Senior News Briefs

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of April 7-13:

Sunday, April 7: Pickle Ball, 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday, April 8: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., Painter Center gym.

Wednesday, April 10: 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., K&L Lanes in Gowanda, small fee.

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

Friday, April 12: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., Painter Center gym. Potluck Lunch, noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Bring a dish to pass — there will be lots of good, homemade food — come out and join your friends !

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.

The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, May 21 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 or $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.

Dunkirk Senior Center News

The Senior Center will hold a barbecued chicken dinner by Weidner’s on Saturday, May 18. The menu includes a barbecued half chicken, buttered spuds, roll and butter, coleslaw, beverage and dessert for $10 per person. Eat in or take-out dining options are available. Music will be provided by the Kokomo Time Band. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Sign-up has begun.

Big Bingo will continue through June, with sessions scheduled 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:

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 has begun.

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 has begun.

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 has begun. $275 and insurance are due at the time of sign up. The balance is due on Friday, June 28. Call the center at 366-7530 for information. Members of any local senior group over 50 are welcome to call for details about availability of this trip for them.

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

Pioneer Club of Forestville and Sheridan Happy Seniors

On Thursday, April 11, the Pioneer Club of Forestville will host the Senior Council of Chautauqua County at 10 a.m. at the municipal building on Chestnut Street. The speaker will be Nancy Adams Frey. She will be presenting the story of the Underground Railroad in this area. All seniors are invited.

On April 12, the Sheridan Happy Seniors will be meeting at 12:30 p.m. for a pot luck lunch. The meeting at the St. Bosco Hall on Route 20, Sheridan. All seniors are invited.

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 April luncheon is on Monday, April 15 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!

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.

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.

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.

Mayville Seniors

Mayville Seniors gathered on Thursday, March 21. We enjoyed talking and laughing together and then settled in for our lunch of all the wonderful dishes our members brought for that day.

After lunch, we held a short meeting and told some Irish jokes. We then said a prayer led by Janet Loomis, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Secretary Bonnie Johnson and Treasurer Edna Brown gave their reports. Janet Loomis said the bus trip to Buffalo Broadway Market was full and she was taking reservations for the next trip to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum with lunch at Sprague’s and then a stop at Cuba Cheese. This trip will be on Tuesday, June 18 with the member cost at $79 and non-member cost of $83.

The kitchen committee comprised of Louise Richir, Joyce Ayres and Dolly Gilbert was thanked for their hard work by Janet Loomis, president. We voted to send a donation to Mayville for the 4th of July parade. We welcomed Marcy Youker as a new member and had two guests, Diane Link and Jennie Storkie.

Door prizes were drawn with two winners: Annabell Weise and Pat Johnson. After the meeting, we were entertained by Doc Hamel. He sang an array of Irish songs, and we participated in some of them.

David Stimson spoke at our April 4 meeting. He will be telling us about the new amphitheater and the history of Chautauqua Institution.

Bring a dish to pass and your place setting. All people 55 and older are welcome to join us for a great time and great food.

Silver Creek Seniors

President Ed Newman called the April 2 meeting to order on the first Tuesday of the fourth month of the year.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with significance. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri invoked blessings and thanks for the food prepared, the laughter shared and for God’s loving presence. Thanks to volunteers, a grand assortment of sandwiches guaranteed that no one left hungry. On the dessert side, fresh fruits and dark chocolate treats were pretty neat.

Don Burghardt spoke on the possibility of forming a future bocce ball tournament. This is now under consideration by the group. In the comedy corner, Pauline Flitt quoted quick quips and questions. Here is a sample: Why are frogs so happy? Because they eat whatever bugs them.

Lorrie Newman read a letter sent to the club from Dan Conny of Buffalo, son of the late Dan and Irene Conny of Silver Creek. Dan Jr. memorialized his late mother Irene, who had served as president of the Silver Creek club for 10 years. Irene’s artistic talent, creativity and dedication to the club members will be remembered always.

There are three memorable words that could possibly solve the world’s problems love one another. Today’s memory songs are about being happily living in love. If we are truly happy, “People Will Say We’re in Love.” What is love? When you rock a baby to sleep in your arms and your heart goes bumpity bump – that’s love. When at a parade honoring war veterans and your throat goes lumpity lump – that’s love. And so, “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” show it, and that love will grow.

50/50 winners were Jean McDaneld, Lorrie Newman and Max Church. Door prizes were won by Mary Congdon, Miniri, Sue Duecker and Harry Suski. Ernie Hilliker called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Richard Carlson, Shirley Sikorski, Phyllis Burghardt, Miniri, Bea Ortolano (twice), Lorrie Newman and Sally Shevlin.

A reminder was made by Pauline Flitt about the Sunday, April 7 Chiavetta’s chicken dinner, available drive-through only at OLMC sponsored by the Knights of Columbus with pick-up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For pre-sale tickets, call Jim White at 949-7846 or the parish office at 934-2233.

At the next 1 p.m. meeting on April 9 at the clubhouse, savory soups will be served thanks to volunteers.

Stockton, Cassadaga, Lily Dale Senior Citizens

Happy spring to all!

The Stockton, Cassadaga, Lily Dale Senior Citizens will have their first meeting of the year on April 8 at the Cassadaga American Legion, 228 Maple Ave.

A potluck luncheon will be at noon. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Coffee and water will be provided.

New members are welcome. Any questions, call 595-2490. Entertainment will be bingo.

Westfield Senior Citizens

Westfield Senior Citizens met at the YWCA at noon for a delicious chicken and biscuit luncheon served by Westfield Women’s Organization members.

Drawings for St. Patrick’s Day items were won by Dolores Kaufman, Judy Sumption, Trudy Stafford, Jan and Ron VanOrd, Nancy Peters, Dave Cochran, Lucile Inwood, Betty Ward, Pat Everts, Carol Reynolds, Elaine and Hoyt Prince, Julie Holland and Darla Augur. Thanks and appreciation were given to the W.W.O. members.

Shirley Kolpien led the meeting for President Pat Sciarrino. A humorous story and a prayer opened the meeting for 29 members in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Ron Sumption gave the devotions.

Members were entertained by harmonica player Angelo Alaimo. He also shared how to play a harmonica.

Membership dues of $5 are due in February. If no dish to pass is brought to the meeting, a $5 donation is expected.

Please greet new members and welcome them. Susan Lawton is our newest member.

The secretary’s report was read and accepted. Nancy Peters was thanked for taking minutes at the February meeting.

Treasurer’s report was read and accepted. The 50/50 was won by Judy Sumption and Pat Everts won the door prize.

Sunshine Chairman Dolores Kaufman sent birthday cards to Ron Sumption, Shirley Kolpien and Pat Everts. A sympathy card was sent to Lolita Ramos on the loss of her brother. A get-well card will be sent to Pat Sciarrino. Members were asked to donate cards to the club.

W.W.O. will provide the April 30 luncheon at 6 p.m. Kitchen committee members are asked to help set up at 5:15 p.m. Discussion about changing the time of meeting will continue at our next meeting. Doc Hamels will entertain with his guitar after the lunch.

Reverend Ron Sumption gave the closing prayer, and the Serenity Prayer was recited.