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

February 21, 2024

Somerset County Senior Wellness Centers Offer Exciting Activities in March

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 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.

There will be no in-person or hybrid classes or programs on March 29 (Good Friday).

 

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. (Jan. 3 – April 1). Rebuild strength that’s been lost through the aging process in this class, which will help provide older adults with 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 (a total of 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: Stretch – Mondays & 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. **For more information, call 908-204-3435.**

 

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. For more information, call 908-204-3435.**

 

Chair Yoga with Jillian – Wednesdays & Fridays 1 p.m. 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 well-being. **The cost is $40 for the eight-week program. Preregistration is required.

To preregister or for more information, call 908-204-3435.**

  • Wednesdays, March 27 to May 15
  • Fridays, March 29 to May 17

 

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 presented in a video format. **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. **Bring exercise bands, if possible.**

Monthly Book Club – Every Third Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. Join fellow book club lovers on March 20 to discuss “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann.

March 1, 21, 11 a.m. – Table Games. Join fellow game lovers to play Pokeno, Left-Center-Right Dice Game, Scrabble, Dominoes, and other games and have fun. **Volunteers will teach participants how to play.**

March 4, 11 a.m. – “Alzheimer’s Awareness” presented by St. Rachel Ustanny, Alzheimer’s Association of New JerseyLearn about Alzheimer’s including early detection and ways to slow progression with brain games and music therapy.

March 5, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Smart Driver TEK presented by Bill Gilbert, AARP New Jersey. Bill Learn the newest car technologies for safe driving. **Preregistration is required. To preregister, call 908-204-3435.**

March 7, 14, 21, 28, 11 a.m. – Line Dancing with David Cross. Have fun getting fit while dancing. Studies show line dancing increases cardiovascular and muscular strength and improves coordination and balance. Participants don’t need a partner, and it’s an easy way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically.

March 7, 11 a.m. – Art Workshop: Mandala ColoringRelax, and reduce stress, depression, and anxiety when coloring a mandala.

 

March 8 & 22, 11 a.m. – BingoPartake in a friendly competition and play 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.

March 11, 11 a.m. – “Nutrition and Hydration” presented by Kathy Bassiacos, Unicity HealthcareLearn about nutrition and the aging process including the myths, facts, and the good habits that will support healthy aging.

 

March 12, 11 a.m. – “Fair Housing” presented by Jaaide Ramirez, Central Jersey Housing Resource Center. Find out about fair housing and come prepared by bringing questions for Jaaide.

March 13, 10 a.m. – Creating Cards with Jerry. Learn how to create a beautiful winter-themed greeting card. **All supplies will be provided. For more information, call 908-204-3435.**

 

March 14, 11 a.m. – Category Trivia. Test your knowledge by playing this game with categories including Desserts, Basketball, Musical Instruments, Great Lakes, and Colors.

 

March 15, 11 a.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Enjoy a traditional Irish Step Dance performance by the Lynn Academy of Dance!

 

March 18, 11 a.m. – “Down for Downsizing” presented by George Pizzo, Caring Transitions. Learn how to downsize and declutter to help make life easier and safer with tips for preparing to downsize, how to create a decluttering checklist, and ways to reduce stress during the process.

 

March 19, 11 a.m. – “Slip and Fall Prevention” presented by 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.

March 26, 11 a.m. – Spring Origami Workshop presented by ItokoLearn step-by-step instructions to create simple origami designs such as flowers, animals, and other interesting designs. **All supplies will be included.**

March 26, 12:30 p.m. – Poetry Workshop by Basking Ridge Senior Center participants, Carolyn Moretti and Jack BernardoJoin this monthly poetry workshop and bring poems, read poems, and write poems. **This is a beginner-friendly workshop.**

March 27, 11 a.m. – Solar Eclipses presented by Paul Cirillo, Arbor Terrace Assisted Living. Don’t miss a rare event solar eclipse on April 8th and learn about the history of eclipses, how and why it happens, and the best location to view the natural wonder.

