August 2018

Annual Balloon Fest begins Friday, August 31st and will go through Labor Day weekend Sunday, September 2nd.  If you would like to be sure you are signed up for Volunteer hours benefiting the Senior Center, please see Glenda to get your name on the schedule!  The volunteer time slots are 2-3 hours this year.

Swim and Trim

Sixty minutes twice a week come and do pool exercises with a trained instructor!  7 lessons $40.00 beginning on Tuesday July 31st and going through Thursday August 23rd from 8:00-9:00 a.m.  This class focuses on strength and balance using various pool equipment to create resistance.  A very refreshing and invigorating way to start those steamy August mornings!

Maravela’s out of Fox Lake will be catering a Congregate lunch on August 22nd after Bingo.  A donation of $5.00 is appreciated but not mandatory. Registration is required a week before.  Look for sign-up sheet and menu on the front table.

PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active Rewarding LiveS)

The Harvard Community Senior Center PEARLS Program is continuing to expand throughout Harvard and surrounding areas.

PEARLS serves individuals over age 60 and individuals of all ages with Epilepsy who suffer from Depression. This is a free, countywide, program led by the Harvard Community Senior Center to provide clinical depression treatment and medication management in the participant’s own home or other comfort setting.  The program is evidence based, runs for 19 weeks, and is funded by the McHenry County Mental Health Board, McHenry County Senior Services Commission and a McHenry County Community Development Block Grant.  

 PEARLS Referrals – Anyone can refer an Older Adult or individual with Epilepsy to the PEARLS program.  If you are concerned that someone you know is depressed, call 815-701-6605.  A trained social worker will respond and set up an initial assessment.

CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Press Release!

The CMS is mailing new Medicare cards to protect the safety and security of people with Medicare benefits.  The new Medicare cards no longer contain a person’s Social Security number, but rather a unique, randomly-assigned Medicare number that protects the identities of people with Medicare, reduces fraud and offers better safeguards of important health and financial information.

Walk and Talk

Our last month of summer is upon us!  If you have not started a walking routine, now is a good time to get going!  We are still meeting on Monday and Thursday mornings here at the Senior Center at 8:30 for a 10-30 minute walk.  If you have a suggestion for a better time frame, please let us know.


Our Yoga class is glowing and growing!   Yoga helps to release the stressors that can build-up  and brings peace and balance to mind, body and spirit! Dorothy Robin leads the group every Monday from 2-2:45 pm in a wonderful round of strengthening, joint health, and flexibility.  One class with Dorothy will leave you wanting more! Thanks to an anonymous donor and the Full Circle Foundation, the class fees are only $2.00 for members and $3.00 for non members. As always, Senior Center Lifetime Members are welcome to participate at no charge.   

SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) 

The Senior Health Insurance Program continues with appointments every Monday.

You can schedule for 3:00, 4:00 or 5:00 pm.  Please bring your Medicare card, any other medicare supplement (GAP) insurance card, recent notices from your insurance or Medicare, and a list and doses of medication if you would like to discuss your Part D coverage.  Call the Senior Center at 815-943-2740 to schedule your appointment. If you are unable to schedule an appointment at our location or the above times, please call for information on other locations accepting appointments.

Farmers Market Coupons

Twin Garden Farms is accepting the Farmer’s Market Coupons!  We have several booklets of $25.00 left.   Please check with our office staff for details on qualifying for this wonderful program that allows Seniors to receive $25.00 to use at the participating summer/fall Farmer’s Market.

Make and Take

Laura Zaraza of Stampin Up is
here one Monday of every month
(check your calendar) to lead us
in making beautiful hand-made
cards. Anyone can do it! It takes
about an hour. We have excellent
conversations while creating
one-of-a-kind greeting cards.
Please join us! 

Art Class…
Don’t miss the next
Watercolor session
August 23rd at 1:00 with
Barb Youhn. There
is a $2.00 fee for

Wii Exercise and Games

Join the fun on Thursdays after bingo.We’re looking
for enough people to have a tournament.

Please consider ‘SHOPPING TO SERVE SENIORS on AmazonSmile. You shop exactly as you would on Amazon with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Senior Center. Go to, look for “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. You use your same Amazon account: Look for “Supporting”
Click on the down arrow.
Click on ”Change”
Look for “Pick” and type in
Harvard Senior Community Center.

