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Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Feb. 19 to 25

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; soup and sandwich lunch at noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Come and join for a delicious lunch of chicken noodle soup, egg salad sandwich, dessert and drink — all for $3.

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. at K & L Lanes in Gowanda; Games and Crafts 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.

** Don’t forget “Country Flowers” crafts class with Carolyn on Tuesday, March 7 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the L.K. Painter Center. All materials are included for $12. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up.

** The AARP Defensive Driving Class on Tuesday, March 28 is full. The next driving class is Tuesday, May 16. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up.

** Join the seniors for the “Buffalo Historic River Cruise” on Tuesday, June 6. A couple of seats are available. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Feb. 27 at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting and election of officers. Kathy Young was nominated for president and Rusty Pound was nominated for treasurer at the January meeting.

Seats are available on Feb. 28 for a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino. Payment is due. The motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street, in Gowanda at 8 a.m.

On March 21, seniors will return to the Seneca Niagara Casino for a Customer Appreciation Day. Payment is due no later than Feb. 27.

Seats are available Friday, March 31 for a trip to Kleinhans Music Hall to enjoy “The Midtown Men” and music of the Jersey Boys. Payment is due.

April 18, the group will head to the Seneca Niagara Casino for a performance by “The Crystals.” Enjoy hits such as “Then He Kissed Me,” “Uptown” and “He’s a Rebel” along with other hits from the ’60s. Package includes motor coach, the show, slot dollars and lunch.

Seats are available Sunday, April 30 for the afternoon performance of “Cabaret” at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Prior to the show, travelers will enjoy a delicious sit down lunch at the Pan American Grill and Brewery at the Hotel Lafayette. Payment is due.

A few seats are available for an awesome trip to Savannah, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on May 5 to 12. The seniors will stay at top quality hotels within walking distances of attractions in each of the cities. This trip is packed full of interesting sights and activities. Final payment is due March 15.

NEW: “America’s Sweethearts,” June 6. Celebrate History Through Harmony and the greatest generation with a USO show and buffet luncheon at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo. The first stop of the day will be Russell Salvatore Patriots and Heroes Park. Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and join “America’s Sweethearts” as they present the great music of the ’30s and ’40s. Sit back and enjoy the timeless classics, beautiful ballads and toe tapping tunes in classic USO fashion.

NEW: “Sex Please, We’re Sixty” June 21, club members are off to the Station Dinner Theater in Erie for a hysterical “Golden Girls”-style comedy and family-style lunch. On the way home, travelers will stop for a sweet treat at Connie’s Ice Cream and Southshore Winery.

For additional information, visit the website 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.

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 Facebook page, WDOE and Chautauqua Today.

A Grape Belt Seniors Board meeting was held on Feb. 6. The February Valentine potluck luncheon took place on Monday, Feb. 13. Thanks to the many great cooks and bakers who provided the delicious repast.

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: Yankees vs. Indians 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 those thinking about the Hawaii trip, anyone who books and pays a deposit on the Hawaii trip on Feb. 22, when Wendt is at the Center, will receive a $25 shipboard credit and a bottle of wine (one per cabin).

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.

Mt. Carmel Seniors Social Club

In spite of a snowy wintery day, members braved the elements and celebrated Valentines Day with a luncheon which was enjoyed by over 20 members.

Club President Carm Tampio led the group in a pledge to the flag. Club Chaplain Pauline Flitt offered a short prayer. Status reports by Treasurer Melanie Bates and Secretary Sue Borowski were accepted as presented.

Refreshments were provided by Borowski, Melanie Bates, Carm Morabito, Tampio, Flitt and Carolyn Daugherty. Needless to say, leftovers were taken home by most members.

Card games followed with most members participating.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Valentine’s Day meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14 began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by singing “God Bless America.”

Chaplain Dorothy Miniri said the blessing before everyone enjoyed a salad luncheon. There will be pizza at next week’s meeting, plus ice cream.

The entertainment for the day was Ji Young So, who played the piano. In her second year of college at Fredonia, majoring in music, she also plays the piano and organ at the First United Church in Silver Creek. It was a privilege to hear her perform.

After a short business meeting and collection of dues, the games began. 50/50 winners were Sue Borowski, Lorraine Bailey and Joanne Martin. Thelma Hilliker and Mary Ann Seibert won the door prizes.

Bingo winners were Joan Suski, Bailey, Ed Newman, Carl Mohart, Lorrie Newman and Borowski. Ernie Hilliker was the bingo caller.

Feb. 14 was observed as a festival in honor of St. Valentine, a Christian martyr of the third century. It was a very old notion that on this day, birds began to mate. The custom of giving love tokens has no actual connection to St. Valentine. Songs to remember on this day are “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and ” One Dozen Roses.”

The guest for the day and new member was Sue Shiloh. The domino players stayed after the meeting and Shiloh won most of the games. Was that beginner’s luck?

After singing “Young At Heart,” everyone pitched in for the cleanup.

The Silver Creek Seniors always welcome everyone 55 or older to attend the Tuesday meetings at 1 p.m. The Senior Center is located at 1823 Lake Shore Road in Silver Creek. If you’re reading this article, why not stop by for the next meeting?