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Dunkirk Senior Center Board

The Dunkirk Senior Center Board met Tuesday, March 6 with the newly elected officers, who are: President Nancy Renckens; Vice President Greg Sek; Board members: Bob Mitchell, Diane Lokietak and Martha Lukasik; Treasurer Peggy Napoli and Secretary Ruth Neal.

The next Big Bingo is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14. The time will be doors opening at 3 p.m., with a light meal being serving at 4 p.m., followed by bingo at 4:30 p.m. The next birthday party will be Wednesday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with sign-up ending on March 21. There is a new guest fee of $5 for this event. That will continue for another year as it has been met with so much interest.

Thursdays at 11 a.m., a game and social hour will be held. This is a good time to visit the Center, see what is going on and get a newsletter for March and April. Painting class and Tai Chi are still on Thursdays, with crafts on the first two Mondays of the month in March, starting at 10:30 a.m. The Zumba Gold class on the first three Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. is up and running. All exercise classes remain the same, Mondays through Fridays, so check the calendar for all these times. The April 19 Pot Luck Dinner sign up begins March 26 for the first 90 members and is free with a dish to pass, or an $8 fee. There will be raffles and a good time. An educational event, a Community Baby Shower, is being given by the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at the Center on April 18 for parents-to-be and new mothers. There will be an open membership meeting in the works for Friday, May 11, so save the date.

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.

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.

“The Phantom of the Opera:” May 6. $152. As of this writing, there are still seats available for this trip.

Forest Lawn Trolley and History: Wednesday, May 30. $118. Enjoy the special tour performance. Learn about Forest Lawn history. Buffet lunch at Curly’s Grille, followed by a visit to the Pierce Arrow Museum.

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.

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. Visit Sonnenberg Gardens, Mansion Tour, and wine tasting en route to Thousand Islands. $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: 8 days and 7 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.

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.

Silver Creek Seniors

The March 6 meeting was called to order on a day with light winds, clouds and changing skies.

Our guest, Sally Shevlin of Silver Creek, was warmly welcomed. Additionally, Ed and Eleanor Lemiszko were welcomed back.

After the blessing by Chaplain Dorothy Miniri, a light meal of egg or ham salad sandwiches with side orders of relishes, tomatoes and fresh fruits was received. Thanks to everyone who contributed the goodies including the decorative cupcakes and cookies.

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

There seems to be a longing to restore tranquility and optimism into life’s purpose. As senior citizens, we continue to have “High Hopes” that “Peace is Flowing Like a River” through ordinary people like you and me.

The 50/50 winners were Harry Suski, Jean McDaneld and Mary Ann Seibert. Door prizes went to Ernie Hilliker, Jen Zlotnick and Lorraine Bailey. Hilliker called bingo and the lucky winners were Carol Prowse, Zlotnick, Mary Congdon (twice), Kathy Huffman, Ed Prowse, Thelma Hilliker, Shirley Sikorski and Joan Suski.

Several members stayed and played dominoes. For the first time a player, Joan Suski, won four rounds in a row!

A reminder was made to welcome everyone to join the Silver Creek Garden Club at the Senior Center on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. to the “Ask the Gardener” program.

The March 13 meeting at 1 p.m. at the Senior Club House on Route 5 in Silver Creek will feature a ham and cabbage dinner celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Volunteers will provide bread and desserts.

Mount Carmel Seniors

Mount Carmel Seniors pushed the winter season into spring time with a joint gathering of both Silver Creek seniors clubs. Over 45 seniors and guests met at the Mt. Carmel Auditorium where a theater group, “The Brainstormers” performed its “Spirits Of Aging” one act play.

Special guest Betty Accordino, who authored the play, was in attendance as well. Following the play, a jovial group discussion ensued relative to the merits of being retired and social activities in practice for the elderly.

Refreshments were in abundance and most seniors traveled home with doggie bags in hand.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at 12:30 p.m., at the Sunset Bay Restaurant in Irving. The theme is “Hello Spring” and lunch will be available “no-host, off the menu.”

Mt. Carmel members are encouraged to call club President Carm Tampio for a head count prior to the event (call 934-3349).

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of March 11 to 17

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. (8-week session begins).

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; Community service with Pat at 1 p.m, Painter Center Rose Room.

Those who are signed up for the Tuesday, March 27 AARP Defensive Driving Class are reminded that the check must re received before the class date. The class starts at 9 a.m. sharp. Check in at the L.K. Painter Center by 8:30 a.m. Bring a pen and your drivers license. The Tuesday, May 15 AARP Defensive Driving Class is full. If looking for a local class, click on the website for more information.

Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors for the “Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruise” on Tuesday, June 5. The day trip features a narrated cruise through the locks, buffet lunch — canalside, a stop at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards with travel by comfortable coach bus. The trip cost is $87. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 for more info or to sign up!

Collins Center Seniors

The February meeting for the Collins Center Seniors was well attended and included several new members. The next meeting will be March 26 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

The motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the store on Main Street in Gowanda at 10:30 a.m. on March 15 for the “St. Patrick’s Day Blarney” trip. The seniors will return at 6:30 p.m.

Departure is ALWAYS from the same location. March 20, travelers will depart at 8:30 a.m. for the Customer Appreciation Day at the Seneca Niagara Casino and return at 4 p.m. Seats are available.

Seats available: March 22 for the trip to the Broadway Market and guided tours of the Old Post Office and Goldome Building. A buffet lunch will be at Curly’s Restaurant. Depart at 8:30 a.m. and return at 4 p.m.

Seats are available on April 10 for a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino.

April 16 is the Mystery Tour. Organizers aren’t telling the destination, but here are some clues; fun and games from the past, delicious lunch, no casino, it’s entertaining and sweet. Payment is due March 9.

May 8 is the trip to del Lago in Waterloo.

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

A few seats are available May 28 to June 3 for the trip to Memphis and Nashville.

June 10, travelers are 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.

NEW: June 21: “Patriotic USA Tour.” The first stop will be Russell Salvatore’s Patriots & Hero’s Park honoring those who served our country! Next, seniors will head to the Made In America Store for a pork loin luncheon in their Special Event Center and celebrate hits of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s in the style of the Andrews Sisters.

NEW: June 27 is Customer Appreciation Day at the Seneca Allegany Casino.

For additional information visit the web site 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.

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met Feb. 27 with President Linda Riley leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Mary Tripi giving a prayer of thanks. Two new members and one guest were introduced. Committee members Margaret and Bob Jagoda, Gil and Edie Seekings set the tables with a Valentine motif. Margaret’s chili was once again a huge delicious success. The secretary’s minutes and treasurer’s report were read and approved. Jenean Roth, Ahira Hall Library assistant director, shared all the benefits of an excellent, very busy library. They have kids’ activities, crafts, readings, plus movies, DVD, fax/copier. Adults have a Wifi Zone, audiobooks and ebooks with Techie Tuesday and fiber arts. Call 792-9418 for information.

The Casino Travel Club Person to contact is Margaret Jagoda, 792-7385, to reserve a seat to Salamanca Casino on April 17 for $30. The bus leaves Brocton Legion at 9 a.m. with a return time of 4:30 p.m. and includes $30 play and free buffet. Robin Carr shared upcoming events for an Amish dinner and Troyer Nursery, Trolley and Forest Lawn with dates at the next meeting. The majority voted the Legion fee be doubled as it has been the same for 15 years. Sign up for the April anniversary catered luncheon will be at the March meeting. A donation to the Rotary Interact Club Charity Fundraiser to End Polio on March 10 at Brocton Central School, 8 a.m. to noon, passed unanimously.

Door prizes were won by Julia Schrantz and Kate Cranston. There were four raffle winners with two winners of the Count the Candy contest, followed by drawings for roses and Valentine pencils. March 27 will be the next meeting, with music by Lucy Hurley and information from Don Reinhoudt, former world champion weight lifter. This meeting will be a tureen. Come early for social hour at 11 a.m. with luncheon at noon at the Brocton Legion. Carm Johnson, Beulah Williams and Dorothy Reading will be the committee of the day. Members are to bring a dish to pass and personal table service. New members are always welcome. Call Margaret at 792-7385 to reserve a seat April 17 for the casino trip to Salamanca.

Share & Care Seniors Board

The Share & Care Seniors Board met on Monday, March 5. The annual Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Fredonia Beaver Club. The time has been changed to noon. A menu and special events are being planned. For reservations, call Phyllis Laurito at 679-1060. Send checks of $8 to Rose Cerrie, Box 446, Fredonia, N.Y. 14063.

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens will resume their monthly luncheon meetings on Monday, March 12 at noon at the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St. The menu will include: ham, boiled cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes, fresh tossed salad with homemade dressing with ice cream with creme de menthe for dessert.

Send the $10 payment to Evonne Hennebery, P.O. Box 706, Dunkirk, N.Y. 14048. Note that there is a price change this year.

Sheridan Happy Seniors

There will be a meeting of the Sheridan Happy Seniors on Friday, March 16 at 1 p.m. at the Sheridan Town Hall, 2773 U.S. Route 20.