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November Programs & Events @PSRC

Programs meeting virtually on Zoom as well as in-person programming. Visit princetonsenior.org.

 

LONGWOOD GARDENS DAY TRIP: ’TIS THE SEASON FOR SPLENDOR

Monday, December 5, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Fee: $100.00 per person, no refunds

Celebrate botanical splendor in all its forms as Longwood Gardens showcases the beauty and bounty of the natural world. Stroll amid floating floral designs, marvel at festive trees dressed in gilded garland to bold poinsettia, and step into an extravagant floral shop complete with an exquisite window display. Outside, gaze upon botanically inspired light displays, explore enchanting treehouses, and find new features that are sure to delight.

Register at princetonsenior.link/LongwoodGardens

 

Your ticket includes transportation to and from Longwood Gardens with entrance to the Gardens and a private group tour. Registration opens on October 3 and closes on November 11.

 

Things to know:

• Participants should be comfortable walking long distances and dress appropriately for the weather as some of the gardens and tour will take place outdoors.

• Meals are not included, but there are dining facilities available at Longwood Gardens. Participants are welcome to bring food and drinks on the bus, but no food or drinks can be brought into the Gardens.

princetonsenior.link/LongwoodGardens

 

 

HOW TO WRITE PLAYFULLY: A GENERATIVE CLASS (Zoom)

Six Sessions, Thursdays, beginning November 3 through December 15 (no class November 24), noon–1:00 p.m.

Fee: $75 resident/$80 nonresident

In this six-week creative writing class you will read playful and inventive poetry and short-short fiction. We will unlock our creativity through fun forms such as “hermit-crab” flashes, found poems, and six-word memoirs, and we will write playful drafts of our own in class. Writing prompts and exercises will be used. No previous experience necessary. Just bring an enthusiasm for reading, an open mind, and a willingness to share your work!

 

Instructor: Alyson Mosquera Dutemple is a writer from New Jersey with an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfictions. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Passages North, The Journal, and DIAGRAM, among others. She works as an editorial consultant and creative writing instructor.

PSRC’s How to Write Playfully program is sponsored by Walsh Senior Solutions.

Register at princetonsenior.link/WritePlayfully

 

 

INSPIRED CREATIVITY WORKSHOP (In-Person at NSL Location)

Friday, November 11, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Fee: $15 resident/$20 nonresident

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” — Albert Einstein

Inspired Creativity, a three-hour workshop, is an exploration into discovering, unlocking, and unleashing your imagination and creativity.  Starting with the premise that all of us are innately creative we’ll explore together how we gain access, unleash, and hone our creativity. We will also take a detailed look at the barriers to creativity that keep us from exercising our creative muscles. Refreshments will be served.

 

Instructor: Dr. Richard Hendrickson is a retired elder in the United Methodist Church. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew Theological Seminary where he focused on imagination and creativity as a resource for ministry and life. He has led numerous individuals and groups through the process of visioning and organizational creativity along with creative problem solving.

PSRC’s Inspired Creativity program is sponsored by NightingaleNJ Eldercare Navigators.

Register at princetonsenior.link/InspiredCreativityWorkshop

 

 

 

MEDICARE INFORMATION SESSION (Hybrid — In-Person at NSK Location)

Monday, November 14, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

We are currently in the Medicare open enrollment period. The enrollment period will end on December 7, 2022. What should you know about open enrollment? If you have a Medicare health or drug plan, this period is for you to make any changes to your coverage. If you do not have an additional plan and want to enroll, you can also do that now. PSRC is hosting a Medicare information session at our NSK location on Monday, November 14, from 1:00–3:00 p.m. You will hear from SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) and Senior Advisors. This presentation will help you learn more about Medicare decision-making and there will be an opportunity for individual counseling after the formal presentation.

 

Kelly Ott is the Mercer County SHIP coordinator at Children’s Home Society of NJ. She has been working in nonprofit volunteer management throughout her career. She is a graduate of Stockton University. Metta Cahill is a certified SHIP Counselor who has been volunteering since 2018. She is a retired nurse and nurse-midwife. Roderick Spann is an independent broker with Senior Advisors. The top priority of Senior Advisors is to reduce stress for Medicare beneficiaries by providing education and overview of available choices, and making recommendations for coverage. Senior Advisors offers a FREE annual review of your prescription plan to ensure you have the most cost-efficient card.

Register at https://princetonsenior.link/medicareinfosession

 

 

PSRC HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR (In-Person at NSK Location)

Wednesday, November 16, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

This year we are hosting our health and wellness fair in-person at our NSK location. We invite our community to join us for an afternoon with local health and wellness providers. There will be free on-site screenings by qualified medical professionals. In addition to gathering information about providers and services, we will have a therapy dog on-site. We highly recommend registering in advance, but walk-ins will also be welcome. All participants who have not previously provided a Covid-19 vaccine card will be asked to show this before entering the fair. 

Register at https://princetonsenior.link/health-wellness-fair

 

 

FIRST FRIDAY FILM — THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7  (Hybrid – In-Person at NSK Location and on Zoom)

Tuesday, November 8 at 3:00 p.m.

We’ll discuss how to express the values that shaped us, share important stories (without lecturing!), and invite others to share their charitable interests with us. Then we’ll learn to identify common values we can lean into through our giving of time, talent, or treasure. You’ll walk away with discussion starters, tools, and further reading ideas.

 

Presenter Elizabeth Wagner, senior vice president and director of institutional wealth management at Bryn Mawr Trust, helps generous families find common ground and make a positive impact on their communities. A 21/64 Certified Advisor, she believes family wisdom comes from all ages working together!

Registration required, no fee.

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

FYI SEMINAR — “GIVING WITH YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS” (Hybrid – In-Person at NSK Location and on Zoom)

Tuesday, November 8 at 3:00 p.m.

We’ll discuss how to express the values that shaped us, share important stories (without lecturing!), and invite others to share their charitable interests with us. Then we’ll learn to identify common values we can lean into through our giving of time, talent, or treasure. You’ll walk away with discussion starters, tools, and further reading ideas.

 

Presenter Elizabeth Wagner, senior vice president and director of institutional wealth management at Bryn Mawr Trust, helps generous families find common ground and make a positive impact on their communities. A 21/64 Certified Advisor, she believes family wisdom comes from all ages working together!

Registration required, no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/zqt9g31025e5hz/

 

FYI SEMINAR — “CLIMATE ACTION & YOU” (Zoom)

Tuesday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m.

What can individuals do to help combat climate change locally? Tune in to find out what is happening in the Princeton area and what you can do to help reduce emissions and be better prepared for climate change.

 

Christine Symington is the executive director of Sustainable Princeton, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire the community to develop and implement solutions that positively impact the environment. We strive to lead community change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen resilience to the impacts of the changing climate, and protect the local ecosystem.

Registration required, no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/zqt9g31025e5hz/

 

FYI SEMINAR — “SENIOR HOUSING OPTIONS DEMYSTIFIED” (In-Person at NSK Location)

Tuesday, November 22 at 3:00 p.m.

This presentation answers questions about the different options for seniors to consider when they are thinking of moving from their current home. It explains the types of senior housing options and when they are best appropriate.

 

Connie Pizarro is the CEO of Oasis Senior Advisor and Dementia Awareness Training, LLC. Through Oasis Senior Advisors, Connie helps others by counseling older adults and providing resources for pertinent issues relating to health, finances, legal matters, and senior living options.

Registration required, no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/zqt9g31025e5hz/

 

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:

November 1 — Anthony Fauci: Is the pandemic actually over? It’s complicated

November 8 — Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

November 15 — Simon Anholt: Which country does the most good for the world?

November 22 — Mounia Akl: How film captures the space between hope and despair

November 29 — Allyson Felix: An Olympic champion’s mindset for overcoming fear

Registration required, no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/zicpr6b083m3gx/

 

 

This month’s FYI sponsors are Akin Care Senior Services; Brandywine Living- Princeton, Pennington, Serenade; Peapack Private Wealth Management; and RothKoff Law. TED Talk sponsors are Homewatch CareGivers, NightingaleNJ Eldercare Navigators, Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

 

 

LIBRARY READS (ZOOM)

Monday, November 7 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

 

PPL’S MORNING TECH SERIES: APPS & WEBSITES FOR THE PRINCETON COMMUNITY (Zoom)

Wednesday, November 9, 10:00 a.m.

This workshop will discuss apps that help people better navigate and keep up with Princeton. Apps include parking apps, transit tracking, wayfinding, social networking, and apps of Princeton’s key institutions.

 

Presenters: City Hall employee Christina Rothman-Iliff and librarian Dana Treichler.

This class will be held virtually via Zoom. Registration is required (through the Princeton Public Library). No fee.

Morning Tech Series is presented in partnership with the Princeton Public Library and PSRC.

https://princetonlibrary.libnet.info/event/7292999

 

LIVE FROM SLOVENIA: WALKING TOUR OF LJUBLJANA (Hybrid – In-Person at NSK Location and on Zoom)

Wednesday, November 30, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Fee: $5.00

Experience the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana live and in real time! One of the smallest European Capitals, you’ll get the opportunity to explore a city filled with rich history and a diverse heritage during this guided walking tour. The city has only 300,000 inhabitants and its university attracts many young students from all around the world to spend some time studying here. The city is vibrant, excellent for creativity, and contemporary art. Participants will be able to ask questions and interact with the guide throughout the tour.

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

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/zd7utto0kv75hr/

 

BINGO (In-Person at NSK Location)

Friday, November 18, 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Join us for a lively afternoon of bingo fun where 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/z1wobsm01yiyzhf/

 

Senior Scholarships Are Available

PSRC is committed to serving all members of our community. We will never allow cost to be an obstacle to your participation. To request a program scholarship, please fill out this confidential form. https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/senior-scholarship-request-form/

 

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RETIREMENT PROGRAMS

 

SENIOR CITIZEN CLUB (In-Person at NSK Location)

Friday, November 18, 11:00 a.m.

Join up for a social hour of chatting and sharing.

Registration is required, no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/senior-citizen-club/

 

MEN IN RETIREMENT — (meeting with WIR on November 18)

 

MEN & WOMEN IN RETIREMENT: PRINCETON CEMETERY VIRTUAL TOUR (Hybrid – In-Person at NSK Location and on Zoom)

Friday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m.

Get into the Princeton spirit with a virtual tour of Princeton Cemetery, referred to as the “Westminster Abbey of the United States.” Hear the fascinating stories of some prominent members of the community (including a U.S. president and vice president), as well as extraordinary tales from the diverse men and women that called Princeton home.

 

Presented by Eve Mandel of the Historical Society of Princeton. 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/zpsgktl0rrcdm9/

 

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

Fridays, November 4 and November 11 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, November 18 at 3:00 p.m.

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 through PSRC, no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/zjdrkt30dr873o/

 

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EXERCISE & FITNESS PROGRAMS

 

AEROBICS (In-Person at SPB Location)

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in November (no class November 25), 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/z1k3jpjf1cg33y0/

 

EVERY BODY WALK! (In-Person)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.

EBW!’s last date for the season is November 17

Stay tuned for its return in March 2023

This free walking program offers excellent options for safe walking in and around the beautiful trails of Princeton. Walking sticks and canes are welcome. CDC guidelines will be followed. This program is offered in partnership with Progression Physical Therapy. For more information, including walking locations by date, go to progressionpt.com or call Progression Physical Therapy at 609.454.3536. Registration through PSRC. Call for availability.

Leader: Ruth Kaplan

Registration through PSRC, no fee.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/every-body-walk-2022/

 

THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD EXERCISE: FOUR-SESSION WORKSHOP (In-Person at SPB Location)

Wednesdays, beginning November 2 through 30 (no class November 23), 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Fee: $30 resident/$35 nonresident

Through the use of gentle movement and directed attention to reorganize connections between the brain and body for the purpose of improving movement and enhancing function, Feldenkrais Method helps participants increase ease and range of motion, improve flexibility and coordination, and rediscover a capacity for graceful movement. Participants are encouraged to bring their own exercise mat. If they do not have one, a mat will be provided. Space is limited to 15 with a minimum of 6.

 

Leader: Jaclyn (Jackie) Boone, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® teacher with twenty-one years of professional practice in the Feldenkrais Method.

PSRC’s Feldenkrais Method Exercise program is sponsored by Oasis Senior Advisors.

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z6ea0ck0j4lq90/

 

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 (no class on November 24), 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 BOOTCAMP (In-Person at SPB Location)

Wednesdays, beginning November 2 through 16

Three Bootcamp Groups available at 11:00–noon, noon–1:00 p.m., or 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Fee: $60 resident/$75 nonresident

Pickleball Bootcamp is a three-session course designed for beginners to learn the basics of pickleball, run drills, and, of course, play the game. With three beginner boot camps offered during November, interested players can choose which Bootcamp they’d like to sign up for. Bootcamps require a minimum of 4 players and maximum of 6 for class viability.

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

 

PICKLEBALL OPEN COURT (In-Person at SPB Location)

Thursdays, beginning November 3 through 17

10:00 a.m.–noon

Fee: $10 resident/$15 nonresident

Looking to play some pickup Pickleball? Join other Pickleball enthusiasts and register for our Pickleball open court that takes place every Thursday from 10:00 a.m.–noon. Participants should have experience with Pickleball. To learn how to play, sign up for one of our Bootcamps!

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

 

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/PickleballCourtRentalNov

 

TABLE TENNIS (In-Person at SPB Location)

Mondays and Fridays, 1:00–4:00 p.m. (no Table Tennis on November 25)

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

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

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z1khq2q60eiasuk/

 

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ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

 

BASIC DRAWING: BEGINNERS TO ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE — FALL SESSION 2 (Zoom)

8 Sessions on Tuesdays, November 8 through December 27, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Fee: $85 resident/$95 nonresident

This course introduces students to a variety of easy to learn drawing techniques and encourages students to develop their own style. Each interactive session includes a specified lesson plan, with practice and drills, time to share, and personalized critiques designed to unblock the artist in you, tap into your imagination, unleash your creativity, and exercise your memory, analytical and small motor skills. Experienced artists will grow in agility and gain proficiency. Fun weekly challenges! Space is limited to 10 students with a minimum of 6. Call for availability.

Instructor: Denise McDaniel

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z1ctc1z61jrxuur/

 

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/

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO MAH JONGG (In-Person at NSK Location)

Thursdays, beginning October 27 through November 17, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. (and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on November 10 and November 17)

Fee: $60 Resident/$70 Nonresident

Originating in China, Mah Jongg is an exciting game using tiles for form hands, much like rummy. You will learn to play the American version using the National Mah Jongg League rules and card. Instructor, Neilia Makadok, is an experienced educator, will explain the basics in simple terms and guide you as you play. Enrollment is limited to ensure a successful learning experience. The instructor will provide the use of her Mah Jongg sets during the class but you are welcome to bring your own.

Note: There is a materials fee of $11 payable to the instructor at the first class. Space is limited to 10 students with a minimum of 8.

 

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

https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/z1r7uthg0w39v67/

 

MASTERING THE ART OF PAINTING — FALL SESSION 2 (In-Person at SPB Location)

Fridays, November 18 through December 16 (no class November 25), 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. Instructor: Christina Rang

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

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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. 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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SPECIAL NOTICES

PSRC will be closed on November 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday

 

LOOKING AHEAD — MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Save the date for PSRC’s Annual Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 14

Stay tuned for details.

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