March Schedule For Quail Brook Senior Center

625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 563-4213
Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

Table Tennis (Ping Pong) – Monday – Friday. Take a ‘shot’ at being a tournament master by playing Single or Doubles games. This competitive game has been an Olympic sport since 1988 and is a great way to maintain and improve hand/eye coordination, concentration and agility.

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.

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

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. For a new participant, the cost is $45.  This includes ankle weights, a participant manual and the class fee.  If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15.

A Variety of Board & Card Games (Monopoly, Po-Ke-No, Yahtzee, Dominoes & Checkers) – Available Monday – Friday
Outdoor Shuffleboard and Horseshoes – Monday – Friday (Weather Permitting)

QBC News – Monday – Friday, 10:00  – 10:30 a.m. Enjoy breaking news around the world or current events of interest for a stimulating Question and Answer session as fellow center members take turns researching and sharing the hot topics of the day.

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. **$10.00 fee includes supplies**

Circuit Training – Thursday, 9:15 a.m. Have fun while performing exercises that tone your muscles.  In this class you will raise your heart rate with cardiovascular exercises and tone muscles in the upper and lower body.  This will help you in your everyday activities, while working on balance, core and overall agility and muscle strength. Sneakers required. **$40 for the 8-week program, next session will began in March.  Registration required, call (732) 563-4213 for more information**

Line Dancing – Friday, 9:30 a.m. Line Dancing is so much fun, it doesn’t seem like exercise!  You don’t need a partner and it’s an easy way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically.  It is suitable for people with limited mobility and is known to improve cardiovascular and muscular strength and improve coordination and balance as you work through the different movements.

Bridge Lessons – Friday, 10:30 a.m.

Card Sharks – Friday, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to play various card games for group play and/or tournament participation.

(NEW) March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 – The Regime Exercise Class: Interval Stretching & Aerobic Movements, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Exercise and move without putting undo pressure or strain on your body. Learn movements that lubricate joints and keep them flexible, strengthen and stabilize individual muscles and increase blood circulation. These exercises and movements can help decrease falls and increase the ability to better accomplish day-to-day physical activities.

March 1 – Ageless Grace with Roz Gerken, 10:30 a.m. Ageless Grace is a fitness program based on cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change structurally and functionally. The program 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 abilities and can be performed while sitting or standing. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher, 10:30 a.m. Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout 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. This program can be done using a chair for support if desired.

March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 –  Choir and Electronic Keyboard Lessons with John Fitzpatrick & Bob’s Quailers. We are proud to continue choir practice and electronic keyboard lessons under the tutelage of John Fitzpatrick, Virginia Ganim and Esther Fowlkes. Our theme is Broadway Tunes with a performance to be scheduled at a local rehabilitation center at some point in April.   **This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant**

March 3 – “Heads Up Seniors: A Safety Campaign” by Joanna Boyd, Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, 10:30 a.m. This program is geared towards increasing awareness of potential fall hazards in your home and lifestyle along with the associated risks and consequences of brain injury that could occur. Participants will be encouraged to start thinking and talking about issues while having fun playing Jeopardy.

March 6 – FREE Blood Pressure and Blood Screenings with the Saint Peter’s University Hospital Mobile Health Unit, 10:30 a.m. No appointment is necessary.

March 7, 14, 21 & 28 – 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 gesture. Studies have shown that some participants experienced a reduction of 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 if desired.

March 8 – “Armchair Travel Presents: New Zealand-The Island Nation in the Pacific Southwest Ocean” by Dorothy & Irwin Vogel, 10:30 a.m. Dorothy and Irwin Vogel started traveling the world 25 years ago after they retired and together they have visited 89 countries! In each country, they have collected artifacts, have taken extensive photographs and put them together on a DVD complete with music and narration of their experience. Today’s feature is New Zealand-The Island in the southwest Pacific Ocean.

March 10 – National Agriculture Day, 10:30 a.m. Let’s celebrate National Agriculture Day by getting involved with this year’s theme “Food For Life”. Join us as we paint boards, which will be used to create raised bed planters. The harvest from these planters will be donated to the Somerset County Food Bank.

March 13 – “Virtual Rainforest: Visit the Costa Rican Rainforest” by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, 10:30 a.m. A rainforest is a tropical forest. The rainforests of Costa Rica are home to nearly 100 species of trees. Giant versions of orchids, as well as the expected sloths, monkeys and copious birds can be found while venturing into the Costa Rican rainforest depths. Join our group as a representative from the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center provides us with more interesting facts about the Costa Rican rainforest.

March 15, 22 & 29 – “Advantage Over Arthritis” by Alex Tischler, Registered Nurse, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset & Sagar Modh, Registered Nurse, Newark Beth Israel Hospital under the tutelage of Dr. Karen DeWitt, Kean University, 10:30 a.m. The emphasis is being placed on being one’s own advocate for health and healthier living through discussions on incorporating exercise, change to existing diets/habits, managing medications properly, dealing with healthcare providers, preconceived perceptions about joint pains, interacting with friends and family and coping strategies.

March 17 – “Wheel of Fabulous Health: A Twist on 1983 Game” with the Raritan Valley Community College Nursing Students, 10:30 a.m.  The Raritan Valley Community College Nursing Students will engage us in an exciting game of Wheel of Fortune with topics regarding health and nutrition.

March 20 – Step Into Spring: A Clinic for Healthy & Great Looking Feet with Dr. Sharon Joag, East Brunswick Foot Care, 10:30 a.m. Dr. Joag will review proper foot care, shoe choices and will include a FREE screening for those interested. **Please call ahead at (732) 563-4213 for an appointment for the screening portion of the program**

March 21 – “Creating Mini Terrariums” by the Somerset County Park Commission, 10:30 a.m. A Somerset County Park Commission Horticulturist will be onsite assist the group in creating mini terrariums.  Become a botanist and create unique environments for plant life.

March 24 – Visit to the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater for Performance by Ian Gallager, Irish Singer and Musician, 10:45 a.m. Ian will be performing some favorite Irish classics, as well as some you have never heard of before! Be prepared to have fun as Ian talks to the attendees about the history of Ireland and the songs being performed.  Don’t forget to wear green!

March 31 – “Pain Management Options and Discussion” by Dr. Daniel Rothstein, 10:30 a.m. Dr. Rothstein’s scope of practice includes a broad spectrum of painful conditions. Dr. Rothstein specializes in minimally invasive techniques and will discuss advances in pain management as well as take audience questions.


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