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Silver Creek Seniors

The Nov. 26 meeting was called to order on a sunny day of giving thanks. President Ed Newman warmly welcomed back Elaine Wojda of Irving. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with gratitude. President Newman invoked the blessing, giving thanks for the gifts of being together to serve, not to be served, and to be there for others in times of need.

The clubhouse was embellished with autumn decor, filling the room with sunny cheer, thanks to the tasteful talents of Eleanor Lemiszko and Lorrie Newman. The table was showing excellent taste as well, thanks to Mike and his catering helpers from the Sunset Bay Restaurant. A traditional turkey luncheon was served with all the trimmings. Volunteers provided desserts of favored pumpkin and apple pie, cranberry-nut cake, cinnamon coffee cake and cookies. We give special thanks for the abundance we have received today.

The Comedy Corner featuring Don Burghardt, Jan Snyder, Jen Zlotnick and Lorrie Newman gathered together, giving us the gift of laughter.

Home is the place you might leave, but never leaves you. The poet suggests there are ways to bring home with you, wherever you go. As we give thanks today, it is clear that “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” as we travel “Over the River and Through the Woods” to the homes of our childhood. Our Dorothy Miniri is home at last, where “Peace and Joy is Flowing Like a River.” The golden chariot that took her home is awaiting each one of us; and so we beseech in song, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, coming for to carry me home.”

50/50 winners were Joan Suski, Marge Church and Judy Hahn. Door prizes were won by Carol DePasquale, Max Church and Gene Chesbro. Jan Snyder called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Wojda, Sally Shevlin (twice), Ed Newman (twice), Max Church, Zlotnick, Ernie Hilliker, Lorrie Newman (twice) and Ginny Chesbro.

At the next 1 p.m. meeting on Dec. 3 at the clubhouse, cake and ice cream will be served to celebrate November and December birthdays with happiness.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for the week of Dec. 1 to 7

Sunday, Dec. 1: Pickle Ball at 6 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday, Dec.2: Exercises w/Pat at 10 a.m., LKP Center gym.

Tuesday, Dec. 3: Active Senior Aerobics w/ Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Wednesday, Dec. 4: 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., K&L Lanes in Gowanda, small fee.

Salvation Army Red Kettle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shop N Save in Gowanda.

Friday, Dec. 6: 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 “Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage” starring Marcia Gay Harden and Peter O’Toole. Popcorn will be served.

Salvation Army Red Kettle from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Shop N Save in Gowanda.

Saturday, Dec. 7: Salvation Army Red Kettle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shop N Save in Gowanda.

** Sign up now for the Annual Collins 50 Plus Senior Christmas Party on Dec. 17 at L.K. Painter Community Center. The fun begins at noon in the gym. Enjoy a free catered lunch, a Christmas sing-a long, and bingo. If you are participating in bingo please bring an unwrapped gift worth $5. Special guest arriving by sleigh ! You MUST be signed up to attend. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 and leave a message.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors is Dec. 23 at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting. Dues are $5 per year for each member and are due by Dec. 31 to remain a member.

The Collins Center Seniors Travel Seminar on Nov. 25 was a huge success with over 80 guests attending. David Wendt from Wendt Tours and Maria Burridge from Know How Tours presented highlights for four terrific motor coach tours in 2020. #1 “Fireworks in New York on July 4th.” July 3 to 6 with stops at West Point, FDR Home, NYC sights, Hudson River Cruise and more. #2 “Rhode Island Adventure” July 13 to 16 with visits to Mansions, beautiful beaches and bluffs, Historic Lighthouses and more. #3 “America’s Wild West” Sept. 8 to 16. This unforgettable adventure includes Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, a Mississippi River Cruise, four-nights stay in Sturgis and much more. #4 “Christmas at the Biltmore” Nov. 16 to 20. Enjoy a day at the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home with 250 rooms decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, miles of garland and thousands of ornaments. Members and non-members are welcome on each of the tours.

Departure time is 9 a.m. on Dec. 10 for “GINGERBREAD & CULINARY HOLIDAY.”

NEW March 16, 2020 “ST. PATRICK’S DAY SHOW” at the Seneca Niagara Casino. Dress in green and enjoy a delicious lunch buffet and a fantastic afternoon show. Sing along with “McNamara’s Band,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and other favorites. Irish dancers join this colorful variety show featuring full costume tributes to Elvis, Judy Garland, Kermit the Frog and Neil Diamond. Trip includes show tickets, free lunch buffet and $20 free play. NOTE: we have 13 seats available on the motor coach. We will add a second motor coach if the first one fills.

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

Grape Belt Seniors

Aerobics and Weights with Catherine on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. No class today.

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.

Reminder: The Holiday Luncheon is on Dec. 4 at the Kosciuszko Club, only for those members who have already signed up to attend. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Trips planned for 2019 FIRST PAID – FIRST RESERVED!

Casino trips with shows:

Dec. 10: The Lettermen Hits and Holiday Show. Seneca Niagara. $78 per person for show, $20 free slot play, and buffet lunch. Be behind Big Lots by 8:45 a.m. Bring ID.

Extended trips 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.

Dunkirk Senior Center

Independent Health will be available at the Dunkirk Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. one more day – Thursday, Dec. 5 (for open enrollment). No appointment is necessary.

Sign-up begins on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. for a trip to delLago on Sunday, Jan. 19. See flyer. Dues for 2020 must be paid in order to sign up for this trip.

Starting Monday, Dec. 1, Membership Renewal ($5 per year), dues for 2020 will begin. Any present member turning 85 years of age by Jan. 31, 2020 will have dues waived and get an Honorary card. New members must be at least 50 years of age. In order to attend or participate in Center activities beginning Jan. 1, 2020, your dues must be paid. Office hours are 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 p.m. The office is located at 45 Cliffstar Court. The Center’s phone number is 366-7530.

United Seniors

Just a friendly reminder, The United Seniors next meeting will be Dec. 9, at The Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St., Fredonia. Lunch will be served at noon. The menu will be as follows: ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetable medley, tossed salad/ w homemade dressings and chocolate cake/peppermint sprinkles.

Send all monies ($10) before Wednesday Dec. 4 to Evonne Hennebery, P. O. Box 706, Dunkirk, NY 14048.

Thank you, and hope to see everyone come and enjoy friendship, and socializing. And don’t forget BINGO.

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