Senior news

Dunkirk Senior Center Board

The Dunkirk Senior Center Board meeting held Tuesday, April 3 was opened by President Nancy Renckens leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

The exercise groups are well-attended, with the Chair Zumba Gold addition to end April 18. A social games time is every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for an hour. Big Bingo is April 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. The new time will start May 9 from 4 to 7 p.m., along with an increase in prizes. The Craft Club has made wreaths and given them to the birthday party, with handmade crafts for the raffles for the potluck dinner April 19 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. that is filling up fast. Wednesday, April 18 is the baby shower put on by the Chautauqua County Health Department.

Chair Zumba Gold will have a last lesson on April 18 at 10:30 a.m. That is also the last date for sign-up by a birthday member for the birthday party on April 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Memory benches will be installed out front by the city of Dunkirk as soon as the weather permits. Many things are in the works for the center through this month and into May, included a membership meeting May 11 and a Mom/Pop affair on May 19. Travel by Barb is keeping the Center busy, including an April 16 trip as well as planning for a canal trip, a mystery trip and many more.

Call the Center Monday through Friday at 366-7530 for all information.

Share and Care Seniors

The Share and Care Seniors organization will have its Spring Fling on Saturday, April 28 at the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St. Fredonia. At 11:30 a.m., social hour begins with bingo and cards. A buffet dinner is scheduled for noon. The menu consists of bread and butter, meat loaf, roasted potato wedges, mixed vegetables and apple crisp. Admission is $8 per person.

Make checks payable to: Share & Care Seniors and mail them to PO Box 446, Fredonia, NY 14063. Reservations are due by April 24.

For more information, call Rose Cerrie at 679-4386 or Phyllis Laurito at 679-1060.

Grape Belt Seniors

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

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

Phantom of the Opera – May 6 is full. Depart from behind Big Lots at 10:15 a.m.

Forest Lawn Trolley & History – May 30 – with lunch at Curly’s Grille and visit to Pierce Arrow Museum. Payment is due by May 1. Be behind Big Lots at 8:15 a.m.

Thousand Islands – July 15 to 16. Riverside Resort in Alexandria Bay. Visit Sonnenberg Gardens; mansion tour, and wine tasting. Boat Cruise and visit to Boldt Castle and Singer Castle. Payment due by June 1. Deposit of $75 per person to reserve seats is due now.

Boston, Massachusetts – Aug. 2 to 5. Final payment due by June 15.

A Dam Good Trip – Aug. 22. Mt. Morris Dam, lunch at Big Tree Inn, Abbey of the Genesee with Vespers. Payment due July 5.

A Christmas Carol at Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake – Nov. 18. Lunch at Pillar and Post Inn with time for downtown after performance. Payment due by Oct. 10. (Proof of citizenship required).

Casino Trips – Need to bring photo ID:

Oh, What a Night! – June 26 – Seneca Niagara. $75 due by May 15.

Customer Appreciation at Seneca Allegany – June 27 – $31 due June 1. Get $30 free slot dollars and free lunch buffet.

delLAGO Casino – July 9. $32 due by June 7. Get $25 free slots plus free lunch buffet, with a stop at Sauder’s Amish Store.

Mamma Mia! – Oct. 30 – Seneca Niagara. $75 due by Sept. 15.

Customer Appreciation at Seneca Niagara – Nov. 7. $25 due by Oct 6. Get $30 free slots and buffet.

The Drifters White Christmas – Dec. 11 at Seneca Niagara. $75 due by Nov. 5.

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. Active members are eligible to join the FB group.

Silver Creek Seniors

The April 3 meeting opened on a damp, drizzly day with hopes of warmer weather soon on the way.

President Ed Newman welcomed guest Phyllis Jones of Silver Creek, a long-time volunteer at the First United Presbyterian Ruth Ramsey Clothing Center, and Judy Hahn of Forestville, an active St. Rose Society volunteer.

