For the retirees, May 13-20, 2018

For the retirees, May 13-20, 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.


Breakfast café. 6:30 to 9:15 a.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays), CRIS Healthy-Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. Hot breakfast for a small donation and annual registration for those age 60 and older. Call 217-443-2999 or email

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

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.

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.

Love a Tree Day. 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Stevick Senior Center, 15 Main St., C. Master Naturalist Elizabeth Jeffrey will talk about our local trees. Tree Trivia and snacks will follow. Some lucky person will win our neat raffle prize. Call 217-359-6500.

Senior Happy Hour. 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Tolono Public Library, 111 E. Main St. Fun for adults 60 and older. This event is co-sponsored by CU Nursing & Rehab and each month there will be a different activity or speaker featured along with great snacks. 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 snacks, games, and good conversation. Free. Call 217-477-5220 for more information.

Connections Café. 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. A free, welcoming environment 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.

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

Chronic disease management workshop. 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, May 23-June 27, Rotary Manor, 125 E. Ward St., U. Attending Healthy U to learn skills and coping strategies to manage your symptoms and live a healthier life. Free, but advance registration required; ask to be included in the meal count, arrive between noon and 12:30 p.m. to enjoy lunch before the workshop. Contact Erica Short at 937-660-5290 or

Dine with a Doc. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 24, Jarman Center Senior Living, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola. Educational topic, complementary lunch, information from health care providers, door prizes and a "Wellness Clinic." Speaker: L. Kaye DeSelms Dent, J.D. at Frisse and Brewster Law Office, Effingham. She provides an array of elder law and estate planning services, focusing on nursing home planning and special Needs Planning. To register, call 217-253-2323 or toll free at 1-877-223-6109.

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.


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: Pepper beef over brown rice, Lima beans, cinnamon baked apples, bread, orange, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Swedish meat balls, mashed potatoes, spinach, bread, banana pudding with fresh bananas.

Wednesday: Focaccia crusted chicken breast, potato casserole, italian green beans, tropical fruit, dinner roll, cookie.

Thursday: Chili mac with beans, corn, dinner roll, peach caramel oat crisp.

Friday: Ham loaf, frosted sweet potatoes, seasoned peas, bread, dreamsicle gelatin.


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

Senior transportation drivers: Provide seniors with rides to appointments, grocery store, etc., using your own vehicle. Mileage reimbursement is available.

Food for Seniors. Sackers, box handlers, substitute drivers and assistants needed to provide groceries to low-income seniors. Help from 7 to 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Call Robbie at 359-6500.

American Legion Auxiliary Post 24. Volunteers are needed to help sort, fold and cut recycled plastic grocery bags into strips that the auxiliary uses to weave into sleeping mats for homeless veterans. Volunteer from 1 to 3 p.m. the first and third Monday at Stevick Senior Center in the lower level of The News-Gazette building.