SOAR at Dorr

SOAR@Dorr Monthly Activities

We have been extremely busy this past year adding many new programs at SOAR@Dorr!   Please check the calendar regarding our upcoming events in July. There are special events that are planned which require registration and occasionally a small feeIf at any time you, or someone you know, cannot afford the fee, please speak privately to any one of us at the Township.  WE want YOU to be HERE!!

There is no registration necessary for our Drop-in Programs:  Advisory Meeting, Balance, Strength & Stretching, Bingo, Brown Bag Lunch & Movie, Bunco, Canasta, Chair Yoga, Cribbage, Euchre, Mah Jongg,  Pinochle, Poker, SOAR Reads! Book Club, Tai Chi, Keep Fit & Strong, and Trivia Night.  To register for other programs, you can sign up in person, call either Lynda Rohe or Laura Wassinger at (815) 338-0125.  You can also email either Directors at or

Daily activities and special events take place between 9am and 4pm, with the exception of Monday evening’s Tai Chi class at 6pm and Gentle Mindful Yoga on Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm.  However, if there is no activity planned for the day or all activities have ended for the day, the SOAR@Dorr entrance may be locked.  If it is, please proceed to the front of the Dorr Township office building during regular office hours.


Bring your ideas, and let us know what’s working for you at SOAR (and what’s not) and what you’d like to see here.  We have grown so much in the past few years and we couldn’t have done it without all of you! Attending these meetings is like a front row seat to all the happenings at SOAR!  So, bring your can-do attitude (and your lunch!) and be a part of this magnificent ride!  This July is the perfect time to try out Advisory Council…and…it’s not a big commitment but you will help make a difference in many people’s lives!


Need to get a little more movement in  your day?  Have you been thinking about starting a gentle exercise program and were not sure where to begin?  Come to this drop in class that is offered each Monday.  The class will begin seated and progress to whatever level you are comfortable with.  Equipment is provided by Dorr Township but you are welcome to bring your own, too.  Each class is $5.00 or you can purchase a Wellness & Fitness Punch Card, eligible for any 8 wellness and fitness classes for $25.00-such a deal!  (And, there is NO expiration date!)  Learn more about this awesome strengthening class here.


Bingo is on the first four Thursdays of the month (except this month…you have a bonus BINGO day!).  Coffee and refreshments begin at 11:00 am with Bingo starting at 12:00 pm.  SOAR@Dorr often has one or two special lunch events planned each month for a $5.00 fee.  Please check out the dates and the events for July!  Also, don’t forget $3.00 for “the pot.”  **SOAR@Dorr does not collect any money for BINGO.  It is handled by the BINGO Committee.  

We’re coming in hot this July!  Enjoy some tasty typical summer fare at our Hot Dog Luncheon!  We’ll have all the traditional fixings (maybe even some ketchup) along with potato salad, baked beans and fruit salad…are you hungry yet?  All this for $5.00!  Please sign up so we have enough to go around!  


Summertime is the perfect time to sit outside, get some natural Vitamin D while you read a great book! Not a fan of the heat? Then you’ve got a reason to stay cool inside with the AC and chill with the newest read! In SOAR READS members will be part of the process of deciding what books to read from a wide variety of different genres and authors.  We will meet on the first Monday of the the month to discuss how much we loved (or didn’t love) our latest read.  Come on – you know you always thought about joining a book club…now is the perfect time! More information about upcoming books will be coming out soon!


Bring your lunch and come watch some of the latest flicks with us!  Movies will be shown twice a month on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  We will always have some yummy movie snacks!  This month we will be showing Past Lives and The Biggest Little Farm.


Bunco is offered twice a month on Tuesdays (the 1st and 3rd of each month) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.   Please check the calendar for upcoming dates.  If you’re not familiar with this fun, easy to learn dice game-no worries!  It’s a great game to play while you have stimulating conversation with your friends-laughter is guaranteed!  There is a $2.00 fee for this program-handled by the BUNCO Committee.


What is Canasta?  It’s a fun, fabulous card game!  You’ve probably either heard of it, watched your parents play it or maybe you’ve played it yourself but it’s been a moment…well, here’s your opportunity to jump in and spend a cool afternoon with us!  Our seasoned players will show you the ropes!  Canasta is played on Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm!  Check out the calendar for dates!


