For the retirees, April 14-21, 2019

For the retirees, April 14-21, 2019

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

Free hearing screenings. Appointments may be made through April 26, Audiology Clinic, 2001 S. Oak St., C. Free parking in front of the building. Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 217-333-2205.

Bridge Club. 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., C. Informal, 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 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

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.

Sleeping Mats Project. 1 p.m. Monday, Stevick Senior Center, 15 E. Main St., C. Senior volunteers work with the American Legion Auxiliary to help sort, fold and cut grocery bags into strips that the auxiliary uses to weave into sleeping mats for homeless veterans. Help our veterans on the first and third Monday each month.

Tuesdays at Ten. 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Time for coffee, socializing and learning something new. On Tuesday, "Backyard Apothecary," Megan Murphy, Backyard Beauties. No registration, no fees. Call 217-403-2070.

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, share tips and information with each other. Bring a bag lunch if you wish. Call 217-893-3955.

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.

Ethel & Maud's Table. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday,Clark-Lindsey Village, 101 W. Windsor Road, U. A monthly luncheon for adults ages 55 and older. Entertainment by Inland Calypso. See menu at Cost $7. To register, call 217-239-5201.

Getting Started with Tech Workshops. 2 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. second and fourth Mondays, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Library staff will help you get started. Tech workshops introduce computers, apps and devices. "Getting Started with Pinterest," April 17; "Intro to Microsoft Excel," April 22. Training laptops provided. Free. Sign up at or call 217-403-2070.

Rules of the Road. 1 p.m. Thursday, Paxton Park District, 601 S. Fall St., 217-379-4203. Class to assist participants preparing to renew their driver's license. No registration or fee.

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

Illinois Retired Teachers Association. 11:30 a.m. April 24, Creekside Prairie Community Center and Retirement Community, 510 Prairie Lane, Cissna Park. Ford-Iroquois Chapter meeting. All retired educators from the area are invited to lunch, then a tour of the community center by manager Elsie EIsenmann. Call Sandy Rudin at 815-457-2534 for more information.

Dine with a Doc. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 25, 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: Dr. Kimberly Whitaker, SBL Tuscola Family Practice, Tuscola, and is active in the Christian Medical and Dental Association's Global Health Outreach. Free. To register, call 217-253-2323 or toll-free at 877-223-6109.

Keys for Embracing Aging. 10 to 11:30 a.m. first Thursday of each month, May 2-Dec. 5, Champaign County Extension Auditorium, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C. This series is designed to help aging adults develop strategies for taking care of themselves through the years. Attend all or drop in on the sessions that best fit your schedule. Next: Tuning in to the Times, May 2. Free. For session descriptions or to register, visit

Elder Abuse and Neglect. Anyone who suspects that an older person is being abused in any way is asked to contact a designated Elder Abuse provider (in this area, Family Service at 217-352-5100) or Adult Protective Services Hotline, 866-800-1409 or TTY, 888-206-1327. For information about programs to assist older adults in Illinois and their caregivers, call the Illinois Department on Aging Senior Helpline, 1-800-252-8966, or for TTY (hearing impaired use only), 1-888-206-1327.


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: Beef stroganoff, Italian mixed vegetables, tomatoes and zucchini, bread, fruit juice, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Stuffed chicken breast, potato casserole, seasoned greens, dinner roll, spiced apple rings.

Wednesday: Pork tenderloin sandwich, baked beans, midori vegetables, bun, pears.

Thursday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, bread, seasonal dessert.

Friday: Closed for Good Friday holiday.


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

Peace Meals in Rantoul need drivers to help deliver meals Monday through Friday. You can deliver meals just one day a week if you like. Pick up meals at Rantoul Community Center around 10:30 a.m. and be done by 11:30 a.m. Call Andrea at 217-359-6500 for information.

Food For Seniors: They are in desperate need for drivers and drive assistants.