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

The Outsiders’ first trail walk of the season, at Citizens Park (weather permitting).

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Free

The Outsiders Walking Group

Trail walk at Citizens Park (weather permitting).

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Free

Monthly get-together at local restaurants for lunch.

Cuisine Club

Join us for lunch at Ciao Baby! in Barrington. Dependent on current state mandates for COVID. RSVP requested by February 16. 

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$25

Cuisine Club

 St Patrick’s Day lunch at McGonigal’s Pub inBarrington. Dependent on current state mandates for COVID. Cost $25. RSVP by March 8. 

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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

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

 

“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.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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

Chair Yoga: Get your Zen at 10

Certified instructor Amy Ritchie will give bodies and soul a boost with a yoga session geared for every body and every age.

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Free

Staying Independent in Your Home

Jim Whittington of Extended Home Living Services (EHLS) discusses tools and gadgets to help us in our homes.

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Free

Heart Health with Dr. Dennis

Cardiologist Dennis McNamara shares insights on cardiac health.

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Free

Dealing with Depression

Brian Reynolds, from the Lutheran Home, discusses what to do to prevent the blues and get through the toughest times.

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Free

Brain Health: How Essential Oils Can Improve Neurological Health

Dr. Jennifer Stelter of NeuroEssence discusses ways to improve cognition.

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Free

Chair Yoga: Get Your Zen at 10

Certified instructor Amy Ritchie will give bodies and soul a boost with a yoga session geared for every body and every age.

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Free

Bacoa Bookworms

Book club discussion of The Giver of Stars, by Jojo Moyes. Copies are available at the Barrington Area Library. 

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Free

Bacoa Bookworms

Book club discussion of Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline. Copies are available at the Barrington Area Library. 

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Free

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Baking with Pastry Chef Taryn Boyle

Taryn shares her techniques and recipes. 

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Free

The Art of Brunch

Local foodies share their favorite brunch specialties. 

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Free

Pet Party

 Show off your four-legged companion, as a visiting vet from Barrington Animal Hospital discusses pet care and health.

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Free

Decluttering in the New Year

Vicky Burger from Spiff shares strategies and secrets to cleaning out the junk in the 2021.

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Free

Explore Your Geneology

Librarian Kate Mills shares the resources available to Barrington Area Library patrons to research their ancestry. 

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Free

Fire Safety Refresh

Barrington Firefighter Bruce Peterson will share safety tips and best practices.

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Free

DIY Valentines

Join Janine to make homemade crafts to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 

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Free

Owls of Lake County

Throughout the year, seven different species of owls live in, or migrate to Lake County. Learn about the natural history of each species and their unique adaptations.

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Free

Robberies, Holdups, Shoot-Outs and Crimes of Lake County

Staff from Lake County’s Dunn Museum will examine the historical evidence to focus on the whos, whats, and wheres of fascinating historic crimes in Lake County, ranging from the Rondout […]

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Free

Alphabet Soup

Brian Reynolds of the Lutheran Home explains what our kids and grandkids are talking about when they speak in letter combinations. Includes a fun acronym quiz!

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Free

The Journey of the Sandhill Crane

Through restoration of their nesting and feeding habitats, the sandhill crane population has increased in Lake County. Learn about crane biology and habitat requirements, as well as where you can […]

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Free

An Afternoon with the Ivories

Concert with pianist Kristen Clark. 

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Free

Bring on the Bagpipes: Chicago Highlanders Pipe and Drum Concert

Drum major Chris Bjornman shares some Celtic music and the how-tos of the bagpipes.

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Free