call 908-369-8700.**

April 8, 11 a.m. – Bingo with Alyssa Rudic, Alvida Home Care. Partake in a friendly competition and play Bingo, which is more than just 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.

April 11, 10 a.m. – Vitality: Cardio Boxing Series with Curtis Adams. Take part in exciting and easy-to-follow exercises for older adults in this video presentation. Curtis will demonstrate exercise while standing and sitting.

April 11, 18, 25, 11 a.m. – Line Dancing with Janet. Join other senior center members to learn a variety of fun and popular line dances such as “Cotton Eyed Joe,” “Tush Push,” and “CeCe Shuffle.”

April 12, 11 a.m. – “Garden Favorites that Deer (Almost) Never Eat” with Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County. Learn strategies for making a yard less attractive to deer including greenery that will send them next door to graze.

April 15, 11 a.m. – Healthy Sleeping Habits with Health Educator Tiffany Neal, Hillsborough Department of Health. Learn the benefits of sleep, find out how to overcome obstacles to a good night’s sleep, and discover helpful tips to get more rest.

April 16, 10 a.m. – “Eating for Cancer Prevention” with Cecilia Gomez, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Learn how healthy eating may help prevent cancer and find out how various foods may increase or decrease the risk of cancer, as well as what lifestyle habits can improve one’s overall health.

April 19, 11 a.m. – “Celebrating International Jazz Month” with Sanford Josephson, Jersey Jazz Magazine. Learn all about international jazz stars.

April 22, 11 a.m. – Headbands with Doretha. Join other senior wellness center members to play this fun card game that uses headbands and guesswork.

April 25, 10 a.m. – Volunteer Appreciation Event with John Sudia. Celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month because volunteers make a big difference in the lives of our senior wellness center members. John Sudia will provide a wonderful musical performance to honor the volunteers.

April 25, 1 p.m. – Crafting with Tammy. Learn how to make a beautiful floral table decoration in preparation for spring. **All supplies will be provided.**

April 26, 11 a.m. – “Heads Up Seniors!: A Fall Prevention Presentation” with Debbie Aidelman, Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. Learn fall prevention strategies and pedestrian safety. Participants will receive a Home and Community Safety Checklist.

April 29, 11 a.m. – Minute to Win It with Gwen, Somerset County Park Commission. Complete a task in 60 seconds in this sometimes silly, sometimes challenging, intergenerational high-speed game, which is always fun!


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, 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 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 conducted live at the center by an instructor. A yoga chair video will be presented on April 2 & 30.**

(Hybrid) Fit & Flex with Rose – Tuesdays, 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 teaches proper breathing and positioning. **There will be no class on April 23. The program will be presented simultaneously live with an instructor at the senior wellness center and via Zoom.**

Nia Melt with Alida Westfield – Mondays, 11 a.m. Eliminate pain and stress that’s “stuck” in the body by releasing it from the joints where it is trapped. In this structured class that was designed specifically for seniors, participants will perform Nia exercises that combine movement, mindfulness, and connection and MELT exercises that involve a lightweight series of full-body exercises. Participants will stand or sit while practicing 15-20 minutes of non-impact Nia movements that will stimulate HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) a practice known to burn fat, and they will also perform MELT exercises.

 

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. **Participants can practice these exercises while either standing or sitting.**

 

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. **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. A line dancing video will be used on April 4 and there will be no class on April 25.**

 

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.**For more information, call Denise Crowley at 609-466-0846.**

 

Advanced Beginner Ukulele Lessons with Denise – Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. Hone the skills you have learned in the last class, such as basic chords and strumming techniques, then 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. There will be no class on April 25.**

 

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.**

 

Card Club, Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. Enjoy a nice time playing card games with friends. **There will be no club on April 1, 15, 25, 29.**

 

Walking Club – Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. Join fellow senior wellness center members and walk in the gym for exercise, which can improve one’s balance, mood, memory, and sleep. **Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. There will be no club on April 25.**

 

(Hybrid) Gentle Aerobics with Lisa & Caitlin – 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 decrease the risk of falls and make it easier to accomplish day-to-day activities. **This class will be presented live in person and via Zoom. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. The class is open to all skill levels.**

April 1, 15, 29, 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.

