Senior News

Grape Belt Seniors

Visit Grape Belt Seniors on FaceBook. Find information about upcoming trips and events, as well as information regarding cancellations of Catherine’s aerobics and weights classes. She will also post cancellations on her own FB page, WDOE, and Chautauqua Today.

Grape Belt Seniors Board meeting was held on Feb. 6. It was acknowledged that the December luncheon was a very enjoyable holiday gathering. The February Valentine 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  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.

Day trips with upcoming payment deadlines planned for 2017 include:

June 6: Casino trips with entertainment: Bill Haley Jr. and The Comets – pay by April 24

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.

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

Extended trips for 2017: The New Orleans trip is fully booked.  However, reservations for the Chicago trip Sept. 18 to 21 are still available. If Chicago is your “kind of town,” you don’t want to miss this trip.

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.

Dunkirk Senior Center Board of Directors

The Dunkirk Senior Center board meeting was held. The new board is now in charge of membership, and dues will remain $2 for Dunkirk members and $6 for social members. There is now a one card enrollment system, making it easier for all. There will be a membership meeting with notice in the next newsletter April/May. Get well cards have been sent.

Big Bingo is Wednesday, Feb. 8 with Martha Lukasik preparing the light meal. Doors will open at 4 p.m. The next Big Bingo is March 8. Big Bingo in April has been changed to the first Wednesday, April 5, rather than the second Wednesday due to the Broadway Market trip on April 12. Members are asked to sign in for the next couple of months due to a new guideline required by the Food Bank.

Sign up for the Atlantic City trip from Aug. 27 to Aug. 31 has begun. Check the newsletter for the Broadway Market Easter shopping trip with lunch at Chef’s Restaurant and Market in the Square. The cost is $43. There is a need to make a menu choice upon sign-up beginning Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. Choices include spaghetti/meatballs or baked spaghetti, plus chef salad or minestrone soup, bread, butter, coffee, tea and homemade cannoli.

Sign up Monday for the March 6 trip to Allegany for $29. There are several new trips planned. On April 10, sign up for the May 22 Buffalo Creek casino trip for $30. Sign up Monday, May 9 for the June 19 Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino trip for $30. These include $40 free slot plus bonus with no food allowance. Check the posting for full information and see what else is in the works. Exercise class is Monday, Wednesday and Friday with aerobics Tuesday and Thursday.

Starting in March, there will be a birthday luncheon for members that have a birthday in March (and every month thereafter) where those members will be treated to a light luncheon on the last Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. They will have to call to reserve for themselves and one friend at a cost of $1 for the friend. This will be a catered mystery menu. The first one will be held March 29, with reservations due by March 15. Brooks Hospital gave a donation of non-perishable food in honor of Carol A. Kozlowski which will be shared in loving memory of her.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Silver Creek Seniors met on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Senior Center. President Ed Newman started the meeting with everyone saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “God Bless America.” Chaplain Dorothy Miniri gave the blessing. Members then enjoyed a lunch of sloppy Joes.

Lorrie Newman read the treasurer’s report and MaryAnn Seibert gave the petty cash report for the month. Lorraine Bailey reminded those present that the shortest month is here, and if everyone is patient, they’ll soon find that singing “There’ll Be a Change in the Weather” for the better! In the meantime, Mr. Weatherman — “Let it Snow and Rain” as all sing “Put On a Happy Face.”

Winners of the 50-50 for the day were Bailey, Ernie Hilliker and Shirley Sikorski. Door prizes were won by Sue Duecker and Ed Newman. Joan Suski called bingo, and the winners were Ellen Sutehall, Hilliker, Sue Borowski, Joanne Martin, and Miniri. The meeting closed with singing “Young at Heart.”

Next week, the seniors will have Ji Young, a student from Fredonia College, to entertain the group with her excellent piano skills. She is also the pianist and organist at First United Church. A salad bar is also on the agenda.

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.