For the retirees Jan. 13, 2013

For the retirees Jan. 13, 2013

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.


Martin Luther King Day of Service Food Drive. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Jan. 31, Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Stevick Senior Center and RSVP are collecting canned food for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Bring your donation to the center. RSVP and Stevick Center will be closed on Jan. 21.

Senior exercise. 9 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola. Strong for Life program is used. Call 253-2325 for more information.

Active Senior Republicans. 9:30 a.m. Monday, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Assemble in Robeson Pavilion Rooms A & B. Speaker: Kristina Rasmussen, executive vice president, Illinois Policy Institute in Springfield, on "Budget Solutions: Taking Illinois From Worst To First."

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. Dietitian on hand every third Wednesday. Call 443-2999 for more information.

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

Minds in Motion. Spring semester, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, Jan. 10 through May 30, 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. Fee for a full semester, $200; daily rate, $20. Some scholarships available. Lunch included. Call Sandy Burgener at 898-4251 or 356-9078 for more information.

Wesley Evening Food Pantry. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 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 at or 344-1120.

Senior Moments: Down to the River — A Virtual Hike. 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Clark-Lindsey Village, 101 W. Windsor Road, U. Seniors and mobility-limited individuals are invited to experience the sights and sounds of a summertime hike along the river — without ever leaving your seat. Free. Reservations required. Call 896-2455.

Bingo. 2:15 p.m. every Friday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main, Tuscola. Free. Call 253-2325.

Free computer classes. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19, The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. "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 to register.

Dine with a Doc. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Jarman Center, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola. Hear an educational topic while enjoying a complementary lunch. Speaker: Dr. Sally Foote, veterinarian at Okaw Veterinary Clinic, Tuscola, and certified feline behavior consultant. Also, information from health care providers, door prizes and a "Wellness Clinic." To register, call Jarman Center at 253-2323 or 1-877-223-6109, by Jan. 23.

Urbana Seniors Club trips. Overnight travel: Jan. 26-Feb. 3, 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.

OLLI spring classes begin Jan. 28. 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. Call 244-9141 or visit

Of Sangamon & Spoons, Illinois Rivers in Poetry and Prose. 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Clark-Lindsey Village, 101 W. Windsor Road, U. Join Barb Garvey on a short literary tour down our own Illinois Rivers. Free. Reservations required for nonresidents. Call 586-2612.

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.

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


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: Goulash with kidney beans, peas and onions,lettuce spinach salad, sliced pears, bread, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Turkey patty with glaze, baked squash,winter blend veggies, rosy applesauce, bread.

Wednesday: Chicken or tuna salad, tomato or potato soup, orange juice, banana, bread, crackers.

Thursday: Trout melt, pork and beans, fruit, juice, bun.

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 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.