For the retirees, May 5-12, 2019

For the retirees, May 5-12, 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.


Free activities at Stevick. Open, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Stevick Senior Center, 15 E. Main St., C. Senior Yoga, 9 to 10 a.m. Monday and Friday; gentlemen's coffee hour, 9 a.m. Monday through Friday; Crochet Club, 9 a.m. Tuesday; card games — euchre, noon Tuesday and euchre and 13, 10 a.m. Friday, new players welcome; Skipbo, 1 p.m. Wednesday; 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. Speaker: state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, on "How Gov. Pritzker is Changing the state." 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 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 May 7, "Illinois Native Plants — Diane Wilhite, Grand Prairie naturalist." No registration, no fees. Call 217-403-2070.

Getting Started with Tech Workshops. 2 p.m. Wednesdays, and 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 Windows Computers," May 8;"Getting Started with Social Media," May 13. Training laptops provided. Free. Sign up at or call 217-403-2070.

Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. Wednesday, Fairbury VFW, 205 E. Locust, 815-692-4210; 10 a.m. Friday, Gibson City Senior Center, 215 E. Third St., C; 217-7-84-4891. No registration or fee.

Senior potluck. Noon Thursday, Stevick Senior Center, 15 E. Main St., C. Join other seniors on the second Thursday of each month for a fun-filled potluck. Bring a small dish to share. The main dish will be provided. In May we will honor mothers. There will be several door prizes. Call 217-359-6500.

It's Coffee Time. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, first-floor meeting room, Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St. For adults, age 60 and older. Enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea with conversation, crafts and games. Free. Call 477-5220.

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

Ethel & Maud's Table. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15, Cityview (fourth floor of the train station), 45 E. University Ave., C. A monthly luncheon for adults ages 55 and older with entertainment by Ozzy Pearl's "Grand Ole Opery". Cost $7. See menu at To register, call 217-239-5201.

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: Salisbury beef patty, mashed potatoes, broccoli, Texas toast, peaches, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Taco salad with meat, lettuce, cheese, beans, tomatoes and salsa, peaches, taco chips, pudding.

Wednesday: Chicken pot pie, creamy cole slaw, biscuits, chunky applesauce.

Thursday: Ham and beans, copper carrots, cornbread, gelatin with fruit.

Friday: Roasted pork loin, frosted sweet potatoes, seasoned green beans, dinner roll, 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 Andrea at 217-359-6500 or email at

Urbana Free Library: Enthusiastic volunteers str needed to help with the library gardens. Help with the details of how the garden looks. Help with maintenance, the leaves, weeds and spent flowers need to be cleared and flowers to be watered regularly. Commitment of one hour, once per weekk. Contact Eleanore at 217-357-4057 or email

Champaign Farmers Market: Fresh produce is sold every Tuesday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. from May 14-Oct. 29. They are looking for volunteers who know a bit about vegetables, gardening and cooking and are able to socially engage the crowd. Call Rey Dalittl at 312-863-9960.