Quail Brook Senior Center February Schedule

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

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 a club featuring the game of your choice, please inform the staff.

Indoor Shuffleboard – Monday – Friday.

Ping-Pong – Monday – Friday. Ping-pong (table tennis) has only been an Olympic sport since 1988. Go ahead and take a shot at this fun game. Play either singles or a doubles game. It’s a great way to improve hand/eye coordination, concentration and agility. **Call for availability.**

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

Healthy Bones Exercise Class with Joan Ackerman – Monday, 9:15 a.m. This is a peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are at risk of having osteoporosis or have it. 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 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. Call Caitlin Witucki at (908) 704-6339 for more information.**

QBC News – Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. Enjoy discussing global breaking news and current events in a stimulating Q&A session. Fellow center members will take turns researching and sharing the hot topics of the day.

The Regime Exercise Class – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 1 p.m. A head-to-toe workout that also uses intervals of weights, stretching and aerobic movements. Learn movements that lubricate joints for flexibility, and to strengthen and stabilize muscles, increase blood circulation; and with proper diet, you may lose weight! These exercises can help decrease falls and increase the ability to better accomplish daily activities. This program can be practiced 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. **Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing; sneakers are required.**

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Wonders of Materials and Mechanics in Art. Module 1 – Cardboard and Acrylics: Modulating Acrylic (using color and depth to develop technique and ideas). Module 2 – Thumb/Finger Painting: Create a beautiful masterpiece through pointillism methodology (bring luminosity alive and invoke the past, express the current, explore future ideas/concepts). Module 3 – Bubble-Wrap and Water Colors (creating impressionism). Module 4 – Masking Tape and the Positive/Negative Effect (reverse watercolor painting for a stylized and opposite perception). **$10.00 fee per class includes supplies.**

Bridge, Card Club & Card Sharks with Hatim & Andy – Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. Bridge is a classic game of strategy. This is an ideal opportunity for people of all skill levels to engage in social and intellectual stimulation on a routine basis. Card games are a wonderful way to stimulate areas of the brain, such as memory, visualization, and sequencing. Also, join the group for other card-playing competitions, such as ‘Texas Hold ‘em’, Poker, Po-Ke-No, etc. Games can be for group play and/or tournament participation.

Crochet & Knitting with Esther Fowlkes – Thursday, 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. Learn the difference between the two methods of creating artistic patterns using fabric and yarn, a single hook or two needles. Which method do you think is easier? This class is for beginners, experts and those wishing to brush up on their skills. **Check the monthly calendar for schedule updates.**

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

Circuit Training – Thursday, 9:15 a.m. Have fun while performing cardiovascular exercises that raise your heart rate, tone your muscles in the upper and lower body and strengthen your core. Improve your balance, overall agility and increase your ability to more easily perform everyday activities. Sneakers are required. **Cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins March 14. Register by March 7. Call (732) 563-4213 for more information.**

Feb. 1 – Learn About Black History Month with the Quail Brook Seniors, 10:30 a.m. Although black culture and history should be celebrated all year round, the month of February is designated as a time for special acknowledgment, remembrance, and appreciation for the countless contributions made by African Americans in our society including art, music, film, literacy, and more.

Feb. 4 – “Chinese Language Lesson Four” with Lillian Liuling, Quail Brook Senior Center volunteer, 10:30 a.m. Learn what key components form the beautiful Chinese language; pinyin, tones and characters/symbols with pronunciation. The goal at the end of the series is to be able to pronounce (and write) everyday pleasantries, numerals and simple phrases.

Feb. 5 – “Chinese New Year 2019: Year of the Pig” by Lillian Liuling, Quail Brook Senior Center volunteer, 10:30 a.m. Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in modern Mainland China, is one of the most important traditional festivals, celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. According to the Chinese zodiac, the sign of the pig occupies the last position in the Chinese zodiac and symbolizes such character traits as diligence, compassion and generosity. So, join us for another New Year celebration and learn about your own unique personality traits.

