For the retirees, Dec. 31, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018

For the retirees, Dec. 31, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018

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 info@agestrong.org, or visit http://www.agestrong.org.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Breakfast café. 6:30 to 9:15 a.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays), 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. CRIS Healthy-Aging Center provides hot breakfast for a small donation and annual registration. The café offers an extensive regular menu and daily specials for those age 60 and older. Call 217-443-2999 or email info@agestrong.org.

Coffee Talk. 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Tolono Public Library, 111 E. Main St. A free social hour for adults ages 60 and older. Complimentary refreshments are served and once a month there is a guest speaker. Call 217-485-5558.

It's Coffee Time. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Friday, first-floor meeting room, Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St. For adults, 60 and older. Enjoy a free cup of hot coffee or tea, with conversation, crafts and games. Free. Call 477-5220.

Connections Café. 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Stevick Senior Center, 15 Main St., C. A pop-up, free, fun, welcoming environment for all seniors to relax and make new friends while learning about resources and wellness opportunities for seniors. Free coffee, blood-pressure and vital checks. Call 217-239-5201.

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.

Active Senior Republicans in Champaign County. 9:30 a.m. Jan. 8, Robeson Pavilion Room A&B, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Monthly meeting for seniors seeking information, fellowship, fun, coffee and refreshments, with a guest speaker.Sign-in, coffee, refreshments, 9:10 a.m. Call 217-417-6278 or 217-714-5807.

50 Plus! Program. Looking for fun things to do, how about joining this Champaign Park District program. Douglass Annex and Hays Recreation Center host programs and events from card playing, trivia, bingo, potluck to low impact cardio exercise. For information, call Darius at 217-819-3961.

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.

HOT LUNCH PROGRAM

The 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: Closed for New Year's Day holiday.

Tuesday: Cheese manicotti with meat sauce, Mexicorn, broccoli, whole-grain wheat, pears.

Wednesday: Beef stew with potatoes, carrots, and onions, Three Bean Salad, biscuits, fruit crisp.

Thursday: Pork chop in gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, apricots.

Friday: Turkey burger, rosemary roasted potatoes, butter beans, bun, pineapple slice.

TRANSPORTATION

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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 site.rsvp@gmail.com.

The Immigration Project: Need Translator/Interpreter who reads, writes and speaks fluent Spanish (also French will be considered) to assist the immigrant population of central Illinois with immigration/legal issues. One five-hour shift twice a week. (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or noon to 5 p.m. shifts available).

Meals on Wheels. Family Service of Champaign County needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors.

AARP Tax Aide Program. Previous tax experience a plus, but not necessary... all training will be provided, through 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: Facilitators — check in and help clients organize their materials for their tax appointment. Call now so we can prepare.

Wesley Foundation Student Center: ESL (English as a Second Language) tutors needed to enjoy casual conversation in the "Etc." International Coffeehouse with University of Illinois international students to help them practice their ESL conversational skills.

Senior transportation. Family Service of Champaign County offers volunteers to help seniors get to appointments, grocery stores, etc. There are no set times. Volunteer when it is convenient for you.