 

March 28, 11 a.m. – Art Workshop: Watercolor Velvet Art. Join fellow watercolorists to paint using a velvet template and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. **Supplies will be included.**

SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BRIDGEWATER

876 East Main Street

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

908-203-6101

 

Project Healthy Bones – Mondays at 10:30 a.m. (Ends March 4). Improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture in this peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are either at risk for osteoporosis or have it. **The current sessions are full. Advanced registration 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. Next sessions:

  • Mondays 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., April 1 to Sept. 23, There will be no class on May 27.
  • Fridays 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., April 5 to Sept. 20, There will be no class on June 21.**

 

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

Chair Yoga with Jane Puckett– Mondays, March 18 to May 6 at 1 p.m. 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. To preregister and for more information, call 908-204-3435.**

 

(Virtual) Hatha Yoga with Bharti – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Improve body posture through breath control and meditation. Practicing Hatha Yoga 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. **There are no classes until March 26.**

Bereavement Support Group Tuesdays, March 12, 26, 10 a.m. 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.**

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

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

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 format. **Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting.**

Monthly Book Club with Nan – March 28, 10 a.m. Join fellow book lovers to discuss “To The Bright Edge of the World” by Eowyn Ivey. **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.**

Ukulele Bootcamp with Tony – Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Learn to play songs by Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Buddy Holly, Peter, Paul & Mary, and many more, which will help improve focus, achieve greater mental clarity, have better hand-eye coordination, and foster social interaction. These classes will help participants learn quickly and start playing songs on the first day. **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 a ukulele, call 908-203-6101.**

Stronger Seniors: Stretch –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.

(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!**

March 1 & 21, 11 a.m. – BingoPartake in a friendly competition and play 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.

March 4, 11 a.m. – “The Life and Times of a Monarch Butterfly” presented by Cynthia Hedin, Rutgers Master Gardeners Speakers BureauLearn all about the monarch butterfly and how and why milkweed is one of the best plants for the species.

March 4, 1 p.m. – Introduction to Yoga with Jane Puckett. Take part in chair yoga (seated) to benefit the mind, body, and spirit.

March 5, 11 a.m. – “Heads up Seniors: A Fall Prevention Presentation” presented by Debbie Aidelman, M.S., Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. Learn fall prevention strategies and about pedestrian safety for older adults. Each participant will receive a “Home and Community Safety” checklist.

March 6, 11 a.m. – Succulent Planting by Shelley DeMarco, Ennoble Care Hospice. Learn how to plant a lovely succulent in this hands-on presentation. **All supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required. To preregister or for more information, call 908-203-6101.**

 

March 7, 11 a.m. – Butterfly Sun Catcher. Learn how to create a sun catcher, which captures rays of light and casts a dazzling array of colors across a room. **All supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required. To preregister or for more information, call 908-203-6101.**

March 8, 11 a.m. – Making a Bouquet with Jill O’Brien, Generations Home HealthcareMake a one-of-a-kind flower bouquet to bring home. **All materials will be provided. Preregistration is required. To preregister or for more information, call **

March 11, 11 a.m. – Fun and Games. Play Dominoes, Left-Right-Center, Pass the Pigs, and more for a relaxing day of fun.

March 11, 12, 1 to 4 p.m. – AARP Driver Safety Course: Two-Part Series presented by Bill Gilbert, AARP New Jersey. Learn techniques for handling tricky turns and navigating through rough traffic patterns to keep you and your loved ones safe. **The class size is limited. Preregistration is required. To preregister, call 908-203-6101. Participants must attend both sessions. The cost of the class is $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members. Payment will be collected at the first session. No credit cards will be accepted.**

 

March 12, 11 a.m. – “Benefits of Alternative Therapies in Dementia” presented by Mallory Dubuisson, Atlantic Adult Day Center. Learn about the different types of therapies and the benefits of incorporating these therapies into one’s daily routines.

March 13, 10:30 a.m. – Casino Night 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 real taste of Las Vegas.

March 14, 11 a.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Trivia. Join fellow senior center wellness center members to play St. Patty’s Day Trivia and learn the history of the holiday.

March 15, 11 a.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with John Sudia. Enjoy this guitar and vocal performance of favorite hits, Irish melodies, and classic country and rock.

March 18, 11 a.m. – “Somerset County Park Rangers” presented by Phillip Richard, Somerset County Park CommissionLearn about the Park Commission’s wide variety of programs and educational resources including Therapeutic Recreation, Environmental Education Center, Public Gardens, and The Stables at Lord Stirling.

March 19, 11 a.m. – “Nutrition and Aging Myths” presentation by Kathy Bassiacos, R.N., B.S.N., Unicity Healthcare. Learn the myths and truths about nutrition and aging including how much to eat, the amount of water to drink, and whether a caffeine-free diet has a positive impact on one’s health.

