For the retirees, Jan. 26, 2014

For the retirees, Jan. 26, 2014

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. Start Monday at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 1800 S. Oak St., C. Free parking. Half-year membership (Dec. 1-June 30), $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 information about other member benefits and a list of available courses, call 244-9141 or visit 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. Call Debbie, 359-6500, for details.

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 for more information.

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

Free AARP Tax Preparation. Starting in February, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will begin offering service for seniors and low-income taxpayers:

— At Stevick Center. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, beginning Feb. 3, Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Call for appointments between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. (only), 359-6500.

— In Champaign and Piatt counties. By appointment only at the following sites: Mahomet Public Library, 586-2611; Rantoul Recreation Center, 893-5700; Community Plus Federal Credit Union, Rantoul, 893-8201; and Allerton Public Library, Mahomet, 762-4676. Call the site for details and appointment.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Feb. 4, Stevick Senior Center, Champaign; 10 a.m. Feb. 6, Iroquois County Volunteer Services, 1001 E. Grant St., Watseka, 815-432-5785. Class taught by trained volunteers to assist participants preparing to renew their driver's license. Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State's Office. No registration or fee.

Financial Tips for Retirees in Today's Economy. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 7, University of Illinois Extension, Champaign County Unit, Auditorium, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C. This program provides five financial tips and strategies especially important to retirees. Register by Feb. 4. Seating is limited. Call the office, 333-7672, to register or for more information.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12, CRIS Healthy Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Welcoming ballroom dancers of all ages. Music by the band Len and Lois. Cost $10. Information: 443-2999.

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: Settlers beef and beans, honey buttered carrots, pears, biscuits, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Roast beef in gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, apricots, bread.

Wednesday: Taco salad with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and beans, peaches, taco chips, cake.

Thursday: Chicken and noodles, pickled or Harvard beets, herbed peas or pea salad, mandarin oranges, dinner roll.

Friday: No meals served. Two meals will be 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.

Urbana Early Childhood Education Program. Volunteers are needed to escort children to and from their classrooms for vision and hearing screenings on Jan. 31, either 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3:30 p.m. at 2202 E. Washington St., U. Contact Colleen at Family Service RSVP, 359-6500 or rsvpeducation@gmail.com.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. Help with data entry at their office on Devonshire Drive, Champaign. Hours are flexible and training will be provided. Contact Emily at Family Service RSVP, 359-6500 or site.rsvp@gmail.com for details.

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