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 here.   There are special events that are planned which require registration and occasionally a small fee.  If 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 Council, Art Work, Balance, Strength & Stretching, Beading & Beyond, Bingo, Bunco, Canasta,  The 5 C’s, Cribbage, Euchre, Handcrafted, The Leicht Brigade, Loss of a Child Grief Group, Mah Jongg, One Step at a Time, Pinochle, Poker, SOAR Reads! Book Club, Tai Chi or the Audubon Society 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

 Check out what’s happening this February!


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!  


Join us for a fun art workshop, offered once a month on Fridays!  This is your opportunity to let that creative part of you shine!  Each month there will be a new project!  Check the calendar to see what’s up this month!  Reconnect or begin to develop that artistic side of you!


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 Wellness & Fitness Punch Card, which could be used for this class or for Tai Chi,  for $20.00-such a deal!  Learn more about this awesome strengthening class here.


Why should you consider Beading?  Because studies show that it reduces stress while increasing our energy levels.  It helps us develop the creative and imaginative parts of our brains.  And, it improves our visual perception and memory.  We could all use ALL of those things, however, it is also a great way to meet new people, develop friendships and make connections with others-all while you come away with a cool new project!   We may also have a few cool new projects to work on other than beading.  But, you’ll have to come to find out what those things could be!   Join us on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month and get your creative juices flowing-all while you get to meet a few new people!  That’s what we call a “Win-Win”.


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.  SOAR@Dorr often has a special lunch event planned each month for a $5.00 fee.  Please check out the dates and the menu for this month hereAlso, don’t forget $3.00 for “the pot.”  This month we will be having PIZZA  from Napoli’s AND a Chili Bar!  Come hungry~


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, February 6th  from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.   We will be discussing the book “The Code Talker” by Sarah Penner.  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.  This February we will be showing Till and Summer of Soul.  Check the calendar for dates!


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.


Canasta. also known as the Argentine Rummy game, was originally created to be a quicker version of Bridge.   Canasta gained quick fame in the 1950’s and is still enjoyed today.  Our newest card game will be played on Wednesdays, beginning on January 11th, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm!  Check out the calendar for dates!


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.


Ahh-the classic game, Cribbage, which has been around since the 17th Century in England, is out latest offering at SOAR!.  Cribbage is played 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!


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.  HandCrafted  meets on Friday afternoons from 1-3.  This month we will be having a SPECIAL Handcrafted because Deanne Ferguson will be joining us on Friday, February 3rd!  She’s amazing and talented and kind…and you get the picture!


Jeff Leicht (pronounced “light”) was one of our wonderful seniors who sadly passed away very unexpectedly in 2022.  Jeff was an avid reader, admired the arts and loved a good round of trivia.  Join us once a month as we head out one night to a local trivia venue and honor Jeff as we participate in one of his favorite pastimes.  Join The Leicht Brigade as we head to Stage Left Café in Woodstock on Thursday, January 12th from 7-9pm!


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 and is 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!   This is a great way to get out, meet some new friends and patron our awesome, local restaurants.  Mark your calendars for this month!  This month we will be heading across the street to Niko’s Red Mill Tavern!  10% will be taken off each bill, courtesy of Niko’s.   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 program will resume next Spring.  One Step at a Time is a walking for fitness program that takes place at Emricson Park.  Come on your own or bring a friend!  Fresh air does a body good!



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 the Month from 11:00a.m. to 12:00 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-call us to confirm dates! (815) 338-0125  Just bring your questions!  Learn more about SHIP Counseling here.  A SHIP Counselor will be here on Wednesday, January 11th from 11:00am to 2pm.  


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.


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.  We will be hosting a TAI CHI WORKSHOP on Thursday, January 12th from 10-11am!  This Workshop is FREE!  You won’t want to miss this! Classes will then be on Thursday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am weekly.  Each class is $5.00 or you can buy a 5 class punch card for $20.00!   The Wellness & Fitness punch card can be used for any fitness class at SOAR!   A new form pf exercise AND a deal!  What more could you ask for?!


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!




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