Activities and Travel - PSOP Center - Southwestern Illinois College

Day Trip Reservation Line

Day trips, long trips, eating outside, playing inside… whatever you join us for, please remember to let us know you are attending. Leave a message on our phone. Thanks so much. 618-234-4410 ext.7042 (Melissa) or 7043 (Theresa). Thank you and see you soon!

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CARDS! Here at PSOP we love playing cards. We have different groups playing almost every day. Please remember when you come in, there is a binder on the table to sign-in. Please always leave your name and phone number so if there are ever any changes we can contact you.

Bridge – Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. This group is for players who already know how to play. New players are always welcome.
Pinochle – Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m. This group is for pinochle players who already know how to play and new players are always welcome. Although, we do have a few people who are willing to teach if you are interested in learning to play.
Hand and Foot – Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. This little group is willing to teach new people interested in how to play hand and foot. Already know how? What are you waiting for? Join the fun.
Canasta – Fridays 12:30 p.m. Know how to play? Join the game! Don’t know how? They will teach you!
Euchre– We have had some interest in starting Euchre again. If you would like to play, please call Activities. Once we have a few of you we will begin again.

Flowers 101

Flowers 101 with Grimm & Gorly. Wednesday, December 13, 10 a.m. Jeff and Zac from Grim & Gorly will be here to teach us flower arranging! We’ve made fresh bouquets, summer wreaths, swags…and have learned so much from Grimm & Gorly! This month we are making a Williamsburg Holiday basket with fresh pine, pinecones and beautiful ribbon. Price is $25 if you bring your own ornaments to attach, $30 if you use Jeff’s. Class size is limited so sign up early. Call 618-234-4410 ext. 7042 or 7043.

Men’s Club

Friday, December 8 at 11:00 a.m. – Join us for a panel tribute to Rev. Larry Patton (July 2, 1940 to July 29, 2023) Pastor of Congregational Care at St. Matthew Methodist Church. Former Belleville HS East baseball coach from 1967-83 with 6 Southwestern Conference titles and 6 State tournament appearances; outstanding basketball-baseball player at Belleville Township HS, and captain of the 1962 baseball team at SIU-Carbondale where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. This sports group is hosted by Art Voellinger. Make your reservation for lunch. $5.


It’s 2023 which means we will now have Bingo on TUESDAYS. So, when we have a dance or an outing on a Thursday, we won’t have to cancel Bingo! It will still begin at 10 a.m. Bingo is still free and with a different sponsor every week bringing the prizes. Concession stand will still be available with the awesome hotdogs.

Dec. 5 – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Bingo (sponsored by Cambridge House): wear your favorite Christmas pajamas and come have fun with us
Dec. 12 – Sponsored by Knollwood
Dec. 19 – Sponsored by United Health Care


Dances in Belleville and Shiloh are $5, $1 entry and $4 for lunch. It is VERY important to make your reservation so we have enough lunch ordered. Reservations later than two days before the dance may not be guaranteed a lunch, so make reservations early! Call 618-234-4410, ext. 7042 (Melissa) or 7043 (Theresa)

Ho Ho Hoedown (At PSOP) Dec. 7, Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Celebrate our love for all things Santa with the Country Western Band. We might even have a visit from the Big Guy himself!

PSOP Book Club

PSOP Book Club This group welcomes everyone to join them at 10 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Take a look at what they’re reading:

Dec. 14 – The End of the Affair by Graham Greene Discussion leader – Denise Sechrest


Bunko and Dominoes

Every Monday in Shiloh. This is a room full of laughing ladies and led by a silly guy that makes them laugh, Ron Hilgedich. They alternate Bunko and Dominoes, playing begins at 10 a.m. but they start coming in around 9:30 a.m. to have coffee and chat. Held at Shiloh Community Center, 7 Park Drive.

Tai Chi

Tuesday and Wednesday, noon

We will be taking a break from Tai Chi for December, but typically this is on Tuesday and Wednesday at noon, led by Tai Chi instructor Dolores Gordon. Tai Chi enhances physical and mental health, as well as improves posture, balance, flexibility, and strength. Tai Chi is said to boost mood, strengthen the immune system, improve health and it’s cool too. Call Activities to reserve a space, class is limited. Regular Tai Chi is Tuesday, beginner is Wednesday. Each class is an hour long and is $5. Call 618-244-4410, ext. 7042. Again… no Tai Chi for December.

