For the retirees, Sept. 15, 2013

For the retirees, Sept. 15, 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, Bridle Brook Assisted Living, 1505 Patton Drive, Mahomet. Open 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 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. Dietitian every third Wednesday. Call 443-2999.

Vigor and Vitality: Using Food to Increase Your Energy. 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Presence Center for Healthy Living, 410 E. University, Suite 22, C. Join Leia Kedem, Extension educator, nutrition and wellness, for her "Coffee Shop" presentation. Registration not required. Free. For information, contact Leia at or call 353-0740.

Dementia Fair. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, VA Illiana Health Care System, Building 101 in dayrooms 101-5 & 101-6, Danville. Features resources for dementia care, caregiver/family support and food presentation from registered dietitians. Open to veterans, caregivers/families and general public. Call Bridget Tribout, 554-5199, for more information.

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 Bev Wolfe band. Cost $10. 443-2999.

Wesley Evening Food Pantry. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, parking entrance on Matthews, south of Green. Door on Goodwin south of Green, Urbana. Monthly food distribution for households below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Order of distribution is random, so there is no need to arrive early. Information:, 344-1120.

Free computer classes.9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 21, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. "Computers 101" class every third Saturday. One-on-one instruction for up to 10 participants who may bring in their own laptops or use the personal computers in the library's computer lab. Registration required. Call 367-4405 or email

Douglass Senior Style Show. 4 p.m. Sept. 22, Champaign Park District's Douglass Douglass Community Center, 512 E. Grove St., C. See the senior of Douglass Annex strut their stuff down the runway. Theme: "Trends and Traditions." Live entertainment and food provided. Tickets $5. Call 398-2572.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 25, Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Class taught by trained volunteers to assist participants prepare to renew their driver's license. Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State's Office. No registration or fee.

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: Pulled pork sandwich, scalloped corn, cole slaw, bun, cinnamon apples, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Salisbury beef patty with onion gravy, mashed potatoes, spinach, bread, cake.

Wednesday: Taco salad, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and beans, juice, taco chips, graham cracker, peaches.

Thursday: Chicken cutlet with orange sauce, macaroni and cheese, peas, roll 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.

Senior Pen Pals needed. The RSVP Pen Pal program is gearing up for the 2013-2014 school year. Pen Pal volunteers are matched with fourth-grade students in a local school to exchange letters once a month during the school year. Send an email to Brandon at or call 359-6500 if you have not already received a letter in the mail regarding this year's program and would like to be a Pen Pal.

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