For the retirees, Dec. 29, 2013

For the retirees, Dec. 29, 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OLLI classes. Registration began Dec. 12 at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 1800 S. Oak St., C. Courses start Jan. 27. Free parking. Half-year membership (Dec. 1-June 30, 2014), $90; another person in the same household can join for $70. Membership includes one free course and one free study group. Each additional course, $30, and each additional study group, $15. For more information about other member benefits and a list of courses, call 244-9141 or visit http://www.olli.illinois.edu.

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. Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Call Debbie at 359-6500 for details.

Active Senior Republicans in Champaign County. 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 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. Guest speaker. Call 356-0616 or 419-5240.

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.

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, 1-800-252-8966, or for TTY, 1-888-206-1327. If you suspect abuse in a nursing home, phone Department of Public Health, 1-800-252-4343.

HOT LUNCH PROGRAM

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 grapes, bread.

Wednesday: Closed for New Year's holiday.

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

Friday: No meals served. Two meals delivered Thursday.

TRANSPORTATION

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

Books to Prisoners. Books to Prisoners, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U (lower level of the old post office), sends books to prison inmates throughout the state. Volunteers read inmates' letters, pick and pack books for mailing, coordinate book donations, or they may help staff a lending library at local county jail. Call RSVP, 359-6500, for more information.

Women's Emergency Shelter. Austin's Place is located in First United Methodist Church in downtown Champaign. Volunteers are needed to stay overnight with shelter guests or transport the women between the shelter and the Center for Women in Transition and or the TIMES Center. Contact Pastor Cathy Minor at 356-9078 or cminor@champaignfumc.org for more information.

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