Senior news briefs

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Sept. 2 to 8

Sunday, Sept. 2: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday, Sept. 3: Center is closed.

Tuesday, Sept. 4: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym. Small fee. (8 week class runs from Sept. 4 to Oct. 23).

Wednesday, Sept. 5: 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.

Thursday, Sept. 6: Yoga with Heather at 11 a.m., Painter Center Gym. (8 week class runs from Sept. 6 to Nov. 1) First class is free!

Friday, Sept. 7: Percussion & Exercise with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym. (8 week class runs from Sept. 7 to Nov. 11/12). First class is free!; Exercise with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym; Movie Day at 1 p.m., Collins Library Community Room. This month’s film is a comedy starring Anna Faris and Eva Longoria. Popcorn will be served.

**The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up. Leave a message with name, phone number, and if planning to have the lunch. The fee for the class is $20 for AARP members / $25 for non-members. Make check or money order 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 the lunch is $3 and will be collected upon check-in on the morning of the class. Check in by 8:30 a.m. and bring a pen and your drivers license.

**Seats are filling up fast for “An All American Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Travel by comfortable coach bus, a delicious meal, show, and basket auction, all for $75. To reserve a seat, call 532-2006 ext. 21.

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 began 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.

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: 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 was at the Center on Monday, Aug. 27 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss trips being planned for 2019: Washington, DC April 24 to 27; New York City July 3 to 6; and Germany, Austria and Switzerland around Sept. 10 to 20 (exact states to be determined). Stay tuned for a meeting possibly in October re: details of Germany, Austria, Switzerland trip.

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. 28 meeting was called to order on a torrid, toasty Tuesday. President Ed Newman welcomed back Joyce Markham with a warmness that matched the day. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with emotional warmth. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri gave thanks for the friends and the food that we share, the abundance of blessings in our lives and for God’s gifts of sight, hearing, smell , taste and touch.

The super abundance of nutritious foods and desserts at the table were pleasing and gratifying to our gifted sense of taste. We again thank our volunteers.

It’s been written that when people have something better to do, they do better. The Silver Creek Senior Center can offer you a better something — like fun, food and friendliness. Add to that today’s merry memory songs of “Mairzy Doats,” “Jeepers Creepers” and “Ja-Da” that bring back happier times, comic relief and smiles.

50/50 winners were Sue Borowski, Miniri and Lorrie Newman. Door prizes were won by Sue Duecker, Marilyn Flint and Mary Congdon. President Newman called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Miniri (thrice), Jan Snyder (twice), Flint, Eleanor Lemiszko (twice), Lorraine Bailey and Congdon.

At the next meeting on Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. at the senior club, a dish to pass is kindly asked.

United Senior Citizens

Thirty-five United Senior Citizen members met Aug. 13 at the Fredonia Beaver Club to enjoy a catered picnic lunch consisting of hamburgers, Italian sausage with peppers and onions, rolls, potato salad, baked beans, tossed salad and tortellini salad. Dessert was fresh fruit salad consisting of an assortment of delicious berries and melons.

Genevieve Ludemann was attendance taker and Vice President Linda Riley handled payment of lunches and other business. President Mary Matteson led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and “God Bless America”. Member Wendy Black offered the Invocation. Carm Johnson assisted Joe Greco Jr. handling raffle tickets for the lucky winners this month: Phyllis Laurito, Rose Cerrie, Kathy Damiano and Doris LaSpada. August birthdays announced and sung to: Herb Centner, Jerry Bentham, Joan Guzik, Joanne Halasinski, David Kolassa, Sue Schrantz and Debbie Messere. May you have many more! Sympathy cards were sent to families of the following: Linda Cobb, Jane Walsh, Mayme Joy and Barbara Burtner.

A special lifetime friend and member of United Senior Citizens was acknowledged: Charles St. George, blessing us with his presence and telling the group a cute and short story. He is the immediate Past-President of the group, serving as such for 16 years. Bingo was called by Laurito and Cerrie. In Evonne Hennebery’s absence, a motion was made by member Don Reinhoudt (still in our eyes “The World’s Strongest Man”) to forego the treasurer’s report and this was seconded by Josie Wierczynski. Where would our members attendance be without our dedicated monthly callers: Pat Ebert, Wierczynski and Riley? A BIG shout-out to you gals! United Senior Citizens meet the second Monday of the month at the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St., Fredonia and “there’s always room for one more.” If you like to go out for lunch with friends or by yourself this is a great place to come for a delicious catered lunch once a month. The next meeting will take place Sept. 10 at noon. Lunch will consist of tossed salad w/homemade dressings, stuffed chicken breast, roasted red potatoes, fresh vegetable medley and brownies with vanilla ice cream for dessert. For gluten-free, the entree will be grilled chicken breast. To reserve a lunch for you and/or a guest send $10 check per lunch made out to United Senior Citizens to Evonne Hennebery, PO Box 706, Dunkirk, NY 14048. The United Senior Citizens would like to remind our public to fly their American flag Sept. 3 in honor of Labor Day and the following dates: Sept. 11 (half-mast until sunset) in honor of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance; Sept.17: Constitution Day (U.S. Constitution approved 1787); Sept. 21- POW/MIA (Prisoner of War/ Missing in Action) Recognition Day and May God bless America!