For the retirees, Aug. 17-24, 2014

For the retirees, Aug. 17-24, 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 359-6500 for details.

Indoor walking. 9 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Bridle Brook Assisted Living, 1505 Patton Drive, Mahomet. The doors are open to community seniors as a safe, indoor walking location. Call Angela, 586-3200.

Senior exercise. 9:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola. Strong for Life program is used. Call Jarman Center, 253-2325.

Rules of the Road. 1 p.m. Tuesday, Rantoul Recreation Building, 100 E. Flessner, 893-0461; 10 a.m. Aug. 24, Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St., 477-5220. No registration or fee.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Harrison Park Clubhouse on West Voorhees Street, Danville. Music by the band, Len and Lois. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Cost $10. 443-2999.

Wesley Evening Food Pantry. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday,, parking entrance on Matthews, south of Green. Door on Goodwin south of Green, Urbana. Information:, 344-1120.

AARP Smart Driver Course. 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 26 and 27, First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. Refresh your driving skills with the AARP Smart Driver Course. Must attend both sessions. Classroom course, $15 for AARP members; $20, non-members. To register, call Bonnie Berner at 356-9078 or email

Dine with a Doc. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 28, Jarman Center, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola.Educational topic, complementary lunch, information from Health Care providers, door prizes and a "Wellness Clinic." Speaker: Dr. Keith Ballinger, physician's assistant, Sarah Bush Lincoln Toledo Clinic, Toledo. Free. To register, call 253-2323 or toll free at 1-877-223-6109.

Free box fans for low-income seniors. Until Aug. 29 or supplies run out. The City of Champaign Township will provide free box fans through partner agencies for low income seniors who reside in the City of Champaign Township. Questions can be directed to City of Champaign Township, 603 S. Randolph St., Champaign, IL 61821 or call Andrew J. Quarnstrom or Barbara Nailon, 403-6120.

Elder Abuse and Neglect. Anyone who suspects that an older person is being abused in any way is asked to contact a designated Elder Abuse provider (in this area, Family Service at 352-5100 or 359-4141 at night) or Adult Protective Services Hotline, 866-800-1409 or TTY (hearing impaired use only), 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. Calls are confidential. If you suspect abuse in a nursing home, call 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: Sausage and gravy, tri-tators, juice, biscuits, fruit compote, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli salad, roll, chunky applesauce.

Wednesday: Taco salad with lettuce, cheese, tomato and beans, taco chips, peaches, pineapple pistachio, dessert.

Thursday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, graham crackers, bread, mandarin oranges.

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.

Meals on Wheels drivers desperately needed. Help deliver hot noontime meals once a week. Meals are picked up at 10:30 a.m. and you'll be home in time for your own lunch. Mileage reimbursement is available and we'll find your substitutes when you're unavailable. Check out for information or call Karen at 359-6500.

Special event volunteers. Help out at the Wellness and Brain Fitness Fair on Sept. 13 at Lincoln Square in Urbana, any hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will help with registration, hospitality, conducting games, screening and reviewing throughout the event. Training will be provided. Contact RSVP at 359-6500 or to volunteer.

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