Upcoming Events

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(All ages are welcome to participate in programming)
NOTICE - New Medicare Cards are Arriving in Illinois Mailboxes
CMS removes Social Security numbers, increasing fraud protection and consumer experience for millions of Americans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing new Medicare cards to protect the safety and security of people with Medicare benefits. The new Medicare cards no longer contain a person’s Social Security number, but rather a unique, randomly-assigned Medicare number that protects the identities of people with Medicare reduces fraud and offers better safeguards of important health and financial information. 

“Removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards is one of the many ways CMS is committed to putting patients first and improving the consumer healthcare experience,” said Jackie Garner, Regional Administrator. “This change not only protects Medicare patients from fraud but also safeguards taxpayer dollars by making it harder for criminals to use Social Security numbers to falsely bill Medicare for care services and benefits that were never performed.”

Work on this important initiative was made possible by the enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

CMS began mailing the new Medicare cards to people who currently have Medicare benefits in Illinois this week. Additionally, people who are new to Medicare in Illinois started to receive their new Medicare cards in April along with others across the country when the mailing first began. As soon as people receive their new Medicare card, they should safely and securely destroy their old Medicare card and keep their new Medicare number confidential. Our current mailing strategy allows us to complete the mailings of new cards to all people with Medicare, both new and current enrollees, over the next year.

The new Medicare card will not change any of the program benefits and services that eligible people enrolled in Medicare receive. People with Medicare and their caregivers can visit medicare.gov/newcard to find out when new Medicare cards will be mailed to their area. They can also sign up for email notifications about the new card mailing and check the status in their state.

Healthcare providers, suppliers and people with Medicare will be able to use secure lookup tools that allow quick access to the new Medicare numbers when needed. There will also be a 21-month transition period for healthcare providers and suppliers to use either the former Social Security-based Medicare number or the new Medicare number to ensure a seamless transition.

As the new Medicare cards are being mailed, people with Medicare should look out for scams and follow these tips:
Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information so you can obtain your new Medicare card.
Don’t pay for your new Medicare card. It’s free. If anyone calls or approaches you and says you need to pay for it, that’s a scam.
Guard your card. When you get your new card, safeguard it like you would health insurance or credit cards.
Only give your new Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, other 
health care providers, your insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.


    Call for Art!
Rock River Center will be hosting an Art Showing and Sale for surrounding area Artists. The goal is to introduce area artists and their work to the public. At this event, the artist will be able to show and sell their work. The Center's goal is to have a good mix of area art such as wood, glass, paintings, and other artwork. This show will be at:

Place: Rock River Center in Oregon, IL
Date & Time: Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Set up time: Friday, September 21, from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Note: The Show is inside and air-conditioned
The Cost: The eight-foot tables are TEN dollars ($10) each.
There are approximately 36 tables available.
Food will be available for purchase at the Center the day of the event.

For information or to reserve table(s), contact Deb Julian, Rock River Center at 815.732.3252 or 800.541.5479 or by email: activities@rockrivercenter.org.
Please confirm your table(s) by September 14, 2018 deadline.


Matter of Balance 8-Week Workshop
Come and learn about balance or falling at a free “Matter of Balance Workshop” held at Rock River Center on Wednesday, October 3, 10, 24, 31 and November 7, 14, 21, and 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
A Matter of Balance (MOB) is a highly evidence-based health and wellness workshop that was designed at Boston University and implemented by Maine Health.  This program addresses balance and falling among individuals.  MOB teaches strategies to reduce the fear of falling.  Attendees will learn that falls and the fear of falling is controllable.  Participants will set realistic goals to increase activity, learn ways to change their environment to reduce factors that cause falls and learn exercises that increase strength and improve balance.
This program helps people live life with less fear and stay active and independent.  The workshop consists of eight sessions that are two hours in length.  It meets once a week for 8 weeks.  Exercises begin at week 3 and are simple so anyone with mobility issues can participate.
This free workshop is led by either a Master Trainer or 2 trained coaches from Lifescape Community Services, Inc.  All materials are provided.
There is limited space available and advance registration is required by October 1st.  If you will be joining us, please call the Center at 815-732-3252 to sign up.
Visit us on the web at www.rockrivercenter.org or like us on Facebook.


Brain Health Exercise Continued Success
The Brain Health Exercise Class continues to surprise us by the response.  Extension Educator, Karla Belzer led participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory.
Upcoming class dates for 2018 are October 16, & November 20.  There will not be a class in September.
All of these classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th Street in Oregon.
Each class is free and open to the public!  Registration is required.  To register call 815-732-3252.
Participants are welcome to join the class series at any time.  For more information, call the University of Illinois Extension at 815-632-3611.  Visit us on the web at www.rockrivercenter.org and like us on Facebook.


3rd Annual “Pride of Oregon” Luncheon Cruise
October 17, 2018
Join us for the 3RD Annual Luncheon Cruise on the Rock River on Wednesday, October 18, 2018, aboard the “Pride of Oregon”.
The Pride of Oregon is an authentic Paddle Wheel Riverboat, 102 feet of real river charm.  She docks at the historic Maxson Riverside Restaurant and Paddle Wheel Inn.  Built in 1989 as a replica of the famous Rosie O’Shea paddlewheel, her festive exterior, and graciously appointed interior provides a relaxing atmosphere for memory-making cruises.  She has the capacity of 149 sight-seeing passengers.
Reserve your seat on the Pride of Oregon for lunch as this charming and elegant paddlewheel boat glides down the Rock River, barely stirring a wake.  This true paddlewheel boat offers sit-down dining for a capacity of 120 people, a features a full bar, as well as air conditioning and heating.  The boat is wheelchair accessible.
The 15-mile river cruise will take you past Lowden State Park and under the watchful eye of Chief Black Hawk, the largest concrete monolith in the country.
Here is our schedule:                         Depart RRC:                            10:30 a.m.
                                                                      Boarding time:                       11:00 a.m.
                                                                     Departure time:                     11:30 a.m.
                                                                   Return time:                           1:30 p.m.
There will be a 4-course meal, with coffee, hot tea, and a meal tip included.  Soda and cocktails available to purchase.
NEW THIS YEAR:  We are taking your meal selections when you register for the cruise.  You have your choice of two (2) lunch entrees or a vegetarian meal option.
The cost of the luncheon cruise is $34.00/seniors and $36.00/others.
The deadline for registering, payment and meal selection is Tuesday, October 2, 2018.
Acceptable payment options are cash, check or credit cards.
Call Rock River Center at 815-732-3252 if you would like to see the fall colors with us from the river.  And remember, we are available to provide transportation to and from the boat as well.


   Woodfield Mall Holiday Shopping Spree
Join us for a trip to Woodfield Mall on Friday, November 16, 2018.  We will be departing from Rock River Center at 9:30 a.m. and returning late afternoon or early evening.
Bring your friends and family while we drive you to Woodfield Mall, one of the largest shopping destinations in the United States.  With more than 2 million square feet of retail shops, restaurants, and family-friendly amenities, Woodfield Mall has a unique mix that creates a completely new and refreshing experience with every visit.
Enjoy the awesome holiday decorations, get a head start on your Christmas shopping, have lunch on your own at the restaurant of your choice and relax on the ride back.
Cost is $25.00 Members/$30.00 Non-Members.  Bus Seating is limited.  Registration and payment required by October 15, 2018.
To sign up call Rock River Center at 815-732-3252 by the deadline.