Senior news

Dunkirk Seniors

The Dunkirk Senior Center had a full bus for the trip to Salamanca last Monday where the lights went out, making it quite an event. The exercise classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday are at 9 a.m., with the aerobics Tuesday and Thursday still at 9:30. Check the calendar for Mah Jongg, Tai-Chi, painting class and pinochle. All members must have a 2017 membership to attend anything now at the Center. Any new members are always welcome throughout the year, with dues to be paid any time prior to attending any activity. At the Big Bingo recently held, players were served with a very good chili, cake and ice cream meal. The fees to play bingo are $2, $3 and $5. The next Big Bingo is Wednesday, Feb. 8.  The bus trip to Niagara on Feb. 7 is full.

There is a board meeting on Monday, Feb. 7. Sign up Feb. 6 for the appreciation bus trip on March 6 to Allegany. The Feb. 19 spaghetti dinner in honor of Carol Kozlowski is sold out. Atlantic trip sign-up starts Feb. 7 with a down payment of $50, non-refundable. April has a Big Bingo planned for Wednesday, April 5. There is a trip scheduled for April 12 to the Broadway Market, Market on Main and Chef’s Restaurant. The newsletter will be coming out shortly for member pick-up.

Grape Belt Seniors

Grape Belt Seniors can now be found on Face Book! This is a Closed Group for paid members of  Grape Belt Seniors. Catherine will post cancellations for her aerobics and weights classes on the Grape Belt 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.

The day trips planned for 2017 include:

Seneca Niagara Casino Customer Appreciation trips: June 27 – pay by May 24; July 17 – pay by June 14;  Nov. 6 – pay by Oct. 1.

Casino trips with entertainment: June 6, Bill Haley Jr. and The Comets – pay by April 24; Sept. 19, Magic of Motown – pay by Aug. 2;  Dec. 12, The Temptations – pay by Oct. 25.

May 17: Lilacs and The Stars: Lilac festival in Rochester with a stop first at the Lamberton Conservatory. Dinner at the Shadow Lake Country Club with entertainment. Pay by April 5.

June 24 to 25: Frank Lloyd Wright: One night accommodations, historic stone house luncheon, Fallingwater, wine tasting, Kentucky Knob, Duncan House, lunch at Treetops, Flight 93 Memorial. Deposit by Feb. 13 and final payment by May 15.

July 10: Be Bop Doo Wop Seneca Lake: Enjoy Captain Bill’s two hour cruise with lunch and entertainment on Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen State Park for a guided tour of the gorge if desired. Pay by June 7.

Aug. 6: Yankee and Cleveland game in Cleveland. Pay by April 1.

Aug. 24: Niagara On The Lake: A stop will be made at the Peller Estate Winery for a tour and tasting, followed by a luncheon cruise on the Niagara Belle, then enjoy two to two and a half hours of free time in downtown Niagara-On-The-Lake. Pay by July 24.

Oct. 15: Vineyard Express: A stop with time on everyone’s own at Beckers Farm, board the Vineyard Express for a fun-filled day with a stop at the Medina Railroad Museum, then head to Spring Lake Winery for wine tasting, dinner and live music. Pay by Sept. 1.

Dec. 9: It Was A Wonderful Life: Travelers will go to the Forest Lawn Chapel for a special performance, then on to Chef’s Italian Restaurant for lunch, and to the Botanical Gardens for their Holiday Poinsettia Show. Pay by July 24.

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. However, reservations for the Chicago trip are still available. Think about joining the group for what promises to be a fun trip to the “Windy City.”

The Chicago trip will be by coach for four days and three nights. It will include a tour of the University of Notre Dame; a guided city tour including Grant Park and Navy Pier; an architectural cruise along the Chicago River to visit the Biograph Theater, the Holy Name Cathedral, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, dinner theater at Tommy Gunn’s Dinner Theater, and much more.

Plans are being made for a trip to Hawaii early in 2018 and a fall trip to Nova Scotia. The trip to Hawaii will be 10 days and nine nights, including a seven-night cruise to four of the islands. The Nova Scotia trip will be eight  days and seven nights with visits to many interesting sights.

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 Jan. 29 to Feb. 4

Sunday: Pickle ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m.. 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 Bowing at 1 p.m., K & L 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; Movie day at the Collins Library at 1 p.m. This month’s film is the story of a famous pilot starring Tom Hanks and Laura Lynne. Popcorn will be served.

** Join the 50 Plus Seniors for ” St. Patty’s Day with the Superstars” on Monday, March 13. Dinner, show, and travel by comfortable coach bus, all for $70. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 for more information and to sign up.

** Join the 50 Plus Seniors for the “Buffalo Historic River Cruise” on Tuesday, June 6. Lunch, narrated boat tour, and travel by comfortable coach bus, all for $80. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 for more information or to sign up.

** The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, March 28 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. Be sure to mail in the check after signing up. Make the check out to “AARP”, and if signed up for the lunch, the fee is $3, payable on the morning of the class. This class runs from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Participants are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. and bring their driver’s license and pens.

Collins Center Seniors

The January meeting for the Collins Center Seniors was well attended and as always, lunch was delicious and plentiful. Kathy Young was nominated for president and Rusty Pound was nominated for treasurer and will be voted on at the Feb. 27 meeting.

Seats are available on Feb. 21 for a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino. Payment is due.

On March 21, the seniors will return to the Seneca Niagara Casino for a Customer Appreciation Day.

Seats are available Friday, March 31 as the travelers begin the day with coffee and donuts at Kleinhans Music Hall, then enjoy a performance of “Midtown Men,” the musical tour that took the Jersey Boys phenomenon to Broadway, bringing to life the greatest hits of the sixties. Lunch will follow at 716 Restaurant,  followed by a stop at Parkside Candies before heading home. A deposit is required to hold a seat and final payment is due Feb. 15.

April 18, “The Crystals” perform at the Seneca Niagara Casino. Enjoy hits such as “Then He Kissed Me,” “Uptown” and “He’s a Rebel” along with other hits from the sixties. The package includes the show, slot dollars and lunch.

Seats are available Sunday, April 30, when the group heads to Shea’s for the afternoon performance of “Cabaret.” Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret” and “Maybe This Time.” This Tony-winning musical is about following one’s heart while the world loses its way. Prior to the show, there will be a delicious sit down lunch at the Pan American Grill and Brewery at the Hotel Lafayette. A deposit is required to hold a seat and final payment is due Jan. 30.

Seats are available for a trip to Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for May 5 to 12. Travelers will stay at top quality hotels within walking distances of activities in each of the cities. In the two nights in Savannah, seniors will enjoy a trolley tour with a guide through the Historic District and have hop on/hop off trolley privileges for the day and more. Step on guides are scheduled for several tours throughout the trip. In the two nights in Charleston, there will be a carriage tour through the Historic District and visits to plantations, the Battery and Citadel, as well as free time at the Historic Market and more. In Myrtle Beach, the group will tour a plantation and gardens and see a show at the Palace Theater and more.

For additional information visit the web site at or contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.