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.
Operation Gratitude. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Sept. 13, Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Join Family Service RSVP in honoring those who served or died on 9/11 by writing a letter or thank you card for local fire fighters, police officers, EMTs and paramedics. Stop by the center anytime during the hours/days listed above. Free stationery and cards available.
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. Speaker: Erika Harold, candidate for Illinois 13th Congressional District, on "Views of a Congressional Candidate." Call 356-0616 or 419-5240.
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.
Early Childhood Education Program. 8 a.m. Wednesday, Stevick Senior Center, 48 E. Main St., C. Representatives from the Champaign and Urbana Early Childhood Education Programs will be giving presentations about volunteering in pre-schools. Call Brandon at RSVP, 359-6500, to attend.
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 Presence United Samaritans Medical Center every Wednesday. Physical therapist every second Wednesday. Call 443-2999.
Minds in Motion. Fall semester, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday through Dec. 19, 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. Free for a full semester, $200; daily rate, $20. Some scholarships available. Call Sandy Burgener at 898-4251 or 356-9078.
Free bingo. 2:30 p.m. every Friday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main, Tuscola. Free. Call Jarman Center, 253-2325.
Urbana Seniors trips. Sept. 15, Conklin's Dinner Theater in Goodfield, $60; Oct. 12, Spoon River Valley Fall Festival, $35; Nov. 20, Myers Dinner Theater in Hillsboro, price to be announced; Dec. 2-6, Branson, Mo., $499/double. Prices quoted are for club members. You are always welcome to enjoy those prices by becoming a club member for a small fee. Call Karen Hackett at 367-1394.
OLLI fall classes begin Sept. 16. Registration began June 20,Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 1800 S. Oak St., C. Free parking. Fall semester membership, $150; another person in the same household can join for $120. 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 http://www.olli.illinois.edu .
Vigor and Vitality: Using Food to Increase Your Energy. 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 18, Presence Center for Healthy Living, 410 E. University, Suite 22, C. Join Leia Kedem, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness, for her "Coffee Shop" presentation. Registration not required. Free. For information, contact Leia at firstname.lastname@example.org  or call 353-0740.
Dementia Fair. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18, VA Illiana Health Care System, Building 101 in dayrooms 101-5 & 101-6, Danville. Features resources for dementia care, caregiver/family support and food presentation from registered dieticians. Open to veterans, caregivers/families and general public. Call Bridget Tribout, 554-5199.
Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18, Harrison Park on Voorhees Street, Danville. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Welcoming ballroom dancers of all ages. Music by Bev Wolfe band. Cost $10. 443-2999.
Elder Abuse and Neglect. Anyone who suspects that an older person is being abused in any way is asked to contact a designated Elder Abuse provider (in this area, Family Service at 352-5100 or 359-4141 at night) or Adult Protective Services Hotline, 866-800-1409 or TTY, 888-206-1327. For information about programs to assist older adults in Illinois and their caregivers, call the Illinois Department on Aging Senior Helpline, 1-800-252-8966, or for TTY (hearing impaired use only), 1-888-206-1327. If you suspect abuse in a nursing home, phone Department of Public Health, 1-800-252-4343.
Health screenings. Presence Center for Healthy Aging, 410 E. University Ave., C. HEALTHaware health risk assessments and screenings conducted by an RN, resources on healthy living and Provena Covenant programs are available and receive 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: Settlers beef and beans, buttered carrots, cornbread, pears, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).
Tuesday: Beef stroganoff with brown rice, cottage cheese salad, pickled beets, bread, Mandarin oranges.
Wednesday: Pork riblet, au gratin potatoes, broccoli salad, bread, fruit compote.
Thursday: Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, escalloped tomatoes, bread, fruit.
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 Pen Pals needed. The RSVP Pen Pal program is gearing up for the 2013-2014 school year. Pen Pal volunteers are matched with fourth grade students in a local school to exchange letters once a month during the school year. Send an e-mail to Brandon at email@example.com  or call 359-6500 if you have not already received a letter in the mail regarding this year's program and would like to be a Pen Pal.