Specialty programs provide you with the opportunities you need to stay connected with friends and to community. We have your needs covered with a wide variety of program options to keep you engaged, entertained and enriched all year-round!

David enjoys Afternoon Adventures with his CEL friends

Let your adventure begin! Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, enjoy an afternoon with your friends filled with fun, social activities. A new adventure awaits – choose your schedule from 1 day to all 3 days!

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

WINTER: January 8 – March 23
$190 per day or $475 for all three days

SPRING: April 2 – May 18
$120 per day or $300 for all three days

Brad and Jenny love cooking in CEL’s teaching kitchen

Be our guest and enjoy supper with your CEL friends on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Learn new recipes, healthy ingredients and fun facts about your meal.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

WINTER: January 9 – March 22
$210 per day or $380 for both days

SPRING: April 3 – May 17
$140 per day or $250 for both days

Marc and Robert cheer each other on during MNB

Join your friends at Lakeside Lanes for a night of bowling fun. Cheer on your fellow bowlers and make every Monday a fun-day! Finish off your session with a pizza party and bowling certificate.

Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WINTER: January 8 – March 19, $165

SPRING: April 2 – May 21, $105

Paula and other Tuesday Night artists displayed their artwork at the Deerfield Library

Let your creative juices flow in this fun and relaxed arts group where all ability levels are welcome! From the beginner learning to draw simple shapes to the seasoned artist who prefers to work on self-paced projects; there is something for everyone.

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WINTER: January 9 – March 20, $165

SPRING: April 3 – May 15, $105

It’s all fun with the WNP Crew!

Join the mid-week fun at CEL for an exciting evening with friends! Wednesday night is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to all that CEL offers. Have fun choosing what YOU want to do, and make new friends too!

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WINTER: January 10 – March 21, $165

SPRING: April 4 – May 16, $105

A trip to Starbucks during Ladies Night makes a perfect setting for Coffee Talk.

‘Girls just wanna have fun!’ And that’s exactly what we do when we get together with on Thursday nights! Whether it’s a pajama party, spa night, or learning about keeping our minds and bodies healthy, we will talk and share what’s going on in our lives. Bring your ideas to the first date of each session to make Ladies Night your own!

Every other Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WINTER: January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22; $120

SPRING: April 12, April 26, May 10, May 17; $80
Mixer on May 17 with the Guys Night Out

What will the guys get into for guys night? The fun begins this fall!

Join your guys for a night out at CEL and the community beyond.  Fantasy football? Watch your favorite team at the local pub? Card games and snacks? Fun awaits!

Every other Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WINTER: January 18, February 1, February 15, March 1, March 15; $125

SPRING: April 5, April 19, May 3, May 17; $80
Mixer on May 17 with Ladies Night

Sari, Darrell, Chang and Dunham start the weekend off right at CEL!

Friday night members take the lead when everyone helps plan this program!
Members come to the first class for a giant brainstorming session and vote for their favorite ideas. Members create the schedule when they plan their own class calendars.

Fridays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WINTER: January 12 – March 23, $220

SPRING: April 6 – May 18, $140

Trevor and James are waiting for you to join in the fun on Saturdays!

Choose your adventure on Saturday mornings! Have fun improving your bowling game or stay at CEL with Friendship Club and take part in your choice of fun activities and social time; including gardening, art, games, cooking, dancing and more!

After eating lunch with your friends, spend the remainder of the afternoon in Afternoon Explorations, Show Your Color and Creative Kitchen!

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WINTER: January 13 – March 24
$440 for bowlers; $385 for non-bowlers

SPRING: April 7 – May 19
$280 for bowlers; $210 for non-bowlers

James is ready to sing karaoke at Open Mic

Showcase your talents during CEL’s Open Mic Nights! Play music, tell jokes, read a poem or sing along to your favorite song! Sign up for one or all of the Open Mic Nights! Light refreshments are provided.

Saturdays, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
$10 each date

Mary and Vidya get ready for a Center Stage Drama Crew performance

Join your friends for another season of fun by choosing from a variety of activities including a performance during the Fall session.

Sundays, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

WINTER: January 7 – March 18; $220

SPRING: April 8 – May 20; $140

James and Ruthie help prepare dinner before the movie starts!

It surely is a Sunday Funday when you spend it with friends for CEL’s Dinner and a Movie! Help create fun themed dinners, then sit back and relax while we enjoy new blockbuster releases to classics.  Who’s got the popcorn?

It’s movie time!

Sundays, February 18, March 18, April 22
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$20 each Sunday night

Bob, Josh and Ally are regulars at CEL excursions!

It’s time to fall into fun during the cooler seasons with your CEL friends for this extravaganza of excursions!


Mardi Gras
Sunday, 2/11
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Party
Saturday, 3/17
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wrestlemania 34 Viewing Party
Sunday, 4/8
4:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Egg Harbor Cafe
Sunday, 4/29
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo Party
Saturday, 5/5
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

You never know what you’ll see on a vacation with CEL friends.

St. Charles welcomes visitors from around the world to experience its historic downtown districts, scenic parks, and a beautiful riverside setting. What a perfect relaxing weekend getaway with friends!

Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20
9:00 AM, Friday – 4:00 PM, Sunday

Reach higher with the REACH Adult Day Program! The year-round day REACH program is for young adults, 22 years of age and older, who want to learn new skills, connect in the community, grow individually, achieve personal success and thrive! These key tenets guide each activity that members choose from each day.

With an emphasis on community, REACH members spend approximately 70% of their time out and about connected to our more than 20 community partners where members gain a wide variety of experiences from volunteer and work skills to recreation and social activities.

Learn More About the REACH Adult Day Program.

QUESTIONS? Call Outreach Coordinators, Michael Welsh at 847.315.9920 or Mary Ellen Holt at 847.315.9917



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