Senior Briefs

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of March 17 – 23:

Monday, March 18: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, March 19: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim, 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee. Soup/sandwich lunch, noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Come out and enjoy a delicious lunch of homemade chicken noodle soup , tuna salad sandwich, dessert and drink for only $3. Seminar on Medicare fraud.

Wednesday, March 20: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m. Painter Center gym. Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room. Games & Crafts with Pat, 1 p.m., Painter Center Yellow Room. Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K&L Lanes in Gowanda, small fee.

Thursday, March 21: Yoga with Donna, 11 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Friday, March 22: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., Painter Center gym.

In case of bad weather check out Channel 2 WGRZ and Channel 7 WKBW for closings listed under 50 Plus Seniors.

Seats are available for the Station Theatre comedy show “Four Old Broads” on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Flyers are available at the Collins Town Hall lobby or the L.K. Painter Center. We will be traveling by comfortable coach bus, dinner, and show all for $89. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 for more details and to sign up.

The AARP Defensive Driving Class on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 is completely full. This class begins at 9 a.m. sharp. Please check in by 8:30 a.m. and bring your check, your AARP member card (if a member), your driver’s license and a pen. No late entry.

Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors on Friday, December 20 for the “Holiday Pops Show” at Kleinhan’s Music Hall. This show is a sell-out every year. We start with coffee and doughnuts after we arrive, enjoy the wonderful pops show, then lunch at Pearl St. Grill. Travel by coach bus. Package price of $110. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up or for more details. This show is limited to 35, so sign up early.

Collins Center Seniors News

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, March 18 at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon, followed by a short meeting

“Murder at Lost Memories Manor” on Tuesday, April 30 is a new “Who Done it” set in a lively retirement community. We will travel to downtown Buffalo’s newly restored 115-year-old landmark The Barrel Factory for a delicious buffet luncheon before the performance. We will stop at the Distillery and Tasting Room to sample some of the finest craft spirits in New York state.

On Monday, May 13 we are going to del Lago Casino for a customer appreciation day. Cost is $32, and we receive $25 in play and a free lunch buffet. Depart at 7:30 a.m. and return 7:30 p.m.

Seats available for “Ocean City”: May 17-23. We will spend two nights in Annapolis with a city tour, visits to Fort McHenry, the US Naval Academy, experience an Annapolis Harbor Cruise and more. We will spend three nights in Ocean City, Maryland with oceanfront rooms and enjoy Eco-Cruise aboard “The Explorer” around Assawoman Bay, have a guided tour of Assateague Island’s famous “Home of the Wild Ponies” and more. Our last night will be in Lancaster. This trip is packed full of lots of interesting sights and experiences and beautiful hotel accommodations.

On Tuesday, June 11 we are going to Yorkshire Hall for a hilarious show “Don’t Blame the Chef” …for making you laugh out loud, that is! Yes, it is utter gourmet-hem as Old Italian Master Chef Luigi Mancheezi seeks to share his love of cooking with the world. Our first stop will be at Kutters Cheese and following the show we will stop at Northwoods Alpacas. Yorkshire Hall is always a unique, silly and fun experience.

On Tuesday, June 18, we will head to the Seneca Niagara Casino for “Broadway Tonight Live! – Musical Revue.” This Broadway tribute will take you through Broadway’s greatest hits filling the stage with beautiful customs, dramatic singing, exciting choreography and dynamic music and dancing. They will be performing hits from shows such as A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Chicago and West Side Story just to name a few. Cost includes seats for the show, $20 in casino play and a free lunch buffet. Depart 8:15 a.m. and return 4:45 p.m.

NEW “NY craft and sampling tour”: On Tuesday, July 9 we are heading to fun western New York counties to enjoy some of the greatest pairings, food, fun, tastings and more. Our first stop is East Hill Creamery, seated in a lovely Chalet to sample varieties of cheeses. Following a tour and tasting at Deer Run Winery, we will enjoy a buffet lunch catered by the Red Osier Restaurant. Several other stops are included.

Seats available for “Thousand Islands” Aug. 18-21: We will enjoy a wine tasting at the 1000 Islands Winery, a fabulous “Two Nation Lunch Cruises,” Tours of Boldt Castle and the (possibly haunted) Singer Castle with a tour of the Antique Boat Museum and much more. This trip will be fun and relaxing.

For additional information visit our web site @ 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.

Dunkirk Senior Center News

The Dunkirk Senior Center announces that on Saturday, May 18, a barbecued chicken dinner by Weidner’s will take place. The menu includes a barbecued half chicken, buttered spuds, roll and butter, coleslaw, beverage and dessert for $10 per person. Eat in or take-out dining options are available. Music will be provided by the Kokomo Time Band. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Sign-up begins April 1.

Big Bingo will continue through June, with sessions scheduled April 10, May 8 and June 12 (the second Wednesday of each month). The cost is $5 per person. Doors open at 3 and there is a free “light lunch.”

