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. Computer station,8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sewing corner, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for doing volunteer work or your own personal mending. 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 Thursdays of each month; bring a small prize. Limited number of free parking passes for the municipal lot across from the center. Call Debbie, 359-6500, for details.
Toy drive. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Dec. 17, Stevick Senior Center. RSVP and the Stevick Center are collecting toys for The Salvation Army. Bring new, unwrapped toys.
Indoor walking. 9 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday at Bridle Brook Assisted Living, 1505 Patton Drive, Mahomet. Bridle Brook Assisted Living opens its doors to community seniors as a safe, indoor walking location. Call Angela at 586-3200 for more information.
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 Provena United Samaritans Medical Center every Wednesday. Pharmacist every fourth Wednesday. Call 443-2999 for additional information.
Minds in Motion. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, through Dec. 20, First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. Activities and programs for older adults that are designed to improve or maintain cognitive, mental and physical functioning. Also, a variety of social and recreational activities are offered. Lunch is included. The fee for a full semester is $180; daily rate, $18. Some scholarships are available. Call Sandy Burgener at 898-4251 or 356-9078 for more information.
Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5, Harrison Park Clubhouse, West Voorhees Street, Danville. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Music provided by Bev Wolfe. Cost $10. Call 443-2999 for more information.
Champaign County Retired Teachers Association luncheon meeting. Noon Dec. 6, Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Center Drive, C. Cost $13. Presentation: Holiday music. Register by Dec. 2. Contact Liz Jackson at 367-9945 or email@example.com for more information.
Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Dec. 6, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. 367-1544. Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C; 10 a.m. Wednesday Fairbury VFW, 205 E. Locust. 815-692-4210. Free refresher course. No reservations needed.
National Active and Retired Federal Employees. 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7, Bresnan Center, 706 Kenwood Drive, C. Illini Chapter meeting. Dr. Clif Shipley, who will speak about operation of his elk and deer farm. Call 643-7971 for more information.
OLLI spring classes begin Jan. 28. Registration begins Dec. 12, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 1800 S. Oak St., C. Free parking. Spring semester membership, $90; another person in the same household can join for $70. Membership includes one free course and one free study group. Each additional course, $30, and each additional study group, $15. For information about other member benefits and a list of courses, call 244-9141 or visit http://www.olli.illinois.edu.
Urbana Seniors Club trips. Overnight travel: Jan. 26-Feb. 3, 2013, Miami and Key West, $670 double; March 10-16, New Orleans, $559 double. Prices quoted are for club members. Join the club for a very small fee. Call travel chair Karen Hackett at 367-1394 for more information.
Elder Abuse and Neglect. Anyone who suspect 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 the Illinois Department on Aging's toll-free number, 800-252-8966 (voice and TDD). Calls are kept confidential. If you suspect abuse in a nursing home, phone Department of Public Health, 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: Turkey patty with glaze, sweet potatoes, creamed peas, pineapple tidbits, bread, graham crackers, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).
Tuesday: Hearty vegetable lentil soup, meat or cheese salad, peaches, bread, crackers.
Wednesday: Swiss beef patty, parsley potatoes, Lima beans, fruit, bread.
Thursday: Chicken breast filet with gravy, ranch potatoes, seasoned greens, rosy applesauce, bread, graham crackers.
Friday: No meals served. Two meals will be 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.
Senior Transportation Program drivers needed. Volunteers provide rides for seniors who are no longer able to drive themselves. Drive to medical appointments and/or to the grocery store and help carry grocery bags if needed. Let us know what days or times of day you are available. Most rides are to and from the Champaign-Urbana area, but may extend throughout Champaign County. Mileage reimbursement is available. Call Cindy at Family Service Senior Resource Center, 352-0099, or Karen at RSVP, 359-6500, for more information.