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Somerset County Senior Centers Announce September Programs at Warrenbrook

Credits: Brenda A. Nemcek


WARREN, NJ - The Senior Centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services announce the September program schedule at Warrenbrook. All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed. Please call for lunch reservations by 10 a.m. the day before you wish to dine.

Warrenbrook Senior Center is located at 500 Warrenville Rd. and is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Ballroom Dancing – Every Tuesday & Wednesday, 1-3 p.m. (Cancelled Sept 15 & 16)
Bingo – Every Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
Bridge – Every Tuesday, 1 p.m.
Caram Board Game – Daily (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards)
Computer Room – Call for Availability
Exercise with Sabina – Every Wednesday, 10:45 a.m. Enjoy an energizing class suitable for beginner and intermediate levels. Exercise with Sabina will boost your energy level, reduce stress and help tone your body by using resistance bands, exercise balls and dance moves. (Class cancelled Sept. 16)
Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Every Wednesday & Friday, 10 a.m. (Advanced registration required. Doctor’s Note Needed for Class.)
Lending Library – Open Daily, Monday through Friday
Oil Painting – Every Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m.
Pool Room – Open Daily, Monday through Friday
Watercolor Paint Class – Monday & Thursday, 9-11:30 a.m. (Advanced Registration Required) Zumba Gold Exercise Class – Monday, 1:00-1:45 p.m., Sessions will be held Sept. 14, 21 and 28, Oct. 5, 19 and 26, November 2 and 9.The fee is $40 for the eight-week program. Registration and payment are required prior to the first class. (Zumba Gold sessions are designed for all levels of fitness; no prior experience is needed. Zumba Gold combines Latin and international music with easy-to-follow dance moves that create a fun and effective fitness class. There are several benefits of Zumba such as strengthening of the cardiovascular system and bones, improving range of motion and good posture. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing, allowing freedom of movement for exercise, and comfortable closed-toe shoes that provide ample support.)
September 4 – Puzzle and Game Day, 10:30 a.m. (Together we will do a large version of a crossword puzzle and then play some card and dice games).
September 7 – Holiday – Center Closed
September 9 – FREE Blood Sugar Screenings with Overlook Medical Center’s Mobile Health Van, 10:15 a.m. (Please call (908) 753-9440 for an appointment).
September 11 – Mind Your Mind: Reasoning Exercises, 10:30 a.m. (Did you know that solving puzzles or challenging yourself with new mind-stretching exercises can stimulate the brain and enhance your creative and critical thinking processes? Join Gwen for some mind-tingling brain stumpers and a fun-filled, intellectual workout).
September 14 – “Fall Prevention and Balance Screenings” by Renata Pac, PT, JAG Physical Therapy Warren, 10:30 a.m. (Many adults are afraid of falling. This fear becomes more common as people age, even among those who haven’t fallen. It may lead people to avoid activities such as walking, shopping, or taking part in social activities. Learn some ways to help prevent falls, including ways to improve your balance. A balance screening will take place after the lecture for those that would like to participate).
September 14 – “The Composers and Lyricists of Tin Pan Alley” Lunch & Learn opportunity by Gordon James, Trumpeter & Singer, 11:45 a.m. Advanced registration is required by September 8. $2.00 per session). (From the 1920’s to the 50’s in a section of New York City known as Tin Pan Alley some of the greatest music of the 20th century was composed. This music went on to be what is now known as the Great American Songbook. Gordon sings and plays many of these great songs and also sharesinterestingandhumorousanecdotesaboutthecomposersandlyricistsofthisgreatera. This first week will feature the composers and lyricists from the 1920’s and 1930’s like Harry Warren, Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn, Isham Jones, Fats Walker, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Rodgers & Hart and George Gershwin.
September 15 – “AARP Driver Safety Program” – Lunch & Learn Opportunity by Lois Hockenbury, 9:30 a.m. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 11. The fee for AARP members is $15.00 or $20.00 for non-members. (Motorists age 55 and older can learn about new traffic laws and defensive-driving techniques by taking this classroom driver-improvement course. Upon completion of the course, AARP Defensive Drivers Course graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion, which can be presented to insurance agents for a discount on insurance premiums. The cost of lunch for those under age 60 is $6.99. For people 60 and older, a suggested lunch donation of $2 is recommended.

