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December Programs & Events @PSRC

PSRC’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOOPLA (In-Person at SPB Location)

Wednesday, December 14, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Fee: $5.00

Join us for a festive buffet at PSRC’s Suzanne Patterson Building while you mingle and jingle with the Ho Ho Ho’s and Dave Saltzman on the piano. Come for the songs, cheer, good will, raffles, and friendship. Transportation is available to and from the Suzanne Patterson Building by the Muni Bus, Crosstown, or by carpool, all of which we encourage! The festivities begin at 1:00 p.m. Because we cannot accommodate early arrivers, please note that our doors open at 12:45 p.m.

 

Register at princetonsenior.org or by calling 609.751.9699. Seating is limited. All guests must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Mask wearing is optional. Register at princetonsenior.link/HolidayHoopla

 

 

AROMATHERAPY: TWO SESSION WORKSHOP (In-Person at NSK Location)

Thursdays, December 1 and December 8, 11:00 a.m. to noon

Fee: $10 resident/$15 nonresident

Learn about the art of essential oils through this aromatherapy series. Together, we will dive into the history, properties, and usage of essential oils. You will learn about the many ways essential oils can be incorporated into your life and will have the opportunity to make your own products to take home.

 

Lisa Bayer is a certified dementia practitioner (CDP) and the director of marketing and education for Always Best Care Princeton, a home health care agency serving Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Burlington, and Ocean Counties. Space is limited to 20 participants.

Register at princetonsenior.link/Aromatherapy

PSRC’s Aroma Therapy Workshop program is sponsored by Oasis Senior Advisors.

 

 

 

A GRATEFUL HEART, A JOYFUL HEART (In-Person at NSK Location)

Friday, December 16, 10:00 a.m. to noon

Fee: $5.00

Join us for a morning of cultivating gratitude, which naturally leads us into a state of joy. Gratitude gladdens the heart. It receives in wonder the myriad offerings of the rain and the earth, the care that supports every single life. As gratitude grows, it gives rise to joy. We experience the courage to rejoice in our own good fortune and in the good fortune of others. As David Steindl-Rast says, “It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”

 

Leader, Amy Rhett, began meditating in college where she fell in love with the experience of being alert yet relaxed. She went on to study with Thich Nhat Hanh and is currently completing mindfulness training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. An executive in marketing communications, she finds meditation essential to staying centered as well as creatively inspired. Space is limited to 14 participants.

Register at princetonsenior.link/GratefulHeart

PSRC’s A Grateful Heart, A Joyful Heart program is sponsored by Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law.

 

 

FIRST FRIDAY FILM — BECOMING SANTA (Hybrid – In-Person at NSK Location and on Zoom)

Friday, December 2 at 1:00 p.m.

The true story of a man entering the culture and character of Santa Claus for a single season. We follow Jack as he bleaches his hair, goes to Santa School, and tries to do everything that Santa is asked to do. Along the way, Jack collects children’s wishes, learns about the benefits of belief, the history and origin of Santa, and the ordinary people keeping the spirit alive. Starring: John Merian, Gary Casey, Peter Fontana. Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes; Genre: Documentary, Comedy, History; Rated: Not rated

Registration required, no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/first-friday-film-fy23-hybrid/

 

FYI SEMINAR — “OSTEOPOROSIS EDUCATION – FIT TO A ‘T’” (Hybrid – In-Person at NSK Location and on Zoom)

Tuesday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m.

Your “T” score is the number on a DEX scan that tells a physician whether you have osteoporosis or osteopenia. This lecture provides information regarding what that score means for you, appropriate movements and activities that are SAFE for someone diagnosed with osteoporosis/osteopenia, and types of movements that should NOT be performed if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis/osteopenia.

 

Ruth Kaplan is the owner of Progression Physical Therapy of Princeton, a local outpatient PT clinic at 601 Ewing St. She holds a doctoral degree in physical therapy and has had thirty-five years of clinical experience. Ruth’s primary specialty is outpatient orthopedics, including treatment of back and neck pain, joint pain, postural dysfunction, ergonomics, fall prevention, gait/balance disorders, decreased functional mobility, and general clinical practice.

