Classes & Activities

Bacoa offers online and in-person classes & activities. The best way we know to support older adults is to offer ways to remain active, healthy and happy. To help do that, Bacoa answers questions, connects people with necessary services, teaches new skills or offers a day out with friends.

Local Events & Outings

Hit the trail for some socially-distanced exercise—and don’t forget your mask.
Hikes will resume in March.

The Outsiders Walking Group

Trail walk at Citizens Park (weather permitting). Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a mask.

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Free

The Outsiders Walking Group

Come walk the trail at Deer Grove East in Palatine, weather permitting. Safety protocols in place—please bring a mask.

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Free

The Outsiders Walking Group

Come walk the trail at Deer Grove East in Palatine, weather permitting. Safety protocols in place—please bring a mask.

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Free

The Outsiders Walking Group

Come walk the trail at Deer Grove West in Palatine, weather permitting. Safety protocols in place—please bring a mask.

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Free
Deer Grove West,

The Outsiders Walking Group

Come walk the trail at Crabtree Nature Center, weather permitting. Safety protocols in place—please bring a mask.

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Free
Deer Grove West,

The Outsiders Walking Group

Come walk the trail at Citizens Park, weather permitting. Safety protocols in place—please bring a mask.

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Free
Citizens Park –, Barrington, IL United States
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Monthly get-together at local restaurants for lunch.

Cuisine Club

Enjoy lunch out with friends at Incontro A Tavola in South Barrington. Please RSVP by April 13.

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$25
Incontro A Tavola, 100 W. Higgins Rd., Unit H20
South Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Cuisine Club

Meet for lunch at Shakou in Barrington. Please register by May 11

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$25
Shakou Barrington, 121 W. Main St.
Barrington,
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Cuisine Club

Lunch on the lake at Lindy’s Landing in Wauconda. Please register by June 8. 

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$25
Lindy’s Landing, 115 Park St.
Wauconda,
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Are you thirsting to meet new friends? Join us for Bacoa’s Coffee Chat.

Call Bacoa for more information (847)381-5030

Coffee Chat

Get together with friends for morning coffee. Don’t forget a mask! Please RSVP to Pam Pellizzari at 847-881-0477.

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Ambrosia Euro American Pâtisserie, 710 W. Northwest Highway
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bacoa’s Monday Lunch and Activity Program has been suspended until further notice.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

For Older Adults & caregivers

Bacoa and the Ela Area Public Library are partners for this program designed for people with memory loss and their care partners. Participants with memory loss and care companions can take part in fun activities in a relaxed setting, while making new friendships and offering support to each other. Memory Café also offers care companions access to resources such as support groups, information and referral services.

Memory Cafe meets the third Tuesday of the month from 10-11 a.m. on Zoom.

The program is free, but reservations are required. 
 
Memory Café is organized and supervised by trained staff and volunteers from Bacoa and the Ela Area Public Library.
 
The group will meet via Zoom until further notice. For additional information, call Pam Pellizzari at (847) 881-0477.
 

To hear more about the benefits of Memory Café, listen to a podcast interview with Bacoa’s Pam Pellizzari and Christy Wagner of the Ela Area Public Library.

Memory Cafe

Bacoa and the Ela Area Public Library are partners for this program designed for people with memory loss and their care partners. Participants with memory loss and care companions can take […]

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Free
Via Zoom,

Memory Cafe

Bacoa and the Ela Area Public Library are partners for this program designed for people with memory loss and their care partners. Participants with memory loss and care companions can take […]

Find out more »
Free
Via Zoom,

Memory Cafe

Bacoa and the Ela Area Public Library are partners for this program designed for people with memory loss and their care partners. Participants with memory loss and care companions can take […]

Find out more »
Free
Via Zoom,

 

“The Last Chapter: Things I Wish I Knew,” is a series of in-depth conversations about end-of-life issues. The monthly program is designed for anyone wishing to address and discuss death and dying, including professionals, community members, families and caregivers.

Deb Torres, LCSW, and Pam Pellizzari, Bacoa’s memory programs director, will lead the conversations; topics include:

  • Quality of life
  • End-of-life and advanced care planning
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Family dynamics
  • Spirituality

The sessions will be offered live, via Zoom, on the third Monday of every month from 1:00-2:30 p.m. When conditions become more favorable for group gatherings, we hope to be able to offer the program in person.

For more information, call Pam Pellizzari at (847) 881-0477.

“The Last Chapter” is supported by a grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation.

The Last Chapter: Things I Wish I Knew

Nationally recognized author and educator Barbara Karnes, RN, will speak. Karnes is a renowned authority on the dying process and a leading educator for families, health care professionals, and the […]

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Free
Via Zoom,

The Last Chapter: Things I Wish I Knew

“The Last Chapter: Things I Wish I Knew,” is a series of in-depth conversations about end-of-life issues. The monthly program is designed for anyone wishing to address and discuss death […]

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Free
Via Zoom,

The Last Chapter: Things I Wish I Knew

“The Last Chapter: Things I Wish I Knew,” is a series of in-depth conversations about end-of-life issues. The monthly program is designed for anyone wishing to address and discuss death […]

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Free
Via Zoom,

online programs

Because of COVID-19 safety concerns, Bacoa is offering online programs that can be accessed from home using the video conferencing platform Zoom.

You can join these free virtual programs three ways:

  • Computer (video and sound)
  • Smartphone (video and sound)
  • Regular phone (sound only)

RSVP to get the meeting ID and password by calling Bacoa at (847) 381-5030 or emailing Janine O’Leary at joleary@bacoa.org.

If you haven’t used Zoom before, she can help you get started. You can also download these instructions or watch this how-to-video.

Download the complete schedule

A Matter of Balance

The Matter of Balance program focuses on how older adults can lower their fall risk through exercise and lifestyle modifications. We’re partnering with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital to offer the […]

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Free

Get Zen at 10: Chair Yoga

Yoga instructor Amy Ritchie leads a 30-minute workout for every body. Via Zoom. 

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Free

A Matter of Balance

The Matter of Balance program focuses on how older adults can lower their fall risk through exercise and lifestyle modifications. We’re partnering with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital to offer the […]

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Free

A Matter of Balance

The Matter of Balance program focuses on how older adults can lower their fall risk through exercise and lifestyle modifications. We’re partnering with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital to offer the […]

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Free

A Matter of Balance

The Matter of Balance program focuses on how older adults can lower their fall risk through exercise and lifestyle modifications. We’re partnering with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital to offer the […]

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Free

“Feel Grand” Group Viewing and Discussion

Lynne O’Malley of Right at Home hosts a monthly Zoom group viewing and discussion of “Feel Grand with Jane Seymour,” a PBS series focused on healthy aging. Today’s topic: Conquering […]

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Free
Via Zoom,

Legacy Checkup: Wills, Trusts and Other Important Documents.

Attorney Rena Ballard of Kelleher and Holland discusses how to yearly update a checklist of important documents. In partnership with Ela Area Public Library. 

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Free
Via Zoom,

Rules of the Road

Review Rules of the Road, conducted by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. Register to receive materials.

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Free
Via Zoom,

“Feel Grand” Group Viewing and Discussion

Lynne O’Malley of Right at Home hosts a monthly Zoom group viewing and discussion of “Feel Grand with Jane Seymour,” a PBS series focused on healthy aging. Today’s topic: Women’s […]

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Free
Via Zoom,

Bacoa Bookworms

The group will discuss This is Happiness by Niall Williams. Copies are available at the Barrington Area Library. 

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Free

Bacoa Bookworms

This month’s book: Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand. Copies available at the Barrington Area Library.

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Free
Via Zoom,

Bingo at the Barrington Park District

Bingo in person! Space is limited; RSVP required.

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$3
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bingo at the Barrington Park District

Bingo in person! Space is limited; RSVP required.

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$3
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Game Day in South Barrington

Game Days at the South Barrington Park District are back! Make new friends while playing Hearts.

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Free
South Barrington Park District, 3 Tennis Club Lane
South Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bingo at the Barrington Park District

Bingo in person! Space is limited; RSVP required.

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$3
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Game Day in South Barrington

Bring a friend or meet new ones. Today’s games: Card games, from gin rummy to Kings in the Corner.

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South Barrington Park District, 3 Tennis Club Lane
South Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bingo at the Barrington Park District

Bingo in person! Space is limited; RSVP required.

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$3
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Art with Kaleidoscope

Create a project under the direction of an instructor from Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art.  Cost includes supplies.  Class will be conducted via Zoom; please register by April 15.

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$20

Creations from the Kazmier Kitchen

 Daily Herald food columnist and CUSD220 School Board President Penny Kazmier shares a few of her fabulous recipes in this cooking demo.  

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Free
Via Zoom,

Make It Italian with Chef Justin

Justin Whitlock, executive chef at Incontro A Tavola, shares one of his favorite dishes with viewers.

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Free
Via Zoom,

Habitat Guide to Birding

Learn about the lives of birds, how habitat is important, and how the Lake County Forest Preserves work for their continued success in our area.  Via Zoom 

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Free

What’s in a Name?

Lake County’s rich tapestry of history is woven into the very fibers of its place names. With more than 500 place names associated with the county’s communities, this presentation delves […]

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Free

The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893

The Columbian Exposition of 1893 announced the arrival of Chicago as a modern city. For six months, tens of millions of visitors viewed the latest technological marvels and global attractions. […]

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Free
Via Zoom,

Folk on Friday

Start your weekend with a Zoom performance of folk favorites by Second Wind.

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Free

Sing along with pianist Mark Hoffman

Sing along to classic ballads with pianist Mark Hoffman.

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Free
Via Zoom,

Sing Along to Movie Favorites

Sing along to movie favorites with Bonnie Terchin. Register in advance to receive song sheet.

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Free
Via Zoom,

Folk on Friday

Start your weekend with a Zoom performance of folk favorites by Second Wind

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Free
Via Zoom,