For the retirees Dec. 9, 2012

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program 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. 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 359-6500.

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, 586-3200.

Active Senior Republicans. 9:30 a.m. Monday, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Assemble in the Robeson Pavilion Rooms A & B. This meeting is to honor retiring legislators, Shane Cultra and Tim Johnson, who combined, have represented us for 68 years. Seniors of all ages are welcome. Coffee and refreshments furnished.

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. Physical therapist every second Wednesday. Call 443-2999.

OLLI spring classes begin Jan. 28. Registration begins Wednesday, 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.

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 included. Fee for a full semester, $180; daily rate, $18. Some scholarships available. Call Sandy Burgener at 898-4251 or 356-9078.

Sadorus Seniors Arts and Crafts Sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15, Sadorus Senior Center, 115 E. Market St. Left front door. Buy your gifts at the Sadorus Seniors Arts and Crafts Sale. Everyone welcome. Free coffee. For the benefit of the Sadorus Seniors. Call 598-2271.

Free computer classes. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15, The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Free "Computers 101" class every third Saturday. One-on-one instruction for up to 10 participants who may bring in their own laptops or use the personal computers in the library's computer lab. Call 367-4405 or email reference@tufl.info to register.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Dec. 19, Danville Public Library, 429 N. Vermilion St., 447-5220; 10 a.m. Dec. 20, Paxton Park District, 7601 S. Fall St., 379-4203. Free refresher course. No reservations needed.

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, 1-800-252-8966 (voice and TDD). Calls are kept confidential. If you suspect abuse in a a nursing home, phone Department of Pubic 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: Barbecue sandwich, kidney bean salad,diced buttered carrots, applesauce, bun, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Chicken patty, baked squash, rice lentil pilaf, gelatin with fruit, bread.

Wednesday: Sausage gravy, seasoned tater rounds, buttered hominy, fruit juice, biscuit.

Thursday: Turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, five-cup salad, bread dressing.

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.

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.

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