Senior News

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of March 10-16:

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

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

Wednesday, March 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, March 14: Yoga with Donna, 11 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Friday, March 15: Percussion & Exercises with Kim, 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee. Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m. Painter Center gym. Community Service with Pat, 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room. Come out and help the ladies making craft gifts for local nursing home residents.

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

Seats are still available for the Station Theatre comedy show “Four Old Broads” on Wednesday, May 1. 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. and bring your check, your AARP member card (if a member), your driver’s license and a pen.

Just announced! Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors on Friday, Dec. 20 for the “Holiday Pops Show” at Kleinhans Music Hall. This show is a sell-out every year! We start with coffee and doughnuts after we arrive, enjoy the wonderful pops show, then lunch at Pearl St. Grill. Travel by coach bus. Package price of $110. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 to sign up or for more details. This show is limited to 35, so sign up early.

Dunkirk Senior Center News

A ham and cabbage boiled dinner will be held Thursday, March 21 from noon to 3 p.m at the Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court. The cost is $5 per person. The menu features ham and cabbage, carrots, potatoes, rye bread and butter, coffee/tea and whipped fruit dessert. FREE bingo immediately following dinner will consist of nine single games and one full card. Tickets are on sale now, and limited to the first 60 members only.

Big Bingo will resume March through June, on March 13, April 10, May 8 and June 12 (the second Wednesday of each month). The cost is $5 per person. Doors open at 3 and there is a free “light lunch.”

Travel updates for 2019:

Monday, March 11 is a trip to del Lago Casino. This trip is sold out. There is a waiting list only.

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 Restaurant, with the menu choice to be made at the time of sign-up. Sign-up has begun. A few seats are available and a waiting list will be established.

Tuesday, May 28 will be a Sounds of Summer Matinee Show at the Seneca Allegany Casino. The cost is $73 per person and includes $20 casino bonus and a free lunch buffet. Sign-up begins Monday, March 11 at 9 a.m.

Monday, June 10, a trip is scheduled to see an Elvis Presley Tribute Show starring Terry Buchwald at the Depew Polish Falcons. The $58 per person price includes a buffet, the 11:30 a.m. show and a stop at Antoinette’s Sweets on the way home. Sign-up begins Monday, March 4 at 9 a.m.

Tuesday, June 25, a customer appreciation casino trip is planned for the Seneca Niagara Casino. The cost is $30 per person and includes $30 casino bonus and free lunch buffet. Sign up will begin Monday, April 15.

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 casino bonus and a free lunch buffet. Sign up will begin Monday, May 13.

From Sunday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 29, the 5 day, 4 night extended trip to Atlantic City at the Hard Rock Cafe Casino has been confirmed. The price is $550 per person double occupancy (and $34 for optional insurance) and includes $60 casino bonus and $80 in food. There is an optional side trip to Smithville for no charge. The single occupancy price is $820 per person and $45 for optional insurance. Sign up begins Friday, March 1, with $275 and insurance due at the time of sign up. The balance is due on Friday, June 28. Call the center at 366-7530 for information.

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.

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

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. The March luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Center. Entertainment by Harry and Mollie. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.

2019 dues are now being collected at the Center.

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. Pay by May 1.

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. Pay by May 26.

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:

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. David Wendt will be at the Center on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. for the pre-departure meeting for Mid-Atlantic. He will also present on the NYC and Bavarian tours.

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. Final payment is due April 1.

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 March 5 meeting was called to order on the first Tuesday of the third month of the year. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with certainty. President Ed Newman offered blessings and gratitude for the food prepared and for God’s gifts of guidance and good will. Thanks to volunteers, a pleasing potato casserole and scrumptious sloppy joes were served with comforting cookies for dessert.

Since today is Shrove/Fat Tuesday, we were treated to a trio of merry-makers — Pauline Flitt, Joan Suski and Jan Snyder, who had everyone celebrating carnival time with laughter, humor and a festive feeling of Mardi Gras.

It is said that the eyes are the windows of the soul and the hands are the highway to the heart. We pray with our hands. We prepare food with our hands. Hawaiians speak with their hands. We comfort each other with a tender touch of our hands. God created us with His holy hands and we will live and love in peace, knowing that “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

50/50 winners were Carl Mohart, Harry Suski and Mary Congdon. Door prizes were won by Shirley Sikorski, Joan Suski and Congdon. Ernie Hilliker called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Thelma Hilliker, Sikorski, Harry and Joan Suski, Congdon (twice), Ed Newman (twice), Judy Hahn and Bea Ortolano.

At the next 1 p.m. meeting on March 12 at the Senior Center, a ham and cabbage dinner will be served as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the wearing of the green.

Thank you Lorrie Newman, for assisting with this report. The meeting closed with the singing of “Young at Heart.”

Westfield Senior Citizen news

Sixteen members attended the Feb. 14 meeting of the Westfield Senior Citizens held at the YWCA at noon for a dish-to-pass luncheon.

Pastor Ron Sumption opened with devotions. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members after Shirley Kolpein and Pastor Ron shared jokes.

The secretary’s report was read and accepted. The treasurers report was read and accepted. Dues for 2019 are due for $5. A thank you note was received from the hospital.

Sunshine Chairwoman Shirley Kolpein reported birthdays for Trudy Stafford, Jan VanOrd and Erik Kriedler. Also cards will be sent to Mary Cagliano, Lois Sanderson and Lolita Ramos.

Pat Sciarrino gave copies of the 2019 calendar. Members discussed ways to raise money for the entertainment fund. The 50/50 drawing was won by Hoyt Prince. The door prize was won by Ron VanOrd. Pastor Ron ended the meeting with a closing prayer.

The next meeting will be Thursday, March 14 at noon, and lunch of chicken and biscuits will be served by Union Relief. No table service needs to be brought. Angelo Alamo will provide harmonica music. Members need to sign up for the kitchen committee. A list of vacation trips will be discussed in March.