Senior news

Dunkirk Senior Center

April 19 (Thursday) Spring potluck dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. CORRECTION: Members must bring a dish to pass for 12 to 15 people. There is no fee. Those not bringing a dish, the member price is $8. Sign-up begins Monday, March 26 for the first 90 members only.

Tai Chi new enrollment for beginners starts Tuesday, April 3 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Regulars advanced class continues from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Birthday Bash: effective IMMEDIATELY: only one guest allowed – price $5.

Multi-day trips: Thousand Islands Aug. 12 to 13 (Sunday, Monday): Price is $365 per person. For brochure and information, stop or call the Center. Sign-up begins Monday, April 16.

Atlantic City Sept. 9 to 13, (Monday through Thursday). Price: $430 for a double. Sign-up begins Monday, April 2. Brochure is available for details. Pick up the flier or call the Center at 366-7530.

New classes for crafts are being planned for the first and third Monday in March from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the Center to sign up or come in person. Also on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a social hour with board games and puzzles. Help is available to learn the games.

Zumba Gold classes still have openings for the first three Wednesdays in March.

Newsletters for March/April will be available at the Center the last week of February.

Grape Belt Seniors

Aerobics and weights with Catherine Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m. If class is cancelled due to bad weather, Catherine will have it announced on WDOE; and will post it on her Facebook page and Grape Belt Seniors Facebook page.

Winter will be here for awhile yet. Members are again collecting hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves for Partners in Kind. Items may be dropped off at the Center. Thank you for helping to keep people warm.

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

Trips planned for 2018 thus far include:

Boston, Massachusetts: Aug. 2 to 5. $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. $152. Those interested in attending were asked to pay by Jan. 27 so arrangements could be finalized. As of this writing, there are still seats available for this trip.

More upcoming trips – details to follow as the dates become closer:

Oh, What a Night! “Musical tribute to Frankie Valli & Four Seasons:” June 26.

Mamma Mia!: Dancing Dream tribute group plays tribute to “Mamma Mia” and the music of ABBA. Oct. 30.

Seneca Allegany Customer Appreciation Day: June 27.

delLAGO Casino with stop at Sauder’s Amish Store: July 9.

A Dam Good Trip: Aug. 22. Tour Mt. Morris Dam. Lunch at the Big Tree Inn. Wine tasting at Deer Run Winery. Vespers at the Abbey of the Genesee (where Monks’ Bread is produced).

The Drifters White Christmas: Dec. 11.

Shaw Festival Niagara-on-the-Lake: Nov. 18. Lunch at Pillar and Post. 2 p.m. matinee show of “A Christmas Carol” at Royal George Theatre. Proof of citizenship is required. Call by March 24 if interested in this trip.

Thousand Islands, Riveredge Resort, Alexandria Bay, New York: July 15 to 16. $75 deposit with sign-ups to secure seats. Seats are still available. Call by March 24 if interested in this trip.

Extended trips for 2018:

The Nova Scotia & Maritimes of Canada: eight days and seven nights with visits to many interesting sights. Sept. 12 to 19. Proof of citizenship is needed.

Historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County: June 19 to 21.

David Wendt will be at the Center on Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the Nova Scotia and Philadelphia/Lancaster County trips. (If the weather is bad that day, he will be present on March 5). He will also be at the Center on Wednesday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. to finalize the Hawaii trip.

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.

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Silver Creek Seniors

The Feb. 13 meeting opened on a day filled with sweetness and Mardi Gras merry-making.

President Ed Newman welcomed guest Kimberly Bennett from the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Members Conrad Pawlak, Mary Congdon, Harry Suski, Thelma and Ernie Hilliker were greeted with a rousing acclamation of “Welcome Back!”

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung from the heart.

Chaplain Dorothy Miniri invoked blessings of thanks, gratitude and the gift of love for each other.

A decorative table brimming over with sweet treats prepared by members was the perfect setting for Valentines Day. Thanks to everyone who contributed and a special thank you with affection to the Pawlak family.

Valentines Day is noted for the day that birds choose their mates, and we chose to dedicate our memory songs to sweethearts everywhere. And so, won’t you please “Let Me Call You Sweetheart?” and did you know that “Somebody Loves You?” It’s true, we really do.

The 50/50 winners were Lorraine Bailey, Ernie Hilliker and Congdon. Door prizes were Joanne Martin, Congdon and Jean McDaneld.

