For the retirees, Oct. 8-14, 2017

For the retirees, Oct. 8-14, 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.


LIHEAP winter heating assistance. The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission operates the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for winter heating assistance, with payments toward residential gas and electric bills for eligible households. Beginning Oct. 2, low-income seniors (60+) and persons with permanent disabilities can make appointments. All appointments must be scheduled in person at the CCRPC office at Brookens Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U. Call 217-328-3313.

Free adult hearing screenings. Appointments for screenings may be made through Dec. 1, University of Illinois Audiology Clinic, 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 for the fourth and fifth. 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, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. A facilitated group which 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.

Tuesdays at Ten: Build Equinox. 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Ever wonder what kinds of high-tech innovations are being developed right here in Champaign-Urbana? Find out at the library, with coffee, socializing and learning something new. Call 217-403-2070.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Noon Tuesday, Jocko's, 305 W. Williams St., Danville. Danville Chapter meeting. Speaker: Laura Flessner, nutrition coordinator for CRIS Healthy Aging, on "Nutrition Services and Volunteer Opportunities." Also, electing officers for 2018, nominations accepted at the meeting. All Federal employees and retirees are welcome. Call 217-442-2316.

Rules of the Road. 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hays Center, 1311 W. Church St., C, 217-819-3961; 10 a.m. Thursday, Gibson City Senior Center, 215 E. Third St., 217-784-4891. Class to assist participants prepare to renew their driver's license. No registration or fee.

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.

Friday Tech Help. 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., C. Need help using a computer or mobile device? Stop by with your questions. Get tech help from U of I School of Information Science students. Offered through Nov. 17. Free. Call 217-403-209.

Free movie Friday. 1 p.m. Fridays, Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., C. A free movie and popcorn for seniors. "Life of Pi," winner of four Oscars. 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.

Educational workshops. Oct. 17 at Villas of Holly Brook, Savoy; 2 p.m. at 68 E. Airport Road; 6:30 p.m. at 62 E. Airport Road. Call Heather, 217-359-6224, or Tracy, 217, 359-6073, respectively, to register. Veterans still living that served in World War II, Korea, or Vietnam, and their surviving spouses may be eligible for the Department of Veterans Affairs' Aid and Attendance Pension, which offers a monthly tax-free benefit, ranging from $1,153 to $2,127 per month toward the cost of senior care. The workshop will review the eligibility criteria and show how families, even in cases of higher net worth, have become eligible for this benefit. If you can't attend, go to or call 1-800-835-1541, for information.

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 age 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: Gold and spicy chicken breast fillet, potato casserole, seasoned green beans, dinner roll, peaches, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Taco salad with meat, cheese and beans, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and taco sauce, pineapple tidbits, taco chips, pudding.

Wednesday: Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, Harvard beets, bread, cranberry oatmeal cookie.

Thursday: Ham and beans, copper carrots, cornbread, applesauce.

Friday: Pork chop in gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, dinner roll, cake with fruit.


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

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 time-sheet. If you would like to start, call Cathy at 359-6500.

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. Volunteer facilitators are needed to check in and help clients organize their materials for their tax appointment. Call now so we can prepare.