For the Retirees Dec. 30, 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stevick Center holiday hours. The Stevick Center will be closed Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

Canned food drive. RSVP and Stevick Center are collecting canned foods for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank through the month of January in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Please bring cans between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to RSVP/Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C.

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 Moments: Down to the River — A Virtual Hike. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Windsor of Savoy, 401 Burwash Ave., Savoy; and 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at Clark-Lindsey Village, 101 W. Windsor Road, U. Senior citizens and mobility-limited individuals are invited to experience the sights and sounds of a summertime hike along the river — without ever leaving your seat. Discover and explore local riparian flora and fauna. Free. Reservations required. Call 896-2455 for more information.

Lifelong Learners at the Library. 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 9, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Held on the second Wednesday each month, this month's talk is "The Writing Life & The Gift Economy with Amy Hassinger." Coffee and cookies served at 9:30 a.m. Registration is not needed. Call 403-2070.

Senior Movie Matinee. 2 p.m. Jan. 9, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St. Movie will be "Some Like it Hot." Refreshments will be served. Call the library at 267-3170 to reserve a seat.

Starlight Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 16, CRIS Healthy Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. Music provided by Captain's Three. Cost $10. Call 443-2999 for more information.

Wesley Evening Food Pantry. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, parking entrance on Matthews, south of Green. Door on Goodwin south of Green, Urbana. Monthly food distribution for households below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Order of distribution is random, so there is no need to arrive early. Information: http://www.wesleypantry.org, 344-1120.

Urbana Seniors Club trips. Overnight travel: Jan. 26-Feb. 3, 2013, Miami and Key West, $670 double; March 10-16, New Orleans, $559 double. Price to be announced for Nov. 8. 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.

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 to see if they are doing well physically and psychologically. Emeritus connects the senior and family with the proper resources and services to provide assistance.

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.

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 are available and participants will be given 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 is required. Call 337-2022 for more information.

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: Closed for New Year's holiday.

Tuesday: Closed for New Year's holiday.

Wednesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes/gravy, capri blend veggies, fruit gelatin, bread, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Thursday: Salisbury beef patty, hot German potato salad, pickled beets, fruit, bread.

Friday: No meals served. Two meals will be 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.

Community Service Center in Rantoul. The food pantry at the Community Service Center in Rantoul is always looking for volunteers to help load and unload groceries and help clients collect their food. The Center also houses other charitable organizations, all of which would be happy for more volunteers. Call 893-1530.

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