March 20, 11 a.m. – “Why Words Matter” presentation by Randi Goldberg, Archer Brogan Elder Law & Estate PlanningLearn how to manage a crisis, what signs to look for before a crisis occurs, and find out how to navigate the legal system.

March 22, 11 a.m. – Jeopardy with Jennifer Furman, C.T.R.S., C.A.L.A., Bridgeway Senior Healthcare). Play Jeopardy for an opportunity to win a door prize.

March 25, 11 a.m. – New Beginnings Floral Center Pieces with The Bridgewater Garden Club. Learn how to decorate a floral centerpiece to kick off the spring season. **To register, call 908-203-6101.**

March 26, 11 a.m. – Poetry Share ExtraordinaireBring a poem or share one that you wrote. This class will engage the senses and revive memories.

March 27, 11 a.m. – New Beginnings Celebration with Gordon James. Celebrate spring with musical favorites from the 1960s and 70s including pop, rock, Motown, and more.

March 28, 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.

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 while playing this fun card game, which is a crowd-pleaser at the senior wellness center. **There will be no group on March 12 and 19.**


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.

Sit & Stitch Club – Mondays, 1 p.m. Bring knitting, crocheting, and sewing projects to the 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, there is a 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 determined by the group.

March 1, 8, 15, 11 a.m. – Irish Step Dancing by Jack Puluka. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day by learning Irish step dancing while standing or sitting in sessions taught by professional dancer Jack Puluka and perform an Irish step dance on March 15.

March 7, 21,10 a.m. – Simply Seated with Curtis AdamsGain strength, energy, and a positive mood by practicing chair exercises in this class presented by video.

March 7, 11 a.m. – “Let’s Go Nuts” presentation by Jennifer Korneski, M.P.H., Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County. Learn all about the health benefits of nuts and how to incorporate these plant-based proteins into a healthy diet.

March 12, 1 p.m. – “Africans in America” with Charlie Smith. Take a deep dive into the history of African Americans beginning in Africa through Pre-Columbian America up to the modern era.

March 14, 28, 10 a.m. – Vitality: Cardio Boxing Series with Curtis Adams. Partake in exciting and easy-to-follow exercises for older adults in this class presented via video. Curtis will demonstrate exercise while standing and sitting.

 

March 18, 11 a.m. – “Slip and Fall Prevention” presented by 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.

March 19, 1 p.m. – Acoustic Soul with Joshua Van Ness. Enjoy a soulful performance of popular songs from throughout the decades sung by professional singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Van Ness.

March 21, 11 a.m. Crafting with Tammy. Learn how to make a beautiful floral table decoration in preparation for spring. **All supplies will be provided.**

March 26, 10 a.m. – “Avian Rarities” presentation by Ben Barkley, Somerset County Environmental Education Center. Find out about the most bizarre bird sightings and learn if migration patterns can help scientists determine whether bird species will turn up in unusual locations.


March 28, 11 a.m. – “Hillsborough Library Services” by Susan Cunfer, Hillsborough Library, Somerset County Library System. 
Learn about the vast print and online resources, services, and programs available to patrons of the Somerset County Library System, which has 10 full-service branches offering something for patrons of all ages.

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 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.**

(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. **The program will be presented simultaneously live with an instructor at the senior wellness center and via Zoom.**

 

Tai Chi with Herb – Wednesdays, 10 a.mReduce the risk of falls by practicing Tai Chi. In this class, participants will focus on shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. Studies show that most 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. **The next session will begin on March 6. To register and/or to reserve a ukulele, call 609-466-0846 or email Crowley@co.somerset.nj.us.**


Line Dancing – 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.**

 

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.**

 

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, Daily, 1 p.m. Enjoy a nice time playing card games with friends.

 

Walking Club – Daily, 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.**

 

(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. **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.**

March 1, 11 a.m. – Acrylic Painting Project. Choose from many different designs to create a beautiful painting! **All supplies will be included. Preregistration is required. To register or for more information, call 609-466-0846.**

March 4, 11, 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, 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. **On March 28 the class will be led by Ageless Grace Educator Denise Crowley. Participants of all skill levels will be thoroughly engaged in the class while seated in a chair.**

March 6, 11:15 a.m. – Let’s Make St. Patrick’s Day Props for St. Patrick’s Day with Denise. Collaborate as a group to create beautiful decorations for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration! **All supplies will be provided.**

March 7, 21, 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.**

March 8, 11 a.m. – Bingo. 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.

March 11, 18, 25, 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.

