Activities and Travel - PSOP Center | Southwestern Illinois College

Day Trip Reservation Line

To make a reservation for any of the events below, CALL 618-234-4410, EXT. 7059.

Download the PSOP trip reservation form.


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.


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 $5. Join table games right after lunch for a nice eventful day. For lunch reservations, call 618-234-4410, ext. 7015, then press 2.

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 $5. For lunch reservations, call 618-234-4410, ext. 7015, then press 2.

Feb. 4 – Lunch & Learn
Feb. 11 – Lunch & Table Games
Feb. 18 – Lunch with the Doc
Feb. 25 – Lunch & Table Games


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

If you are an old pro or a beginner, this is a friendly group to play with. Come join us, and maybe have a hot lunch with us before you play!

Line Dancing

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Warm up with some line dancing. Great people and awesome instructors will have you doing a happy dance all over the dance floor. $2 per session.

Table Games and Activities

Thursdays, Noon, $5

For just $5 you get a delicious homemade lunch and dessert made by our amazing volunteers right here in the PSOP kitchen. Come after card playing, stay for games or fitness. For lunch reservations, call 618-234-4410 ext. 7015, then press 4 by Wednesday at noon.

Feb. 6 – Country Western Band
Feb. 13 – Lunch and Table Games
Feb. 20 – Lunch and Table Games
Feb. 27 – Lunch and Table Games

Lunch Bunch

Tuesday, February 4, 11:30 a.m.

This month we’re meeting at Fazoli’s, 5811 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights. Please call for reservations so we can have a seat saved just for you!

Book Discussion Group

Thursday, February 13 • 10 a.m.

“Two Old Women” by Velma Wallis is this month’s book selection. The discussion leader is Denise Secrest.

Breakfast Club

Wednesday, February 18, 9 a.m. – Papa Mendi’s

Join us at Papa Mendi’s, 127 N. Belt East in Swansea for a delicious breakfast and great conversation. Please call Activities for reservations.


We are starting a new Friday craft group. We will have supplies and instructions; we just need some willing hands to craft with us. We will make a variety of crafts together. When we have quite a few items collected, we will have a sale table before an event. All proceeds from craft sales will help Activities keep these programs going. Also, if you no longer craft, but have materials on hand, we would love to have them. Call Activities for more information.

Dine Around

Wednesday, February 26, 5 p.m.

Meet us at Bandana’s Bar-B-Q, 4608 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights. We called Bandana’s and they will have a Catfish option for those who want fish. Please call Activities to let us know you are dining with us!

Men’s Club

Friday, February 14, 11:30 a.m.

This month’s speaker is Alex Schobert, first-year Belleville Township High School West boys’ varsity basketball coach; former Maroon’s assistant coach 2012-2019, including for 2018 and 2019 Illinois State Class 4A champion Maroons; former Belleville West and Knox College (Galesburg) basketball player. Please make reservations for lunch by noon the day before. Lunch is $6.

Dance Admission

Whether a dance is in Shiloh or at PSOP please call and make a reservation. It helps us keep an accurate count and keep our lunch price at $5. Call 618-234-4410, ext. 7015 then press 5 and leave your name and number.

“Groundhog” Dance

Thursday, February 6, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Feurer Hall at PSOP

What did Punxsutawney Phil say? Will there be six more weeks of winter? An early spring? One thing we know for sue is that you’ll have fun dancing with the Country Western Band. Enjoy lunch for $5. Please make your reservation by noon on Feb. 5. Call 618-234-4410, ext. 7015, then press 5 for reservations.

“Leap Year Dance”

Wednesday, February 19, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Feurer Hall at PSOP

We hope you jump at the chance, hop right to it, take a leap of faith and come celebrate Leap Year with us! We’re sure you’ll be jumping for joy at all of the fun you’ll have dancing to the tunes of the RSVP Orchestra! Enjoy lunch for $5. Please make your reservation by noon on Feb. 18. Call 618-234-4410, ext. 7015, then press 5 for reservations.


Fridays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.​


Fridays, 9 a.m.

Bring your art supplies and join this group of artists who paint or draw and share ideas and suggestions.

Gone with the Wind Card Game

Learn an exciting new card game designed by one of our own PSOP participants, Chris Niemann. The game is played with a standard two-card deck and uses the characters from Gone with the Wind! Cost is $1 per person. The game will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.

Ukulele lessons at The Abbey

Thursdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Never too old to learn new tricks! We had such a good time sitting in the quaint coffee shop listening to the ukuleles play that we asked the group to teach us! Lessons are free. We just ask that you purchase a refreshment while you are there. Come sit by the fire and learn something new! Class is limited. Please call Activities ext. 7042 to reserve your spot. The Abbey is located at 5801 W. Main St. in Belleville.

Washington, D.C. – Our Nation’s Capital

April 16 – 22, 2020 – $779 per person (based on double occupancy)

Trip includes two guided tours of Washington, DC, including the WWII Memorial, Capitol Hill, Embassy Row, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Smithsonian, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. Enjoy an evening guided Memorial and Monuments Tour, admission to the Museum of the Bible, Admission to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Garden, and a Tram Ride through Arlington National Cemetery. Also included in price: motorcoach transportation, six nights lodging, 10 meals (six breakfasts and four dinners). To sign up or for more information call 618-234-4410 (Theresa – ext. 7043 or Jean Ellen – ext. 7021).

Branson Holiday Show Extravaganza

November 9 – 13, 2020 – $589 per person (based on double occupancy)

Trip includes admission to six Fabulous Branson Shows including: two morning shows: Dublin Tenors Christmas Show & The Doug Gabriel Show, three evening shows: Presley’s Country Christmas, The Hughes Brothers Christmas Show, & Christmas Wonderland and a dinner show on Showboat Branson Belle. Visit historic downtown Branson with time to explore novelty shops and restaurants. Enjoy beautiful waterfront shopping and dining at Branson Landing located on Lake Taneycomo. Also included in price: motorcoach transportation, four nights’ lodging, eight meals (four breakfasts and four dinners). To sign up or for more information call 618-234-4410 (Theresa – ext. 7043 or Jean Ellen – ext. 7021).

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.