Senior news briefs

Dunkirk Senior Center

The December newsletter is available starting today. Membership for 2018 is necessary to participate in all activities that take place Jan. 2 and after that throughout the new year. The $5 dues (renewals and new enrollees) may be paid at the Dunkirk Senior Center (366-7530) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesday afternoon from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

On Jan. 14, 2018, (Sunday) a full turkey dinner and general membership meeting is being offered at $5 per member. Limit: first 75. (Eat in only). Check the flyer in the newsletter and on the Center’s bulletin board. Sign-up begins Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Also, Big Bingo (3 to 6 p.m., lunch at 4) has an increased prize pay off and a $10 admission fee. (See flyer for prize distribution). Dates for Big Bingo are the second Wednesday of the month: Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 14 and March 14.

All other activities continue with a few new classes being organized. Watch the January paper for notices.

The travel first quarter schedule is booked and ready for sign-up. (The flyer is in the newsletter and on bulletin boards).

In January (Monday, Jan. 29), a non-assigned seat Customer Appreciation trip to Seneca Allegany Casino is booked. It includes $30 Casino bonus free play, free buffet and tip. The price is $30 per person. Sign-up begins Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Be sure to have your receipt the day of the trip.

In February (Tuesday, Feb. 27), a non-assigned seat Customer Appreciation trip to Seneca Niagara Casino is also booked. It includes $30 Casino bonus free play, free buffet and tip. The price is $30 PER MEMBER. Sign-up date is Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Be sure to have your receipt the day of the trip.

In March, our annual Easter shopping Broadway Market/Market in the Square with Lunch at Chef’s is at a member’s cost of $45. It departs on Wednesday, March 28. Assigned seating begins Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (See the flyer in the newsletter).

Also in March, an overnight casino trip to Del Lago leaves on Thursday, March 8 and returns on Friday, March 9. It includes $30 casino bonus, free buffet, transportation — driver tip and $10 food voucher. The price is $166 per person. Sign-up begins Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. A $66 non-refundable deposit is due upon sign-up, with the balance of $100 due by Feb. 5, 2018. There will be assigned seating for this trip.

The second quarter trips will be posted in late February or March.

Grape Belt Seniors

Aerobics and weights with Catherine Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m.

Reservations are no longer being accepted for the catered Holiday Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 8.

The next Reader’s Theater is Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m., at the Center. The theme is “Holiday Happenings.”

Grape Belt Seniors are helping Partners in Kind to collect hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves (new or gently used) to be distributed locally. To assist with the distribution, clothespins and zip top baggies (quart or gallon) are needed. Donations can be brought to the Center during classes and during the indoor farmers market. Thanks for helping to keep our community warm.

All trips, extended as well as day trips, are open to the public; members and non-members. Fliers for upcoming trips for 2017 and 2018 are available at the Center.

There are two remaining Day Trips for 2017.

“It Was a Wonderful Life:” Saturday, Dec. 9. Performance of “It Was a Wonderful Life” at Forest Lawn chapel. Lunch at Chef’s. Holiday Poinsettia Show at Botanical Gardens. Be behind Big Lots by 9 a.m.

The Temptations Holiday Show: Seneca Niagara Casino. Tuesday, Dec. 12. $20 free slots. Free buffet and show. Be behind Big Lots by 8 a.m. Bring photo ID!

Trips planned for 2018 thus far:

Boston, Massachusetts: Includes Red Sox vs. Yankees game. Aug. 2 to 5, 2018. Boston City Tour, Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, JFK Library & Museum, Prudential Skywalk, Spirit of Boston Luncheon Cruise with entertainment. A $250 deposit was due by Nov. 15.

“The Phantom of the Opera:” May 6. Enjoy a sit down lunch at The Italian Village in Depew, followed by the 2 p.m. matinee performance. Price: $152. Payment must be made by Feb. 1.

Oh, What a Night! “Musical tribute to Frankie Valli & Four Seasons”: June 26. Seneca Niagara Casino. Includes ticket to the show, $20 slot dollars, and free buffet lunch. Price: $75. Trip cut-off date is May 15. Bring photo ID.

Mamma Mia!: Dancing Dream tribute group plays tribute to “Mamma Mia” and the music of ABBA. Oct. 30. Seneca Niagara Casino. Includes 2 p.m. show, $20 slot dollars, and free buffet lunch voucher. Trip cut-off date is Sept. 15. Bring photo ID.

Seneca Allegany Customer Appreciation Day: June 27. Price per person is $31, due by May 25. Fun-filled day at Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, $30 in free slot dollars. Free lunch buffet. You will need photo ID. Bring Seneca Social Card or apply for one upon arrival.

delLAGO Casino with stop at Sauder’s Amish Store: July 9. Explore this new gaming facility located in Waterloo, $25 free slot play plus lunch buffet. Following the casino visit, tourists will stop at Sauder’s Amish Store before heading home. Price per person is $32. Payment due with reservation. Cut-off date is June 1.

The Drifters White Christmas: Dec. 11. Enjoy a 2 p.m. matinee show of the Drifters singing many of their hits as well as holiday songs. Trip also includes $20 Slot Dollars and free lunch buffet voucher. Trip cut-off date is Nov. 5. Bring Photo ID.

Extended trips for 2017- 2018:

Hawaii Trip: Reminder: Participants must have a current passport (enhanced driver’s license will not work!) as the flight will depart from Toronto, Canada. Give Marianne two copies of your passport if you haven’t already done so.

