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.
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.
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 28, "Container Gardening — Janet Townsend, Master Gardener." 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.
Getting Started with Tech Workshops. 2 p.m. Wednesday, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Library staff will help you get started. Tech workshops introduce computers, apps and devices. "Getting Started with Internet," May 29. Training laptops provided. Free. Sign up at champaign.org/events or call 217-403-2070.
Wesley Evening Food Pantry. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Wesley Student Center and United Methodist Church, 1203 W. Green St., U; parking entrance on Matthews, south of Green. Door on Goodwin south of Green. Weekly food distribution for households below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Information at wesleypantry.org or call 217-344-1120.
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.
A Matter of Balance. 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday, June 5 through July 24, Stevick Senior Center, 15 E. Main St., C. These classes will address fall prevention. Call 217-352-5100 to register.
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: "Eating Smart and Know Your Numbers," June 6. Free. For session descriptions or to register, visit go.illinois.edu/Keys.
Active Senior Republicans in Champaign County. 9:30 a.m. June 3, Robeson Pavilion Room A&B, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Monthly meeting with a speaker, state Rep. Mike Marron, 104th District, "An Inside Look at What the Democrats Want to do to Illinois." Book exchange. Sign-in, coffee, refreshments, 9:10 a.m. Call 217-417-6278 or 217-714-5807.
Rules of the Road. 10 a.m. June 5, Mid-Illinois Senior Services, Inc., 114 E. Jefferson St., Sullivan, 217-728-8521; 9 a.m. June 6, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U, 217-367-1544, ext. 277; 10 a.m. June 7, Iroquois County Volunteer Services, 1001 E. Grant St., Watseka, 815-432-5785. No registration or fee.
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Illini Chapter meeting, 9:30 a.m. June 7, Bresnan Center, 706 Kenwood Drive, C. Speaker: Donna Martin, archives librarian at the Urbana Free Library, who will speak about Champaign County Historical Archives and Genealogy Records. Federal employees and retirees are welcome. Call 217-369-1010.
50 Plus! Program. Looking for fun things to do? Hhow 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.
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.
HOT LUNCH PROGRAM
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 Memorial Day holiday.
Tuesday: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, black-eyed pea salad, Texas toast, pineapple tidbits, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).
Wednesday: Brat sandwich, corn, broccoli and cauliflower, bun, fruit salad.
Thursday: Chili with beans, lettuce salad with spinach, pears, crackers, cake or brownie.
Friday: Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, Italian green beans, bread, apple slices.
Champaign-Urbana: Rides for grocery shopping within the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Service of Champaign County: Seeking a receptionist on Thursday and/or Friday from 8:15 to 11 a.m. or noon answering phones and entering data into a database. Call for more information.
Peace Meals of Rantoul: Looking for volunteers on Friday from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. They are also looking for volunteers who could be subs on days regular volunteers are unavailable.