Quail Brook Senior Center’s September Schedule

625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 563-4213

Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Individual Computer Instruction with Mike Dias – Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. **Please call (732) 563-4213 to schedule an appointment.**

Healthy Bones Exercise Class with Joan Ackerman – Monday, 9:15 a.m. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals who either have osteoporosis or are at risk for it. The exercises focus on improving balance, strength, flexibility and posture.  Advanced registration is required.  A doctor’s note is required prior to the first class and then once every year. For new participants, 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.

QBC News – Monday – Friday, 10 – 10:30 a.m. Enjoy discussing breaking news and current events around the world. This stimulating Question and Answer session allows fellow center members to take turns researching and sharing hot topics.

The Regime Exercise Class – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 1 p.m. This head-to-toe workout incorporates using weights at intervals, stretching and aerobic movements. Learn movements that will help lubricate joints and keep them flexible, strengthen and stabilize individual muscles, increase blood circulation, and shed unwanted weight with the proper diet! These exercises can help decrease falls and increase the ability to better accomplish day-to-day activities. This program can be done either standing or sitting and with or without hand weights. Monday – Upper Body Routine, Tuesday – Mid-Section Routine, Wednesday – Lower Body Routine, Friday – Total Routine. Wear comfortable or loose fitting clothing and sneakers are required.

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1 – 3 p.m. Back to Basics with Drawing  Module 1 – How to look at the world with fresh eyes (your environment through basic sketching); Module 2 – Using Different Instruments: Pen & Ink, Charcoal, Graphite and Colored Pencils; Module 3 – Mastering Shapes and Shading (controlling pressure); Module 4 – Gesture Drawing (creativity).  **$10.00 fee per class and includes supplies.**

Circuit Training – Thursday, 9:15 a.m. Have fun while performing exercises that tone your muscles. In this class, cardiovascular exercises will raise your heart rate and tone muscles in the upper and lower body. Working on balance, core, overall agility and muscle strength will help you better able to perform daily activities. Sneakers are required. **$40 for the 8-week program. The next session starts Sept. 6.  Call (908) 204-3435 for more information.**

Bridge Club with Hatim Hyderally – Thursday & Friday, 11 a.m. This classic game of strategy is an ideal opportunity for participants of all levels of ability to get intellectual and social stimulation on a routine basis. Bridge is also a wonderful way to stimulate memory, sequencing and visualization in the brain.

Crotchet & Knitting with Jaye Lane & Esther Folwkes – Thursday, 11 a.m. Which method do you think is easier? Learn the difference between the two ways of creating artistic patterns using fabric and yarn, a single hook or two needles.

Line Dancing – Friday, 9:30 a.m. Line dancing is so much fun that it doesn’t even seem like exercise!  In this class, you don’t need a partner and it’s an easy way to stay healthy both mentally and physically. As participants work through different movements they will improve their cardiovascular, muscular strength, and coordination and balance. This class is suitable for participants with limited mobility.

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

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 a club that features the game of your choice, please inform the staff.

NEW – Indoor Shuffleboard – Monday – Friday.

Table Tennis (Ping Pong) – Monday – Friday. Take a shot at being a tournament master by playing in a singles or doubles game. This competitive game has been an Olympic sport since 1988 and it is a great way to maintain and improve hand/eye coordination, concentration and agility.

Sept. 3 – Holiday – Center is closed.

Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25 – “Ageless Grace” with Laura Tuma, Certified “Ageless Grace” Educator, 10:30 a.m. “Ageless Grace” is based on cutting-edge science known as neuroplasticity; which is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to change structurally and functionally. The program is designed to activate functions of the brain (i.e. strategic planning, memory, analytical thinking, creativity and kinesthetic thinking). The program is intended for people of all abilities and can be performed while either standing or sitting. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

Sept. 5, 12 & 19 – Body and Brain Yoga with Lucy Pagnetti, 10:30 a.m. Body and Brain Yoga is a dynamic mind-body practice that combines stretching, a flowing movement, deep breathing exercises and meditation. This easy-to-learn practice focuses on developing the body’s core strength, which is the basis of physical, mental and spiritual health. This program can be performed while either standing or sitting. Bring your own mat.

Sept. 6 – “Judging a Book By Its Cover…Don’t” by the Magic Mirror Players, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Somerset. The Magic Mirror Players are a group of volunteer actors who portray real-life issues in a dramatic presentation using improvisational and role-playing techniques.

Sept. 6, 13 & 27 – Zumba Gold with Laurie Fetcher, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Zumba Gold uses popular music to inspire a hearty workout. It is designed to be accessible for anyone age 60 and above, including beginners and 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 as participants use fun, energetic and rhythmic moves.

Sept. 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Yoga with Dr. Prahba 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 you to move around.

Sept. 7 – Tai Chi with Laurena Kugliowski, Certified Instructor & Activities Director, Regency Jewish Heritage Rehabilitation Center, 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 have experienced a reduction in pain, fatigue, stiffness and have gained a greater sense of well-being. Tai chi can help reduce the risk of falls, and especially for those who have balance problems. This program can be performed while either standing or sitting.

Sept. 10 – “Gluten Free for Me Please” by Chante Glenn, MA, Program Coordinator, Family & Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 10:30 a.m. Gluten is a general name for the protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, and other related species, hybrids and products. Gluten causes health problems in sufferers of celiac disease, and some people who have wheat allergies. Learn how to be savvy with your Gluten-Free diet!

Sept. 13 – “Dimensions of Wellness” by Lori Morell, CMP, P/T, BA, Senior Manager of the Center for Healthy Aging. This enlightening program discusses the importance of good nutrition for physical and mental well-being and healthy aging.

Sept. 14 & 28 –  “Native American Dance (Sessions 1 & 2)” 10:30 a.m. Native Americans have used dance as a way to connect with eachother and honor longstanding traditions. Dance is an important part of socialization, as well as being a fascinating part of distinct cultures. Learn how powerful this medium is when expressing ideas.  In these sessions participants will see how each step poses a deeper significance, and how the dance exemplifies the unique quality of this tradition. **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.**

Sept. 20 – Lessons on Friendship with ‘Frick & Frack,’ the Comedy Duo of Somerset County. Back by popular demand, for a third time, ‘Frick & Frack’ (Sandi & Irene) will present the funnier side of how to get along with your friends.

Sept. 21 –   “Mammals” by Dakota Hettel, Morris Museum, 10:30 a.m. Participants learn about New Jersey animals, migration patterns, habits, diets, lifespan; and the environmental impact of pollution, and how urban sprawl threatens their survival. **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.**

Sept. 24 – “The Heart of the Champion Jack McAuliffe” by JE McAuliffe, Author, 10:30 a.m. This is a tale about JE’s distant uncle, Jack McAuliffe who was one of only 15 world-boxing champions to retire without a loss. As the World Lightweight champion from 1886-1893, McAuliffe was inducted into The Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995. This session takes a fascinating look into the world of boxing during this time, McAuliffe’s early years as an Irish emigrant, his grueling training, and the personal and family sacrifices he made.

Sept. 26 – “Gut Busting Bacteria” by Lilian Liuying, Quail Brook Senior Center Volunteer, MA, Public Dietitian (Ahanxi University, China) and Life Coach, 10:30 a.m. Learn about probiotics and how to cultivate and improve good gut bacteria, and feel better!

Sept. 27 – “Armchair Travelers: The Arab Republic of Egypt” 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 photographs and have recorded everything on a DVD complete with music and narration of their experience. This session will feature their experience in the Arab Republic of Egypt.


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