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December 2017

Main Street Community Center Receives $15,000 Matching Grant 

Edwardsville, IL – An anonymous donor has offered to match individual donations dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000 through January 31, 2018 for the Pave the Way for Superagers campaign to resurface the Center parking lot. If a donor works for a company that offers a matching gift, the entire amount will be eligible for this matching opportunity. “I was thrilled to be contacted by the donor whose family has been very supportive of the Center over the years.  The donor understands the necessity for a safe, accessible parking lot for our Center that serves many local seniors throughout the year.  This pledge will make a huge impact on our campaign and assist with getting the lot fixed in spring 2018 as planned,” according to Executive Director Sara Berkbigler.    Please consider a donation to the Pave the Way Campaign! Donations by check should be made payable to Main Street Community Center (or MSCC) and mailed to 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL. For credit card donations, please visit www.mainstcc.org .

Save the Date for Superagers Trivia Night

February 24

 Edwardsville, IL – Be a Superhero for Superagers and join us for Trivia Night benefiting the Main Street Community Center’s various Programs and Services on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Edwardsville Moose Lodge.  Doors open at 6:00; trivia begins at 7:00.  Cost is $20 / person or $160 for a table of 8. Thank you to event underwriter TorHoerman Law, LLC and Round Sponsor Slagle Financial. Every dollar raised at the event will go directly to programs and services for our local seniors.  Contact the Community Center for a registration form: 618.656.0300 or info@mainstc.org.

 

TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS

 Community Center Offers Door-to-Door Transportation
for Seniors 60+ and Disabled Adults 

Edwardsville, ILMain Street Community Center offers Door-to-Door Transportation for seniors (60+) and disabled adults.  Local rides are provided to Edwardsville residents to Center activities, medical appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores, beauty shops/barber shops, shopping centers, government offices, volunteer and paid work locations and much more.  Riders must be 60+ years of age or disabled, including part-time disability due to an injury or surgery.  Rides are scheduled by appointments and offered Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 3:00pm.  There are no required bus fees to ride, only a suggested donation of $1.00/one-way ride.  Contact the Center for questions or to get registered as a rider:  (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

NUTRITION PROGRAMS

Fresh Home-Delivered Meals for Seniors & Disabled Adults
Edwardsville & Glen Carbon Residents

Edwardsville, IL – Main Street Community Center has been serving home-delivered meals to residents of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon for over 35 years.  Fresh meals are prepared daily by a certified local caterer and delivered by trained, caring volunteers who provide a check-in with clients Monday-Friday.  Cost is $4.00/day and billed monthly.  A refundable deposit of $75 is due at registration.  To find out more about home-delivered meals, please contact the Community Center: (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

Fresh Congregate Meals for Seniors & Disabled Adults
Tuesdays & Fridays

Edwardsville, IL – Main Street Community Center serves congregate meals two days a week:  Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:00am-12:30pm.  Cost is $5.00/meal and includes iced tea or coffee.  Friends Discount Members receive a discounted price of $4.00/meal.  Advance reservations are required by contacting the Center by 12 noon the day before.  To register for the congregate meal program, contact the Center: (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.


FREE Food Program for Area Seniors Who Qualify
December Enrollment – by Appointment Only

Edwardsville, IL – Main Street Community Center and the St. Louis Area Foodbank are partnering to bring the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Senior Assistance Program to our area!  If you or someone you know meets the following qualifications, they can receive a monthly box of nonperishable foods to supplement their diet:

  • 60+ years of age
  • Monthly income of $1,307 or below
  • Resident of Madison or St. Clair County

Enrollment is scheduled for December 21st from 10:00am-12:00pm at Main Street Community Center.  Please contact the Center to schedule an appointment:  (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Special Medicare Enrollment Events at Main Street Community Center
December 6, 1-3pm 

Edwardsville, IL – A Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Counselor from Edwardsville Township will be on hand to answer your questions and assist you with enrollment.  Walk-in only appointments at Main Street Community Center, 1003 North Main Street, Edwardsville, on Wednesday, December 6 from 1-3pm.

