Quail Brook Senior Center January 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. ** 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.

Body & Brain Yoga with Lucy Pagnetti – Tuesday, 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.

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. This 5 part module will teach the individual how to bring outside winter landscapes indoors through the world of watercolors! Modules 1 & 2 – Technique for painting winter landscape/layering (trees, snow, sky). Modules 3 & 4 – Line and wash techniques for painting winter wildlife (birds), bodies of water. Module 5 – Final watercolor composition. **$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)

January 1 – Holiday – Center Closed

January 2, 9 & 16 – Yogalates with Laura Kerr, 1:00 pm – 2:00 p.m. This mat-based exercise is a fusion of Yoga and Pilates that strengthens the core while increasing flexibility through proper posture and positions. In combination, these gentle motions flow together to help create more overall strength, stability and balance. **$40 for the 8-week program, next session to be announced. Call (732) 563-4213 for more information**

January 3, 24 & 31 – Ageless Grace Exercise 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.

January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 – The Regime Exercise Class: Interval Stretching & Aerobic Movements, 1:00 pm – 2:00 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 done standing or sitting.

January 4, 11, 18 & 25 – Circuit Training with Lisa Leonard, 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 starts Feb. 1. Call (732) 563-4213 for more information**

January 4, 11, 18 & 25 – 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.

January 4, 11, 18 & 25 – “Conversational Spanish” with Angelica Alvarado, Quail Brook Senior Center Volunteer, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Join us as we learn the correct pronunciation for greetings, phrases, expressions and words used in everyday Spanish conversation.

January 5 – “Vietnam: From Imperial China Influence to Present Day Culture” 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 Vietnam: From Imperial China Influence to Present Day Culture.

January 8 – “Dance Methodology” by Donnamarie McCarthy, Create an Impression Dance & Yoga Studio, 10:30 a.m. A physical and educational (cultural) dance session that takes Latin dance moves to a more intricate and detailed level; Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Cha Cha will be included.

January 8, 22 & 29 – The Regime Exercise Class: Interval Stretching & Aerobic Movements, 1:00 pm – 2:00 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 done standing or sitting.

January 9 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), 10:30 a.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**

January 10 & 30 – “Interfaith Discourse: A Support Program” with Rabbi Ronald W. Kaplan, Doctor of Ministry, Grief Counselor and Pastoral Psychotherapist, 10:30 a.m. Please join the group where everyone is a participant. Get engaged in a civilized discussion with earnest and intellectual enquires that deal with the experience of change throughout the course of one’s life.

January 12 – “Happy 83rd Birthday, Elvis” with Mike Holland, 10:30 a.m. Delve into the early and humble beginnings of Elvis Presley and experience his multi-genre musical genius that made him reign as The King of the industry. Dancing and singing along is always an option!

January 15 – Center Closed

January 17 – Board Games and New Card Game Lessons, 10:30 a.m. Step out of your familiar ‘hand,’ change partners and learn a new twist to poker, get your spelling hat on and try the game of Scrabble again or see how fast you can beat your opponent at Checkers. It’s all about forward thinking, visualization and fun.

January 19 – “Maple Sugaring” by the Somerset County Parks Commission Environmental Education Center, 10:30 a.m. Did you ever wonder about the wonderful taste of maple sugar? Learn the how, why and when of the maple sugar process. Get a grip on a tool and drill bit and tap into a real sugar bush for a unique experience of ‘How sweet it is!’

January 22 – Lady Luck Bingo Tournament of 2018, 10:30 a.m. This is not your grandmother’s bingo game but a creative and friendly way to be competitive for prizes!

January 26 – “New Year, New You!” by Marisa Wagner, Registered Dietitian, ShopRite/Wakefern, 10:30 a.m. Kick start a healthy 2018 with intelligent food choices coupled with exercise programs.

January 29 – Group Table Tennis with Chris Lehman, Table Tennis Pro and Champ, 10:30 a.m. A round robin session for everyone that doubles as a lesson on the intricacies of table tennis; warmly known as ping pong. Improve your hand-eye coordination and dexterous ability using various paddle motions with the goal of sustaining a volley.


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