Registration required, no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z1rkrtjk1fxmljk/

 

FYI SEMINAR — “YOUR STRESS TOOLBOX” (Zoom)

Tuesday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m.

Managing stress is a lifelong endeavor so having tools to address stress is essential for everyone. In this presentation we will review mental and physical strategies to reduce your stress and increase wellness. We will also engage in a short, relaxing mindfulness meditation exercise.

 

Dr. Rajiv Vyas is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. Dr. Vyas is an adjunct clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Before joining Capital Health, Dr. Vyas was medical director of behavioral health at Aetna Better Health of New Jersey. He has conducted classes on mindfulness meditation and stress reduction and has a special interest in the interaction of spirituality and mental health. Dr. Vyas is actively involved in volunteer activities promoting wider access to health screening and health awareness for uninsured and underinsured individuals in his community. 

Registration required, no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z1rkrtjk1fxmljk/

 

TED TALKS (Hybrid – In-Person at NSK Location and on Zoom)

Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

First we watch a TED Talk, then we discuss it. Discussions are facilitated by Helen Burton. All are welcome. This month’s topics:

December 6 — Riley Moynes: How to squeeze all the juice out of retirement

December 13 — Dan Harris: The benefits of not being a jerk to yourself

December 20 — Noah Raford: How gaming can be a force for good

December 27 — Not meeting

Registration required, no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z1tt749m13sre28/

 

This month’s FYI sponsors are Homewatch CareGivers, NightingaleNJ Eldercare Navigators, Penn Medicine Princeton Health. TED Talk sponsors are Hamilton Jewelers, McCaffrey’s Food Markets, and Princeton Care Center.

 

LIBRARY READS (Zoom)

Monday, December 5 at 1:00 p.m.

(usually meets on the first Monday of the month)

Calling all readers — Princeton Public Library staff will showcase some great recent and notable book titles to add to your to-be-read list. You can also ask for personalized book recommendations.

Presented by Princeton Public Librarians

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/library-reads-registration-fy22/

 

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LIMITED SERIES PROGRAMS

 

NOW SCREENING: ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING – SEASON 1 (Hybrid – In-Person at NSK Location and on Zoom)

Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning December 6 through December 20, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Steve Martin and Martin Short star in this mystery/comedy where three strangers share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one. When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth. Soon, the endangered trio comes to realize a killer might be living among them as they race to decipher the mounting clues before it’s too late. Starring: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez. Two episodes will be shown each day. If you miss one, we’ll provide episode summaries.

Running time: each episode is approximately thirty minutes in length. Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery; Rated: TV-MA

Registration required, no fee.

PSRC’s Now Screening program is sponsored by Akin Care Senior Services.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/zyl5b6y1lludm5/

 

LIVE FROM NEW ZEALAND: HOLIDAY WALK IN AUCKLAND (Zoom)

Thursday, December 8, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Fee: $5.00

Enjoy a festive walk around downtown Auckland, New Zealand and discover the magic of the holidays. Together, with your live virtual tour guide, you will explore the many decorations that adorn downtown Auckland and catch sight of beautiful Pohutukawa flowers, better known as the New Zealand Christmas tree. Finally, get your wish list ready, as we will get to experience the fantastical Santa Mail Machine sending letters directly to Santa.

Participants will be able to ask questions and interact with the guide throughout the tour.

PSRC’s Live from New Zealand program is sponsored by The Bank of Princeton and Progression PT.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/zkfvu910ydrexb/

 

BINGO: WIN LIKE NEVER B-4 (In-Person at NSK Location)

Monday, December 19, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Join us for a lively afternoon of bingo fun where’s there’s no charge and every game ends with a winner! Come for camaraderie and cool prizes. Registration is required, no fee. Space is limited to 32 players.

PSRC’s Bingo program is sponsored by Princeton Care Center.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z10p3kx11i577mu/

 

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RETIREMENT PROGRAMS

 

SENIOR CITIZEN CLUB — Not Meeting in December

 

MEN IN RETIREMENT — No presentation this month

 

MEN IN RETIREMENT’S BREAKFAST MEETING (In-Person at SPB Location)

Usually meets on Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Registration required, no fee

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/men-in-retirement-fy23-breakfast-meetings/

 

TRANSITION TO RETIREMENT (Hybrid – In-Person at NSK Location and on Zoom)

Friday, December 16 at 2:30 p.m. (Different time this month)

This group addresses the many kinds of issues that can arise during the transition to retirement. The group is facilitated by Paul Knight.

