Senior News

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Aug. 12 to 18

Sunday, Aug. 12: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., Collins Town Park.

Wednesday, Aug. 15: 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 Yellow Room.

** Don’t miss the exciting new class ” Percussion & Exercises with Kim” starting on Friday, Sept. 7. Join Kim as she brings this new class which combines traditional exercise with drumsticks and handballs! Class will run from Sept. 7 until Nov. 2. The first class is free!! The fun begins at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7 in the Painter Center gym.

** 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 name, phone number, and if choosing to have the lunch. 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 or money order must be received before the class date. The fee for the lunch is $3 and will be collected on the morning upon check-in for the class. Class size is limited to 27, so call early.

** Join the trip for the “All American Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. This uplifting, holiday show features Nashville recording artist “Ricky Lee.” Travel by coach bus, a delicious meal, show, and basket auction all for $75. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to reserve a seat. Make the check out to: “Town of Collins” and send to Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. The meal choices are chicken, fish, or vegetarian. Include the meal choice on the check. Checks must be received no later than Oct. 31.

Collins Center Seniors News

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Aug 27 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

NOTE: Members can sign up for trips at the monthly meetings or call. If there are seats available on any trip after it has been out at two meetings, then the trip is open to non-members. Once a trip is introduced, non-members who are interested can call and be put on a wait list. The Collins Center Seniors have non-members on most of their trips.

Aug. 21, seniors depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main St. in Gowanda at 10:30 a.m. for the “Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tour.”

Seats are available and non-members are welcome Aug. 28 for Customer Appreciation Day at the Seneca Allegany Casino. Cost is $31, and passengers receive $30 in play and $15 for food. Payment is due. Depart from the usual location at 9 a.m. and return 4 p.m.

NEW: Sept. 11 is a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino. The cost is $19 and passengers receive $25 in play and $5 for food. Departure is at 8 a.m. with a return time of 4 p.m. Payment is due Aug. 27.

Seats are available for “Simply East Aurora” Sept. 13. The group is 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.

Seats are available for “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 along or just enjoy the live German OOMPAH band. Payment is due Aug. 27.

Seats are available for “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.

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: “THE DRIFTERS WHITE CHRISTMAS,” Dec. 11 at the Seneca Niagara Casino. The Drifters have charmed audiences across the nation for nearly 60 years with charisma, talent and a perfect blend of harmonies on classics like: “There Goes My Baby,” Save the Last Dance For Me,” “Under the Boardwalk,” and one of the most famous holiday songs “White Christmas.”

“ELVIS, LAS VEGAS STYLE” March 25, 2019 at the Seneca Niagara Casino’s Bear’s Den. Early Bird price for this trip is $49 and includes: transportation via luxury motor coach, Bear’s Den tickets for the 1 p.m. show staring TERRY BUCHWALD, $15 slot play and a free lunch buffet. Early bird price is $49. Trip organizers have reserved two motor coaches for the show and the first coach is almost full.

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

Updated Dunkirk Senior Center Trips

The Dunkirk Senior Center has a number of upcoming trips.

Stop by the Center at 45 Cliffstar Court in Dunkirk, check the newsletter or call 366-7530 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for details.

An overnight casino trip to del LAGO Resort & Casino is planned for Sunday, Nov. 18 and Monday, Nov. 19. Registration for this trip begins Tuesday, Sept. 4. The $175 (double occupancy) cost includes $30 in slot play bonus upon arrival, lodging, dinner the first night and breakfast prior to departure. Optional insurance for double occupancy can be purchased at $17. See fliers for details. Taking reservations now.

Day trips and one other extended trip include:

Seneca Niagara Casino: Tuesday, Aug. 28. $31 per person includes $25 slot bonus and $5 food credit. This trip is sold out. There is a waiting list only.

Atlantic City Casino Trip: Sunday, Sept. 9 through Thursday, Sept. 13. $430 per double occupancy. This trip is sold out. There is a waiting list only.

del Lago Customer Appreciation Casino Trip: Monday, Sept. 17. $36 per person includes $25 slot bonus and free buffet. This trip is sold out. There is a waiting list only.

Fall mystery trip: Thursday, Sept. 27. $70 per person. Enjoy a scenic ride and enjoy lunch where you may choose from pulled pork, roasted turkey or pancakes. Other fun stops along the way! Taking reservations now.

Autumn Erie shopping spree: Wednesday, Oct. 17. $27 includes trip and lunch at the Golden Corral. Stops planned are Boscoms and the Mill Creek Mall Christmas store. Sign-up begins Monday, Aug. 6.

Buffalo Creek Casino Customer Appreciation trip: Monday, Oct. 29. $41 per person. $40 casino bonus, but no food allowance. Sign-up begins Monday, Aug. 13.

Seneca Allegany Casino Customer Appreciation Trip: Tuesday, Nov. 27. $25 per person includes $30 slot bonus and free lunch buffet. Sign-up begins Monday, Sept. 24.

Seneca Niagara Casino Customer Appreciation Trip: Wednesday, Dec. 12. $30 per person includes $30 slot bonus and free lunch buffet. Sign-up begins Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Grape Belt Senior News

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

Tai Chi with Sam on Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., but no Tai Chi on Friday, Aug. 10.

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

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.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Aug. 7 meeting opened on the eighth month, so named in honor of Augustus Caesar. President Ed Newman gave a warm-hearted welcome back to Marilyn Abram and introduced guest Teri Weinheimer of Sheridan, a life-long friend of Claudia Markham. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with feeling.

Laughs were in order as Lorrie Newman prove that words matter. Misinterpreting them and speaking without thinking can prove to be embarrassing. We will keep our words soft and sweet – someday we might have to eat them, as the saying goes.

President Newman offered blessings and gratitude for gifts of learning and growing with God as our supreme teacher. The salad bar was as generous as the volunteers who furnished nourishing food to whet every appetite. Desserts completed the sweetness. Thanks to all who shared their culinary flair.

Today our memory songs magically transformed the salad bar into a Luau. We sang “Blue Hawaii” as the spirit of Don Ho reminded us of “Tiny Bubbles.” We then decided that we’re all “Going to a Hukilau” to do some fishing. Honolulu may have Blue Hawaii, but in Silver Creek we have the beautiful, blue Lake Erie. Aloha, everyone!

50/50 winners were Lorraine Bailey, Pauline Flitt and Harry Suski. Door prizes were won by Joan Suski, Mary Wode and Weinheimer. President Newman called “virtual Hawaiian bingo” and the winners were Markham, Flitt, Eleanor Lemiszko, Weinheimer, Jan Snyder, Mary Congdon, Ellyn Sutehall, Auleen Robinson, Dorothy Merrill and Kathy Huffman.

At the next meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Silver Creek Clubhouse, potluck – whatever may chance to be in the pot, will be served by volunteers.