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.

The Outsiders Walking Group

Trail walk at Deer Grove West in Palatine, weather permitting.

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Free

The Outsiders Walking Group

Trail walk at Citizens Park in Barrington, weather permitting.

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Free

The Outsiders Walking Group

Trail walk at Citizens Park in Barrington, weather permitting.

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Free

The Outsiders Walking Group

Trail walk at Deer Grove East in Palatine, weather permitting.

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Free

The Outsiders Walking Group

Last trail walk of the season. Citizens Park, Barrington; weather permitting.

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Free

Monthly get-together at local restaurants for lunch.

Cuisine Club

RSVP by October 12.

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$25
Chessie’s, 200 Applebee St.
Barrington, Illinois
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Cuisine Club

Lunch at Tacos El Norte, 213 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. Registration deadline: November 2.

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$25
Chessie’s, 200 Applebee St.
Barrington, Illinois
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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

Come enjoy delicious coffee, treats, and great conversation. Please RSVP and plan on joining us for all or part of the hour as you start your day. Spending social time […]

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Bingo and lunch at the Barrington Park District. Every Monday; doors open at 10:45 a.m.

Bingo and lunch: $12; bingo only: $3.  Registration is required. For more information, call Janine O’Leary at (847) 381-5030.

Bingo and Lunch at the Barrington Park District

Bingo and lunch. Reservations are required. Bingo only: $3

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$3 – $12
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bingo and Lunch at the Barrington Park District

Bingo and lunch. Reservations are required. Bingo only: $3

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$3 – $12
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bingo and Lunch at the Barrington Park District

Oktoberfest–entertainment by the Die Musikmeisters Duo. Bingo starts at 11, lunch at noon, and entertainment at 12:15. Reservations are required. Bingo only: $3

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$3 – $12
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bingo and Lunch at the Barrington Park District

Bingo and lunch. Reservations are required. Bingo only: $3

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$3 – $12
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bingo and Lunch at the Barrington Park District

Bingo and lunch. Reservations are required. Lunch and bingo, $12; bingo only: $3

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$3 – $12
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bingo and Lunch at the Barrington Park District

Halloween celebration; vocalist Sandi Hayes will perform. Reservations are required. Lunch and bingo, $12; bingo only: $3

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$3 – $12
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bingo and Lunch at the Barrington Park District

Bingo and lunch. Reservations are required. Lunch and bingo, $12; bingo only: $3

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$3 – $12
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bingo and Lunch at the Barrington Park District

Bingo and lunch. Reservations are required. Lunch and bingo, $12; bingo only: $3

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$3 – $12
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bingo and Lunch at the Barrington Park District

Bingo and lunch. Reservations are required. Lunch and bingo, $12; bingo only: $3

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$3 – $12
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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Bingo and Lunch at the Barrington Park District

Thanksgiving celebration; entertainment by Eddie Korosa Jr. Reservations are required. Lunch and bingo, $12; bingo only: $3

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$3 – $12
Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive
Barrington, Illinois 60010
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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.

The Last Chapter: Things I Wish I Knew

A panel of professionals will discuss end-of-life care. Panelists include Ross Morizzo,  from Morizzo Funeral Home; Sharon Mueller with Transitions Hospice; Anthony Ferraro, elder law attorney, and Philip Flores with […]

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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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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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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 July-September 2021 schedule

Get Zen at Ten

Chair Yoga with Amy Ritchie.

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Free

Feel Grand with Jane Seymour

Lynne O’Malley of Right at Home hosts a Zoom group viewing and discussion of “Feel Grand with Jane Seymour,” a PBS series focused on healthy aging.

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Free

ClearCaptions: Making talking on the phone easier

Susan Koleff explains ClearCaptions, a free service that offers real-time phone captioning.

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Free

Feel Grand with Jane Seymour

Lynne O’Malley of Right at Home hosts a Zoom group viewing and discussion of “Feel Grand with Jane Seymour,” a PBS series focused on healthy aging.

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Free

Rules of the Road

This class, conducted by the by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, prepares you to take the drivers license exam, reviews the laws and procedures necessary to continue to drive […]

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Free

Feel Grand with Jane Seymour

Lynne O’Malley of Right at Home hosts a Zoom group viewing and discussion of “Feel Grand with Jane Seymour,” a PBS series focused on healthy aging.

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Free

Bacoa Bookworms

Discussion of Becoming by Michelle Obama. Copies can be obtained at the Barrington Area Library.

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Free

Bacoa Bookworms

Discussion of The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. Copies can be obtained at the Barrington Area Library.

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Free
Pepper Park Coffee, 22000 N. Pepper Rd.
Lake Barrington, Illinois
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There are no upcoming events at this time.

Frogs of Lake County

Learn about the natural history and life cycle of Lake County frogs. Presented by Lake County Forest Preserves.

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Free

There are no upcoming events at this time.