The art of active aging starts here


The switch to fall brings a huge sale of crafting supplies this month. Our craft department was in dire need of liquidating, so we organized lots of items for sale, which helps us free up more cupboard space. Please read below for more details. We have some great programs that come into play, such as the Pickle Ball and Matter of Balance classes. We have scheduled guest speakers at the MAC to educate our members and the elders in our community. Thanks for taking a look at what we have to offer. We are a pool of resources, if you have any questions on senior topics, we will do our best to meet your needs.

It’s soup season, so I leave readers with this amazing recipe made by my best friend and former township supervisor, JoAnne Peck, who has since passed away.

Spinach soup

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6T. butter 1 ¼ C. uncooked rice

1 C. chopped green onions 1- 14 oz. can chicken broth

2 C. finely diced potatoes 1 package 10 oz. frozen spinach

2 Tbsp diced carrots A dash of nutmeg

Directions: Sauté the onion in the butter. Add broth, Cremora, rice, carrots and potatoes; cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes. Add spinach; bake an additional 20 minutes. Add the nutmeg and serve immediately.

Pickleball from MAC: Please call for details and available dates and times, 309-797-0789. This activity is led by an experienced MAC member in the ping pong room. You will need to sign a liability waiver.

Class schedule: Tuesday or Thursday (to be decided during the meeting). There will be two sessions accommodating four players in each session. It’s $2 to participate: Session 1 is from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.; Session 2 is from 2-2:45 p.m. We invite you to give it a try, but after two visits you must become a member to participate further.

Presentation on Parkinson’s disease and the response: Tuesday, September 20, 10 a.m. No registration required. It will be hosted by Senior Star. Learn about this new program called Rock Steady Boxing and how it benefits people with Parkinson’s disease.

Calling all crafters, classrooms, or anyone looking for craft supplies: Wednesday through Friday, September 28-30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Township Johnston Hall. Items include: Beads; ribbon; felt; notions of sewing; craft books and patterns; wooden shapes; floral greenery; flowers; fabric sewing kits for quilts, pillows and baby vests; seasonal decorations.

This is a crafting supplies junkyard, a lot to list, but quite interesting to check out.

Free notary service: Call the township at 309-764-3558.

Refresher course on the rules of the road: This is a very beneficial course for those who need to pass a written and/or driving test. Free and without prior registration; Drop by Thursday, October 20, 1:30-3 p.m., Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St., Moline.

Join our card clubs

Euchre: Select a group of cards available all week. It’s a non-aggressive environment, here to have fun. If you would like to try one of our groups, you must call ahead to be placed on the list. This is an organized event, no appointments please. Cost of $2 includes dessert

Create a mahjong group in September: We’ve had great interest in this group of cards and it’s starting to take off. Please call 309-797-0789 if interested.

Bunco: Tuesday, October 11 at 1 p.m. Admission fee of $2.

Pinochles: Since this group can play unevenly, any number of players will work. We would still like you to register. You can participate once if you are not a current member, membership is required.

Bridge club: Thursday noon. Please call 309-797-0789 to register. The cost is $2 to play.

Large Cribbage Group: Our cribbage group meets on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. If you love cribbage and would like to try our group, give us a call at 309-797-0789. $2 to play includes dessert.

Other programs, activities

Weight management/healthy lifestyles group: Meets Tuesdays 8 Knees to Know: 30-10:30 am And great program for weight loss and friendships. We have openings for a fun group! Healthy Lifestyles offers fellowship, crafts, games, healthy choices, community outreach and volunteering for the MAC. It’s not really a diet but a group helping each other to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Motto: “Eat healthy, lose weight, enjoy life, be happy”!

Exercise classes: We have an excellent program led by a MAC music volunteer. Low impact exercises include standing arm/leg and seated exercises as well as optional light weights. Classes take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. no registration required.

Billiards open: Free. Call 309-797-0789 for the best times and days of the week. We have pool sticks, but you can bring your own.

Line dancing lessons: Instructor Mary Ann Robinson will make you look like a pro; it doesn’t matter if you’ve been taking lessons for months or never! Monday – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: members/$2 non-members $4.

Bingo: 1-3 p.m. Thursday. $2 admission includes dessert and coffee during the 2 p.m. break. Participants are entitled to two cards (You must use the Center cards.). We have a variety of prices; different organizations sponsor most weeks. Single participation is “free”. To continue, you must become a member.

Ping pong anyone? It’s a great exercise. We offer four state-of-the-art table tennis tables. We have the perfect space and lighting, bringing together an average of 12 players on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. Men and women participate in this activity. We invite you to come and try, bring a paddle if you have one. Participation is $2 per visit to play. After nine visits, your 10th visit is free.

The center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 620 18th St. Moline. For more information or a visit, call Roxann at 309-797-0789. Program information available on our website: Click “Programs” or like us on Facebook.


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