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 at 359-6500 for more details.
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. This is free for low-to-moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those more than 60 years old. Call 359-6500 for more information.
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.
Spring 2013 Cultural Exchange! 10 a.m. to noon Monday, 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 or for more information.
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. Attend one or all. First four are $3 each at the door; the fifth program is free. Call 328-6767 to register or 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, 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, 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 for more information.
Livelong Learners @ the Library. 10 a.m. Wednesday, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Topper Steinman on "Civility: Lost or Found?" Coffee served at 9:30 a.m. Talk starts at 10 a.m. Part of the library's Civility Week, April 7-13. Free. No registration required.
Rules of the Road. 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hays Center, 1311 W. Church St., C; 9:30 a.m. Thursday, LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. County Road, 800 N., Charleston, 639-5150; 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.
Veterans' Aid and Attendance Benefit Seminar. 6:30 p.m. Thursday or 2 p.m. April 13, Inman Place Senior Living, 17 E. University Ave., C. Veterans and their spouses may qualify for financial assistance to cover the cost of senior living. Free. Call 352-7017 to reserve a seat.
Identity Theft: Who's Got Your Number? 6 p.m. Thursday, 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 Monday. Call 278-7721 or http://www.uiecu.org/event .
Community Outreach Seminar: "Outpatient or Observation Patient?" 7 p.m. Thursday, Windsor of Savoy, 401 Burwash Ave., Savoy. Educational seminar sponsored by the University of Illinois University Club. This program will provide an understandable explanation of Medicare coverage and appropriate services and support for caregivers. Presenters: Linda Tauber-Olson, Provena Center for Healthy Aging and SHIP program; Roxanna Webb, Family Service Senior Resource Center. Free.
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 for more information.
Urbana Seniors Club trips. Day trip: April 17, "Menopause, the Musical" at Beef & Boards in Indianapolis, price to be announced.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.
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: Settlers beef and beans, sliced peaches, lettuce salad, biscuit, butter or fortified margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).
Tuesday: Baked chicken, Harvard beets, brown rice slaw, fruit crisp, bread.
Wednesday: Country fried patty with gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pineapple tidbits, bread.
Thursday: Trout melt, fruit, Lima beans, mixed fruit salad, 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.
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 .