Chair Yoga…a perfect introduction to the world of Yoga without having to get up off the ground!  Chair Yoga offers so many, many benefits, including improved posture, quality of sleep, balance, coordination, flexibility, and our coordination (reducing the risk of falls!)  But, did you know it also helps with Cardiovascular health?   So many more benefits, not listed here.  Come and check it out!  Some Yoga studios charge $20 per class…but at SOAR@Dorr, we are able to bring this great opportunity to you for just $5.00 per class…and if you buy a punch card for $25.00 it brings it down to a little over $3.00 per class.  It is an amazing deal that has far reaching benefits!  Check out our calendar for more information!


Step out of the heat and walk into the cool-and get those creative juices flowing!  Beading has incredible benefits-dexterity for our fine motor, cerebral-working that creative portion of your brain, socialization-as you are communicating with others and fashion-because you’re going to have a really cool piece to wear or to share!  Come see what Cool Beads is all about!


Ahh-the classic game, Cribbage, is offered on Wednesday from 9-10am.  We’ve got the Cribbage boards and the cards-now we just need YOU!  Check out our  calendar, for dates and times!


DIY Creative Workshop is led by our very own Jen Hill!  Each month Jen will feature a fun new project to work on. This month, DIY is taking a little hiatus!  See you soon in August!


Our Euchre group is really growing (and having a blast!) Come join the fun and the camaraderie!  Novices welcome!!  Euchre is a fun, social game that is played in groups of 2 to 4 players. Feeling a little rusty or haven’t played before? Have no fear, we have many seasoned players that wil help you get the hang of it!  Euchre is played on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.


Keep Fit & Strong is a progressive exercise class offered once a week and is designed to help prevent falls, increase flexibility and reduce joint pain.   This class is awesome if you have arthritis as it is a gentle, total body workout designed for your pace.  Modifications will always be demonstrated.  Each class consists of a warm up, light aerobic session, weight training and then a cool down. All of the equipment used is provided at no cost! Each class is offered on Fridays and is $5.00 per class.  Check the schedule/calendar for July dates.  You can also purchase a Wellness & Fitness Punch Card for $25.00 for 8 classes. The wellness and  fitness punch card is good for ANY fitness class at SOAR@Dorr! 


Sometimes we all just need a bit of a break-physically and mentally.  Here is the perfect opportunity to slow down, recharge and bring a little zen into your world.  Gentle Mindful Yoga is offered weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm. $5.00 per class or buy a punch card for $25.00 for 8.  Who says you can’t buy peace?


Come on out and join us for lunch!  Each month we will be meeting at a local restaurant!   This is a great way to get out, meet some new friends and patronize our awesome, local restaurants.  This July we will be meeting at Isabels!  Join us for some quality homemade food and conversation!   Pre-registration is required for this event so the restaurant can set aside enough seating for us!   Please arrive at 11am sharp as they will NOT be able to seat us any earlier than our 11am reservation!   


You know you’ve heard of it – but you may not be sure what it is.  This is your opportunity to find out in a small, comfortable group where all members help one another to learn, improve and develop their Mah Jongg skills.  Mah Jongg has been proven to help slow dementia,  improve memory skills, brain function, mental health and teaches patience.  Come and be part of Dorr Township’s Mah Jongg community. Mah Jongg is played every Friday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The very talented and patient Dolly Gibson is always available to teach and mentor all novice and experienced players.


We are so excited to bring you Open Sew!  This group is open to all quilters and sewers!  This is not a class but rather a supportive space where you can bring all of your current projects or your UFO’s!  We will have a table, an ironing board, iron, cutting mat and rotary cutter with blades and safety glove.  You need to bring your machine, projects and your sewing supplies!  We will have two dynamic ladies here who are ready and willing to answer some of your simpler questions. This group will meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month.  There is no charge to utilize the space, but we do ask that you call or stop in to reserve your table!  More information coming soon, but in the meantime, check out our calendar so you know when to come!


Pinochle is played every Friday in the Community Room from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.  No experience necessary-they are excellent instructors!  Come for the game, but stay for the conversation!  Coffee and refreshments served.  *There is a $1 fee for pinochle every week collected by the Pinochle Committee.


