Senior News Briefs

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of April 21-27:

Sunday, April 21: Pickle Ball, 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday, April 22: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, April 23: Soup and sandwich lunch, noon, Painter Center Yellow Room. Come out and enjoy a delicious lunch of homemade vegetable beef soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, dessert and drink for only $3.

Wednesday, April 24: 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.

Thursday, April 25: Yoga with Donna,11 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Friday, April 26: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., Painter Center gym.

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 have a delicious 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 / $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 September, with sessions scheduled May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11 (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:

NEW TRIP: Buffalo Creek Casino on Thursday, May 23. $40 casino bonus. No food. Member price: $30. Sign-up begins Tuesday, April 23 from 9 a.m.. to noon at the Dunkirk Senior Center.

Seats are still available for Tuesday, May 28. Includes Seneca Matinee Show – Beach Boys Tribute “Sounds of Summer,” $20 casino bonus and a free buffet. The cost is $73 per member.

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 member and includes $30 casino bonus and free buffet. This trip is sold out, with a waiting list only.

Tuesday, July 23, a customer appreciation casino trip is planned for the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca. The cost is $30 per member and includes $30 casino bonus and free 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. April 30 the final count will go in for this trip, so please be sure that the initial payment has been submitted.

Upcoming: Presque Isle Casino and horse racing trips are being planned for June and July. Details TBA. Also there will be a 22 seat mini trip to Jamestown to visit the Lucy Museum.

Watch the OBSERVER on Friday’s Senior page for details of upcoming trips as they are finalized.

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.

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 May luncheon is on Wednesday, May 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!

May 13: DelLago Casino. Get $25 slot dollars and free lunch buffet. $32 per person. Leaving at 7 a.m. from behind Big Lots. Remember to bring photo ID!

May 24: BPO “An American Salute.” Includes lunch at Pearl Street Grill. Sign up today. Leaves at 8 a.m. from behind Big Lots — please be there at least 10 minutes before 8 a.m. departure time.

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 April 16 meeting opened on a day of anticipation as we await a joyful Easter Sunday. President Ed Newman warmly welcomed guest Patsy Congdonchurch, daughter of Mary Congdon, both of Silver Creek. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with dedication. The president then invoked prayers of thanks for the food prepared and blessings upon those who are with us and on those who cannot be with us. The Easter luncheon, prepared and served by Dolly of the Busy Beaver Restaurant in Irving was delicious and delightful. Our palates were pleased with tasteful servings of baked ham, scalloped potatoes, honeyed carrots and applesauce. Volunteers prepared desserts that included decorative cupcakes, brownies, cookies, fresh fruit, fluffy gelatin and Easter candies, all works of art. Sincere thanks to everyone.

Mrs. Easter Bunny made a surprise visit and by way of a numbers drawing, she presented six lucky winners with chocolate replicas of herself. Nothing could be sweeter than a chocolate bunny at Easter.

Today, one of our memory songs takes us on a virtual trip to New York City as we join the “Easter Parade” on Fifth Avenue. Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring, celebrating Christ’s resurrection, giving us hope and bringing peace into our hearts. And so, on this Easter Sunday, 2019, “peace, hope and His love is flowing like a river, flowing out through you and me” as we raise our voices and sing Alleluia. Happy blessed Easter to all.

50/50 winners were Richard Carlson, Jan Snyder and Bob Sutehall. Door prizes were won by Ed Newman, Judy Hahn and Lorrie Newman. Ernie Hilliker called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Ellyn Sutehall, Lorrie Newman (twice), Pauline Flitt, Hahn (twice), Thelma Hilliker, Sue Borowski and Lorraine Bailey.

At the 1 p.m. April 23 meeting at the Silver Creek Senior Center, pizza will be served.

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens held its April 8 meeting at the Fredonia Beaver Club where Vice President Linda Riley called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Riley and “God Bless America” was led by Evonne Hennebery and her angelic voice. Members enjoyed the lunch of baked ham, tossed salad, vegetable medley, sweet potato and lemon meringue pie only after grace was offered by member Phyllis Laurito. Callers for the month: Pat Ebert, Riley, Nancy Niebel and Josie Wierczynski were thanked – you gals are diligent! Birthdays were announced of the following members: Barb Centner, Marge Gennuso, Carm Johnson, Edward McClenathan and Charles St George. Raffle winners were: Delores Borrello, Mary Edwards and Kathy Damiano. Bingo, led by Rosemary Mancuso, Lucy SaeIi and Laurito, was held with more than a few winners.

Next month’s meeting will be held on Monday, May 13 and lunch will consist of fresh roast beef, red smashed potatoes, side of gravy, green beans, tossed salad and carrot cake for dessert. Send check made out to United Senior Citizens for $10/ per lunch to: Evonne Hennebery, PO Box 706, Dunkirk, NY 14048 by May 6.

The United Senior Citizens meet, greet and eat the second Monday of each month at the Fredonia Beaver Club located on Prospect Street in Fredonia. Come join us and as the word ‘April’ (from the Latin word aperio means ‘to open, bud, grow’) may you also grow in your relationships with family, friends and especially Christ!