For the retirees Dec. 2, 2012

For the retirees Dec. 2, 2012

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.


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.

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. Call 443-2999 for more information.

Senior Movie Matinee. 2 p.m. Wednesday, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St. Show: "One Special Night" starring James Garner and Julie Andrews. Call the library at 267-3170 or stop at the library to reserve a seat.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Harrison Park Clubhouse, West Voorhees Street, Danville. Presented by CHRIS Healthy Aging Center. Music by Bev Wolfe. Cost $10. Call 443-2999 for more information.

Champaign County Retired Teachers Association luncheon meeting. Noon Thursday, Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Center Drive, C. Cost $13. Presentation: Holiday music. Register by today. Contact Liz Jackson at 367-9945 or for more information.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Thursday, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U, 367-1544. Free refresher course. No reservations needed.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees. 9:30 a.m. Friday, 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 other member benefits and a list of courses, call 244-9141 or visit

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 are for club members. Join the club for a very small fee. Call travel chair Karen Hackett at 367-1394 for more information.

Free home visit service expanding. Home Visit Program is an initiative by senior care professionals at Canterbury Ridge Assisted Living, Urbana, that's designed to check on the well-being of older people throughout the region. Call 328-3150 to request a visit to a local senior citizen to see if they are doing well physically and psychologically. Emeritus connects the senior citizen and family with the proper resources and services to provide the needed assistance.

Health screenings. Provena Center for Healthy Aging, 410 E. University Ave., C. HEALTHaware health risk assessments and screenings conducted by a registered nurse, resources on healthy living and Provena Covenant programs and receive a comprehensive health status report with health recommendations. One initial free screening session per year. Free screenings in subsequent years if a VIP Advantage member. Eligibility: 55 and older. Registration required. Call 337-2022 for more information.

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 for more information.

Samaritans for Seniors. Do you need your lawn raked? Put your name on our list at the Stevick Center for volunteers who call and want to help seniors. Arrangements are made between you and the volunteer. Call 359-6500 for more information.


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: Ham and beans, copper carrots, sliced pears, cornbread, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Spanish meatballs, baked potato, cooked cabbage, peaches and grapes, bread.

Wednesday: Oven fried chicken,mashed potatoes with gravy, mexi corn, glorified rice salad, bread.

Thursday: Spaghetti pie, bean medley, tossed lettuce salad, mandarin oranges with pineapple, dinner roll.

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. Volunteers provide rides for seniors who are no longer able 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. Contact Heather at Family Service Senior Resource Center, 352-0099, or Karen at RSVP, 359-6500.