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Somerset County Senior Centers Offer Virtual Programs and Activities Via Zoom in October – InsiderNJ

SomersetCounty Senior Centers OfferVirtual Programs and Activities Via Zoom in October

SOMERVILLE All county-operated senior centers, which are managed by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services are temporarilyclosed until Oct. 31, due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Somerset County management team is following state-mandated public healthcare guidelines while they continue to assess the centers reopening dates.

Senior Center programs that were previously offered on-site have been modified and are now available via Zoom, which is a video-based, user-friendly, online platform that can be accessed through a smartphone, tablet or computer. Zoom is a secure online platform that allows residents to see and hear others remotely.

ANNOUNCEMENT:There will be no virtual classes/programs on Columbus Day (Oct. 12).

Zoom Guidelines

Unless otherwise specified,residents who are age 60 and above can join any of the Zoom programs listed in this schedule even if they are not a client at the center hosting the Zoom program.

For the safety of senior center clients and for quality assurance, clients may only attend Zoom exercise classes that are hosted by the center they regularly attend.

Zoom Activity Release Forms Are Required

Participants must obtain and complete anActivity Release Form from the senior center that they regularly attend.After submitting the form to that center, participants will receive an email with information about all Zoom classes and programs listed in this schedule. All programs areFREEfor registered members.

Learn How to Use Zoom

Watch a Zoom tutorial. Participants must register via email atDonlin@co.somerset.nj.us, or call908-203-6101.To access the tutorial, go tohttps://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us.

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Virtual Zoom Programs Available to All Senior Center Clients

Oct. 1-2

Oct. 1, 11 a.m. The Pettets Variety Showby Ashley & Kristen Pettet.Enjoy pop culture classics from yesteryear. This variety show will make you smile! **Hosted by the Warrenbrook Senior Center.**

Oct. 1, 3 p.m. Guided Meditation with Cate.Take a break with soothing meditation accompanied by soft music. This class will help reduce stress, control anxiety, increase ones attention span, and decrease age-related memory loss. **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

Oct. 2, 11 a.m. Halloween: A Haunted Historyby Kevin Woyce, author, photographer and lecturer. Trace the strange history of Halloween. Learn about the origins of the jack-o-lantern, the 1938 radio broadcast War of the Worlds by Orson Welles, monster movies and famous costume makers, in this hour-long slideshow, which includes original photographs and antique Halloween cards, advertisements, artwork and movie posters. **Hosted by the HillsboroughSenior Center.**

Oct. 2, 2 p.m. The Flu Vaccine: What You Should Know.Learneverything you need to know about the flu and the flu vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the best way to stay healthy during flu season is to get a yearly flu shot. Wegmans Pharmacist Manager Lauren Sparrazza will provide information about flu shots and answer participants questions. **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

Oct.5-9

Oct. 5, 11 a.m. U.S. Presidents and Their Impact on Sports: From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obamaby Evan Weiner, journalist. Delve into the history of how actual sports initiatives have been used in presidential decision making. Presented by Evan Wiener, an award-winning journalist who has also been recognized as a global expert for his insight into the politics of sports business. In this engaging presentation, participants will learn how sports have impacted every area of our lives including politics. **Hosted by the Quail BrookSenior Center.**

Oct. 6, 11 a.m. Musical Entertainment by Paul Elwood. Did you know John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and Tony Bennett are all accomplished musical and visual artists? Listen (sing-a-long) and view their artwork. It will be a treat for your eyes and ears. **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge.**

Oct. 7, 10:45 a.m. Robotic Surgery by Dr. Dave,Learn aboutRobert Wood Johnson University Hospital Learn about robotic surgery. Dr. Dave will present an overview of the da Vinci Surgical System, explain its enhanced capabilities, and the benefits of this surgical method to treat prostate, kidney, colorectal and endometrial cancer. Robotic Surgery has been widely used for more than 30 years and has become even more popular after the introduction of the da Vinci System (called da Vinci ) named after Leonardo da Vincis who had an intense interest in the study of human anatomy, which eventually led to the design of the first known robot in 1495. **Hosted by theQuail BrookSenior Center.**

Oct. 7, 11 a.m. Election Informationby County Clerk Steve Peter.JoinSteve for his discussion about the voting process, how votes are kept safe and confidential, and what information voters need to know before going to the polls or mailing in their vote. **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

Oct. 7, 2 p.m. Word Games with Donna.Dust off the cobwebs and get the brain revved up. Join Donna to play fun games like Pictionary, Boggle, Name 5 and more. Interact with old friends, make new friends, and have a few laughs! **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

Oct. 8, 11 a.m. Chuckles, Chortles and Giggles: The Benefits of Laughter for Seniorsby Rebecca Abenante, L.C.S.W., Atlantic Healthcare System. Did you know that humor can help you feel better and live longer? Enjoy a few giggles and learn about the physical and mental health benefits of laughter. **Hosted by the WarrenbrookSenior Center.**

Oct. 8. 1:30 p.m. Powder, Potion, Bolus and Pillby Michelle Doherty, Old Barracks Museum-Trenton. Take a journey back in time to the Old Barracks located in Trenton, NJ and listen to a descriptive overview of the history of the barracks (built in 1768). Also, learn about the medical practices and treatments that were used in the 18thcentury and the successful smallpox inoculations that helped to eradicate the disease during the American Revolution.**This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.Hosted by the Quail Brook Senior Center.**

Oct. 8, 3 p.m. Virtual Bingo.Bingo is more than just an exciting activity researchers have found that playing Bingo has multiple benefits, such as promoting socialization, strengthening hand-eye coordination and helping to improve short-term memory skills. Participants can use the gameboard on their screen. **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

Oct. 12-16

Oct. 13, 11 a.m. Reclaiming Our Voiceby Carol Simon Levin, storyteller. Carol Simon Levin portrays Lillian Feickert, president of the NJ Woman Suffrage Association from 1912-1920. Explore her often overlooked role in the fight for woman suffrage.**This program was made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge.**

Oct. 14, 10:45 a.m. Avoiding Scams and Fighting Fraudby Susie Suter,Central Jersey Housing Resource Center. Learn about scams that are spreading nearly as fast as COVID-19. Find out how to identify financial phonies and bogus treatments, and how to protect against identity theft and phishing scams. **Hosted by the Quail Brook Senior Center.**

Oct. 14, 11 a.m. Plastic Bottle Craftwith Debbie Perez. Bring back some spring into your day and create a reusable flower decoration by using simple items that can be found around your home. All it takes is a plastic bottle (a soda or water bottle is perfect!), strong scissors, a stick or dowel, tape or glue, and paint or nail polish. **Class size is limited. Spots are available on a first-come first-serve basis. *Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

Oct. 14, 2 p.m. Word Games with Donna.Dust off the cobwebs and get the brain revved up. Join Donna to play fun games like Pictionary, Boggle, Name 5 and more. Interact with old friends, make new friends, and have a few laughs! **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

Oct. 15, 11 a.m. The Power of Poetry by Ellen Parker. Rediscover the power of poetry in this interactive workshop. Participants are invited to read aloud, recite or share a favorite poem. A discussion about why these poems are important. **Hosted by the WarrenbrookSenior Center.**

Oct. 15, 3 p.m. Guided Meditation with Cate.Join Cate to take a break and soothe yourself with calming music and meditation and that will help reduce stress, control anxiety, increase attention span, and decrease age-related memory loss. **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

Oct. 16, 11 a.m. Lets Go Nutsby Daryl Minch, M.Ed., family and community health sciences educator, associate professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County. Go Nuts the easy way! Find out the many ways to incorporate nuts into meal plans, if nuts are fattening and do nuts have good fat or bad fat? **Hosted by theHillsboroughSenior Center.**

Oct. 19-23

Oct. 19, 11 a.m. Golden Era of Hollywood: A Tribute to Glitter & Glamorousby Ashley & Kristen Pettet. Be dazzled as Ashley and Kristen work their magic and bring Hollywoods heyday to life. This talented duo will pay homage to Hollywoods classic period of glittering, glamorous and larger-than-life movie stars, their movies and musical scores. **Hosted by the Quail Brook Senior Center.**

Oct. 19, 11 a.m. Flow and Flair: Flag Dancing with Mykel Dicus,(Part 1),Eec! Productions. Dance, create, be flexible and have fun through dance step movements. Stimulate visual and auditory senses, tactical and analytical abilities, sequential memory and creativity. Bring a small flag or other items (i.e. pillowcase, hand towel, scarf, handkerchief, etc.). Space is limited.**Hosted by the Warrenbrook Senior Center.**

Oct. 20, 11 a.m. MGM Star Musicals of the 1940sby Sam Caponegro. Go back to the fabulous forties with Sam as he discusses marvelous musicals and showcases movie clips that include Gene Kelly, Lucille Ball, Lena Horne, June Allyson, Fred Astaire, and of course Judy Garland. **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge.**

Oct. 21, 10:45 a.m. Lessons for a Long Lifeby Daryl Minch, M.Ed., family & community health sciences educator, associate professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County. Delve into why numerous regions of the world are noted for having people that are living well past their 90s. Find out why many believe that maintaining ones health is a lifestyle commitment and also the secret to living longer! **Hosted by the Quail BrookSenior Center.**

