Upcoming Events At The Oswego Senior Center

Valentines Day dinner, international cooking classes, pickle ball and more. Find upcoming events here.
Valentines Day dinner, international cooking classes, pickle ball and more. Find upcoming events here.
J. Ryne Danielson

OSWEGO, IL — Looking for something to do on Valentine's Day? Always wanted to learn to cook? Or maybe you're more interested in working out or a relaxing river cruise? Don't miss these upcoming programs at the Oswego Senior Center.

Valentine Dinner Dance: Saturday, Feb. 9

Oswego Senior Center invites all ages are to a fun filled Valentine evening with a dinner buffet and entertainment for dancing featuring Edizon Dayao at the Oswego Kicker’s Club, 1015 Harvey Rd. The event will be held February 9 from 5 -10pm. Tickets are $25 each or two tickets for $35. Upper Crust Catering is sponsoring the dinner. Cash bar will be available. Reservations and payment are due by February 6 at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington. Call 630-554-5602 for more information.

Taste of Greece - International Cooking: Friday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to noon

To kick off the new year, the Oswego Senior Center cooking class is traveling to Greece for Moussaka and Greek Salad. Explore the world through your palate in this monthly series held at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington. Please RSVP, must pay in advance to reserve your spot as space is limited! $5.00 fee. Call 630-554-5602 today.

Safe Driving & Transportation Options: Friday, Jan. 25, 1:30 p.m.

Safe Driving and Transportation discussion to be held at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington, will cover changes that occur as we age and how such changes may affect our driving. Safe driving tips will be shared, and red flags that may indicate that you or a loved one may no longer be a safe driver. Myths will be debunked with realistic statistics.

This presentation will also recommend approaches to having a conversation with a loved one about driving concerns, what to do if an unsafe driver continues to drive, as well as resources available. Presented by Gena M. Cimaroli from Legacy Law Firm & Diannaha Thompson with Kendall Area Transit (KAT)

Zoom Room: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1 p.m.

Learn how to use Zoom at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington and have a discussion with seniors at Hanover Township Senior Center. We are looking to have monthly discussions with fellow seniors at centers across the nation and, eventually, the world.

Signing Instead of Shouting: Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Have you ever wanted to talk with your hands? If the answers is “yes” then come join us at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington for lessons in sign language! Beginners class will meet Tuesday mornings at 9:30-10:30. Advanced beginners will meet Tuesdays at 10:00-11:00 and overlap with the beginners to share their new talent and provide practice for the beginners. One time fee $5.00. Call 630-554-5602 to register.

Pickle Ball: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pickle Ball is a low-impact sport, that is easy to get the hang of for anyone who has played a racquet sport. It can be fairly fast paced with a court half the size of a tennis court. We invite all interested participants, age 60 or more—new, novice or experienced players to join us at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington. Experienced players will be on hand to help beginners! Be sure to wear comfortable gym shoes and easy to move-in clothing.

Senior Singers: Fridays 12 p.m.

New members are always welcome to the Oswego Senior Center Singers. If you enjoy singing, this is your opportunity to join, and entertain at Senior Residences and Nursing Homes. This is an opportunity to give back to your community. For more information, please come to a practice on Fridays at noon at OSC, 156 E. Washington, Oswego.

Ark Encounter: Sept. 16, 2019

Join the Oswego Senior Center group for an amazing 5 days/ 4 nights Motor Coach tour. The tour will include Ark Encounter, Creation Museum, BB Riverboat Cruise, and visit to Newport Aquarium. Cost is $599 per person, double occupancy. Provided through Diamond Tours. (Must meet minimum occupancy of 40 people.) Call 630-554-5602 or stop by the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington for more information.

Spirit of Peoria River Cruise: July 9, 2019

A tour of the newly renovated, Governor’s Mansion and a visit to the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield starts off this fun 3-Day Motor Coach Tour on the Mississippi River. Travelers spend a full day with meals on the Spirit of Peoria Sternwheeler enjoying the passing scenery and onboard live entertainment. The final day includes a delicious, home cooked meal in an Amish home as we travel through the Illinois Amish countryside. Come along to enjoy this traditional summer excursion on the river. $865.00 per person double occupancy. Call 630-554-5602 or stop by the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington for more information.

Lighthouse Day Respite Program at the Oswego Senior Center

Lighthouse Day Respite program is a social model program for participants who are experiencing mild to moderate memory loss, but who can interact, use the restroom and eat without physical assistance. In this model, participants can gain social interaction, explore continued interest and improve their quality of life. While participants engage with peers, caregivers will have an opportunity for respite.

By delivering this model in our active and engaged senior center, we hope to have the opportunity to partner Lighthouse participants with volunteer/class participants to help them achieve individual goals of socialization, creativity, or physical activity outside of the contained Lighthouse space, while maintaining safety. This approach is not only to integrate dementia-friendly concepts but will also hopefully help create compassion and understanding among the general participant population. With the age 85+ population being the fastest growing population, and with a 50/50 chance of developing dementia after age 85, and a rise in early onset dementias, social model opportunities for caregiver respite and person-centered services are extremely important.

Our general day at the Lighthouse includes greetings, news of the day (current/past) discussion, reminiscing, lunch, art, exercise, games, music and stretch to end the day. We have also been able to incorporate woodcarving, ceramics, and gardening depending on participant interest.

This program takes place Monday-Thursday, 11am-3pm at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington. Participants must be 60 years old or older to participate in this private pay program, the cost is $40/day. Participants will need to register and go through an intake process with the Executive Director or Lighthouse Coordinator, there is a $40 application fee.

Help Wanted in Kitchen

Looking for immediate help in the Oswego Senior Center kitchen for Tuesday and Wednesday lunches. Help is needed with preparation, serving and/or clean-up. Volunteers should enjoy working with others and must complete a food sanitation class provided by Oswego Senior Center. Tuesday and Wednesdays:10 –2pm. Special note: For your convenience, we are happy to split the daily shift before and after lunch if needed. Volunteer Age: 14+ years.

Oswego Senior Center Congregate Meal Program

The Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington, offers congregate lunch to seniors (age 60 plus) Mondays and Thursday each week at noon and Wednesdays between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. (drop in style). Reservations are required by calling 630-554-5602 by 10 a.m. the business day prior. Suggested $5 donation.

  • Monday, Jan. 28: Chicken Picatta w/ Tomatoes & Mushrooms, Thyme Roasted Potatoes, Corn O’Brien, Chop Salad w/ Bean Side and Cherry Crisp.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 29: Stir fry beef w/vegetables, bok choy over rice, veggie soup and cake.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 30: “Celebrate Mexico” Taco Bar (choose 1 or 2) Soft Flour Tortillas w/ Non-Spicy Ground Beef, Onions, Sour Cream, Lettuce, Cheese, Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, Fruit Salad and Sugar Cookie.

  • Thursday, Jan. 31: Pork Cutlet w/ Cinnamon Apples, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Whole Wheat Rolls, Poppy seed Bowtie Pasta over Romaine and 2 Mini Cream Puffs.

For more information, call events coordinator Diane Beukelman at 630-554-5606 or email diane@oswegoseniorcenter.org.

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