April 3, 11 a.m. – Art 101 (Part 1) with Barbara Yaney, B. Yaney Design, LLC. Learn how to draw in three easy, fun-filled classes. In Part 1, participants will learn the foundation of drawing by learning about rhythm and drawing outlines, geometric shapes, scribbling, continuous lines, and illustrative sketching.

April 4, 18, 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.**

April 10, 24, 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.**

April 11, 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.**

April 11, 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. **

 

April 12, 11 a.m. – Raritan Valley Dance EnsembleEnjoy a creative performance with original and communicative dances created by the RVCC faculty, students, and guest artists. Participants will appreciate the wide range of music and sound that will accompany the performance. **There will be a Q&A session at the end of the performance.**

April 17, 11 a.m. – Art 101 (Part 2) with Barbara Yaney, B. Yaney Design, LLC. Learn value and modeling in drawing by using charcoal and pencil to create black-and-white contrast for dark-to-light effect.

April 23, 11 a.m. – “Let’s Go Nuts” presentation by Shailja Mathur, M.S., M.Ed., RDN, Assistant Professor/FCHS Educator. Learn all about the health benefits of nuts and find out how to incorporate these plant-based proteins into a healthy diet.

April 25, 10:15 a.m. – Volunteer Appreciation 2024 with Andrew LobbyHonor the senior wellness center volunteers with Andrew Lobby and enjoy a wonderful sing-along performance to celebrate how the volunteers make a big difference in our lives.

April 26, 11 a.m. – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Certified Ageless Grace Educator Roz GerkenActivate all five functions of the brain when participating in this program, such as 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.**

QUAIL BROOK SENIOR CENTER
625 New Brunswick Road
Somerset, NJ 08873
732-563-4213

Bingocize with Deborah – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., March 5 to May 9. Gain health benefits by participating in this 10-week program that combines the game of Bingo with exercise and health education. Participants will improve their lower and upper body strength, as well as their gait, balance, range of motion, cognition, and increase their knowledge of important health topics. **Preregistration is required. To preregister, call 732-563-4213.**

Take Control with Exercise Video – Fridays (April 5, 12, 19, 26), 11 a.m. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility and balance while boosting stamina during this gentle exercise program, which is presented in video format. **Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. There is no fee for these classes.**

Geri-Fit with Karen – Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. (The next session begins on April 17 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.**

 

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.**

 

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.**

(Hybrid) Your Essence of Yoga with Raj Gupta, North American Vihangam Yoga – Fridays, 1 p.m. Learn about signal paths and how to find your essence.

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, 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 – 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. **This program can be practiced while standing or sitting.**

Poetry Club with Gregory – Thursdays, 11 a.m. Enjoy this engaging discussion about poetry.

**Poetry will be provided at the meeting. Reading is not required before the meetings, and knowledge of poetry is not necessary. There will be no class on April 25. **

April 1, 11 a.m. – “Health in Motion: The Benefits of Staying Active” with Alfred Raccuia, DPT, JAG PT. Learn healthy habits to stay active and live your best life.

April 1 and 15, 1 p.m. – Art Craft and Knitting with Patrick. 
Create a variety of art crafts including knitting. **All supplies will be provided.**

April 2, 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.

April 8, 11 a.m. – Casino Day with Gwen Leubner, Somerset County Park Commission. Bring a lucky charm to play games of chance.

 

April 8 and 22, 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.**

April 9, 11 a.m. – Move More, Feel Better – Exercise and Stretching for Vitality with Patricia Chiorello, Spring HillsDiscover how simple exercise and stretching can boost one’s energy, strength, and independence. Learn how to stay active safely and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

April 15, 11 a.m. – “Make Time for Your Mammogram” with Daisy Pelaez-Diaz, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital SomersetJoin other senior wellness center members for an engaging educational webinar to learn about breast cancer and the importance of getting an annual mammogram. **Participants will receive educational giveaways.**

April 16, 11 a.m. – Chair Yoga with Alyssa Rudic, Alvita Care. Move, breathe, and learn chair yoga with a certified yoga instructor who is passionate about yoga. This class is for EVERYbody.

