For the retirees, Sept. 2-9, 2018

For the retirees, Sept. 2-9, 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 nonemergency 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. 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.

Strong for Life exercise. 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, CRIS Healthy-Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. Free. 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 ages 60 and older. Complimentary refreshments are served and once a month there is a guest speaker. Call 217-485-5558.

Getting Started with Tech Workshops. 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 5-Dec. 12, except Nov. 28, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Library staff will help you get started. Computers are provided. Tech workshops introduce computers, apps and devices. First two in September: "Getting Started with Keyboard and Mouse," Sept. 5; "Getting Started with Windows Computers," Sept. 12.Registration encouraged. To sign up go online, or call 217-403-2070.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. 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. Adults, age 60 and older, are invited to enjoy a cup of hot coffee or tea, withsnacks, games and good conversation. Free. Call 217-477-5220.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Illini Chapter meeting, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 7, Bresnan Center, 706 Kenwood Drive, C. Speaker: Mary Lynn Davis, past president of the Champaign West Rotary Club and the Champaign Symphony Guild, will give a presentation about her trip to Cuba. Federal employees and retirees are welcome. Call 217-369-1010.

Connections Café. 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Stevick Senior Center, 15 Main St., C.A free, welcoming environment to relax and make new friends while learning about resources and wellness opportunities for seniors. Free coffee, blood pressure checks and other vital checks. Call 217-239-5201 or 217-239-6372.

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

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, 217-367-1544.

Celebrate Grandparents Day! 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 9, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Grandparents and grandchildren, come to the library and make a craft together, have a snack and enjoy yourselves. Call 217-403-2030.

Community Education Classes. Danville Area Community College's Community Education Office at the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Boomers & Seniors: Computer Understanding, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10-14, $85; Tablets for Beginners — iPad, 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 12, $25. Register at or in person. Call 217-554-1667 or 217-554-1668.

Coffee Klatch. 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 11-25, Westville Public Library 233 S. State St. Sept. 11 will be the first Coffee Klatch at the library. Bring a friend or two and come in for some coffee and conversation in our community room. The coffee get-together will be held through September. Call 267-3170.

Urbana Parks Senior Citizens Club. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Potluck, meeting and entertainment on the second Tuesday of each month. For information or to become a member ($12 resident of Urbana and Champaign park districts, $15 nonresident), call Janet at 217-367-1544, extension 277.

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 and potluck to low-impact cardio exercise. For information, call Darius at 217-819-3961.

Ethel & Maud's Table. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12, Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., C. A monthly luncheon for adults ages 55 and older. Entertainment featuring Vinny Santinelli. Grilled chicken parmigiana meal. Cost $7. To register, call 217-239-5201.


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 Labor Day holiday.

Tuesday: Country fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn and Lima beans, Texas toast, apricots, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Wednesday: Baked spaghetti, tossed salad with dressing packet, chunky applesauce, bread, oatmeal raisin cookie.

Thursday: Chicken parmesan, zucchini bake, cucumber and onion salad, dinner roll, cake with fruit.

Friday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, Italian green beans, bread, peaches.


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

Orpheum Children's Science Museum needs volunteers for Toddler Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., to help the children do prepared activities. On Sept. 8, "Night At the Museum," a monthly drop-off program for 4- to 12-year-olds from 5 to 8 p.m.; staff and volunteer-led themed programs. A lot of volunteers are needed for Snow Globe Decorating, held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday, except Monday, Nov. 5-23. Three weeks are spent decorating and setting up Snow Globes before opening night.

Courage Connection is looking for receptionists, Children's Play Group helpers and volunteers in their Connections ReSale Store in Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana.

The Salvation Army is in need of public relations help, computer maintenance (manage the website), donations, social media, organization and fundraising.