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Silver Creek Seniors

The March 20 meeting was called to order on the first day of Spring, who wore a winter coat of snow.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with tender feeling. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri gave forth blessings of thanks and remembrance.

It has been written that some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty — they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. In a joyful manner, we sang “Happy Birthday” to our beautiful March and April celebrators pictured above. A decorative birthday cake, served with ice cream and fresh fruit completed the traditional celebration.

Our memory songs of friendship and fondness were dedicated to our late Senior Center member Joanne Martin, who passed away this March 14. Dear Joanne, your loving devotion to family and your kind, gracious manners will be remembered “Always” “Til We Meet Again,” and as we “Let the Rest of the World Go By,” know that you will be missed.

The 50/50 winners were Bob Sutehall, Thelma Hilliker and Kathy Huffman. Door prizes were won by Sue Borowski, Jen Zlotnik and Ed Lemiszko. Jan Snyder called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Joe Ark, Miniri, Hilliker, Eleanor Lemiszko, Sally Shevlin, Shirley Sikorski and Mary Ann Seibert (twice).

At the next meeting on Tuesday, March 27 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center on Route 5, we will observe Easter Sunday with a light luncheon.

Mt. Carmel Seniors

Mt. Carmel Seniors gathered at the Sunset Bay Restaurant in Irving where a relaxed luncheon meeting took place on Wednesday, March 21.

A no-charge lottery was held by Club President Carm Tampio and five lucky winners received free admission tickets to the upcoming Cash Club Benefit event scheduled for Saturday, April 7, at the Mt. Carmel Auditorium at 7:30 p.m..

The normally scheduled Mt. Carmel Seniors April 4 meeting has been cancelled due to the set-up time required for the Cash Club Benefit. The next Mt. Carmel Seniors meeting will therefore be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Mt. Carmel Auditorium. The refreshment committee selected for this event is Josie Crino and Nancy Greco.

Membership remains open to seniors age 55 or older. Interested seniors of any denomination may contact Club Vice President Pauline Flitt at 934-4324 to come aboard.

Westfield Senior Citizens

Twenty-five members were present for the March 8 meeting of the Westfield Senior Citizens. A chicken and biscuit dinner was served by Union Relief members. Green St. Patrick’s Day hats decorated the tables and small gift bags were given out. Union Relief helped 137 children and 58 seniors at Christmas 2017. They also help families in crisis. Their organization is over 100 years old. Income from the annual golf tournament and the Charity Ball and donations from individuals also help.

Members of Office for the Aging gave information on what is available for seniors. Farmers’ Market coupons are offered every summer. Aug. 10 is the Senior Citizens’ picnic at Midway. Senior nutrition dining out for $3.50 can be signed up for. They offer a plant sale in Mayville on May 22 near the Gerace Building, at Dunkirk Adult Day Care on May 24 and Taft Center in Jamestown on May 25.

Our meeting was called to order by President Pat Sciarrino. Shirley Kolpien gave us a couple laughs with jokes. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members. Sciarrino gave a reading form “Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul” with a list of how to enjoy life.

Ron Van Ord gave information about a trip to the Salamanca Casino with Brocton Seniors on April 17. The cost is $30. Call Margaret Jagoda at 792-7385 to reserve a seat on the bus.

The secretary’s report was given by Kolpien in the absence of Secretary Ann Cochran. The report was approved. Sunshine Chairman Dolores Kaufman sent birthday cards to Pat Everts and Kolpien.

Old business: Calendar for 2018: Fund-raising was discussed. A suggestion was to have one person a month bring an item for auction. Members are to bid on the item. Pauline Emilson offered an item for April and Kathy Kenney an item for May.

The door prize was won by Darla Augur. Jean Young won the 50/50. The Serenity Prayer was recited to end the meeting.

The April 12 meeting will be at 6 p.m. The New Horizons Band Dixie Ensemble will entertain us. Dinner will be provided by the Westfield Women’s Organization at 6 p.m.

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. NO class on Good Friday — March 30. There will be class on Monday, April 2.

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. Boston City Tour, Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, JFK Library & Museum, Prudential Skywalk, Spirit of Boston Luncheon Cruise with entertainment. $250 per person non-refundable deposit required. Final payment due June 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 at Shea’s Buffalo Theater. $152.

