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 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


Program categories include:

Aging Well

BACOA Bookworms

Fine Arts & Food

Fun & Games

Learn Something New

Performing Arts


Aging Well 

Wednesday July 15: “Moving On.” As you age, you may be considering a move to a smaller residence or a facility that offers health care, socialization and recreational options. But how do you know when it’s time to move? This presentation explores choices ranging from affordable apartments to assisted living to skilled nursing alternatives. It will also include advice on downsizing and planning ahead. 1 p.m.

Wednesday July 22: “Chair Yoga: Get Zen at 10.” Certified instructor Amy Richie will give our bodies and soul a boost with a yoga session geared for every body and every age. 10 a.m.

Wednesday, July 29: “Medicare 101: Understanding Medicare and the Choices You Need to Make.” This program will help first-time—and longtime—Medicare enrollees better understand coverage and benefits. Sue Grossinger, BACOA board member and senior services coordinator at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, will lead the discussion. 6 p.m.

Wednesday August 19: Caregiving 101. Learn the different stages of caregiving and how to determine what stage you are in on your caregiving journey. Joyce Palmquist will lead the discussion that will include helpful tips for decisions at each stage. 11 a.m.

Wednesday September 2: “Dancing to the Oldies.” Do you remember the Alley Cat, the Hand Jive, and the Twist? Join us for a guided lesson to bring it all back and get our blood pumping.  11 a.m.

Wednesday September 9: “Laughter Yoga.” Yoga and giggles, led by Brian Reynolds from the Lutheran Home. 11 a.m.


BACOA Bookworms

Wednesday August 13: For our first virtual book club, Janine will lead the discussion on the quirky character novel Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. The Barrington Area Library has multiple copies to borrow. 1 p.m.

Thursday September 17: We will read and discuss Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, the autobiography of Broadway and Hollywood icon Julie Andrews.  The Barrington Area Library has multiple copies to borrow. 1 p.m.


Fine Arts & Food

Wednesday August 5: “Creating with Kathleen.” Local artist Kathleen McCann will guide us through an art project creating a piece that highlights the beauty and elegance of the dogwood tree. RSVP to BACOA at (847) 381-5030 by July 27 to receive supplies. 1 p.m.

Friday August 7: “A Marvelous Meal with Michelle.” Enjoy a mouthwatering afternoon as Barrington foodie Michelle Lovelace takes us into her kitchen for a demonstration of one of her delicacies. 1 p.m.

Wednesday September 23: “Fall Fest of Food.” There’s more to the season than pumpkin spice. Local foodie Selinda Coon opens her kitchen to create an assortment of fall favorites. 1 p.m.


Fun & Games

Virtual Bingo: Join the fun every Tuesday at 11 a.m. With Janine as our caller, we play multiple rounds of this classic game. Bring a bell for “49.”  Prizes will be provided. 

Thursday August 27: “Family Feud.” Join Janine for an afternoon of interactive game-playing. How well can you guess what the “Survey Says”?  1 p.m.

Thursday September 10: “Trivia Challenge.” Do you know much about history, geography, arts and entertainment, sports and leisure? Join us for some good-natured trivia. Prizes awarded! 1 p.m.


Learn Something New

Monday July 13: “America’s Craziest President Elections.” From America’s earliest days, the election process has not always been a smooth one. Cary Waxler, social studies teacher at Barrington High School, takes us on a historical journey into some of the country’s most bizarre presidential elections. 10 a.m.

Thursday July 16: “Our Continuing Civic Duty: Mail-in Ballots and Remaining Engaged.” Jim McGrath of Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action and member of the League of Women Voters will update us on the mail-in ballot process in Illinois and the need for active aging adults to stay engaged. 1 p.m.

Monday July 27: “Music:  Our Guide to History.” Music is our telescope to historic and cultural change. Barrington High School teacher Patrick Wire explores how the decades are defined by their music.  11 a.m.

Wednesday July 29: “The Trains of Barrington – From the Chessie Line to Today.” Barrington High School teacher Cary Waxler examines the longtime connection between Barrington and the rail industry—from the dine-in rail car at Chessie’s restaurant to the ongoing changes the Canadian National brings. 10 a.m.

Thursday August 6: “The Horses of Walk On.” Join us on a virtual tour of this local nonprofit whose mission is dedicated to providing equine-assisted activities to people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities.  Meet the horses and staff whose dedication make this organization a pillar in our community. 11 a.m.

Monday August 17: “Tales of Madagascar.” Peace Corps volunteer Marie-Claire Sei shares stories and pictures from her recent post in Madagascar. Learn about the culture and charm of this remote land and the people who warmed her heart and taught her countless lessons. 1 p.m. 

Wednesday August 19: “Tips, Tidbits and Dust Bunnies: Decluttering and Organizing.” Jennifer Prell of Paxem, Inc., will guide participants through helpful steps to organize, declutter, and store. Whether you are considering a move or are just tired of your accumulated “stuff,”  Jennifer will show you how less can be more. 1 p.m.

Thursday September 3: Virtual visit to GALCIT, the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology.  See firsthand this birthplace of the aerospace industry and jet propulsion. Participants will learn the history of the building and industry that gave birth to airplanes and rockets and is now working on working on exploration of Mars. 1 p.m.


Performing Arts

Monday July 20: “California School of the Arts:  Where Our Future Stars Begin.” Enjoy an afternoon performance of dance and music by talented students— ending with an exciting live tap performance.  1 p.m.

Thursday July 23: “The Ivories in the Afternoon” Pianist Heidi Parker and friends provide a musical experience to invigorate the soul. 1 p.m.  

Friday July 31: “Amazing A Cappella” BHS male a cappella group “X” ( pronounced “Ten”) shares their melodies and mischief with us in an uplifting summer concert. 4 p.m.

Friday August 21: “Folk on Friday.” Acoustic duo Second Wind—Doug Saylor on guitar and Joyce Palmquist on mandolin—will end the week right with an eclectic blend of folk, pop, country, bluegrass and blues.  11 a.m.