For the retirees, Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2014

For the retirees, Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 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.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Harrison Park Clubhouse on West Voorhees Street, Danville. Music by the band, Miscellaneous 3. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Cost $10. Call 443-2999.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Thursday, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U, 367-1544. 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.

Illini Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. 9:30 p.m. Friday, Bresnan Center, 706 Kenwood Drive, C. A speaker has been invited, but not yet confirmed. Call 369-1010.

Vermilion County Internet Masters classes. 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8, 9 and Sept. 13, Computer Lab of Danville Lutheran School, Trinity Lutheran Church Building, 824 E. Main St., Danville. "Computer Basics," Sept. 8 and 9, is designed for the beginner computer user. Class fee $45. Also, "Introduction to Microsoft Excel," Sept. 13, is designed for those who want to learn to create, edit, format, and print basic Microsoft Excel work sheets. Class fee $25. Call Larry Pasquale, 443-2050.

Active Senior Republicans in Champaign County. 9:30 a.m. Sept. 8, Robeson Pavilion Room A&B, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Monthly meeting. Sign-in, coffee, refreshments, 9:10 a.m. Speaker:George Vargas, assistant public defender for Champaign County, "The Importance of a Competent and Vigorous Defender in our Criminal Justice System." Call 356-0616 or 419-5240.

Urbana Parks Senior Citizen's Club. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Potluck, meeting and entertainment on the second Tuesday of each month. Bring a "dish" (serving 10-12) to share and table service. Annual dues. Call club secretary, Ellen Plummer, 344-4438.

Community Education Classes. Danville Area Community College's Community Education Office at the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Boomers and Seniors classes: Digital Photo Storage, 9 to noon Sept. 11 and Social Networking, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19. Class fees $15. Register at or in person. Call 554-1667 or 554-1668.

Independence Center Education Series. Six sessions, Sept. 11-Nov. 13, Parkland College Health Professions (HP), 1309 N. Mattis Ave., C, or at Presence Center for Healthy Living (PCHL), 410 E. University Ave., C. First session, "CarFit For Older Drivers," 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 11, HP parking lot. At this free appointment, a team of trained technicians will work with you to ensure that your car's features are properly adjusted for comfort and safety. Register by Sept. 9. To register for an appointment, call 353-2055 or visit

Wellness and Brain Fitness Fair. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. Presented by Active Seniors' Options, Inc., Savoy. For all ages. Exhibitors and community resources focusing on wellness, hands-on activities, games, entertainment, a children's area, wellness screenings for adults over 50 years of age, comfort stations, a raffle, prizes and speakers. Free. Visit, email Nani Baker at or call 550-5696.


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: Closed for Labor Day holiday.

Tuesday: Shepard's pie, creamy cole slaw, roll, fruit cobbler, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal)..

Wednesday: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, succotash, bread, peanut butter pie.

Thursday: Beef hot dog with ketchup, German potato salad, baked beans, bun, fruit.

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 384-8188.


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.

Senior Pen Pals. Exchange letters with 4th grade students, writing one letter each month to an assigned student. Letter writing begins in late September or early October and will end with a party in May. Call Jennifer at RSVP, 359-6500, or email to volunteer.

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