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Montgomery Senior Center Events for April 2017

Silver Strength with Linda – Monday, 10:15 am. 45 minutes of exercise for older adults; 20 minutes of cardio (or movement) followed by 20 minutes of toning (with or without weights), followed by a 5 minute relaxing stretch. This exercise is great for all levels and abilities. Sneakers required. **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Mahjong Lessons – Monday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mahjong or are you familiar with the game but just in need of fellow players? Lessons and refreshers are available! **Please call (609) 466-0846 for more information.

Montgomery EMS Blood Pressure Screening – Third Monday of the Month, 9:45 am
Yoga with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 11:00 am. Open to all levels of practice and abilities. This class incorporates Hatha yoga poses while seated in a chair as well as the option for standing poses to increase bone density, strength and balance. Students learn techniques to help gain flexibility and strength, 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 overall well-being.

Exercise for Arthritis with Elizabeth – Tuesday, 10:30 am & Thursday, 11:00 am. This program is a recreational exercise program designed to address the following physical goals: to reduce pain, fatigue and stiffness while increasing flexibility, strength, balance and endurance in a safe and positive environment.
**Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Circuit Training – Wednesday, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. 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 began on June 7. Registration required, call (609) 466-0846 for more information **

Tai Chi with Herb – Wednesday, 11:00 am. Tai chi is based on shifting body weight through a series of light, controlled movements that flow rhythmically into one long gesture. Studies have shown that some participants experienced a reduction of pain, fatigue and stiffness and gain a greater sense of well-being. Regular tai chi can help reduce falls, especially those with balance problems. This program can be done using a chair if desired. **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Wednesday, 10:15 am. 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.

Crocheting with Jocelyn – Wednesday, 10:30 am

Move Today with Elizabeth – Every Other Wednesday, 10:15 am. Move Today is a non-aerobic exercise class conducted by a certified leader and is designed to improve flexibility, balance, strength and stamina. A major focus of the class is on good posture and fall prevention. Exercises can be done while sitting or standing. **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**

Card Game: “3-13” – Thursday 9:00 am. **Please check monthly calendar for schedule updates**
Bocce Ball – Thursday, 9am & Friday, 11:00 am (Weather Permitting)

April 3 - State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). A counselor will be available to provide FREE help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health benefits. SHIP is a statewide program by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. **Please call (609) 466-0846 to schedule an appointment**

April 3 – “Unclaimed Property” by Lori Potpinka, United States Treasury Department. Unclaimed property is any financial asset that has been unclaimed by its rightful owner for a specific time period. The UPA (Unclaimed Property Administration) recovers and records abandoned or lost property. Their mission is to reunite owners with their unclaimed financial assets.

April 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Mahjong Lessons, 10:00 am. Have you always wanted to learn how to play mahjong or are you familiar with the game but just in need of fellow players? Thursday mornings are mahjong mornings. Lessons and refreshers are available.

April 6 – Bubbles for Autism, 11:30 am. Bubbles are symbols of joy, hope and laughter. They bring people together. People all over the world will be blowing “bubbles of support” as a way to create autism awareness. Join us as we have fun and show our support by blowing bubbles, weather permitting.
April 7 - Beginner Ukulele Lessons with John Fitzpatrick, 10:00 am. The Ukulele is a small, four stringed instrument in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone. Join us as John teaches the group how to play this very interesting and exciting instrument. You have the option to bring your own ukulele if you have one. **Please call (609) 466-0846 for more information. This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant**

April 10 – TED Talk: Never Give Up by Diana Nyad. TED is a YOU TUBE site that is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Today we will watch Diana Nyad’s presentation and learn how she achieved the ‘impossible.’ As a group we will learn that when times get hard it is up to us to persevere. Success is obtained by those who are willing to go through the hardships. After viewing the video, we will have a group discussion.

(NEW) April 12 – Creative Therapy with Shirin Stave-Matias, Former Professional Dancer, 10:15 am. Creative Therapy draws upon various disciplines to create a unique combination that results in a variety of experiences for the participant. By merging aspects of: hatha and chair yoga, gestural, improvisational and world dance forms, sound therapy with creative play, together with guided relaxation and meditation techniques, the class aims to instill calm, control, and meditative practices alongside imaginative, joyful and social interaction. Creative Therapy can enhance positivity, reduce stress and create feelings of empowerment and well-being. This program is intended for people of all abilities and can be performed while sitting or standing.

April 13 & 28 – Ageless Grace with Roz Gerken, 10:15 am. Ageless Grace is a 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 sitting or standing. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.
April 14 – Holiday - Center Closed

April 20 – Book Club, 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm. Want to join? Come to our meeting where we will choose our next book. New members are always welcome! **Call (609) 466-0846 for details**
**Call (908) 203-6101 for details**

April 21 – Laughter Class with Denise Crowley, 10:30 am. Laughing is an excellent way to reduce stress in our lives, and can help you to cope with and survive a stressful lifestyle. Laughter provides a full-scale workout for your muscles and unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins. Since our bodies cannot distinguish between real and fake laughter, anything that makes you giggle will have a positive impact.
April 21 – Raritan Valley Community College Dance Ensemble Performance under the direction of Loretta DiBianca Fois, Assistant Professor of Dance, Raritan Valley Community College. The group’s performance will expose the communicative aspects of the art form of dance. It features dancers performing a variety of dances set to a wide range of music and sound accompaniment. The audience will have a chance to inspire movements that will be incorporated into dance phrases.

April 24 – “Seeds For Health” by Samantha Nunzio, Registered Dietitian, ShopRite/Wakefern. Join us as the group learns about different seed and their health benefits. Literature and recipes will be provided.
April 26 – Trip to the Montgomery Upper Middle School for the Student Art Showcase, 10:15 am. We will take a trip to the Montgomery Upper Middle School for their annual art showcase and music show.