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

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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The Outsiders Walking Group

Deer Grove East in Palatine. Please RSVP to (847) 381-5030. Weather permitting.

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Free

The Outsiders Walking Group

Walk the trails at Deer Grove West in Palatine. Please RSVP to (847) 381-5030. 

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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

Walk at Crabtree Nature Preserve in Barrington, weather permitting. 

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The Outsiders Walking Group

Walk at Deer Grove East in Palatine, weather permitting. 

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Free
Deer Grove East, 1599 Pepper Tree Drive
Palatine, Illinois
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The Outsiders Walking Group

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

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Free
Deer Grove West,

Monthly get-together at local restaurants for lunch.

Cuisine Club

Meet for lunch at Neoteca, 130 S. Hough, Barrington. Please RSVP by July 13 by calling Janine O’Leary at (847) 381-5030.

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$25

Cuisine Club

Enjoy lunch at Moretti’s, 128 S. Wool St., Barrington. Please register by August 10 by calling Janine O’Leary at (847) 381-5030.

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$25

Cuisine Club

Enjoy lunch at ZaZa’s Tavola Italiana, 5047 Shoreline Road, Lake Barrington. Please register by September 7.

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$25
Za Za’s Tavola Italiana,

Cuisine Club

Enjoy lunch at ZaZa’s Tavola Italiana. Please register by September 7.

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$25
ZaZa’s Tavola Italiana, 5047 Shoreline Road
Lake Barrington, Illinois 60010
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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.

In-person bingo at the Barrington Park District. Every Monday at 11 a.m.

Space is limited; registration is required. For more information, call Janine O’Leary at (847) 381-5030.

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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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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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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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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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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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

Deb Torres, LSCW, owner of Institute for the Cycles of Life LLC, and Bacoa Memory Programs Director Pam Pellizzari, CDP will co-facilitate a program on “Relationship Maintenance During COVID.” The discussion […]

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Via Zoom,

The Last Chapter: Things I Wish I Knew

Author Trish Laub will discuss her book Peaceful Endings. Her expertise is derived from the full-time care of her parents, one with Alzheimer’s and one with stage-4 cancer, for whom […]

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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.

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Bingocize

Certified instructors from White Crane Wellness Center in Chicago will lead this virtual fitness program. The class promises to increase participants’ mobility and fitness while they have fun playing bingo. […]

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Free

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a mind-body practice that involves a series of slow, flowing exercises combining movement, meditation, and rhythmic breathing. This mind-body connection helps in fall prevention by increasing range […]

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Free

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a mind-body practice that involves a series of slow, flowing exercises combining movement, meditation, and rhythmic breathing. This mind-body connection helps in fall prevention by increasing range […]

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Free

“Re-entry: Managing our fears as we return to a new post-pandemic reality”

Clinical therapist Kathleen Kenney from the Barrington Behavior and Wellness Center leads the discussion and provides techniques and coping strategies to ease anxiety about gathering again.

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Free

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a mind-body practice that involves a series of slow, flowing exercises combining movement, meditation, and rhythmic breathing. This mind-body connection helps in fall prevention by increasing range […]

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Free

Silver Sneakers Preview

The Barrington Park District’s Barb Lauro will lead a virtual class of the Silver Sneakers program, a unique exercise program that keeps you energized and fit.

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Free

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a mind-body practice that involves a series of slow, flowing exercises combining movement, meditation, and rhythmic breathing. This mind-body connection helps in fall prevention by increasing range […]

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Free

Keeping Your Skin in the Game

Make healthy skin a priority and identify areas of concern. Kara Fitzpatrick, PA-C of Derick Dermatology, leads a discussion on the do’s and don’ts of keeping skin healthy.

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Free

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a mind-body practice that involves a series of slow, flowing exercises combining movement, meditation, and rhythmic breathing. This mind-body connection helps in fall prevention by increasing range […]

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Free

Chat With the Nurse

Bacoa social services coordinator Diane Vos Hansen, RN, leads this educational discussion series focused on health-related topics. This session: Exercise.

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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,

Bacoa Bookworms

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

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Bingo Picnic

Picnic lunch at Citizens Park in Barrington, with lunch provided by Egg Harbor. Prizes awarded. Registration required by June 14.

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$15
Citizens Park –, Barrington, IL United States
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Via Zoom,

Virtual Trivia

Test your knowledge!

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Free
Via Zoom,

Never Idle Hands

Meet for crafts and conversation.

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Free
Location TBA,
Via Zoom,

Virtual Family Feud

See what the survey says!

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Free

Never Idle Hands

Meet for crafts and conversation.

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Free

Never Idle Hands

Meet for crafts and conversation. Location TBA.

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Free

Trivia Challenge

Join Janine for a fun Friday game.

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Free

Name That Tune

The Lutheran Home’s Brian Reynolds leads this fun game of auditory recall. Prizes awarded!

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Free

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Insects of Lake County

Learn about backyard insects, the difference between the beneficial and harmful insects, and organic methods of controlling the harmful ones. Presented by Lake County Forest Preserves.

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Free

History Here: The 1886 Haymarket Affair

On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded during a labor rights demonstration, killing seven Chicago police officers. Barrington High School history teacher Cary Waxler will discuss how the Haymarket Affair […]

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Free

Credit Control: Understanding and Managing Your Credit

Your credit history can affect your access to credit, loans, jobs, housing, insurance, and other important services. Barrington Bank & Trust’s lending team will discuss your rights and how to […]

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Free

Virtual Tour of the Dunn Museum

Explore history through highlights and exhibits from the Lake County Forest Preserves’ Dunn Museum in Libertyville.

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Free

TechTalk: Smartphone Photos 101

Nick Sfondilis of Tech Tutors demonstrates photo functions found on smart phones.

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Free

LawTalk

Bacoa launches a new quarterly program on practical legal topics. This session: The Legal Dos and Don’ts of Selling Your Home. Attorney Joe Lucas of Lucas Law discusses the paperwork […]

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Free

TechTalk: Snapchat 101

Nick Sfondilis of Tech Tutors introduces this social media app. Learn functions and filters to WOW your grandchildren!

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Free

The Art of Storytelling

Master storytelling strategist Randy Ford leads an interactive discussion about the importance of every story and how to find our voice to communicate our own. 

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Free

Civil War: Home Front to Frontline

Drawn from letters, diaries and photographs in the Lake County Dunn Museum’s collections, this presentation discusses the personal stories of Lake County citizens on the battlefield and on the home […]

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Free

Protecting Your Identity

This program, led by Barrington Bank & Trust, will help you understand and prevent identity theft, and what do to if you’re a victim. 

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Folk on Friday

Barrington duo Second Wind play folk favorites.

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Free