Ameren Warm Neighbors Cool Friends Program
 Friday, January 5th 10:00am-12:00pm

Edwardsville, IL A representative for the Ameren Warm Neighbors Cool Friends program will be at the Community Center to accept applications for bill payment assistance.  Applicants must be 60+ years of age and  must be active Ameren customers with no bill over $750 and no disconnect notice.  Applicants must bring a driver’s license or photo ID, a copy of their current Ameren Illinois utility bill, and proof of income to their appointment or they will not be permitted to apply.  Appointments are required; to reserve a time contact the Community Center: (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

Benefit Access Program Assistance
 Wednesday, December 6th 1:00-3:00pm

Edwardsville, IL A representative from the Edwardsville Township Office will be at the Community Center to assist with License Plate Discount (Benefit Access: “Circuit Breaker”) .  No appointment required; walk-ins welcome on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 1:00pm-3:00pm.  For questions, contact the Community Center: (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Counselor
at the Community Center
Wednesday, December 13th  1:00-3:00pm

Edwardsville, IL Main Street Community Center, in partnership with Edwardsville Township, is offering a free assistance program to provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. A LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Counselor will be at the Community Center on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 1:00pm-3:00 pm.  By appointment only.  For questions contact the Center:  (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

Paralegal Services Available for Seniors (60+) at the Community Center
Wednesday, January 24th 1:00-3:00pm

Edwardsville, IL Need a Power of Attorney, DNR Directive or updated will?  Make an appointment with the Paralegal at Main Street Community Center on Wednesday, January 24th from 1:00pm-3:00pm.  To reserve your time, contact the Center:  (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.  Thank you to Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation for providing this important service.

 Rules of the Road
Thursday, January 25 1:00-3:00pm

Edwardsville, IL—Main Street Community Center is offering a review of the Illinois Rules of the Road on Thursday, January 25 from 1:00-3:00pm. This is a FREE event.  To register contact the Center:  (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

AARP Smart Driver Course
April 10-11 12:00-4:00pm

Edwardsville, IL AARP will present their Smart Driver course (formerly known as 55 Alive) at Main Street Community Center April 10-11, 2018 from 12:00-4:00 pm each day.  Smart Driver is a two-day course that assists students with effective safe driving practices, Illinois state laws and traffic rules, proper vehicle maintenance.  Course completion may qualify you for a discount through your insurance company.  The price of the course is $15 for AARP members (bring your card) and $20 for all others.  Cash or checks payable to AARP will be accepted.  To register contact the Center:  656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.


HEALTH SCREENING PROGRAMS
 

MSCC Hosts Blood Pressure Checks
Thursday, December 7th and Wednesday, December 20th

Edwardsville, IL Main Street Community Center will host FREE blood pressure checks on Thursday, December 7 from 11:00am – 12:00pm, and on Wednesday, December 20 from 11:00-12:00pm. Stop in to have your pressure checked for FREE!  No registration required.  No age requirement – walk-in only.

Senior Health Screenings at Edwardsville Library

Edwardsville, IL – Main Street Community Center is proud to partner with Anderson Hospital, Edwardsville Public Library and Glen Carbon Centennial Library to provide FREE health screenings to seniors (60+) throughout 2018.  Quarterly health screenings will be offered in 2018 along with a Health Fair in the spring!    Watch future newsletters for more information.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Dine and Discover
The Story Behind Christmas Carols
Wednesday, December 13th 11:00am – 1:00pm 

Edwardsville, IL –The Center is pleased to host “The Story Behind Christmas Carols,”  a presentation by Barbara Kay and William Paulic. The program is $9.00 and includes a special catered lunch. Please contact the Center in advance with any special dietary needs.  RSVP by Wednesday, December 1.  Space is limited and payment is required at time of registration. Sign-up at the Center; email info@mainstcc.org or call (618) 656-0300 for more information.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Classes and Information Meetings
6:00-7:00pm First Tuesdays October through April

