COLLINS - A few spaces are still available for the final spring AARP Defensive Driving Course scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 at the L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. Price for the six hour course is $17 for anyone with a valid AARP membership card and $19 for all others.
Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507. Payment for the course must be by check or money order payable to AARP. Cash is not accepted. Payment is to be made within a week after telephone registration and sent to Collins Town Hall, Attention AARP, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY, 14034.
There will be a half hour break for lunch at noon. Participants can bring a bag lunch or may order a lunch provided by the 50-Plus Seniors at a $2.50 cost to be paid the morning of the course. Lunch must be ordered when making phone reservation.
Sign-up sheet and flyers for the trip for the Buffalo Grain Elevator Tour on July 25 are now available in the Senior Room at Center during program hours. Reservations and trip information can be obtained by calling 532-2507. Cost is $86 with a $20 deposit due no later than May 3 with balance due by June 26. The guided waterfront tour will be followed by luncheon at Templeton Landing. Meal choices are beef roulades, Atlantic cod or champagne chicken. Meal choice is to be made with reservations.
After lunch the group will board Miss Buffalo 11 for a narrated cruise through three bodies of water including a pass through the historic Black Rock Lock and Canal along with many other waterfront sights. The 50-Plus Seniors are combining with the Cattaraugus Let's Travel group for this interesting cruise so space will be limited and early reservations are recommended. Transportation is by motor coach.
Senior activities for the week start off on Sunday, April 14, with a bus trip to see "The Diary of Anne Frank" in the Marvel Theatre at SUNY Fredonia. Bus leaves at 1 p.m. from the center's front parking lot. A soup supper will follow upon return to the center.
Special events for the week are the Tuesday Soup and Sandwich Luncheon at noon in the Senior Room. Menu includes chicken and rice soup, ham salad sandwich, dessert and beverages. Cost is $2.50 and pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 532-2507 by noon Monday or utilizing the sign up sheet available in the Senior Room during regular program hours. After lunch, a discussion on prospective senior trips will be held prior to playing Sequence.
On Friday, April 19, there will be a Game Afternoon at 1 p.m. in Senior Room. Special events will conclude with the monthly Euchre and Pinochle Card Party on Sunday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. Cost of $5 includes cash table prizes, desserts and beverages.
50-Plus Senior Program is open to all area residents age 50 years and up living in the tri-county area. There are no membership dues and activities are free unless otherwise noted. The center is closed on all legal holidays.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS - The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, April 22 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot-luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.
The next Seneca Niagara Casino trip will be Tuesday, May 21.
Seats are available and non-members are welcome May 30 for "Here's to the Divas and Dames" luncheon show and a tour of the Medina Railroad Museum and other stops.
June 3-6, members will head to the Boardwalk in Atlantic City and Cape May for fun, sunshine and ocean breezes. A few seats are available.
On June 26, the group will travel to the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs, Pa., to enjoy the beautiful gardens before lunch and the show "Boeing, Boeing." This show is entertaining and full of laughs start to finish. Non-members are welcome.
On July 10, the seniors will board the Safari Trolley at "Hidden Valley Animal Adventure" and interact with more than 30 species of animals from all over the world and enjoy a lunch buffet at the lodge. There will be other stops on the way home and enjoy a special dessert.
During the "Buffalo's Best" trip on Aug. 7, the seniors will visit the Trico Factory Building, Landie's Candies, the Pierce Arrow Transportation Museum and other sights. Trip-goers will enjoy lunch at Chef's Restaurant before they set sailing on the Miss Buffalo II for an afternoon sightseeing cruise. The group will tour through the Historic Buffalo River and grain elevators, tour Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Black Rock Lock and Canal and more. Participants will top off the day with a walk at the waterfront and a chance to grab an ice cream cone.
On Oct. 6-9, the seniors will travel to the Hudson Valley for a fall spectacular and tour West Point, the Culinary Institute of America with dinner, Purple Heart Hall of Honors, Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Mills Mansion, Orange County Choppers, enjoy a Cruise on the Hudson River aboard the "Commander" and lots more.
For additional information, 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 Citizens'
The Dunkirk Senior Citizens are sponsoring a casino trip to Presque Isle in Erie, Pa., on Thursday, May 23. The cost of the trip is $25, which includes bus transportation and driver's gratuity, a $30 casino bonus, and entry in prizes and raffles. Departure time is 11:30 a.m. The group will return at approximately 7 p.m. Reservations may be made at the Dunkirk Senior Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Dunkirk Seniors will host Big Bingo on Wednesday, May 15 at the Senior Center at 45 Cliffstar Court. Doors open at 4 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be served 4:30 p.m. and Bingo will begin at approximately 5 p.m. All seniors are welcome.
"Gala Sunday" will be held Sunday, April 14. Doors open at 11 a.m. Punch and hors d'oeuvres will be served at 11:30 a.m.; lunch at 12:15 p.m. The menu features soup, assorted sandwiches, macaroni salad, baked beans, dessert and coffee/tea. Raffles will be held and Bingo will be played.
