ARC's 7th Anniversary Open House will take place TH, April 27th from 10 AM - 12 PM
ARC is one of the largest senior services centers in the state of Illinois, offering daily exercise programs and over 50 free activities per month, including art classes, lectures, music enrichment, cards and games, Peace Meal and so much more. ARC is dedicated to providing programs that promote healthy aging. Read on to learn more about a few highlighted programs or check out our monthly newsletter below for full activity and exercise calendars and descriptions of programs and classes on schedule this month!
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Mondays, 7:00 - 11:00 AM & 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Tuesdays, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Beginners) & 3:00 - 7:00 PM (Experienced)
Wednesdays, 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 - 7:00 PM (Experienced)
Wednesdays, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Beginners)
Thursdays, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM & 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Fridays, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturdays, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Click Here to Learn More About Pickleball Rules
NO OPEN PICKLEBALL S, March 4th from
8 AM - 1 PM
Pickleball Clinic & Boot Camp with Mike Mitchell
S, March 4th, 8:30 - 10:30 AM: Join us at ARC to learn the fundametals of the game at our March Pickleball Clinic for beginners. Cost: $10
S, March 4th, 11 AM - 1 PM: Pickleball Boot Camp consists of two hours filled with
strategy, tips and drills to help improve your game. You will be taught proper court positioning and movement, the dink game, the 3rd shot, and many other skills and
strategies. You will also practice volleys.
Registration closes Wednesday, March 1st.
Register for either program at ARC or the GymMaster Member Portal.
Internet TV: T, March 7th & TH, March 16th, 1:00 - 2:45 PM
Tired of paying that high Cable TV bill? The Tech Tutor, will show you step by-step how many of us are saving $50 - $100/month by gradually moving from watching Cable TV channels to Internet Streaming TV channels. Using your same internet connection, you can still watchyour favorite shows, movies, sports, local news, Netflix, & more! Nancy will compare costs of local Internet Service Providers and streaming subscription services; plus she’ll show you how to set-up aninexpensive device to a TV so you can save $$$! Registration required. Register at ARC or on the GymMaster Member Portal. Cost: $20
TH, March 23rd, 1 - 2:30 PM
TH, March 23rd, 3 - 4:30 PM
Learn to unlock the secrets to your Smartphone with Nancy Komlanc, The Tech Tutor, making your phone easy and fun to use! Customize your Home screen, Set alarms, Personalize the Ringtone for family, friends, & emergency contacts, Increase your screen light-up time, and more! With step-by-step handouts and instructions, you’ll make your phone adjustments and get plenty of hands-on practice! Registration required. Register at ARC or on the GymMaster Member Portal. Cost: $20
TH, March 9th, 1 - 2:30 PM
TH, March 9th, 3-4:30 PM
Join us to learn how to: organize your "Home Screen", increase your font size, set-up "Speed Dialing," or “Favorites”, send a text message and add a photo, and more! With step-by-step handouts and instructions, you’ll make your phone adjustments and get plenty of hands-on practice! Registration required. Register at ARC or on the GymMaster Member Portal. Cost: $20
Smart Snacking with U of I Extension: TH, March 2nd, 1:30 PM
Do you reach for a snack when you’re hungry or is it out of habit? This lesson with Jenna Smith with U of I Extension will have you reflecting on your snacking behaviors and will help guide you to make smart snacking decisions. Registration required Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
Nutrition Class: Steve Pitrelli, NPD: TH, March 23rd, 11:00 AM
Join NPD Chief of Police Steve Pitrelli, who
instructs on the topic of Officer Health, Wellness and Fitness nationwide to learn how proper nutrition protocols directly relate to improved blood health markers, disease prevention, insulin response and reduction of bodily inflammation. Also learn about Insulin Resistance, Inflammation, Heart Health, Disease Prevention and how they are related and receive guidance to understand your blood work and how it relates to overall health. Steve is a subject matter expert in
health, wellness and fitness for the Institute of Intergovernmental Research. Registration required. Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
Caregiver Support: CCSI & The Alzheimer's Association - March 1st, 2 - 3 PM Are you a current or past family caregiver? Are you feeling stressed, tired, alone, overwhelmed, and/or burnt out? Caregiver support group meetings may be able to help! Caregiver support groups offer not only peer support, but resources in our communities, referrals to additional support, possible funding opportunities, and problem solving. If you feel you need a listening ear to validate what you’re going through as a caregiver, this support group may be for you! Caregiving is not easy and we’re here to help!
