For the retirees, Oct. 7-14, 2018

For the retirees, Oct. 7-14, 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.


Free activities at Stevick. Center open, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Stevick Senior Center, 15 E. Main St., C. Senior yoga, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday; gentlemen's coffee hour, 9 a.m. Monday 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 movie and popcorn, 1 p.m. Friday. Free parking on east side of building. Call 217-359-6500.

Tuesdays at Ten. 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Ever wonder what kinds of innovations are being developed right here in Champaign-Urbana? Find out at the library, with time for coffee, socializing and learning something new. On Oct. 9, "What is the Value of a Life?," learn about Fruit Vaccine Inc., a local company developing an edible, fruit-based vaccine that will protect infants from human respiratory syncytial virus (hRSV). Call 217-403-2070.

Caregiver's Support Group. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. A facilitated group that helps those responsible for the care of others to discuss their experiences and frustrations as well as share tips and information with each other. Bring a bag lunch if you wish. Call 217-893-3955.

Chair yoga. Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 9 through Dec. 18, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Stephen Willette from Living Yoga Center will share this ancient practice, showing how to use yoga for stretching and strengthening, all while seated in a chair. Call 217-403-2070.

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

Rules of the Road. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hays Center, 1311 W. Church St., C, 217-819-3961; 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Gibson City Senior Center, 215 E. Third St., 217-784-4891; 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 15, Rantoul Recreation Building, 100 E. Flessner, 217-893-57020. Class to assist participants preparing to renew their driver's license. No registration or fee.

Getting Started with Tech Workshops. 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 12, except Nov. 28, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Library staff will help you get started. Tech workshops introduce computers, apps and devices. Next three "Getting to Know Android Tablets," Oct. 10; "Ebooks & More for iPhones or iPads," Oct. 17; and "Ebooks & More for Android Devices," Oct. 24. Computers are provided. Registration encouraged. Sign up at or call 217-403-2070.

Caring Conversations Luncheon Series. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Best Western Plus Hotel, 917 Green Mill Road, Arcola. This free luncheon is hosted by Carriage Crossing Senior Living at Green Mill Village, Arcola. Brenda Hearn, a certified Assisted Living Cabinet member, Leading Age Illinois, will speak on "The Changing Needs of Seniors: Advocating to Live the Life You Love." Call 217-268-3516 to register. Following the event, free pie and coffee will be served at Carriage Crossing Senior Living, and tours of the facility will be available.

Connections Café. 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.A free, welcoming environment to relax and make new friends while learning about resources and wellness opportunities for seniors. Free coffee, blood pressure screenings and other vital checks. Call 217-239-5201 or 217-239-6372.

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.


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: Sausage in gravy, mini potato bakers, fruit compote, biscuit, fruit juice, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, bread, apricots.Wednesday: Stuffed peppers in sauce, corn, chunky applesauce, dinner roll, frudel bar.

Thursday: Ham and beans, pickled beets, cornbread, peaches.Friday: Chicken sandwich with mayo packet, German potato salad, tarragon carrots, bun, grapes.


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

Family Service Meals on Wheels and Senior Transportation: Looking for volunteers to help deliver essential meals to seniors and rides to doctor appointments, grocery store, etc. Mileage reimbursement is available.

AARP Tax Aide: Volunteers are needed to begin training in November to prepare taxes for seniors and low-income individuals.