This week’s senior news

Grape Belt Seniors

Grape Belt Seniors can now be found on Facebook. This is a closed group for paid members of Grape Belt Seniors. Catherine will post cancellations for her aerobics and weights classes on the GrapeBelt Seniors FB page, as well as on her own FB page, WDOE and Chautauqua Today.

Grape Belt Seniors Board meeting will be held on Feb. 6.

The February Potluck Luncheon will take place on Monday, Feb. 13. at 11:30 a.m. Members who are attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.

Readers’ Theater will not be meeting in February or March.

All trips, extended as well as day trips, are open to the public; members and non-members. Fliers for all of the upcoming trips for 2017 are available at the Center.

Extended trips for 2017 include a New Orleans trip for March 14 to 18 and a Chicago trip for  Sept. 18 to 21.  The New Orleans trip is fully booked.  Plans are being made for a trip to Hawaii early in 2018 and a fall trip to Nova Scotia. David Wendt, from Wendt Touring, will be at the Center on Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. for discussion of the extended trips.

For information and to sign up for any of the extended trips, call Marianne Serio at 672-5274. For more information and to sign up for any day trips, call Judy Marino at 672-5778.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Feb. 5 to 11

Monday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Tuesday:  Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym.

Wednesday:  Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room; Senior Bowling at 1 p.m., K & Lanes in Gowanda; Games & Crafts with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room.

Thursday: Yoga with Suzie at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym.

Friday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym; Potluck Lunch at noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Free — bring a dish to pass — everyone welcome. Nancy Reid will be the featured speaker.

Join the seniors for the ” St. Patrick’s Day Show” at Sean Patrick’s Irish Restaurant on Monday, March 13.  Lunch, show, and travel by comfortable coach bus all for only $70. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up.

Join the travelers for the Buffalo Historic River Cruise on Tuesday, June 6. Lunch, narrated boat tour, and travel by comfortable coach bus for only $80. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up.

The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Center in Collins. To sign up, call 532-2006 ext. 21 and leave a message with name, phone number,  member number, and indicate if planning to have the lunch. The fee for the class is $20 for members/$25 for non-members. After signing up, send in the check to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. Be sure to make the check out to “AARP.” The lunch fee is $3 and is payable upon check-in on the morning of the class.

**Just Announced** Don’t miss the “Country Flowers” crafts class with Carolyn on Tuesday, March 7 at 1 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Center in Collins. Carolyn will be teaching how to make a wall hanging of painting and glue work. All materials are included for $12. To sign up, call 532-2006, ext. 21 and leave a message.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Silver Creek Seniors met on Tuesday, Jan. 31 with 17 in attendance. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with everyone saying the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, followed by singing “God Bless America.”

Chaplain Dorothy Miniri then gave a prayer for those who could not be with us, and blessed the donuts provided by Carl Mohart. Lorrie Newman read some one-liners from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, as to how we played outside, rode our bikes with no helmets, and didn’t have all the modern technology, and we survived! Even ate worms and didn’t die.

50-50 winners were Miniri, Newman and Shirley Sikorski. Door prizes were won by Sue Borowski and Joan Suski. Ernie Hilliker called bingo, and the winners were Ellen Sutehall, Janice Snyder, Enabell Mirando, Mohart and Conrad Pawlak. The meeting closed with singing “Young at Heart.” The treat for next week is “sloppy Joes.”

Everyone 55 years of age or older is invited to visit and join in the fun. The Silver Creek Seniors meet at 1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Senior Center at 1823 Lake Road, Silver Creek.

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens held a monthly luncheon meeting at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 49 members in attendance.

President Mary Matteson led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of “God Bless America” and the invocation.

Robin Carr, Lynda Smith, Sue Schrantz, Howard and Patricia Gloss were welcomed as new members.

Josie Wierczynski, Dorothy Hilliker, Nancy Niebel and Pat Ebert, callers for December, were thanked.

There are no meetings in January or February 2017.

The menu for the March 13 luncheon will be: ham, boiled cabbage, potatoes, carrots and onions, fresh tossed salad with homemade dressing and vanilla ice cream with creme de menthe for dessert.

As thanks for her three years of service as treasurer of United Senior Citizens, Patricia Bradley was given a card and a multi-colored poinsettia. She then gave her final treasurer’s report.

New Treasurer Jeanne Hauser was introduced and welcomed by the group. For those who wish to pay in advance for the March 13 luncheon, send the $8 payment to Jeanne Hauser, P.O. Box 1146, Lily Dale, N.Y. 14752.

The deaths of Cossie Gizzi and Louis Siragusa were announced. Cards and memorials were sent to their spouses.

December birthdays of those present were Sandy Barone, Ann Budniewski, Geraldine Moch and Peggy Pokoj. January birthdays include Ralph Moch and Gary Palmer. February birthdays are Bradley and Tina Richthammer.

“Happy Birthday” was sung to all these birthday celebrants.

Vice President Evonne Hennebery conducted the raffle. Winners were Sue Walsh, Elaine Bentham, Richthammer, Carr, Wierczynski, Elaine Frederickson, Lucy Saeli and Kathy Damiano.

The meeting was concluded with Matteson leading the group in singing “White Christmas,” “Deck the Halls” and “Silent Night.”

After the meeting, bingo was led by Phyllis Laurito, Bradley, Rose Cerrie, Saeli and Rosemary Mancuso.