Forest Lawn Trolley & History: Wednesday, May 30. This is a new listing! $118. Enjoy the special tour performance. Learn about Forest Lawn history and about some of the “permanent residents” (a few of whom you’ll get to meet!) Buffet lunch at Curly’s Grille, followed by a visit to The Pierce Arrow Museum.

Note: All casino trips: one must bring a valid photo ID (passport or driver’s license) in order to receive casino incentive! Those who have a Seneca Social card should bring it with them.

Oh, What a Night! “Musical tribute to Frankie Valli & Four Seasons”: June 26. Seneca Niagara Casino. Includes 2 p.m. show, $20 Seneca Slot dollars, free lunch buffet. $75 per person.

Mamma Mia! : Dancing Dream tribute group plays tribute to “Mamma Mia” and the music of ABBA. Oct. 30. Show at 2 p.m. $20 Seneca Slot dollars. Free lunch buffet. $75. Trip cut off date is Sept. 15.

Seneca Allegany Customer Appreciation Day: June 27. Enjoy a fun-filled day at Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca. $30 free Slot Dollars. Free lunch buffet. $31 per person.

delLAGO Casino with stop at Sauder’s Amish Store: July 9. Explore this new gaming facility located in Waterloo, New York. $25 free slot play plus lunch buffet. A stop at Sauder’s Amish Store follows the casino visit. $32 per person.

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). $81 per person. Payment due July 5.

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. $20 Seneca Slot Dollars. Free buffet lunch. $75 per person. Trip cut off date is Nov. 5.

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. Enjoy sights of a Victorian wonderland. Proof of citizenship is required. Call by March 24 if interested in this trip. $152 per person, due Oct. 10.

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. Boat cruise of Thousand Islands with visits to Boldt Castle and Singer Castle. $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. Sept. 12 to 19. Proof of citizenship is required. Round trip scheduled air and motorcoach transportation. Visit Peggy’s Cove, Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Cabot Trail, Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island National Park, Green Gables, St. John and Reversing Falls, Bay of Fundy, and Annapolis Valley.

Historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County: June 19 to 21. Includes guided sightseeing tour of Philadelphia, Colonial dinner at City Tavern, Independence Park, Liberty Bell Pavillion, 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. Find Grape Belt Seniors on Facebook.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be March 26 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

The motor coach for ALL out trips departs from the parking lot behind the store on Main Street in Gowanda Departure time is 8 a.m. on April 10 for a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino. Seats are available.

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. Departure time is 7:30 a.m.

The trip to “del Lago,” New York State’s newest casino in Waterloo, in the heart of the Finger Lakes on May 8 is full. Payment is due March 26.

Seats are available May 16 for “IT’S MAGIC.” Travelers are going to Niagara Falls, Ontario. The day starts at the Butterfly Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Seniors will be transported to a Tropical Paradise full of lush vegetation, trickling water falls and over 2,000 butterflies flying about. Next, the group is off to Greg Frewein Theater for a buffet lunch and the “Beyond Belief Magic Show.” Payment is due April 1. 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. This trip has everything you go to Memphis and Nashville to experience. Payment is due April 15.

June 10, travelers are off to the Lucille Ball Little Theater and Museum A guided “Lucy’s Hometown Tour,” will be followed by 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. This merry musical romp includes everything from hysterical family car trips, a mother praying for her son’s baseball hits, ballet lessons and the joy of sex after 60.

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, keeping the spirit of the swing era alive.

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

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of March 25 to 31

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. AARP Defensive Driving Class from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. If signed up for this class, check in at the L.K. Painter Community Center (2355 Main St., Collins, by 8:30 a.m. Bring a pen and your driver’s license. Class begins at 9 a.m. SHARP.

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.

Join The Collins 50 Plus Seniors on Tuesday, June 5 for the “Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruise.” This day trip features a narrated cruise, buffet lunch canal-side, a stop at Becker farms & Vizcarra Vineyards with travel by comfortable coach bus. Package price is $87. Fliers are available at the L.K. Painter Center Monday through Friday mornings and the Collins Town Hall lobby or call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up for more information.

Don’t forget “Crafts Class with Susie” on Tuesday, April 17 at the L.K. Painter Center in the Community Room. The group will be making “Eye of God” woven crosses. All materials are included for $10. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up. Class begins at 1 p.m.