April 22, 11 a.m. – Corn Hole GameHave fun throwing bean bags into cornhole targets. This is a great way to improve one’s coordination and mental concentration.

April 23, 11 a.m. – “Slip and Fall Prevention” with Dante Searcy, DPT, JAG Physical TherapyLearn about common hazards contributing to accidents, get fall prevention tips, and find out about home modifications to help reduce the risk of falls.

April 25, 11 a.m. – Volunteer Recognition with Joshua Van Ness.
 Celebrate the senior wellness center’s volunteers who help improve the lives of many by providing their services and friendship. Enjoy this wonderful performance, sing along, and take the time to personally thank a volunteer.


April 29, 11 a.m. – “Eating for Cancer Prevention” with Cecilia Gomez, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. 
Learn how healthy eating may help prevent cancer and find out how various foods may increase or decrease the risk of cancer, as well as what lifestyle habits can improve one’s overall health.

April 29, 1 p.m. – Bingo with Anna. Take part in a friendly competition and play Bingo, which is more than just 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.

April 30, 11 a.m. – Karaoke with Crystal. Join fellow singers 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 similar to 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 a puzzle. 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 – Monday & Wednesday, 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 to maintain a 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 (March 19 to May 7) and Fridays (April 12 to May 31). Get your blood pumping with zesty music and a hearty workout. 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. The next sessions are Tuesdays, May 14 – July 2, and Fridays, June 7 – July 26. 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 bridge 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. (March 26 to May 14) & Thursdays, 10 a.m. (March 28 to May 16)Practice 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 levels. The next sessions begin on Tuesdays, May 28 – July 16, and Thursdays, May 30 – July 18. To preregister for the next session or for more information, call 908-753-9440.**

 

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.

 

April 1, 11 a.m. – April Fools Bingo with Bob. Join fellow senior wellness center members 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.

 

April 3, 11 a.m. – “Downsizing for Seniors” presentation by George Pizzo, Caring Transitions. Learn tips for preparing to downsize, find out how to create a decluttering checklist, and discover how to stay sane when making a change.

 

April 4, 11 a.m. – Junk Drawer Detective with Parul. Do some sleuthing and play Junk Drawer Detective, which is an intriguing mystery–solving game where players explore the chaotic realm of a forgotten drawer. Participants will unravel puzzles, decipher cryptic clues, and piece together the scattered remnants of everyday items to solve mysteries. This is an immersive game with hidden object challenges and brain-teasing puzzles. Players will have fun unlocking the secrets hidden within the eclectic contents of a junk drawer.

April 5, 11 a.m. – Mini Gardening with Hirey Molligoda, Assisting Hands Home Care. Take part in a delightful indoor gardening activity. First decorate eggshells using markers, googly eyes, and hair (colored wool). Then add soil and plant seeds in the eggshells. **All supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required. To register and for more information, call 908)-753-9440.**

 

April 8, 11 a.m. – TV Show Theme Song Sing-AlongTake a musical journey from the 1960s through the 1990s with the Warrenbrook Senior Musicians and sing along to TV show theme songs. **Words to music will be provided.**

(Virtual) April 9, 1:30 p.m. – Monthly Book Club, Meets Every Second Tuesday of the month. Join fellow book club members to discuss the book of the month and select the next book to read. **This book club is only for Warrenbrook Senior Wellness Center participants. New Warenbrook members are always welcome!**

 

April 10, 11 a.m. – “Gotcha! Avoiding Scams” with Terry, Anton Expert HandwritingPrevent scammers from taking your money and valuables and find out how they scam through in-person visits, phone calls, the post office, and technology. In this session, participants will also learn how to identify scammers and their methods to keep them safe from con artists.

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

 

April 12, 11 a.m. – Around the World On A Paper Plane Craft. Celebrate the International Day of Human Space Flight and make a paper plane, participate in a paper plane flying competition.

April 12, 1 p.m.  Space Trivia. Take an astronomy quiz for fun.