Caregiver Support: CCSI & Sugar Creek Alzheimer's Special Care Center - March 7th, 9:30 AM Are you a current or past family caregiver? Are you feeling stressed, tired, alone, overwhelmed, and/or burnt out? Caregiver support groups offer not only peer support, but resources in our communities, referrals to additional support, possible funding opportunities, and problem solving. If you feel you need a listening ear to validate what you’re going through as a caregiver, this support group may be for you! Join this group on the first Tuesday of each month at ARC! Coordinated by CCSI and Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center.
Grief Support Groups
Led by Lisa Flanagan, Carle Hospice Bereavement Coordinator. These programs will meet in person at ARC for the month of March.
Men's Grief Support: W, March 8th & 22nd, 2 - 3:30 PM Open to members/non-members of ARC, men who are grieving the death of a spouse or other significant person/other.
New to Grief Support: TH, Jan. 19th - March 9th, 5 - 7 PM
Grief support group open for up to 8 people who are within 6 months of the death of a loved one; Six weeks of mutual support and grief education facilitated by Lisa Flanagan, LCSW, Carle Hospice Bereavement Coordinator; No charge; confidential. Please contact Lisa Flanagan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309.268.2057 prior to group.
Parkinson's Support Group: T, March 21st, 1:00 PM
Susie Watkins, RN, Ph.D., who is an Assistant Professor at Mennonite College of Nursing, offers volunteer health promotion nursing services on Thursdays from 11 AM - 1 PM. During those times Susie will check vital signs including blood pressure, record blood pressures on patient-specific logs, provide patient education, and collect ideas on health promotion topics.
ISU nursing faculty and students will also be at ARC 7:30 - 2:30 on March 1, 6, 8, 20 & 29 to provide mental health & blood pressure screens, wellness education, and more.
Prevention of Cognitive & Hearing Loss and Lifestyle Factors: T, March 21st, 9 - 10 AM
The lecture and training series will be presented by graduate speech-language pathology and audiology students under the supervision and mentorship of faculty in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Illinois State University. Registration required. Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
Appointments at ARC can be made by calling 309-888-9099 and choosing option
2. All appointment dates for the 2023 season will open at the same time and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
Tax assistance at ARC will run 1/30/23 - 4/11/23 and will take place on ARC's second
floor. Use west side north entrance to go
to second floor.
Services are free to:· Married taxpayers with combined income less than $60,000, Single taxpayers with dependents and income less than $60,000, Single taxpayers with no dependents and income less than $40,000.
Make sure to bring the following
documents with you to your drop- off
appointment: Social Security Cards or
Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers for all individuals on the tax return, Valid Photo ID for taxpayer and spouse, All W-2s and 1099s to document your income, Form 1095A if you had marketplace insurance, Form 1098T for any college students on your return, a copy of last year’s tax return, & bank account and routing number for direct deposit of refund.
All sites will operate with an
APPOINTMENT ONLY drop-off/pick-up model following these guidelines:
· Face masks will be optional for clients and volunteers· If you or anyone in your household are feeling ill, we ask you to reschedule your appointment
· Pick-up appointments will be scheduled at
your drop-off time
- Weather emergency closings will be announced as soon as possible at
Intro to the Arts Series: Laura Bailey - Jewelry Making - Pins: F, March 10th, 10 AM
Get crafty at ARC in March and join us for our next FREE Intro to the Arts Series program funded by the Harmon Arts Grant! Laura Bailey will teach you how to make your own, unique jewelry pin to accessorize all your favorite outfits or give as a gift. You can bring your own items to use to decorate your pin; some will be provided. Registration required. Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
Local Interest Speaker Series: Women Who Made McLean County History: F, March 17th, 10 AM Making history has always come naturally to women, and the women of McLean County are no exception. Yet, the stories of these historic women often go untold. Join Candace Summers of the McLean County Museum of History for a program that will highlight 20 McLean County women, from all walks of life, who shaped our history. From the first female Illinois State Senator, Florence Fifer Bohrer; to the “Queen of the Flying Trapeze,” Antoinette Concello; to Civil Rights activist Sister Mary Antona Ebo, this program will explore the lives of these influential women and recognize their lasting contributions to our community and our world. Registration required. Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
"The Ride" with James Samolitis: M, March 6th, 11 AM
The RIDE is a short, 15-minute presentation by James Samolitis on the Mario Andretti Racing School in Las Vegas, Nevada in February 2005. James worked for the school for 5 years. Following The RIDE will be a showing of IMAX Super Speedway (50 min.) This video is on Indy- type race cars with a focus on Mario Andretti and family, testing and driving a new car for the PPG CART World Series & restoration of a 1970-1980 race car. Registration required. Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
Pi Day Puzzles & Pie: T, March 14th, 12 - 4 PM
March 14th marks Pi Day, an annual celebration of the mathematical sign pi. Founded in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw, March 14th was selected because the
numerical date (3.14) represents the first three digits of pi. March 14th is also Albert Einstein's birthday. To celebrate, join us to enjoy a slice of pie while working together to complete a variety of 300-piece puzzles. Registration required. Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
Sept 15 — Sept 22, 2023 • 8 Days • 10 Meals
Highlights: Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Deadwood, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt. Rushmore, Badlands National Park
Click HERE to learn more.
