For the retirees, April 6-13, 2014

For the retirees, April 6-13, 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. Call Debbie, 359-6500, for details.

Free AARP tax preparation at Stevick Center. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, through April 15, 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.

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. 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hays Center, 1311 W. Church St., C, 398-2591; and 1 p.m. Thursday, Paxton Park District, 601 S. Fall St., Paxton, 379-4203. 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 trip. 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.

Brain Fitness Fair. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. Presented by Active Seniors' Options, Inc., Savoy. The event was changed from April to September. Educational event, featuring experts and resources in all aspects of cognitive wellness. The fair includes exhibits and demonstrations supporting wellness and successful aging. Visit BrainFitnessFairs.org, email Joy McClaugherty at Joy.BrainFitnessFairs@yahoo.com.

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.

Lifelong Learning. Sign up today to become a member of Lifelong Learning at Parkland College. With free membership receive advance mailings of the newsletter twice a year with descriptions of all of our Lifelong Learning class, Travelogues and programs of interest. Call 353-2055.

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: Stuffed cabbage rolls, peppered tarragon carrots, green beans with onions, roll, oatmeal cookie with raisins, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Baked ham, frosted sweet potatoes, buttered broccoli, bread, fruited gelatin salad.

Wednesday: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, bread, fruit pie.

Thursday: Salisbury beef patty, scalloped potatoes, black-eyed pea salad, bread, graham cracker, fruit.

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.

Food for Seniors Drivers. Using their own vehicles, volunteers deliver free groceries to low-income seniors in Champaign and Urbana early mornings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Other volunteers are needed to accompany driver. Mileage reimbursement is available for drivers. Contact Robbie Edwards, 359-6500 or rsvpcomp@gmailcom.

Office assistants/receptionists. A number of organizations are looking for extra help in their offices, including Stevick Senior Center, the American Red Cross and the Girl Scouts; days and hours are flexible. Contact Karen or Emily at RSVP, rsvpchampaign@gmail.com or 359-6500.

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