Travel updates for 2019:

Tuesday, May 28 will be a Sounds of Summer Matinee Show at the Seneca Allegany Casino. The cost is $73 per person and includes $20 casino bonus and a free lunch buffet. Sign-up has begun.

Monday, June 10, a trip is scheduled to see an Elvis Presley Tribute Show starring Terry Buchwald at the Depew Polish Falcons. The $58 per person price includes a buffet, the 11:30 a.m. show and a stop at Antoinette’s Sweets on the way home. Sign-up has begun.

Tuesday, June 25, a customer appreciation casino trip is planned for the Seneca Niagara Casino. The cost is $30 per person and includes $30 casino bonus and free lunch buffet. Sign-up will begin Monday, April 15.

Tuesday, July 23, a second customer appreciation casino trip is planned for the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca. The cost is $30 per person and includes $30 casino bonus and a free lunch buffet. Sign-up will begin Monday, May 13.

From Sunday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 29, the 5 day, 4 night extended trip to Atlantic City at the Hard Rock Cafe Casino has been confirmed. The price is $550 per person double occupancy (and $34 for optional insurance) and includes $60 casino bonus and $80 in food. There is an optional side trip to Smithville for no charge. The single occupancy price is $820 per person and $45 for optional insurance. Sign up has begun. $275 and insurance are due at the time of sign up. The balance is due on Friday, June 28. Call the center at 366-7530 for information.

2019 membership dues ($5) are past due. The year runs Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. You must have an active membership to participate in all programs.

The office, located at 45 Cliffstar Court, is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday all day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Grape Belt Senior News

Aerobics and Weights with Catherine on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. In the event that Catherine cancels aerobics and weights, she will post it on the Grape Belt Seniors Facebook page, on her own Facebook page, WDOE and Chautauqua Today. 2019 dues are now being collected at the Center.

All trips, extended as well as day trips, are open to the public; members and non-members. Fliers for upcoming trips for 2019 are available at the Center.

Trips planned for 2019 FIRST PAID – FIRST RESERVED!

May 13: DelLago Casino. Get $25 slot dollars and free lunch buffet. $32 per person. Pay by Feb. 10.

May 24: BPO “An American Salute.” Includes lunch at Pearl Street Grill. Sign up today. Pay by Feb. 10.

June 3: Murder at Lost Memories Manor. $97 per person. Interactive murder mystery at downtown Buffalo’s newly restored 115 year old landmark The Barrel Factory. Includes buffet luncheon. Check out Lakeward Spirits craft distillery, Pressure Drop Brewing craft brewery, Bar Cultivar, Distillery and Tasting room, and more. A “sweet” mystery stop will be made on the way home. Pay by May 1.

June 9: 1:10 p.m. Yankees and Cleveland Indians game. All you can eat buffet until 7th inning. Club seating!

This trip is full and finalized. May sign up in case there are cancellations.

June 26: Customer Appreciation. Seneca Niagara. Pay $30. Get $30 in slots and free buffet. Pay by May 26.

July 20: Great Wellsville Balloon Rally. $55 per person. See 35 Hot Air Balloons take flight from Island Park, making a delightful rainbow of color that floats over the Wellsville area. Enjoy the entertainment, food and vendors at the Main Street Festival.

July 26: Customer Appreciation. Seneca Niagara. Pay $30. Get $30 in slots and free buffet.

Aug. 21: Belhurst Castle. Built in the 1880’s overlooking Seneca Lake. $115 per person. Visit Three Brother Estate Winery. Enjoy 5 free tastings at three wineries and a microbrewery. Buffet lunch at Belhurst Castle. Belhurst Winery for 5 tastings. A stop at Muranda cheese factory before departing for home.

Sept. 4: Grove City Shopping and Oh, So Much More. $73 per person. Includes stop at Campbell Pottery in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. Shopping at Grove City Outlet Mall. Includes lunch at Hoss’s Restaurant. Over 140 Brand Named Outlets. Final stop is Wendell August Forge featuring handcrafted metal giftware.

October: “Witches Brew” the Musical – Bradford, Pennsylvania. $106 per person. First stop is Zippo/Case Museum. Next, enjoy a sit down lunch at Beefeaters Restaurant, followed by the Broadway style show, “Witches Brew, the Musical” featuring Enchante Cabaret. After the show, visit the Main Street Mercantile and the Tin Ceiling Gift Shop.

Casino trips with shows:

Oct. 8: Musical Tribute to Beautiful and Carole King. Fun-filled, all male Carole King Tribute. Family friendly comedy. Custom musical arrangements. A cast from NYC. $78 per person for show, $20 free slot play, and buffet lunch. Seneca Niagara Casino.

Nov. 5: The Rat Pack. Tribute to Dean, Frank, and Sammy. Seneca Allegany. $78 per person for show, $20 free slot play, and buffet lunch.

Dec. 10: The Lettermen Hits and Holiday Show. Seneca Niagara. $78 per person for show, $20 free slot play, and buffet lunch.

