Senior News Briefs

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Feb. 10 to Feb. 16

Monday, Feb.11: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, Feb. 12: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim, 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., Painter Center gym. Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room. Games & Crafts with Pat, 1 p.m., Painter Center Yellow Room. Senior Bowling 1 p.m. at K&L Lanes in Gowanda, small fee.

Thursday, Feb. 14: Yoga with Donna, 11 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Friday, Feb. 15: Percussion & Exercises with Kim, 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee. Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., Painter Center gym.

*In case of bad weather check out Channel 2 WGRZ and Channel 7 WKBW for closings listed under 50 Plus Seniors.

Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors on Wednesday, May 1 as they travel to Erie, PA for the Station Theatre comedy show “Four Old Broads.” Flyers 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 (please check in by 8:30 a.m.) bring your check, your AARP member card (if a member), your driver’s license and a pen.

Collins Center Seniors News

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Feb. 25 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

On Tuesday, April 30 we are going to enjoy “MURDER AT LOST MEMORIES MANOR,” a new “Who Done it” set in a lively retirement community. We will travel to downtown Buffalo’s newly restored 115-year-old landmark The Barrel Factory for a delicious buffet luncheon before the performance. We will stop at the Distillery and Tasting Room to sample some of the finest craft spirits in New York State.

On Monday, May 13 we are going to del LAGO CASINO for a customer appreciation day. Cost is $32, and we receive $25 in play and a free lunch buffet. Depart at 7:30 a.m. return 7:30 p.m.

Seats available: “OCEAN CITY” May 17-23, 2019. We will spend two nights in Annapolis with a city tour, visits to Fort McHenry, the US Naval Academy, experience an Annapolis Harbor Cruise and more. We will spend three nights in Ocean City, Maryland with oceanfront rooms and enjoy Eco-Cruise aboard “The Explorer” around Assawoman Bay, have a guided tour of Assateague Island’s famous “Home of the Wild Ponies” and more. Our last night will be in Lancaster. The Sight & Sound Theater production of “JESUS” will be available. This trip is packed full of lots of interesting sights and experiences and beautiful hotel accommodations.

Seats available: Friday, May 24 we begin the day with coffee and donuts at Kleinhans Music Hall. Then enjoy the performance “AN ALL-AMERICAN SALUTE” and celebrate American history through 200+ years of music. Experience our heritage from the Civil War forward, saluting our troops throughout the ages. We will enjoy a delicious lunch buffet at Curly’s Restaurant following the performance. Depart at 8 a.m. return 4:30 p.m.

New: On June 11, we are going to Yorkshire Hall for a hilarious show “DON’T BLAME THE CHEF” …for making you laugh out loud, that is! Yes, it is utter gourmet-hem as Old Italian Master Chef Luigi Mancheezi seeks to share his love of cooking with the world. Our first stop will be at Kutters Cheese and following the show we will stop at Northwoods Alpacas.

On Tuesday, June 18, we will head to the Seneca Niagara Casino for “BROADWAY TONIGHT LIVE! – MUSICAL REVUE.” This Broadway tribute will take you through Broadway’s greatest hits filling the stage with beautiful customs, dramatic singing, exciting choreography and dynamic music and dancing. They will be performing hits from shows such as A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Chicago, West Side Story just to name a few. Cost includes seats for the show $20 in casino play and a free lunch buffet. Depart 8:15 a.m. return 4:45 p.m.

THOUSAND ISLANDS August 18-21: We will enjoy a wine tasting at the 1000 Islands Winery, a fabulous “Two Nation Lunch Cruises,” tours of Boldt Castle and the (possibly haunted) Singer Castle with a tour of the Antique Boat Museum and more. NOTE: This trip is joint with Know How Tours and will fill fast.

For additional information visit our 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

Effective immediately, Tai Chi advanced (veteran) class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4 p.m. through the last week of May. Beginners classes have been discontinued until the fall session begins.

Only a few tickets are available for the spaghetti dinner at the Center on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $8. This event is eat-in only; there will be no take-outs available.

Travel updates for 2019:

On Monday, Feb. 18, Presidents Day, the Presque Isle Casino trip is sold out. 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. This trip is half full, reservations are on-going.

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.

Monday, June 10, a trip is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. to see Terry Buchwald at the Depew Polish Falcons. The $58 per person price includes lunch, the show and tips. There will be a candy stop on the way home. Sign-up begins Monday, March 4.

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.

Tuesday, June 25, a customer appreciation casino trip is planned for the Niagara Casino. The cost is $30 per person and includes $30 slot play and free buffet. Sign up will begin in April; watch for date.

