Senior News

Collins Center Seniors News

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be July 23 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

July 24 for the trip to “del Lago Casino,” travelers depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 7:30 a.m. SHARP and return at 7:30 p.m.

“Lockport Locks & Canal Cruise” on July 30, departing from the same location 8 a.m. and returning at 5 p.m.

“Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tour” Aug. 21. Enjoy lunch on the river at Buffalo River works, tour the Buffalo History Museum, then board a Double Decker Bus for a fun-tastic tour of Buffalo. End the day at Larkinville for Food Truck Tuesday. Payment is due.

Seats are available Aug. 28 for Customer Appreciation Day at the Seneca Allegany Casino. Cost is $31, and passengers receive $30 in play and $15 for food. We NEED 40 passengers for this trip to go. Payment is due NO LATER than July 30.

“Simply East Aurora” Sept. 13, we are off to the picturesque Village of East Aurora with a guided tour of the Seymour Knox Estate. Seniors will visit the Baker Memorial Church and enjoy lunch at the Roycroft Inn, followed by a tour of the Inn and visit the Roycroft Copper Shop. The day ends at Vidler’s Variety Store. Payment is due July 30.

Four seats are available for “Top of New England” Sept. 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.

NEW “OCTOBERFEST AT CHAUTAUQUA” Oct. 9. Enjoy the autumn day at the Chautauqua Institute to celebrate Octoberfest Style. Take a horse drawn wagon ride around Bestor Plaza. Stroll through shops. Dance a polka, sing a long or just enjoy the live German OOMPAH band.

NEW “SPRAGUES & FALL FUN” Oct. 23. Enjoy the colors of fall while travelling to Cuba Cheese Shoppe for the finest cheese made in New York State and around the world. Lunch is at Spragues Restaurant in Portville. Continue traveling through the Southern Tier to Pumpkinville and enjoy a train ride around the field through the tunnel, enjoy the corn maze or just watch apple cider being made.

NEW MAMMA MIA! Oct. 30 at the Seneca Niagara Casino event center. Dancing Dream electrifies audiences of all ages with musical hits such as: “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance” and many others. This group will transport audiences to a happy, groovy place with beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography.

NEW “ELVIS, LAS VEGAS STYLE” March 25, 2019 at the Seneca Niagara Casino’s Bear’s Den. Trip cost includes: transportation via luxury motor coach, Bear’s Den tickets for the 1 p.m. show staring TERRY BUCHWALD, $15 slot play and free lunch buffet. Early bird price is $49.

For additional information visit the web site at 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 July 22 to 28

Sunday, July 22: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., Collins Town Park.

Wednesday, July 25: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center Yellow Room; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room; Games & Crafts with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room.

** Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors for “An All American Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. This holiday event will feature Nashville recording artist “Ricky Lee” performing all your Christmas favorites ! Travel by comfortable coach bus, a delicious dinner, show, and basket auction all for $75. To sign up, call 532-2006 ext. 21. Call early as seats are going fast!

** The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Community Center in Collins. To reserve a seat, call 532-2006 ext. 21 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and if planning to have the lunch prepared by the senior program. The fee for the class is $20 for AARP members / $25 for non-members. Make the check out to: “AARP” and send to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. The check must be received before the class date. The fee for lunch is $3 and will be collected upon check-in on the morning of the class.

Grape Belt Senior News

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

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 All trips: First paid, first reserved

Boston, Massachusetts – Aug. 2 to 5. Departing at 6:45 a.m. from behind Big Lots.

A Dam Good Trip – Aug. 22. Mt. Morris Dam, lunch at Big Tree Inn, Abbey of the Genesee with Vespers. Payment due July 5. Departing at 8:15 a.m. from behind Big Lots.

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:

NEW trip – Customer Appreciation Day at Seneca Allegany – Wednesday, Aug. 29. $30 due by Aug. 6. $30 free slot play and buffet lunch. Be behind Big Lots at 9 a.m.

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. There are still spaces available for this trip.

David Wendt will be at the Center on Friday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. for the pre-departure meeting for Nova Scotia.

David Wendt will be at the Center on Monday, Aug. 27 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss trips being planned for 2019: Washington, DC in April; New York City July 4 to 6; and Germany, Austria and Switzerland in September.

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 Senior News

Mt. Carmel Seniors met July 18 for a delicious hot dog roast and great sides.

Ginny Chesbro, Phyllis Burghardt and Pauline Flitt were on the committee and all the reports were suspended in order to enjoy the party.

The next meeting will be Aug. 1.All members are encouraged to attend.

Silver Creek Seniors

The July 17 meeting opened on a perfect, partly-sunny COUNTY FAIR day. President Ed Newman extended a warm welcome back to Joyce and Claudia Markham. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with honesty.

Humor was on the agenda, and whether it was Pauline’s jungle joke or Lorrie’s story of the “Lady and the Facelift,” laughter rang true for the day.

After Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered blessings and thanks for gifts of guidance and inspiration, everyone savored Ellie’s Deli’s pizza and side dishes of shredded broccoli salad, cheese, fruits and dessert brownies. Thanks again to our volunteers. Today our memory songs take us on a virtual trip to the Great Smoky Mountains range between North Carolina and Tennessee. First we’ll board the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” that takes us there, then we’ll climb to the Clingman Dome “On Top of Old Smoky” measuring 6,619 feet. It will be a lot cooler there and we’ll be “Sittin’ On Top of the World” – no TV or Smartphones!

50/50 winners were Sue Borowski, Ellyn Sutehall and Joan Suski. Door prizes won by Shirley Sikorski, Ernie Hilliker and Suski. Hilliker called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Jan Snyder (twice), Mary Ann Seibert, Mary Congdon, Jen Zlotnick, Pauline Flitt, Lorraine Bailey, Lorrie Newman (twice), Miniri, Joyce Markham, Sikorski and Suski.

The meeting ended with the singing of “Young At Heart,” followed by a friendly, competitive game of dominoes.

At the next meeting on July 24 at 1 p.m. at the Silver Creek clubhouse on Route 5, we will celebrate “Christmas in July.” Bring a dish to pass and if you have a wish for a fun gag gift, bring one to share and exchange with each other.