For the retirees, March 9, 2014

For the retirees, March 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. 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 seniors 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.

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.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Wednesday, Fairbury VFW, 205 E. Locust, 815-692-4210. 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.

St. Patrick's Day party and nutrition event. 11 a.m. Wednesday, CRIS Senior Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. Free lunch for area seniors, featuring a healthy Irish feast: turkey meatloaf, red potatoes, green cabbage, green fruit gelatin, whole grain roll, beverages. Carol Shriver will discuss ways to keep one's body healthy and strong, increase stamina and live longer through good nutrition. The party includes bungo with $10 County Market grocery cards as prizes, free giveaways and handouts, cookbooks for purchase. Register by 10 a.m. Monday. Call CRIS, 443-2999.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 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 Miscellaneous 3. Cost $10. 443-2999.

Got Computer Questions? 9 a.m. to noon Thursday or April 10, computer lab, Danville Lutheran School in Trinity Lutheran Church building, 824 E. Main St., Danville. Tutorial session catered to seniors and provides individualized help. Presented by Internet Masters. Class fee $30, nonrefundable. Class limit of 10. Call Larry Pasquale, 443-2050.

Computer Health. 9 a.m. to noon Friday or April 11, computer lab, Danville Lutheran School in Trinity Lutheran Church building, 824 E. Main St., Danville. Designed to teach a person how to care for, personalize and keep a computer running smoothly. Catered to seniors. Presented by Internet Masters. Class fee $30, nonrefundable. Class limit of 10. Call Larry Pasquale, 443-2050.

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

Free computer classes.9 to 10:30 a.m. March 15, The 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.

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.

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.


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.

Calling All Road Warriors. The Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System needs volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Fridays to transport veterans in the VA van from the Champaign VFW to Danville for medical appointments. Call Jennifer Sheehan-Wells at 554-4525 for more information.

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