For the retirees, Sept. 1, 2013

For the retirees, Sept. 1, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.

For information about activities or services at CRIS Senior Services, Danville, call 443-2999.

Information is also available from the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, 800-888-4456; Senior Resource Center at Family Service, 352-5100; Senior Services of Champaign County, 328-3313; and First Call for Help, 352-6300 or 893-1530.


Free activities. Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Jigsaw puzzles, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Crochet Club, 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Euchre games, noon Tuesdays. Bingo, 1 p.m. third and fourth Thursday; bring a small prize. Limited number of free parking passes. Call Debbie at 359-6500 for more details.

Indoor walking. 9 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday at Bridle Brook Assisted Living, 1505 Patton Drive, Mahomet. Bridle Brook Assisted Living opens its doors to community seniors as a safe, indoor walking location. Call Angela, 586-3200.

Senior exercise. 9:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola. Strong for Life program is used. Call Jarman Center, 253-2325.

Free produce to seniors. 10 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, rain or shine, through October or until donations have stopped, Faith in Action South parking lot, 302 N. State St., Westville. Seniors on a fixed income can pick up fresh, free fruits, vegetables and herbs, through Faith in Action South's fourth summer of the "Garden Share" program. In case of bad weather, Garden Share will move indoors. Contact 267-2752 or

Health screening. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, CRIS Senior Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. Free blood pressure screening and question-and-answer with a registered nurse from Presence United Samaritans Medical Center every Wednesday. Call 443-2999.

September Senior Movie Matinee. 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday,Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St. This month's movie is "North to Alaska," starring John Wayne. Call the library, 267-3170, to reserve a seat.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Harrison Park on Voorhees Street, Danville. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Welcoming ballroom dancers of all ages. Music by The Prairie Dogs. Cost $10. 443-2999.

Champaign County Teachers Association luncheon. Noon Thursday, Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Center Drive, C. Update on pensions and program: "Teacher Movies, TV shows. Did you ever teach in these conditions?" Cost $13. Register by Sept. 1 to Liz Jackson at 367-9945 or

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.Class taught by trained volunteers to assist participants preparing to renew their driver's license. Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State's Office. No registration or fee.

Illini Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. 9:30 a.m. Friday, Bresnan Center, 706 Kenwood Drive, C. September meeting. Speaker: Congressman Rodney Davis and Jan Simon, director of Parkland College Community Education Program.

Active Senior Republicans in Champaign County. 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9, Robeson Pavillion Room A & B, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Monthly meeting. Sign-in, coffee, refreshments, 9:10 to 9:30 a.m. Speaker: Erika Harold, candidate for Illinois 13th Congressional District, on "Views of a Congressional Candidate." Call 356-0616 or 419-5240.

Urbana Parks Senior Monthly Potluck. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Business meeting, meal and entertainment. Each month, seniors bring a dish to share and their own table service. Membership dues in the group are payable after or during the first meeting. Group trips are part of membership benefits. Call Ellen Plummer, 344-4438.

Urbana Seniors trips. Sept. 15, Conklin's Dinner Theater in Goodfield, $60; Oct. 12, Spoon River Valley Fall Festival, $35; Nov. 20, Myers Dinner Theater in Hillsboro, price to be announced; Dec. 2-6, Branson, Mo., $499/double. Prices quoted are for club members. You are always welcome to enjoy those prices by becoming a club member for a small fee. Call Karen Hackett at 367-1394.

Lifelong Learning. Sign up today to become a member of Lifelong Learning at Parkland College. With free membership receive advance mailings of the newsletter twice a year with descriptions of all of our Lifelong Learning class, Travelogues and programs of interest. Call 353-2055.


Peace Meal Nutrition Program provides daily hot lunches at 11:30 a.m. for a small donation and a one-day advance reservation at various sites in Urbana, Champaign, Rantoul, Sidney, Mahomet and Homer.

The program is for people age 60 or older. For reservations or more information, call 800-543-1770.

Home-delivered meal clients will receive two meals every Thursday and will not have delivery of meals on Friday. Meals will not be served at the Peace Meal sites on Fridays to those clients who typically attend the congregate sites. Reservations for Monday will need to be made with the site by noon Thursday.

Monday: Closed for Labor Day holiday.

Tuesday: Beef stew with potatoes, carrots and onions, slaw, roll, cake with fruit, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Wednesday: Sausage gravy, tri-tater wedges, juice, biscuit, apricots.

Thursday: Hamburger or brat, baked beans, potato salad, bun, fruit.

Friday: No meals served. Two meals delivered Thursday.


Champaign-Urbana: Rides for grocery shopping in Champaign-Urbana city limits and rides for Champaign County residents to medical appointments can be arranged by contacting the Senior Resource Center of Family Service at 352-5100.

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District provides senior citizens with a special card for free bus transportation in Champaign-Urbana and half-price taxi service. Call MTD at 384-8188 for more information.


The Retired Senior Volunteer Program, a program of Family Service, offers retirees in Champaign, Douglas and Piatt counties the opportunity for meaningful service. For more opportunities, call RSVP at 359-6500.

Preschool Education Program Volunteers. Make a difference in a young child's life, volunteer to read to preschool children, individually or in small groups, with Champaign or Urbana Early Childhood Education Programs. Seniors are especially welcome as they serve a surrogate grandparent role in addition to helping students develop the academic skills needed to succeed in school. Contact Brandon or Karen, 359-6500 or

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