Calling all card sharks!  Get your poker face on and head over to SOAR@Dorr for a little friendly competition.  Poker is every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm.  Bring your poker face and skills and we will provide the refreshments!


A representative from Senior Care Volunteer Network will be at SOAR@Dorr quarterly on Thursdays from 11:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Check the calendar for dates!  Senior Care Volunteer Network is a not for profit organization that coordinates many different services for seniors from transportation to appointments, yard work and minor home repairs, durable medical equipment lending closet, friendly phone calls and visits and even shopping and errands.  Come by to find out more about the amazing services they have.  Who knows?  Maybe there is even a way you could volunteer and help make a positive impact in someone else’s life!  Bingo is at about the same time, so bring your lunch and stay for a while!  Check out more information about SCVN here.


We are very excited to bring to you at SOAR@Dorr SHIP Counseling!  Medicare A, B, D and supplemental insurance confuses everyone!  SHIP stands for Senior Health Insurance Program-a government program that trains individuals to help counsel and GUIDE senior citizens in choosing the correct insurance programs.   There is NO selling of insurance!  Even though Open Enrollment hs ended, it is still a good time to review your plan and see what changes you could make later in 2024 during Open Enrollment.  We will have the incredible Medicare Plan Guru, Lynda Rohe, at our office guiding you to the best plan that works for your individual needs.  Please check the calendar for dates.  YOU MUST SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT for SHIP Counseling. 


We all have so many interests and yet, there are so many things we haven’t tried-YET!  Let’s come together, brainstorm and make some plans to get out on the town…or the water…or on a horse…or whatever floats your boat! Come to SOAR EXPLORERS and let’s explore all this area has to offer!


The sun is out and so are we! Social Hour is a fun gathering where we meet at a local restaurant or pub for a little good cheer!  Social Hour will take place in the evening on the 4th Thursday of each month.  This July we will be meeting at Vine & Plate…it’s just up the road in Crystal Lake and is super adorable!  Can’t wait to see you there!


Supper Club is one of our most popular offerings at SOAR@Dorr.  Each month we will visit a different McHenry County restaurant for dinner.   Bring a friend, make a friend….or both!  Please register for this event so that we can make reservations for our group!  This month we will be dining at Heritage House in Harvard! If you’ve never been-here’s your chance!  Old school supper club!  Great opportunity to try a new place!  Pease sign up for this event so we have appropriate seating for all.


Tai Chi is often called “meditation in motion”.  It is a wonderful, gentle form of exercise that maintains strength, improves your balance and your flexibility.  Classes are on Monday evenings from 6-7pm and on Thursday mornings from 9:30am to 10:30am weekly.  Each class is $5.00 or you can buy an 8 class punch card for $25.00!   The Wellness & Fitness punch card can be used for any fitness class at SOAR!   A new form of exercise AND a deal on it, too!  What more could you ask for?! This is the perfect way to try an exercise class and see if it’s a good fit!

TECH HELP with Lynda

Got a cell phone?  A Tablet?  An iPad?  Questions always come with technology – no matter your age (well, unless you’re a teenager and know everything)!  We could all use a little help!  So, if your grandchild does not have time to fix your technology problems this month, then bring your device to TECH HELP with Lynda and she will get you up and running in no time!  Please see Lynda to schedule an appointment!


TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will be offered every Wednesday from 9:30 am-11:00 am.   This wonderful group of supportive individuals help cheer you on towards your weight loss goals.  We all need a little help from our friends, right?   The initial meeting is at no charge.  There is a yearly fee of $30.00 thereafter required by TOPS.


Calling all MEN!!  This group is for you!  The Breakfast Club is a guys group that will be meeting this month at Mickey D’s…otherwise known as McDonald’s…from 8am to 9:30.  This is a great opportunity to meet some new guys in the area that participate in some of SOAR’S many activities.  What’s better than some great male bonding over coffee and some bacon?  You can talk shop, cars, motors, tools…whatever floats your boat!  Seriously…we can hear the Tim Allen grunts already!


**Please check out our News Section to learn more about Special Events at Soar@Dorr and our Soar@Dorr Photo Gallery!