Registration required, no fee

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/transition-to-retirement/

 

WOMEN IN RETIREMENT: OFF-THE-GRID HIKING (Hybrid – In-Person at NSK Location and on Zoom)

Friday, December 2 (Different date this month) at 10:00 a.m.

Please join us when WIR members Dina Kravets and Karen Coates share their off-the-grid hiking and rafting adventure with Grand Canyon Whitewater. All are welcome. Registration required, no fee. For more information about the Women in Retirement and WIR Coffee Klatches, go to https://wiret.wordpress.com/

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z1ip6n8n0i6st4e/

 

WOMEN IN RETIREMENT: COFFEE KLATCH (In-person at Panera Bread in Nassau Park or on Zoom)

Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Join the Women in Retirement for an in-person informal meetup. Contact WIR for location of meeting. All are welcome.

 

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EXERCISE & FITNESS PROGRAMS

 

AEROBICS (In-Person at SPB Location)

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in December (no class 12/23, 12/26, 12/30), 8:30 a.m.

Fee: $60 resident/$70 nonresident

Join us in person for a fun aerobic workout designed to get the body moving through a variety of exercises set to great music. This course is welcoming and inclusive to all fitness levels. Space is limited to 25 with a minimum of 9. Registration required, no walk-ins.

Instructor: Cynthia Adams

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z1jql59b0vi5mr2/

 

GENTLE YOGA + NIDRA — Fall Quarter (Zoom)

Mondays through December 19, 10:00 a.m.

Fee: $80 resident/$90 nonresident

This expansive workshop encompasses yoga postures, yogic breathing, an explanation of the science of yoga sound which creates profound deep relaxation, and some meditation. It is suitable for new students and seasoned practitioners. Participants will need a yoga mat and/or clear floor space, water bottle, and comfortable clothes.

Instructor: Joy Cline-Okoye

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/gentle-yoga-nidra-fall-2022-quarter/

 

MINDFUL CHAIR YOGA & MEDITATION — Fall Quarter (Zoom)

Thursdays through December 29, 10:00 a.m.

$80 resident/$90 nonresident

Chair yoga is a gentle, versatile form of yoga utilizing a chair. It is adaptable for all skill levels and abilities and therapeutic in nature. Students will learn techniques to gain flexibility, strength, and balance while increasing range of motion in a relaxing class that moves at a mindfully slow pace.

Instructor: Lyn Lilavati Sirota

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/mindful-chair-yoga-fall-2022-quarter/

 

PICKLEBALL GROUP COURT RENTALS (In-Person at SPB Location)

Fee: $30 resident/$35 nonresident per hour per group

Do you have a pickleball crew or partner and looking to play some games? Then make a reservation for our pickleball court located in our Suzanne Patterson Building at 45 Stockton Street. Our court is available for rent when not booked by PSRC events or activities. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations.

For available dates and times, please see the Pickleball Group Court Rental Form: princetonsenior.link/PickleballDecemberGroupRental

https://www.princetonsenior.org/pickleball/

 

NEW! PICKLEBALL INSTRUCTED OPEN COURT (In-Person at SPB Location)

Wednesday, December 7 and 21, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Fee: $10 resident/$15 nonresident

Join us for instructed open court play where pickleball enthusiasts are welcome to come play pick-up games alongside our pickleball instructor Carolyn, who will provide instruction to help develop your skills. Participants must have previous experience with Pickleball and know the basics. To learn how to play, sign up for one of our future Bootcamps! Maximum of 6 players.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z1o08osr0z3yx6y/

 

TABLE TENNIS (In-person at SPB Location)

Mondays and Fridays, 1:00–4:00 p.m. (no Table Tennis on December 23, 26, and 30)

Come for camaraderie, exercise, and fun! All skill levels are invited to participate in this energetic sport.

Registration required (no walk-ins), no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z1c4y5gi005raw1/

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ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

 

BASIC DRAWING: BEGINNERS TO ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE

This class is on hiatus until January.

