SOAR at Dorr

SOAR@Dorr Monthly Activities

New and previous programs have begun this month at Dorr Township!  Please come check us out – don’t be shy!   Please check the calendar regarding our upcoming events here.   Social distancing and mask wearing are required.   There are special events that are planned which require registration and occasionally a small fee.  There is no registration necessary for our Drop-in Programs:  Advisory Council, Bingo, Bunco, Conversation Café, Crafting,  Euchre, Game of the Month, Pinochle, Poker, SOAR Reads! Book Club or Audubon Meeting.  To register for other programs, you can sign up in person, call Laura Wassinger at (815) 338-0125 or you can email Laura at


There are monthly Advisory Council meetings from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm, the first Wednesday of every month.   Please bring your own lunch, ideas, suggestions and, yes, even gripes to determine the direction of future activities.  Beverages and desserts will be provided.  Your voice and opinion matter to us! 


The McHenry County Audubon Society welcomes you to their monthly meetings.  Come and learn about what the McHenry County Audubon Society is, what they do and how you can be a part of a really incredible group.  The meetings are hosted on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00 pm-9:30 pm.


Bingo is on the first four Thursdays of the month (unless otherwise noted by a SPECIAL EVENT).  Coffee and refreshments begin at 11:00 am with Bingo starting at 12:00 pm.  Catholic Charities will be offering lunch approximately twice a month and request a $7.00 donation.  Please check out the dates and the menu for this month here.  Make sure you register for each meal, including our PIZZA PARTY on August 11th so we have enough cheesy goodness for everyone!      Also, don’t forget $3.00 for “the pot.”


Who doesn’t love to curl up with a good book?  With winter approaching, it is a perfect time to join 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 month to discuss how much we loved (or didn’t love) our latest read.  Come on-You know you always wanted to join a book club…now is the perfect time!  Our next SOAR Reads! will be on Monday, September 12, 2022 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.   We will be discussing “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett.   Check out our local book store, Read Between the Lynes to order your copy!


Bring your lunch and come watch some of the latest flicks with us on our new screen!  Movies will be shown twice a month on Tuesday afternoons.  Snacks and refreshments are provided. This month we will be showing Knives Out and My Octopus Teacher.  More details to come!


Bunco is offered twice a month on Tuesdays (2nd and 4th 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.


This is the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon with friends or to meet some new people.  You’ve seen all those super cool adult coloring books-well, how about we doodle in those, sip some coffee while we nibble on some tasty bits of chocolate and chat with everyone?  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!  Just a fun way to spend a few hours with awesome people!  The “5 C’s” will be offered once a month.  Learn more here.


Come join us for Conversation Café which is on the 2nd and 3rd  Wednesdays of the month from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm.  Let’s get talking about what is happening in and around Woodstock, as well as global topics.  There will be special guests each month to share their knowledge and thoughts on a wide variety of interests and topics. Check the calendar for special guests and to learn more about this month’s topics. This August we will be offering a chance for a little friendly competition against Laura, Monica and Amy and the following week we will be having a Conversation with Woodstock’s Daniel Campbell, Director of the Woodstock Opera House. .


Euchre is a fun, social game that is played in groups of 2 to 4 players, usually played with the thirty-two highest cards, the aim being to win at least three of the five tricks played.  If that sounds a little complicated, have no fear, the great Roxie Kaminski will be here to lead the group and help you get the hang of it!  Euchre will be played on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Check out this flyer to get more information about Euchre!


Come on out and join us for lunch!  Each month we will be meeting at a local restaurant!  In August, we will be dining at a local favorite, Chop Suey Hut on July 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  This is a great way to get out, meet some new friends and patron our awesome, local restaurants. Check out our flyer to learn more about Lunch Date!  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!  


We’re going to get you “hooked” on coming over to SOAR@Dorr to work on your latest projects!  Bring your latest project and visit with others to see their latest and greatest works of art-OR-come work on a donation piece here!  We have a beautiful stash of donated yarns.  We will be making different items to donate to needy organizations or, maybe even to sell to individuals here, with the proceeds going right back into our programs here at SOAR! Knitting and crocheting meets on Friday afternoons. Find out more information about Knitting, Crocheting & Sewing here.  


Mah Jongg is a game that originated in the mid to late 1800’s.  It is believed that people in the US began playing it in the 1920’s.  The game of Mah Jongg has recently become popular once again.  The game 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 12:00 p.m.  The very talented Dolly Gibson is at each drop in to assist everyone in learning and developing their Mah Jongg skills!


Love to walk?  Need some motivation to get up and go?  How about meeting some friends at the park?  Come on out to Emricson Park on Monday’s for our latest and greatest SOAR@Dorr group-One Step at a Time. We will take a loop around the park together.  Lace up those tennis shoes and grab a bottle of water and meet us in the lower parking lot of Emricson Park off of South Street near the playground.  We will meet every Monday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  ALL FITNESS LEVELS WELCOME! Check out our flyer to learn more about this awesome and beneficial NEW group!


A representative from Senior Care Volunteer Network will be at SOAR@Dorr on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  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.

SHIP Counseling

We are very excited to bring to you here 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 will be a certified SHIP Counselor at SOAR@Dorr once a month on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm.  No registration or sign up required.  Just bring your questions!  Learn more about SHIP Counseling here.


Got a new tablet from MC Tech Connect?  Harvard Senior Center joins us in answering all of those technical questions we have as we navigate these new devices.  Support Squad meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 2-4.  Read more about it here.


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.


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 1pm.  Bring your poker face and skills and we will provide the refreshments!


TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will be offered every Wednesday from 9:30 am-11:00 am.  The initial meeting is at no charge.  There is a yearly fee of $30.00 thereafter required by TOPS.

Card shark or new player…we welcome everyone!




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

Our New Year’s Eve Gala was quite the spectacular event! Dinner, dancing to live music and a toast to the New Year!

Cheers to a New Year! Our New Year's Eve Gala was absolutely delightful-live entertainment, fantastic dinner and even a Toast to the New Year!