Edwardsville, IL –Main Street Community Center is pleased to be partnering with Cedarhurst Memory Care, Ruth’s House, and the Alzheimer’s Association to provide monthly classes and informational meetings on Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Sessions are FREE and open to the public.   If you’re interested in participating contact the Community Center: (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

Art Exhibits at Community Center
 Feature Local Artists

Edwardsville, IL – Main Street Community Center has an art gallery where local artists’ work is featured throughout the year.  Exhibits rotate every 6-8 weeks.  A new exhibit by oil painter Ruth Schmitt was just installed and will remain in place through the rest of the year.  Stop by to view the exhibit anytime Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:00pm:  1003 North Main Street., Edwardsville, IL.

Afternoon Book Club Meeting
Thursday, December 14th at 1:00pm

Edwardsville, IL— The Daytime Book Club meets at the Main Street Community Center on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1:00pm.  On Thursday, December 14, the group will discuss Everywhere that Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline. The book club welcomes all.  Cost is $1/FREE to members of the Friends Discount Program. The January book selection will be announced at a later date.

 

Evening Book Club Meeting
Wednesday, December 13th at 7:00pm

Edwardsville, IL — Join the Main Street Community Center’s evening book club on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm.   On December 13th the group will discuss The First Inspector Wexford Mystery by Ruth Rendell. The book club is open to all.  Cost is $1/FREE to Members of the Friends Discount Program.  The January book selection will be A Perfect Spy by John LeCarre.

Write Your Own Story
Thursdays at 9:30am
 

Edwardsville, IL – Main Street Community Center is pleased to work with local author and Center volunteer Pat Hughes to provide this interactive weekly class that works on recording personal memories in the form of stories or essays.  Writing materials and prompts are provided weekly.   One time cost of $15 for the binder and $3.00/week drop in fee.  Friends Discount members pay only $2.00/class.  For more information on this great class, contact the Community Center:  (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

 

RECREATION PROGRAMS

2018 Senior Trips to Mackinac Island and the Biltmore Estate

Edwardsville, IL – Main Street Community Center is pleased to announce two trips for 2018.  The Center will offer a trip to Mackinac Island, MI June 10-16, 2018.  The fee is $682 per person with double occupancy.  Registration is open now.

The Center is also offering a trip to the Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Mountains October 21-26, 2018. The date for this trip has changed since the November announcement. The fee for this trip is $610/person with double occupancy. Registration is now open.  Contact the Center for more information at 618-656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

 

Main Street Community Center Walking Club 

Edwardsville, IL— No walks scheduled for the month of December.  Walking with Wanda will resume bi-monthly in January, 2018.

Spiritual Reality
December 7th and 21st at 7:00pm

Edwardsville, IL— Learn how to live a happier life that reflects your individuality.  Class will be held Thursday, December 7th and December 21st at Main Street Community Center at 7:00pm.  No charge.  For more information, please contact the Center at info@mainstcc.org or (618) 656-0300.

Dining with Friends
Wednesday, December 13th – Andria’s Countryside Restaurant

Edwardsville, IL –Have dinner with friends from Main Street Community Center.  On the second Wednesday of each month, participants will gather at a restaurant in the area for dinner.  The December dinner will be on the 13th at Andria’s Countryside Restaurant at 5:30pm. Contact the Center at (618) 656-0300 or email info@mainstcc.org by Monday, December 11th if you would like to join the group. Center staff will make reservations.  Diners will provide own transportation and pay for their own dinner.

Tai Chi
Wednesday Evenings 7-9pm

Edwardsville, IL Tai Chi is offered at Main Street Community Center on Wednesday nights and beginners are welcome!  Tai Chi movements are a practice in a slow, balanced, relaxed manner and are more physically challenging than they appear.  Classes run in 17- week sessions for $100.  Session start dates are the first Wednesday of May and September, but you may join in mid-session. If you have any questions, please contact instructor Terry Staebel at (618) 939-4731.

