For the retirees, Sept. 10-16, 2017

For the retirees, Sept. 10-16, 2017

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

For information about activities or services at CRIS Healthy-Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville, call 217-443-2999, email or visit

Information is also available from the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, 800-888-4456; Senior Resource Center at Family Service, 217-352-5100; Senior Services of Champaign County, 217-328-3313; and First Call for Help, 217-893-1530; or call 211, a new non-emergency number that connects Champaign County callers with free information and referrals for community services.


Free adult hearing screenings. Appointments for screenings may be made through Dec. 1, the Audiology Clinic at the University of Illinois, 901 S. Sixth St., C. Any person who is interested in hearing assessment, hearing protection devices or management of hearing problems can make an appointment. No referral is needed. Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 333-2230.

Free activities. Stevick Senior Center, 15 E. Main St., C. Gentlemen's coffee hour, 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Crochet Club, 9 a.m. Tuesday. Euchre games, noon Tuesday. Adult coloring, second and fourth Wednesday. Bingo, 1 p.m. on the third, fourth and fifth Thursday, bring a small prize. Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free parking on east side of building. Call 217-359-6500.

Caregiver's support group. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, through Sept. 26, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. A facilitated group that helps those responsible for the care of others to discuss their experiences and frustrations as well as share tips and information with each other. Bring a bag lunch if you wish. Call 217-893-3955.

Garden Share offers free produce to seniors. 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, through Sept. 27, rain or shine, at CRIS Healthy Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin Ave., Danville, for Danville area; and 10 to 11 a.m. same day/dates, at Georgetown Township building, 1805 N. Main St., Georgetown, for southern Vermilion County area. No cost, but donations are accepted. Call Ashton Greer at 217-431-8489.

Ethel & Maud's Table. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13, Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St. A luncheon for adults 55 and older. Entertainment, featuring Rick Kubetz and Terry Bush (folk and oldies pop and rock cover band).Lunch buffet, $7. Free parking. Register by Sept. 11. To register, call 239-5201.

It's Coffee Time. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays, first-floor meeting room, Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St. This program is geared for adults 60 and older. Enjoy a sociable hour of hot coffee or tea, with conversation, sometimes including music, adult coloring, poetry reading and board games. Free. Call 217-477-5220.

Free movie Friday. Starting Sept. 15, 1 p.m. every Friday, Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., C. A free movie and popcorn for seniors. Soda available for 75 cents a can. First movie is "The Bucket List." All seniors are invited. Free parking on east side of building. Call 217-359-6500.

Knitting drop-in days. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Phillips Recreation Center, James Room, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Open to all knitters who want to gather together. Free. Call the Urbana Park District at 217-367-1544 for more information.

Senior group. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. The monthly group is holding it's meeting. Learn new senior resources, take part in planned activities and learn educational information on senior living. Each month, something new. Contact Amy Snipes at or call 217-892-2800.

Senior happy hour. 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 21, Tolono Public Library, 111 E. Main St. Enjoy a snack and learn more about Medicare. This event is for adults 60 and older and is co-sponsored by Champaign Urbana Nursing & Rehab. Call 217-485-5558 for more information.

Douglass Senior Style Show. 4 p.m. Sept. 24, Champaign Park District's Douglass Community Center, 512 E. Grove St. See the seniors of Douglass Annex strut their stuff down the runway. Please come 'Dressed to Impress' to fit this stylish occasion. Tickets are required. Call 217-819-3961 or email

CarFit for older drivers. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Improve your safety by ensuring that your car is adjusted for the proper fit. A team of trained technicians works with you to maximize your vehicle's features for comfort and safety. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Free. Call 217-344-2144 by Sept. 21 for an appointment and location.

Dinner and dancing. 4:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29, Hilton Garden Inn Champaign-Urbana, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Join Presence Covenant and Clark-Lindsey to learn the health benefits of dancing, have dinner and kick up your heels. $17 per ticket. Call 337-2022 with questions or reservations by Sept. 15.

Health screenings. Presence Covenant Center for Healthy Living, 1400 E. Park St., U. The VIP Advantage program is $10 per year and includes a free annual health screening, including blood sugar, cholesterol, BP and more, conducted by a registered nurse. Also, educational events, exercise programs and discounts to local businesses. Eligibility: 55 and older. Registration required. Call 337-2022.


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 (home delivered only) and Homer.

The program is for people 60 or older. For reservations or more information, call 800-543-1770.

Reservations for Monday will need to be made with the site by noon Friday.

Monday: Roast beef in gravy, mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, dinner roll, pineapple, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Saucy ham loaf, creamed peas and onions, corn, bread, graham crackers, cantaloupe.

Wednesday: Meatballs with tangy barbecue sauce, honey glazed baby carrots, kidney bean salad, Texas toast, warm cinnamon pears.

Thursday: Chicken parmesan, au gratin potatoes, midori blend vegetables, Texas toast, fruit.

Friday: Sub sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and mayo packet, broccoli soup, perky cottage cheese, crackers and bun, fruit salad.


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 217-352-5100.

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 217-384-8188 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 or for information about the following opportunities, call 217-359-6500 or email at

AARP Tax Aide Program. Previous tax experience a plus, but not necessary ... all training will be provided, starting in December. The actual tax preparation program begins on Feb. 1, at the new tax program location at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. Volunteers needed are: Facilitator — check in and help clients organize their materials for their tax appointment; and Tax Preparer — prepare client's federal and state income taxes. Call now so we can prepare.

Friendly visitor. If you are now (or have been) visiting a senior (friends or neighbors) either in their own home, assisted living or nursing home, get volunteer credit. Also, if you give seniors rides to doctor's appointments, to pick up prescriptions, etc., just record those hours as "Friendly Visitor" and the recipient's name on your timesheet. If you would like to start, call Cathy at 359-6500.