March 13, 27, 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.**

March 14, 28, 10 a.m. – Crocheting with MaryLearn everything you need to know about crocheting, such as how to hold your hook and 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.**

March 14, 10 a.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Trivia. Join fellow senior center wellness center members to play St. Patty’s Day Trivia and learn the history of the holiday.

March 15, 11 a.m. 
– Top of the Morning performance by Lorri Woodward, Foothill Acres. Enjoy an Irish/Celtic singing performance by Lorri Woodward who will be dressed in St. Patrick’s Day garb. Don’t forget to wear green!

March 18, 25, 11 a.m. – Nia Melt with Alida WestfieldEliminate stuck stress and pain in the body by releasing it from the joints where it is trapped in this structured class that was designed specifically for seniors. Nia exercises combine movement, mindfulness, and connection and MELT uses a lightweight series of full-body exercises. At the end of the class, participants will stand or sit while practicing 15-20 minutes of non-impact Nia movements, which stimulate HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) known to burn fat.

 

March 20, 11:15 a.m. – Do You Hear What I Hear with Activity ConnectionUnlock memory and imagination in this fun session when participants watch a video that presents five winter-related sounds that require participants to identify these seasonal sounds and answer questions. **All levels of hearing ability can participate.**

March 22, 11 a.m. – New 2024 Jeopardy. Have fun playing an interactive game of Jeopardy.

March 26, 10:15 – Yoga Video. 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. This class is perfect for stress relief and for gaining an overall sense of well-being. **Yoga poses can be practiced while standing or sitting. This class is open to all levels of skill.**

March 28, 10:15 a.m. – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Certified Ageless Grace Educator Denise CrowleyActivate 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.**

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 gait, balance, range of motion, and cognition, and increase their knowledge of important health topics. **Preregistration is required. To preregister, call 732-563-4213.**

 

Take Control with Exercise Video – Mondays and Fridays, 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. ** There will be no class on Friday, March 15, instead the class will be held on Thursday, March 14. 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.**

 

Canasta Club – Mondays, 1 p.m. Join fellow senior wellness center members for a friendly competition playing Canasta, a fun card game. ** There will be no class on March 4. New members are always welcome. For more information, call 732-563-4213.**

 

Running with Rummikub – Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Play this fast-moving board game that requires some luck and strategic thinking. Playing Rummikub fosters social interaction, mental stimulation, and relaxation. This game is so much fun! **All levels of skill 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, memory, and sleep.**This club will meet when the weather permits. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes.**

 

Boggle Bonanza with Valerie Fryar – Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Picture this – seniors yelling out mono or multi-syllabic words while playing Boggle. This game isn’t just fun, it provides multiple health benefits such as boosting memory, concentration, and relieving stress. Enjoy playing Boggle as a warmup to prepare for Wordle!

 

(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 skills and strategic thinking. **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 your week right with gentle 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 prior knowledge of poetry is not necessary.**


March 4, 1 p.m. – “Party Hearty in the Middle Ages” presentation by Mike Norris. 
Learn the history of food and parties during the Dark Ages through art and archaeology from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters Museum. Participants will find out about late medieval feasts, sumptuous foods, and how these foods were prepared.

March 4, 25, 11 a.m. – Art Craft and Knitting with Patrick. 
Create a variety of art crafts including knitting. **All supplies will be provided.**

March 5, 11 a.m.  “Down for Downsizing” with 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.

March 7, 10 a.m. – Paint by Stickers. Enjoy mindful painting when creating gorgeous art with stickers. **All supplies will be included.**

March 11, 11 a.m. – You Can Draw by Gwen Leubner, Somerset County Park Commission. Explore the art of drawing through creativity using letters, numbers, and familiar shapes. **No experience is necessary.**

March 11, 25, 1 p.m. – Ping Pong instruction with Jin Mar. Participate in this exciting game to help improve hand-eye coordination. **All levels of skill are welcome.**

March 12, 11 a.m. – “Let’s Go Nuts” presentation by Jennifer Korneski, M.P.H., Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County. Learn all about the health benefits of nuts and how to incorporate these plant-based proteins into a healthy diet.

March 14, 28, 11 a.m. – Bingo. Partake in a friendly competition and play 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.

March 15, 1 p.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Fresh Floral Arranging with Kate Colucci, Rutgers Master GardenersCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day by creating a beautiful fresh-cut floral arrangement. **All supplies will be provided.**

March 18, 11 a.m. – Irish Line Dancing with Jack. Learn traditional Irish Ceili line dancing to strengthen the mind, body, and love for the community.

