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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.

The March luncheon is on Wednesday, March 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Center. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.

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: Includes Red Sox vs. Yankees game. 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. Explore this new gaming facility located in Waterloo, New York.

A Dam Good Trip: Aug. 22. Tour Mt. Morris Dam.

The Drifters White Christmas: Dec. 11. Enjoy a 2 p.m. matinee show of the Drifters.

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.

Extended trips for 2018:

The Nova Scotia & Maritimes of Canada: 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 today 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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Mt. Carmel Seniors

On a spring-like day, Mt. Carmel Seniors met in the Mt. Carmel auditorium annex. Roll call indicated 23 present with several missing due to the flu bug.

President Carm Tampio led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Club Chaplain Jeanette Mula offered a prayer.

A few new club members were introduced and a short business meeting followed.

A catered luncheon featuring shrimp cocktails, exotic sub sandwiches, salads and several desserts and beverages was served. The refreshment committee included Sue Borowski, Eugene and Virginia Chesbro, Jean Mc Daneld, Jeanette Mula and President Tampio.

The next scheduled Mt. Carmel Seniors meeting is on Wednesday, March 7, at which time a theater group “The Brainstormers” will perform its “Spirits Of Aging” performance. The Silver Creeks Seniors Social Club has been invited to attend.

Curtain call is at 1 p.m., following the Mt. Carmel regular business meeting. Light refreshments will be served.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Feb. 20 meeting was called to order on an unusually warm winter’s day.

Members Enabell Mirando and Carl Mohart were welcomed back with miles of smiles.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with homage.

Chaplain Dorothy Miniri presented the invocation of thanks and gratitude for favors received. After the blessing, it was time to dine on pizza, various raw veggies, fresh fruits and diversified desserts, including an unusual root beer float cake. Thanks again to Ellie’s Deli and all those who furnished the fun food faire.

On Valentine’s Day, the world learned about another deadly school shooting in Florida. Attacks like this would have been considered incomprehensible when we were young. We pray for all precious victims who lost their lives. “What the World Needs Now is Love.” “Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let it Begin with Me.”

In a lighter moment, Lorrie Newman offered a satirical story, the moral of which was that you can’t put anything past an old Geezer.

The 50/50 winners were Lorraine Bailey, Bob Sutehall and Miniri. Door prizes were won by Ellyn Sutehall, Ed Newman and Joanne Martin.

Joan Suski called bingo and the winners were Miniri (thrice), Jan Snyder, Ellyn Sutehall (thrice), Lorrie Newman (twice), Mary Ann Seibert, Ed Newman (twice) and Thelma Hilliker.

At the next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m., members are reminded to bring a family Lenten dish to pass. All seniors 55 or older are welcome.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Feb. 25 – March 3

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. Small fee.

Wednesday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym; Quilting with Florence at10:30 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 Yellow Room.

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

Friday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym; Movie Day at 1 p.m. at the Collins Library. This month’s film stars Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Kate Hudson. Popcorn will be served.

** Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors for the “Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruise” on Tuesday, June 5. Enjoy the historic locks with this narrated cruise, a buffet lunch canal-side, along with a visit to Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, with travel by comfortable coach bus, all for $87. To sign up, call 532-2006 ext. 21.

** The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Community Center in Collins. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up. Only a few seats are available so call early. The March 27 AARP Class is full — if signed up, check in by 8:30 a.m. and bring along a pen and your driver’s license.