Senior News

Collins Center Seniors News

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be May 21 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

NOTE: Final itinerary and luggage tags will be available following the regular meeting for the trip to Memphis and Nashville.

June 10, the motor coach will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Maine St., Gowanda at 8:30 a.m. for “Are we There Yet?” at the Lucille Ball Little Theater.

Seats available June 21 for our “Patriotic USA Tour.” The first stop will be Russell Salvatore’s Patriots & Hero’s Park honoring those who served our country! Next we will head to the new Made In America Store for a pork loin luncheon in their Special Event Center and enjoy a Swing Era show in the style of the Andrews Sisters to celebrate hits of the 1940s, 50s & 60s. Payment is due may 21st.

June 27 is Customer Appreciation Day at the Seneca Allegany Casino. Payment is due May 21.

NEW: July 24 we are returning to “del Lago Casino” for a Customer Appreciation Day with entertainment.

“Lockport Locks & Canal Cruise” July 30. Seniors will travel to historic Lockport and experience “locking through” and being raised the 49 ft. elevation of the Niagara Escarpment in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. Pass under bridges that raise straight up, see water cascade over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five” 1840’s locks. We will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch canal-side then head to Platters Chocolates – it’s where all the magic happens.

NEW: “Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tour” Aug. 21. Travelers will enjoy lunch on the river at Buffalo Riverworks. Next stop will be the Buffalo History museum constructed in 1901. Next we will board a Double Decker Bus for a fun-tastic tour of Buffalo with a professional guide. We will end our day at Larkinville for Food Truck Tuesday.

NEW: “Simply East Aurora” Sept. 13 we are off to the picturesque Village of East Aurora with a guided tour of the Seymour Knox Estate. We will step back in time with visits to the Baker Memorial Church and enjoy lunch at the Roycroft Inn followed by an opportunity to tour the Inn and visit the Roycroft Copper Shop. Our day ends with a shopping spree at Vidler’s Variety Store.

“Top of New England” September 23-28 to Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. Included: the Vermont Country Store, Spirit of Ethan Luncheon Cruise, Von Trapp Historic Guided Tour, the National WWII Memorial, Loon Mountain Sky Ride and Summit Adventure w/Entertainment, Sluicing for Gems, tour of Poland Springs, Maine Moose Safari and Nature Tour, Songo River Cruise and MORE.

For additional information visit the web site at www.knowhowtours.com/collinscenter 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

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of May 20 to 26

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.

Come on out for a delicious lunch of hot dogs, baked beans, dessert, and drink for only $3. There will be a seminar about Bertrand Chaffee Hospital after lunch.

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

Thursday: Beginning yoga at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym. (Last day of yoga until September).

Friday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym. This will be the last day of three per week exercise classes until September. Exercises with Pat will begin again on Wednesday, June 6 and continue through the summer every Wednesday starting at 10 a.m.

Dunkirk Senior Center News

The Board of Directors of the Dunkirk Senior Center announces the following upcoming programs:

Big Bingo (for members only), Wednesdays: June 13, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12

Birthday party (members only), need reservations the week before, Wednesdays: May 30, June 27, July 25, Aug. 29, Sept. 26

Special events: Friday, May 31 at 12:30 p.m., Sheriff Gerace will speak about Scams. All seniors are welcome.

Senior seminar: Law NY (simple wills, Power of Attorney, etc.), Wednesday, June 6 at 11 a.m. All seniors are welcome.

On-going activities include: exercise classes: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 9 a.m.: Toning, Stretching and Balance; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.: Aerobics. Mondays, crafts take place at 11 a.m.; and Thursdays are games at 11 a.m.

Upcoming trips include: Frankie Valli/Seneca Allegany on Tuesday, June 26; del Lago on Monday, July 30; Lockport Canal Cruise/lunch on Wednesday, July 18; Atlantic City from Sunday, Sept. 9 through Thursday, Sept. 13; del Lago on Monday, Sept. 17 and a Fall Mystery Trip on Thursday, Sept. 17.

July, August and September plans will be announced as they become available. Either call the Senior Center at 366-7530 or check Friday’s OBSERVER on the Senior page.

The Dunkirk Senior Center is located at 45 Cliffstar Court.

Grape Belt Senior News

Aerobics and Weights with Catherine takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m.

Readers’ Theatre is held the first Wednesday of the month, 10:30 a.m., at the Center.

