Activities and Travel - PSOP Center - Southwestern Illinois College

Day Trip Reservation Line

Everyone has been doing a fantastic job with calling in your reservations for activities. It helps us plan when we know how many to expect. Thank you. To make a reservation for any of the events below, CALL 618-234-4410, EXT. 7042.

Download the PSOP trip reservation form.

Pinochle, bridge, chess, domino’s and….DANCES!!
Chess – Mondays 10:00 a.m.
Pinochle – Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
Bridge – Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.


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. Our first day back for Bingo will be Jan. 10.

Feb. 7 Chocolate Bingo sponsored by Knollwood Retirement Community
Feb. 14 Sponsored by Hospice of Southern Illinois and Garden Place in Columbia
Feb. 21 Sponsored by Nina Lindhorst with Essense Healthcare
Feb. 28 Sponsored by Keystone Place at Richland Creek


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)

Mardi Gras Dance – Belleville Thurs. Feb 16, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Music by the Country Western Band. Bring your Mardi Gras attitude and toss some beads to celebrate. Let’s have a party!!

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:

Feb. 9 Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. Discussion leader – Marilyn Edmiston
Mar. 9 The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson. Discussion leader – Peggy Malec
Apr. 13 The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner. Discussion leader – Rose Range
May 11 Rainwater by Sandra Brown. Discussion leader – Nancy Joiner


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.

Ukulele Lessons

Fridays, 1:00 p.m. If you had lessons here before, or never tried to play, this group will have you strumming in no time. If you own a ukulele already please bring it with you. If you want to come have a lesson first, we have a few available to learn on. Class size is limited, so please register with Activities: 618-234-4410 Ext. 7042 or 7043.

Line Dancing

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Carol Schwartz and her husband Bob have been teaching us what wall to face & when to kick up our boots for almost 20 years here at PSOP. Come see why they have such loyal dancers. Cost is $2 per session.

Beginning Line Dancing

Wednesdays, Noon

$20 per person due first class for 5 weeks of lessons. Learn the basic steps, turns, weight changes and other steps to get you dancing in no time. You may not be ready for Dancing with the Stars when it’s over but at least you will be facing the right direction! Class is limited for maximum beneficial instruction. Please call Activities 618-234-4410 ext. 7042 to be boot scooting along with the others.

Art Group

Fridays, 9 a.m.

Sometimes we have something organized to work on as a group and other times each artist brings what they are working on. 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

Monday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m.Golden Oak Pancake House – This place is one of our favorites. Love their corned beef hash and eggs and strawberry banana pancakes. Located on 159 by Target. 4519 North Illinois, Swansea.

Dine Around

Thursday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m. Valentine’s Restaurant – What better way to have a late Valentines than to go to Valentines Restaurant in Freeburg. Enjoy a wonderful steak dinner with us. 205 S. State St in Freeburg. Seating for this dine around is limited, so make your reservation today.

Lunch Bunch

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m.EZ Buffet and Grill – Doing things a little different with a great Chinese Buffet located across from SWIC. 2524 Green Mount Crossings, Belleville.

Belleville Area Senior Men’s Sports Group

Friday, February 10, 2023 starting at 11 a.m.

Come meet Mike Hopkins, Men’s Fast-pitch Softball All-Star and a 1973 graduate of Belleville Township High School West. He has received Hall of Fame recognition from the Belleville City League, St. Louis Softball Association and Illinois Amateur Softball Association. His Dad, the late Jack Hopkins, and son, Tim Hopkins, also are City League Hall of Famers. Women are also welcome. Call 618-234-4410 Ext. 7042 to reserved your seat and lunch for $5.

Fox Theater

We have tickets for three shows at the Fox this season. As always, a meal at the Fox and charter bus is included. This makes a great gift for someone too!

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – Mar. 9, Thurs. matinee 1 p.m. See this famous story come alive with Richard Thomas. $132. for this fabulous show, dinner at the Fox and transportation.

• WICKED – Apr. 13, Thurs matinee 1 p.m. The witches of Oz will entertain and delight you with this story. $134. includes show, dinner at the Fox and transportation.

Amelia Island, St. Augustine & Jacksonville, FL

Sept. 16-23, 2023. This one we added a whole free day at the beach and nights lodging, including five consecutive nights in Florida, 12 meals, a visit to the Fountain of Youth ( who couldn’t use that?), narrated cruise on the St. Johns River, guided tours of Amelia Island, St. Augustine and Jacksonville. Plus, lots of beach time! Price is $859 per person for double, $1,158 for single room.

Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains show trip

Nov. 13-17, 2023. We love the trips that we get there in one day! Trip includes four nights lodging in the Smokies, eight meals, four shows including a Christmas Show, magic show ( its incredible!) Motown and Country! And free time in Gatlinburg to explore the many shops, enjoy scenery and decorations and maybe even a gondola ride to the top of the Smokies. Cost is $705 per person for double room, $854 for single.

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.