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Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Oct. 27 to Nov. 2

Sunday, Oct. 27: Pickle Ball at 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym or Collins Town Park.

Monday, Oct. 28: Exercises w/Pat at 10 a.m., LKP Center gym.

Tuesday, Oct. 29: A.S.A. w/ Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee; Halloween Party at 1 p.m., Painter Center Yellow Room. Come dressed as your favorite ghoul or goblin and win a prize! Everyone welcome!

Wednesday, Oct. 30: Exercises w/ Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room; Games & Crafts w/ Pat at 1 p.m., Painter Center Rose Room; Senior Bowling at 1 p.m. at K&L Lanes in Gowanda, small fee.

Thursday, Oct. 31: Yoga w/Suzie at 11 a.m., LKP Center gym, small fee.

Friday, Nov. 1: Exercises w/Pat at 10 a.m., LKP Center gym; Movie Day at 1 p.m. at the Collins Library: This month’s film is a bio/comedy/drama starring John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan. Popcorn will be served.

** Join the Collins 50 Plus Seniors on Friday, Dec. 20 for the “Holiday Pops Show” at Kleinhans Music Hall. We start the day 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.

** The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 26 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. The fee for the lunch is $3.

** BRING TO THE CLASS: Your check made out to “AARP” for the class fee – cash is not accepted; the lunch fee of $3 (if you are signed up for lunch); your driver’s license; your AARP card (if a member); a pen. PLEASE CHECK IN BY 8:30 a.m. CLASS BEGINS AT 9 a.m. SHARP !

** IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN ! The Collins 50 Plus Seniors will be working along with Love INC to collect donations for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive at Shop N Save in Gowanda. If you would like to participate, call 532-2006 ext. 21. Help us with this worthwhile cause !

Collins Center Seniors

NOTE: Dues are $5 per year for each member and are due by Dec. 31 to remain a member.

NOTE: Oct. 28, departure time is 7 a.m. for a trip to delLago Casino.

NOTE: The departure time for “QUEEN’S OF COUNTRY” on Nov. 13 at delLago Casino has been CHANGED to 8:15 a.m.

A few seats are available on Dec. 2 for “A Sinatra Christmas – My Way” at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Enjoy Sinatra favorites and holiday songs. Come and be entertained, reminisce and sing along. This is a Know How Tours Exclusive Event with an unbelievable basket auction. All proceeds go to a local charity.

Dec. 10, a limited number of seats are available for “GINGERBREAD & CULINARY HOLIDAY.” This trip is packed full of stops to get you in a holiday mood. Our first stop is Kell’s Country Store to browse an array of unique gifts and more. Next, we will visit Niagara Falls Culinary School for a guided tour and their annual Gingerbread Wonderland event. It features a life size Gingerbread Santa House, culinary demonstrations, entertainment and more. We will enjoy a unique dining experience at the Famous Como Restaurant, Niagara Falls. Next a visit to Our Lady 0f Fatima Shrine for the Festival of lights event with 75 displays to be viewed. The Basilica itself is gorgeously illuminated on the outside and inside lit by candlelight to reveal a Nativity Scene behind the altar.

For additional information, visit the web site at www.knowhowtours.com/collinscenter or contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034

Dunkirk Senior Center

Both Tai Chi and line dancing have started. Tai Chi takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. 3 p.m. is for advanced students, and 3:30 is for “newbies.” Line dancing continues on Wednesdays from 11 to 11:30 a.m. through Nov. 6. Members can still join these activities.

Independent Health will be available at the Dunkirk Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays from through Dec. 5 (for open enrollment). No appointment is necessary.

Travel updates: November and December customer appreciation trips are completely sold out with maximum capacity waiting lists.

An informational travel meeting for those who would like an input or to voice their concern for 2020 will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m. in the Senior Center exercise room. Please try to attend.

You must have an active membership to participate in programs unless noted otherwise. Renewal memberships or new memberships for 2020 will not be available prior to Dec. 1.

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 Seniors

Aerobics and Weights with Catherine on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m.

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!

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. This trip is full. Be behind Big Lots by 8:15 a.m.

