Activities and Travel - PSOP Center

Activities are held at the PSOP Center, 201 N. Church St., Belleville.

Back to Top New at PSOP

PSOP now has a pingpong table that can be used from 2-4 p.m. any day except Tuesday in the Activities Room on the lower level. Get your paddles from the Activities office.

Back to Top Wii

Mondays, 2 - 4 p.m.

Pronounced "we", this home video game is a fun way to get together with your friends and play baseball, golf, bowling, etc. by using a hand-held remote and television screen. You'll get a little stretching exercise and a lot of fun when playing. After a little practice, you'll even be able to impress your kids and grandkids with your knowledge when they talk about their Wii! The game and flat-screen television are located in the Activity Room, lower level, at PSOP. For more information, call 618-234-4410, ext. 7016.

Back to Top Chess

Mondays, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

This class will be taught by Roger Schmidt. Beginners as well as seasoned players are welcome. There is no cost for the class, but let us know you are coming. Class will be held in the Discussion Room. Call 618-234-4410, ext. 7016 for reservations.

Back to Top Golf League

Mondays & Wednesdays, 9 a.m.

Gold league starts up again at Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville. For more information, call Lovey Veath at 618-416-5825 or Melissa at 618-234-4410, ext. 7042.

Back to Top Bridge

Tuesdays, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

If you like to play Contract Bridge in a casual atmosphere, this is your place to be. Stay and have lunch at 11:30 a.m. for $4. Join table games right after lunch for a nice eventful day. For lunch reservations, call 618-234-4410, ext. 7015, then press 2.

Back to Top Table Games and Lunch

Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy a nice afternoon with table games and prizes. Cards are 25 cents each. Game starts at noon. Lunch is optional, but you won't want to miss it. We have great lunches cooked right here with scrumptious desserts, all for $4. For lunch reservations, call 618-234-4410, ext. 7015, then press 2.

Back to Top Pinochle

Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 9 a.m.

Whether you are just learning or a seasoned player, these are nice groups for you.

Back to Top Line Dancing

Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Our instructor, Carol Schwartz, will show you new line dances and techniques each week. This is a great group to dance with, so sliiiide on over. Cost is $2 per session.

Back to Top Table Games and Activities

Sept. 4 - Table Games 

Sept. 11 - Table Games sponsored by the St. Clair County Medical Alliance Society

Sept. 18 - Lunch with the Doc

Sept. 25 - Dominoes

Enjoy a nice afternoon with table games and prizes at 11:30 a.m. Cards are 25 cents each. Please call 618-234-4410, ext. 7015, then press 4, before noon on Wednesday for lunch reservations. Lunch will be provided by the St. Clair County Office on Aging for $4 per person. Lunch reservations are required.

Back to Top Breakfast Club

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 9 a.m.

Meet at Eckert's Country Restaurant, 951 S. Green Mount Road, in Belleville. Call for reservations.

Back to Top Book Discussion Group

Thursday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m.

This month's book will be "Spoken from the Heart" by Laura Bush. The discussion leader will be Bonnie Gundlach. 

Back to Top Shiloh Sugar Babes

Friday, Sept. 5, 11:30 a.m. 

 Meet at the O'Fallon 15 Cinema to watch the movie, "Belleville." the Activities department has "buy one, get one free" coupons. Come join us whether you are a Red Hat or a wannabe.

Back to Top "Activities Showcase" Dance

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This month we're showcasing all the things we do in the Activities program. Come see all the activities you can enjoy as well as dance to the tunes of the RSVP Orchestra in Belleville. Call 618-234-4410, ext. 7015, press 5 and leave your name and phone number. 

Back to Top Streetwalkers - Giant City Lodge, Makanda

Friday, Sept. 19

Relax and enjoy southern Illinois' hospitality at its best. At the lodge we'll enjoy all-you-can-eat family-style fried chicken, mashed potatoes, country milk gravy, scratch dumplings, home-style green beans, buttered corn, creamy coleslaw, homemade biscuits and drink. After lunch, we'll stop at Walker's Bluff General Store, which has unique jewelry, classic goodies, gourmet pantry items, savory spreads, sweet preserves, a deli and in-house bakery! Cost for this trip is $55 per person and includes motor coach transportation, lunch, taxes and gratuity. Pickup is at the West End Schnucks at 8:30 a.m. Approximate return is 5 p.m.

