Montgomery Senior Center April Activities

Posted on March 26, 2019

MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER

356 Skillman Road

Skillman, NJ 08558

(609) 466-0846

Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Pool Table – Available Monday to Friday.**Call for availability.**

Computer Lab – Available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Individual Computer Instruction – Available Monday to Friday. **Call (609) 466-0846 for an appointment.**

Bocce Ball – Available Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy time outside while playing bocce ball! Great for all ability levels. Instruction is available, (weather permitting).

Games/Cards (Scrabble, Uno, Rummikub, etc.) Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. If there is a favorite game that you would like to play and it isn’t listed, or if you are interested in starting a club featuring the game of your choice, please inform the staff.

Silver Strength with Linda Monday, 10:15 a.m. This 45-minute exercise class is great for older adults of all skill levels. Participants will have 20 minutes of cardio (or movement); followed by 20 minutes of toning (with or without weights), then a five-minute relaxing stretch. Sneakers are required. **Check the monthly calendar for an updated schedule.**

Montgomery EMS Blood Pressure Screenings Third Monday of the Month, 9:45 a.m. A Montgomery Township EMS worker will be on-site to give FREE blood pressure screenings. No appointment is necessary.

Montgomery Walkers Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. Tired of walking alone? Looking for a new way to get motivated? Join the Montgomery Walkers every Monday and Wednesday to get moving and have fun! **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**

Beginner Ukulele Lessons with Chris Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. This class will get beginners started on the right note as they learn the foundation of playing the ukulele in easy-to-follow lessons. Participants will learn how to hold, tune, and strum simple chords, and how to buy a ukulele. **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**

Intermediate Ukulele Lessons with Chris Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. & Thursday, 10 a.m. Now that you know the basics of ukulele playing, you are ready to take intermediate lessons so that you can play like a pro! Using a wide range of musical genres, participants will learn more about chords and melody playing, improvisation, and will start playing multi-part arrangements in a band. **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**

Yoga with Elizabeth Tuesday, 11 a.m. This class is open to all levels of skill. This class practices yoga poses that can be performed while either standing or sitting. Practicing yoga may help to increase bone density, strength and balance. Participants will learn techniques to help gain flexibility and improve strength while being immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for helping to relieve stress and for gaining an overall sense of well-being. **Check the monthly calendar for an updates schedule.**

Exercise for Arthritis with Elizabeth Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. & Thursday, 11 a.m. This exercise program is designed to help reduce pain, fatigue and stiffness and helps increase flexibility, strength, balance and endurance as you practice in a safe and positive environment. **Check the monthly calendar for the updated schedule.**

Tai Chi with Herb Wednesday, 11 a.m. Tai Chi participants will focus 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, and stiffness and have gained a greater sense of well-being. Regular Tai Chi can help reduce falls, especially for those with balance problems. This program can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Check the monthly calendar for scheduled updates.**

Healthy Bones Exercise Class Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. This peer-led, 24-week exercise and education program is for individuals who either are at risk of having osteoporosis or have it. Exercises will help improve 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 a new participant 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.**

Crocheting/Crafting with Jane Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to join. Bring your own crocheting/crafting project or come learn something new and meet wonderful friends while practicing your favorite hobby. **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**

Afternoon Ukulele Jam Wednesday, 1 – 2 p.m. This is an informal jam session. All skill levels are welcome! **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**

Mahjong – Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Have you always wanted to learn how to play mahjong, or are you familiar with the game but needing other players? Thursday mornings are mahjong mornings! Lessons and game playing refreshers are available. **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**

April 1 – “Virtual Safari” by the Somerset County Park Commission. Travel via armchair to amazing Tanzania on a virtual safari. This program will bring you deep into the African “bush” on a safari to see elephants, lions, gazelles, and many more animals that are exotic.

April 3 & 17 – Move Today with Elizabeth, 10:15 a.m. Move Today is an exercise class designed to improve flexibility, balance, strength, and stamina. The class focuses on improving posture and fall prevention. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting.

