For the retirees, Dec. 2-9, 2018

For the retirees, Dec. 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 non-emergency 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; Skipbo, 1 p.m. Wednesday, always looking for new players; 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.

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 and Christmas party. Bring a guest. Speaker: Madeleine Hubbard, president of the University of Illinois chapter of Turning Point USA and active Republican on "Supporting Israel on Campus." Book exchange. Sign-in, coffee, refreshments, 9:10 a.m. Call 217-417-6278 or 217-714-5807.

Sleeping Mats Project. 1 p.m. Monday, Stevick Senior Center, 15 E. Main St., C. Senior volunteers work with the American Legion Auxiliary to cut and sort grocery bags to make sleeping mats for homeless veterans. No experience necessary. Come have fun, meet new people and help our veterans on the first and third Monday each month.

Forget-Me-Not Cafe. Noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Papa Del's Pizza, 1201 S. Neil St., C. This gathering is a part of a dementia-friendly incentive for individuals with early to middle stages of dementia and their spouse or other family caregivers in a social, nonjudgmental gathering in a setting that offers enrichment to the life of those living with the challenges of dementia. Musician Russ Howard will be the entertainment. Held the first Tuesday each month at Papa Del's. Reservations are not required. Call Jennifer Kibler at 618-410-8502 for information.

Caregivers 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 through Dec. 18, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Steve 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.

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.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U, 217-367-1544. 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. 19, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Library staff will help you get started. Tech workshops introduce computers, apps and devices. Next three: "Intro to Microsoft Word," Dec. 5; "Intro to Microsoft Excel," Dec. 12; and "Intro to Microsoft PowerPoint," Dec. 19. Computers are provided. Registration encouraged. Sign up at or call 217-403-2070.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Illini Chapter meeting, 9:30 a.m. Friday, Bresnan Center, 706 Kenwood Drive, C. Dan Theobald, a retired teacher and coach and a skilled woodworker, will show a PowerPoint and describe the steps in making a guitar. Election and installation of officers for 2019 will be held. 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 screenings and other vital checks. Call 217-239-5201 or 217-239-6372.

Vermilion County Retired Teachers Association meeting. 11:30 a.m. Friday,Danville Boat Club, Danville. Doors open, 11 a.m. Menu is turkey and all the trimmings. Entertainment by students from the Schlarman Academy. A Christmas cookie drive will be held before the meeting. All Vermilion County teachers and retired support staff are eligible for membership. Membership dues are $10 for the year. Register by Monday. Call Cheryl Schroeder at 217-474-7117.

Ethel & Maud's Table. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 12, Savoy Elks Lodge, 903 N. Dunlap Ave., Savoy. A monthly luncheon for adults ages 55 and older. Entertainment by Kathy Harden. Cost $7. See menu at To register, call 217-239-5201.

Adopting-a-Senior for Christmas. Dec. 15 and 16. Neighbor Love is delivering gift bags and hosting a Christmas party for senior residents at Danville nursing homes; Danville Care Center, Colonial Manor, Gardenview Manor on Dec. 15 and North Logan Health Center, Dec. 16. Volunteers can help assemble the gift bags and visit with the residents while delivering the gift bags at a party and around the home. Deadline for Adopting-a-Senior for Christmas is Dec. 14. Donated merchandise, to be placed into the gift bags, can be dropped off at Credit Union First, 3591 N. Vermilion St., Danville. For information, to donate or volunteer, visit


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: Cabbage rolls, 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 Districtprovides 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

Meals on Wheels: Family Service of Champaign County is in need of volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors. It is a great way to help those who want to live in their homes as long as possible.

Senior Transportation: One of the most difficult challenges of becoming a senior is mobility. Family Service offers volunteers to help seniors get to appointments, grocery stores, pharmacy and more. This is a service to our community with no set times. Volunteer when it is convenient for you.

Food for Seniors: Many seniors are housebound and have challenges getting out to get their groceries. Food for Seniors delivers them to their door. This program needs help loading and unloading boxes, sorting and bagging the groceries and delivering them to the seniors. Help on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7 to 9 a.m.