Senior News

Brocton Portland Seniors

Brocton Portland Seniors met Dec. 18 at the Brocton Legion, with President Linda Riley opening the meeting for 46 members and two guests. Pete Spinuzza, new member, was welcomed. Committee members Robin Carr, Jane Penhollow, Riley and Wendy Black set tables with silver leaf candle centerpieces and place settings. The Legion catered a ham dinner complete with pies. The program began with guitar by Tom Gestwicki in Christmas songs and laughter. Santa Claus joined the merry group, passing out gifts with the help of Carr reading last year’s requests to “Dear Santa” that were written by members!! Sweater prize winners were Margaret and Bob Jagoda, Bea Lee’s hand-painted, Rita Bennett, Rose Giambra, Dorothy Reading and Marie Emke. Santa was presented a gift with his Merry Christmas to all. Poinsettia plant receivers were Mary Carey and Cora Patterson. Raffle winners were George Travis, Sue Schrantz, Bev Burton, Edie Seekings, Bennett and Norma Sechrist. The table centerpieces made by Black and Riley were won by Julia Schrantz, Bennett, Marian Delcamp, Lena Elliott, Giambra, Carm Johnson, Margaret Jagoda and Schrantz.

Mary Tripi gave the installation pledges to President Rick Cranston; Vice president Tom DeJoe; Secretary, Ruth Neal and Treasurer, Rita Stonefoot. Past President Riley was gratefully thanked for the past year and her support. Vice president DeJoe was honored for his 37 years on our Brocton Central School Board. The wedding anniversary celebrated for 40 years, was Gil and Edie Seekings. Birthdays included Nancy Munson, Liz Stahlman, and Maggie Rogers … 100 years on Jan. 8!

The next meeting Jan. 29 will be a tureen dish to pass and a Chinese auction. Members are to bring a generous dish to pass, their personal table service and items for the auction. Committee members for the day are Neal, Giambra, Johnson, Shirley Wolnik and Ella Gaffney. Dues are due. Social hour starts after 11 a.m., with the meal served at high noon. New members are welcome!

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Jan. 6 to 12

Monday, Jan. 7: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, Jan. 8: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Wednesday, Jan. 9: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room; Games & Crafts with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Yellow Room; Senior Bowling at 1 p.m. at K&L Lanes in Gowanda, small fee.

Thursday, Jan. 10: Yoga with Donna at 11 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Friday, Jan. 11: Percussion & Exercises with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee; Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym; Potluck Lunch at noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Come out and join your friends – bring a dish to pass – everyone is welcome!

** In case of bad weather, check out Channel 2 News WGRZ for closings listed under 50 Plus Seniors, L.K. Painter Com. Ctr.

** Just Announced ** Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors on Wednesday, May 1 as they travel to Erie, Pennsylvania to the Station Theatre for the comedy show ” Four Old Broads.” Fliers are available at the Collins Town Hall lobby or the L.K. Painter Center. We will be travelling by comfortable coach bus, dinner, and show all for $89. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 for more details and to sign up.

** The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Community Center in Collins. To sign up, call 532-2006 ext. 21 and 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 (no cash) out to “AARP” and bring it with you when you check in on the day of the class. The fee for the lunch is $3. and will be collected when you check in on the morning of the class. Class begins at 9 a.m. SHARP. Check in by 8:30 a.m. Bring your check, your AARP member card (if a member), your drivers license and a pen.

Dunkirk Senior Center News

At the Dunkirk Senior Center, located at 45 Cliffstar Court, Special Big Bingo will continue the second Wednesdays of January and February. Doors open at 3 p.m., dinner will start at 3:30, followed by bingo. The Office of the Aging and the Dunkirk Senior Center will hold a program “Emergency Preparedness for Seniors” on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Dunkirk Senior Center Attendees will be given information on various services and programs that seniors can access in case of an emergency. This program is open to all local seniors.

Tai Chi has resumed.

The Dunkirk Senior Center will be closed for the holiday Monday, Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

Travel updates and new information for 2019:

A shopping trip to Erie (with three stops) will take place Thursday, Jan. 24. The price per person is $25, which includes a lunch buffet at the Golden Corral. It includes all tips. Sign-up is in progress

Monday, Feb. 18, Presidents Day, will be a Presque Isle Casino trip. The cost of $26 per person includes $25 casino bonus. There is no food allowance. Sign-up begins Monday, Jan. 7.

Monday, March 11 is a trip to del Lago Casino. The member cost is $35 per person. This includes $25 casino bonus and free buffet. Sign-up begins Monday, Feb. 11.

