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.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! We are Back!!
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 9:00 a.m.
Bridge – Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

Bingo

Every Thursday at 10 am. Bingo is free with a different sponsor every week bringing the prizes. We never know what’s going to happen! Concession stand available. Make a reservation at 618.234.4410 ext. 7042 or 7043. On the first Thursday of the month, we will host special themed Bingo.

Sept. 1 – Barnyard Bingo is our theme with Lana from Aetna. You might have to MOOOO instead of yell Bingo! Wear your cow costume or your overalls and have some barnyard fun with us.
Sept. 8 – Home Instead
Sept. 15 – Yet to be determined
Sept. 22 – Neuropathy and Pain Solutions
Sept. 29 – No Bingo Come to the Denim and Diamonds dance in Shiloh

Dances are Back and we are so excited to see you twirling around the dance floor or sitting tapping your toes to the music. It’s very important to make a reservation so we can order enough food and set up enough chairs. Dances are just $1! in Belleville. A concession stand will be available with hot dogs too! In Shiloh, lunch will be available for a donation and reservations are VERY important to continue meals there.

Sept. 7 – Belleville-RSVP Orchestra-“Black & White” Sponsored by the Atrium- wear your black and white and dance the day away. (concession stand)
Sept. 29 – Shiloh- Country Western Band- “Denim & Diamonds” Let’s put on our glitter and sparkle and dance with the Western Band. Lunch is a donation. Menu is: Roast beef, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and fruit.

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.
Sept. 8 “One Step Too Far,” by Lisa Gardner. The discussion leader will be Judy Higgins.
Oct. 14 “The Sociopath Next Door” by Martha Stout. The discussion leader will be Jesse Arms
Nov. 10 “A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe-Portrait of an Artist” by Laura Lisle. The discussion leader will be Jackie Lantz
Dec. 8 “Swiss Family Robinson” by J.D. Wyss. The discussion leader has yet to be determined.

THE PSOP BOOK CLUB IS CURRENTLY MEETING IN THE EXERCISE ROOM AT PSOP (JUST INSIDE THE FRONT DOOR).

Men’s Club

Friday, September 9, 11 a.m.

If you have played sports, coached sports or have been a fan of any sport come join the guys. Our Sept. guest speaker is General Manager of the Gateway Grizzlies, Kurt Ringkamp. Please call to make a reservation so we have plenty of lunch for you.

Tai Chi

Tuesday and Wednesday, 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 pretty 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 618-234-4410, ext. 7042.

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

Wednesday, September 21 at 9 a.m. – Clara B’s Come see what all the fuss and awards are about. Cute little place right across from the Lincoln Theater.

Dine Around

Friday, September 30, 5 p.m. – Soulcial Kitchen 127 N. Belt East, Belleville off of 161. – We are trying something new with the different food trucks and live entertainment. Choose your truck and then eat outside with music or inside the bar. Choose from tacos, fine swine bbq, gourmet chef specials and more.

Lunch Bunch

Tuesday, September 6 at 11:30 a.m. – Red Robin 6500 N. Illinois St. – Join us for great burgers and bottomless fries!

Senior Diva Day

Friday, October 21 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Our first one was a huge success and we are ready to do it again. No tickets in advance this time, just $10. at the door and you receive $5. back in Belleville Bucks. Stroll around downtown Belleville and take advantage of the shops and samples on special just for you. More information to come. 10 a.m. -1 p.m.

New PSOP Shiloh Golf League

Fridays – Beginning April 1st, tee off at 9:00 a.m. Join us at
Yorktown Golf Course, 300 Caballeros Blvd, Shiloh. Just $10.00 to play and $5.00 for a golf cart.
Each golfer will receive a league t-shirt. Nice awards banquet at the end of the year. First
Friday of each month will be special prizes and drawings. Register with PSOP Activities
618-234-4410 Ext. 7042 or 7043 and please indicate your shirt size when registering.

Cardinals Baseball!!

We sold out so quickly that we had to get another bus and 50 more tickets for this special Cardinals Game! For just $84 you will ride a private motor coach to the stadium, have a hot dog, chips and drink and have a seat in Right Field Box seats. The game is Friday night, Aug. 12, at 7:15 p.m. Bus will leave at 5:30 p.m. This is a special Anniversary game of winning the World Series and attendants will receive a replica jersey. Call Activities so we can “take you out to the ballgame…” 618-234-4410, ext.7042 or 7043.

Day Trip to Perryville, MO

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Join us on this emotional trip as we visit the famous Vietnam Memorial Wall in Perryville. This beautiful place has a museum and movie also. We will tour St. Mary’s of the Barrens National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and stroll through the Rosary Walk. Lunch is on your own at Mary Jane Burgers and Brew restaurant in Perryville. We are working on a few more details, so the price has yet to be confirmed.

Fall Foliage Trip – Lancaster and Gettysburg – Oct. 23-29

Enjoy the fall leaves and going through beautiful scenic Pennsylvania. Enjoy the simple things as we visit an Amish Community. Have you ever been to Branson for the Sight and Sound Theater? We are going to the original one to experience one of the most legendary Bible stories as it comes to life in this brand-new production of “David”. Civil war buffs will enjoy a tour through Gettysburg Park and the 22,000-square-foot visitors’ center and their amazing Cyclorama attraction. We will spend a day touring Philadelphia. Some of the highlights include: Independence Hall, Betsy Ross’s House, the Mint, the Federal Reserve, Penn’s Landing, the Liberty Bell and more. We will take a run up the “Rocky” steps and take a great photo at the top! And on the way home, of course we will stop at Hershey! Price is $755 double occupancy. This trip is almost full.

Remember everything needs a reservation. ** Remember to bring your own drink and refreshment. (We are now selling water, soda, and limited snacks on-site.) Remember to call 618-234-4410 ext. 7042. **Remember that we are very happy to see you again!!

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.