Montgomery Senior Center Feb. EventsPosted on January 28, 2019
MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER
356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, NJ 08558
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ONGOING ACTIVITIES (SPECIFIC DATE ACTIVITIES LISTED BELOW)
Pool Table – Available Monday – Friday. **Call for availability. **
Computer Lab – Available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bocce Ball – Available Monday – 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, and/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 practice 20 minutes of cardio (or movement), followed by 20 minutes of toning (with or without weights), then cool down with a five-minute relaxing stretch. Sneakers are required. **Check the monthly calendar for a schedule of updates.**
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 – Tuesday & Thursday, 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. Learn the foundation for 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 and improvisation, and will start playing multi-part arrangements in a band with fellow center members. **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**
Yoga with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 11 a.m. This class is open to all levels of skill and the yoga poses can be performed while either standing or sitting. Practicing yoga may help improve bone density, increase strength, balance and flexibility while being immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for stress-relief and for gaining an overall sense of well-being. **Check the monthly calendar for scheduled updates.**
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, improve flexibility, strength, and balance and endurance as participants practice in a safe and positive environment. **Check the monthly calendar for scheduled updates.**
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 have experienced a reduction in pain, fatigue, 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 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 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 learn something new and meet wonderful friends while practicing your favorite hobby. **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**
Afternoon Ukulele Jam – Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. This is an informal jam session. All skill levels are welcome! **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**
Mahjong Lessons – 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 refreshers are available. **Call (609) 466-0846 for more information.**
SCHEDULE OF DATED ACTIVITIES
Feb. 1 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). A counselor will be available to provide FREE help to New Jersey 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.**
Feb. 1 – NIA/MELT Exercise Class with Alida Weisfeld, Advanced MELT Instructor, 10:15 a.m. This class uses a hybrid of non-impact aerobics (NIA) and MELT techniques. NIA incorporates music while participants practice gentle movements, and MELT has participants use exercise balls and resistance bands for the hands and feet to help eliminate stress and pain from the body. NIA and MELT have been shown to increase balance, agility and mobility by releasing the “stuck” stress in joints.
Feb. 2, 15 & 22 – 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. The program is designed to activate all five functions of the brain (i.e. strategic planning, memory, recall, analytical thinking, creativity, imagination and kinesthetic thinking). The program is intended for people of all abilities. Participants will be thoroughly engaged while seated in a chair.
Feb. 4 – Rubber Stamping Card Workshop, 10 a.m. Create your own unique greeting cards for friends and loved ones. **Supplies are included.**
Feb. 6 & 20 – 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.
Feb. 8 – Winter Tree Theme Painting with Karen Haake, local artist, 10:45 a.m. Join Karen as she gives instruction for watercolor painting using a salt technique, which creates a chemical reaction that causes a snowflake effect. Everyone will create their own winter tree theme to bring home.
Feb. 8 – “Ukulele 101” with Denise Crowley, 1 p.m. Bring your own ukulele and we’ll teach you simple chords and strum patterns that will have you playing songs in no time. The ukulele is a wonderful and portable music machine, and playing one is good for the soul. This is an 8-week program. A limited number of ukuleles will be available for clients to borrow. **Please call
(609) 466-0846 for more information.**
Feb. 11 –“Lyrics of Love” with Julia Katherine Walsh, 10:30 a.m. This is a music concert performed by a classically trained coloratura soprano and pianist. The concert features the theme of love and honors Valentine’s Day! This musical venue will incite a range of positive emotions that are sure to elevate everyone’s mood because music lifts the spirit and fosters wellness.
Feb. 13 & 27 – Creative Wellness with Shirin Stave-Matais, former professional dancer, 10:15 a.m. Creative Wellness strives to create a unique experience for participants using wellness exercises. By merging aspects of hatha and chair yoga; gestural; improvisational and world dance forms; sound therapy and creative play; together 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. This class is intended for people of all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting.
Feb. 15 – Match Game Senior Style, 10:45 a.m. Competitors will answer questions and the panelists will try to match the answers.
Feb. 18 – Center is closed.
Feb. 22 – “Tribute to Broadway” by Lori Kulp Woodward, musician. Lori will present an array of Broadway show tunes from “Hello Dolly,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Cats” and “Sinbad.” Lori will dazzle listeners with her singing and has over 30 years of stage experience.
Feb. 25 – “Zion and Bryce National Parks” by David Ward, photographer. David will show us the beauty of the Zion and Bryce National Parks through photographs.
All County senior centers are operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services . All programs begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise listed.
All centers will be closed on Presidents Day, Feb. 18.
All Somerset County-operated senior centers offer a nutritionally balanced lunch, Monday through Friday, for a suggested donation of $2.50 for anyone age 60 and above. Menu choices include a hot meat-based or meatless entrée or a cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunch. Please make reservations prior to 10 a.m. on the previous business day.
Invite a friend or neighbor to join you for lunch! Come earlier in the day and enjoy one of the center’s many programs!
If you drive or have your own ride, you can go to any center of your choice.
SOURCE: Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability