FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services recently announced its September program schedule for area senior centers. If you are a senior or know a senior living in Franklin Township, you can go to the Qualbrook Senior Center, at 625 New Brunswick Road. 

Seniors can come to the center Monday through Friday for lunch if they are 60 and older. A donation of $2.50 is suggested for each meal. Hot and cold meals are served, with meat-based and meatless options available. It is recommended to make reservations before 10 a.m. at least one business day in advance to ensure enough meals are prepared. Bringing friends and neighbors is encouraged. 

If the Qualbrook Senior Center does not have what you are looking for check other centers in the county on the September program schedule.

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All of the programs listed below begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted: 

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 am – 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

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

QBC News – Monday – 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.

(NEW) 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 to begin Sept. 19. Registration required by Sept. 5, call (732) 563-4213 for more information**

Continuing Art Institute with Karen Haake – Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. This four part module will explore 3D effects using dimensional painting techniques.  **$10.00 fee includes supplies**

(NEW) 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, new session begins Sept. 7. Registration required, 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.

September 4 – Holiday – Center Closed

September 6, 13 & 20 – 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.

September 6 – Table Tennis: Calling All Players! 10:30 a.m. Join in, learn and practice the finesse of Table Tennis Agility! Let the games begin.

September 7 - Thrill’n & Grill’n: It’s Still Summer Picnic, 10:30 a.m. Join us for summer fun, food and friends at the Third Annual Picnic in the Park. Get sizzling as we groove to the tunes of the season provided by DJ Gio. Remember, a picnic isn’t complete with good old fashioned games such as beach volleyball and horseshoes. Also, test how limber you are and join the crowd to see how low you can go in a friendly game of Limbo…all followed by lunch grilled under the sun. Rain or Shine (Pavilion/Tents)! **Please call (732) 563-4213 for more information**

September 8 – “Poets of New Jersey” by Roz Gerken, 10:30 a.m. Explore the world of poetry through imagery of words by noted individuals such as Walt Whitman, Dorothy Parker and William Carlos Williams.

September 11 – Fifth Annual Golf Tournament, 10:30 a.m. Test your skills at our indoor mock miniature golf course for top prizes awarded to the team with the best score as well as the individual with the most Hole-in-Ones. Support, guidance and instructions will be provided by the ladies of the Quail Brook Senior Golf League!

September 12 – “Here Come the Supremes” by Susan Addelston and Brandeis University Alumni, 1:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. What’s under the robes? Learn about the most mysterious part of our government; The Supreme Court. This seminar will be an analysis of Article III of the Constitution; original words and 21st Century interpretations followed by a discussion highlighting key decisions in our history the court has on our daily lives and the role of women and minorities on the court.

September 13 & 20 - 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.

September 14, 21 & 28 – 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.

September 14 – “Interfaith Bereavement Support Program” by Rabbi Ronald Kaplan. This program provides an engaging and spirited general discourse in a group setting that delves into the many topics of change that occur throughout life while simultaneously exploring the different facets of loss. When done as an entire group, these discussions are avenues for positive revelations and resolutions.

September 15 – Painting Party with Karen Haake, Local Artist, 10:30 a.m. By using a palette of vibrant paint, step-by-step brush and application instructions and your imagination, a beautiful painting will unfold in front of your very eyes! Bring your creation home to friends or loved ones.

September 18 – “Let’s Go Paddling” by a Naturalist, Somerset County Parks Commission, 10:30 a.m. Pick up a paddle or an oar and step into a watersport craft such as a kayak or a canoe for a dry, land experience; a physical demonstration of watersports and fun! No life preserver needed!

September 22 – “Backyard Habitat of Wonders: Butterflies and Moths of New Jersey” by Stephanie Punnett, New Jersey Audubon, Sherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 10:30 a.m. Explore the science behind the differences between these winged creatures such as mimicry for survival. Learn about the plants necessary to sustain beautiful butterflies and how to coax them into your backyard.

September 25 – “Chorus Revival: Music Appreciation” with Linda Merriman-Kuc, LMK Music, 
10:30 a.m. Bob’s Quail-ers continue to hone their voices to the accompanying steps of choreography for a new twist in preparation for their fourth community outreach performance at a local rehab facility.

September 27 – “Visit to the Abraham Staats House & the Battle of Bound Brook” by Brain Faulkes, 10:30 a.m. Go back in time to 1777 when the British launched a surprise attack on the colonists in Bound Brook; right down the road! Walk through the period rooms and immerse yourself in history. Following the lecture is a colonial cooking demonstration in front of an open hearth fireplace.

September 28 – Card Creations with Deanna Lerner. Create your own personal or holiday cards without going to the store.

September 29- “Syncopation and African Diaspora Music” by Dave Miller, 10:30 a.m. The art of hand drumming will be explored and practiced as we delve into the music created during African slavery to commemorate community life.

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

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