For the retirees, Nov. 24, 2013

For the retirees, Nov. 24, 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.


Stevick Senior Center news. Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Closed Nov. 28 and 29. Toy Drive for Salvation Army: bring a new, unwrapped toy to Stevick Center to benefit the Salvation Army families. Holiday open house, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 13, 448 E. Main St. Enjoy seasonal music and refreshments. Call 359-6500.

Free activities. Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Jigsaw puzzles, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Crochet Club, 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Euchre games, noon Tuesdays. Limited number of free parking passes. Call Debbie at 359-6500 for 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.

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.

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. Pharmacist every fourth Wednesday. Call 443-2999.

Urbana High School's 42nd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Urbana High School, 1002 S. Race St. A warm meal for those in need. Call 384-3505.

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

Urbana Seniors trips. 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 for more information.

General Electric/Valmont Electric Christmas Dinner. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Harrison Park Clubhouse, Danville. Dinner, $14. Membership, $5. All reservations must be paid. Mail fees to Carol Galyen, 123 Delaware Ave., Danville, IL 61832. Call 474-4837, 431-0287.

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: Salisbury beef patty, three bean bake, corn, pineapple tidbits, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Creamed chicken over biscuits, buttered carrots, black-eyed pea salad, banana, biscuits.

Wednesday: Ham and cheese or turkey sandwich, potato salad, rosy applesauce, fruit juice, bread.

Thursday: Closed for Thanksgiving holiday.

Friday: No meals served. Two meals delivered Wednesday.


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

Senior Transportation Program drivers needed. 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

Tax help. AARP Illinois is recruiting volunteers to help other state residents prepare and file their returns in the tax season ahead. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free face-to-face help for low-to-moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60-plus. Volunteers are needed in Champaign-Urbana, Rantoul and Danville to prepare tax returns, greet people, maintain computers and other volunteer positions. Training in December and January. Go to or call Jim Smith at 446-6978.

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