For the retirees, Feb. 4-11, 2018

For the retirees, Feb. 4-11, 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 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.


Active Senior Republicans in Champaign County. 9:30 a.m. Monday, Robeson Pavilion Room A&B, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Monthly meeting. Meet the candidates: Jon Rector and Matt Grandone for Champaign County clerk, and Judge Randy Rosenbaum for circuit judge, with moderator Judy Stevens, president of Active Senior Republicans. Sign-in, coffee, refreshments, 9:10 a.m. Call 217-417-6278 or 217-714-5807 for more information.

Tax aide. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday, through April 18, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. AARP Tax Aide Service provides basic tax preparation services for senior and low-income families in the Champaign County area. Parking on the east or south side of the building. Call to make an appointment at 217-359-6500; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bridge Club. 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., C. Informal bridge club. Come alone or with a partner. Open to all seniors and is free to play, if enough show to hold games. Call 217-819-3901 or email

Strong for Life (SFL) exercise. 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, CRIS Healthy-Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. SFL is an exercise routine designed to improve strength, function and balance in older adults with or without limitations. Free. Call 217-443-2999 or email for more information.

Senior exercise. 9:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola. Strong for Life program is used. Call Jarman Center, 217-253-2325.

Vow to Wow. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, through Feb. 21, Champaign County Nursing Home, 500 Art Bartell Road, U. Feb. 7: Eating for a Sharper Mind. Join us for a short lecture and interactive discussion on the benefits of engaging in health and wellness, turning everyday activities into purposeful movement and tips for aging well. Call 217-384-3784 or email

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Wednesday,Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., C, 217-359-6500; 10 a.m. Wednesday,Mid-Illinois Senior Services, Inc., 114 E. Jefferson, Sullivan, 217-728-8521; 10 a.m. Thursday, Iroquois County Volunteer Services, 1001 E. Grant St., Watseka, 815-432-5785; 10 a.m. Friday, Gibson City Senior Center, 215 E. Third St., 217-884-4891. Class to assist participants preparing to renew their driver's license. No registration or fee.

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 for more information.

Connections Café. 10 a.m. to noon Friday,Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. 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 "The Whole Shebang" on a big screen television. Call 217-359-6500 for more information.

Free bingo. 2:15 p.m. every Friday, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main, Tuscola. Call Jarman Center, 217-253-2325, for more information.

Ethel & Maud's Table. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14, The Elks Lodge, 903 N. Dunlap Ave. Savoy. Valentine's Party. A monthly luncheon for older adults 55 and older. Entertainment featuring The Celebrations Band. Cost $7. To register, call 217-239-5201.

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


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: Country fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, spinach, dinner roll, fruit cocktail, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Ham and beans, copper carrots, cornbread, Mandarin oranges and pineapple tidbits.

Wednesday: Lasagna, mixed lettuce salad, dressing packet, green and wax beans with pimentos, bread, cinnamon peaches.

Thursday: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli and cauliflower, Texas toast, chunky applesauce.

Friday: Ham or cheese salad, hearty vegetable soup, diced pears and grapes, bread and crackers, pumpkin bar.


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

Cards of Caring. To honor Martin Luther King's Day of Service, we are creating cards to brighten the days of people in nursing homes. All of the fun craft material needed is provided to make the cards, but volunteers are needed from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 7. Bring your friends.

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.

Stevick Senior Center Receptionist. Receptionists needed from 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m. any day of the week. Duties include greeting guests, answering the phone and opening the mail. Several other places also looking for receptionists so if you can help, please call Andrea.