Young: St.Charles Park District offers programs and trips for active adults

Published: Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 10:21 p.m. CDT
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Featured amenities of the St. Charles Adult Activity Center include pocket billiards, table tennis, a wii gaming system, computer lounge with internet access and a game/card room.

ST CHARLES - The St. Charles Park District’s Adult Activity Center (AAC) is not your grandmother’s social center.  With the emphasis on “activity,” the AAC’s  schedule of educational programs, entertainment events, and social outings is geared toward anyone age 50 and above who likes to stay busy, pursue new interests, or perfect existing skills. Best yet, many of the events and programs are available at little or no cost.

The popular misconception is that one has to be retired or a ‘senior citizen’ to participate in the AAC’s programs. With the minimum age requirement set at just 50, the AAC is ideal for anyone from the so-called “pre-retired” individual ― someone who may be at the point in their career where they can take advantage of some flexibility in their work schedule ― to empty-nesters no longer tied down to the structure and schedule of busy family life.

St. Charles residents can purchase an AAC membership for just $6 per year (non-residents, $9), which entitles them to a discount on programs. Housed within the Pottawatomie Community Center, the AAC is open Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Featured amenities include pocket billiards, table tennis, a wii gaming system, computer lounge with internet access and a game/card room.

New this year is an Oscar Night for all AAC members. Spend the evening amid Hollywood glitz and glamour while dressed in your best attire on February 24 from 5-9pm. Watch the 85th Academy Awards on the AAC’s big screen TV to see the most stylish designs in fashion on this year’s celebrities. While this program is free, each attendee is asked to bring an appetizer or dessert.

A long list of convenient drop-in activities with no preregistration awaits you. Some, like the Bridge and Pinochle Clubs are available all day, beginning at 9am, while others are available during specified days and times. There’s a 9-Ball Pool League, Scrabble Dabble, movie nights, and even a Harmelodian Club. And, the AAC bookshelves are brimming with a great collection of books that are available for trading.

The most exciting programs offered are field trips that range from one-day outings to overnight excursions. This winter, individuals or groups of friends may visit the Orchid and Antique Show in Wheaton on February 16, the Holocaust Museum in Skokie on February 22 or the Musuem of Broadcast Communications on February 28 downtown Chicago. In March, travelers may enjoy Chicago’s finest Flower & Garden Show or ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at the Paramount Theatre. Transportation to most outings is provided by the Park District. The next extended overnight trip takes off to The Sea Islands in South Carolina.

For more information about the Adult Activity Center, contact Meghan Papke at 630-513-4324 or mpapke@stcparks.org.

Erika Young is public relations manager for the St. Charles Park District

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