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, Current Events, Euchre, Game of the Month, One Step at a Time, 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


SPECIAL EVENT THIS MONTH!  SOAR@Dorr is hosting a very special THANKSGIVING GATHERING!  We will be having a catered lunch followed by an outstanding entertainer, Steve Justman.  This event is $10 per person and requires registration and pre-payment.  Let’s get  our stretchy pants out a little early this November!  Join us on Thursday, November 17th for this fun kickoff to the holiday season! Call (815) 338-0125 for more information!



A Matter of Balance is an award winning program that helps increase your activity level, flexibility and strength to reduce your risk of falls.  This FREE program (donations accepted) is an 8 week class offered once a week.  –CURRENTLY FILLED Please check out the class BALANCE, STRETCH & STRENGTH as an alternative.


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 your gripes and concerns to determine the direction of future activities.  Beverages and desserts will be provided.  Your voice and opinion matter to us! 


Art Work is a new program at SOAR@Dorr and is led by Cindy Vanderstappen who has a Masters in Art Therapy.  This program is for both groups and individuals and if offered every Friday morning from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  You are welcome to bring a project or idea you have been working on or be a part of one of Cindy’s new ideas.  Learn more about Art Work here.


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.


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 5 Class Punch Card for $20.00-such a deal!  Learn more about this awesome strengthening class here.


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 $5.00 donation.  Please check out the dates and the menu for this month hereWe will be hosting a special  PIZZA LUNCH on Thursday, November 3rd for $5.00 per person.  Please call and let us know if you’re coming so we know just how much cheesy goodness we need to order!  Also, don’t forget $3.00 for “the pot.” 

BINGO is only offered two times this November!  We will be hosting a very special Thanksgiving Luncheon with an amazing entertainer on Thursday, November 17th-so NO Bingo that day!!  You MUST Register and pre-pay for this event!  $10 per person!  Any questions?  Give us a call (815) 338-0125!  


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, November 7th, 2022 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.   We will be discussing the book The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family  by brothers Ron Howard and Clint Howard.  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 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.  Snacks and refreshments are provided. This month we will be showing ELVIS and Hallelujah!.    Make sure you check out the calendar for dates!


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.


Chess not only brings people together but it improves your memory, protects against dementia, elevates creativity, teaches you how to remain calm under pressure, etc.-so, basically, it is an AMAZING exercise for your brain!  Come learn how to play or sharpen/refresh your skills, with Les Bales, Chess Instructor Extraordinaire.  Chess with Les is offered twice monthly on Tuesday afternoons and Chess No Les, where you can practice and play against your peers, is offered the other two Tuesday afternoons-and, an occasional surprise visit from Les might just happen on those Chess No Les days.  Hmmm….ya never know!  Check out the calendar for more information.


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 CURRENT EVENTS CAFE which is on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 1:30 pm-3:00 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.


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.


Sewing, crocheting and knitting!  Oh my!  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@Dorr.  Hand Crafted  meets on Friday afternoons from 1-3.


Organized and led by Roxie Kaminski and Colleen O’Brien,  Loss of a Child Grief Group  meets monthly on the last Tuesday of the month andis offered to those who would like to share with others in their love and grief for the loss of their child.


Come on out and join us for lunch!  Each month we will be meeting at a local restaurant!  In November, we will be dining at a local favorite,  Napoli’s on Wednesday, November 30th 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!  


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!


This will resume next Spring.




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!


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.

If you have been thinking about coming to a SHIP counselor or are not satisfied with your current health care plan, then you MUST come in this November before open enrollment!  Appointments for November are on November 2nd and November 30th.  Please call the Township to schedule!  (815) 338-0125.  Please do not wait, as time slots are filling up quickly!  


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.


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!