Oct. 21, 11 a.m. Medication Safetyby Danielle Bartsche, New Jersey Poison Control Organization.Learn how to safely manage medication and find out about drug interactions and side effects that are associated with various medications. Danielle will also discuss the common poisons that can be found both inside and outside of the home. **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

Oct. 21, 2 p.m. Word Games with Donna.Dust off the cobwebs and get the brain revved up. Join Donna to play fun games like Pictionary, Boggle, Name 5 and more. Interact with old friends, make new friends, and have a few laughs! **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

Oct. 22, 11 a.m. Learning to Draw a Pumpkinwith Nadeen. Learn a drawing technique to draw a pumpkin. Pencil and paper are needed. **Hosted by theWarrenbrookSenior Center.**

Oct. 23, 11 a.m. Welcome to the Pastby Gordon Thomas Ward. Immerse yourself in this entertaining and informative evening of tales, songs, poetry, and ghost stories that relate to the local history of Somerset and Morris County New Jersey. This multimedia presentation is based on Gordons book A Bit of Earth. **Hosted by the Hillsborough Senior Center.**

Oct. 26-30

Oct. 26, 11 a.m. Flow and Flair: Flag Dancing (Part 2)with Mykel Dicus,Eec! Productions. Dance, create and have fun through dance movements. Stimulate the senses, tactical and analytical abilities, memory and creativity. Bring a small flag or another item such as a pillowcase, hand towel, scarf, or handkerchief. Space is limited.**Hosted by the Warrenbrook Senior Center.**

Oct. 26, 11 a.m. Thomas A. Edison: The Man Who Changed Historyby Paul Israel, Ph.D., History Department, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Director and General Editor of Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers. Delve into the prolific life of Thomas Edison, who had 1,093 patents during his lifetime (1847-1931). Take a journey through Thomas Edisons world of technology which includes electric power generation, mass communication, motion pictures and more. **This program was made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission. Hosted by the Quail Brook Senior Center.**

Oct. 26, 11 a.m. Forever Your Readers Theatre Halloween Performancewith Lili Carrick, Ph.D.Have fun at this multi-mix media of performing arts that integrate oral reading, literature and performing arts. Participants will read aloud from the script using facial expression and body movement to interpret emotions, beliefs, motives and attitudes of a character. Everyone is welcome.**Hosted by the Montgomery Senior Center.**

Oct. 27, 11 a.m. Step-by-Step Cooking Tutorial.Its as easy as 1,2,3. Cook up a recipe forone with a Raritan Valley student from the Service Learning Project. An ingredient list will be made available for participants. **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge.**

Oct. 28, 11 a.m. The ABCs of Candy. Remember the taste of your Halloween favorites? Take a tour through a Halloween candy land with historian Meg Wastie who will talk about the ABCs of candy. **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater.**

Oct. 28, 2 p.m. Word Games with Donna.Dust off the cobwebs and get the brain revved up. Join Donna to play fun games like Pictionary, Boggle, Name 5 and more. Interact with old friends, make new friends, and have a few laughs! **Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

Oct. 29, 11 a.m. Condiment Considerationby Sigrid Solis, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County. Explore the use of commonly used condiments with Sigrid who will discuss the composition, nutritional value and suggest healthy alternatives. **Hosted by the Warrenbrook Senior Center.**

Oct. 30, 11 a.m. All Hallows Eveby Sam Caponegro. Take a Spooktacular journey viewing and interpreting musicals such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Addams Family, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and others. **Hosted by the Hillsborough Senior Center.**

Oct. 30, 11 a.m. Salute to America with the Pettet Sisters.Enjoy popular music with a patriotic flair. Kristen and Ashley Pettet will sing nostalgic favorites to honor those who have served in our Armed Forces. **Hosted by the MontgomerySenior Center.**

Virtual Exercise Programs Available to All Senior Center Clients Who Have Completed an Activity Release Form

Oct. 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29, 9 10 a.m. Take Control with Exercise.This is an ongoing exercise program for all skill levels and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. Strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility and balance while boosting stamina.

