Senior News Briefs

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of May 19 to 25

Sunday, May 19: Pickle Ball at 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday, May 20: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, May 21: AARP defensive Driving Class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Community Center 2355 Main St., Collins in the Community Room. If you are signed up, check in by 8:30 a.m. Bring your check for the class, your AARP I.D card (if a member). your drivers license, and a pen.

Wednesday, May 22: 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 1p.m., Painter Center Rose Room.

Friday, May 24: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym. We will be skipping a week and going down to one day per week Exercises with Pat and that will start up again on Wednesday, June 5 in the 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.

Dunkirk Senior Center News

On Monday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m., there will be an informational presentation at the Dunkirk Senior Center by CapTel phones. These devices are for people with certified hearing loss so that they can read everything a caller says. It works like captions on TV for an individual’s phone. Requirements are high speed Internet and a dial-tone phone service. The phones are available at no cost and installation and the captioning service are free. There are no monthly fees or contracts. All local seniors are invited to this program, which is sponsored by the Dunkirk Senior Center and the Office for the Aging.

Big Bingo will continue through September, with sessions scheduled 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:

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. There a few seats available.

The trip from Sunday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 29 to Atlantic City has been closed. No further bookings will be taken. A small mini bus trip (capacity 22 only) to visit the Lucy Desi Museum has been scheduled for Monday, June 10, leaving at 9:30 a.m. The price is $26, which includes the ticket to the museum, a visit to Lucy’s home area and resting place, and lunch at Sakura buffet (American and Asian cuisine). A few seats are available.

Also, a Presque Isle Casino trip is booked for Sunday, July 14, leaving at 1 p.m., returning between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Included will be the horse races from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Price per member is $35, which includes $35 for slots. There is no food bonus. Sign-up begins Monday, June 3.

Negotiations are underway for a September mystery trip, to be announced.

We are planning an overnight Sunday through Monday trip to Turning Stone with a stop on Monday at Del lago enroute home. For the middle of October or early November. Watch the paper and fliers for details.

There are Customer Appreciation trips in November and December, with details to be announced.

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.

Readers’ Theater will resume June 5 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 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 10:30a.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.

Sheridan Happy Seniors

On May 10, the Sheridan Seniors met at Native Pride to celebrate Mother’s Day. It was a pleasure to meet for this special occasion. The tables were set up with yellow and white chrysanthemums. Judy Hahn, celebrating her Birthday in May, received one of the chrysanthemums. The other flowers went to Angie Logan and Burdella Warner. A fresh cut bouquet of flowers brought in by Robert Fancher was given to Ellyn Sutehall.

Congratulations to Arlene Miller for winning the Riles & Woolley drawing. A big welcome to Mary Congdon for joining the Sheridan Seniors.

On Monday, May 20, there is a trip to the Salamanca Casino. This will be the last bus trip!! Seats are still available, so if interested in going, call Helen or Robert Burt for more information at 467-4681.

It was voted unanimously to have future meetings once a month at noon. Next month’s volunteers bringing food will be Hahn and Marilyn Flint. There will be sandwiches, chips/dip vegetable tray and other finger food. Coffee, tea and water will be available. Anyone can bring a beverage of their choice if preferred.

Hope to see everyone on Friday, June 14 at the Silver Creek Seniors Center. Mark your calendars and remember the new meeting time is at noon.

All seniors 55 or older are invited to attend this meeting. Come alone or bring a friend.

Silver Creek Seniors

The May 14 meeting opened on a cloudy day with intermittent sunshine. President Ed Newman led the Pledge

of Allegiance and “God Bless America” was sung with genuineness. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered blessings and thanks for the food prepared, the gifts of family and friends, and His light that shines upon us. The sandwiches comprised of ham and cheese, liverwurst, egg and chicken salad, were Epicurean, better-known as luxuries of the table. Desserts in the same category of deliciousness included colorful cupcakes, pineapple upside down cake, fruit salad, cinnamon apples and chocolate chip cookies.

President Newman introduced guest speakers Superintendent Todd Crandall and Business Official Lisa Rohloff, who both spoke on the Silver Creek Central District budget, including budget and program highlights, propositions 1 and 2 and the six-year tax rate history. A question and answer period followed. Sincere thanks to our speakers for an informative session. To all qualified voters – don’t forget to vote on May 21 from 1 to 9 p.m. in the High School lobby. Helen Burt announced that there were still seats available on the Seneca Allegany Casino trip on May 20. This will be the last trip sponsored by the Burts. Please call Helen or Bob at 467-4681 for reservations.

On the lighter side, another story was going around about a lovely elderly lady who was suddenly receiving “Love Letters” in the mail. It turned out she was sending them to herself! That brought to mind a great memory song for today – “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.” Try it – it could boost your morale.

The 50/50 winners were Marilyn Flint, Miniri and Don Burghardt. Door prizes were won by Mary Congdon, Lorrie Newman and Sally Shevlin. President Newman called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were: Eleanor Lemiszko (twice), Lorraine Bailey, Pauline Flitt, Ruth and Earl Sheeler, Congdon (thrice), Lorrie Newman, Carm Tampio and Jan Snyder.

A reminder was made to all gardeners, the Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club’s ninth annual Garden Faire and plant sale will take place Saturday, May 18 at the Silver Creek Village Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the next 1 p.m. May 21 meeting at the Silver Creek clubhouse, salads will be served, thanks to volunteers.

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

The Sinclairville Senior Citizens meet once a month on the second Tuesday at noon in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room for a luncheon and a program. At the last gathering, following the luncheon, a fun auction of used items brought in by members was held. Diman Smith served as the auctioneer, adding humor with each item being old. Smith added his own comments of the item when describing it, and often bundled small items to make the auction more interesting. At times the bidding was fierce, and yet Betty Wielgasz was often the winner of the item. So many items won, said Mrs. Wielgasz, should she call her husband with a truck to bring them home? Ray Wood served as the runner, delivering items and collecting the funds. All money earned goes to the organization for donations. A fun time was held at this annual event.

Prior to the auction, the luncheon was held with a large variety of food dishes and special recipes for all to enjoy. Pastor Phil Shay gave the blessing for the meal, and ending his blessing with the phrase “dig in.” President June Whipple conducted the meeting with a welcome to all, and John Sipos led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Diane Shaw read a moving story of an Army field mission. Table decorations for the luncheon were provided by Carol Hetrick and Wood. The minutes of the last meeting were read by secretary LouAnn Smith, and the financial report presented by treasurer Charles Sylvester. Smith, who serves as the Sons of the American Legion Commander, reported on the latest walk-a-thon to raise money for the veterans hospital.

Prizes were awarded. Recipients included Jim Hendrickson, Linda Parmenter, Ms. Shaw, Mrs. Wielgasz, Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Bob and Dianne Minekime, Lori Polizzi, Russell Delahoy, and President Whipple. The next gathering of the group will be on Tuesday, June 11 at noon the Sinclairville Firehall Dining room. Guest speaker will be Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone. Table decorations will be provided by President Whipple. All those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to add to the meal, and their own table service. New members are always welcome.