Quail Brook Senior Center’s October Schedule

625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 563-4213
Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 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.

Individual Computer Instruction with Mike Dias – Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm ** Please call (732) 563-4213 to schedule an 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. If you have a favorite game not listed that you would like to play, and/or if you are interested in starting up a club on the game of your choice, please inform the staff.

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

QBC News – Monday to 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.

Body & Brain Yoga with Lucy Pagnetti – Tuesday, 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.

Yogalates with Laura Kerr – Tuesday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. This mat-based exercise is a fusion of Yoga and Pilates that strengthens the core while increasing flexibility through proper posture and positions. In combination, these gentle motions flow together to help create more overall strength, stability and balance. **$40 for the 8-week program, next session began on September 19th. Registration required, space still available, call (732) 563-4213 for more information**

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. This 4 part module will examine the properties and elements of light in art; including using actual light to manipulate artistic expression. Module 1 – Uplighting; fractal art brushes and textures, Module 2 – Side Lighting; creating desired shadow effects, Module 3 – Backlighting; creating an ethereal glow and Module 4 – Light Reflections; the impact on paint and form. **$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 Sept. 7. Registration required, space still available, 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.

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

October 2, 16, 23 & 30 – “Quail Brook’s Got Talent: Music Appreciation” with Linda Merriman-Kuc, LMK Music, 10:30 a.m. Bob’s Quailer’s continue to hone their voices to the accompanying steps of choreography for a new twist in preparation of their fourth community outreach performance at a local rehabilitation facility.

October 3 – 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**

October 4, 11, 18 & 25 – 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 the 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 activities. This program can be done standing or sitting.

October 4, 11, 18 & 25 – Ageless Grace Exercise Program with Roz Gerken, Certified Ageless Grace Educator, 10:30 a.m. Ageless Grace is a FREE fitness program based on the 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 standing or sitting. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

October 5, 12, 19 & 26 – 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.

October 5 – “The Great Pink Out: Breast Cancer Awareness Month” by Tara Kenyon, AICP/PP, Principal Planner/Administrator, Somerset County Planning Division, 11:00 a.m. Join us for a program dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the stigma of breast cancer through education and the joy of empowerment. Learn what we can do to lift the spirits of and for individuals currently battling the disease.

October 6 – Discover Jersey Arts Logo (LAP Grant) (2)NJSCA Logo 2017 (LAP Grant) (2)”Cinema & Television: The New Jersey Connection” by Walter Choroszewski, Photographer, 10:30 a.m. Walter is New Jersey Proud and celebrates the state’s historic contributions to American cinema and television; from Edison’s Black Media Studio to the numerous Jersey-born artists that have starred on the big and little screens. Walter showcases New Jersey as the birthplace of Silent Film and he covers New Jersey’s popularity as a location for movies and reality TV. **This program is made possible, in part, by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through the State/County Historic Partnership Program Grant, and administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission**

October 9 – Holiday – Center Closed

October 12 & 26 – “Interfaith Discourse: A Support Program” with Rabbi Ronald W. Kaplan, Rabbi, Doctor of Ministry, Grief Counselor and Pastoral Psychotherapist, 11:00 a.m. Please join the group where everyone is a participant! Get engaged in a civilized discussion with earnest and intellectual enquires that deal with the experience of change throughout the course of one’s life.

October 13 – Visit to Duke Farms in Hillsborough, 10:30 a.m. Take the electric tram through this nature preserve and park, learn about eco-friendly gardens, the use of native plants, view such magnificent trees as the Great Oak and Amur Cork Tree (along with four of the ten oldest trees of New Jersey), take the beauty of the fall foliage and become an informed steward of the land. Lunch to follow in the onsite café.

October 19 – “Armchair Travel Presents: Greece, the Hellenic Republic” 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 and haven extensive photos and put them together on a DVD complete with music and narration of their experience. Today’s featured tour will be Greece, the Hellenic Republic. Don’t miss this very special program.

October 20 – “Hand Drumming & Brain Health” by Dave Miller, 10:30 a.m. Stimulate the alpha waves of your brain for a higher level of calmness and relaxation. Or, synchronize your logical and intuitive brain hemispheres for a unique musical experience that is not only physical, but creative and enjoyable as well.

October 26 – Electronic Keyboard Lessons with Esther Fowlkes, Quail Brook Senior Center Member, 11:00 a.m. Tinkle the keys and be amazed at the dexterity and talent found in your own two hands and ten digits. Beginners are embraced!

October 27 – “Dance Methodology” by Donnamarie McCarthy, 10:30 a.m. A physical and educational (cultural) dance session that takes Latin dance moves to a more intricate and detailed level; Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Cha Cha.

October 31 – Visit to the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater for the “Spooktacular” Event, 10:45 a.m. Back by popular demand, DJ Giovanni will be our entertainment for this fun-filled event. Be sure to dress in costume. Prizes will be given out for most creative and best dressed.


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