For the retirees, Feb. 23, 2014

For the retirees, Feb. 23, 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

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 will be available. Call Debbie, 359-6500, for more details.

Free AARP tax preparation. 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. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers offer service for senior citizens and low-income taxpayers. Call for appointments between 1 and 4 p.m., 359-6500. In Champaign and Piatt counties, by appointment only: Mahomet Public Library, 586-2611; Rantoul Recreation Center, 893-5700; Community Plus Federal Credit Union, Rantoul, 893-8201; Allerton Public Library, Mahomet, 762-4676.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Tuesday, Monticello United Methodist Church,212 S. Independence, 762-2579; 1 p.m. Wednesday, Tuscola Senior Center, 133 W. Sale St., 253-2278; 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friendship Center, 40 E. Main St., Clinton, 935-9411. The class is taught by trained volunteers to assist participants preparing to renew their Illinois driver's license. Sponsored by the 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. Pharmacist every fourth Wednesday. Call 443-2999.

Dine with a Doc. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jarman Center, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola. Educational topic, complimentary lunch, information from health care providers, door prizes and a "Wellness Clinic." Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Shunk AuD, lead audiologist at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Coles County. Free. To register, call 253-2323 or toll free at 1-877-223-6109.

Seniors and Technology Day. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday,Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Two sessions will be offered. The agenda includes hands-on introductions to assorted digital devices and one-on-one assistance with navigation and other problems. Free. Space is limited. To register, email Noah at nlenstr2@illinois.edu or call 217-300-1652.

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

Senior dance. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 1, Hoopeston Multi Agency, 206 S. First Ave., Hoopeston. Music by Tex and Tumbleweeds. The cost is $5 per person.

Active Senior Republicans in Champaign County. 9:30 a.m. March 3, Robeson Pavilion Room A&B, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Monthly meeting. Sign-in, coffee and refreshments, 9:10 to 9:30 a.m. Speaker: Bob Grogan, candidate for Illinois state treasurer in the March Republican primary, "A Candidate's Vision for Serving Illinois as State Treasurer." Call 356-0616 or 419-5240 for more information.

Fall Prevention. 10 a.m. to noon March 15, Room H122, Parkland health Professions, 1309 N. Mattis Ave., C. Join Rebecca Bahnke, occupational therapist, to learn how to identify fall risk factors and examine ways to reduce falls in daily life. Fee $8. Register by March 7. Call Parkland, 353-2055, for more information.

Urbana Seniors trips. March 15, Chicago Flower and Garden Show, $60; April 1, Effingham Performance Center, "Church Basement Ladies," $73; October 2014, Australian cruise, $6,995.Prices quoted are for club members. Become a club member for a small fee. Call Karen Hackett at 367-1394 for more information.

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, blood pressure 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 for more information.

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 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.

Clerical assistant for American Cancer Society. Answer phones, greet walk-ins, do some light filing, etc., for three to four hours per day, preferably 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., based upon your availability. The American Cancer Society office is located on South Neil Street in Champaign. Contact Emily at RSVP, 359-6500 or site.rsvp@gmail.com.

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 is available. Contact Karen at RSVP, 359-6500 or email to rsvpchampaign@gmail.com.

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