September 2018

BALLOON FEST!!!  Please come to this wonderful event and support the City of Harvard!  Labor Day Weekend – August 31st – September 2nd

Farmers Market Coupons – Going Going…. See if you qualify and HURRY coupons good only through the end of October!  We have several booklets of $25.00 left.Please check with our office staff for details for this wonderful program that allows Seniors to receive $25.00 to use at the participating summer/fall Farmer’s Markets.

Congregate Lunch gets a giant Thumbs Up and 5 star rating thanks to Maravela’s Catering & Banquets of Fox Lake, IL and their own Chef Spiro (if the Colonel cooked like Spiro, he would be a General)!  Chef Spiro helped to serve the lunch and he accepted the overflow of harvest veggies produced and donated by Harvard Community Garden (near our Harvard Diggins Library).  He vowed to create Briami (Greek Oven-Roasted Vegetables). Thank you Chef Spiro!

Thank you to Karin Swencki, Program Supervisor and Jonnelle Jannusch, Nutrition Site Coordinator for McHenry County Nutrition Services of the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Chicago who provides and arranges meal delivery to Seniors throughout the Chicagoland area!  These wonderful ladies also accepted some of the Harvard Harvest of Veggies and shared with the McHenry Food Pantry!  

Thank you Harvard Community Gardeners and the Harvard Food Pantry!  We want you to know how far your efforts and generosity traveled through McHenry County!

On Saturday, September 15th from 7-10am the Harvard Community Senior Center will host their 1st Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser!  Tickets are $5.00 and all proceeds will go toward supporting our Senior Center!  All ages welcome! Menu includes: Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Juice and Coffee or Tea.  Get your day going with a yummy breakfast!

Lunch and Learn with Mercyhealth Professionals!

A big thank you to Theresa Hollinger and Connie Bradbury who presented the topic of “Emergency Preparedness” for our first Lunch and Learn session!  

Please sign-up and join us for these future sessions:

  • Thursday, October 18th – Exercising to Better Health with Courtney Seyller
  • Thursday, December 6th – Healthy Eating with Erin Swanson

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.

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

September 10th – Welcome to the Program

September 17th – Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food

September 24th – Enjoyable Movement

October 1st – Practicing Mindfulness

October 8th – Problem Solving

October 15th – Every BODY is a Good Body

October 22nd – Talk Back to Negative Thoughts

October 29th – You Can Manage Stress

November 5th – Make Social Cues Work for You & Cooking Demo

November 12th – Ways to Stay Motivated

To register for this class, please contact Carol Waggoner of the McHenry County Department of Health at 815-334-4580

CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
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.

Current Events and More

Celebrated Senior of the Month – Beverly Stuyvesant

Bev is truly an outstanding volunteer who is always willing to help in whatever capacity is needed!  She has led the pack in walking, she gardens, she cleans, she calls bingo, she decorates, she works on Tuesday’s at the Food Pantry, she delivers our Newsletter and Calendars to the Library.  She is always kind and cheery. We LOVE our Bev!!!

Harvard Community Garden Harvest
Geri Neff picking green beans!

Yoga, Walking & Swimming updates

Come walk on Monday and/or Thursday mornings 8:30am here at the Senior Center for a 10-30 minute walk.  We are open to new or additional time-frames and welcome your input!

Swim and Trim was a huge hit!  The City of Harvard is checking to see if instructor Deb Waldo can continue classes at a local indoor pool, we will keep you posted.

YOGA!  Classes by Workplace Wellness Yoga, LLC

A personal note from our beloved Yoga Instructor Dorothy Robins, she states, “Our seniors are GREAT. I highly value time with them on Mondays. Thanks so much for the opportunity to share the stretching, strengthening, and balance improvement with them. As I told you, I’m proud of them for practicing self care on a regular basis.”

Thank you to MASTER GARDENER, Tom Jaszczak has been stopping by on Monday to help us with our garden beds!  Tom put us in touch with Illinois Extension College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences. We will host a Program on “Seasons of the Garden” and will be covering a variety of topics.

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
Sept. 20th 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.

SAC Meeting will be on Wednesday,  September 12th After Bingo. All are welcome!

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

Lunch and Learn with Mercyhealth will be sending professionals to bring us information on a variety of health and wellness topics. Schedule posted above.

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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