Tuesday, July 23, a second customer appreciation casino trip is planned for the Seneca-Allegany Casino in Salamanca. The cost is $30 per person and includes $30 slot play and a free buffet. Sign up will begin in April; watch for date.

From Sunday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 29, the 5 day, 4 night extended trip to Atlantic City at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has been confirmed. The price is $550 per person and includes $60 in slots and $80 in food. The side trip will be to Historic Smithville (optional on Tuesday). Watch for flyers at the Center. The first payment of $275 is due on March 8 (insurance is optional and due at sign in). Balance is due on June 28. Call the center at 366-7530 for information.

Newsletters are available at the Center, located at 45 Cliffstar Court in Dunkirk.

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 February luncheon will be held on Monday, Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Center. 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 today. Pay by Feb. 10.

June 3: Murder at Lost Memories Manor. $97 per person. Interactive murder mystery at downtown Buffalo’s newly restored 115 year old landmark The Barrel Factory. Includes buffet luncheon. Check out Lakeward Spirits craft distillery, Pressure Drop Brewing craft brewery, Bar Cultivar, Distillery and Tasting room, and more. A “sweet” mystery stop will be made on the way home.

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 20: Great Wellsville Balloon Rally. $55 per person. See 35 Hot Air Balloons take flight from Island Park, making a delightful rainbow of color that floats over the Wellsville area. Enjoy the entertainment, food and vendors at the Main Street Festival.

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

Aug. 21: Belhurst Castle. Built in the 1880’s overlooking Seneca Lake. $115 per person. Visit Three Brother Estate Winery. Enjoy 5 free tastings at three wineries and a microbrewery. Buffet lunch at Belhurst Castle. Belhurst Winery for 5 tastings. A stop at Muranda cheese factory before departing for home.

Sept. 4: Grove City Shopping and Oh, So Much More. $73 per person. Includes stop at Campbell Pottery in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. Shopping at Grove City Outlet Mall. Includes lunch at Hoss’s Restaurant. Over 140 Brand Named Outlets. Final stop is Wendell August Forge featuring handcrafted metal giftware.

October: “Witches Brew” the Musical – Bradford, Pennsylvania. $106 per person. First stop is Zippo/Case Museum. Next, enjoy a sit down lunch at Beefeaters Restaurant, followed by the Broadway style show, “Witches Brew, the Musical” featuring Enchante Cabaret. After the show, visit the Main Street Mercantile and the Tin Ceiling Gift Shop.

Casino trips with shows:

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: David Wendt will be at the Center on Monday, Feb. 25 at 10:15 a.m. to discuss the extended trips.

Mid-Atlantic Rail Adventure: April 24 to 27. Final payment is due immediately. 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. Seats are still available.

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.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Silver Creek Seniors

The Feb. 5 meeting opened on a grassy-green, snowless day. President Ed Newman announced that all are welcome to attend an $18 per person prime rib dinner at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Saturday, Feb. 16 after the 4:30 Mass. Please call Fran Page for reservations by Feb. 12 at 934-2233. Jan Snyder donated to the club an original painting by Silver Creek resident Ethel Lyman, which is of great sentimental value, as it characterizes the remarkable Silver Creek foot bridge. Thank you, Jan. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with resolution. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri invoked blessings and thanks for the gift of being together again, for the food prepared and for the positive presence of loving friends in our lives.

The generosity of volunteers who graciously filled the buffet table with an array of gourmet foods and desserts bowled us over. Thank you each and every one!

Our quick-witted comedy trio starring Pauline Flitt, Lorrie Newman and Joan Suski delivered comical animal questions and answers, laughable one and two liners and side-splitting story-telling. The comedians reached their bold, droll goal – always keep them laughing!

Recognizing Dr. Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, it just seems that “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” since we’ve been “Together,” which in turn, reminds us again that “The More We Get Together, the Happier We’ll Be;” and the gift of “Friendship” needs neither fancy wrappings nor ribbons to be one of life’s finest gifts. Welcome back, everyone.

50/50 winners were Bob Sutehall, Carm Tampio and Marge Church. Door prizes were won by Jean McDaneld, Lorrie Newman, Sue Duecker and Shirley Sikorski. Ernie Hilliker called mind-sharpening bingo, and the winners were Mary Congdon, Eleanor Lemiszko, Suski, Snyder, Flitt twice, Barbara Schulenberg, Jen Zlotnick and McDaneld.

At the next meeting on Feb. 12, Valentines and Presidents Day will be celebrated and donations of savory soups will be prepared and served thanks to volunteers.