Senior News Briefs

Brocton Portland Seniors News

Brocton Portland Seniors met at the Brocton Legion with Tom DeJoe opening the meeting with 42 members and three guests.

The committee members Robin Carr, Genevieve Ludemann, Debbie Messere, Linda Riley, Elaine Fredrickson and Tom DeJoe had favors, daffodils, gift certificates and candies at all place settings. There were many gift prizes collected by the committee to celebrate the anniversary of 44 years. Thank you cards were sent to all who donated to our event. Drawings were held after a catered luncheon choice of turkey or pot roast ending with a beautiful decorated cake and ice cream. A fun time was had by all.

In lieu of all the activities, reports will be given at the May meeting. New Ahira Hall Library’s report for May and June listed “Techie Tuesdays” for adult help with cell phones, tablets and anything electronic. They need donations for the Spring Book Sale from May 20 to June 8 during regular hours. For crafts, writers group, sales of T-shirts, water bottles and AARP classes, call 792-9418 for information.

Margaret Jagoda is taking reservations for the Seneca Allegany Casino July 24 trip. This is open at a cost of $30, which includes the buffet and $30 play funds. Anyone wanting to go please call her at 792-7385 for all information.

Cards were signed by all to celebrate Cora Patterson’s 101 year birthday on May 8. Birthdays were celebrated by Olive Becker, Bill Norris, Ellie Powell, Ruth Ann Foster, Jean Jaquith, Carm Johnson, Julia Schrantz, and Rich Carpenter. Door prizes were won by Margaret Jagoda, and Julia Schrantz.

The next meeting May 28, OFA representative Frankie will be there with tickets ($8 each) for the picnic on July 19. Olive Becker, Mary Carey and Betty Erick are the committee. Members are to bring a dish to pass and their personal table service. New members are welcome.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of May 26 – June 1:

Sunday, May 26: Pickle Ball, 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday, May 27: L.K. Painter Center is closed today for Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 29: Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room.

Exercises with Pat along with Games & Crafts with Pat will start up again on Wednesday, June 5 the Painter Center.

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 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.

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 be held on Wednesday, June 5, 10:30 a.m., at the Center. June’s theme is “Celebrating Fathers” or any other reading or poems one wishes to share.

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. 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.

Silver Creek Seniors

The May 21 meeting was called to order on a cool day of welcomed sunshine. President Ed Newman warmly welcomed new member Richard Gordon of Irving and extended a likened welcome back to Mary Wode. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with thoughtfulness. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri invoked blessings and thanks for the food prepared and for gifts of guidance, joy and unity. Just as an artist combines colors on a canvas, our culinary artists combined ingredients of colors that made our salad luncheon picture-perfect. The array of delectable desserts brought our meal to a delightful finish. Many thanks to such creative volunteers.

The merry month of May is swiftly slipping away. And so, it is time, once again, for each of us to reveal exactly what we think of one another. Our memory songs tell it all – “A – You’re Adorable,” “You’re the Cream in My Coffee,” you’re the salt in my stew, and I’d be lost without you.

50/50 winners were Max Church, Ernie Hilliker and Enabell Mirando. Door prizes were won by Joan Suski, Marge Church and Ernie Hilliker. Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker and the winners were Pauline Flitt, Shirley Sikorski, Ellyn Sutehall, Lorraine Bailey, Judy Hahn, Lorrie Newman, Don Burghardt, Jan Snyder (five times), Suski, Earl Sheeler and Thelma Hilliker.

Several members stayed and played Mexican Train. Our thanks to creative Don Burghardt for hand-making a set of ten wood domino trays. They are great, and we are grateful.

At the next 1 p.m. meeting on May 28, we will celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day with hot dogs and side dishes provided by volunteers.