Back to Top Dine Around

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 5 p.m.

Meet at Dos Gorditos, 2630 Mascoutah Ave., in Belleville. Call for reservations.

Back to Top Gardens of Hermann

Monday, Sept. 8

Learn about 19th century gardening techniques and heirloom plants and herbs at the Deutschheim State Historic Site Garden. Enjoy the river overlook and the more than 2,000 trees surrounding a gazebo and chapel at Hermann Hill Gardens. Visit the commercial garden at Pea Ridge Forest Arboretum and tour the chapel and cottages of Wine Country Weddings. Finish at an alpaca ranch! We will stop for ice cream (on your own) on the return. Cost is $88 per person. Depart the Schnucks on North Belt West at 8 a.m. and return will be approximately 8 p.m.

Back to Top Travelogue

Thursday, Sept. 11

Join us at 9:30 a.m. to learn about 2015 trips: Feb. 22-28 New Orleans and Cajun Country, July 19-25 Canadian Rockies and Oct. 11-21 Cruise on the Danube River. Please RSVP to Nancy by Sept. 4. This event is FREE!

Back to Top Men's Club

Friday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Winning touchdowns, home runs and goals... There's plenty of sports talk along with a scheduled speaker and lunch. The cost is $6 for lunch. Reservations are required.

Back to Top Birthday Bash St. Louis!

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Come celebrate St. Louis' 250th anniversary as we grab Betsy and take a self-guided tour of the St. Louis History Exhibit a 10th Street Gallery and have some gooey butter cake (with a chance to purchase) at Gooey Louie's. Next, our step-on guide joins us to help hunt for birthday cakes scattered throughout the city. After a lunch of local favorites (toasted ravioli, pork steaks and mostaccioli) at Favazza's on The Hill, we finish at the Missouri History Museum for the special exhibit on 250 years of St. Louis history featuring 50 people, 50 places, 50 images, 50 moments and 50 objects. Cost is $89 per person. Depart the Schnucks on North Belt West at 9 a.m. and return will be approximately 5 p.m. Special cancellation policy applies; no refunds after Sept. 2.

Back to Top Green Craft

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m.

Make beautiful crafts for your house an garden, all out of recycled materials. Call for list of supplies, price of craft and to make reservations.

Back to Top Honor Flight

Friday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. - noon

We will be showing the movie, "Honor Flight - One Last Mission" with a ceremony following the movie. "Honor Flight" is a heartwarming documentary about four living World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime to Washington D.C. to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle. You are invited to stay for lunch for $4 per person. For lunch reservations, call 618-234-4410, ext. 7016 and leave your name and phone number.

The movie and ceremony is sponsored by Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc.

Back to Top Travelogue

Monday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m.

Our representative from Presley tours will be here to discuss trips we are co-sponsoring with Diamond Tours for 2015. We will also discuss our upcoming Nashville Country Christmas trip and answer any questions you may have about this trip. Please call for reservations.

Back to Top Cruise to Kimmswick

Thursday, Oct. 2

Begin with a drive to Kimmswick, MO, followed by lunch at the Blue Owl and time to visit the quaint shops. We return via paddlewheel! Cost is $99 per person if reserved/purchased before May 20. If reserved/purchased May 21 or later the cost is $125 per person. Cost includes lunch and transportation. Deadline for reservations is June 19. Pick-up points are the Holiday Inn in Alton at 7:30 a.m., then Schnucks on North Belt West in Belleville at a time TBD. Return to Belleville will be about 5:15 p.m. and Alton about 6:15 p.m.

