Senior news

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Aug. 26 to Sept. 1

Sunday, Aug. 26: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Wednesday, Aug. 29: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., 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.

** Just announced: We have a new yoga instructor! Join us for “Yoga with Heather” beginning Thursday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. in the Painter Center gym. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. 8 week session begins Sept. 6 through Nov. 1. The fee is $12 for Town of Collins residents / $14 for non-residents. The first class is free!

** Just Announced ” Join us for a new, exciting class “Percussion & Exercises with Kim” starting on Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. in the Painter Center gym. There is a small fee for this class. The class will run 8 weeks from Sept. 7 through Nov. 2. The fee is $12 for Town of Collins residents / $14 for non-residents. The first class is free !

** Seats are filling up fast for the AARP Defensive Driving Class on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up. Leave a message with your name, phone number, and if you would like to have the lunch. The fee for the class is $20 for AARP members / $25 for non-members. Make your check or money order out to: AARP and send to: Town of Collins, Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. Your check must be received before the class date. The fee for the lunch is $3 and will be collected when you check in on the morning of the class. Please check in by 8:30 a.m. and bring a pen and your drivers license.

** Join us for “An All American Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Travel by comfortable coach bus, enjoy a delicious meal, show, and basket auction, all for $75. To reserve your seat, call 532-2006 ext. 21. This trip is over half full, please call early !

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.

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

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. Depart 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 and more. Depart at 8 a.m., return at 6 p.m. 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: CHRISTMAS IN THE OHIO VALLEY, Nov. 28 to 30. Highlights include: Oglebay’s Winter Festival of Lights, Dicken’s Victorian Village in Cambridge, Steubenville Murals, Historic Fort Steuben-Nutcracker Village, Pipps Conservatory and Gardens and a visit to the Winter Garden at PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh. This awesome trip is joint between Know How Tours and the Collins Center Seniors.

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 starring TERRY BUCHWALD, $15 slot play and a free lunch buffet. 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

Dunkirk Senior Center news

The Dunkirk Senior Center, located at 45 Cliffstar Court, hosts a number of programs and special events.

There is a change in the members’ potluck luncheon. The new date is Sept. 29. The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7, or a dish to pass to feed 10 to 15 people. Sign up any time at the Senior Center.

Zumba Gold (low-key, sitting or standing) will be run on Wednesdays from Oct 10 through Nov. 28. This is a members-only 45 minute class, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The cost is $2 per session. There is a sign-up sheet at the Center, or call 366-7530 to register. Sign-up begins Monday, Aug. 27. A minimum of 10 participants need to enroll so that the instructor can be hired. Please sign up to get the class on the schedule. The class will be held for two months only.

There are a few seats available for the Del Lago Customer Appreciation Casino trip on Sept. 17 at $36 per person.

There are also a few seats available for the Fall Mystery Trip on Sept. 27 at $70 per person.

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 is in progress.

Buffalo Creek Casino Customer Appreciation trip: Monday, Oct. 29. $35 per person. $40 casino bonus, but no food allowance. Sign-up is in progress.

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.

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. $29 per person includes $30 slot bonus and free lunch buffet. Sign-up begins Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Call 366-7530 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to make reservations for trips or activities.

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

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: Customer Appreciation Day at Seneca Allegany – Wednesday, Aug. 29. $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. David Wendt was at the Center on Friday, Aug. 10 for the pre-departure meeting for this trip.

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. Members will be able to order Grape Belt Seniors tee shirts before and after the meeting.

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.

Mayville Senior Citizens

The Mayville Senior Citizens met Aug. 16. About 40 Senior Citizens enjoyed a sloppy joe lunch with salads and desserts. Thank you to Sandy and Jeff Wagner for cooking the sloppy joes! Bonnie Johnson, President, began the meeting. Arleen Kurtz said a prayer before lunch and before the meeting. All joined in saying the Lord’s Prayer. President Johnson led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were read and accepted.

Jeff Wagner noted Senior Council’s Social will be at the Ashville Fire Hall. Goodwill Chairperson, Mary Carlson, listed August birthdays and cards sent. Janet and Jeff, Tour Directors, requested all to think about trips they may want to take next year and give them recommendations. The kitchen committee composed of Louise Richir, Joyce Ayers, Nancy Cole and Dolly Gilbert were thanked. Door prizes were won by Kurtz, Rex Wilson, Ayers, Barb Davis and Herb Magnuson.

Bill Tornstrom, Program Chairperson, introduced Douglas Conroe, Chautauqua Lake Association, Inc., who spoke about the ups and downs of Chautauqua Lake, mostly ups! A very interesting and encouraging report!

The next meeting will be held Sept. 6 at noon at the Mayville VFW. Come and bring a dish to pass besides personal table service. Tornstrom noted Angelo Alaimo from Bemus Point will be playing the harmonica for everyone’s listening pleasure. He will play a variety of old favorites that will have all singing along. Don’t miss this program and show him support.

Silver Creek Seniors news

The Aug. 21 meeting opened on a day of celebration as President Ed Newman welcomed new members Bea Ortolano and Teri Weinheimer, and welcomed back Carol and Ed Prowse, Carl Mohart and Sue Borowski, with applause from everyone. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with warmth. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri bestowed blessings of thanks for the food, fellowship and fun.

Cheery chipper voices sang “Happy Birthday” to our July and August celebrators: Shirley Sikorski and Susan Shiloh (July), Ed Newman, Bart Adams, Dorothy Miniri, Harry Suski, Sandy George and Thelma Hilliker (August). The gaiety continued with hors d’oeuvres, cheese and crackers, cookies, candied bacon (really)? and traditional birthday cake and ice cream. Many thanks to our volunteers.

It’s been said that age isn’t everything, but it isn’t nothing, either. Whatever your age, you can do things today that you couldn’t do at other times in your life, and that is marvelous. To our birthday celebrators, we say that each one of you is just “Too Marvelous For Words” and we have reports that “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, ‘Cause Baby, Look at You Now.” Happy birthday and many happy returns.

50/50 winners were Sue Duecker, Lorraine Bailey and Borowski. Door prizes were won by Pauline Flitt, Lorrie Newman and Ernie Hilliker. Claudia Markham called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Flitt (twice), Lorrie Newman (twice), Jean McDaneld, Eleanor Lemiszko (twice), Jen Zlotnick, Bailey (twice), Weinheimer, Ortolano and Ernie Hilliker (thrice).

At the next meeting on Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Clubhouse, a dish to pass from volunteers is appreciated.