Quail Brook Senior Center April Schedule

625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 563-4213
Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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.

Individual Computer Instruction with Mike Dias – Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. **Classes are scheduled to resume on April 17. Please call (732) 563-4213 to schedule an 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 price is $45. This includes ankle weights, a participant manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15.

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.

The Regime Exercise Class – Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 1:00 p.m. Exercise and move without putting undo pressure or strain on your body. Learn movements that lubricate the joints and keep them flexible, strengthen and stabilize individual muscles and increase blood circulation. These exercises can help decrease falls and increase the ability to better accomplish day-to-day activities. This program can be performed standing or sitting.

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. This four-part module will teach the individual how to create Abstract Art (also known as Modern Art); learning to incorporate alternative ways of artistically describing a visual reality such as overly simplifying and schematizing. The focus is on shape, form, color and lines independent from convention. Module 1 – Exploring Abstract Art: the concept of divergence from the norm. Module 2 – Kandinsky and Expressionism, Miro and Automatism. Module 3 – Rothko and Color Fields/Meditation. Module 4 – Self Expression (Creating personal art based upon specific methodology). **$10.00 fee per class includes supplies**

Electronic Keyboard Lessons – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. Esther Fowlkes and Joan Simons (Quail Brook’s very own talented members), will happily introduce you to basic music theory and keyboard skills.

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.

Card Sharks – Friday, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to play various card games for group play and/or tournament participation.
A Variety of Board & Card Games (Monopoly, Po-Ke-No, Yahtzee, Dominoes & Checkers) – Available Monday – Friday. If you have a favorite game not listed that you would like to play, and/or if you are interested in starting up a club on the game of your choice, please inform the staff.

Outdoor Shuffleboard and Horseshoes – Available Monday – Friday (Weather Permitting)

April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – “Spring Fever” with Linda Merriam-Kuc, LMK Music, 10:30 a.m. A music appreciation program with singing and choreography supporting Quail Brook’s Community Outreach initiative and celebrate Older American’s Month with its 2018 theme: Engage at Every Age! Our concert is scheduled for May 21st at a local rehabilitation center. Please join Bob’s Quailers and ‘lend us your voice.’

April 3, 17 & 24 – Body & Brain Yoga with Lucy Pagnetti, 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.

April 4, 11 & 25 – Ageless Grace Program with Roz Gerken, Certified Ageless Grace Educator, 10:30 a.m. Ageless Grace is based on the 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 standing or sitting. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

April 5, 12, 19 & 26 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher, 10:30 -11:00 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 muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance moves.

April 5, 12 & 19 – “Promoting Health as We Age” by Kevin Dela Rosa & Kortney Sanders, Nursing Students under the tutelage of Dr. Karen Dewitt, Kean University. Part 4 – Managing Medications, Possible Side effects and Openly Speaking to Your Health Care Provider Part 5 – Coping with Chronic Illness and Exploring the Levels of Denial Part 6 – Importance of Socialization and Remaining Active (in addition to a summary of the 6 part series).

April 6 – “Poetica Latine: Latin Poetry Recitation” by the Franklin Township High School Latin Club & Junior Classical League Advisor, Jennifer Jones, 10:30 a.m. The students are back at the Quail Brook Senior Center for another exhilarating experience in the extinct language of Latin. This time we will explore the opportunity to create poetry in Latin.

April 10 – “Down with ‘CVR’: Get the Low-Down on Reducing Cardiovascular Risks” by Chante Glenn, MA, Program Coordinator, Family & Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 10:30 a.m. This seminar will introduce ways to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The focus will be on nutrition and enjoying healthy meals as a way to prevent high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke.

April 11 – Bubbles 4 Autism, 11:15 a.m. This is a worldwide celebration of autism awareness through bubble blowing that is now in its eleventh year. It was started a decade ago by the FACES 4 Autism founder and Ventnor mom, Isabelle Mosca, whose teenage son, Kyle, has autism. April is also National Autism Awareness Month. Bubbles are symbols of joy, hope, laughter and bring people together. People all over the world will be blowing bubbles of support as a way to create autism awareness. Join us as we blow bubbles for awareness and fun.

April 12 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. A counselor will be available to provide FREE help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Please call (732) 563-4213 to schedule an appointment**

April 13 – “Dance Methodology for World Culture: Germany, Sclager Musik” by Donnamarie McCarthy, Create an Impression Traveling Dance & Yoga Studio, 10:30 a.m. Bring the ‘Stuttgarter Fruhlingsfest’ (Stuttgart’s Spring Festival) to the Quail Brook Senior Center where we celebrate the promise of spring with an introduction to traditional German dance. Grab a partner and waltz into a full body physical movement with mind stimulation surrounded by fun.

April 18 – “70th Anniversary of Israeli Statehood” by Ronald W. Kaplan, Rabbi, Doctor of Ministry, grief Counselor and Pastoral Psychotherapist, 10:30 a.m. As Israel approaches the 70th anniversary of its creation by United Nations Resolution 181 in November 1947, it faces serious threats to its existence and at the same time enjoys outstanding accomplishments. Please join us for a learned discussion on heritage and innovation.

April 19 & 26 – Circuit Training with Lisa Leonard, 9:15 – 10:15 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 starts April 19. Registration required by March 29. Call (732) 563-4213 for more information**

April 20 – Tai Chi with Laurina Kuligowski, Activities Director, Regency Jewish Heritage Rehabilitation
Center, 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 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 performed while standing or sitting.

April 26 – “Gardening by the Yard & Other Instructions for the Horticulturally Challenged” by Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Gardeners. Tamp down that fear factor when it comes to gardening! Pick up a tool and learn how to become a steward of your own personal garden; visually pleasing tips, techniques and what’s hot and what’s not for this year.

April 27 – “The Arctic Circle: The Most Northerly of the Five Major Circles of Latitude” by Dorothy & Irwin Vogel, 10:30 a.m. Dorothy and Irwin Vogel started traveling the world 25 years ago after they retired and together 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 The Arctic Circle: The Most Northerly of the five Major Circles of Latitude.


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