Back to Top Churches of Soulard I

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Jim Laughlin takes us to the Soulard neighborhood for several church tours: Trinity Lutheran Church (mother church of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod); Sts. Peter and Paul (made of Grafton limestone and seats 3,000); St. Raymond's (Eastern Rite Catholic Church founded in 1898 and currently made up of a large community of Lebanese families); St. Vincent de Paul (first Roman Catholic parish in the area and designed by Meriwether Lewis Clark); and St. Agatha (German Catholic organized in 1871). Lunch will be at St. Raymond's. Cost is $79 per person. Depart the Schnucks on North Belt West at 8:30 a.m. and return will be approximately 4:15 p.m.

Back to Top Monsters in My Back Yard!

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Linda Koenig meets us for a visit to the Melvin Price Lock and Dam and the new Audubon Center. We will also visit Principia College to view the archeological dig site of a 21,000 year-old wooly mammoth nicknamed "Benny" by professor Treworgy and her students. We are the ONLY group she is allowing to visit this site and see the bones in 2014! After lunch at Principia, we head to the top of the River Confluence Tower for its breathtaking views, then drive through Wood River to see the 23 Sears Houses. Cost is $79 per person. Depart the Schnucks on North Belt West at 8:10 a.m. and the Lewis & Clark Center in Hartford at 9:10 a.m. Return will be at approximately 4:15 p.m. to the Lewis & Clark Center and 5 p.m. to Belleville.

Back to Top Churches of Soulard II

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Jim Laughlin takes us to the Soulard neighborhood to explore St. Mary of Victories (Hungarian parish with a mass in Latin); Saint John Nepomuk (oldest Czech church in U.S., founded in 1854); St. Michael's the Archangel (Russian Orthodox, founded in 1909); St. Joseph Croation (serving the area's 40,000 Croation-Americans); and St. Raymond's (founded in 1898, large community of Lebanese families). Lunch will be at St. Raymond's. Cost is $84 per person. Depart the Schnucks on North Belt West at 8:30 a.m. and return will be approximately 4:15 p.m.

Back to Top In the Army Now (rescheduled)

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Linda Koenig takes us to the most important Army base in the U.S. - Fort Leonard Wood. Our base guide will join us on a bus tour of the engineering and HAZMAT training sites, the Museum of engineering, military police, chemical warfare and much more. Lunch will be with the troops in the mess hall. A supper stop (on your own) at Super Smokers will be made. You MUST have a driver's license or passport with you to get onto the base. Cost is $78 per person. Pick-up point is the Schnucks on North Belt West at 7:20 a.m. Return will be at about 8:20 p.m. If you are a veteran, pleast state your branch and MOS on the reservation form.

Back to Top St. Louis Symphony

Thursday, Dec. 19

Enjoy the afternoon Holiday Celebration Concert from your center row seat after a luscious buffet lunch at Lumiere Place Casino & Hotel. This would be a great trip to enjoy with your family! Cost is $96 per person. Depart the Holiday Inn in Alton (8 people minimum required) at 10:15 a.m. then the Schnucks on North Belt West at 11:15 a.m. Return will be at approximately 5 p.m. to Belleville and 6 p.m. to Alton. Special cancellation policy applies; no refunds after Nov. 12 Reservation MUST be received by Nov. 12 to guarantee price.

Back to Top Travel & Activities Reservation/Cancellation Policy Changes

We are making some changes to provide everyone with a fair opportunity to sign up for trips, avoid empty seats and keep trips affordable.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 - To make a reservation for a day trip, dial the extension listed with the trip description. The recording will ask you to give your name and phone number, the date and name of the trip, and the names of people you are making reservations for. You will then be given seven working days to complete the registration form in the PSOP newsletter and mail it or bring it to the Activities & Travel office along with your payment. Any payment not received within seven days will result in your reservation being cancelled.

If a cancellation is received seven days or more before the trip, then a full refund will be given. If a cancellation is received seven days or less to the start of the trip, and a replacement is found, then a full refund less a $5 processing fee will be given. If no replacement is found, no refund will be given. Special cancellation policies may apply if the trip involves the purchase of non-refundable tickets.

Day Trip Reservation Line 

TO MAKE A RESERVATION, CALL 618-234-4410, EXT. 7059.

Download the PSOP trip reservation form.