 

April 15, 11 a.m. – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Certified Ageless Grace EducatorActivate 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.**

 

April 15 and 29, 1 p.m. – Drum Circle with Anil Sachdeva. Soothe the mind, body, and spirit in this drumming circle. This is a holistic experience that leaves participants feeling a sense of joy! This ancient approach to healing incites self-expression, and deep relaxation, as well as lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and opens communication. Anil will teach participants how to hold a drum and make different tones.

 

April 17, 11 a.m. – “Let’s Go Nuts” with Jennifer Korneski, M.P.H., Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County. Learn all about the health benefits of nuts, little powerhouses that pack a lot of protein in one punch and find out how to incorporate this plant-based protein into a healthy diet.

 

April 18, 11 a.m. – “Plants: Earth’s Silent Rulers.” Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by watching “Plants: Earth’s Silent Rulers,” a fascinating video that will unravel the mysteries of plants – one of the oldest forms of life on Earth. Learn how plants have evolved by adopting aggressive strategies for survival. Find out why these “quiet rulers” are the foundation of the global ecology, and the spring from which all life flows.

April 18, 1 p.m.  Tree Trivia. Test your knowledge by taking an “All About Trees” and “Trees of the World” quiz for fun.

April 19 & 26  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.

April 22, 11 a.m. – Bingo with Bob. Join senior wellness center volunteer, Bob, 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.

 

April 22, 1 p.m. – Breathing Techniques for Mental Wellness Meditation by Dr. Prabha SrinivasLearn useful techniques to distract the mind and induce calm during an episode of anxiety. These techniques can be practiced regularly to calm and regulate the nervous system and these techniques will also help to identify situations that may trigger anxiety.

April 24, 11 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.

 

April 25, 11 a.m. – Volunteer Appreciation Event with Kenneth Kuehl. Celebrate the senior wellness center volunteers on this special occasion when they will be acknowledged for their selfless efforts through gratitude speeches, certificates of appreciation, and a musical performance. This is a great time to personally thank a volunteer.

 

April 26, 11 a.m. – Mini Gardening with Hirey Molligoda, Assisting Hands Home Care. Take part in a delightful indoor gardening activity. First decorate eggshells using markers, googly eyes, and hair (colored wool). Then add soil and plant seeds in the eggshells. **All supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required. To register and for more information, call 908)-753-9440.**

 

April 29, 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 required. To register and for more information, call 908-753-9440.**

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Somerset County Park Commission Offers Exciting New Spring Nature Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 12, 2024

Somerset County Park Commission Offers Exciting New Spring Nature Programs

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Enroll in new and exciting Naturalist-led spring programs sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission. The spring programs, never offered before, include book discussions, birding, strolling through gardens, nature outings, and more. Preregistration is required for all programs. Online registration is currently open. Click here for a complete list of programs.

Register for any of the upcoming programs to have fun and connect with nature. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spending time outdoors provides participants with the opportunity to be physically active, improve their mental health, and reduces stress.

 

New Spring Programs

 

Saturday Bird Walk & Talk – Saturday, April 6,13, 20 and 27, 7 to 10 a.m. Birding enthusiasts, nature lovers and everyone else can spend their Saturday morning at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) looking for migrant birds such as cardinals, goldfinches, woodpeckers, and more while discussing interesting birding topics. Each Saturday there will be a different birding-themed topic, such as habitats, migration, warblers and more. This program is appropriate for adults. The cost is $21 per adult and $18 per senior citizen. Activity Number: 51965.

 

Snack & Chat: A Book Discussion – Thursday, April 25, 2 to 3 p.m. Enjoy a snack while discussing “An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us,” by Pulitzer Prize winner Ed Young. Read the entire book or just a few sections, which will transform the way you perceive the world. The discussion will be led by a Naturalist. Participants will meet at the EEC. This is a free program and is appropriate for adults. Activity Number: 51965.

Birding the D&R Canal at Colonial Park – Wednesday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Enjoy walking along the D&R Canal near calming water, away from traffic, while connecting with nature and searching for warblers, vireos, waterfowl, and other early-season migrants. This program is appropriate for adults. Participants will meet in Parking Lot F at Colonial Park. The cost is $25 per adult and $20 per senior citizen. Activity Number: 51967.