          Square Dancing at MSCC
Tuesday Evenings 7-9pm

Edwardsville, IL – Get moving to the music at Main Street Community Center by square dancing!   Intermediate level square dancing will be held on Tuesday, December 12th, and 19th from 7:00 – 9:00pm.  Singles are welcome.  Fees apply, see caller/leader. If you have questions, contact the Center:  (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

Stretch & Move Classes
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 8am

Edwardsville, IL Flexibility and fitness are important as one ages! Join others at Main Street Community Center for  low-impact, senior designed Stretch and Move exercise on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00-9:00am.  The cost is $1 per class or FREE for members of the Friends Discount Program.  Contact the Center with questions or for more information:  info@mainstcc.org or (618) 656-0300.

BUNCO
Wednesday, December 20th 1:00pm

Edwardsville, IL— Come out and play Bunco at the Community Center on the third Wednesday of every month at 1:00pm.  There will be prizes and giveaways.  Beginners are welcome; it is an easy game to learn.  Don’t miss this fun opportunity!   Thank you to Mary Jo Smith of Hospice of Southern Illinois for sponsoring this event. For information, email info@mainstcc.org or call the Community Center at (618) 656-0300.

Do you like to play games/cards?
We have an activity at the Main Street Community Center for you! 

Edwardsville, IL Main Street Community Center offers a variety of games/cards.

  • Pinochle is played on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Bingo is played on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
  • Duplicate Bridge is played on Wednesdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.
  • Contract Bridge is played on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.
  • Euchre is played on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 9:00am – 11:00am.
  • Bunco is played on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1:00 – 2:00pm.
  • Pokeno is played the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1:00pm-2:00pm.
  • Puzzle Room is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm.

*Some game dates are changed if they conflict with a Center holiday. 

All are welcome!  To find out more about these activities, contact the Community Center:  (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Center Closure: December 25th –  January 1st          

Edwardsville, IL – Main Street Community Center will be closed Monday, December 25 through Monday January 1 in observance of the winter holidays. The Center will re-open Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 8am.

Inclement Weather Policy    

Edwardsville, IL – Main Street Community Center will close for inclement weather when Edwardsville District 7 schools are closed.  On those days, the Center will not be able to provide any services including home-delivered meals and transportation.  Please prepare by having some frozen, canned or packaged alternatives for meals. Center closings are posted on KMOV, KSDK, and FOX2 as well as posted on the Center’s Facebook page.

Support MSCC with a Schnuck’s eScrip Card

Edwardsville, IL Support Main Street Community Center every time you shop at Schnuck’s!  eScrip cards are available by contacting the Center at (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org or by picking one up at your local Schnuck’s store.  You can designate the Community Center to receive a percentage of your purchases every time you shop.

Support MSCC through Amazon Smile

Edwardsville, IL – Do you order items through Amazon?  You can help the Community Center at no additional cost every time you place an order on qualified purchases!  To learn more, go to smile.amazon.com and choose Main Street Community Center as your charity of choice.  Then visit the smile.amazon.com site to make your purchases.  If you are an Amazon Prime member, you still receive all of those benefits.  It’s just an extra way to help the Community Center with purchases you already make.  If you have questions or need additional information, please email info@mainstcc.org or call (618) 656-0300.

Sign Up to Receive the Main Street Community Center Newsletter
Printed and E-Versions Available

Edwardsville, IL The monthly electronic newsletter of Main Street Community Center is FREE. Email info@mainstcc.org or call 656-0300 if you wish to subscribe and learn more about Community Center programs and activities.   If you do not have access to the Internet, you may contact the Center to receive a copy via US Mail: (618) 656-0300.


Volunteers Needed at the Community Center
Call Today!

Edwardsville, IL Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity?  Main Street Community Center is in need of volunteers to help in the kitchen and with special events, to substitute at the reception desk, and to substitute for home-delivered meals delivery.  For more information, please contact the Community Center:  (618) 656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.