Quail Brook Senior Center’s April Schedule

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 only be held on April 10th and 17th**

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**

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. The next session begins March 23 and runs through April 27. There will be no class on April 13. 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 a.m.

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

April 3 – “Agriculture & Farmland Preservation” by the Somerset County Agricultural Planning Division, 10:30 a.m. This program will encapsulate the history of this policy (established in 1983), the process of identifying land appropriate for farmland preservation, administering the Right-to-Farm-Act and making the determination of post-preservation and stewardship matters. As part of this program, we will have a local farmer join us to emphasize the importance of sustaining farmland and the art of farming in Somerset County. We will reveal how acute our taste buds actually are with a “blindfold” taste test (organic vs. supermarket) of fresh fruits and vegetables.

April 4 – ”The Amazing Superheroes of New Jersey” by Walter Choroszewski, Photographer, 10:30 a.m. Walter presents short biographies of New Jersey’s most important superheroes from history to the arts, including Washington, Barton, Edison and many more. This fun- filled program instills New Jersey pride in our homegrown heroes. **This program is made possible, in part, by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through the State/County History Partnership Program Grant, and administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission**

April 4 & 6 – “AARP Smart Driving Course,” 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. This is a classroom driver-improvement course that will teach motorists about new traffic laws and defensive driving techniques. You will receive two points off your license and 5% off your insurance for three years. The fee for AARP members is $15 or $20 for non-members. Call (732) 563-4213 for more information or to register.

April 5, 12, 19 & 26 – The Regime Exercise Class: Interval Stretching & Aerobic Movements, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. 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.

April 5, 12 & 19 – “Advantage Over Arthritis” by Alex Tischler, Registered Nurse, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset & Sagar Modh, Registered Nurse, Newark Beth Israel Hospital under the tutelage of Dr. Karen DeWitt, Kean University, 10:30 a.m. The emphasis is being placed on being one’s own advocate for health and healthier living through discussions on incorporating exercise, change to existing diets/habits, managing medications properly, dealing with healthcare providers, preconceived perceptions about joint pains, interacting with friends and family and coping strategies.

April 5, 12, 19 & 26 – Electronic Keyboard Lessons with Esther Fowlkes & Virginia Ganim, 10:30 a.m. Whether you are a home user or casual beginner, join in on the fun of creating music! These progressive lessons will culminate in a musical venue on May 4 as an artistic expression celebrating Older Americans’ Month and its 2017 theme: Age Out Loud! An integral part of this music venue will be John Fitzpatrick and Bob’s Quailers Choral Group for an added layer of professionalism and complete enjoyment.

April 6, 13, 20 & 27 – 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.

April 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Choir Lessons with John Fitzpatrick & Bob’s Quailers Choral Group, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. We are proud to continue choir practice under the tutelage of John Fitzpatrick. Our 2017 theme is Show Tunes and will culminate in a musical venue on May 4 as an artistic expression celebrating Older Americans’ Month. 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.

April 7 – Bubbles for Autism, 10:30 a.m. Bubbles are symbols of joy, hope and laughter. They bring people together. People all over the world will be blowing “bubbles of support” as a way to create autism awareness. Join us as we have fun and show our support by blowing bubbles, weather permitting.

April 7 – “Reveal the Real You” by the Magic Mirror Players, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset, 10:45 a.m. Players improvise, using role-playing techniques to offer “Slices of Life” to provide an opportunity to focus on important life issues. The interactive skits help the audience become more self-aware of their reactions and opinions in similar situations.

April 11, 18 & 25 – 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.

April 11 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). 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**

April 14 – Holiday – Center Closed

April 21 – “Foot Vitals: The Importance of Ankle Health” by Dr. Sharon Joag, East Brunswick Foot Care, 10:30 a.m. Look at your ankles in a new light and learn about tips to improve your ankle health along with symptoms related to health issues.

April 24 – Earth Day Celebration with by John McDonough, a graduate of Raritan Valley Community College, at 10:30 a.m. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day is now recognized as a worldwide demonstration in support for environmental protection. It is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. Join ‘Planet Quail Brook’ and get educated on our planet’s finite resources that are impacted on a daily basis and learn what we as individuals can do to help prevent such destruction from occurring.

April 26 – Sanganeri Traditional Asian Block Printing Workshop with Shanti Jain, 10:30 a.m. Learn the tradition of this late 17th century art form from the town of Sanganer, famous for dyeing and printing colorful mediums such as dresses, bed sheets, curtains, dress material and a variety of other textiles with hands on techniques. Sanganer was renowned for its small decorative and delicate floral patterns, called, ‘boota-booties’ which was printed on fine cotton and silk.

April 28 – “Beach Volley Ball” by Brienne E. Janho, CTRS, Director of Recreation, Rehab at River’s Edge, 10:30 a.m. Quail Brook Senior Center will be transformed into a rousing volleyball rally replete with players and spectators to cheer for their favorite team! A great way to incorporate physical activity in a safe, fun and competitive environment.


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