H-F Park District offers programs for active seniors

2013-12-22T00:00:00Z H-F Park District offers programs for active seniorsFor The Times nwitimes.com
December 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

FLOSSMOOR | The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District strives to present a varied schedule of activities to help meet the social, fitness and leisure needs of the active adults and seniors in the community. There is no membership fee to participate. The Marie Irwin Community Center is home to many of these classes and programs and is located at 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood. All activities held at the Marie Irwin Community Center unless noted otherwise.


Noon on Mondays and Wednesdays

Our Let’s Do Lunch program is the place to be for delicious meals, fun activities and great company. Our caterer, Independent Days, continues to deliver a wide variety of weekly lunch menus.

Our incentive program: The mission of this incentive program is to entice membership and to ensure the program continues to operate at its best. If you sign up, pay and attend six scheduled meals for any given month, your name will be entered into a monthly drawing for a free lunch. All lunches have a "pre-pay" requirement.

To reserve and pay for lunch, call (708) 957-7275 by noon on Friday (for Monday lunch) or Tuesday (for Wednesday lunch) There is a maximum of 60 and a minimum of 10 registrants or lunch will be cancelled.

The center celebrates birthdays during a lunch on the first week of each month. Everyone receives cake in their honor and receives a birthday gift.

Fee: $5.25 Resident / $7.75 Nonresident


Do you enjoy dining out and trying new restaurants? Join the Lunch Safari and explore a different restaurant. 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 Lunch Safari departs from the Irwin Community Center.

Fee: $9 Resident / $14 Nonresident

Travel is by H-F Park District van. Arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Van will depart promptly at 11:15 a.m. Return time is approximate. No refunds are given for late arrivals.

Chinn's 34th St. Fishery – Lisle

 Jan 16

11:15 am - 3:15 pm

Serving the freshest and finest seafood available. Flown in fresh daily. This makes Chinn's Fishery special in both quality and service. $8.99 - $22.99.

Greek Village – Schaumburg

Feb 18

11:15 am - 3:15 pm

It is widely known that Greece has some of the most aromatic ambiance in the world. Fresh herbs, extra virgin olive oil, organic vegetables and fresh ingredients have resulted in the benefits of a long life. $8.95 - $22.95.

Chair Massage

Jan. 21 and Feb. 18

10 – 11:40 a.m.

Provided by Home Bound Healthcare

A free and gentle massage lasting five to 10 minutes. A great way to relieve stress. Call or stop by to make an appointment.

Energized for Life

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Dec. 23 - Jan. 31 and Feb. 10 - March 21

Get going and add energy to your life. This fitness class includes stretching, toning, balance, light aerobics and breathing techniques to pump up your cardiovascular system.

Fee: $28 Resident / $42 Nonresident (2 times per week)

$40 Resident / $60 Nonresident (3 times per week)


10 to 11 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 8 - Feb. 12 and Feb. 19 - March 26

Zumba Gold takes the Zumba moves and suits the needs of active older participants as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. Zumba is known for the music, the easy to follow moves, and party-like atmosphere. A dance-fitness class is friendly and fun. Instructor, Beverly Sterrett.

Fee: $36 Resident / $54 Nonresident

New Year's Party

Noon to 2 p.m.  Jan 8

Sponsored by Great Lakes Bank

Ring in the New Year with a Vegas style show. Vito Zatto will be entertaining with stand up comedy, celebrity impersonations, singing and audience participation. Enjoy roasted pork loin, brussel sprouts, potatoes and French silk pie for dessert. The party is complete with noisemakers, door prizes, a raffle and a toast to a healthy and happy 2014. Register by noon Jan 3.

Fee: $9 Resident / $14 Nonresident

Turbulence, Perspective and Opportunity

1-2 p.m. Jan. 13

Market volatility has brought apprehension and uncertainty to the financial markets. It is prudent for investors to take a deep breath and reflect on what history tells us about market declines, and what may follow. Bridget Sullivan, from Waddell and Reed, will explain to us how we cannot control the markets, but we can understand the facts and the implications for each of us. Dessert will be provided. Register in advance.

Thinking Abilities

1-2 p.m. Jan 22

Learn the difference between normal age appropriate changes and impaired cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning. Dr. Jeff Kazmierczak is a local clinical neuropsychologist/clinical psychologist who specializes in the diagnoses of various impairments. Program is free, but register in advance.

AARP  - Smart Driver

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Feb. 6 - 7

Brush up on your driving skills by learning about safety and defensive driving. Class work is taught by a trained AARP volunteer. Course completion makes you eligible for a reduced auto insurance rate. Payment is made to the instructor on the first day of class. Make checks payable to AARP. If paying by cash, bring exact change. Credit card payment cannot be processed.

Fee: $15 AARP Members / $20 Nonmembers

AARP Tax Return Preparation

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 5 - April 10

Volunteer AARP tax consultants will assist in preparing state and federal income tax forms. This group has helped many residents with their taxes. Bring last year’s tax return, your 1099 and W-2 forms, plus real estate taxes paid the previous year. Please note that the IRS requires a photo ID. Taking appointments starting Jan. 6.

Better Healthcare for Seniors

1- 2 p.m. Feb 10

An informative presentation to learn how to receive first class medical care delivered with compassion and respect. JenCare is a new neighborhood medical center that will answer your questions regarding Medicare, primary and preventative care. The discussion includes information about leading edge medical tools and technology to assist you in your health care decisions. Program is free, but register in advance.

Valentine's Day Party

Noon - 2 p.m. Feb 12

Sponsored by Ingalls Senior Life

Celebrate the love of wonderful friendships at the Irwin Center. Festivities begin with a delicious meal of chicken parmigiana served over spaghetti, asparagus and red velvet cake for dessert. After lunch, it's time to "Shake It with Babette!" Babette's shows have something for everyone with a mix of music from the '20s through the '80s. Door prizes, a raffle and a guaranteed good time will be had by all. Register by noon Feb. 5

Fee: $9 Resident / $14 Nonresident

IKEA Bolingbrook Shopping Trip

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 25

IKEA is a Swedish company that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances and home accessories. The store is known for its attention to cost control and good prices. Cruise the showrooms and then enjoy a delicious Swedish lunch. There is also a market where take-home food can be purchased. Cost is for transportation only, please bring money for your own meal.

Travel is by H-F Park District van. Arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Transportation will depart promptly at listed time. Return time is approximate. No refunds are given for late arrivals.

Fee: $12 Resident / $17 Nonresident

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