Feb. 6 – “Lyrics of Love” with Julia Katherine Walsh, 10:30 a.m. This is a music concert performed by a classically trained coloratura soprano and pianist centering on the theme of LOVE honoring St. Valentine/Valentine’s Day! The benefits provided by this musical venue are the range of positive emotions that are sure to elevate everyone’s mood because music can lift your spirits and foster wellness.

Feb. 7 – “What Did You Say? The Ability or Inability to Hear” by the Department of Human Services, Division of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Learn about factors, societal impacts and new technology that affect hearing loss.

Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher, 10:30 a.m. With popular music designed to inspire a hard workout, Zumba Gold makes it accessible for people age 60 plus, beginners or others needing modifications to their exercise routine. Zumba Gold builds cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the muscles of the hips, legs, and arms using fun, energetic and rhythmic moves.

Feb. 11 – “Acupuncture: Bringing Balance to Your Life” by Dana L. Cappa, M.S., L.AC, 10:30 a.m. This is a lecture and demonstration about acupuncture. Acupuncture is a component of the health care system in China and practiced for more than 2,500 years. Based upon the belief that our bodies are comprised of balanced patterns of energy flow (Qi) that is essential for health. Learn how acupuncture, an alternative health path, can be used and may help to rebalance your energy.

Feb. 12 – Body and 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. Mats are required for this program since it is performed standing and sitting.

Feb. 13, 20 & 27 – 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 and recall, analytical thinking, creativity and imagination and kinesthetic thinking). The program is intended for people of all abilities. Participants will be thoroughly engaged while seated in a chair.

Feb. 14 – “Interfaith Discourse Program: Transitions” by Ronald W. Kaplan, doctor of ministry, grief counselor and pastoral psychotherapist. Life transitions are challenging for everyone. This informal circle of introspection may help encourage you to tap into your inner resources, so that life’s challenges can be turned into an opportunity for personal growth.

Feb. 15 – “The Grandeur That Was Rome in New Jersey” by Dr. Michael Norris, Armchair Art Tours, 10:30 a.m. Meet the ancient Romans through the art of our region, including the Montclair Museum, Newark Museum, Princeton University Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Feb. 19 – “Back and Neck Pain Relief for Those over 60” by Dr. Perry Wolk-Weiss, DC, Get Well Center, 10:30 a.m. Aging certainly has challenges, and back or neck related pains do not have to be one of them. Join Dr. Perry Wolk-Weiss, chiropractor, when he discusses how to prevent and manage back or neck pain for those who are 60 plus. He will offer natural alternatives to a life of pain, medication and surgery.

Feb. 21 – “Operation Blue Angel” with the Franklin Township Police Department. Learn about this FREE service intended to provide police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) access to a residence if there is an emergency and the resident is unable to open the door. Safety, health, and peace of mind for yourself or a loved one are valuable! There will be a Q&A about identifying scams that may target the senior community.

Feb. 22 – “Understanding Dementia” by Monica Townsend, training coordinator, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, Behavioral Research and Training Institute, COPSA Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, 10:30 a.m. Dementia is more than just “forgetfulness.” This discussion will discuss dementia and ways for caregivers to address the challenges of this condition. This session will help shed light for people, family members and caregivers by providing information that will help them be better able to respond effectively throughout the progression of the disease by a creating positive approach and give information about how to handle behavior changes.

Feb. 25 – “Heart Health & Everything Chocolate” by Aliz Holzmann, RD, CSSD, CDE, ShopRite/Wakefern, 10:30 a.m. Healthy chocolate (dark vs. milk) sounds like a dream come true for anyone concerned about their health. Reports and statistics show chocolate’s main ingredient, cocoa, appears to reduce risk factors for heart disease and may help lower blood pressure and improve vascular function. Remember, February is National Heart Month, so let the lip-smacking and taste testing begin!

Feb. 26 – “18th Century Foods” with Susan Luczu, Speaker, open-hearth cook & food historian, 10:30 a.m. An educational and period cooking adventure made possible by BNC Somerset-Brandeis University.


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