December 04 — December 08, 2023 • 5 Days • 5 Meals
Highlights: Greenwich Village, Wall Street, Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, 9/11 Museum, Broadway Show
Click HERE to learn more.
March 14 — March 21, 2024 • 8 Days • 9 Meals
Highlights: Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Blarney Castle, Dingle Peninsula, Farm Visit, Cliffs of Moher, Whiskey Distillery, Castle Stay
Click HERE to learn more.
Join Collette Vacations and Peoria Charter Travel at ARC to learn more about our upcoming trip options including America's Cowboy Country, Spotlight on New York City Holiday, and Irish Splendor.
This sampler will give the chance to learn more about the intineraries and the highlights of each trip, add-on options available, travel tips, pricing and more! Registration required. Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
Noontime meals are served Monday-Friday and are available to persons 60+. There is a suggested donation of $3.50 for each meal. Participants are served a well-balanced meal containing at least 1/3 of the daily adult nutritional requirements. To make your reservation, call ARC at 888-9099, press 1 and leave a message with your name and reservation date at least one day in advance of the reservation date by Noon.
SHIP counselors are trained, certified, and experienced in offering one-on-one information for all aspects of Medicare, health insurance and drug plans. A program of ARC, SHIP provides assistance, explanations, and plan comparisons. There is never a cost, sales, or any insurance affiliations. SHIP is especially helpful for those new to Medicare who are trying to navigate the system and meet deadlines or to anyone wanting to lower current costs and understand options. Help is available by individual appointment at various times each month. Call ARC at 309-888-9099, and a counselor will return your call to set an appointment. Walk-in hours are available on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Monday of each month ONLY. Walk-ins start at 1 PM with no appointment needed and operate on a first come, first served basis. Help is available by individual appointment various times each month as well. Call ARC at 309-888-9099 and press 3 to leave a message for the SHIP team. A counselor will return your call to set an appointment. SHIP is a program of the Illinois Department on Aging.
Click HERE to visit the official Medicare site.
Click HERE to learn more about SHIP & the Illinois Department on Aging.
More about Medicare’s Part D prescription drug plans
Question: I currently have a Part D drug plan and would like to know when I can change to another plan. Do I have that option at any time?
Answer: In general, someone who has Part D plan can only choose another plan during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) October 15-December 7. Selections made during the AEP go into effect January 1 the following year. Appointments are available each fall with ARC SHIP counselors to help those with Part D select the best plan for the following year. This annual option to change is also available to anyone who has a Medicare Advantage plan that includes Pt D. However, there are a number of special circumstances when someone could qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and could switch plans outside the outside the annual period. A few examples included moving outside a plan’s service area, qualifying for Social Security “Extra Help”, or residing in a long-term care facility. A SEP may also be available for someone who believes they were provided incorrect or misleading information when they enrolled in their current plan. Please contact SHIP if you would like to change plans and feel a special circumstance may apply.
Disclaimer: The questions and answers in this column are intended to provide additional understanding on relevant Medicare topics. For additional explanations specific to your situation, please call ARC and request that a SHIP counselor contact you. You may also utilize SHIP walk-in hours on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Monday at 1:00.
$0 Cost Vaccines
Beginning January 1, 2023, beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part D drug plans (and Medicare Advantage plans with drug coverage) are eligible to receive vaccines free of charge – meaning no deductible and no cost sharing to the insured! This provision of the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law August 2022, and applies to adult vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Of special note is Shingrix, the vaccine for shingles, as a case of shingles can be very painful with potentially lingering symptoms. Previously depending on your plan and deductible status, the two-shot immunization for shingles could cost a Medicare beneficiary several hundred dollars. SHIP recommends still checking in advance with your insurance regarding vaccine coverages.