Whether it’s chance to play cards, watch a movie or simple enjoy a quiet place to read, there’s always something happening at the St. Charles Park District’s Adult Activity Center.
This fall AAC Supervisor Lynne Yuill is excited to offer a blend of daily drop-in programming as well as special events in the center and around town.
“We have something for everybody. From quilting to art, card games and scrabble even Bingo too,” Yuill said.
The center fosters a welcoming atmosphere, making it easy for newcomers to join the weekly game of bridge or pinochle or take a seat at the book club discussions. Try a new game with Dime Jingle, a game similar to Bingo and easy to learn. Join the fun from 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays: Sept., 15, Oct., 20 and Dec. 8.
One of the best parts of the ACC is the ability to meet others and enjoy social time together. Members of the ACC are invited to enjoy both while helping a great cause when they volunteer with the Northern Illinois Food Bank from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. The work may vary and everyone will have a chance to lend a helping hand and enjoy some teamwork.
Education is another great aspect of the ACC and this fall catch the program Retirement, to learn more about preparing for the big event at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21. The program, “I’m Turning 65, Now What” is sponsored by The Medicare Ladies and will provide information on the latest changes to Social Security and Medicare to help attendees better navigate these as well as other important aspects of turning 65.
After very successful walks this spring, Arborist Dave Svitak will return to guide ACC members and guests through walks in Mt. St. Mary Arboretum in St. Charles. The beautiful park includes some of the oldest trees in the area and the fall is a wonderful time to take in the changing colors and see the flora preparing for cooler months ahead. The walks are scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays Oct. 6 and Oct. 13. Advance registration is required and space is limited for this small group guided tour.
Be sure to check out the ACC Let’s Do Lunch program for the opportunity to try some new locations, and meet new people. Advance registration is required and participants pay the cost of their own meal. There are restaurant trips schedule each month so be sure to check the calendar and register early to save a seat at the table.
And indulge your inner artist when Pinot’s Palette comes to the ACC for a fun class. Participants will create their own masterpiece featuring pumpkins as teachers lead a step-by-step class and provide all the supplies for this event at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11. Advance registration is required.
“This is fun, relaxing and while everybody sees the same sample, each painting looks different and everyone always compliments each other,” Yuill said.
While there have been many challenges to navigate this past year, Yuill said it’s been wonderful to see many ACC members returning to the hub of activity and re-kindling friendships as well as many new faces as people discover the center.
There is a small membership fee to join the ACC, which gives either free or discounted access to programming and events.
“St. Charles is lucky to have a dedicated center and it’s a great service to the community,” Yuill said.