April 5 – NIA/MELT Exercise Class with Alida Weisfeld, advanced MELT instructor, 10:15 a.m. This class uses non-impact aerobics (NIA), which is a class where participants practice gentle movements to music; and the MELT method, which is a technique to help eliminate stress and pain from the body by using little exercise balls on the hands and feet; and participants will practice other exercises using resistance bands. NIA and MELT have been shown to improve balance, agility and mobility by releasing the stuck stress in joints.

April 5 – Raritan Valley Community College Dance Ensemble Performance. Under the direction of Loretta Di Bianca Fois, assistant professor, dance, Raritan Valley Community College, the group’s performance will demonstrate the communicative aspects of dance. The show features a variety of dances performed to different musical pieces and sound accompaniment. The audience will have a chance to practice unique dance movements.

April 5 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). A counselor will be available to provide FREE help for New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Call (609) 466-0846 to schedule an appointment.**

April 5 – “Adult & Child CPR,” Lunch & Learn Opportunity, 12:30 p.m. The Family & Friends CPR program teaches you how to perform CPR on adults and children. Members of the general community who want to learn CPR, but does not need a course completion card can participate in this program.

April 8 – “Dino: The King of Cool” by Gordon James, jazz musician. This program showcases the life of Dean Martin including his solo career as a performer in movies and television during his Rat Pack years as well as his part in the comedy duo “Martin and Lewis” with Jerry Lewis. Gordon will sing Dean Martin classics like “Sway,” “That’s Amore,” “Return to Me,” “Volare,” “Mambo Italiano,” “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” and “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You” and more.

April 10 & 24 – Creative Wellness with Shirin Stave-Matais, former professional dancer, 10:15 a.m. Creative Wellness strives to create a unique combination of wellness exercises for participants. It merges aspects of Hatha and chair yoga using gestural, improvisational and world dance forms, sound therapy and creative play, along with guided relaxation and meditation techniques. The class will promote calm, control, and meditative practices with imaginative, joyful and social interaction. This class can enhance positivity, reduce stress and create feelings of empowerment and well-being. All participants of every skill level are invited. This can be practiced while either standing or sitting.

April 10 – Bunny Craft, 10:30 a.m. Join the Montgomery Craft Group as they show us how to create adorable bunnies for the Easter Holiday. **All supplies will be provided. Please call

(609) 466-0846 for more information.**

April 12 – 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 functionally and structurally. 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 participants of all abilities while being thoroughly engaged and seated in a chair.

April 15 – Bubbles 4 Autism with Paulann Pierson, disability services coordinator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services. The Montgomery Senior Center is supporting Autism Awareness Month by participating in a Bubbles 4 Autism event. Bubbles are symbols of joy, hope, and laughter and blowing bubbles is simple, fun and brings people together. During the month of April, people all over the world will be blowing bubbles of support as a way to promote autism awareness. The purpose of this event is to educate people about autism and to promote inclusion and acceptance of people with autism. Come join us as we blow some bubbles!

April 19 – Center is closed.

April 22 – BollyFit Dance Demonstration. BollyFit is a fitness workshop tailored for older adults that uses choreography with essential dance movements, footwork, arm and hand gestures and expressions practiced to Bollywood music.

April 26 – Ageless Grace Fitness Program with Roz Gerken, certified ageless grace educator, 10 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 functionally and structurally. 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 participants of all abilities while being thoroughly engaged and seated in a chair.

April 26 – Magic Mirror Players (Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital). The Magic Mirror Players is a group of volunteer actors who perform real-life issues in dramatic presentations while using improvisational and role-playing techniques. This vignette will demonstrate the positive effects of behavioral changes such as eliminating negative comments and replacing those with praise.

April 29 – “Foot and Ankle Care” by Dunja Cronje, Foot and Ankle Center of New Jersey. Dunja will discuss how aging affects your feet and ankles, how common problems occur and when to seek medical help.

 Source: Montgomery Senior Center