 

COSMOLOGY (Hybrid – In-Person at NSK Location and on Zoom)

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.

Peer-led science discussion. Contact brucewallman@gmail.com for more info.

 

GAMES DAY AT PSRC (In-person at SPB Location)

Tuesdays, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Come with a partner or a few friends to enjoy game playing at PSRC. Mah Jongg (bring your own set), Scrabble, and Social Bridge. Registration required due to limited space, no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/zlw84y80tb5boh/

 

LEARN TO PLAY CANASTA WITH NEILIA (In-person at NSK Location)

Friday, December 9, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Fee: $20 Resident/$25 Nonresident

Socialize and have fun while you play this easy card game. With instruction, you can learn to play quickly, even if you have never played cards before! Played with 2–4 players, in partnerships or individually, Canasta is one of the most widely played card games in the U.S. Enrollment is limited to 8 students to ensure a successful learning experience with a minimum of 6.

Note: There is a materials fee of $4 payable to the instructor in class.

 

Neilia Makadok is a trained educator and management consultant who has developed simplified methods to teach Canasta and has taught Canasta and Mah Jongg for more than twenty years.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/zfu3pff0upl23d/

 

LEARN TO PLAY HAND & FOOT CANASTA WITH NEILIA (In-person at NSK Location)

Friday, December 16, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Fee: $20 Resident/$25 Nonresident

A fun and easy card game in the Canasta family of games. Hand & Foot has become very popular and can be played with 2–4 players, in partnerships or individually. Enrollment is limited to 8 students to ensure a successful learning experience with a minimum of 6.

Note: There is a materials fee of $4 payable to the instructor in class.

 

Neilia Makadok is a trained educator and management consultant who has developed simplified methods to teach Canasta and has taught Canasta and Mah Jongg for more than twenty years.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z161t8ul114yszz/

 

MASTERING THE ART OF PAINTING — Fall Session 2 (IN-PERSON AT SPB Location)

Fridays through December 16, 2:00 p.m.

Fee: $45 resident/$50 nonresident

For advanced painters, this four-week session class emphasizes the components of the creative painting process. Space limited to 9 students with a minimum of 6. Call for availability. Instructor: Christina Rang

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z1nv4j3n08tzaou/

 

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SPRING 2023 EVERGREEN FORUM

 

SPRING 2023 COURSE LIST

Most classes begin the week of February 27, 2023

 

AMERICA IN THE 1990s

Instructor: Stan Katz

Day and Time: Mondays from 10:00 a.m.–noon

Format: Virtual 

 

ANTARCTIC EXPLORATIONS

Instructor: Harold Kuskin

Day and Time: Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.–noon

Format: Hybrid

 

BRONTE AND ELIOT: ROMANTICISM VS. REALISM

Instructor: John Kucich

Day and Time: Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m.–noon

Format: Virtual

 

DADA AND SURREALISM

Instructor: Wendy Worth

Day and Time: Tuesdays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Format: Virtual

 

DECEIVING BY NUMBERS: DATA IN THE NEWS

Instructor: Bernard Abramson

Day and Time: Thursdays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Format: In-Person

 

DIPLOMACY: TODAY’S WORLD ORDER

Instructor: Robert Ross

Day and Time: Mondays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Format: Hybrid

 

FOUR LECTURES ON QUANTUM MECHANICS

Instructor: Matias Zaldarriaga

Day and Time: Fridays from 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Format: In-Person

 

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND The AGE OF NAPOLEON

Instructor: Robert Nolan

Day and Time: Thursdays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Format: Hybrid

 

GEOGRAPHY OF NEW JERSEY

Instructor: Dave Saltzman

Day and Time: Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.–noon

Format: Hybrid

 

GREAT DECISIONS 2023

Instructors: Karen Coates and David Redman

Day and Time: Tuesdays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Format: Virtual

 

HIGHLIGHTS IN THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY

Instructor: David Brahinsky

Day and Time: Wednesdays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Format: Hybrid

 

HOLDING HANDS WITH THE BROTHERS GRIMM

Instructor: Susan Matson

Day and Time: Mondays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Format: In-Person

 

MOHSIN HAMID AND AYAD AKHTAR: THE DIVIDED CONVERSATION

Instructor: Lois Marie Harrod

Day and Time: Wednesdays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Format: Virtual