The Nova Scotia & Maritimes of Canada: Eight days and seven nights with visits to many interesting sights. Sept. 12-19, 2018. You will need proof of citizenship.

Historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County. June 19-21, 2018. Includes guided sightseeing tour of Philadelphia, Sight & Sound Millennium Theater’s Jesus followed by dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord, Valley Forge National Historical Park, and more.

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.

Westfield Senior Citizens

Westfield Senior Citizens met at the YWCA at noon on Nov. 9 for a pizza and salad luncheon.

The meeting was opened by Shirley Kolpien reading two poems. President Pat Sciarrino read devotions on thanks. New member Ruth Carris was introduced.

Committee members were thanked for the pizza, salad and cookies.

The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were approved.

Sunshine Chairman Dolores Kaufman reported birthdays for Dave Cochran and Carol Reynolds and her own 90th.

Pauline Emilson made several fliers for members to put up in businesses and other places about the Christmas program on Dec. 14 at the YWCA at noon. She and a friend will play and sing Christmas music as the entertainment.

A gift exchange ($5 to $10) will be held that day.

Members are asked to bring in hats, gloves, socks and mittens for children and seniors that day also.

The nominating committee reported that all officers agreed to another year in office.

All officers will set up programs for 2018 at a meeting in January.

Emilson shared information on the upcoming weekend of Westfield’s “Christmas in the Village.” Ron Van Ord will meet with members of other local clubs to set up possible trips next year.

The door prize was won by Emilson. The 50/50 was won by Geri Harper.

The meeting was closed at 1:30 p.m. with the serenity prayer. Some members stayed to play bingo.

The kitchen committee for December will be Joyce Wainwright, Nancy Peters, Trudy Stafford and Lolita Ramos. They are asked to come by 11:15 a.m. for set up.

They also provide desserts for the group to enjoy.

The next meeting is Dec. 7 at noon. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and personal table service.

Ripley Senior Citizens

The Ripley Senior Citizens met on Nov. 17 at the Fellowship Hall with 31 in attendance for the Thanksgiving dinner, which was very delicious. Plenty of food was enjoyed by everyone, with a blessing by Tom Woodell and a salute to the flag led by Dick Hoffman.

President Ken See opened the meeting.

There were no birthdays this month.

Music was provided by Mike and Marie Miller Acoustics from North East, Pennsylvania. String instruments offered many lovely old songs with sing-alongs.

The December meeting will be the Christmas dinner at Meeder’s. Members are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the food pantry. It was voted to send a donation to the Firemen’s Auxiliary for its Visit with Santa program.

Pastor Don Eggleston read Psalm 136 on Thankfulness — being thankful for what we have and for each other.

Come and join the Ripley Seniors for all the fun on the third Friday of the month. Call President Ken See at 736-3598 for details. Election of officers will be held at the January meeting.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Nov. 27 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

On Monday, Dec. 4, the motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 10 a.m. for the “Elvis Christmas Show” at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.

Three seats are available for the Dec. 12 trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino for “The Temptations Holiday Show.” Enjoy some of their Motown favorites such as “Just My Imagination,” “Since I Lost my Baby,” “My Girl” and more. Price includes general admission for the show, $20 in slot play and a free lunch buffet. Payment is due.

The Collins Center Seniors are collecting Letters to Santa. The letters will be deposited in special mail boxes at Macy’s Department Store. Macy’s donates $1 to “Make A Wish Foundation” for every letter collected. We will deliver the letters we collect on Dec. 14 which is “National Believe Day” because Macy’s will donate $2 for each letter deposited on that day. Collection bags for letters can be found at Valley Pharmacy, Goode’s Restaurant, Love INC. and other locations in Gowanda. One is ever too old to write a letter to Santa. “Believe” and dream big, wish for: a cure for cancer, peace and harmony on earth, good health for your family, a new Harley, a spa day or a better year for the young family down the street who have fallen on hard times. Help us reach our goal of 6,500 letters this year for this worthwhile cause. For more information call: Linda at 532-9547, Irene at 532-4268 or Bridget at 532-9586. Thank you.

Dues are $5 per year per member and must be paid no later than Dec. 30 to remain a member. Send dues to: Collins Center Senior at 5343 Route 39, Springville, NY 14141.

On Feb. 16, 2018 seniors will start the day at Kleinhans Music Hall with coffee and donuts and then enjoy a performance from the Glenn Miller Orchestra, which is considered one of the greatest bands of all time. Following the performance, travelers will head to Depew for a delicious lunch at The Italian Village Restaurant.

On March 15, seniors are going to Sean Patrick’s Irish Restaurant for lunch and to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Blarney Bunch Band. The band specializes in traditional Irish music and throws in some rock and country just to mix it up. Travelers will use the luck of the Irish at the last stop to hopefully win some “green” at the Buffalo Creek Casino.

Organizers are working on a great trip to Memphis and Nashville for May 28 to June 3. Travelers will spend two nights at the Guest House in Graceland and will have an exclusive Elvis tour of Graceland and Beale Street as well as two nights in Nashville with tours of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Studio B. Seniors will enjoy a show at the Grand Ole Opry and have a back stage tour. A lunch cruise on the General Jackson will also be included — and much more. Final details are incomplete at this time.

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.