**A maximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register, call 908-204-3435 or emailAgingWellness.co.somerset.nj.usHosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge.**

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 10:45 a.m. Thursday Chair Yoga with Manjula.Increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility and balance while being immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and helping to gain an overall sense of wellbeing. The class is open to all levels of skill and can be practiced while either standing or sitting.**Amaximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register, call 732-563-4213 or emailAgingQuailBrook@co.somerset.nj.usHosted by the Quail Brook Senior Center.**

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 2 p.m. Fit & Flex with Rose.ThisFREEweekly exercise program changes frequently and is suitable for all skill levels. Classes will help participants learn stretching, strength training, laughter-yoga, breathing exercises and more. **Amaximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register call 908-369-8700 or emailAgingHillsborough@co.somerset.nj.us.Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 11:30 a.m. Zumba Gold (Chair) with Laurie Fetcher.Get your blood pumping to zesty music that will inspire a hearty workout. This class is doable for people age 60 plus, beginners, or others who need modification to their exercise routine, and who would like to build cardiovascular health by challenging the heart, and working hip, leg, and arm muscles with fun and rhythmic moves while sitting in a chair.**Amaximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register, call 732-563-4213 or emailAgingQuailBrook@co.somerset.nj.us.Hosted by the Quail Brook Senior Center**

Oct. 5, 19 & 26, 10 a.m. Monday Chair Yoga with Manjula.Take this opportunity to gain the positive benefits of yoga while using the support and safety of your favorite chair. Practicing yoga has been shown to deepen ones range of motion, provide relaxation, lower blood pressure and increase mind/body connection.**Amaximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class. To register call 908-369-8700 or emailAgingHillsborough@co.somerset.nj.us.Hosted by the Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough.**

Oct. 6, 20 & 27, 1 p.m. Chair Exercise with Nadeen.Join Nadeen for fun chair exercises that will help increase ones blood circulation, flexibility and strengthen muscles. Participants can sit in a chair or stand to practice exercises.**Amaximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class.To register, call 908-753-9440 or emailHrevnackDickey@co.somerset.nj.us.Hosted by the Warrenbrook Senior Center.**

Virtual Zoom Programs Available Only to Clients Who Are Members of the Senior Center Hosting the Class

SOMERSET COUNTY SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BASKING RIDGE

202 Mt. Airy Road

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

908-204-3435

For safety and quality assurance, the following virtual Zoom programs and clubs are only open to Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge participants. Note: Activity Release Forms and the use of a camera (audio and video) are required.

Oct. 15, 12:30 p.m.Monthly Book Club Every Third Thursday.Join the discussion on the book In the Unlikely Event by Judy Bloom, then select the next book to read. New members are always welcome!

SOMERSET COUNTY SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT BRIDGEWATER

876 East Main Street

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

908-203-6101

For safety and quality assurance, the following virtual Zoom programs and clubs are only open to Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater participants. Note: Activity Release Forms and the use of a camera (audio and video) are required.

Gentle Aerobics with Lisa & CateTuesdays, 10 a.m. & Fridays, 11 a.m.Exercise and move without putting undue pressure or strain on your body. Learn movements that will increase blood circulation, lubricate joints for flexibility, and strengthen and stabilize individual muscles. Gentle aerobics can help one decrease the risk of falls and make it easier to accomplish day-to-day activities. Exercises can be practiced while either standing or sitting. The class is open to all skill levels. **Amaximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class.**

Chair Yoga with Manjula Tuesdays, 2 p.m.Increase bone density, improve strength, flexibility and balance while being immersed in a relaxing class. Expect lots of gentle stretching to bring movement to joints and muscles. This class is perfect for relieving stress and helping to gain an overall sense of well-being. The class is open to all levels of skill and can be practiced while either standing or sitting. **Amaximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class.**

Hatha Yoga with Bharti Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30 a.m.Hatha Yoga combines improving body posture, controlled breathing, and meditation. Practicing Hatha Yoga has many benefits, such as aligning the body, better balance and flexibility, a suppler spine and improved circulation. **Amaximum of 25 participants is allowed in the class.**

Oct. 22, 10 a.m. Monthly Book Club with NanEvery Fourth Thursday.Join the discussion about, Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, and select the next book to read. New members are always welcome!

SOMERSET COUNTY SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT HILLSBOROUGH

339 South Branch Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

908-369-8700

For safety and quality assurance, the following virtual Zoom programs and clubs are only open to Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough participants. Note: Activity Release Forms and the use of a camera (audio and video) are required.

Oct. 9. 11 a.m. Craft: Sew Your Own Pumpkin Ornamentwith Tammy & Donna. Learn how to create a pumpkin ornament and embellish it with felt flowers as a final touch in this step-by-step instructional class.**There is limited space. Craft supplies will be mailed to participants. Call 908-369-8700 to register by Oct. 4.**

MONTGOMERY SENIOR CENTER

356 Skillman Road

Skillman, NJ 08558

609-466-0846

For safety and quality assurance, the following virtual Zoom programs and clubs are only open to Montgomery Senior Center participants. Note: Activity Release Forms and the use of a camera (audio and video) are required.

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