For the retirees Feb. 24, 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Free tax preparation. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be available. Free for low-to-moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those more than age 60 years old. For more information, call 359-6500.

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

Brain Health. Monthly four-part series, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at each Extension office, starting Tuesday at 3164 N. Vermilion St., Danville, Wednesday at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C, and Thursday at 912 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga. Designed to better understand our brains as we mature, full of tips and strategies to improve and maintain brain function. Participants encouraged to attend all four sessions. Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv or call the Extension Office, Vermilion at 422-8615, Champaign at 333-7672 or Ford-Iroquois at 815-268-4051.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Tuesday, Friendship Center, 410 E. Main St., Clinton, 935-9411; 10 a.m. Tuesday, Monticello United Methodist Church, 212 S. Independence, Monticello, 762-2579; 1 p.m. Tuesday, Tuscola Senior Center, 133 W. Sale St., Tuscola, 253-2278. The class is taught by trained volunteers to assist participants who are preparing to renew their Illinois driver's license. Sponsored by the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. No registration or fee is required.

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 session with a registered nurse from Provena United Samaritans Medical Center every Wednesday. Pharmacist every fourth Wednesday. For more information, call 443-2999.

Minds in Motion. Spring semester, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, 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. Fees: Full semester, $200; daily rate, $20. Some scholarships are available. Lunch included. For more information, call Sandy Burgener at 898-4251 or 356-9078.

Dine with a Doc. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jarman Center, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5, Max J. Knight Community Building Banquet Hall (at Mason Point), One Masonic Way, Sullivan. Educational topic, complementary lunch, information from health care providers, door prizes and a "Wellness Clinic." Scheduled speakers: Feb. 28, Dr. Larry Lilly, pastor, author of "Outrageous Forgiveness in 30 days" and publishes the monthly printed Larry Lilly's Journal, featuring help for prisoners; March 5, Dr. Aaron M. Eubanks, orthopedic surgeon at Sarah Bush Lincoln's Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. To register or for more information, call the Jarman Center at 253-2323 or 877-223-6109, and Mason Point at 728-4394, ext. 1200.

Free bingo. 2:15 p.m. every Friday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main, Tuscola. Free. For more information, call the Jarman Center at 253-2325.

Urbana Seniors Club trips. Day trips: April 17, "Menopause, the Musical" at Beef & Boards in Indianapolis, price to be announced. Overnight travel: 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.

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.Emeritus connects the senior citizen and family members with the proper resources and services to provide assistance. Call 328-3150 to request a visit to a local senior citizen.

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 riblet, baked beans, creamy cole slaw, diced peaches and pears, bun, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Chicken and noodles, copper carrots, pea salad, pineapple tidbits, bread.

Wednesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, capri blend veggies, fruit gelatin, bread.

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

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.

Champaign Public Library. The Library Friendshop is looking for volunteers to help organize and sell in their bookstore. Volunteers work two to four hours per week or on an as-needed basis. The Friendshop is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. To volunteer, contact Brandon or Karen at RSVP, 359-6500 or rsvpchampaign@gmail.com.

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