Wednesday, April 17 will be the annual Easter shopping trip to the Broadway Market. The cost is $45 per person. Lunch will be at Chef’s, with the menu choice to be made at the time of sign-up. Sign-up begins Monday, Feb. 4.

Tuesday, May 28 will be a Sounds of Music Beach Boys Tribute Matinee Show at the Seneca Allegany Casino. The cost is $73 per person and includes $20 free slots and a free lunch buffet. Sign-up begins Monday, March 11. Trip organizers are checking for interest in two shows at Shea’s. The first is “Million Dollar Quartet” for a matinee performance on Sunday, March 17. Dinner would be at Ilio DiPaolo’s. The price of $147 per person would include the show, tips, meal and transportation. There would be non-assigned seating for the bus. The second is “Rent,” with a date to be determined between March 2 to 30. Dinner would be at Ilio DiPaolo’s. The price of $147 per person would include the show, tips, meal and transportation. There would be non-assigned seating for the bus. With questions and for reservations, call the Center at 366-7530 or Barb at home 366-6643 between 3 to 6 p.m.

Monday, June 10, a trip is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. to see Terry Buchwald at the Depew Polish Falcons. The $63 per person price includes lunch, the show and tips. There will be a candy stop on the way home. Sign-up begins Monday, Jan. 28.

The office, located at 45 Cliffstar Court, is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and Thursday all day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2019 membership dues ($5) are past due. The year runs Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. You must have an active membership to participate in all programs.

Newsletters are available at the Center.

Grape Belt Senior News

Aerobics and Weights with Catherine on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. In the event that Catherine cancels aerobics and weights, she will post it on the Grape Belt Seniors Facebook page, on her own Facebook page, WDOE and Chautauqua Today.

2019 dues are now being collected at the Center.

The January luncheon will be held at the Center on Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m. 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 2019 are available at the Center.

Trips planned for 2019 FIRST PAID – FIRST RESERVED!

May 13: DelLago Casino. Get $25 slot dollars and free lunch buffet. $32 per person. Pay by Feb. 10.

May 24: BPO “An American Salute.” Includes lunch at Pearl Street Grill. Sign up by Jan. 10. Pay by Feb. 10

June 9: 1:10 p.m. Yankees and Cleveland Indians game. All you can eat buffet until 7th inning. Club seating!

This trip is full and finalized. May sign up in case there are cancellations.

June 26: Customer Appreciation. Seneca Niagara. Pay $30. Get $30 in slots and free buffet.

July 26: Customer Appreciation. Seneca Niagara. Pay $30. Get $30 in slots and free buffet.

Details forthcoming on the following trips:

July: Wellsville Balloon Festival

August: Belhurst Castle in Geneva

October: Bradford dinner theater, “Witches Brew.” Zippo Museum.

Casino Trips:

Oct. 8: Musical Tribute to Beautiful and Carole King. Fun-filled, all male Carole King Tribute. Family friendly comedy. Custom musical arrangements. A cast from NYC. $78 per person for show, $20 free slot play, and buffet lunch. Seneca Niagara Casino.

Nov. 5: The Rat Pack. Tribute to Dean, Frank, and Sammy. Seneca Allegany. $78 per person for show, $20 free slot play, and buffet lunch.

Dec. 10: The Lettermen Hits and Holiday Show. Seneca Niagara. $78 per person for show, $20 free slot play, and buffet lunch.

Extended trips for 2019:

Mid-Atlantic Rail Adventure: April 24 to 27. Trip includes motor coach transportation to Pittsburgh and a river cruise on the Gateway Clipper. Rail transportation to Washington, D.C. aboard Amtrak’s full-service Capitol Limited. Monuments and memorials. Baltimore – Inner Harbor. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Arlington National Cemetery. Return trip by motor coach departing from Baltimore.

New York, New York on July 4: July 3 to 6. Includes Hyde Park – F.D. Roosevelt’s home, West Point Military Academy, Hudson River/NYC Harbor Cruise – view Macy’s fireworks from the Capt. J.P. II. Two-night stay at Edison Hotel in the Times Square area. Shopping. Tour of NYC. Broadway musical. Travel is by motor coach.

Bavarian Europe: Sept. 10 to 20. Includes air fare to and from Austria. Then tour Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Northern Italy. Highlights include Milan, Matterhorn, Lucerne, Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Danube River, Vienna, and more. Fliers re: this trip are now available. Seats are still available

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 next meeting of the Silver Creek Seniors will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Senior clubhouse on Route 5. Guests and new members are welcome.