Senior News Briefs

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of May 12 to May 18

Sunday, May 12: Pickle Ball at 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday, May 13: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, May 14: Soup & Sandwich Lunch, noon in the L.K. Painter Center Yellow Room. Come out and enjoy a delicious lunch of hot dogs, baked beans, dessert and drink for only $3.

Wednesday, May 15: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room; Games & Crafts with Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room.

Friday, May 17: Exercises with Pat at 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 a delicious 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.

** 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! Check in by 8:30 a.m. – bring your check, your AARP member card(if a member), your driver’s license, and a pen.

Dunkirk Senior Center News

Attention all seniors: On Wednesday, May 15 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dunkirk Chief of Police David Ortolano will speak about scams, theft and fraud. The presentation is open to any senior.

The Senior Center will hold a “Mom and Pop” 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.”

Tai Chi has been extended an extra four weeks through the month of June.

Travel updates for 2019:

NEW TRIP: Buffalo Creek Casino on Thursday, May 23. $40 casino bonus. No food. Member price: $30. Sign-up has begun. Seats are available.

The May 28 Seneca Matinee Show to see the Beach Boys Tribute has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued starting Tuesday, April 30.

The Monday, June 10 trip to see an Elvis Presley Tribute Show has been cancelled and money has been refunded.

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.

The trip from Sunday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 29 to Atlantic City has been closed. No furhter bookings will be taken. 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 for fliers.

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. The Center’s phone number is 366-7530.

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. Reservations are closed. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.

Parking will be tight and carpooling is highly recommended.

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. Leaves at 8 a.m. from behind Big Lots. 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. Pay by June 24.

July 26: Customer Appreciation. Seneca Niagara. Pay $30. Get $30 in slots and free buffet. Pay by June 24.

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. Pay by June 24.

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 Friday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the New York City departure. He’ll also talk about other upcoming trips.

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.

Mayville Senior Citizens

Meeting held May 2

A delicious buffet lunch consisting of several casseroles, sandwiches, pizza, salads and desserts was enjoyed by members of the Mayville Senior Citizens at noon at the Mayville VFW on May 2. After lunch, Janet Loomis, President, began the meeting. Dianne Goodrich told three stories and asked all to join in the Lord’s Prayer. Janet led the Pledge of Allegiance. Edna Brown read the treasurer’s report. The committee reports followed. The kitchen committee was thanked. President Loomis reported that the new coffee maker and decanters cost $335.77 and half was to be paid by the VFW, leaving the seniors with a final cost of $167.89. Door prizes were won by Laurie Magnuson, JoAnn Hoglund, Eric Kreidler and Paul Motrynczuk.

Our guest speaker was Jeanne Wiebenga who gave us a wonderful presentation of her trip to Antarctica and South Georgia!

Our next meeting will be held May 16 at noon at the VFW and will be a Pizza and Salad Day! The club is providing the pizza and you are asked to bring something to go in or with the salad, such as croutons, cheese, chopped veggies, or desserts. You are asked to contribute $3 if you choose to not bring anything! But you do need your own place setting! We will be entertained by the bluegrass/folk music duet of Gail and Bernie from Cattaraugus. Come and enjoy!

Silver Creek Seniors

The May 7 meeting was called to order on the first Tuesday of the month with 30 in attendance. President Ed Newman offered a warm welcome back to Elaine Wojda. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with sincerity. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri gave thanks for the food prepared, for the special people in our lives and for the blessings we receive from each other. The buffet table held all the makings for healthy taco salads with chicken enchiladas, tasty bean dip and corn chips. Chocolate chip cookies and fluffy raspberry gelatin soothed every sweet tooth.

Senora Pauline Flitt offered a brief but entertaining analysis of various interesting recorded past events in Mexican history. Several folks dressed in bright-colored serapes, ponchos and sombreros, as everyone celebrated Cinco de Mayo to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It was a gala celebration and our memory songs took us “South of the Border, Down Mexico Way.” Every day, we will look forward to each and every “Manana.” President Newman then called on volunteers through a numbers drawing to break the colorful pinata filled with wrapped hard candies which were shared with everyone. We all thank Miniri and Flitt for the fun-filled pinata competition.

50/50 winners were Wojda, Harry Suski and Phyllis Burghardt. Door prizes were won by Mary Congdon, Joan Suski, and Ellyn Sutehall. Ernie Hilliker called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Sutehall, Jean McDaneld, Miniri, Jen Zlotnick, Earl Sheeler, Miniri, Ruth Sheeler, Enabell Mirando, Newman, Congdon, Harry Suski and Thelma Hilliker.

At the next 1 p.m. meeting on May 14 at the Senior Center, sandwiches will be served thanks to volunteers.

Share & Care Seniors spring party

On Wednesday, May 15, Share & Care Seniors will be hosting their Spring Party at the Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St., Fredonia. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for pinochle players. A buffet luncheon will be served at 12:30 and includes baked chicken quarters, roasted potatoes, tossed salad, bread/butter, green beans, ice cream sundaes and a beverage for $8. Bingo will follow.

Paid reservations only must be made by Friday, May 10. Send checks to Share & Care Seniors, P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, NY 14063. For more information, call 679-4386 or 679-1060.

Westfield Senior Citizens

Twenty-five members and two visitors enjoyed a delicious soup, bread and dessert supper served by the Westfield Women’s Organization.

Doc Hamels played guitar and sang some popular old songs. He has played guitar for over 50 years, has appeared on TV and also writes stories for a local monthly magazine.

President Pat Sciarinno opened with a prayer. Shirley Kolpien shared a couple of jokes.

Ron Sumption gave devotions on Psalm 86 and a prayer.

The secretary’s report and the treasurer’s report were both read and accepted.

Sunshine Chairman Dolores Kaufman sent get-well cards to Merle Wertz, Lois Sanderson and President Sciarinno. She reported birthdays for Jean Young, Lolita Ramos, Ruth Carris and Judy Sumption. Mary Cogliano is now a permanent resident at a nursing home in Erie.

A lively discussion on a change of time for evening meetings took place and it was voted to meet at 5:30 instead of 6.

A Chinese auction will take place one month a year. Bingo was also suggested.

Bill Bausum was welcomed as our newest member.

Carrris won the 50/50. The door prize was won by Kaufman.

Entertainment costs were discussed and will be looked into by officers at a meeting before next month.

Independent Living Specialist Judy Wroda will speak at the May meeting.

The kitchen committee should be at the YWCA at 4:45 to set up for the supper. They are asked to bring the desserts.

Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and their personal table service. If unable to furnish a dish, a $5 donation is expected.

Our meeting was closed with our Serenity Prayer. Our next meeting will be on May 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the YWCA.

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