President Newman called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were: Pawlak twice, Bennett, Miniri, Martin, Ernie Hilliker, Shirley Sikorski, Lorrie Newman, Jen Zlotnick and Jan Snyder. The final big winner was Lorrie Newman.

The meeting closed with singing “Young at Heart.”

The next meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Clubhouse on Route 5 in Silver Creek.

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens met recently for the Valentine luncheon and a meeting in the Sinclairville Firehall Dining room. President Diman Smith welcomed all to the luncheon, and Cassadaga American Legion Chaplain Diane K. Shaw gave the blessing prior to the meal.

The table decorations were provided and set up by Linda Parmenter and Betty Wielgasz. Thanks to the two of them for the colorful Valentine decorations. The main meal was provided by Charles Sylvester, who prepared a roast of beef, potatoes with sour cream, and stuffed tomatoes. The other members brought dishes of food to add to the meal. A fine meal with a large variety was enjoyed by all, and much appreciation is extended to Sylvester for the main meal. Thanks to Smith for getting the coffee ready for the day. The table was filled with many gifts for a raffle. Recipients included LouAnn Smith, John Sipos, Smith, Margie McIntyre, Robert Minekime, Paul Scranton, Wielgasz, and Louisa Smith.

Following the meal, the meeting opened with the Lord’s Prayer led by President Smith and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Secretary Sipos. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by the secretary and Sylvester gave the financial report. Sunshine Chairman Wielgasz read the list of those who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. She also sent out get well cards. Those who are ill were remembered.

Smith presented a report on a trip to Albany on American Legion business with Ray Wood. Smith is now the County Commander of the Sons of the American Legion. Sipos told a story of the definition of peace as illustrated in a painting. Susan Sipos told of her trip to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Groundhog Day.

The next meeting of the group will be on Tuesday, March 13, at noon in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room. LouAnn and Diman Smith will provide the festive table decorations, and a corned beef and cabbage meal. Others are to bring a dish of food to add to the meal or a dessert. New members are always welcome.

Collins Center Seniors

Several new members were welcomed in to the Collins Center Seniors at the Jan. 22 meeting. Peggy Marcoux was nominated for secretary and Linda Miller was nominated for vice president. Both ladies accepted and will maintain the office they have held in the past.

Feb. 16, seniors are going to Kleinhans Music Hall to enjoy a performance from the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 8 a.m.

March 20 is Customer Appreciation Day at the Seneca Niagara Casino. This trip is full and payment is due Feb. 26.

March 22, the day starts at the Broadway Market. Participants will also enjoy a guided tour of the Old Post Office and Goldome Building while in Buffalo. A buffet lunch is planed for Curly’s Restaurant. Payment is due Feb. 26.

April 10 is a return to the Seneca Niagara Casino. Seats are available.

A few seats are available April 16 for the Mystery Tour.

A few seats are available for the May 8 trip to “del Lago,” in Waterloo.

NEW: May 16 “IT’S MAGIC.” Seniors will travel to Niagara Falls, Ontario. The day starts at the Butterfly Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Next is a stop at the Greg Frewein Theater for a buffet lunch and the “Beyond Belief Magic Show.” NOTE: valid passport or enhanced driver’s license is required.

A few seats are available for the trip to Memphis and Nashville from May 28 to June 3. This trip has everything that people go to Memphis and Nashville to experience.

NEW: June 10. “Are We There Yet.” The group takes off to the Lucille Ball Little Theater and Museum for a guided “Lucy’s Hometown Tour,” then a visit to the Lucy Desi Museum, followed by a delicious brunch at the Tropicana Room. “Are We There Yet” is a fantastic show about a roller coaster ride through the lives of modern American families.

For additional information, visit 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.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Feb. 18 to 24.

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

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

Tuesday: NO Active Senior Aerobics TODAY !

Soup and Sandwich Lunch at noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Come on out and enjoy a delicious lunch of homemade chili, salad, dessert and drink for only $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, small fee; Games & Crafts with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room.

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

Friday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym.

** The March 27 AARP Defensive Driving Class is completely full. If signed up, check in by 8:30 a.m. and bring along a pen and your driver’s license. If you haven’t yet sent in your check, it must be received before the class date. The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at The L.K. Painter Community Center in Collins. To sign up, call 532-2006 ext. 21.

** Just Announced** Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors for the “Lockport Locks & Canal Cruise” on Tuesday, June 5. Travel by comfortable coach bus, Lockport narrated cruise, lunch and a stop at Becker Farms all for only $87. For more information on this day trip or to sign up, call 532-2006 ext. 21.