Quail Brook Senior Center June Schedule

625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 563-4213
Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m.
All programs begin at 11:00 am unless otherwise listed.

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. Lessons, strategy and point system will be taught by Oluwaseun Odukoya (Raritan Valley Community College and Quail Brook Volunteer) every Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Body & Brain Yoga with Lucy Pagnetti – Monday, 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.

Individual Computer Instruction with Mike Dias – Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. **Please call (732) 563-4213 for 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.

A Variety of Board & Card Games (Monopoly, Po-Ke-No, Yahtzee, Dominoes & Checkers) – Available Monday – Friday

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

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.
Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Karen’s focus is on the ability to artistically alter the true environmental form and material. For example, take an everyday charger plate and with acrylic paint, change the idea of a plate that is static to an expression of a personal memory (snowcapped trees, sandy beach, flower garden). Subsequent weeks in June will touch upon wood, glass and stone; always with an eye for perspective, color and shading. **$10.00 fee includes supplies**

Circuit Training – Thursday, 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, session began on April 27th and will run through June 15th. New session will begin in September. Registration required, call (732) 563-4213 for more information**

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.

Bridge Lessons – Friday, 10:30 am

Card Sharks – Friday, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to play various card games for group play and/or tournament participation.

June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 – 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 the muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance moves. This program can be done using a chair for support if desired.

June 1 – “Armchair Travel Presents: India: Places & Poverty” by Dorothy & Irwin Vogel. Dorothy and Irwin Vogel started traveling the world 25 years ago after they retired and together they 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 India: Places and Poverty.

(NEW) June 2 – QB Walking Club: A Virtual Summer Kickoff Program, 10:30 a.m. As a group will be walking to Cape May and convert steps walked into map miles. During the course of the summer we will go on a town by town educational Jersey journey. **Please call (732) 563-4213 for more information**

June 6 – PED Enlightenment with Mike Dias, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to use your personal electronic devices (PED). In order to participate you will need to bring your own personal electronic device. **Please call (732) 563-4213 for more information**

June 6 – 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**

June 7, 14, 21 & 28 – The Regime Exercise Class: Interval Stretching & Aerobic Movements, 9:00 am – 10:00 a.m. Exercise and move without putting undo pressure or strain on your body. Learn movements that lubricate joints and keep them flexible, strengthen and stabilize individual muscles and increase blood circulation. These exercises and movements can help decrease falls and increase the ability to better accomplish day-to-day physical activities. This program can be done using a chair for support if desired.

June 7, 14 & 21 – Ageless Grace with Roz Gerken, Certified Ageless Grace Educator, 10:30 a.m. Ageless Grace is a FREE fitness program based on cutting-edge science and 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 sitting or standing. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

June 8 – New Jersey Combat Hapkido with Captain Gregory Borland, Franklin Township Police Department. Learn this internationally recognized system of self-defense training that is practical, versatile and comprehensive. This type of program is known to improve physical fitness, mental awareness, flexibility and self confidence in everyday living. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

June 9 – “How Does Your Garden Grow: Quail Brook’s Growing Commitment to Nutrition and Health” by Joey Meier, Eagle Scout, 10:30 a.m. Take nutrition and health to the next level as the Quail Brook Senior Center plants its version of super herbs in its custom made planters. Quail Brook is ready to flex its green thumbs by growing and harvesting fresh herbs and spices throughout the summer!

June 13, 20 & 27 – Tai Chi with Bobbi Joels, 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 of 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 done using a chair if desired.

June 15 – “Why Everyone Experiences Hearing Loss” by Dr. Michael Vavrek, Audiologist. During this fascinating program you will learn the ins and outs regarding hearing loss. How do you hear versus how you listen, things to do to help preserve your hearing as well as a review of how hearing loss occurs will be covered in the discussion.

June 16 – Thrill’n & Grill’n: A Picnic at Colonial Park, 10:30 a.m. Join us for summer fun, food and friends at the Annual Picnic in the Park. Get sizzling as we groove to the tunes of the season provided by DJ Gio. Remember, a picnic isn’t complete without good old fashioned games such as beach volleyball and horseshoes. Also, test how limber you are and join the crowd to see how low you can go in a friendly game of Limbo…all followed by lunch grilled under the sun! Rain or Shine (Pavilion/Tents Available)!

June 22 – “Hurdle Over Life’s Hurdles: Inspiration & Motivation” by Paul McCall, P.E., M.P.A, Director of Public Works, Somerset County Public Works Department. Some hurdles that we run up to in life are higher than others. Sometimes life’s a breeze and we sprint right along. Everyone can overcome challenges when they learn to see them differently. Today Paul will show us how challenges can be brought to a successful conclusion in a short period of time. Staying committed to moving forward will allow you to conquer any obstacle you have in your path, no matter what it is.

June 23 – “Fascinating Fasciitis” by Dr. Sharon Joag, DPM, East Brunswick Foot Care, 10:30 a.m. Join Dr. Joag as she discusses causes, treatment and prevention of plantar fasciitis.

June 26 – Swing Around the Solar System: Quail Brook’s Fifth Annual Golf Tournament with the Ladies Golf League, 10:30 a.m. Test your skills as three teams vie for top billing as ‘Champion of the Hole in One’ and ‘Highest Scoring Team.’ The Quail Brook Senior Center will be transformed into the solar system. Prior knowledge of golf is not required. Equipment will be provided.

June 28 – “Gardens & More” by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, 10:30 a.m. A sensory garden is a garden environment that is designed with the purpose of stimulating the senses. This stimulation occurs courtesy of plants and the use of materials that engage
one’s senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. We will see plants and animals that belong in this environmentally sensitive park.

June 29 – Interfaith Bereavement Support Program with Rabbi Ronald W. Kaplan. Enduring the death of a loved one is a universal experience in our lives. The purpose of this support group is to provide our guests a safe place to talk with others who share common feelings about the grief and renewal process. Incorporating interfaith bereavement principles and universal spiritual concepts, Ronald W. Kaplan, Rabbi, Doctor of Ministry-a grief counselor and pastoral psychotherapist, will facilitate discussions. We welcome your presence and participation.

June 30 – “From the Nile: The Gardens of Ancient Egypt” by a Genesis Healthcare Registered Dietitian and Chef, 10:30 a.m. In keeping with Quail Brook’s endeavor to learn and incorporate good health and nutrition, take a trip back in time to ancient Egypt and taste the fruits (pomegranate, apples) and vegetables (leeks, chick peas) cultivated in their gardens. Literature and recipes will be provided.


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