Quail Brook Senior Center’s July Schedule

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

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.

Computer Lab – 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 is a peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program for individuals who are either 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 prior to 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, and stretching and aerobic movements. Learn movements that will lubricate joints for flexibility 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 better 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; Friday – Lower Body Routine. Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing; sneakers are required.

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1 – 3 p.m. Putting Pencil to Paper, Mixed Stylus (colored pencils, oil pastels, Sharpie pens, splashes of watercolor) and Drawing Skillset; Module 1 – Generating Dimension, Shapes & Nuances; Module 2 – Honoring Details in Calligraphy; Module 3 – Summer Showcase, Seascape or Landscape; Module 4 – Techniques to create a Sea-Shell Still-Life Drawing; Module 5 – Personal Selection of Mediums, Capture a Summer Theme/Memory. $10.00 fee per class, which includes supplies.

Circuit Training – Thursday, 9:15 a.m. Have fun while performing cardiovascular exercises that raise your heart rate, tone your muscles in the upper and lower body and strengthen your core. Improve your balance, overall agility and increase your ability to more easily perform everyday activities. Sneakers are required. Cost is $40 for the eight-week program; the next session begins in Sept. 5. Register by Aug. 26. 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, breath work and meditation to improve alignment and relaxation. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing that will allow for movement. Cost is $20 for the four-week program; the next session begins on July 5. Register by June 22. 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 even 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.

July 1 – “Lessons for a Long Life” by Daryl Minch, M.Ed., family & community health sciences educator, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 10:30 a.m. Attaining and maintaining health is not a fad, but a lifelong commitment! Join the center as participants explore different aspects of lifelong health journeys from around the world.

July 1 & 2 – “AARP CarFit Senior Driving Car Checklist” with AARP & AOTA, 1 – 4 p.m. CarFit was developed by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Each free 20-minute assessment provides participants with a quick, yet comprehensive 12-point check of their car. Call 732-563-4213 to schedule an appointment. Space is limited.

July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Body and Brain Yoga with Lucy Pagnetti, certified yoga instructor, 10:30 a.m. Learn a mind-body practice that combines stretching, flowing movement, deep-breathing exercises and meditation in a simple and easy-to-learn format that helps develop the body’s core strength and is the basis of physical, mental and spiritual health.

July 3, 17 & 24 – 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 intended for participants of all abilities who will be thoroughly engaged while seated in a chair.

July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 – Yoga for Mental & Physical Wellness with Dr. Prabha Srinivas, council for Yoga Accreditation International at the S-Vyasa University of Yogic Sciences, Bangalore, India, 1 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.

July 4 – Independence Day – Center is closed.

July 5, 11 & 25 – Chair Yoga with Jade Ko, certified yoga instructor, 10:30 a.m. Participants will practice a series of specific poses adapted from regular yoga poses when seated in a chair. This gentle form of yoga can be an effective way to improve one’s overall health by increasing strength, flexibility, mental clarity and proprioception, and it can help reduce stress when practiced regularly.

July 8 – “Osteo-Health” by Dr. Kathleen Morgan, professor, Family & Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension/Rutgers University, 10 a.m. Learn about osteoporosis and its root cause, the symptoms that can impact daily living, and the importance of preventing the disabling disease with proper care and prevention. Following the presentation, the doctor will have a Q& A session.

July 10 – “Going Green” by Daryl Minch, M.Ed., family & community health sciences educator, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 10:30 a.m. Cooking with dark green and leafy vegetables is an important part of a healthy diet. Vegetables such as kale, broccoli, microgreens, cabbage and more are an incredible and easy source of numerous health benefits such as reducing the risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and mental decline.

July 12 – “A Vignette on Humanity: A Human Being Died That Night” with three Oldwick Community Players, directed by Merry Larue, 10:30 a.m. A moving dialogue that investigates a journey that discovers the human spirit of forgiveness.

July 15 – Quail Brook Senior Center Indoor Golf Tournament with Doris Reagan and the Senior Ladies Golf League, 10:30 a.m. Join the center for a miniature golf tournament with a summer theme! Test your athletic ability and hand-eye coordination by swinging a club on the Quail Brook (Senior Center) course. Tips and techniques will be given by experts throughout the tournament.

(NEW) July 17 – OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity, Adalin Ball, MSW, eldercare educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Beginning this month, Adalin will be at the center every third Wednesday of the month to assist with support, questions and information about services and programs that the Office on Aging & Disability Services provides. Adalin will be available to meet one-on-one if requested.

July 18 – Staff In-service meeting – Center is closed.

July 19 – “Hand Drumming Inspired by the Summer Solstice” with Dave Miller, EarthMovers Drum Collective, 10:30 a.m. The summer solstice not only is the longest day of the year, but it marks the official start of summer. Dave will help us create a summer-inspired rhythmic pattern that mimics the sounds of nature.

July 22 – “Luck Be a Lady Tonight, Casino Event!” with Caitlin Campbell, MT-BC, community outreach, Foothill Acres, 10:30 a.m. Try your hand at this event when the Quail Brook Senior Center, which will shine like the Las Vegas Strip when games of luck, strategy and fun are taught by dealers. Call 732-563-4213 to make a reservation for lunch.

July 26 – Open Program Selection: Knitting, Bonkers for Bingo, Trivial Pursuit or News around the World Discourse with the Quail Brook Senior Center Seniors and Friends, 10:30 a.m. Pick your program or participate in all and join in on the fun and infectious camaraderie.

July 29 – Field Trip: “Senior Science Ecology Series at Duke Farms (Part 3): The Aerodynamics of Airplanes” by Kate Reilly, Duke Farms educator, 10:30 a.m. Learn the science of a bird’s flight patterns with paper planes. Learn terms such as lift and drag, symmetry, structure, and design. Participants will decorate their paper planes with illustrations and decals. The session will be followed by a flight distance competition!

July 31 – Filipino Traditional Dance with Angie Tirso, 10:30 a.m. Peek into the Filipino culture through dance – these beautiful steps were influenced by over three hundred years of Spanish rule. Dance and its fundamental movements is a way to express emotions and a shared memory or experience.

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