Senior News Briefs

Dunkirk Senior Center News

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.

Collins Center Seniors News

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be March 18 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

“MURDER AT LOST MEMORIES MANOR” on Tuesday, April 30 is 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.

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 to 23. 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 3 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. This trip is packed full of lots of interesting sights and experiences and beautiful hotel accommodations.

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. Yorkshire Hall is always a unique, silly and fun experience.

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 Aug. 18 to 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 much more. This trip will be fun and relaxing and is filling fast.

For additional information visit our web site @ 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

Collins 50 Plus Seniors News

Activities for the week of March 3 to 9:

Monday, March 4: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, March 5: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym. Small fee.

Wednesday, March 6: 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 1p.m., Painter Center Yellow Room; Senior Bowling at 1 p.m., K&L Lanes in Gowanda. Small fee.

Thursday, March 7: Yoga with Donna at 11 a.m., Painter Center gym. Small fee.

Friday, March 8: 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 see your friends and bring a dish to pass.

** 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. 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 9am SHARP – please check in by 8:30 a.m. Bring your check, your AARP member card if a member), your drivers 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 Street 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 to get a good seat.

Mayville Seniors News

On Feb. 21, the Mayville Seniors enjoyed a variety of soups and sandwiches along with many delicious desserts. The Reverend Richard Hogland gave the invocation, then later told us a cute story about a cat and some mice going to heaven. He then led us in the Lord’s Prayer. President Janet Loomis had us stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. The Secretary and Treasurer’s reports were given. President Loomis stated the deadline for the Buffalo trip has been extended until March 8.

If anyone would like to go to the Broadway Market, have lunch at Salvatores and shop at the Made in America Store on April 16, call Janet Loomis at 761-6687. Member price is $73 and non-member price is $77.

Program Chairman Bill Tornstom said the next meeting activity will be Dan Alorich, the officer in charge of the Underwater Dive Team. He will explain about Rescue and Recovery work.

The kitchen crew was thanked for all of their hard work. Door prize winners were Bonnie Johnson, Edna Brown, Naomi Wiler and Paul Motrynezuk. The meeting was adjourned.

Our next meeting will be March 7. Bring a dish to pass and a table setting.

Brocton Portland Seniors News

Brocton Portland Seniors met Feb. 26 at the Brocton Legion by President Rick Cranston opening the meeting, Bill Norris leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Olive Becker giving a prayer of thanks. The soup and sandwich tureen was so good with a huge variety of desserts, soups, chili, sandwiches and all kinds of accompanying foods. President Cranston thanked the committee of Dorothy Reading, Beulah Williams, Jane Perkins and Marie Emke for setting the tables and doing clean up. They made centerpiece baskets with lace and full of chocolate valentine candies. Due to the weather, there was no meeting in January. December minutes were read by Secretary Ruth Neal were approved by Rita Bennett and Mary Tripi. Rita Stonefoot’s treasurer’s report was approved by Bob Jagoda ad Jean Jaquith.

Community announcements: Robin Carr told of a Chicago six day tour being planned by Westfield Recreation and to contact her for the details.

Committee reports: Cards were sent by Carr and members are to let her know about members in need of a note. Margaret Jagoda’s July 24 Wednesday Casino trip to Salamanca has been confirmed and she is taking reservations. It is $30 with $30 play funds, free buffet, bus leaves at 9 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Call her at 792-7385. Linda Riley was given a big thank you for a fun year. Dues now due are still the same. March 26, the next meeting, will be the Chinese auction with tickets and names written on the back. Margaret and Bob Jagoda, Gil and Edie Seekings and Nancy Munson are the committee. Members are to bring a dish to share for the tureen meal, auction items and a friend for a good time.

There were no anniversaries or birthdays. January birthdays were Rosie Giambra, Cranston and Neal. Door prizes were won by Stonefoot and Floyd Ferguson. Raffle winners were Betty Erick (twice), Shirley Wolnik and June Woollett. Table basket centerpieces drawing went to 13 members. Members are to bring their personal table service, dish to share, auction items and a friend on March 26 with luncheon at high noon and auction following. New members are always welcome.

Grape Belt Seniors 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.

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.

Silver Creek Seniors News

The Feb. 26 meeting opened on the last Tuesday of a month filled with wayward weather. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with homage. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered thanks for the gifts of faith, family, friendship and the food we share. Pizza from Ellie’s Deli was served with side orders of fruit and cookies. Volunteers assembled a special nostalgic treat in the kitchen creating what is known as a kid’s favorite sandwich – peanut butter and jelly. Mmm-good!

Jokes and jests were on the agenda today. Are you feeling listless, low-down or just plain lousy? Laughing brought to you by Lorrie, will lift you up to a lively, lofty level, and you, too, will feel just like a New-man.

Tired of the cold? We’d like to again share with you an anonymous writer’s thoughts about winter. “In this life, I am a woman. In my next life, I want to be a bear. When you’re a bear, you get to hibernate. You get to sleep until spring. I could do that. Just before you hibernate, you get to eat yourself silly. I could really do that. When you’re a mama bear, you give birth to your children, who are the size of walnuts, while you’re asleep! You wake up to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. As a mama bear, you are strongly protective of your cubs. You’ll smack anyone who dares to harm them. If they misbehave, you’ll smack them, too. When you’re a lady bear, your husband EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS you to have hairy legs and excess body fat. Yep, I’m gonna be a bear!”

50/50 winners were Lorrie Newman and Miniri (twice). Door prizes were won by Miniri, Max Church and Judy Hahn. Ed Newman called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Mary Ann Seibert (twice), Carm Tampio, Lorrie Newman (twice), Marge Church, Jean McDaneld (twice), Joan Suski and Jen Zlotnick.

The meeting closed with singing “Young at Heart.”

At the next 1 p.m. meeting on March 5 at the Senior Center, another favorite, sloppy joes, will be served. This report would not be complete without Lorrie Neman’s support. Thank you very much.