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

After Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered blessings of thanks and appreciation for this special day, President Newman introduced guest speaker Robert Burt, who spoke on the availability of casino bus trips to Seneca Allegany on the third Monday of every month, which includes incentives that are hard to resist — so we didn’t! Sign up if interested by calling Helen or Robert at 467-4681 for more information.

Everyone was then invited to enjoy his or her pre-paid, made-to-order sandwiches prepared by the Newmans. Side orders included decorated Easter eggs, pickles, mini-pastries and fluffy gelatin. Thank you, one and all!

Today we celebrated the Polish custom of Dyngus Day, when on Easter Monday, the boys would pour water on the girls, and the girls would offer the boys pisanki (decorative eggs) to get them to stop, thus giving meaning to the translation of Dyngus as ransom. Sometimes, a girl would allow herself to get caught by the boy she hoped to marry. On Easter Tuesday, the girls would go around with branches, striking the boys, especially those they fancied. Dyngus seems to be all about “Love and Marriage” and “That’s the Story of, That’s the Glory of Love” in any language.

The 50/50 winners were Ellyn Sutehall, Ernie Hilliker and Miniri. Door prizes were won by Lorrie Newman, Shirley Sikorski and Thelma Hilliker. Ed Newman called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Harry Suski, Kathy Huffman, Joan Suski, Miniri (thrice), Joe Ark, Eleanor Lemiszko and Ernie Hilliker.

The meeting closed with the singing of “Young at Heart.”

At the April 10 meeting at 1 p.m. at the Center on Route 5, hot dogs will be served along with volunteer side dishes.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of April 8 to 14

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. Small fee.

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 1p.m. at K&L Lanes in Gowanda. Small fee. Banquet today — last day of bowling until the fall; Games & Crafts with Pat at 1p.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; Potluck Lunch at noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Come on out and join the crowd. Bring a dish to pass.

** Join the 50 Plus Seniors for the “Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruise” day trip on Tuesday, June 5. This will be a narrated historic cruise through the locks, buffet lunch canal-side, with a stop at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards. Price is $87, which includes travel by comfortable coach bus. Make the check out to “Town of Collins” and mail to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034.

** Don’t forget “Crafts Class with Suzie” on Tuesday, April 17. The project is “Eye of God” woven crosses. All materials are included for a price of $10. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up. Fliers can be found at the Collins Town Hall Lobby. Class will be held at 1 p.m. in The L.K. Painter Center Community Room.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be April 23 at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

The motor coach for ALL club trips departs from the parking lot behind the stores 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.

The departure time is 7:30 a.m. on April 16 for the Mystery Tour.

Last chance seats are available for the May 16 trip “IT’S MAGIC.” Seniors are going to Niagara Falls, Ontario and will start the day at the Butterfly Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Travelers will be transported to a Tropical Paradise full of lush vegetation, trickling water falls and over 2,000 butterflies flying about. Next is a stop at the Greg Frewein Theater for a buffet lunch and the “Beyond Belief Magic Show.” Payment is past due. 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 one goes to Memphis and Nashville to experience. Payment is due April 15.

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

June 21 is a “Patriotic USA Tour.” The first stop will be Russell Salvatore’s Patriots & Hero’s Park, honoring those who served our country! Next the group 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.

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

NEW: “Lockport Locks & Canal Cruise” July 30. Seniors will travel to historic Lockport and experience “locking through” and being raised the 49 feet elevation of the Niagara Escarpment in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. Pass under bridges that raise straight up, see water cascade over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five” 1840’s locks. The group will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch canal-side and then head to Platters Chocolates – it’s where all the magic happens.

NEW: Seniors will travel to the “Top of New England” Sept. 23 to 28 to enjoy Fall Foliage, Mountains, Moose & More in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.

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.

Stockton, Cassadaga, Lily Dale Senior Citizens

The Stockton, Cassadaga, Lily Dale Senior Citizens will be starting to have their luncheon meetings again after the long winter on Monday, April 9 at the Cassadaga American Legion, 228 Maple Ave., Cassadaga. Lunch will be at noon. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass and personal table service. Coffee will be provided. New members are welcome.