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 senior adults in the community. There is no membership fee and all senior adults are invited 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 are held at the Marie Irwin Community Center unless noted otherwise. For more information call the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District at (708) 957-0300.
Celebrate the harvest season from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at a different party location, Wiley’s Grill. Enjoy American cuisine at the scenic Wiley’s Grill at Coyote Run Golf Course, 800 Kedzie Ave. in Flossmoor. Dig in into fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, roll and apple pie. Then saddle up with Rick Pickren and take a ride back to the good old days of the silver screen’s famous singing cowboys. Sing along and tap your toes to well-known western favorites like “Back in the Saddle” and “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds.” Learn about historical anecdotes related to the area and ride into the sunset singing “Happy Trails.” Partnering with Great Lakes 50 Club of Great Lakes Bank. Fee is $9 for residents, $13.50 for nonresidents.
Jack O’Lantern Jam
Get into the Halloween spirit where tricks and treats will be plentiful from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 30. Lunch includes a stuffed pork chop, wild rice, cranberry salad, roll, mixed veggies and dessert. Have a hauntingly good time while listening to the ghoulish sounds of Frank Rossi’s piano and accordion entertainment. Register by noon Oct. 23. Fee is $9 for residents and $13.50 for nonresidents.
Celebrate freedom and all of America’s veterans who guaranteed it for us through the generations. Event is from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 11. There will be a special presentation honoring all of our veterans. Lunch will be bacon and onion smothered roast beef with rice, mixed veggies, roll and pecan pie. Musical entertainment with a patriotic theme will be part of this special event. Includes lunch, entertainment, and more. Register by noon Nov. 4. Fees are $9 for residents, $13.50 for nonresidents and veterans are half price.
Free Blood Pressure Screening
Have your blood pressure checked monthly by the professional staff of Home Bound Healthcare. Come for a reliable and free pressure reading. No appointment necessary. From 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 4, Oct. 2 and Nov. 6.
Free Chair Massage
A free and gentle massage lasting about five to 10 minutes each. A great way to relieve stress. Call or stop by the Irwin front desk to make an appointment. From 10 to 11:40 a.m. Sept. 17, Oct. 15 and Nov. 19.
Free Brain Games
Everyone can benefit from improved brain health. Learn how to give your brain a workout by playing games that sharpen the mind. Join Renata Cichowicz, of Ingalls, as she helps us understand and exercise the vital and astounding organ known as the brain. Enjoy interactive games that help with attention, problem solving and flexibility. From 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 9.
Free The Virtual Dementia Tour
Arden Courts Memory Care Community of Hazel Crest invites senior citizens to take a journey to experience the realities of life for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This eye-opening event from 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 will help you gain a better understanding of the challenges that your friends and/or loved ones encounter while performing ordinary tasks.
Free Self-Care Owner’s Manual
Join Barbara Ferrari, RN from Ingalls Wellness Center, as she helps us focus on our own well-being. Learn about balancing the giving of yourself and caring for yourself. From 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 23.
Free Community Quilting
Use your quilting skills to make quilts to give to others. Tops can be assembled at home using donated supplies. The group meets monthly to tie patch-work squares together to make quilts. These quilts are then donated to charities chosen by the participants. Meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Friday of the month.
Free Save Money
Citizens Utility Board or CUB is a nonprofit utility watchdog organization fighting for Illinois consumers since 1984. CUB challenges utility rate increases, fights for rate reductions and refunds of overcharges, and appeals unfair regulatory decisions in the courts. CUB will offer consumers tools and resources to help lower your phone, gas and electric bills from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 18.
AARP Drivers Safety
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. Max 15. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24. Fee is $12 for residents, $14 for nonresidents.
Free Current Events Roundtable
Join in on one of the best-kept secrets of our active adult/senior programming. At 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays, our Current Events Roundtable program meets at the Irwin Center as a discussion group. This dynamic dialogue transpires as an ongoing review and analysis of current events. Grab a chair, a cup of coffee and stay a while. Stay in touch with the "cutting edge" and be part of stimulating conversation. There are no dues to pay and no daily fee.
Share your love of singing your favorite tunes, from the old standards to newer show tunes. The Sing-A-Lings have monthly rehearsals and perform 10 to 15 times each year. Call ahead if interested in participating. Meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. third Thursday of the month.
Kick up your heels as you dance your way to fitness and good health from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday. The class is for all levels of dancers. Beginners will focus on learning new steps and easier routines and then progress to more difficult routines. Everyone can learn at his or her own pace. Max 30. Fee is $2 a day.
