For the retirees, Nov. 3, 2013

For the retirees, Nov. 3, 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.


Active Senior Republicans in Champaign County. 9:30 a.m. Monday, 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: Dan Rutherford, Illinois State treasurer and a candidate for governor, "Views on the Status and Future of the State of Illinois." Call 356-0616 or 419-5240.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Helen Stevick Senior Center, 48 Main St., C; 10 a.m. Thursday, Iroquois County Volunteer Services, 1001 E. Grant St., Watseka, 815-432-5785; 10 a.m. Thursday, Mid-Illinois Senior Services Inc., 114 E. Jefferson, Sullivan, 728-8521. 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.

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.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Harrison Park, Voorhees Street, Danville. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Music by Captain's Three. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Cost $10. 443-2999.

Minds in Motion. Fall semester, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday through Dec. 19, First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. Activities and programs for older adults that are designed to improve or maintain cognitive, mental and physical functioning. Also, a variety of social and recreational activities are offered. Free for a full semester, $200; daily rate, $20. Some scholarships available. Call Sandy Burgener at 898-4251 or 356-9078.

Free bingo at Stevick Center. 1 p.m. third and fourth Thursdays each month, Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. The Stevick bingo regulars are looking for more players! Bring a small prize and join them. Call Debbie, 359-6500.

Heart-to-Heart Presentation. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Presence Covenant Medical Center Auditoriums A,B&C, Urbana. Presentations by premier cardiologists on topics such as irregular heartbeats, early heart attack care and more. Bring questions for a panel of experts from Presence Covenant and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center. Learn about the health benefits of wine as we will be having a wine tasting. Free blood pressure and BMI screenings. Everyone will be entered to win a Heart Scan screening package. Reservations required. Call 877-737-4636.

Thanksgiving potluck. Noon Friday, Stevick Senior Center, 48 Main St., C. Bring a dessert or side dish to share. Call Debbie at 359-6500 for details.

Urbana Parks Senior Monthly Potluck. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12, 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.

Champaign County Teachers Association luncheon. Noon Nov. 14, Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Center Drive, C. Special guests Carl Johnson and Ernie Hoffman. Cost $13. Register by Nov. 10. Contact Liz Jackson at 367-9945 or

Urbana Seniors trips. Nov. 20, Myers Dinner Theater in Hillsboro, $60; Dec. 2-6, Branson, Mo., $499/double. October 2014: Australian cruise, to be determined. Prices quoted are for club members. Become a club member for a small fee. Call Karen Hackett at 367-1394.

Health screenings. Presence Covenant Center for Healthy Living, 410 E. University Ave., C. The VIP Advantage program is just $10 per year, and includes a free annual health screening, including blood sugar, cholesterol, BP and more, conducted by a registered nurse. Also, access to special social programs, educational events, exercise programs and discounts to local businesses. Eligibility: 55 and older. Registration required. Call 337-2022.


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: Turkey patty with glaze or sauce, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, apricots, bread, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Baked ham, seasoned butter beans, bravo broccoli, diced pears and fresh grapes, bread.

Wednesday: Meatloaf, ranch potatoes, seasoned greens, glorified rice salad, bread.

Thursday: Meat or cheese salad, hearty vegetable and lentil soup, sliced peaches, bread, crackers.

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.

Receptionists for Stevick Senior Center. Smiling faces are needed to greet and answer phones for RSVP and Stevick Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Work a set schedule or substitute as needed, 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Free parking is provided. Contact Karen at RSVP, 359-6500 or email to

AARP Tax-Aide. Volunteer tax preparers and greeters are needed for the coming tax season — no experience necessary. Training begins in January 2014. Work as much or little as your schedule allows from late January to April 15 at Stevick Center in downtown Champaign. Free parking is available. Contact Karen at RSVP, 359-6500 or

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