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Senior News Briefs

Grape Belt Seniors

The next Grape Belt Seniors Readers Theater will be on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Reading of a Christmas play will be the topic.

The December luncheon will be a catered event on Monday, Dec. 12 at 11:30 a.m. Because all dishes will be provided, sign up is required and attendance is limited to paid members. Sign up at the Center or call Marianne at 672-5274 or Judy at 672-5778 by Friday, Dec. 2.

All trips, extended as well as day trips, are open to the public; members and non-members. The remaining trip for 2016 is Dec. 8. It is at the Seneca Niagara Casino with a matinee show event entitled “The Platters – Home for the Holidays” with original performers.

Fliers for all of the upcoming trips for 2017 are available at the Center.

The day trips planned for 2017 include:

Seneca Niagara Casino Customer Appreciation trips: June 27 — pay by May 24; July 17 — pay by June 14;  Nov. 6 — pay by Oct. 1.

Casino trips with entertainment: June 6, Bill Haley Jr. and The Comets — pay by April 24; Sept. 19, Magic of Motown — pay by Aug. 2;  Dec. 12, The Temptations — pay by Oct. 25.

May 17: Lilacs and The Stars: Lilac festival in Rochester with a stop first at the Lamberton Conservatory. Dinner at the Shadow Lake Country Club with entertainment. Pay by April 5.

June 24-25: Frank Lloyd Wright: One night accommodations, historic stone house luncheon, Fallingwater, wine tasting, Kentucky Knob, Duncan House, lunch at Treetops, Flight 93 Memorial. Deposit by Feb. 13 and final payment by May 15.

July 10: Be Bop Doo Wop Seneca Lake: Enjoy Captain Bills two-hour cruise with lunch and entertainment on Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen State Park for a guided tour of the gorge if desired. Pay by June 7.

Aug. 6: Yankee and Cleveland game in Cleveland

Aug. 24: Niagara On The Lake: A stop will be made at the Peller Estate Winery for a tour and tasting, followed by a luncheon cruise on the Niagara Belle, then enjoy 2 to 2 1/2 hours of free time in downtown Niagara-On-The-Lake. Pay by July 24.

Oct. 15: Vineyard Express: A stop with time on your own at Beckers Farm, board the Vineyard Express for a fun-filled day with a stop at the Medina Railroad Museum, then head to Spring Lake Winery for wine tasting, dinner and live music. Pay by Sept. 1.

Looking ahead to extended trips for 2017, a New Orleans trip is planned for March 14 to 18 and a Chicago trip for Sept. 18 to 21. Fliers are available at the Center for both trips. The New Orleans trip will be by air for five days and four nights. Many sights are planned, including the Historic French Quarter, a steamboat tour along the Mississippi River, a visit to Mardi Gras World, an evening dinner at the New Orleans School of Cooking, and much more.

The Chicago trip will be by coach for four days and three nights. It will include a tour of the University of Notre Dame; a guided city tour including Grant Park and Navy Pier; an architectural cruise along the Chicago River to visit the Biograph Theater, the Holy Name Cathedral, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, dinner theater at Tommy Gunn’s Dinner Theater and much more.

Plans are being made for a trip to Hawaii early in 2108 and a fall trip to Nova Scotia. The trip to Hawaii will be 10 days and nine nights, including a seven-night cruise to four of the islands. The Nova Scotia trip will be eight days and seven nights with many interesting sights.

For information and 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.

Silver Creek Seniors

There were 30 people gathered together for a wonderful Thanksgiving turkey dinner. The four guests were Nancy Krestic, John Krestic, Anthony R. Deluca and Joan Suski’s sister, Judy Wilson.

The Thanksgiving blessing was said by Dorothy Miniri. The Pledge of Allegiance and singing of “God Bless America” began the day’s activities.

Nancy Krestic played the piano and everyone joined in singing “We Gather Together to Ask The Lord’s Blessing” and “Over the River and Through the Woods.”

Thanks to Bob Sutehall for arranging the piano sing-a-longs that will be twice a month.

The 50/50 winners were: Joe Ark, Sutehall and Ed Prowse. The five door prizes were won by Mary Congdon, Janice Snyder, Enabell Mirando, Jane Park and Thelma Hilliker.

A reminder to all members: the food pantry is in need of donations for the holiday season. There will be a collection of non-perishable food items as well as personal hygiene items and paper products for the next few weeks, so please bring donated items to the meetings.

Because of the cold weather, there will be another soup luncheon. This will be at the Nov. 29 meeting.

All meetings are open to seniors 55 or older. New members are always welcome.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, Nov. 28 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

NOTE: Dues are $5 per year per person and must be received NO LATER than Dec. 30 to remain a member. Dues can be paid at the monthly meeting OR send to: Mary Strickfaden @ 3111 Foster Road, Gowanda, N.Y., 14070.

The last trip for the year is a Customer Appreciation day at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Dec. 13. Seats are available.

NEW: Friday, March 31, 2017 the day will begin with coffee and donuts at Kleinhans Music Hall, followed by a performance of “MIDTOWN MEN.” This is the high-octane musical tour de force that took the JERSEY BOYS phenomenon to Broadway and beyond, bringing to life the greatest hits of the 60s, rocking performing arts centers across the continent.

The Midtown Men are lifting audiences to their feet with a powerhouse seven-piece band and high-spirited, adrenaline-powered performance as the iconic Four Seasons. Lunch will follow at 716 Restaurant. The trip concludes with a stop at Parkside Candies. A deposit is required to hold a seat.

NEW: Sunday, April 30, 2017 the seniors are off to Shea’s for the afternoon performance of “CABARET.” Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret” and “Maybe This Time.” This Tony-winning musical is about following your heart while the world loses its way. Prior to the show, travelers will enjoy a delicious sit down lunch at the Pan American Grill and Brewery at the Hotel Lafayette. A deposit is required to hold a seat.

At the November meeting, trip organizers plan to have flyers and information on an eight day trip in early May 2017 to Savannah, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

The Collins Center Seniors will be collecting letters to Santa. The letters will be deposited in a special mail box at Macy’s Department Store. Macy’s donates $1 to “Make A Wish Foundation” for every letter collected. The seniors have collected over 8,000 letters in four years for this fun and worthwhile cause.

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, N.Y., 14034.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Nov. 27 to Dec. 3

Sunday: Pickle Ball at 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym. (free)

Monday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m. , Painter Center gym. (free)

Tuesday: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym. (fee for this class); AARP Defensive Driving Class from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., L.K. Painter Center in Collins. Those signed up for this class must check in by 8:45 a.m., bringing their driver’s license and a pen. The class is full — no spaces are available.

Wednesday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym. (free); Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room. (free);  Games & Crafts with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room. (free); Senior Bowling at 1 p.m. at K&L Lanes in Gowanda;  Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign from  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shop N Save in Gowanda.

Thursday: Yoga at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym. (free for December)

Friday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym. (free); Movie Day at 1 p.m., in the Collins Library Community Room. This month’s film is a comedy starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. Popcorn will be served; Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Shop N Save in Gowanda.

Saturday: Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shop N Save in Gowanda.

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