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September 16 – “Understanding Domestic Violence” by Veronica Finlay, Development Director, Resource Center of Somerset, 10:30 a.m. (Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, is inflicted in a variety of ways and is a rampant problem right here in our community. Learn what the effects of domestic abuse are on those who witness it in their homes and how the cycle of violence repeats itself generationally. Learn how a community can come together to break the cycle of violence and move toward a society free of domestic abuse).
September 16 – Chair Yoga DVD (Yoga promotes radiant health as it stretches and tones your muscles, spine and skeletal system. The exercises offered in this DVD will leave you feeling calm and refreshed).
September 18 & 25 – Brains and Games with Adrienne/Hand Bell Practice, 10:30 a.m. (Did you know that solving puzzles or challenging yourself with new mind-stretching activities like learning music can stimulate the brain and enhance your creative and critical thinking processes? Join Adrienne for some mind-tingling brains stumpers by Hand Bell practice for a fun-filled, intellectual workout). September 21 – “Creating Oversized Pastel Fall Leaves” by Barbara Gerson, Art 4 All, 10:15 a.m. Advanced registration is required by Sept. 16. (Learn the proper use of soft pastels as you create a colorful leaf by using the pure pigments pastels contain. You will learn how to build up layers then add leaf accents and details.)
September 21 – “Creating Negative Fall Leaf Space” by Barbara Gerson, Art 4 All, 10:30 a.m. Advanced registration is required by Sept. 16. (Using the shapes and colors of leaves, you will create a graphic and colorful interpretation and use markers to fill in the background with fall colors, leaving the leaves uncolored.)
September 21 – “1930’s and 40’s Composers and Lyricists” Lunch & Learn by Gordon James, Trumpeter & Singer, 11:45 a.m. Advanced registration is required by Sept 14. The fee is $2.00 per session. (This second week will feature more artists of the 30’s and 40’s like Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, Ned Washington, Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Johnny Burke, Johnny Mercer and Vernon Duke.
September 22 – “Family and Friends CPR Training Class” Lunch & Learn by Amy Myzie, 11:45 a.m.. Advanced registration is required Sept. 16. The fee is $2.00. (Do you know what to do if someone you care about stops breathing? This class from the American Heart Association is an Adult CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training class that does not offer a certification. However, through the use of mannequin, it will offer hands-on opportunities to learn how to perform CPR and use an AED to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person that is unresponsive until further medical help arrives.
September 22 – Warrenbrook Book Club “Girl in Hyacinth Blue,” 1:30-3:00 pm (The Warrenbrook Book Club will discuss Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland. Summary: A professor invites a colleague to his home to see a painting that he has kept secret for decades. The professor swears it is a Vermeer. Why has he hidden this important work for so long? The reasons unfold in a series of stories that trace ownership of the painting back to World War II and Amsterdam, and still further back to the moment of the work’s inspiration. As the painting moves through each owner’s hands, what was long hidden quietly surfaces, illuminating poignant moments in human lives. Vreeland’s characters remind us, through their love of the mysterious painting, how beauty transforms and why we reach for it, what lasts and what in our lives is singular and unforgettable).
September 23 & 30 – “Isshinryu Kata Self-Defense Techniques” Lunch & Learn by Paul Kilduff, Black Belt Master Instructor, Golden Rule Karate & Fitness, LLC, 11:45 a.m.. The fee is $5.00 per class. The registration deadline is by Sept. 16. (This series involves formal practice methods, and the specific techniques used to punch (vertical fist) and kick (snapping kicks), most of which are thrown from natural stances and body posture, which in turn makes Isshinryu extremely effective on the street, for means of self-defense.)
September 24 – “Catching Up About Cholesterol” by Rachel Simpers, Registered Dietitian, Shoprite/Wakefern, 11:15 a.m. (There will be a review of cholesterol lab values including HDL and LDL goals. We will also discuss foods which can elevate and lower cholesterol, as well as discuss the latest research in Dietary Recommendations).
September 25 – State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – A counselor will be available to provide free help to New Jersey beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health insurance. SHIP is a statewide program by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Services available by advance appointment and will be available the last Friday of the month). September 28 – “The Shannachie of Glendunbunn Ballybegg: Traditional Celtic Tales” by David Emerson, Storyteller, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, 10:30 a.m. (The wit and wisdom, humor and horror, and hubris and humanity of a people are found in their traditional stories. Compelling storyteller David Emerson retells (and embroiders) the colorful and ancient tales of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall in a presentation that will “warm, tickle, or chill the heart.” This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities).
September 28 – “1950’s and 60’s Composers and Lyricists” Lunch & Learn, by Gordon James, Trumpeter & Singer, 11:45 a.m.. The registration deadline is by Sept. 21. The fee is $2.00 per person.
(This third week will feature artists of the 50’s and 60’s like Sammy Cahn, James Van Heusen, Jule Styne, Victor Young, Irving Gordon, Frank Loesser, Bert Kampfert, Mack Gordon and the later work of Johnny Mercer with Henry Mancini.

Call 908-753-9440 for more information.


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