Senior news

Dunkirk Senior Center Board

There is a schedule change for next week. On Tuesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 19, instead of Aerobics by Catherine, there will be a fitness substitute class with instructor Ryan, (certified trainer) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court, Dunkirk. All seniors are welcome. Donation: $1.

The trip schedule is as follows:

Day trips:

Thursday, May 10: Jack’s Cleveland Casino trip, includes $25 free slot play and 20 percent off buffet. Price $37 per member. Tickets still available.

Tuesday, June 26: Seneca Allegany Casino matinee Frankie Valli tribute show, includes $25 slot bonus and free buffet. Price: $75 per person. Tickets still available.

Monday, June 11: del Lago customer appreciation trip, includes $25 slot bonus and free buffet. $36 per person. Sign-up begins Monday, April 9.

Monday, July 30: del Lago customer appreciation trip, includes $25 slot bonus and free buffet. $36 per person. Sign-up begins Monday, April 16.

Wednesday, July 18: Lockport Canal Cruise, includes a trip to Becker Farms. $97 per person. Sign-up begins Monday, May 14.

Monday, Sept. 17: del Lago customer appreciation trip, includes $25 slot bonus and free buffet. Sign-up date to be announced.

Thursday, Sept. 27: Fall mystery trip. Lunch at Sprague’s, choice of three entrees. Two to three stops and sightseeing. $70 per person. Sign-up date to be announced.

Extended trips:

Aug. 12 and 13: Thousands Islands. $365 per person. Sign-up begins Monday, April 2.

Sept. 9 through 13: Atlantic City. $430 per person. Sign-up begins Monday, April 2.

Stop by the Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court, for fliers for either trip. With questions, call the Center at 366-7530.

Grape Belt Seniors

No aerobics and weights classes with Catherine until further notice. We will continue to meet at 9 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to exercise with Richard Simmons DVDs.

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 Allegany (correction of previous information). $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.

Historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County: June 19 to 21. Includes guided sightseeing tour of Philadelphia 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 Facebook group.

Silver Creek Seniors

The April 10 meeting was called to order and President Ed Newman welcomed distinguished guests Carmen and Vincent Tampio of Silver Creek. Carm is serving as president of Mt. Carmel Seniors and Vince is a current trustee on the Silver Creek Village Board and former mayor of Silver Creek.

Every organization would agree that happiness is increasing its membership. The Silver Creek Senior Club is delighted to announce the following newest members: Jen Zlotnick, Kathy Huffman, Sally Shevlin, Judy Hahn and Robert and Helen Burt. We welcome them. After Chaplain Dorothy Miniri put forward blessings and thanks for new members and for the nourishment prepared, we gathered together for hot dogs, baked beans, salads and desserts. Thanks to everyone who contributed those culinary creations.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with purpose. Robert Burt gave a brief update on the Seneca Allegany Casino trip on April 16. Seats are still available, but not for long. If interested, call Bob or Helen at 467-4681.

The 50/50 winners were Sue Duecker, Carm Tampio and Lorraine Bailey. Door prize winners were Harry Suski, Jean McDaneld and Jan Snyder. Mind-sharpening bingo was called by Snyder, and the winners were Ed Lemiszko (thrice), Lorrie Newman (thrice) Bob Burt, Ernie Hilliker, Shevlin and Miniri.

After the meeting, we were introduced to the Burts’ chocolate lab mix, Reuben. Through Sirius Dog Obedience classes, Reuben was qualified as a greeter and has been well-received by residents at the Chautauqua Rehab and Nursing Center. Good dog, Reuben!

The April 17 meeting at 1 p.m. on Route 5 in Silver Creek will feature a dressed lettuce salad accompanied by other salad varieties of fruits, vegetables and/or eggs, courtesy of volunteers. Don’t forget, we’re just around the corner.

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens met recently for a luncheon and a fun auction in the Sinclairville Fire Hall Dining room.

President Diman Smith welcomed all to the luncheon, and Chaplain Allan Higgs gave the blessing prior to the meal. The table decorations were provided and set up by Linda Parmenter and Betty Wielgasz. Thanks to these two for the colorful frog and candy decorations. The main meal of a ham was provided by Charles Sylvester and Larry Downey. The meal was delicious and so very tender. The other members brought dishes of food and desserts to add to the meal. A fine meal with a large variety was enjoyed by all, and much appreciation is extended to all. Thanks to Smith for getting the coffee ready for today.

Following the luncheon, drawings were held, and recipients included Jim Odell, Fran Odell, Sipos, Wielgasz, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Louisa Smith, Diane Shaw, Irene Moll, Martha Harmon, Margie McIntyre and Doug Christian. The business meeting opened with the Lord’s Prayer led by President Smith and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Sipos. The minutes from the March meeting were read and treasurer Sylvester read the treasurer’s report. Sylvester welcomed one new member, Ann Heilman. Wielgasz, who serves as sunshine chairman, read the list of those who are celebrating birthdays. The birthday song was sung to Shaw.

Commander of the Sons of the American Legion Smith talked that a fundraiser walk-a-thon will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Smith had sign-up sponsor sheets, and the money goes to the VA health care. There was a donation by this organization to the VA cause.

Sipos told the story of the history of Dyngus Day. Then the annual fun auction was held. Those attending brought items to be auctioned. Smith served as the auctioneer, and added much humor to the event. At times, the bidding was fierce, especially among two of the bidders trying to outbid each other. A fun time was had by all.

The next meeting of the group will be on Tuesday, May 8 at noon in the Sinclairville Fire Hall dining room. June Whipple will provide the festive May table decorations. All are encouraged to bring a dish of food to add to the meal or a dessert. New members are always welcome.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of April 15 to 21

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 at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee; Crafts Class with Suzie, 1 p.m., Painter Center Community Room. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 for more information.

Wednesday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room; Games & Crafts with Pat at 1 p.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.

** Seats are still available 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. The price is $87, which includes travel by comfortable coach bus. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up. Checks are due no later than May 2. Make the check out to “Town of Collins” and mail to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034.