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, May 8, 10 a.m. Jeff and his crew will be doing a pink floral basket with us. Please make sure to reserve your spot so there are plenty of fresh flowers and greenery for all. Cost is $30. Call 618-234-4410 ext. 7042.

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:

May 9 – Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain   Discussion Leader – Peter Will

June 13 – Book Selection for 2025

July 11 – In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez   Discussion Leader – June Wolz

Men’s Club

Friday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m. – Join us as we welcome our guest speaker, Norm ‘Shorty” Toenjes. Shorty was SWIC’S Assistant Men’s Basketball coach for 18 years. He is also a former high school boys varsity basketball coach (Freeburg, O’Fallon) and Hall of Fame member of Illinois basketball Coaches Assoc.  Make your reservation early for lunch! 618-234-4410 ext. 7042.

Bingo

It’s 2024 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.

May 7 – Baseball Bingo – wear your Cardinal gear and cheer on the Cardinals with Cedar Ridge

May 14 – Sponsored by Hospice of Southern Illinois

May 21 – Sponsored by Keystone Place at Richland Creek

May 28 – Sponsored by United Healthcare

Dances

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. Dances open at 9:30 and Band starts at 10:30. We take a 30-minute break for lunch. Dances last until approx. 1:30 pm. 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)

Senior Celebration- Friday, May 3rd  10 a.m.-2 p.m. All of us at PSOP love to treat our seniors to this big free event! Car Show outside. Music, bingo, dancing and door prizes are inside! This year our theme is Find Your Paradise at PSOP. So, put on your Hawaiian shirt and big smile and come join the festivities! And did we mention free lunch? We have to have a “Cheeseburger in Paradise”! No reservations required.

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

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.

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.

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.

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: Thursday, May 9, 9 a.m. – We are venturing out to the highly acclaimed The Lantern BLE in Lebanon IL. Featured on America’s Best. Road Trippers and more, this little café has big flavor. Known for their biscuits and gravy and homemade French toast. We can sit inside or out. 222 W St. Louis St. Lebanon.

Dine Around

Dine Around: Tuesday, May 14, 5 p.m. – Have you ever wondered what is all involved with putting on one of the biggest Art Fairs in the country? Or how they get their artist’s and all the other behind the scenes happenings? We will have special guest Lisa Quandt, Volunteer Coordinator, tell us all about Belleville’s biggest event, Art On The Square. Then join us for a very special Dine Around at our favorite supporter’s restaurant, Bennie’s. We will have the side room to ourselves as we order Bennies amazing specialty pizza like Crab Rangoon, Barbeque pizza, and even a broccoli cheddar crust. Good food and good info, it’s a win-win.

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch: Monday, May 20, 11:30 a.m. – It’s Baaaaack. Join us at our local favorite, White Cottage for the best burgers, chicken sandwiches and of course the BEST homemade ice cream.102 Lebanon Ave, Belleville.

Road Trippin’ with Activities

Cardinal’s Game – September 7, Saturday, 6:15 game. Cardinals vs Mariners with give-away of a unique canvas print, featuring an iconic photo of some of the most beloved Cardinals Hall of Famers. Seats are right field box seats sec 133/134,  close to where we usually sit so very easy access. Bus, ticket and goodies: $98.

Fox Theater   Moulin Rouge – Saturday,  May 11. Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. A wonderfully entertaining musical with a fantastic dinner afterwards at the Fabulous Fox Theater! Tickets are on Orchestra Floor. $144 is motor coach, ticket and dinner.

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.