COLLINS - The 50-Plus Senior Program will close the majority of its weekly activities at the end of this week and resume in the fall. Quilting with Florence will continue through August starting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Community Room of the Collins Public Library. For more information, call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075.
Also on Wednesdays, Open Crafts with Pat Tucker will be held at 1 p.m. in the L. K. Painter Center's Senior Room. This activity is open to any senior living in the tri-county area and is an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours learning a new craft, meeting new people or just keeping in touch in friends.
Showtime, the movie co-sponsored by the 50-Plus Seniors and the Collins Public Library will continue on the first Friday of each month. Movie for June 1 is "The Descendants," starring George Clooney and Beau Bridges. Matt King, played by Clooney, is an indifferent husband of two girls who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. Clooney won the 2012 Oscar award for best actor for this role.
Activities for this final week of the spring season are: Sunday - final euchre and pinochle game, 1:30 p.m., gymnasium. Fee of $5 includes cash table prizes and dessert and beverages. Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker will be held at 9 a.m. in the gym on Monday and Wednesday (the final one for the season). The final informal euchre game is 1 p.m. Monday in the Senior Room. On Tuesday, the final Gentle Arthritis Exercises will be held at 10 a.m. in the gym.
Information on summer trips, special activities and resumption of fall programs will be available in future issues of this publication. Final day for reservations and $25 deposit for the July 29 motor coach trip to the Carol Burnett Show and Buffet Dinner at the Station Dinner Theatre in Erie, Pa., is due at the Collins Town Hall no later than May 30. Seats are available. Trip includes a two hour stop at Presque Isle Casino with an incentive of $10 free slot play. For more information call Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507.
The final AARP Driving Class until fall will be held Tuesday, June 12 in the center's Conference Room in the rear of the building. Seats are now available, pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling 532-2507. Cost is $17 for those with valid AARP memberships and $19 for all others. Payment must be made by check or money order. Cash is not acceptable. The six-hour course will have a 45 minute lunch break. A homemade lunch will be available at a $2.50 fee payable the day of the course but must be ordered when making telephone reservations.
Dunkirk Senior Citizens Board of Directors
The Dunkirk Senior Citizens Board of Directors met recently at the center with Barbara Bajdas presiding. The members recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
The president installed Irene Christopher and Nancy Crandall as newly-elected directors.
Delphine Woloszyn reported that the exercise instructors had been recently recertified and that all classes had a healthy participation.
Crandall reported that pinochle is played every Monday but was canceled on May 14 only. All players were notified.
Woloszyn explained that the Craft Committee under the guidance of Joan Zielinski will be working on favors for four holidays in 2013.
Carol Kozlowski reported that the next gala will be May 20. Reservations are due today. The June gala is scheduled for June 10.
Bingo will be held every other Thursday in May. In June, Bingo will be played on June 14 only.
Bajdas reported that the trips to Salamanca and Atlantic City are fully booked. On July 10, the group plans to go to Presque Isle and will be accepting reservations as soon as the date is confirmed with the bus company.
Ice cream socials are scheduled for July 19 and Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m., followed by Bingo, 50/50 raffle and cards.
Kozlowski reported that Woloszyn planted the two large planters outside the center and will also hang a planter in an appropriate spot. Soap dispensers and flag poles have been installed. An air conditioner will also be purchased for the food pantry.
Stella Michalak reported that there are 240 paid regular members and 97 paid social members.
A moment of silence was spent in memory of Mary Ann Vinciguerra.
The Sunshine Committee sent a sympathy card to Sophia Urbanik for the loss of her sister.
Tentative plans are being made for a trip to Amish Country in Lancaster, Pa. in the fall.
Kozlowski reported on her recent meeting with the Food Bank of WNY. They will be implementing a new computer upgrade for the ordering process on July 1.
Bajdas thanked all the directors for helping her with the transition of operating the center without a paid coordinator and asked them to give her their comments and suggestions about the future in writing.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
Lake Shore Senior Citizens met Wednesday at the Dunkirk Senior Center. President Barb Barberich led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America." A reading entitled "A Quiet Place" was given by Chaplain Loretta Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Charlene Hallmark with a second by Mary Dworak. The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Carol Kozlowski. It was accepted as read by Betty Erick with a second by Annette Antoinette.
Attendance prizes were won by Albertine Jakubowicz, Dorothy Sarzyniak and Barberich.
Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and Irene Christopher.
The kitchen committee for May 23 is Carrie Gawronski and Ronnie Ginley.
On May 9, the Lake Shore Senior Citizens had their dinner at the Kosciuszko Club. Twenty-seven members attended. Hallmark said a prayer before they ate. Hemink read "Searching for God" after dinner. There was a snack bar with cheese, pepperoni and crackers. Dinner was Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and carrots. Strawberry shortcake was served for dessert. Bingo and raffles were played after dinner.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - Sheridan Happy Seniors recently met at St. Bosco Hall. President Ellyn Sutehall called the meeting to order asking Arlene Miller for a prayer, followed by the pledge to the flag, singing "God Bless America" and the Happy Senior Song.
Minutes were read by Secretary Clara Griffin and accepted. Logan gave the treasurer's report, which also passed.
The 50/50 was won by Ellyn Sutehall and Logan. The Riles and Woolley drawing was won by Wilma Crowell.
Program chairman Bob Sutehall introduced Sue Erdle, an A.F.S. coordinator who brought four A.F.S. students from Pakistan and Thailand to speak to the seniors from their countries. They all like it in the U.S.A. and will be returning to their homes abroad after experiencing American food, skiing, Christmas and especially Halloween.
On May 25 at 1 p.m., the club will have a speaker on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. On June 5 at noon, the seniors will have lunch at the Sheridan V.F.W., and perhaps Forestville Seniors will join in.
The May 25 food committee is Marge Cosgrove, chair Marg Best, Ed and Jane Bremer and Bill Clark.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday at 1 p.m. on Route 5 with 22 members present. President Ed Newman called the meeting with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America."
A prayer was given by Chaplain Irene Conny, "The Spirit of God." Newman announced that Dot Jones needs prayers and is in good spirits.
Minutes were read by the secretary and passed by Harry Suski.
The school budget is today at the school lobby from 1 to 9 p.m.
Lorrie Newman presented some cute stories.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. a Garden Fair will be held in the park in Silver Creek with plants, books, bird houses, feeders and speakers.
Several members won prizes from drawings 50/50 and numbers.
June 3 is the St. Columban's annual festival.
June 5, the seniors will meet at noon at the V.F.W. Sheridan with Forestville Seniors to celebrate Mother's and Father's Day.
After the meeting was concluded, an ice cream social was enjoyed with a variety of toppings and sugar wafers. Ernie Hilliker called Bingo.