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Quail Brook Senior Center Celebrates ‘Older Americans Month’

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Poet Glenis Redmond will perform at the Quail Brook Senior Center on May 12.
Photo: John Fletcher

May is “Older Americans Month,” and the Quail Brook Senior Center, 625 New Brunswick Rd., has scheduled a variety of events to celebrate.

May 12 – 10:30 a.m. – Performance Poet Glenis Redmond

New Brunswick State Theater Artist-in-Residence Glenis Redmond will perform at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 12. Redmond tells stories with poetry, including tales from her life, family and heritage and from her observations of the world around her. Returning for her sixth consecutive year as the State Theatre’s Artist-in-Residence, Redmond shares her talents throughout the local community, inspiring people of all ages.

May 29 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Health & Safety Expo (Register by May 16)
A health and safety expo will be held at the Quail Brook Senior Center from 10 a.m. to
1 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. Free health screenings, including vision, cholesterol, balance, glucose, blood pressure and hearing, will be offered.

In addition, Detective Sergeant Lisa Gilmurray, with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, will present “Safer You: Protection from Crime and Fraud” at 11 a.m. Detective Sergeant Gilmurray will review scenarios of potential threats to personal safety, tactical options in decision making, physiological response to situations of extreme stress and ways to overcome them.

Pre-registration is required by May 16. To register, contact Barbara Karpinski at Karpinski@co.somerset.nj.us or (908) 704-6346.  The lunch menu will include a choice of grilled chicken or Portabella mushroom sandwich.

Artwork Sought for Summer Exhibition – Deadline is May 28
The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services <http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/hservices/aging/index.html>  invitesartists of all ages who live or work in Somerset County to submit photographs or JPEGs of artwork for a summer-themed exhibit that will be held June 9 – Sept. 5 at the Quail Brook Senior Center and at the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center, located at 202 Mt. Airy Road in Bernards.

The deadline for submitting entries is Wednesday, May 28.  Artwork can include, but is not limited to, watercolors, oils, acrylics, photography, pastels, drawings, mixed media and printmaking.

A maximum of five photographs (4” X 6”) or slides may be sent via email to Witucki@co.somerset.nj.us or mailed to the attention of Caitlin Witucki at the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville NJ 08876. Slides and photographs will be returned.

Entries must be identified. A list of all submissions should be included on a separate sheet of paper, providing artist name, address, phone number, title, dimensions and media type.

Visitors are invited to learn more about Quail Brook Senior Center’s educational, recreational and entertaining activities, including wellness programs and health screenings <http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/senior_center_programs.html> .  One of seven centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services <http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/hservices/aging/index.html> , Quail Brook is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Somerset County senior centers offer a wide range of experiences designed for lifelong enrichment in a social and uplifting atmosphere, intended to positively impact overall health. Choices of four lunch menus (with and without meat) are served daily at centers. A suggested lunch donation of $2 is recommended for individuals age 60 and above.  The cost of lunch for those under age 60 is $6.75. Centers are funded in part through the Older Americans Act and the county Board of Chosen Freeholders. Many programs and activities are made possible through partnerships and the generosity of volunteers and donors, who pay instructor and presenter fees.

For more information, contact Center Manager Allyson Toth at (732) 563-4213, or by e-mail at AgingQuailBrook@co.somerset.nj.us.

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