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2024 In-Person Activities For You

NEW! Interactive In-Person Events!

Be Well Illinois and Aetna are excited to introduce some NEW in-person class offerings exclusive to SOI retirees to help promote social wellbeing through meaningful, fun and engaging art-based programs. Our partner, SilverKite®, uses the arts as a tool to promote creative engagement, bridge generations, and work towards eliminating the effects of loneliness. Through their programs, they strive to promote joy, build relationships, and strengthen communities - one connection at a time.

We’re kicking things off in Cook and Sangamon Counties this spring (more locations and dates to be scheduled throughout 2024). If you’re in the area and interested in attending, please click the links to register! Class size is limited to 20, so reserve your spot early!

Watercolor and Ink

Tuesday, April 9 | 10:30 - 11:30 am | Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60076  - REGISTER HERE

In this hands-on arts workshop, create a unique work of art using watercolors and simple meditative drawing techniques. You’ll explore color, patterns, and composition in this relaxing and creative beginning visual arts workshop. 

Facilitated by SilverKite® teaching artists.

All materials provided. Light refreshments will be served.

Movement for Adult Bodies

Wednesday, April 10 | 10:30 - 11:30 am | Oak View Community Center, 4625 W 110th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 – REGISTER HERE

Movement and dance are great ways to center the body and work on balance, strength, flexibility, and agility. It doesn't take a "dancer's body" to learn these stretches, poses and moves. Anyone can learn these basics and use them in everyday life. Join us for this slow-paced, relaxed, beginning movement class to uplifting music.

What You’ll Need:

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that allow easy movement 

Facilitated by SilverKite® teaching artists. Light refreshments will be served.

Seasonal Mixed Media Collage

Monday, May 20 | 10:30 - 11:30 am | Crowne Plaza, 3000 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703 – REGISTER HERE

Tuesday May 21 | 10:30 - 11:30 am | Weiss Community Center | 1500 E Euclid Avenue, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 – REGISTER HERE

In this workshop, we’ll learn about and explore different collage techniques. Using these skills, we’ll celebrate the season by combining a variety of materials to create visually interesting compositions. 

Facilitated by SilverKite® teaching artists.

All materials provided. Light refreshments will be served.

Writing Memoir

Wednesday May 22 | 10:30 - 11:30 am |Community Recreation Center | 505 N Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194 – REGISTER HERE

Through discussion and creative exercises, we’ll recall specific themes or time periods in our lives that hold significance for us. Reflecting on these personal experiences, we’ll craft memories into short pieces of memoir. 

Facilitated by SilverKite® teaching artists.

All materials provided. Light refreshments will be served.

Coming Soon

  • In-Person Cyber Security and Fraud Prevention Seminars to help you protect yourself from falling victim to online scammers.
  • In-Person Fall Prevention Program to help you manage falls and increase your activity levels.