 

POETS AMONG US

Instructor: Chris Reed

Day and Time: Wednesdays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Format: Virtual

 

PRINCETON'S 300 MILLION YEARS OF GEOLOGIC HISTORY

Instructor: Lincoln Hollister

Day and Time: Thursdays between 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Format: In-Person

 

READING BUILDINGS: A PRIMER

Instructor: Alan Chimacoff

Day and Time: Fridays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Format: Virtual

 

SCIENCE IN THE NEWS

Instructor: Harold Heft

Day and Time: Fridays from 10:00 a.m.–noon

Format: Hybrid

 

SCIENTISTS, SOLDIERS, STATESMEN: THE A-BOMB

Instructor: Lloyd Gardner

Day and Time: Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.–noon

Format: Hybrid

 

SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGEDIES

Instructor: Larry Danson

Day and Time: Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.–noon

Format: In-Person

 

SOCIAL SECURITY — WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Instructor: Donn Mitchell

Day and Time: Fridays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Format: Hybrid

 

TELL ME A STORY: ART SPEAKING THROUGH TIME

Instructor: Nancee Goldstein

Day and Time: Wednesdays from 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Format: Virtual

 

THEATRE APPRECIATION: FROM PAGE TO STAGE

Instructor: Ryanne Domingues

Day and Time: Mondays from 10:00 a.m.–noon

Format: Hybrid

 

WAR AND PEACE: TEXT AND CONTEXT

Instructor: Nancy Kanach and Victor Ripp

Day and Time: Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.–noon

Format: In-Person

 

The Evergreen Forum uses a first-come, first-served registration system. Registration will open on Tuesday, January 24 at 9:30 a.m.

 

Registration for a second or more courses will open on Tuesday, February 7. To register, go to princetonsenior.org. Telephone and mail applications will not be accepted. Course format is subject to change.

 

Waitlists: If a class is full, registrants are encouraged to put their name on the online waitlist.

 

Evergreen Forum Fees: $110 for a six- to eight-week course, and $85 for a three- to five-week course.

 

Cost should never be a barrier to learning! Senior Scholarships are available to those for whom the fee is a hardship.

 

Evergreen Forum corporate sponsors for spring 2023: Brandywine Living: Princeton, Pennington, & Serenade at Princeton, Capital Health, Homewatch CareGivers, Penn Medicine Princeton Health, and Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law _____________________________________________________________________________________

 

TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE

 

THE DONALD AND NANCY LIGHT TECHNOLOGY LITERACY LAB (In-Person at NSK Location)

Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Our well-appointed and roomy Tech Lab welcomes you with brand new PC’s and Mac computers. Stop by to check your email, get some work done, connect with friends and family, or surf the web.

 

Tech assistance is available two ways: in-person on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and virtually, Monday through Friday. Appointments preferred. To learn more about PSRC’s technical assistance, go to our website at princetonsenior.org/technology-lab/ or to fill out a request form go to princetonsenior.link/tech-assist.

 

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COMING SOON — TWO NEW GROUPS

A support group for LGBTQ+ older adults is forming at PSRC. We invite you to come and bring a friend. LGBTQ+ older adults are often more isolated that their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. PSRC welcomes everyone to our center and is excited to start this much needed group.

Inaugural meeting: January 12, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. at NSK Location.

Interest form: princetonsenior.link/LGBTQgroup

 

A social group for fifty-five to sixty-five year-olds will begin in January also. We invite you to join a group that is not focused on retiring but on the early years of aging, grandchildren, adult children, hobbies, tech info sessions, and other topics for age group.

An interest meeting for this group will be held on Zoom on December 7, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Register: princetonsenior.link/55-65yoGroup

 

For questions or to express interest in these groups, please contact Social Services at socialservices@princetonsenior.org, or call 609.751.9699.

 

SPECIAL NOTICES

PSRC will be closed on December 23, 26, 30, and January 2 in celebration of the holidays.

 

HEALTH SCREENINGS

Watch for information about monthly health screenings scheduled at our NSK location. There will be regular blood pressure checks, memory screenings, and a variety of other screenings to help find problems early on, when they may be easier to treat.

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