Casino trips with shows:

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. Pay by Sept. 12.

Dec. 10: The Lettermen Hits and Holiday Show. Seneca Niagara. $78 per person for show, $20 free slot play, and buffet lunch. Pay by Nov. 4.

Extended trips 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.

David Wendt will be at the Center on Monday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the extended trips planned for 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.

Mayville Seniors

Mayville Seniors will meet Saturday, Nov. 2 for the yearly Harvest Dinner event. The Oct. 17 meeting was called to order by President Janet Loomis. Dianne Goodrich led the group in prayer. The lunch of pizza, side dishes and dessert was enjoyed by everyone. Dianne told a short story about mushrooms that had everyone laughing. Janet led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and all reports were given. Janet reminded members to sign up and pay for the dinner in advance. The cost for this dinner is $5. This will be the only meeting for the month. On Dec. 8, we are planning a trip to Blasdell, for lunch at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant and after that to see a play, “Christmas Over the Tavern” at the 710 Theater in Buffalo. Cost for the trip will be $109 for members and $113 for non-members. If interested, call Janet at 761-6687 or Jeff at 753-7676. We had one new member, William Ottaway. Door prizes were won by Edna Brown, Paul Motrynczuk, Nancy Peters and Judy Ottaway. After the meeting, Bill Tornstrom introduced Karen Surkata, President of Westfield Hospital. She informed us about the many new improvements the hospital has made and about things to come in the future. Entertainment at the Harvest Dinner will be Steve Eng and Mark Davis, musicians who have entertained our group before.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Oct. 22 meeting was called to order on a day of rain, wind and storms across the county. President Ed Newman warmly welcomed guests Debby Suski Koper of North Carolina, Ginny and Gene Chesbro of Silver Creek and Judy Boniface of Sunset Bay. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with homage. Chaplain Pauline Flitt invoked the blessing, giving thanks for the food and friendship shared, and for the gifts of inner peace, guidance and healing. The decorative table held a full supply of flavorsome foods – hamburgers baked in the oven, and side orders of potato, pasta and cabbage salads, baked beans, cheese and veggie platters and deviled eggs. Delectable desserts included zucchini walnut cake, orange creamsicle salad and fluffy raspberry gelatin. Volunteers, we thank you!

The Comedy Corner was teeming with snappy stories and unexpected endings filled with amusement as told by Flitt, Don Burghardt, Jen Zlotnick and Jan Snyder. Always leave them laughing.

At harvest time, we are reminded of the moon’s near fullness when, by reason of the small angle between the moon’s orbit and the horizon, it rises only a few minutes later each day. And, “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain” we will recognize its brightness when we sing, “Shine on Harvest Moon,” “For Me and My Gal” who bask in the beauty of the heavenly skies.

50/50 winners were Sue Borowski, Flitt and Enabell Mirando. Door prizes were won by Joan Suski, Flitt and Lorraine Bailey. Snyder called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Suski Koper, Mirando, Eleanor Lemiszko, Lorrie Newman, Ellyn Sutehall, Burghardt, Boniface, Zlotnick, Carol Prowse and Flitt.

The schedule for next week has changed. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, a harvest-time luncheon will be served in the lobby of the Silver Creek Central School at noon for the Silver Creek and Sheridan Happy Seniors. The regular meeting will be held on Oct. 30 as we all celebrate Halloween. Cider and donuts will be served. Come in costume for the fun of it.

Sinclairville Seniors

At a recent gathering of the Sinclairville Senior Citizens in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room, County Executive George Borrello joined the group for a luncheon and then spoke to the group on Chautauqua County. Borrello said that he grew up in the Silver Creek and Fredonia areas, and graduated from Purdue University. He said that he entered the legislative office in 2010 and now serves as the county executive. Borrello said that he is pleased with the operation of the county, and said that compared to 10 years ago, the same services are being provided to the residents for less taxes. We have a good government in this county, he said. What’s next, that is the future. The new budget has been delivered. We have a good quality of life in Chautauqua County, and the government focuses on all people. Borrello said that the county government is working at its best for the people of the county. A very positive and informational speech was enjoyed by all.