The May luncheon will take place on May 23, 11:30 a.m. at the Center. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.

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

Forest Lawn Trolley & History – May 30 – with lunch at Curly’s Grille and visit to Pierce Arrow Museum. 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 May 25. Deposit of $75 per person to reserve seats is due now.

Boston, Massachusetts – Aug. 2 to 5. Final payment due by June 8.

A Dam Good Trip – Aug. 22. Mt. Morris Dam, lunch at Big Tree Inn, Abbey of the Genesee with Vespers. Payment due July 25.

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. 3. (Proof of citizenship required).

Casino Trips – Need to bring photo ID:

Oh, What a Night! – June 26 – Seneca Allegany – $75 due now.

Customer Appreciation at Seneca Allegany – June 27. This trip is full.

delLAGO Casino – July 9. This trip is full.

Mamma Mia! – Oct. 30 – Seneca Niagara. $75 due by Sept. 16.

Customer Appreciation at Seneca Niagara – Nov. 7. $25 due by Sept. 30. Get $30 free slots and buffet.

The Drifters White Christmas – Dec. 11 at Seneca Niagara. $75 due by Oct. 29.

Extended trips for 2018:

The Nova Scotia & Maritimes of Canada: 8 days and 7 nights. Sept. 12 to 19. Proof of citizenship is required. Round trip scheduled air and motorcoach transportation. Visit Peggy’s Cove, Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Cabot Trail, Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island National Park, Green Gables, St. John and Reversing Falls, Bay of Fundy, and Annapolis Valley.

Historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County: June 19 to 21. Includes guided sightseeing tour of Philadelphia, Colonial dinner at City Tavern, Independence Park, Liberty Bell Pavillion, Sight & Sound Millennium Theater’s “Jesus,” followed by dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord, Valley Forge National Historical Park, and more.

David Wendt will be coming to the Center for a pre-departure meeting for the Philadelphia/Lancaster County trip on Wednesday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m.

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.

Mt. Carmel Seniors

The Mt. Carmel Seniors combined Mother’s Day past with upcoming Father’s Day and celebrated these events with fine dining at the Colony House Restaurant in Irving.

All business issued were waived by Club President Carm Tampio.

Former Club Chaplain Jeanette Mula was warmly greeted by the 22 members in attendance after Jeanette’s prolonged absence due to illness.

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 6 at the Mt Carmel Auditorium. The appointed refreshment committee for this event is Jean McDaneld and Mary Ann Siebert.

Membership remains open to seniors age 55 and older. Interested seniors may call Club VP Pauline Flitt at 934 4324 for details.

Silver Creek Seniors

The May 14 meeting opened on a day of sweet expectations. President Ed Newman cheerfully welcomed new member Mary Wode and guest Pauline Flitt, who sweetly surprised the group with a pair of mystery gift bingo bags. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with thoughtfulness. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered prayers and thanks for God’s blessings and bounty that is to be shared with others.

A decorative table, pleasing to the eyes, held frozen ice cream, pleasing to the taste, served with a variety of toppings, cherries and peanuts. What could bring more comfort than a hot fudge sundae? Thanks to everyone who added to a day of sweetness.

No one loves ice cream more than a kid, and in the heart of every senior, a kid still lives and thrives. Have you ever looked into a mirror and said “Whatever happened, and where is that younger person?” Today we found those youngsters and took a virtual trip back to our “School Days.” Then off to recess and the playground where we had fun playing “The Farmer in the Dell.” After school, we visited “Old MacDonald who Had a Farm” with cows, ducks and piggies. We will never be old as long as we hold – in our hearts – those songs we remember that bring us together.

50/50 winners were Shirley Sikorski, Judy Hahn and Jean McDaneld. Door prizes were won by Harry Suski, Sikorski and Flitt.

Jan Snyder called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Joan Suski twice, Carol Prowse, Ernie Hilliker twice, Harry Suski, Sikorski, Sally Shevlin, Joe Ark, McDaneld, Lorraine Bailey twice and Lorrie Newman. The great mystery bingo bags were won by Shevlin and Hilliker.

A reminder was made that we will see everyone at the Garden Faire in the Silver Creek Village Park tomorrow, May 19 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. after the Royal Wedding.

The next meeting on May 22 at the Senior Clubhouse in Silver Creek will spotlight healthy salad, greens and fruit. Meetings begin at 1 p.m.