Senior news briefs

Dunkirk Senior Center News

Big Bingo is CANCELLED for AUGUST. It will resume in September.

Tai Chi is cancelled for July and August. The painting class is also cancelled for July and August, and will resume in September.

Travel updates for 2019:

The Turning Stone-del Lago trip will be Sunday, Oct. 6 and Monday, Oct. 7. The price is $240 per person. Details will be available on the flier. Sign-ups have begun.

There are two upcoming Customer Appreciation trips: Tuesday, Nov. 12 to Seneca Niagara Falls Casino. The price per person is $30. There will be $30 slots and a free buffet. The sign-up will begin Monday, Sept. 9.

Thursday, Dec. 12 to Seneca Allegany Casino. The price per person is $30 and includes $30 slots and a free buffet. Sign-up begins Monday, Oct. 7.

An Amish Middlefield, Ohio brown-bag tour is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24. The price is $89 per person. It includes five stops: the Swiss Cheese House, Farmers’ Market, Mary Yoder Bakery, Nauvoo Market and an Amish wedding dinner. It leaves at 8 a.m. and returns 8 or 9 p.m. There is lots of walking involved. Sign-up has begun.

Two mini-bus trips are being negotiated (capacity 24). First come, first serve. The one for Thursday, Aug. 22 to Polka Buzz is full. The second is for Wednesday, Sept. 18. We’re going to a musical dinner matinee at Celoron Harbor Hotel. The price is $52, which includes lunch and a show. Details are available at the Center. There are only a few seats available. Sign up now.

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 her own Facebook page. 2019 dues are now being collected 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 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Trips planned for 2019 FIRST PAID – FIRST RESERVED!

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. Be behind Big Lots at 7:50 a.m.

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. Pay by July 31.

Oct. 29: “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. Payment due by Sept. 16. If you have signed up for this trip, let Judy know your choice of entree: chicken marsala or pork tenderloin.

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:

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.

David Wendt will be at the Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m. for the pre-departure meeting for Bavarian Europe. He will also present information on trips planned for 2020. Flyers are available for Holland MI Tulip Festival, May 4-7, 2020; Treasures of Quebec by rail, July 27-31, 2020 and for Pacific Northwest, Sept. 8-15, 2020.

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. Those who have paid 2019 dues are eligible to join the FB group.

Share & Care Seniors news

The Share & Care Seniors Board of Directors invites local seniors to a fun get-together on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at noon at the Fredonia Beaver Club. More information will follow in the OBSERVER.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Aug. 6 meeting on the first Tuesday of the month. President Newman warmly welcomed back Shirley Sikorski and Carm Tampio. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, a moment of prayerful silence was offered for the cities of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio and “God Bless America” was sung with determination. Pauline Flitt invoked the blessing, giving thanks for the food, the love and the strong emotions that we share.

The superabundant table had runneth over with the likes of shrimp cocktail, roasted corn, hot dogs, ham sandwiches, broccoli and pasta salads. Add to that, delightful desserts of a berries and cream truffle, orange pineapple gelatin and cookies. All this, would have amazed old Mother Hubbard, who joins us in thanking our volunteers. Thanks also to Feinen’s Market, where they grow the delicious corn.

The comedy corner starred Flitt, who had a cascade of corny stories and one-liners to match our corn roast. For example: What did the corn say when he got complimented? Awww, shucks! What do corn cobs call their father? Pop Corn! Phyllis Burghardt had gotten more chuckles than anyone else in the group. She released that her maiden name was Korn (with a K) and that her dear dad was nicknamed Pop Korn! What could be cuter than that?

Our cute, corny memory songs cruised right along with the corn theme. We started out celebrating that “Aba Daba Honeymoon” with sips from our “Little Brown Jug.” Then we played that sweet melody called, “Doodle-e-do” – corny but true.

50/50 winners were Sue Borowski, Tampio and Jean McDaneld. Door prizes were won by Bob Sutehall, Richard Carlson and Claudia Markham. President Newman called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Marilyn Flint, Burghardt, Carlson, Lorrie Newman (twice) Sikorski, Lorraine Bailey and Joyce Markham.

At the next 1 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13, hamburgers will be served. If you wish, bring a side dish. Several members stayed and played Mexican Train.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Aug. 11-17

Sunday, Aug. 11: Pickle Ball, 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym or Collins Town Park.

Wednesday, Aug. 14: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., Painter Center Yellow Room. Games & Crafts with Pat, 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room.

Please use the front entrance to the L.K. Painter Center for all Wednesday 50 Plus Senior Activities as Youth Rec. will be using the gym Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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. The bus is filling up fast – please sign up early!

The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24 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. Bring your check, your AARP member card (if a member), your driver’s license and a pen.


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