Crafts and Conversation

Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

Call to see what this month’s craft will be and check out the sample by the
receptionist desk. Please make sure to reserve a spot so we have enough supplies for everyone. Please call Melissa or Theresa to join or lead the group at 618-234-4410, ext. 7042 or 7043.

Knitting and Crochet

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.

Bring what you are working on and sit with other knitters and crocheters. They talk and laugh more than they knit.

Beginner Ukulele

Oct. 6 – Jan. 11 each Friday at noon. This is a special progressive class for beginner ukulele. It’s as close to private lessons as you can get. Once the class starts it will be closed for enrollment so the class can progress together. Class size is limited. Call to reserve your spot.

Fingerstyle Ukulele

Noon on Fridays. This group is for advanced Ukulele players

Ukulele Jam Session

Fridays at 1 p.m. This group is with both instructors combining the talents of the advanced ukulele players and the confident beginners (can play 12 chords or more).

Line Dancing

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Donna Holcomb is our new instructor. She has studied with Carol for years and knows all of the dances. You’ll be two-stepping in no time. Come learn the latest dance with this fun, social group. Cost is $2.

Beginning Line Dancing

Wednesdays, Noon

4 week class to start Oct. 4th on Wednesdays at noon. Come and start boot-scootin. Total cost $20.Please call Activities 618-234-4410 ext. 7042 to be boot scooting along with the others.

Art Group

Fridays, 9 a.m.

These artists bring whatever they are working on and bring it to the group to be creative together. If you are working on a painting or something at home and would like feedback from others or just want to paint with other artists, come on in. If you have a fun craft you like to make and are willing to show others, please call Activities and we will have a craft day! We love to see what others are doing and learn how to make it.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club: Monday, December 11, 9 a.m. – Let’s meet at one of our classic spots – Main Street Cafe. Located at 1601 West Main St in Belleville. Where else can you get a good homemade breakfast for less than 6 bucks? Join us!

Dine Around

Dine Around: Thursday, December 14, 5 p.m. – Join us as we go right behind PSOP to Casa Maria Mexican Grill. They have amazing street tacos, quesadillas, fried ice cream and more. If you are not a Mexican lover, they have other entrees available like their grilled chicken salad. Let’s make this a fun night. Bring a wrapped fun little gift form the dollar store for a game. See you there!

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch: Wednesday, December 6, 11:30 a.m. – We wanted to go somewhere that smells like Christmas, so of course we chose Pour, the cute little cafe adjoined with Grimm & Gorly. They are making a special hot menu just for us. Located at 322 East Main in Belleville.

Road Trippin with Activities

Fox Theater – We have tickets to two exciting shows for 2024! Both shows are seats on the Orchestra floor and a delicious dinner at the Fox after the show. Charter bus included.

Mama Mia, Thursday, Feb. 15 – Leave Schnucks at Noon for a 1 p.m. matinee to hear all of our favorite Abba tunes in this hit Broadway Show! $148 for package which includes ticket, dinner and transportation.

Moulin Rouge, May 11 – This is a Saturday matinee, bus leaves at noon from Schnucks. See the fabulous musical Moulin Rouge with dinner after. $144 for package which includes ticket, dinner and transportation.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

September 15 – 21, 2024 – Did you miss out on one of our favorite memories, zip lining over Niagara Falls? Now is your chance! We are going to Niagara Falls, but not in a barrel! We have so much to do and explore. We will tour Niagara, ride the Hornblower in our ponchos, have dinner in the sky at Skylon Tower, relax at a Canadian Winery, game at a beautiful Casino, tour a chocolate factory and more! Double room is $1349 per person and includes adventurous bus ride with Melissa and Theresa, 4 nights IN CANADA, en route hotel there and back, all your breakfast and dinners while in Canada and amazing memories and photos. This is with a new company for us White Star Tours. Deposit is due when signing up.

Chattanooga Train Trip

October 15-18, 2024, $899 includes 3 nights lodging, Southern Belle Riverboat Cruise and 3 train rides: The Missionary Ridge Local which is part of the Tennessee Railroad will take us over bridges and into tunnels. We will depart the train and watch the locomotive rotating on a turntable before re-boarding. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway stopping in McCaysville Georgia and Copperhill Tennessee nestled deep in the mountains. Board the Incline Railway climbing the Lookout Mountain ( Worlds steepest railway)and see the 100 ft waterfall, and swing- along bridge in Rock City. Dinners are included each night.
$200. Deposit per person.

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.