This article is sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health.
Summer is winding down, but the fun isn’t over just yet for NJ senior citizens. Promising more activities for September, NJ’s senior citizen centers want seniors to take advantage of their many clubs, games and day trip opportunities before the summer closes. Seniors looking to keep busy or try something new this month can visit these centers for an array of awesome activities.
Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge
Location: 202 Mount Airy Road, Basking Ridge
Bingo – Sept. 11 at 10:30 am
Try your luck at some great prizes while playing Bingo with your friends. Playing Bingo is not only socially stimulating, but also requires a good amount of concentration as you listen closely for your letter and number to be called. To participate in this Bingo event, be sure to reserve your spot by Sept. 7.
Disasters that Shaped New Jersey – Sept. 12 at 10:30 am
Photographer Jim DelGuidice will use this time to discuss the events in New Jersey leading up to WWII as well as the other natural disasters that have affected our state and its coastline over time. If you enjoy history, you’ll enjoy this discussion about the different events that make up New Jersey’s interesting past.
American Red Cross Blood Drive – Sept. 18 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
The American Red Cross and the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills will host this blood drive as a way to help supply blood to those in need. This event supports the Red Cross in their more than 130 years of providing humanitarian aid to others. To schedule an appointment to donate during this event, you can go to redcrossblood.org and type in sponsor code: somerset hills.
Short Story Readings – Sept. 26 at 10:30am
Enjoy the short stories of Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri at this event for lovers of literature. Ann Babits, a storyteller from the Bernards Township Library, will captivate you as she reads aloud the works of Lahiri for all to enjoy.
More info: Call 908-204-3435
Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater
Location: 876 East Main Street, Bridgewater
Thrill’n & Grill’n: It’s Still Summer Picnic – Sept. 7 at 10:30 am
Keep the summer fun going with this third annual Picnic in the Park. Join your friends for food and music as DJ Gio plays some of your favorite tunes. You can also play some classic picnic game such as a beach volleyball and horseshoes. You can even see how low you can go during a friendly game of Limbo. Lunch is provided and this event will go on rain or shine.
AARP Smart Driving Course – Sept. 18 and 19 from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Take the AARP Smart Driver course, which is designed for drivers age 50 and older to gain safe driving skills. The course covers proven safety strategies during the six hour time period. When you finish this course, you will receive a certificate that you can give to your insurance company. You must register in advance for this program and the cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.
Garden State in Bloom – Sept. 28 at 10:45 am
Listen to photographer Walter Choroszewski as he discusses the work behind his award-winning book, The Garden State in Bloom, which features New Jersey’s public gardens. Thanks to the New Jersey Historical Commission and the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, this program showcases 25 of Choroszewski’s photographs as well as historical information about each garden.
More info: Call 908-203-6101
Hillsborough Senior Center
Location: 339 South Branch Road, Hillsborough
Horseshoe and Bocce Ball Club – Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 9:30 am
Spend some time outside and enjoy tossing horseshoes and Bocce balls around with friends. This club is great for all ability levels and instruction is also available for a more personal way to improve your skills. This activity depends on the quality of the weather on each date listed.
Scrabble Friends – Sept. 11, 18 & 25 at 9:30 am
Search your mind for the right words and have fun playing a full game of Scrabble with your friends at this event. If enough seniors show interest, there is the chance to compete against other Scrabble clubs in the area.
Jeopardy – Sept. 27 at 10:30am
From the television screen to real life, interact with your friends while answering trivia questions during this Jeopardy event. If you love answering in the form of a question and have a wide array of knowledge then this is the activity for you.
More info: Call 908-369-8700
Montgomery Senior Center
Location: 356 Skillman Road, Skillman
Vintage Views – Sept. 8 at 10:45am
Welcome photographer Walter Choroszewski as he presents the discussion, “Vintage Views of New Jersey in Art & Photography.” Choroszewski will discuss engravings, paintings and photos featured in museums and the Library of Congress. He will also speak about the art periods that influenced these works. Choroszewski will discuss New Jersey locations and compare these artworks to the perspective he gains through his own photography. Made possible by the New Jersey Historical Commission and the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, this program is great for art lovers looking to learn more.
Creative Therapy – Sept. 13 & 27 at 10:15am
Join former professional dancer Shirin Stave-Matias as she merges dance forms with sound therapy and guided meditation techniques to help create a calm and relaxing experience. The purpose of this creative therapy is to reduce stress and enhance positivity in the participant. This program is open to participants of all skill levels and can be done while sitting or standing.
Fire Prevention Sept. 18 at 11:00am
Understanding how to prevent fires is crucial to staying safe while living at home. Welcome Fire Inspector Richard Dziminski of the Montgomery Township Bureau of Fire Prevention as he explains important tips to maintain safety and prevent fires.
More info: Call 609-466-0846
Quail Brook Senior Center
Location: 625 New Brunswick Road, Somerset
Fifth Annual Golf Tournament – Sept. 11 at 10:30 am
If you enjoy a nice relaxing game of golf, you can practice your putting skills at this indoor mock miniature golf course. Grab your friends and compete in this tournament during which top prizes will be awarded to the team with the best score. The individual with the most hole-in-ones will also receive a prize.
Painting Party – Sept. 15 at 10:30 am
If you enjoy painting and want to enhance your skills join local artist Karen Haake as she guides a step-by-step painting party. Get creative with your friends while painting your own work of art.
Let’s Go Paddling – Sept. 18 at 10:30 am
A representative from Somerset County Parks Commission will guide a land demonstration for multiple watersports. You won’t need a life jacket as you grab your paddle and set foot in your kayak. This demonstration is a great way to have fun while learning more about watersports.
Visit to the Abraham Staats House & the Battle of Bound Brook – Sept. 27
Just down the road, you will visit the location where the British surprised the colonists with an attack at Bound Brook in 1777. You’ll become a part of history as you walk through the period rooms. After the featured lecture, there will be a colonial cooking demonstration in front of an open hearth fireplace as well. History buffs will enjoy this short trip into the past.
More info: Call 732-563-4213
Senior Citizens United Community Services Travel and Tours
Location: 537 Nicholson Road, Audubon
Tour of the Shore – Sept. 8 and Sept. 12 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
If you want a tour of the Jersey Shore unlike any other, then this is the trip for you. This day trip takes you to Spring Lake to see the Essex and Sussex Hotel, which was the resort cited in the famous shark attacks of 1916. You will also get to visit the Sea Girt Lighthouse and Wilson Hall, a remnant of Long Branch’s most glamorous resort. You will also get to ride the Asbury Park circuit and get the chance to see the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove. Narration is provided during the entire trip and a buffet lunch will be provided at the seaside Breakers Hotel in Spring Lake.
Miss America Parade “Show Me Your Shoes” Day Trip – Sept. 9
Get the chance to watch as the Miss America contestants from across the country ride by on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk showing off their creative shoe designs. You will be dropped off at Resorts casino on the boardwalk with a $20 coin bonus. Because the parade takes place in the afternoon, you will get the chance to ride the new Giant Observation Wheel located at Steel Pier beforehand. Enjoy the best of Atlantic City’s classic attractions with this unique day trip.
More info: 856-456-1121