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 like salsa, meringue, cumbia and reggae too; the exhilarating, easy-to-follow moves; and the invigorating party-like atmosphere. Active older adults want camaraderie, excitement and fitness as part of their weekly schedule. It's a dance-fitness class that feels friendly, and most of all, fun. From 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 4 to Oct. 9 or Oct. 16 to Nov. 20.
Energized for Life
Get going and add energy to your life. This fitness class includes stretching, toning, balance, light aerobics, breathing techniques and marching to pump up the cardiovascular system. Each session ends with a cool down. From 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Sept. 16 to Oct. 25 or Nov. 4 to Dec. 13. Fees are $28 for residents, $42 for nonresidents for twice a week and $40 for residents, $60 for nonresidents for three days a week.
Walk in the warmth of the Irwin Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. weekdays, Sept. 23 to April 30. The Physical Activity Room will be open for those who want to walk their way to fitness. Sign in at the front desk each time you come in to walk. No walking Nov. 28, 29, Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. Fees are $5 for residents or $7.50 for nonresidents.
Free Learn to Use a Laptop
This free program is designed especially for our active adults and 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. We have two laptop computers that were donated to the Irwin Community Center available for use during the class and will be issued on a first come first serve basis. Bring your own laptop if you have one; Wi-Fi is available on-site. Min 3, Max 8. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., Mondays, Sept. 9 to 23 or Oct. 7 to 21.
Free Senior Facebooking
Connecting with friends and family on Facebook is the next communication tool. Take a step toward increasing your confidence. This class is for active adults and seniors who are interested in becoming more comfortable with Facebook and email. We have two laptop computers that were donated to the Irwin Center available for use during the class and will be issued on a first come first serve basis. Bring your own laptop if you have one; Wi-Fi is available on-site. Min 3, Max 8. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 11 to 25 or Oct. 9 to 23.
Senior Computer Basics
This three-week class is designed specifically for senior adults to introduce you to the very basics of computer usage at a comfortable pace. You will walk away with confidence that you can use a mouse and keyboard, send and retrieve email, cruise through the World Wide Web of information and shop online safely. Min 5, Max 8. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 12 to 26 at the James Hart Computer Center, 18220 Morgan St., Homewood. Fees are $30 for residents and $45 for nonresidents.
Let’s Do Lunch
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 lunch menus. Please note our incentive program for 2013: If you sign up, pay and attend all meals scheduled for any given month, your name will be entered into a monthly drawing for a free lunch. Please note: All lunches have a "pre-pay" requirement. The mission of this incentive 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’s lunch) or Tuesday (for Wednesday’s lunch.) Limit 60. Program is at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Did you know we celebrate birthdays during the first lunch of each month? Everyone receives cake in your honor and you receive a birthday gift on us. Please alert our lunch attendant if it is your birthday month that day. Fee is $5.25 per resident or $7.75 for nonresidents.
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. Bring cash to pay for your lunch. All Lunch Safaris leave from the Marie Irwin Community Center. Call for details.
Chicago White Sox Ballgames
Join us to cheer on the White Sox. The outing is complete with an all-you-can-eat buffet at the patio featuring barbecue ribs, Cajun chicken, fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, side salads and drinks plus several games of bingo and prizes. Trip includes: transportation, meal, bingo and game ticket. Fees are $55.50 for residents or $70.50 for nonresidents. Games are White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 14 and White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18,
County Line Orchard
Come and spend a day with us in Hobart from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12. Hunt for the perfect apple, enjoy delicious food and even visit farm animals. Also view a live cider press and sample delicious cider. The irresistible bakery features doughnuts, pies, breads and cookies that are fresh and delicious. The orchard kitchen will serve lunch with down home cookin’ taste. Fee covers transportation to and from the orchard, tractor ride and general admission. Participants should bring cash for lunch on site. Max 8. Fees are $18 for residents and $27 for nonresidents.
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Travel to Nappanee, Ind., and sit down under the handhewn timbers of the Restaurant Barn. Enjoy the famous Threshers dinner, a family style feast of Amish Country favorites. After the meal view the production of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" in the famous Round Barn Theatre. Price includes transportation, lunch and a ticket to the performance. Max 8. Trip is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10. Fees are $70 for residents and $105 for nonresidents.
Macy’s on State Street
Macy’s on State Street is the second largest department store in the world and is recognized as a National Landmark. Shop and dine your way through 12 floors that has been a tradition for generations. Start your holiday shopping early and enjoy a wonderful lunch in the famous Walnut Room, the very first restaurant that was opened in a department store in the late 1890s. Max 8. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 19. Fees are $15 for residents, $22.50 for nonresidents.