For the retirees, Jan. 14-21, 2018

For the retirees, Jan. 14-21, 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, or visit

Information also is 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 activities. This week the center is open, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Stevick Senior Center, 15 E. Main St., C. It will beclosed Monday in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday.Gentlemen's coffee hour, 9 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Crochet Club, 9 a.m. Tuesday. Euchre games, noon Tuesday. 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 60 and older. Call 217-443-2999 or email

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

Senior Happy Hour. 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Tolono Public Library, 111 E. Main St. For adults 60 and older on the third Thursday of every month. This month, Parkland College instructors will be here to demonstrate and perform music on the Mountain Dulcimer. Free refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by Champaign Urbana Nursing & Rehab of Savoy. 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 217-477-5220.

Connections Café. 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.A pop-up, free, fun, welcoming environment to relax and make new friends while learning about resources and wellness opportunities for seniors. Free coffee, blood-pressure and vital checks. All seniors are welcome. Call 217-239-5201.

Free movie Friday. 1 p.m. Friday,Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., C. A free movie and popcorn for seniors. See "Million Dollar Baby" on their big-screen television. 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.

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.

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 Adult Protective Services Hotline, 866-800-1409 or TTY, 888-206-1327. For general information about programs to assist older adults in Illinois and their caregivers, call the Illinois Department on Aging Senior Helpline, 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, 800-252-4343.


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 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: Saucy stuffed peppers, corn, lima beans, wheat bread, Frudel bar, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Baked ham, mixed vegetables, frosted sweet potatoes, rye bread, overnight fruit salad.

Wednesday: Turkey pot roast with carrots and celery, macaroni and cheese Italian green beans, melon chunks, wheat bread, cookie.

Thursday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, dinner roll, peaches.

Friday: Hamburger, buttered baby baker potatoes, creamy coleslaw, bun, baked apple.


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.


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

Martin Luther King Day of Service at Family Service RSVP offices: We are creating cards to brighten the days of people in nursing homes. All of the craft material needed to make the cards will be provided, but need volunteers from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 17. Bring your friends and be prepared to have a great time while brightening the day for others. Cards will be delivered on Jan. 19.

Receptionists: The Stevick Senior Center is in need of a volunteer for a four-hour shift to answer phones, direct calls and take messages. This is a fun volunteer opportunity where you meet lots of other seniors.

Drivers: Volunteers are needed for programs that help seniors who have challenges getting out to get groceries, to medical appointments, etc. Help is needed in Meals on Wheels, Food For Seniors, Senior Transportation and other programs. Come join the RSVP family. Drop in at the Stevick Senior Center or call 217-359-6500.