For the retirees, Feb. 9, 2014

For the retirees, Feb. 9, 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.


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.

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, 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.

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. Physical therapist every second Wednesday. Call 443-2999.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 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. 443-2999.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Friday, Gibson City Senior Center, 215 E. Third St., Gibson City, 784-4891. 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.

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

Urbana Seniors trips. Feb. 15: Effingham Performance Center, "Red Skelton — The Legend Continues," cost to be determined; Effingham Performance Center: "Church Basement Ladies," cost to be determined; Oct. 2014: Australian Cruise, $6,995 per person. Prices quoted are for club members. Become a club member for a small fee. Call Karen Hackett at 367-1394.

Free computer classes.9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15, 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. Call 367-4405 or email to register.

Preparing Your Estate Plan. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25, Room H107, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Familiarize yourself with the basic steps of estate planning, including the function of a will and the different types of trusts. An estate-planning attorney will be present for questions. Class fee, $15. Register by Feb. 18. Call Parkland, 353-2055.

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.


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: Spaghetti with meat sauce, herbed peas and onions, lettuce/spinach salad, pineapple, bread, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Roasted turkey, candied sweet potatoes, baked beans, fruit salad, dinner roll.

Wednesday: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables, bread, fruit cobbler.

Thursday: Ham, tuna or chicken salad, cheesy broccoli or hearty vegetable soup, juice, banana, 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 the Stevick Center at 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. Contact Karen at RSVP, 359-6500 or email to

Girl Scout cookie helper. We have a great volunteer opportunity for you to help Girl Scouts of Central Illinois during their cookie season, Feb. 10-March 12. Contact Emily at RSVP, 359-6500 or

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