For the retirees, Oct. 13, 2013

For the retirees, Oct. 13, 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. Doors open to community seniors as a safe, indoor walking location. Call Angela, 586-3200, for more information.

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, for more information.

Sadorus Senior Club meeting. 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sadorus Senior Club, 115 E. Market St., Sadorus. Speaker: Marva Nelson on "Women's History." Public is invited to join them for the program, coffee and donuts. Call 564-2302 for more information.

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. For more information, call 267-2752 or email

Medicare community meeting. 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Get ready for open enrollment and learn about new benefits for people enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. Call Champaign County Health Care Consumers, 352-6533, to register.

Rules of the Road. 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Rantoul Recreation Building, 100 E. Flessner, Rantoul, 893-0461; 1:30 p.m. Friday, Chester P. Sutton Senior Center, 256 W. Court St., Paris Ill., 465-8143. 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.

Powerful Living Kidney Disease Awareness. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Presence Center for Healthy Living, 410 E. University Ave., C. Christie Clinic nephrologist Dr. Ismail Qattash will present on kidney disease. Qattash will discuss different types of the disease, preventative measures and treatment options, including dialysis. Question-and-answer session. Free, but registration is required. Call 877-737-4636.

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.

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

Free bingo. 2:30 p.m. every Friday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main, Tuscola. Free. Call Jarman Center, 253-2325.

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 food distribution is random; no need to arrive early., 344-1120.

Free computer classes.9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 19, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. "Computers 101" class every third Saturday. One-on-one instruction for up to 10 adults seeking basic computer instruction. Participants may bring in their own laptops or use the personal computers in the library's computer lab. Registration required. Call 367-4405 or email for more information.

Meals for a Healthy Heart. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 31, Presence Center for Healthy Living, 410 E. University, Suite 200, C. Series of two sessions designed for anyone interested in preventing or managing heart disease. Receive recipes, watch cooking demonstrations, taste foods to meet their dietary needs, and learn about proper diet and exercise. Fee $10, covers both sessions. No products sold. Space limited. Call 333-7672 to register or for more information.

Elder Abuse and Neglect. Anyone who suspects that an older person is being abused is asked to contact a designated Elder Abuse provider (Family Service at 352-5100 or 359-4141 at night) or Adult Protective Services Hotline, 866-800-1409 or TTY, 888-206-1327. For information about programs to assist older adults in Illinois and their caregivers, call the Illinois Department on Aging Senior Helpline, 800-252-8966, or for TTY, 888-206-1327. If you suspect abuse in a nursing home, phone Department of Public Health, 800-252-4343.

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: Barbecue riblet, au gratin potatoes, spinach, mandarin oranges, bread, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Ham and beans, copper carrots, sliced pears, cornbread.

Wednesday: Oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli and cauliflower, cranapple salad, bread.

Thursday: Hamburger, brat or pork burger, baked beans, mexi corn, bun, fruit crisp.

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 Transportation Program drivers. Volunteers provide rides to medical appointments for seniors who are no longer able to drive themselves. Let us know what days or times of day you are available. Most rides are within the Champaign-Urbana area. Mileage reimbursement is available. Contact Karen at RSVP, 359-6500, or email to

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