November 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has mailed your new Medicare card – with your new Medicare number – and you should have received it by now.
If  you haven’t, call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit your account to find out more.  If you need help contacting Medicare, or with your Part D (Prescription Drug) plan for 2019, call the Senior Center at 815 943 2740 and make an appointment with one of our certified SHIP Counselors.

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.

We celebrate and congratulate our new SHIP Counselor, Cynthia Sheppard!  Cynthia passed the test (Yaaaaay!) and so she is now officially certified to help seniors with their Medicare questions and concerns.  She is available from 3-6 on Monday or Thursday by appointment at the Harvard Community Senior Center.

Sharon Smith our current SHIP Counselor will be assisting seniors with their Medicare questions at two new donated senior satellite locations. First and third Monday of each month from 3-6 at Hebron United Methodist Church. Second and fourth Mondays she will be at senior satellite site 12555 Farm Hill Drive, Suite 800 in Huntley, IL.   A big thank you to the Hebron United Methodist Church and Independence Therapy, Inc. for allowing us to provide this much needed service in their space.  All appointments should be scheduled through Cynthia at the Harvard Community Senior Center (815-943-2740).

Lunch and Learn with Mercyhealth Professionals!

Thursday, December 6th – Healthy Eating with Erin Swanson

Catholic Charities will be providing lunch.  We have been enjoying the delicious hot meals they are serving once a month.  We look forward to their cold lunch menu!

Whole Body Approach to Disease Prevention – Food Pantry Clients ONLY
Join the McHenry County Health Department and Northern Illinois Food Bank for a 10 week class that will give you the tools you need to make positive changes in your lifestyle.  Classes are FREE and will be held on Monday’s from 6-7:30pm at the Harvard Food Pantry, 6817 Harvard Hills Rd, Harvard IL 60033

November 5th – Make Social Cues Work for You & Cooking Demo
November 12th – Ways to Stay Motivated

Thank you to Carol Waggoner and her team for providing these informative, good health inspiring sessions!   Thank you also to Food Pantryfor their contribution of fruits and veggies each week!

If you need a gift idea for the senior who has everything, please suggest a membership to the Harvard Community Senior Center!

Current events

SAC Meeting – November 7th after Bingo

Board Meeting – November 12th (time to be announced)

Walking We will be meeting at Walmart again!  Monday and Thursday mornings 8:30am, look for fellow walkers by the Pharmacy benches and/or hoofing it around the store if you’re late!

YOGA!  Classes by Workplace Wellness Yoga, LLC

Yoga Class is growing!  Once you attend one of Dorothy Robin’s you will want to come back for more! Dorothy states, “I like teaching things that people can use throughout their day.”  She recently added walls to participant’s repertoire of information!  GO DOROTHY! To which she would no doubt respond, GO SENIORS! Classes by Workplace Wellness Yoga, LLC Dorothy Robin strongly suggests seniors go to This sequence is a ‘feel good’ way to start the day in bed or on the  floor, and to do before bedtime at night.  Note: always check with your doctor before practicing any new activity. In addition, if there’s a movement that you shouldn’t be making, or if  it hurts/is uncomfortable, don’t do it.

Make and Take

Make & Take Cards with Laura Zaraza on Monday December 17th at 12:30

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
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.

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

Good Bye to our Snow Birds!  Come back soon…


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, Keven Wood, 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


Our Christmas party will be on Wednesday, December 12 with our Harvard High School Madrigal Singers coming from 11:30-12:00 followed by a Chicken lunch from Joe & Tammy’s!  

Another Christmas celebration and lunch is scheduled on December 19th from Catholic Charities!  

LAST MINUTE STOCKING STUFFER VENDOR FAIR!!!  Please come and support the Senior Center and all the Vendors who are bringing their goods to us here at the Center and helping with our last minute Christmas shopping out of the mayhem! Watch for a complete list of who you will see and wonderful ideas for those hard-to-shop for friends and family!

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 –

Grace Bersted Foundation

Full Circle Foundation

Carl & Marla Opper

Board of Directors

Penny Goad – President

Tina Magnetta – Treasurer

Kathy Schack

Brenda Gratz

Ryan Knop

Sonia Hernandez

Raul Meza

Senior Advisory Council

Kathleen Felice – Chair

Barb Cheek – Recording Secretary

Peggy York

Kevin Wood

All Seniors Welcome

PEARLS Counselor – Megan Williams

PEARLS Case Manager – Jane Montgomery

SHIP Counselor – Cynthia Sheppard

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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