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Quail Brook Senior Center March Schedule

625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 563-4213
Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Body & Brain Yoga with Lucy Pagnetti – Monday, 10:30 a.m. (Body and Brain Yoga is a dynamic  mind-body practice that combines stretching, flowing movement, deep breathing exercises and meditation in a simple and easy to learn format that focuses on the development of the body’s core strength as the basis of physical, mental and spiritual health. Bring mats or you can use a chair) (Advanced registration is required.) ($5.00 suggested donation/class)

Bridge Lessons – Friday, 10:30 a.m.

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

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1:00-3:00 p.m. (There is a $10.00 fee which includes supplies).

Healthy Bones Exercise Class with Joan Ackerman – Monday, 9:15 a.m. (Peer-led,  24-week exercise and education program for individuals at risk or who have osteoporosis.  Exercises focus on balance, strength, flexibility and posture.  Advanced registration is required.  Doctor’s note is also required prior to first class and then once every year).

Line Dancing – Friday, 9:30 a.m.

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

Outdoor Shuffleboard and Horseshoes – Monday – Friday, Weather Permitting

March 1 & 8 – Learn the Basic Hebrew Language with Rabbi Ronald Kaplan, Doctor of Ministry, Pastoral Counselor & Psychotherapist, 10:30 a.m. (This is a continuation of Quail Brook’s around the World Series).

March 2 – “Art Education through Painting” by the Raritan Valley Community College Nursing Students, 10:30 a.m. (Painting with different art media can provide a variety of benefits including improved self-esteem, self-expression and communication.  Join us for this hands-on program with the Raritan Valley Community College Nursing Students).

March 3 & 24 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fechter, 10:30 a.m. (The original concept of Zumba combines a dance workout with a party-like atmosphere.  Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for people age 60 plus, beginners or others needing modifications in their exercise routine.  Zumba Gold builds cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance moves).

March 3, 24 & 31 – Electronic Keyboard Lessons with Robert Norton (Hone your newly found musical abilities; learn how to play favorite songs and practice-practice-practice!)

March 4 – “Poetry Informance” by Glenis Redmond, Poet In Residence, New Brunswick State Theatre, 10:30 a.m. (Glenis is a poet and motivational speaker.  She will be sharing her talent and love for poetry in the form of an “informance” which is not a performance but rather a multi-faceted, creative and educational way of telling stories of her childhood and beloved mother while intertwining those stories with poems and inspiring messages).

March 9 & 17 – Ageless Grace with Roz Gerken, 10:30 a.m. (Ageless Grace is a fitness program based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change structurally and functionally).  It is designed to activate all five functions of the brain (i.e., strategic planning, memory and recall, analytical thinking, creativity and imagination and kinesthetic thinking).  The program is intended for people of all ages and abilities and can be performed while sitting or standing.  Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers).

March 10 – Bagpipes Performance by Matt Theil, 10:30 a.m. (Saint Patrick’s Day excitement begins a bit early with a live performance of the bagpipes.  Our featured artist, Matt, started playing in the 8th grade under the direction of Cliff Roberts.  Once on the full set of pipes, he joined the St. Ann’s of Hampton Pipes and Drums Band.  He has competed in bagpipe competitions as part of the band and as a solo bagpiper in both the United States and Scotland.  Matt is currently a Grade 3 Piper and attends Raritan Valley Community College. As part of Matt’s performance, he will talk about the history of the bagpipes which are among the world’s oldest instruments, and his experiences while learning to play).

March 11 – “Music of Times’ Past” by Tom Harabin, Local Resident, Historian & Music Teacher, 10:30 a.m. (Tom will bring the Revolutionary War to life through songs and period costume).

March 14 – “Just For the Health of It: 10 Superfoods and Recipes” by Laura Vetter, Registered Dietitian, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, 10:30 a.m. (A super food is a nutrient-rich food considered to be beneficial for a person’s health and well-being.  Spinach, avocados, oats, salmon, red peppers, dark chocolate, walnuts, beans, blueberries and pumpkin are just some examples of superfoods that will be discussed.  Lauren will provide literature and recipes).

March 15 & 29 – Tai Chi with Bobbi Joels, 10:30 a.m. (Tai chi is based on shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long, graceful gesture.  Studies have reported that some participants experienced a reduction in pain, fatigue and stiffness and gain a greater sense of well-being.  Regular tai chi can help reduce falls, especially those with balance problems.  This program can be done using a chair for support if desired).

March 16 – “Comparative Religions: A Seasonal Focus on Similarities and Differences” by Rabbi Ronald Kaplan, Doctor of Ministry, Pastoral Counselor & Psychotherapist, 10:30 a.m.

March 18 – Armchair Travel Presents: Bhutan, A Himalayan Kingdom of Mystery and Magic with Dorothy & Irwin Vogel, 10:30 a.m. (Passports are not required!  Learn about the people, their culture, the country’s natural beauty and compelling heritage without leaving the comfort of your own chair).

March 21 – “Fruits & Vegetables: Value in Nutrition” by Kati Domen, Dietetic Technician, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 10:30 a.m. (Join Kati as she discusses the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables.  Afterwards, test your ability to apply your knowledge in game – format).

March 22 – Craft: Create Hip Hop & Cool Easter/Spring Baskets with Genesis Health Care, 10:30 a.m.

March 23 – “Good Oral Health is More Than Just Brushing” by the Raritan Valley Community College Nursing Students, 10:30 a.m.

March 25 – Holiday – Center Closed

March 30 – “Bone Health Basics” by Saint Peter’s University Hospital, 10:30 a.m. (Learn about why bone health is so important.  Free bone density scans will be available.  Please call (732) 563-4213 for more information).

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