The Garden

Monday afternoons, in June through the Harvest, come help weed & tend to the Sr. Center garden and partake of the fruits of our labor!  Big thank you to Kevin Wood (Woody) for creating the garden critters that add fun and color!

SAC Meeting will be on Wednesday, August 15th After Bingo. All are welcome!

You brought your photos. You guessed your best.

The challenge was tougher than most expected.
Only one person got two correct and she was
guessing!! Congratulations to Delores Daniels!!

You’ll be seeing a
lot of Hawaiian
flowers. Geri Neff
could not resist
buying tees for a
lot of the Seniors
so they could
c e l e b r a t e
August’s theme at
the center

August 29th at 8:00
Jim and Shirley Cassens
are the leading chefs.
Anyone else is welcome to
bring additional breakfast
foods to add to the menu.
Egg casseroles, bacon,
fruit, muffins, sausages, etc. Come join the fun
and comradery!

Room Rentals

As you plan your 2018 events, parties, and family
functions, remember that the Senior Center can be
rented out on our non-service days. Call 815
943-2740 for details and our current rates. Senior
Center members enjoy discount rental rates


We are doing great with our supplies!  Keep our table in mind when you are grocery shopping! Plates, napkins, cups, plastic wear, food items that we can stretch to last such as trial mixes, popcorn, package cookies, water, and any other drink items you are willing to donate are greatly appreciated.  

Thank you to all who donate to the regular supply and operation of our Center!

Also, a heart-felt thank you to all our seniors who continually strive to create a joyful and welcoming atmosphere here at the Harvard Community Senior Center.  Although we have had our moments of dispute, we always bounce back!!! Thank you for your good-natured spirit that helps us move forward on a positive road for our beloved Center and senior community.

Senior Volunteers & Contributors:

Barb Youhn, Barb Cheek, Peg York, Rose Berglund, Peg Bankson, Deb Marlow, Ruth Greenlee, Beverly Stuyvesant, Dorothy Berry, Kathleen Felice, Ruth Rowe, Verda Blaizer, Mary Lou Collier, Clara Shotliff, Bob Reed, Marilyn Creps, Dan Wirtz, Geri Neff, Bob Bandovich, Daniel Serdar, Chris Zalewski, and Glenda Stewart, Carol Gauger from Websites Done By U Steve Santeler, Sharon Smith, MCCF, Full Circle Foundation, Carol Waggoner, Justin from X-Tek, Tina Maggnetta, Penny Goad, Nancy and Bob Berkholtz

Looking Ahead, Thoughts & Ideas

September Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, September 15th from 7-10 a.m.

Lunch and Learn with Mercyhealth will be sending professionals to bring us information on a variety of health and wellness topics.  A lite and healthy lunch will be served while we learn. Schedule will be coming soon.

Buy a Brick ( The Senior Advisory Council is sponsoring a Buy A Brick program to help with the Senior Center’s required portion of the parking lot project.   The project will cost approximately $70,000, with about $66,000 coming from 2 community development block grants, corporate & community donations, the Food Pantry, and the city of Harvard.  We hope to raise several thousand dollars to help with the costs and, any extra funds would be allocated to other facility projects the SAC would recommend to the Board of Directors. Please consider showing your support by buying a 12 x 12 brick with your name that will be installed in the paved area along the walkway/garden path from the new parking lot.  More details to follow.

Corporate Sponsors

Founding Sponsor — The City of Harvard

Diamond  Sponsor

Mercyhealth Harvard Hospital

American Family Insurance


First Presbyterian Church of Harvard

Harvard Ranch for Seniors


Grant Resource$, LLC

First National Bank

A-OK, Inc. Harvard Products, Inc.



Shepherd Premier Senior Living

Jones Insurance Services

Community Giving Leaders –

Full Circle Foundation

Carl & Marla Opper

Board of Directors

Penny Goad – President

Tina Magnetta – Treasurer

Kathy Schack

Brenda Gratz

Ryan Knop

Senior Advisory Council

Kathleen Felice – Chair

Barb Cheek – Recording Secretary

Peggy York

Ruth Rowe

Kevin Wood

All Seniors Welcome

PEARLS Counselor – Megan Williams

PEARLS Case Manager – Jane Montgomery

Harvard Community Senior Center

6817 Harvard Hills Road, Harvard, IL 60033

Phone: 815.943.2740


E-mail:    Sharon Smith, Grant Manager  Glenda Steward, Site Manager

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