 

Sayen House and Strolling Garden – Wednesday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walk with Naturalists on a trip full of gorgeous spring blooms. Enjoy seeing a beautiful collection of azaleas and rhododendrons at Hamilton Square where there are thousands of bulbs and blooming dogwoods. Bring a picnic lunch and drinks. This program is appropriate for adults. Participants will meet at the EEC where transportation will be provided to Hamilton Square. The cost is $45 per adult and $35 per senior citizen. Activity Number: 51894.

Sunangels – Friday, June 14, 7 to 8 p.m. Learn about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, also known as Sunangels, in this interesting program at the EEC where participants will learn facts about these tiny precision-flying hummingbirds. Participants also will find out how to attract hummingbirds to their yard, what kind of food hummingbirds eat, and see fun photos and videos of a variety of other hummingbird species. This program is appropriate for adults. The cost is $7 per adult and $6 per senior citizen. Activity Number: 51966.

Registration

Preregistration is required for all programs. Online registration is currently open. Registration closes 24 hours before the start of a program. Enrollment may be open after the registration deadline if the class is not full. For more information, call 908-722-1200, ext. 5002.

Age Requirements

Adult programs are for participants ages 18 years and above. Children under the age of 15 years must be accompanied by a registered adult in programs for “all ages.”

Clothing

Weather-appropriate clothing is required. Participants should wear waterproof boots for all outdoor in-person programs.

For more information, call 908-722-1200 ext. 5002, or visit www.somersetcountyparks.org.

The Somerset County Park Commission’s Mission Statement

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.

 

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Free Aging Well Expo

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

March 7, 2024

Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services to Host

Free Aging Well Expo

 Resources, Health Screenings, & Demonstrations Available

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset County’s free Aging Well Expo will be an energizing and fun day with educational discussions, interactive demonstrations, and preventative healthcare screenings. The event will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater, 876 East Main St., Bridgewater. Admission is free.

“The goal of the Aging Well Expo is to help individuals overcome obstacles to healthy aging by connecting them to valuable resources,” said Commissioner Paul M. Drake. “Aging residents, their families, and caregivers won’t want to miss out on this dynamic event where attendees will have access to a variety of resources and opportunities to help older adults stay engaged and active in their communities.”

The Aging Well Expo will provide resources to help older adults connect to local resources such as senior wellness centers and transportation, so aging individuals can create meaningful relationships and overcome obstacles for healthy aging. Volunteer opportunities, interactive workshops, yoga sessions, and social clubs are just a few examples of what to expect at the Expo. There will also be live music, entertainment, door prizes and giveaways.

The Expo will be taking place in May in recognition of Older Americans Month and the county’s Age-Friendly Communities initiative. The theme for 2024 national Older American’s Month is “Powered by Connection,” which recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on a person’s health and well-being. Expo resources, materials, demonstrations, and workshops will help create an awareness of the vital role that being connected plays in supporting independence and aging-in-place by combatting isolation, loneliness, and other issues.

Demonstration and Workshop Participation Guidelines

Attendees who will be participating in workshops and demonstrations will be asked for information. For more about workshop and demonstration participation, click here or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us starting May 1.

Free Transportation and Parking

Free parking is available at the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater and next door at the Adult Day Center. There will be free shuttle services to pick up residents at their homes. To use the shuttle services, residents must register by Friday, May 3, 2024.

To register for shuttle service, and for more information call the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services at 908-704-6346 or email officeaging@co.somerset.nj.us.

About the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services

The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services AAA/ADRC helps aging adults, those with disabilities, and their caregivers have access to information, support, and long-term services.

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Somerset County to Be Featured on Travels with Darley on PBS Stations

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

March 7, 2024

Somerset County to Be Featured on Travels with Darley on PBS Stations

Public Invited to Meet Darley and Preview Episode March 19th in Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Public Television Series Travels with Darley visited Central Jersey last summer to film three special episodes called Travels with Darley: Revolutionary Road Trips, including an episode (Part III) that features historic sites and restaurants in Somerset County. The public is invited to a sneak preview of the episode featuring Somerset County on Tuesday March 19 at 5pm at Flounder Brewing in Hillsborough, one of several local businesses featured in the show. Program host Darley Newman will participate in person, including in a panel discussion after the screening.

