Quail Brook Senior Center Schedule for May 2017

625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 563-4213
Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. 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. **Class will be held on May 8 and May 15.**
  • 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. **$10.00 fee includes supplies**
  • 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 a.m.
  • Card Sharks – Friday, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to play various card games for group play and/or tournament participation.
  • May 3 –NJSCA Logo 2017 (LAP Grant) (2) Discover Jersey Arts Logo (LAP Grant) (2)Choir Practice with John Fitzpatrick & Bob’s Quailers, 10:30 a.m. Our 2017 ‘Sing Out Loud’ theme is Show Tunes that will culminate in a musical venue performed on
  • May 4th as an artistic expression celebrating Older American’s Month and it’s 2017 theme Age Out Loud! **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**
  • May 4 –NJSCA Logo 2017 (LAP Grant) (2) Discover Jersey Arts Logo (LAP Grant) (2)Bob’s Quailers Choral Group 2017 Presents: “Sing Out Loud” Show Tunes Performance, 10:30 a.m. Today our very own senior center participants will perform a special concert to celebrate Older American’s Month, after months of practice, under the direction of John Fitzpatrick. This concert will be held at the Spring Hills Memory Care & Assisted Living on 473 Demott Lane, Somerset, New Jersey 08873. **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**
  • May 5 – “Armchair Travel Presents: New Zealand-The Island Nation in the Pacific Southwest Ocean” by Dorothy & Irwin Vogel, 10:30 a.m. 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 New Zealand-The Island Nation in the Pacific Southwest Nation.
  • May 9, 16, & 23 – 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.
  • May 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**
  • May 10 & 24 – Ageless Grace with Roz Gerken, 10:30 a.m. Ageless Grace is a FREE fitness program based on 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 sitting or standing. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.
  • May 11, 18 & 25 – The Regime Exercise Class: Interval Stretching & Aerobic Movements, 9:00 – 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.
  • May 11 & 18 – 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.
  • May 11 – “Broadway Back in Time” by Sam Caponegro. Enjoy Musical Comedy and Broadway Hits through a historical view of clips, main character signature songs, blockbusters, supporting character’s songs and familiar tunes from Broadway musicals. Start tapping your feet, dust off your vocal chords and belt out a few lines for a memorable theatre/movie experience.
  • May 12 – “Yes You Can: The Art of Canning” by Brienne E. Janho, CTRS, Director of Recreation, Rehabilitation at River’s Edge, 10:30 a.m. Brienne will provide tips on the art of canning. Join us and help put a little bit of summer in a jar!
  • May 19 – A Spring Choral Performance by the Swinging Singing Seniors, 10:30 a.m. Our old time favorite ritual of spring is upon us! Join this lovely group of choral performers as they hit high notes and herald in the long awaited days of warmer weather.
  • May 22 – “Delaware & Raritan Canal: An Epic & Historic Journey” by Linda J. Barth, Canal Author & Historian, 10:30 a.m. Did you know that for more than 170 years, the Delaware and Raritan Canal has meandered across the narrow waist of New Jersey? Did you know that the D&R was one of our nation’s most successful towpath canals, carrying more tonnage in 1866 than the more famous Erie Canal? Did you know that Johnson & Johnson, Roebling, and Fleischmann’s Distillery all had their start along the D&R? And did you know that the canal provides the people of Central New Jersey with both a water supply and a premier recreational facility? Join us as we learn several interesting facts about the Delaware & Raritan Canal.
  • May 25 – “The Evolution of the Essential Oils Revolution” by Dr. Sharon Joag, East Brunswick Foot Care, 10:30 a.m. The ancient Egyptians believed the source of healthier lives could be found in the essence of aromatic plant based oils such as lavender, sage, cinnamon, etc. These oils have long been known to play important roles in history, medicine and religion. Awaken your nose and let’s go on a ‘Scentastic’ journey of smells!
  • May 26 – “Viva Las Vegas: A Tribute to Elvis Presley” by Mike Holland, 10:30 a.m. As a group we will meet Elvis Presley through tribute songs performed during his Las Vegas concert circa 1972. As a cultural icon, we will learn about his musical genius that blended soul, blues, pop, rockabilly and created a legend with Mike Holland as the King!
  • May 29 – Holiday – Center Closed
  • May 31 – Minute to Win It Competition, 10:45 a.m. Today we will take a trip to the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater for the Minute to Win It Competition. Minute to Win It is an American primetime game show that originally ran on NBC with host Guy Fieri. Challenges use regular household items and great concentration to complete each challenge. Think you can do it? You’ve got 60 seconds! Join the suspense as the Quail Brook Senior Center and the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater re-create this game and compete for this year’s title.


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