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posted: 3/22/2013 10:26 AM

North/Northwest Culture Bus begins spring season April 3

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Submitted by BACOA

The Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA) is collaborating with of CJE-SeniorLife to offer the North/ Northwest Culture Bus. This unique program offers a series of stimulating day trips designed specifically for people experiencing early memory loss. The Culture Bus, developed and managed by CJE SeniorLife, offers socialization and recreation under the supervision of a trained and experienced professional leader and a group of volunteers.

There are 10 trips planned for the spring season. A few of these include a visit to the Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Stable in Woodstock, a visit to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle and a visit to the Jelly Belly Factory in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

This program provides two pickup and dropoff points-Barrington and Deerfield-for the Wednesday outings. The trips leave from Friend Center (on the Weinberg Community for Senior Living Campus of CJE SeniorLife) in Deerfield and also from the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Barrington. Morning departure is between 9 and 10 a.m. and return is between 3 and 3:30 p.m. The cost for the program is $75 per trip, which includes lunch, entrance and materials fees and the driver for the full day, provided by CJE SeniorLife. A scholarship fund is available to assist with fees for participants who apply and qualify.

New participants must pre-register for this program; for more information and to register, contact Bonnie at BACOA at (847) 852-3890, or (224) 858-4952.

The Barrington Area Council on Aging, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to serve seniors, family caregivers and the community. Visit