March 18, 1 p.m. – Art Craft and Knitting with Patrick. Create a variety of art crafts including knitting. **All supplies will be provided.**
 

March 19, 21, 11 a.m. – Brain Games. Join fellow center members to play various games, puzzles, and trivia challenges to help keep the brain young. Studies show that brain games may help sharpen thinking skills that wane with age, such as processing speed, planning skills, reaction time, decision-making, and short-term memory.

March 26, 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 one of your favorites.

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 will be no class on March 4There 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 your 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 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 levelsTo 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. **There will be no class on March 13. 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.**

 

Ukulele with John – Wednesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Learn different chords and play songs on the ukulele with guidance from John. **Participants must bring their own ukulele.**

 

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 with Warrenbrook Seniors – 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.

March 1, 11 a.m. – Henri Matisse Inspired Collage Craft with April Zay. Learn about the infamous artist Henri Matisse, and his big, beautiful collage artwork, then create a beautiful collage with paper and glue.

 

March 4, 10:30 a.m. – “Lingering Mystery of Lindbergh Kidnapping” presentation by Researcher, History Writer and Handwriting Expert Terry AntoniewiczLearn about the kidnapping of baby Charles Lindbergh, which stunned the world 92 years ago and still fascinates many people today. In this presentation, Terry Antoniewicz will discuss different possibilities about what happened at the time of the crime, and present lesser-known facts based on his academic research and interviewing people who lived in the area when the event occurred.

 

March 4, 1 p.m. – Lindbergh’s Flight Trivia GamePlay a fun flight simulation game and fly from New York to Paris without leaving the building.

March 6, 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.”

March 7, 11 a.m.  Jeopardy. Play Jeopardy a challenging and fun game of Movie, Royalty, True or False, TV Series, and Italy trivia questions.

 

March 8, 22, – 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.

 

March 11, 11 a.m. – “Living with Low Vision: Tips, Strategies, and Simple Inexpensive Solutions” presentation by Elsa Zavoda, Vision Loss Alliance of New JerseyLearn 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 strategies available to help people function more independently in their homes as well as tips for home safety and fall prevention.

 

(Virtual) March 12, 1:30 p.m. – Monthly Book ClubMeets Every Second Tuesday of the month. Join fellow book club members to discuss “Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson and select the next book to read. **This club is only open to Warrenbrook Senior Center Participants. New Warrenbrook members are always welcome!**

 

March 13, 10:30 a.m. – Blood Pressure Screenings with Raritan Valley Community College students. Get free blood pressure screenings from RVCC nursing students. **No appointment is necessary.**

 

March 13, 28, 11 a.m. – Bingo with Rashmi & Bob MazetTake part in a little bit of 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.

 

(Virtual) March 14, 11 a.m. and March 25, 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 help one identify situations that may trigger anxiety.

 

March 15, 11 a.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Craft. Celebrate St. Patty’s Day by crafting a leprechaun and having fun socializing with fellow senior wellness center members. **All supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required. To register, call 908-753-9440.**

 

March 18, 11 a.m. – “Nutrition and Hydration” presentation by Kathy Bassiacos, Unicity Healthcare. Learn about nutrition and the aging process including the myths, facts, and good habits that will support healthy aging.

 

March 20, 11 a.m. – Springtime Musical Entertainment with Paul ElwoodKick-offspring with a vocal and guitar performance by Paul Elwood who will play hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

 

March 21, 11 a.m. “Armchair Travels to Greece” with Parul. Celebrate Greek Independence Day by traveling to Greece in the mind’s eye and seeing the stunning natural beauty of Greece and its culture. Enjoy the exotic Greek Islands of Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes and watch Greeks perform the “Zorba.”

 

March 21, 1 p.m. – Greece Trivia & Games. Continue the Greek theme and learn the Greek alphabet, play Greek Trivia, and play “Pin the Eye on the Cyclops.”

March 25, 11 a.m. – “Words Matter” presentation by Randi Goldberg, Archer Law OfficeLearn how words are an important part of a person’s daily life.

March 27, 11 a.m. – “The Queen’s Rangers: Britain’s 1st American Regiment” presentation by Historian Joseph WroblewskiExamine one of the most important Loyalist units in the American Revolution with a historian. Learn about Col. Robert Rodgers of the famed Rodger’s Rangers during the French and Indian War and its great successes under the commander Colonel John Graves Simcoe.

 

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