WARREN, NJ - The Senior Centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, which includes Warrenbrook, announce the May program schedule. May is Older Americans Month and this year’s theme is “Get into the Act.”
This May, senior centers will offer special community service programs in addition to regularly scheduled exercise, educational and wellness programs. These activities are designed to highlight older adults getting into the act and making a positive impact on the lives of others.
“Get into the Act” by participating in any of the following community service opportunities throughout the month of May:
Overseas Coupon Initiative
Support military families by preparing coupon packages to be shipped to overseas military bases. To participate in this project, collect and drop off any manufacturer coupons you collect to the center prior to May 15. Participating Senior Centers: Raritan, Warrenbrook, Hillsborough, Montgomery and the Senior Wellness Center.)
Utensil Kit Assembly
Join center participants to assemble Utensil Kits for local Soup Kitchens. All senior centers will be participating in this community service initiative.
Pay it Forward
“Get into the Act” by making a positive impact in the community. Perform an act of kindness to others. Share your story at GetIntotheACT@co.somerset.nj.us.
At Warrenbrook Senior Center, all programs begin at 11a.m. unless otherwise listed. Please call for lunch reservations by 10 a.m. the day before you wish to come.
Warrenbrook is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ballroom Dancing – Every Tuesday & Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.
Bingo – Every Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (Cancelled May 26)
Bridge – Every Tuesday, 1 p.m.
Caram Board Game – Daily (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards)
Chair Exercises – Every Wednesday, 10:45 a.m. (Cancelled May 6 & 27)
Computer Instruction – Monday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, 10-1 p.m. (Advanced Registration Required)
Computer Room – Call for Availability
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
Line Dancing – Every Monday, 1-3 p.m.
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, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Zumba is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance. There are several benefits of Zumba such as strengthening of the cardiovascular system and bones, improving range of motion and good posture. Advanced Registration Required. Call for Information.)
Community Service Project - “Get into the Act” and make a positive impact in the community by participating in the following opportunity:
TOGETHER WE CAN FLY is part of Somerset County’s Senior Centers Pay It Forward Initiative. This project encourages members to complete an act of kindness for someone in the community and post a description of that act on a large butterfly shape. A goal of 100 acts of kindness has been set for Warrenbrook.
May 1, 8, 22 & 29 – 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 brain stumpers followed by Hand Bell practice for a fun-filled, intellectual workout.)
May 4 – “Older Americans Month Kick-Off Celebration” with Vocalist & DJ Gary Morton, 10:30 a.m. (Hear about Warrenbrook’s May community service projects including the “Pay It Forward” Initiative. Then continue to celebrate by participating in Music through the Ages as Gary offers his unique blend of “lounge act/entertainer” songs we love to hear.)
May 4 – “The History of Jazz Through Song: Bebop, Cool Jazz and Contemporary Jazz” Lunch & Learn Opportunity by Gordon James, Vocalist & Trumpeter, 11:45 a.m. (This segment features the late 40’s Bebop jazz, Cool jazz of the 50’s, Latin jazz and Bossa Nova from the 50’s and 60’s and Jazz Fusion and Smooth Jazz of the 70’s and 80’s. Reservations are required by April 29. Suggested lunch donation of $2.00 for anyone 60 and above.)
May 5 – “AARP Smart Driver Course” by Lois Hockenbury, 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (This is a classroom driver-improvement course that will teach motorists about new traffic laws and defensive driving techniques. You will receive 2 points off your license and receive 5% of your insurance for 3 years. The fee for AARP members is $15.00 and $20.00 for non-members. Lunch donations for those ages 60 and above: $2.00; lunch cost for those under 60: $6.99. Lunch reservations are required by Friday, May 1.)
May 6 – “SOARing with Brain Activities” by Watchung Middle School SOAR Students, 10:30 a.m. (Seeing Our Achievements Rise gifted and talented student program) will help us “Get Into the Act” of regularly giving the brain a workout by participating in mind-sharpening activities.)
May 7 – “All About Organics” by Rachel Simpers, RD, Shoprite of Stirling/Wakefern, 11:15 a.m. (Organic foods provide a variety of benefits and they have become very popular. What does organic mean for produce, meat, dairy and farmed seafood? Are organic foods seasonal? Do organic foods cost more? This program is geared to help you make smart food choices when purchasing organic foods.)
May 11 – “Lacey Clay Bowl Project” by Barbara Gerson, Art 4 All, 10:30 a.m. (In this art project, participants will create a bowl with lace-like imprints. This is a two-day project. You must be present on both days in order to complete the bowl. Part Two will be held on Monday, June 1. Reservations are required by Monday, May 4.)
May 15 – Trip to the Senior Wellness Center for “The Pettet Sisters Present: The Golden Era of Hollywood” 10:45 a.m. (The Pettet sisters are back for a special performance of The Golden Era of Hollywood featuring music from some of the most well-known and loved films such as Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, South Pacific, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Singin’ in the Rain County Transportation will take regularly scheduled clients to and from the Senior Wellness Center.)
May 18 – “Elements of Aging Elegantly” by Dr. Betty Lim, MD, Summit Medical Group, 10:30 a.m. (Join us for an upbeat lecture on how you can help ensure the very best possible ways to stay cognitively and emotionally healthy as you enter and navigate your golden years. An expert in geriatric medicine, Dr. Lim will provide specific ideas for engaging in activities that can help you stay young in mind, spirit and heart.)
May 25 – Holiday – Center Closed
May 26 – “Young At Heart Cabaret Acts” by the North Plainfield High School Women’s A Capella Group, Under the Direction of Amy Six, 10:30 a.m. (Enjoy this vocal performance that will feature the beauty of un-accompanied singing by the group, soloists and smaller ensembles. Repertoire will include current popular music, music of the 1950’s, 60’s and more! Question/Answer session following the performance. The Cabaret will also feature Warrenbrook’s hand-bell chorus members and others on the piano and harmonica. This musical performance shows those of all ages “Getting into the Act!”)
May 27 - Older Americans Month Celebration (Celebrate Somerset County’s senior accomplishments this month.)
May 27 – Creating Greeting Cards for SHIP Eating Utensil Kits, 10:30 a.m. (Join Donna Hollman and Jan Wisse in a hands-on class to make special Spring-themed greeting cards that will be placed in the eating utensil kits being prepared for the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP).