Spring Into Action!

MAY 15, 2018
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
So much fun, so little time!!!

Community seniors and active older adults are invited to the Baird Community Center for a day of leisure activities including art, fitness, learning and more.  The event will include continental breakfast and lunch and a variety of short sample classes and activities to pick and choose from throughout the day such as Life Drawing, Guided Painting, Social Media Aptitude, Gadget Apps for Tracking Health, Music for Health, Chair Yoga, Fitness, Pickle Ball, International Folk Dance and MORE!  Class descriptions and a complete schedule of times are below. 

This event is presented  by SOMA Two Towns for All Ages, the South Orange and Maplewood Departments of Recreation & Cultural Affairs and the South Orange and Maplewood Libraries. ‘Spring into Action’ is FREE for South Orange and Maplewood residents,  but advance registration is REQUIRED for planning purposes. To register:

  • Send an email to recreation@southorange.org requesting registration for ‘Spring Into Action’ and include your name, address, phone # and date of birth OR
  • Call the Baird at (973) 378-7754, ext. 2 and request registration for ‘Spring Into Action’. The staff will request your name, address, email (if available), phone # and date of birth. 

There will be a free swag bag for the first 50 registrants (distributed on the day of event).


Class and activity descriptions planned for ‘Spring into Action’ are below.  Please see the schedule for the time slot/s allocated to individual sessions. http://www.somatwotownsforallages.org/the-schedule

Participants are invited to move from session-to-session throughout the day. Space may be limited in some rooms and activities and space will be first come, first serve. 


Color Your World  
Can coloring be a form of meditation? Researchers say spending time inside the lines has the potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring about more mindfulness. Take a coloring break with Denise Hayden and see what happens.
Instructor: Denise Hayden

 Guided Painting  
Sample the Baird favorite that meets monthly in the main room.
Instructor: Denise Hayden 

International Folk Dance
Sample the Folk Dancing Class that meets at The Burgdorff Center every Thursday nights, 8-10:15pm.  
Instructor: Ron Weston

 Life Drawing 
Figure drawing with a live model. Learn gesture drawing to capture the movement of the figure in space.
Instructor: Lorena Vera, Arts Unbound

Making Quilt Inspired Cards  
Using beautifully patterned papers and templates, participants will create a card based on the Log Cabin, Split Rail or Heart Strips quilt design.  Everyone will leave with a handmade card and envelope to give or even frame, they are that pretty!
Instructor: Karen McDermott

Pierro Gallery Tour
Guided tour of tech (in)dependent, an art exhibition at the Pierro Gallery which explores our personal attachment to devices and our almost universal dependency on them from the perspective of five contemporary artists. With Cultural Arts Director, Sandy Martiny

Pretty Little Boxes 
If you like to fold paper and end up with a pretty useful little box, this workshop is for you. Using an origami technique and lovely decorative paper, your 4 inch square box with a lid will be an attractive addition to your desk, dresser or worktable. Pre-cut decorative cardstock will be provided for you to select from. 
Instructor: Karen McDermott

 Zentangle Meditative Drawing
Learn to draw “in the moment” creating repetitive patterns in an easy to learn fun way. Purported to ease stress and get you in the creative “flow” this might just become your new hobby!
Instructor: Denise Hayden


Active Mind,  Active Body
What are some options for staying local and giving your mind a workout? Or adding an extra thought layer to something you are already doing?
Instructor: SOPL Melissa Kopecky

 Fighting Adversity With Positivity, Exercise and Nutrition
Come hear Nick Marchesani tell his motivational story of hope and encouragement. Nick is a trailblazer through positivity, exercise, and nutrition. Diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune disease in 2000, Nick decided not to let multiple sclerosis slow him down. He continued to find ways to exceed what the medical community said he could not do. In 2013, Nick found his calling. He became a Zumba instructor. One month later, earned his Zumba Gold license and it's been onward and upward from there!  Come hear Nick's story of hope and encouragement.

Gadget Apps/Tracking Health
How can you use apps on your phone or other gadgets to stay fit and keep track of your own health?
Instructors: Ayesha Makhdoom and Brent Shelley, SOPL

 Mini Digital Devices Help
Drop in and let the Maplewood Library’s Mr. Fix It help you with your digital device.
Instructor: Robert Nealon, Maplewood Tech Librarian

 Music for Health & Community
Hard to imagine that you can create better physical health and mental well being by just humming or singing. Come to this scientifically based workshop to find out how. So simple; so satisfying.
Instructor: Jacqueline Dougherty, Sound Living

 Social Media Apptitude/Working out your connections
How can you decide which social media apps to use to stay in touch with, and maybe expand, your personal connections?
Instructors: Ayesha Makhdoom and Brent Shelley, SOPL 


A Walk in the Park
Guided walk along bike/pedestrian path in Meadowland Park, including stretching before and after.
With Public Health Nurse, Candice Davenport

 Chair Yoga
Chair Yoga adapts traditional yoga poses so that they can be done making yoga more accessible for people who cannot stand for long periods of time. Chair yoga helps deepen flexibility, strengthen personal body awareness and improve physical and mental fitness.
Instructor : Robin Weber 

Pickle Ball
The latest craze in racquet sports! This paddle sport was created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
Instructor: Tennis Alley

Project Healthy Bones
This program includes exercises that target the body’s larger muscle groups to improve strength, balance and flexibility. The curriculum has an interactive educational component on the importance of exercise, nutrition, safety, drug therapy and lifestyle factors as they relate to osteoporosis.
Instructor: Tonia Moore, Certified PHB Coach

Senior Fitness
Participants work on increasing flexibility and strength, improving balance and posture, reducing stress. Using soft fitness balls, light weights and resistance bands, participants work through a variety of exercises which focus on improving overall stamina and well being.
Instructor : Robin Weber

Total Body Circuit
A great class for those who are relatively fit and looking for a new experience in exercise and for those just getting started in an exercise routine. The circuit allows participants to exercise independently, within a group, at your own pace.
Instructor : Robin Weber 

Zumba Gold
Move a little and have a lot of fun in a chair or standing. Experience with dance is not required. Smiles and laughter are.
Instructor: Nick Marchesani

Zumba Toning
Taking Zumba to the next level, with a focus on strength training exercise alongside the dance-fitness party you know and love, and the addition of lightweight toning sticks or dumbbells. The class is a different pace to a regular Zumba Fitness class but you will feel the burn!
Instructor: Nick Marchesani