The luncheon included a wide variety of food with ample amounts for all to enjoy. President June Whipple welcomed all to the gathering, and said that she recently attended the United Senior Council. The blessing prior to the meal was given by Pastor Phil Shay. Festive table decorations were provided by Lori Polizzi and Russell Delahoy. John Sipos gave the history of the Pledge of Allegiance dating back to 1892, when first said by children at 2 p.m. on Oct. 12, and then led the group in the pledge.

Prizes were awarded by President Whipple. Recipients included Lori Polizzi, Betty Wielgasz, Paul Scranton, June Whipple, Ray Wood, Carolyn Hendrickson, Jane Ellen Price, Fred Wing, Carol Hetrick, Linda Parmenter, Maleia Fetters, Russell Delahoy and Irene Moll.

The next gathering of the Sinclairville Senior Citizens will be on Tuesday Nov. 12 at noon in the Sinclairville Firehall Dining room. This will be the annual Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes will be provided by secretary LouAnn Smith. All those attending are asked to bring a dish of food or dessert to add to the meal, and their own table service. New members are always welcome.

United Seniors

The United Seniors met at the Beaver Club on Oct. 14. There were 39 members present. All members and guests were welcomed. We had several guests … Josie Leone, Louis Clemens, Greg Levardi, Gerry Pomroy and Nancy Moshier. A special thanks to John Binko for lending a portable microphone/ speaker to us. Birthdays for the month of October were Nancy-Jankowski-Kubera and Birdie Walczak. The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by Evonne Hennebery, and we sang “God Bless America.” Wendy Black gave the invocation.

We observed a moment of silence for the passing of Charles St. George, and a motion was passed to donate $50 to the Darwin Barker Library in his name. He served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Alaska.

The menu for this month was meatloaf w/gravy, red mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, tossed salad w/ homemade dressings, and apple crisp for dessert.

The next meeting will be on Nov. 11, and VETERANS eat FREE.

The menu will be roasted turkey breast w/stuffing, mashed potatoes, tossed salad w/ homemade dressings and pumpkin pie.

Send all monies for the next meeting, if not paid in advance to: Evonne Hennebery, P.O. Box 706 Dunkirk, N.Y. 14048 … $10.

Robin Carr sold 50/50 raffle tickets, and wonderful games of bingo were held after the meeting, presented by Rosemary Mancuso, Phyllis Laurito and Lucy Saeli. Callers were thanked: Josie Wierczynski, Nancy Niebel, Linda Riley and Pat Ebert.

Evonne Hennebery gave the treasurers report. Russell Dalby entertained us with a joke. Everyone was encouraged to invite new members. The last meeting of the year will be in December. Meetings resume in March of 2020.

Westfield Senior Citizens

Eighteen members were entertained by the New Horizons Schleptet before our pizza and salad luncheon at the YWCA on Oct. 10 at noon.

The meeting was opened with Shirley Kolpien sharing a couple of jokes.

After the opening with devotions, President Pat Sciarrino asked about an on-line newsletter or post cards to keep members in touch with monthly meetings. Julie Holland volunteered to do one on-line.

Suggestions for new monthly programs: Sheriff’s Department information and trained dogs, Patterson Library programs and gallery exhibits, Marla from NYS on parks and lighthouse and Chamber of Commerce.

Birthdays for October: Elaine Prince (96) and Ron VanOrd. Anniversaries: Joyce and Al Wainwright (61) and Julie and Steve Holland.

The 50/50 was won by Shirley. The door prize was won by Betty Ward.

Nominations for 2020 officers: President – Pat Sciarrino; Vice President – Dave Cochran; Treasurer – Pat Everts; Secretary – Ann Cochran. Installation will be held in December with Julie Holland leading.

Union Relief has asked for donations of gloves, mittens and socks for seniors and children of all ages in November.

Pauline Emilson will order subs for lunch in November. Joyce and Al Wainwright and Nancy Peters will provide desserts and set up.

REMEMBER: We meet at NOON for the fall and winter.

The next meeting is on Nov. 14 at the YWCA on S. Portage Street. Kathy Peterson will entertain with violin and folk songs after our luncheon.

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