FLOSSMOOR | The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District presents a varied schedule of activities to help meet the social, fitness and leisure needs of the senior adults in the community. The Marie Irwin Community Center is home to many of these classes and programs. There is no membership fee and all senior adults are invited to participate. The center is located at 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood.
Let's Do Lunch!
Mondays & Wednesdays - Noon
The Let’s Do Lunch program is moving right along with new caterers Independent Days Adult & Senior Care Center. Beginning in 2013, there will be a new and improved incentive program.
If you sign up, pay, and attend six or more meals for the month, your name will be entered into the monthly drawing for a free lunch. All Monday / Wednesday lunches will be “prepay.” The mission of this program is to entice membership and to ensure the program continues to operate at its best.
To reserve your spot, call (708) 957-7275 by noon on Friday (for Monday lunch) or Tuesday (for Wednesday lunch.) Limit 60.
Fee: $5.25 Resident / $7.75 Nonresident
For Your Health Line Dancing
Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays - 10-11:30 a.m.
Kick up your heels as you dance your way to fitness and good health. The class is for all levels of dancers. Beginners will focus on learning new steps and easier routines and then progress to harder routines. Everyone can learn at his or her own pace. Limit 30 per day.
Daily Fee: $2
Do you enjoy dining out and trying new restaurants? Join the lunch safari and explore a different restaurant each month. You will order from the menu so you can choose your favorite things to eat. Please note that the fee is for transportation only and does not include the cost of your lunch. Please bring cash to pay for your lunch. The Safari departs from the Irwin Community Center.
Fee: $9 Resident / $14 Nonresident
Lunch Safari - Jan. 17
The Pit Rib House
9430 S. Roberts Road, Hickory Hills
The Rib Pit has mastered the art of barbecue, taking the finest cuts of meat and then slow cooking them over an open wood pit. The result is an authentic wood-smoked flavor that will leave you asking for more. Prices range from $7.25-$12.95. Code: 424611-09.
Lunch Safari - Feb. 19
4849 West 95th St., Oak Lawn
Since 1961, Palermo’s has served as a South Side institution for authentic Italian cuisine and charming atmosphere.
Combining traditional family recipes and “Old World” ambiance, Palermo’s has managed to create both a unique legacy of rich heritage and uncompromised quality. Prices range from $6.96-$15.95. Code: 424611-10.
Free Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesdays, Dec. 8-Jan. 2
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Have your blood pressure checked monthly by the professional staff of Home Bound Healthcare. Please sign up in advance and join us on the first Wednesday of every month for a reliable and free pressure reading. Code: 501602-04.
Dec. 10, Jan. 17 & Feb. 21
Thursdays, share your love of singing your favorites tunes from the old standards to newer show tunes. The Sing-A-Lings have monthly rehearsals and perform 10-15 times each year. Please call ahead if interested in participating.
Free Chair Massage
Tuesdays, Dec. 11, Jan. 8 & Feb. 12
Provided by HomeBound Healthcare
Experience a free, gentle massage lasting about five to 10 minutes. It is a great way to relive stress. Call or stop by to make an appointment. Code: 501602-05.
New Year’s Party
Sponsored by Great Lakes 50 Club of Great Lakes
What better way to welcome in the New Year than a party with all your friends. Enjoy a delicious and elegant lunch of savory sliced brisket, mashed potatoes, green beans, a roll, and banana cream pie. Then have the pleasure of experiencing the Mo-Beat Blues Show. The show is something more than just blues. Your day is complete with noise makers and a toast to a healthy 2013. Register by Noon Jan. 4 . Code: 420609-01.
Fee: $9 Resident / $13.50 Nonresident
Free Learn to Use Laptop
Wednesday, Jan. 9-30
This free drop in program is designed especially for our seniors who want to learn about laptop computers. It is a slow paced class to familiarize you with basic functions and steps you can take to become more confident in using a laptop. Code: 501602-26.
Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13
Zumba Gold targets the largest growing segment of the population: baby boomers. It takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. What stays the same are all the elements the Zumba Fitness-Party is known for: the zesty Latin music; exhilarating, easy-to-follow moves; and the invigorating, party-like atmosphere. Active older adults want camaraderie, excitement and fitness as a regular part of their weekly schedule. Zumba Gold is the perfect fit. It’s a dance-fitness class that feels friendly, and most of all fun! Code: 412511-02.
Fee: $49 Resident / $73.50 Nonresident
Senior Tai Chi
Tuesdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 19
Tai Chi is a centuries-old unique practice that combines elements of health, meditation and martial arts training. It is often practiced for its positive effect on health and longevity, balance and stress relief. Learn coordinated breathing, focus, attention and movement in both standing exercises and continuous forms. Advanced techniques may use swords or fans. Code: 412515-01.
Fee: $53 Resident / $79.50 Nonresident
Free Climate Change
Richard S. Treptow, Ph.D., professor emeritus of chemistry at Chicago State University, is an environmentalist and member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. His slideshow presentation on climate change will help to educate us on how and what we can do to preserve our planet. Code: 501602-28.
Anything Orchids is owned and operated by Don White. He is a member of the American Orchid Society, the Batavia Orchid Society, and the Illinois Orchid Society. Don has been raising orchids for 30 years and still has his first orchid plant which continues to flower yearly. Come meet and learn from this dedicated professional who will teach you everything you need to know about orchids. Don will bring in orchids as part of his presentation. Many of them will be available for sale after the presentation. Code: 420609-04.
Fee: $5 Resident / $7.50 Nonresident
AARP Drivers Safety
Feb. 7 & 8
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
This AARP course will help you brush up on your driving skills by learning about safety and defensive driving. Eight hours of class work will be taught by an AARP volunteer on two consecutive days. Course completion may make you eligible for a reduced auto insurance rate. Although you pay the instructor the morning of the first class (make your check payable to AARP) registration is required. Code: 414630-02.
Fee: $12 Resident / $14 Nonresident
Valentine’s Day Party
Sponsored by Ingalls Senior Life
Hearts and chocolates make you think of Valentine’s Day. This party will feature all — starting with a delicious lunch of pecan-encrusted tilapia, grilled mixed veggies, wild rice, a roll and Red Velvet cake. After lunch, the Love Boat Cruise show with Sandi Haynes will entertain you. Register by noon Feb. 7. Code: 420609-02.
Fee: $9 Resident / $13.50 Nonresident
Free Rehab 101
After an injury or sickness many people need rehab. Brian Magnabosco, director of marketing from Evergreen Healthcare Center, will present on the details of a physical therapy program, counseling, education, meeting with a dietician, support and training. All the things you need to know about the care you need to get back on your feet. Code: 501602-29.