“Somerset’s Board of County Commissioners is incredibly proud of our Revolutionary history, and we believe it will become a major driver of tourism and economic development as we approach the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026,” said Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson.

Following a showing of the 25-minute episode, a barstool panel discussion will feature four women who appear in the Somerset County episode, including:

  • Program host Darley Newman
  • Somerset County Administrator Colleen Mahr
  • Historian Dr. Iris de Rode
  • Downtown Somerville Alliance director Natalie Pineiro

The special preview event is being jointly sponsored by the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners and the Somerset County Business Partnership. The venue, Flounder Brewing, is in a restored Revolutionary-era Dutch barn that is featured in the Travels with Darley episode.

The new “Travels with Darley: Revolutionary Road Trip Part III” episode begins in Somerville, where Darley meets historian Iris de Rode at the Wallace House, where George Washington spent a winter during the Revolutionary War. Darley and Dr. de Rode then explore History on the Green, an annual event in Somerville consisting of art, music, literature, and reenactments. Darley sets off from the Green to tour downtown with Natalie Pineiro with the Downtown Somerville Alliance. They pop into the family-owned Boulevard Seafood for lunch. Darley reunites with Dr. de Rode at a French restaurant, Verve, across the Green to toast history, followed by a visit to Flounder Brewing. The episode also includes visits to Revolutionary sites in nearby Middlesex County.

“Who doesn’t want to toast history with a pint in a pre-Revolutionary barn while learning about great places to travel and soak in the past in New Jersey,” said Darley Newman. “I’m excited to participate in this screening and share some of what happened behind the scenes.”

Attending the preview event at Flounder is free, but advance registration is required due to limited space. To register, sign up on the Somerset County Business Partnership’s website.

The Somerset County episode premieres on television on Wednesday, March 20 at 8:30pm and Sunday, April 7th at 12:30pm. You can watch NJ PBS locally on Verizon Fios, channel 23 or 523; on Comcast, channel 23 or 800, on Spectrum on channel 23 or 723.  Visit www.njpbs.org/anywhere to find more information on watching elsewhere, including on your favorite apps.

Somerset County is making significant plans to prepare for the 250th anniversary of the nation in 2026, having announced a 5-point plan last October, including the purchase of the Battle of Bound Brook battlefield in partnership with Middlesex County.

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Learn more about “Travels with Darley” and Season 11 at Darley-Newman.com and search for the new “Travels with Darley” podcast on iHeart, Apple, Spotify and wherever you listen to podcasts. Follow Darley for travel tips on social @darleynewman and on Facebook @TravelswithDarley.

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County-Operated Senior Wellness Centers Need Volunteer Instructors for Health, Wellness, and Educational Classes

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

March 6, 2024

 

County-Operated Senior Wellness Centers Need Volunteer Instructors for Health, Wellness, and Educational Classes

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Volunteer as an instructor at any of the six Somerset County-operated senior wellness centers and have the opportunity to teach fitness programs, craft groups, music lessons, educational classes and more. Programs occur Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will receive free training and materials.

Why volunteer? Studies have shown that individuals gain joy and fulfillment when volunteering their time and talent. According to the American Presidency Project, volunteers establish strong ties with their communities, develop new skills, and make valuable social and professional connections.

There are multiple volunteer opportunities involving evidenced-based programs that have been tested and proven to provide health benefits for the aging population including:

  • Bingocize – a wellness program that combines the game of Bingo with information about fitness and nutrition.
  • Geri-Fit – a health and exercise program that helps participants rebuild their strength through the use of light weights.
  • Tai Chi – a Chinese martial arts system of exercise that provides strength training through very slow controlled movements.
  • Walk Well with Ease – a walking program to help improve mobility and one’s overall health.

 

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Clubs – lead games, poetry sessions, book and film discussions, and photography groups.
  • Craft groups – teach participants how to create seasonal decorations, paint pictures and more.
  • Educational classes – teach history, art, health, culture, and literature, computer and technology classes.
  • Gardening – discuss gardening topics and teach participants how to garden indoors and outdoors.
  • Line dancing for seniors or other types of dancing– teach participants how to line dance or lead other dance groups.
  • Music lessons – instructors will provide vocal and instrumental lessons.

