Quail Brook Senior Center December Schedule

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

Individual Computer & PED (Personal Electronic Devices) Instruction with Mike Dias – Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. **Please call (732) 563-4213 to schedule an appointment. Check the monthly calendar for a schedule.**

Healthy Bones Exercise Class with Joan Ackerman – Monday, 9:15 a.m. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for at-risk individuals or for those who have osteoporosis. Exercises focus on improving balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is also required prior to the first class and then once every year. **For new participants, the price is $45; this includes ankle weights, a participant’s manual and the class fee. If ankle weights are not needed the price is $15.**

QBC News – Monday – Friday, 10 – 10:30 a.m. Enjoy discussing breaking news around the world or current events in a stimulating question and answer session. Fellow center members will take turns researching and sharing hot topics of the day.

The Regime Exercise Class – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 1 p.m. This is a head-to-toe workout that uses weight at intervals, stretching and aerobic movements. Learn movements that lubricate the joints for better flexibility, strength, to stabilize individual muscles and increase blood circulation. Shed unwanted weight with the proper diet! These exercises can help decrease the risk of falls and increase the ability to better accomplish day-to-day activities. This program can be done while either standing or sitting, and with or without hand weights. Monday – Upper Body Routine; Tuesday – Mid-Section Routine; Wednesday – Lower Body Routine; Friday – Total Routine. Comfortable or loose fitting clothing and sneakers are required.

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1 – 3 p.m. A study about painting in warm acrylic colors! Modules 1 & 2 – A Journey into Still Life, Antiques, and Textures. Module 3 – Patterns through Dimensional Perspective **$10.00 fee per class includes supplies.**

Bridge, Card Club & Card Sharks with Hatim, Andy & Jaye – Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. This classic game of strategy is an ideal opportunity for participants of all levels of ability to meet new friends and have intellectual and social stimulation on a regular basis. Bridge stimulates your brain, areas of memory, visualization, and sequencing. In addition to Bridge, join the group for other card playing competition such as Texas Hold ‘em’, Poker, Po-Ke-No, etc. for group play and/or tournament participation.

Crochet & Knitting Esther Folwkes – Thursday, 10:30 or 11 a.m. Learn the differences between crocheting and knitting, using fabric and yarn, a single hook or two needles. Which method do you think is easier? For beginners, experts and those who would like to brush up on their skills!

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

A Variety of Board & Card Games (Monopoly, Po-Ke-No, Yahtzee, Dominoes & Checkers) – Available Monday – Friday. If you have a favorite game not listed and you would like to play, and/or if you are interested in starting a club that features the game of your choice, please inform the staff.

Indoor Shuffleboard – Monday – Friday.

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

Dec. 3 & 17 – “Music for Wellness” by John Fitzpatrick, musician, 10:30 a.m. This is a four-part event filled with music and singing and is intended to exhilarate the spirit for a powerful and whole-body health experience.

Dec. 4 – “Diwali: The ‘Victory of Light over Darkness’ Festival” with Rajul Shah, 10:30 a.m. Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism at the Quail Brook Senior Center will provide insight into the history, traditions, symbolisms, and rituals culminating in a special taste of culture.

Dec. 5, 12 & 19 – Ageless Grace Fitness 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. This program is designed to activate all five functions of the brain (i.e. strategic planning, memory, analytical thinking, creativity and kinesthetic thinking). The program is intended for participants of all abilities and can be performed while either standing or sitting. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

Dec. 5 – “My Journey, Your Immunizations” by Dr. Shah, retired pediatrician, 11:15 a.m. Dr. Shah will share her medical journey and self-fulfilling drive to heal and help others. Dr. Shah will talk about how immunizations have a global impact on health.

Dec. 6 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. A counselor will be available to provide FREE help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems, 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.**

Dec. 6 – “George Washington Remembers New Jersey” by David Emerson, History on the Hoof, 10:30 a.m. Follow George Washington (portrayed by David Emerson) as he marches from Trenton to Princeton, Morristown to Monmouth, Middlebrook and more. Learn about his brightest and darkest moments during the battles and encampments in the “Cockpit of the Revolution.” **This program is made possible, in part, by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through the State/County History Partnership Program Grant, and administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.**

Dec. 6, 13 & 20 – Circuit Training with Lisa Leonard, 9:15 a.m. Have fun while performing exercises that tone your muscles. In this class, you will increase your heart rate with cardiovascular exercises and tone muscles in the upper and lower body. Working on improving your balance, core, agility and muscle strength will help you perform everyday activities. This is the last session of 2018, so make the most of it! Sneakers are required. **Next session will start in January 2019. Call (732) 563-4213 for more information.**

Dec. 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Yoga with Dr. Prabha Srinivas (Council for Yoga Accreditation International at the S-Vyasa University of Yogic Sciences, Bangalore India), 1 p.m. Take control of your emotional and physical wellbeing through the practice of yoga and meditation while reducing stress in your life. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement.