Another "Gala Sunday" will be held on Sunday, May 19. Doors open at 11 a.m. Punch and hors d'oeuvres will be served at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be at 12:15 p.m. The menu will include roast beef with a roll, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas, homemade dessert and coffee/tea. Sign-ups are currently being taken at the Senior Center, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors really enjoy all of the activities that take place at the Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but the members also enjoy traveling. With wanderlust in mind, the Travel Committee has worked closely with David Wendt from Wendt Touring, Inc. to plan exciting reasonably priced trips.
The spring trip is the Pennsylvania Rail Adventure, which will start a day earlier than originally anticipated. The four-day trip will be from May 13 to May 16. Aside from the motor coach and rail transportation, there will be two wonderful shows in Lancaster, "Noah" at the Sight and Sound Millennium Theatre and "Cats" at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. Other highlights include a visit to Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpieces, spectacular vistas of mountainous terrain, a guided tour of Kreider Farms, which is known for its huge state of the art milking station. There will also be a visit to Kitchen Kettle Village which features 32 country shops filled with local crafts.
There is still some availability so if interested, call Marianne Serio at 672-5274 as soon as possible. The fall trip to Montreal and Quebec is sold out but Serio is taking names in case there are any cancellations. The next trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino will be on Wednesday, April 24. Call Judy Marino at 672-5778 if interested in registering for that trip.
There will be a pot-luck luncheon on Wednesday, April 17 at 11:30 a.m. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy having lunch with a friendly group of people. At 12:15 Michelle Gelsimino will talk to the group about her experience using acupuncture to manage pain. Interested community members are welcome.
The next time the knitters will meet will be on Wednesday, April 24. New participants are always welcome.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday, April 10. President Stella Michalak led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "Symbol of Love" was given by Loretta Hemink. Hemink also read the minutes from the previous meeting. They were accepted as read by Sandy Tapasto with a second by Marian Genovese.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read by Barb Barberich with a second by Dorothy Kornacki.
Attendance prizes were won by Peg Williams, Jean Kubera and Albertine Jakubowicz. The helper of the day was Irene Christopher. Others assisted as well.
The kitchen committee for April 17 is Betty Erick and Carrie Gawronski.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Forty-five members of the Mayville Senior Citizens met for their annual Ham Dinner in the Mayville VFW dining hall. Louise Richer, Dolly Gilbert and Bonnie Johnson made the coffee and arranged all the casseroles and desserts. Mary Carlson called the table numbers after Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the group and the food.
After the filling meal, President Joyce Ayers called the meeting to order. Goodrich read "Five Jumps a Week," and "My Dog Could be a Congressman." She led the group in a moment of silence for deceased member Aileen Little.
Ayers led the group in the salute to the flag and conducted the short business meeting. Wanda Gustafson served as secretary, reading the minutes and also reminding those who wish to take the safe driving course in May to sign up now. Treasurer Edna Brown gave her report.
Goodwill Chair Mary Carlson listed the Life Member birthdays: Dorothy Akam; Rita Lescynske; Jean Russ, who will be 98; and Barbara Rotte. Others celebrating are: Claudia Wittenbrook, Dolly Gilbert, Janet Loomis and Martha Miller. Bob and Judy Smith are celebrating their wedding anniversary.
Carlson reported she had sent several cards.
Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey reported there are only a few seats left for the Cambridge Springs Dinner Theater to see The Patsy Cline Show. There are also a few seats left for the relaxing trip to Mackinaw Island in the late summer. Call 753 7814 or 753 2663 for more information.
Program Chair Bill Tornstrom announced that the speaker for the April 18 meeting will be Undersheriff Charles Holder who will speak on the New York "Safe Act Gun laws" Holder has done much research on the interesting topic.
The person drawn for the Lottery was not there, so it grows.
Sandy and Emerson Chandler both won a door prize.
Goodrich announced that the Humane Society will accept bulk clothing for resale at their facility in Lakewood.
The next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens will be on April 18 at noon in the Mayville VFW. Those attending should bring a dish to pass, their own table service and a good appetite.
United Senior Citizens
The United Senior Citizens met April 8 at the Fredonia Beaver Club. Roll call was answered by 88 members. President Charles St. George introduced the night's guests, Joan Grupa and Angie Smith Leone.
St. George led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America." The invocation was given by Father Walter Werbicki.
Lunch was served by the staff of Beavertail Catering. Everyone enjoyed meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables, tossed salad, dessert and coffee. The 50/50 winners were Sandy and Leo Bain, Florence Barone, Grupa, Dorothy Hilliker, Ann Kaminski, Josephine Lautenslaker, Gen Ludeman, Lois Pryer, Sam Sasso, Jane Walsh, and Fr. Werbicki.
April birthdays were celebrated, including those of Barb Centner, Josie Christopher, Carm Johnson, Edward McClenathan, St. George and Louis Siragusa. The group sung "Happy Birthday."
The May calling committee will be Hilliker, Pat Ebert, Mary Ann Thompson, Gert Majka and Peggy Pokoj.
St. George introduced Patricia Bradley as the new treasurer.
The guest speaker was Dr. Ellen Fitzgerald Farkas. She showed a film on important information about eye problems like cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. She spoke about each condition.
The next meeting will be May 13. The menu will be stuffed shells with meat sauce, sausage and meatballs, tossed salad, dessert and coffee.
Bingo was played, hosted by Carrie LoGuidice and Mary Gangi.