 

Requirements for Volunteers

Volunteers must complete a criminal background check and fingerprinting before their start date. The county provides background checks and fingerprinting for free. Volunteers also need reliable transportation.

For more information, call Karen Z. Kowalski at 908-704-6327.

About the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability
Somerset County’s Office on Aging & Disability Services oversees all six county-operated senior wellness centers. The Agency is a designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), which is designed to streamline access to long-term care support services, health promotion, and education by linking seniors, their caregivers, and adults with disabilities to the programs and services needed to remain independent and active in their communities.

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Commission on Child Abuse & Missing Children to Sponsor Free Workshops ‘Know & Tell: Preventing, Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse’ on April 11

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

March 5, 2024

Commission on Child Abuse & Missing Children to Sponsor Free Workshops ‘Know & Tell: Preventing, Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse’ on April 11

BRANCHBURG, NJ – Learn how to identify and report child abuse from experts at the free workshop forum “Know & Tell: Preventing, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse.” Workshops will take place during Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month on Thursday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Event Center at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ, 08876. There will be a light breakfast available, and registration will be open at 8:30 a.m. Participants can receive Professional Development Certificates.

Workshops are appropriate for mental health professionals, law enforcement, and the public including parents, neighbors, caregivers and anyone who has an interest in protecting children in their community.

Expert presenters will lead dynamic and interactive workshops about creating a safe community for children, identifying and reporting child abuse, and understanding the legal roles and responsibilities when reporting child abuse. Presenters of the workshops are Communications and Outreach Director Olga Aramini of New Jersey Children’s Alliance (NJCA) and Child Advocacy Manager Melinda McCabe of the Special Victims Unit, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Workshop participants will also learn:

  • Legal definitions of neglect, and physical, psychological, and sexual abuse
  • Warning signs of child abuse
  • Mandatory child abuse reporting responsibilities according to New Jersey law
  • Steps for reporting child abuse on the Child Abuse Hotline
  • Barriers to reporting child abuse and how to overcome the barriers
  • Strategies for keeping children safe from online and in-person predators
  • How New Jersey’s Child Advocacy Centers, Multidisciplinary Teams, and other stakeholders work together to protect children

To preregister for the workshop, contact Luisa Hernandez at lhernandez@co.somerset.nj.us.

For more information, contact Community Planning Specialist Kristy Soriano at 908-704-6356 or ksoriano@co.somerset.nj.us.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month when communities around the nation come together to support families and children by educating communities about strategies, outreach programs, resources, activities and tools to help identify, prevent and protect children from neglect and abuse.

Sponsors of the Child Abuse Forum

Sponsors of this event include the Somerset County Commission of Child Abuse and Missing Children, the Somerset County Office of Youth Services, and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office in partnership with Raritan Valley Community College and the Safe Communities Coalition.

 

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Pruning Workshop Available at Leonard J. Buck Garden on March 22

Pruning Workshop Available at Leonard J. Buck Garden on March 22

The Somerset County Park Commission will host a Pruning Workshop on Friday, March 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Leonard J. Buck Garden, located at 11 Layton Road, Far Hills, NJ, 07931. In this class, participants will learn proper pruning techniques to maintain healthy trees and shrubs. The cost is $25. Register by March 21. To preregister, click here.

In this workshop, participants will learn basic pruning techniques from Leonard J. Buck Garden’s professional horticulturists. This program includes an indoor PowerPoint presentation and afterwards a hands-on presentation will be given outdoors in the garden.

To register, visit www.somersetcountyparks.org, or call 908-722-1200, ext. 5621.

Leonard J. Buck Garden

L.J. Buck Garden contains one of the only premier rock gardens in the eastern United States. The garden was developed in the late 1930s and has reached a breathtaking point of maturity consisting of alpines and woodlands situated in a 33-acre wooded-stream valley. Named after Mr. Leonard J. Buck, it was developed as part of  his estate in the 1930s and was donated to the Somerset County Park Commission by Mrs. Helen Buck in 1976.

 

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