Dec. 7 – Annual Holiday Party, 10:30 a.m. Santa and music by DJ Gio will fill the center with international nostalgia. Baby its cold out there, but dancing is sure to provide a warm and cozy Christmas celebration! The Quail Brook Senior Center members are collecting new and useful clothing and toiletries for our veterans who call the Lyons VA home. So let’s all be Santa for the moment and bring in items for the men and women who proudly served our country (soap, shirts, combs, toothpaste, shampoo, hats, gloves and socks. Please spread the message that we are collecting gifts now through December 17.

Dec. 10 – “Eating Healthy for the Holidays and Your Life” by Daryl Minch, M.Ed., CFCS, family & community health sciences educator, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Holidays can be stressful especially if you are trying to maintain smart eating for optimal health. Learn to how to implement strategic tips to find healthy substitutions and control portions so that you can enjoy the holidays.

Dec. 11 – “Native American Dance (Session 4),” 10:30 a.m. Native Americans have used dance as a way to connect with each other and honor longstanding tradtions. Dance is an important part of socialization, as well a way to perserve fascinating and distinct cultures. See the unique quality of these dances and learn how each step can symbolize a deep purpose and significance for expressing an idea. **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.**

Dec. 12 – Dashing Through the Snow: A Holiday Concert Directed by Jackie Wiegert and the Canal Walk Choral Group, 11:15 a.m. Listen to the beautiful voices of the Canal Walk Choral Group as they take us through our favorite holiday songs that warm our hearts.

Dec. 13 – In-Service Day – Center is closed.

Dec. 14 – “Marvelous Musical Machines” by Dakota Hettel, Morris Museum, 10:30 a.m. This program highlights Morris Museum’s “Guinness Book of World Records” collection. The museum hosts one of the world’s largest collections of automata and people travel from around the world to visit it. Learn how the museum came to acquire automata and its history. **This program is made possible, in part, by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through the State/County History Partnership Grant, and administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.**

Dec. 17 – Quail Brook Senior Center Volunteer Recognition Celebration, 10:30 a.m. As a special treat, the Quail Brook Senior Center staff and center members will pay tribute to our wonderfully talented and dedicated cadre of volunteers who are so instrumental in the success of the Quail Brook Senior Center!

Dec. 20 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher, 10:30 a.m. Zumba Gold takes uses Latin music as exercise 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 fun, energetic and rhythmic moves.

Dec. 20, 18 & 27 – A Matter of Balance with Caitlin Witucki, MS, health promotion specialist, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services and Olga Brahin. The class is designed to help participants who have a fear of falling by teaching exercises and providing them with resources that will help maintain their health and safety. Starting with session number three, participants will begin each subsequent class with a specific exercise. **Class will start at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 18 and Dec. 27.**

Dec. 24 & 25 – Center is closed.

Dec. 26 – Table Tennis Instructions with Christopher Lehman, USATT certified regional level coach, ITTF international coach & referee, 10:30 a.m. The Olympic sport will be played as a fun game using Quail Brook’s new ping-pong table where everyone participates! Be part of the team rallying around rotating players and try your hand at improving hand-eye coordination, physical mobility, and team spirit.

Dec. 28 – “Fabulous Mocktail Party” with Aliz Holzman, registered dietitian, ShopRite/Wakefern, 10:30 a.m. Using the tastes of the season, we will be concocting delicious beverages that are non-alcoholic and sure to invoke images of celebrations and fun.

Dec. 31 – Happy New Year’s at Noon Celebration with Entertainment by Chris Raymond, 10:30 a.m. Let’s embrace the promise of another new and spectacular year for living, laughing and loving the opportunity to meet and greet friends at the Quail Brook Senior Center. As an entertainer and singer, Chris will make his guitar speak to us through the language of music as he reprises music icons such as George Strait and Elvis Presley. Our special guests, the Hillsborough Senior Center members, will help this party rock!


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