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 are dependent on weather.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Monthly get-together at local restaurants for lunch.

Cuisine Club

Holiday lunch at Za Za’s Tavola Italiana. If you feel comfortable, join us for lunch. RSVP to Janine by December 1

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Za Za’s Tavola Italiana,

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.

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“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

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Bacoa Bookworms

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. This beautiful guide to life was offered by Professor Pausch to his students and family after he received a fatal diagnosis. Join Janine in […]

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Via Zoom,

Via Zoom,

Holiday Trivia

Join Janine for a game full of holiday cheer. How well do you know world traditions, carol lyrics, and “It’s a Wonderful Life”?

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Via Zoom,

Bingo and a Beverage

Bacoa and Lake Barrington Shores are teaming up with Right at Home to offer bingo games to be enjoyed virtually with friends during “cocktail hour.” Cards are available at the […]

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Via Zoom,
Via Zoom,
Via Zoom,

Family Feud

Survey says, “Fun!” Join Janine via Zoom for an afternoon of laughs. 

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Free

Christmas Cookie-palooza

It’s a virtual cookie swap, as area home cooks share their favorite cookie recipes.

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Via Zoom,

Watercolor Classes by Kaleidoscope

We are excited to offer a series of monthly classes working on various watercolor skills with professional instructors from Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art in Barrington. There is a $20 […]

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$20.00
Via Zoom,

Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House with the O’Learys. Join Janine as she shares her home, family and traditions for the holidays. Games, toasts, and stories abound.

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Soup’s On!

Local home cooks share their favorite recipes in this cooking demonstration.

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Free

Keep Safe and Free from Scams

Officer Jennifer Whitcher from the Barrington Police Department shares her tips on staying safe and discusses current scams that target older adults.

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Via Zoom,

Hollywood on the Prairie

Hear the story of the motion picture industry from the 1890s to 1910s, beginning with Thomas Edison’s laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J . to Edward Amet’s backyard movie studio in […]

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Via Zoom,

Here We Go a-Caroling

We’ll sing in the holidays with Bonnie Terchin. All are invited to print out a lyrics guide and sing along.

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Via Zoom,