Quail Brook Senior Center November Schedule

625 New Brunswick Rd.
Somerset, NJ 08873
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity – Adalin Ball, M.S.W., eldercare educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, Third Wednesday of the Month, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Adalin will be at the center on Nov. 20, to provide assistance, support and answer any questions that you may have about the services and programs, which the Office on Aging & Disability Services provides. Adalin will be available to meet one-on-one as requested.

State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). 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 sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Call 732-563-4213 to schedule an appointment.

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

Bridge, Cards & Board Game Lessons with Quail Brook Seniors & Volunteers – Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. Classic games of strategy are a great opportunity for people of all skill levels to meet and socialize. Join the Quail Brook Seniors and volunteers for mind-stimulating and competitive games of Bridge, Texas Hold ‘Em,’ Monopoly, dominoes and more! If you would like to play a game that is not listed and/or if you are interested in starting a club featuring the game of your choice, please inform the staff.

Indoor Shuffleboard – Available Monday – Friday.

Table Tennis (Ping-Pong) – Available 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 doubles games. It’s a great way to improve hand/eye coordination, concentration and agility.

Healthy Bones Exercise Class with Joan Ackerman – Monday, 9:15 a.m. This either is a peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are at risk of having osteoporosis or have it. Exercises help improve balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. Advanced registration is required. A doctor’s note is also required before 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. 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 hot topics of the day.

The Regime Exercise Class – Monday, Thursday & Friday, 1 p.m. Get a head-to-toe workout that uses weights, stretching and aerobic movements. Learn movements that will lubricate joints for flexibility to strengthen and stabilize muscles, increase blood circulation – and with the proper diet, you may lose weight! These exercises can help decrease falls and increase the ability to accomplish day-to-day activities. This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting and with or without hand weights. Monday – Upper Body Routine; Thursday – Mid Section Routine and Friday – Lower Body Routine. Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing; sneakers are required.

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1 – 3 p.m. – Tuesday, 1 – 3 p.m. Exploring Fantasy Themes: Highlighting Textures and Using Watercolors; Modules 1 and 2 – Gardens, Forests, Castles: Blurring structured boundaries to create a parallel motif; Module 3 – Incorporating Base Layering, Stenciling and Other Features with Fall Harvest (Fruit/Vegetables) and Mixed Media. $10.00 fee per class, includes supplies.

Functional Fitness – Thursday, 9:15 a.m. Have fun while performing cardiovascular exercises that raise your heart rate, tone muscles in the upper and lower body and strengthen your core. Improve your balance, overall agility and increase your ability to move more easily while performing everyday activities. Sneakers are required. The cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins on Nov. 7. Register by Nov. 1. Call 732-563-4213 for more information.

Yoga with Jade Ko – Friday, 2 p.m. Yoga is considered by many as a holistic approach to health and wellness. Practice physical poses, breathwork and meditation to improve alignment and relaxation. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing that will allow for movement. The cost is $35 for the seven-week program; the next session begins Nov. 1. Register by Oct. 30. Call 732-563-4213 for more information.

Crochet & Knitting with Esther Fowlkes – Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. Learn the difference between two methods of creating artistic patterns using fabric and yarn, a single hook or two needles. Crocheting or knitting? 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 updates to the schedule.

Line Dancing – Friday, 9:30 a.m. Line dancing is so much fun that it doesn’t 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 while participants work through different moves

Mindful Meditation and Breathing Techniques – Monday, 2 – 3 p.m. with Dr. Prahba Srinivas council for yoga accreditation international at the S-Vyasa University of Yogic Sciences, Bangalore India, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to improve your breathing techniques through mindful meditation. Most people who rush through the day take short shallow breaths. Learning how to breathe properly can promote muscle relaxation, skeletal alignment, and relieve stress. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. The cost is $40 for the 8-week program; session begins Nov. 4. Register by Oct. 21. Call 732-563-4213 for more information.

Nov. 4, 18 & 25 – Chair Yoga with Jade Ko, certified yoga instructor, 10:30 a.m. Participants will practice a series of specific poses while seated in a chair. When practiced regularly, this gentle form of yoga can be an effective way to improve one’s strength, flexibility, mental clarity, proprioception, and help reduce stress.

Nov. 5 – Center is closed.

