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.
Free activities. Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Computer station,sewing corner and 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 Thursday; bring a small prize. Limited number of free parking passes. Call Debbie, 359-6500 for details.
Indoor walking. 9 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, Bridle Brook Assisted Living, 1505 Patton Drive, Mahomet. Doors open to community seniors as a safe, indoor walking location. Call Angela, 586-3200, for more information.
Active Senior Republicans in Champaign County. 9:30 a.m. Monday, Robeson Pavillion Room A & B, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Monthly meeting. Sign-in, coffee, refreshments, 9:10 to 9:30 a.m. Josh Dwyer, director of Education Reform for the Illinois Policy Institute, will speak on "Educational Reform In Illinois."
Senior Movie Matinee. 2 p.m. Wednesday, Westville Library, community room, 233 S. State St. "McClintock," classic 1963 movie starring John Wayne, will be shown. Refreshments. Call the library at 267-3170 or stop in to register.
Champaign County Retired Teachers Association luncheon meeting. Noon Thursday, Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Center Drive, C.Special guest: Jim Bachman, executive director of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, will update us on our pensions.Cost $13. Register by March 31. Contact Liz Jackson at 367-9945 or email@example.com.
Defensive Driving Course. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. Presence Center for Healthy Aging, 410 E. University Ave., C. This course may entitle you to a discount on your auto insurance, contact your agent for details. Space is limited. Registration required. Course costs $15; includes a workbook. Bring a lunch, or one can be provided for $5. Call 337-2022 to register and to request a lunch.
Illini Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. 9:30 a.m. Friday,Bresnan Center, 706 Kenwood Drive, C.
Spring 2013 Cultural Exchange! 10 a.m. to noon April 8, Presence Center for Healthy Aging, Wellness Room, 410 E. University Ave., C. Join us in sharing the similarities of our Hispanic and American cultures and traditions. Brunch, 10 a.m.; Lotera Bingo game, 10:45 a.m. 11:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Call 337-2022 to register.
Workshops. Noon to 2 p.m. Mondays, April 8 through May 6, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave., U. Long Term Care Insurance, April 8. New Illinois Laws/Change to Advance Directives, April 25. Estate Planning Basics, Part II, April 22. Clearing the Clutter. Stop the Hoarding, April 29. Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud, May 6. $3 at the door; five program is free. Call 328-6767 to register.
Urbana Parks Senior Monthly Potluck. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 9, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Business meeting, meal and entertainment. Each month, seniors bring a dish to share and their own table service. Membership dues in the group are payable after or during the first meeting. Group trips are part of membership benefits. Call Ellen Plummer, 344-4438.
Identity Theft: Who's Got Your Number? 6 p.m. April 11, I Hotel & Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. Learn how to prevent and manage your personal, confidential information safely. Regina Haasis, an assistant attorney general and director of the East Central Illinois Regional Office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan, will discuss tips to prevent identity theft and other hot topics in consumer fraud. Free. Register by April 8. Call 278-7721 or http://www.uiecu.org/event.
Practical Assistance for Survivors. 3 to 4 p.m. April 14, far south barn, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. "Celebration of Daffodils," a free program to remember loved ones. PAS is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to anyone who has experienced a loss or who is preparing for their own death. They offer education and outreach to the community. Call 328-6767.
Health screenings. Presence Center for Healthy Aging, 410 E. University Ave., C. HEALTHaware health risk assessments and screenings conducted by an registered nurse, resources on healthy living and Presence 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 required. Call 337-2022.
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 beef sandwich, ranch potato wedges, creamed corn, apricots, bun, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).
Tuesday: Ham and beans, copper carrots, sliced pears, cornbread.
Wednesday: Chicken patty, baked macaroni and cheese, tomatoes and zucchini, fruit juice, bread.
Thursday: Salmon loaf, bean medley, fruit, pudding, bread.
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.
Preschool Education Program Volunteers. If you would enjoy making a difference in a young child's life, volunteer to read to preschool children, individually or in small groups, with Champaign or Urbana Early Childhood Education Programs. Seniors are especially welcome as they serve a surrogate grandparent role in addition to helping students develop the academic skills needed to succeed in school. Contact Brandon or Karen, 359-6500, or firstname.lastname@example.org.