Extended trips for 2019:

Mid-Atlantic Rail Adventure: April 24 to 27. Final payment is due immediately. Trip includes motor coach transportation to Pittsburgh and a river cruise on the Gateway Clipper. Rail transportation to Washington, D.C. aboard Amtrak’s full-service Capitol Limited. Monuments and memorials. Baltimore – Inner Harbor. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Arlington National Cemetery. Return trip by motor coach departing from Baltimore. David Wendt will be at the Center on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. for the pre-departure meeting for Mid-Atlantic. He will also present on the NYC and Bavarian tours.

New York, New York on July 4: July 3 to 6. Includes Hyde Park – F.D. Roosevelt’s home, West Point Military Academy, Hudson River/NYC Harbor Cruise – view Macy’s fireworks from the Capt. J.P. II. Two-night stay at Edison Hotel in the Times Square area. Shopping. Tour of NYC. Broadway musical. Travel is by motor coach. Seats are still available. Final payment is due April 1.

Bavarian Europe: Sept. 10 to 20. Includes air fare to and from Austria. Then tour Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Northern Italy. Highlights include Milan, Matterhorn, Lucerne, Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Danube River, Vienna and more. Fliers re: this trip are now available. Seats are still available

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.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Mayville Seniors

Mayville Seniors held there meeting on March 7. There were about 36 members present who enjoyed a variety of entrees and great pies, cakes and cookies. Dianne Goodrich gave the Invocation and then the Devotions. She also told some funny jokes and a wonderful story and gave the Lord’s Prayer. Janet Loomis lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. She then asked for the Secretary’s and Treasurer’s reports. Mary Carlson gave us the list of birthdays in March. Janet Loomis said we ordered a larger bus for the trip to the Broadway Market.

The kitchen help was thanked for their hard work and then the door prizes were drawn. Winners were Paul Motryneczek, Laura Jean Parment, Jerry White and Herb and Laura Magneson. After the meeting we listened to Dan Alorich explaining the duties of the Chautauqua County Underwater Dive Team. They have saved countless lives, including pets and deer. They have helped the police with finding evidence and have recovered snowmobiles, cars, ATV’s and boats.

Bill Tornstrom, our program chairman, said Doc Hamel will be at our next meeting on March 21 to sing your favorite Irish tunes. Wear a lot of green and share some wonderful food and music. Bring a dish to pass and your place setting.

Sheridan Happy Seniors

The first meeting of the new year was on Friday the 8th of March. The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance. There was a lot of catching up to do since the last meeting in October, which was held at Demetri’s On The Lake in Dunkirk. Angie Logan talked about her trip out west and everyone else got to share some stories.

Coffee and cake was served with everyone singing “Happy Birthday” to Enabell Mirando, Robert Burt and Burdella Warner. Congratulations to Eleanor Lemiszko for winning this months drawing from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home in Forestville.

On Monday, March 18, there is a trip to the Salamanca Casino. There still are bus seats available, so if interested in going, please call Helen or Robert Burt for more information at 467-4681. These trips are available the third Monday of each month.

The meeting ended with everyone playing bingo. Jan Polisoto was the bingo caller.

The next meeting is on Friday, the 12th of April. There will be a potluck luncheon starting at 12:30. All meetings are on the second Friday of the month. Seniors 55 or older are invited to attend. Meetings are held at the St John Bosco Auditorium in Sheridan on Route 20. If interested in attending, feel free to bring a friend.

Silver Creek Seniors

The March 12 meeting opened with expectations of observing St. Patrick’s Day in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. President Ed Newman warmly welcomed guests Don and Phyllis Burghardt. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with tenderness. Guest Pastor Thomas Burian offered a special Irish blessing ending with this prayerful petition: “May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Volunteers prepared and served a traditional ham and corned beef dinner with tender cabbage, carrots, potatoes and various breads. Decorative cupcakes and cookies, some in the shape of shamrocks, made for a sweet Irish treat.

An old but beautiful story of marriage and the communication between a husband and wife as told by Lorrie Newman brought about relatable, laughable, romantic irony.

In the early 1900’s Chauncey Olcott, an American-born Irish tenor and actor was among the first to introduce some of our favorite Irish melodies. We joined Chancey in spirit and song as the same Irish ballads continue to tug at our heartstrings. “To My Wild Irish Rose” – never forget that “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” it is because “Over in Kilarney, that’s an Irish Lullaby,” reminding us of every mother’s love for her precious child.

50/50 winners were Carm Tampio, Jan Snyder and Lorrie Newman. Door prizes were won by Jean McDaneld, Shirley Sikorski and Helen Burt.

Ed Newman called bingo, and the winners were Harry Suski thrice, Marilyn Flint, Judy Hahn, Thelma Hilliker, Helen Burt, Mary Ann Seibert, Snyder, Eleanor Lemiszko and Lorrie Newman.

A reminder was made that there are still seats available for the Monday, March 18 Seneca Allegany Casino trip. Please contact Bob or Helen Burt at 467-4681 for reservations and information. At the next 1 p.m. meeting on March 19 at the Senior Center, salads will be served, and we thank our volunteers.