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 9:00 a.m.
Bridge – Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.


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.

May 5 CINCO BINGO-Fiesta or Siesta, who knows with Age Smart
May 12 Home Instead
May 19 Cambridge House
May 26 NO BINGO Come to the 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.

May 11 Belleville – RSVP Orchestra

May 26 Shiloh – Country Western Band

June 8 Shiloh – RSVP Orchestra- Crazy for Cardinals Dance

June 30 Belleville -Country Western Band- Chattanooga Choo Choo Dance

July 6 Belleville – RSVP Orchestra-God Bless the USA

July 28 Shiloh – Country Western Band- Splish, Splash Dance

Aug. 3 Shiloh – Orchestra-Flamingo Fling

Aug. 25 Belleville – Country Western Band- Barn Dance

PSOP Book Club

May 12 at 10:00 a.m. “The Unmentionable Victorian Lady’s Guide”, by Therese Oneille. The discussion leader will be Marilyn Edmiston.
June – book picks for the upcoming year.
July 14 at 10:00 a.m. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, by Rebecca Skloot. The discussion leader will be Jan Lugge.
August 11 at 10:00 a.m. “Murder on the Orient Express”, by Agatha Christie. The discussion leader will be Peg Malec.


Men’s Club

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT!! Men’s Club – Art Voellinger manages this group and organizes the speaker. Please call for reservation 618.234.4410, ext. 7042. Returning guys, things will be a little different. We are not charging $6 at the door for lunch. Because we are being COVID cautious, we will not serve any meals yet. We will have a concession stand available for purchase of wrapped snacks, bottled water, and soda. We still need your reservation! The meetings are April 8 and May 13.

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

May 17, 9 a.m., Joe and Onie’s, 18 E. Main St., Belleville
Quaint little coffee shop with wonderful biscuits and gravy.

Dine Around

May 12, 5 p.m. The Weingarten, 1780 East IL-15, Belleville –
Relax near the water and enjoy a pretty evening with a glass of wine and the Weingartens specialty items. Stay and enjoy extreme Bingo at 6:00 for free.

Lunch Bunch

May 4, 11:30 a.m., Dewey’s, 425 Regency Park, O’Fallon
Join us for unique pizza with toppings such as shaved parmesan, toasted pine nuts and corn salsa.

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 have tickets for two games: price includes snacks and charter bus. June 10, Friday 7:15 PM $55.00 Bus leaves Shiloh at 6 PM. Seats are right field loge playing the Milwaukee Brewers. Each fan receives a Cardinals Jersey. Handicap seats are available. August 12, Friday 7:15 PM. $84.00 Bus leaves Shiloh at 5:45 PM. This game is the 40th Anniversary of the Cardinals Winning the World Series. Our seats are Right Field Box Seats with handicap seats available. Special ceremony with players and 1982 World Series Jersey give-away! Only 50 tickets available.

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.