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 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 60 years old. Call 359-6500 for more information.
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 Jarman Center, 253-2325, for more information.
Urbana Parks Senior Monthly Potluck. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Business meeting, meal and entertainment. Each month, senior citizens 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 at 344-4438 for more information.
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.
Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Wednesday, Fairbury VFW, 205 E. Locust, Fairbury; 815-692-4210. Class taught by a trained volunteers to assist participants who are preparing to renew their driver's license. Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State's Office. No registration or fee.
Lifelong Learners at the Library. 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Held on the second Wednesday each month, this month's talk is "Why Is Everybody Driving Me Crazy?" with Mary Ellen O'Shaughnessey. Coffee and cookies served at 9:30 a.m. Registration is not needed.
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 available. Lunch included. Call Sandy Burgener at 898-4251 or 356-9078.
Free bingo. 2:15 p.m. every Friday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main, Tuscola. Free. Call Jarman Center, 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.
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 and family 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: 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 Karen or Brandon at RSVP, 359-6500.