Nov. 6 & 20 – 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 for participants of all abilities. Those who will be seated in a chair will receive the same benefits as those who are not.

Nov. 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Yoga for Mental & Physical Wellness with Dr. Prabha Srinivas, council for Yoga Accreditation International at the S-Vyasa University of Yogic Sciences, Bangalore, India, 2 p.m. Take control of your emotional and physical well-being through the practice of yoga and meditation while reducing stress in your life. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing that will allow for movement.

Nov. 7 & 21 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher, 10:30 a.m. With popular music designed to inspire a hearty workout, Zumba Gold 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 exercising the muscles of the hips, legs, and arms with fun, energetic and rhythmic moves. This fun and energetic session can be done seated in a chair or standing up. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows for dynamic movement.

Nov. 7 – Hoop Fitness with Agnes Carbone, Glitter Hoops, 11 a.m. Learn how to keep the hula-hoop on your waist and move it to different parts of the body by using tricks and dance moves in this basic, low-impact aerobics class. In this class, you will learn about the world of hula hooping while having fun burning calories, toning the body and stimulating your creativity. No experience is necessary. This is a class for all fitness levels and participants can either stand or sit while taking the class.

Nov. 8 – “Strike that Chord!” by Jenny Ketrow, musician and songwriter, 10:30 a.m. Tap into your inner musical voice with Jenny, a musician, singer, and songwriter, who will entertain you by using various musical mediums. In the finale, participants will break into two groups – one group will play instruments the other group will sing.

Nov. 11 – Center is closed.

Nov. 12 – “Moods, Foods and Senses” by Kim Minerley, community liaison, Rehab at River’s Edge, 10:30 a.m. Explore the sense and sensibility of good foods and learn how to help alleviate gloomy moods your sense of smell and taste. Did you know that food and its aroma might have both a positive and negative impact on your emotions, concentration and even energy levels?

Nov. 13 – “Theatre Workshop: Being Thankful” by Ellen Tillson Parker, 10:30 a.m. Join this creative workshop where seniors will act out and improvise personal aspects of the Thanksgiving holiday scenes. Impromptu poetry will also be read.

Nov. 14 – “Music for Appreciation” by Noel Javier, musician and music/instruments teacher, 10:30 a.m. Join us to sing praises to the volunteers at the Quail Brook Senior Center who give their time to others on a daily basis.

Nov. 15 – “Space Age NJ: 60 Years of Achievement” by Jim DelGiudice, photographer and educator, The Judson Lecture Series, 10:30 a.m. Take a journey through the science and history of NASA, from its beginning to moon landings almost a half-century ago, and the Voyagers who have been gone for forty years. This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.

Nov. 19 – McCarter Theatre Center/OnStage Seniors: A Community Project of McCarter Theatre, 10:30 a.m. Be a supportive audience participant in this theatre production hosted by ensemble members (all over the age of 55). They will navigate the nuances, explore stories and issues of the aging community while they delight, express insight, and affirm senior memories and experiences.

Nov. 21 – To Dance the Waltz with Donnamarie McCarthy, Create an Impression & Yoga Studio, 10:30 a.m. Join this elegant dance class where participants will learn dance instruction for the Waltz – one of the oldest types of German dance –, which is a form that fuses ballroom and folk dance. Also, learn facts about German music, food and culture.

Nov. 22 – “Football and New Jersey: A Historical Celebration” by Alan Delozier, Seton Hall University, 10:30 a.m. Learn sport’s Greek and British ties and the development of the modern-day game. This fun and informative look at the sport focuses on the memorable players, teams, and the overall spirit that makes football so appealing to millions. This program is sponsored by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.

Nov. 26 – Music Celebration: Annual Quail Brook Volunteer Appreciation with a Performance by the Quail Brook Center Participants and Noel Javier, musician and music/instruments teacher, 11 a.m. Join us as to serenade the center’s wonderful volunteers who make the Quail Brook Senior Center an oasis of giving.

Nov. 27 – (Ani) Tsalagi (Ones Falagi), a Native American Tribe of New Jersey with Gray Wolf (a war woman), Two Bears and Carol Lone Eagle, 10:30 a.m. Join the center to celebrate the eve of the Native American harvest celebration, and learn about their culture presented by a Native American from the Cherokee tribe.

Nov. 28 & 29 – Center is closed.

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