Senior news

Grape Belt Seniors

Aerobics and Weights with Catherine on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m. Any cancellation of class will be posted on Catherine’s FB page, GrapeBelt Seniors FB page, and announced on WDOE.

All trips, extended as well as day trips, are open to the public; members and non-members. Fliers for upcoming 2020 trips are available at the Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Trips are First Paid – First Reserved!

Flyers are available for 2020 Day Trips:

April 17: “Memories” – tribute to Barbara Streisand.

May 6: Niagara Casino Slot Tournament. Includes $15 slot play and $15 food.

June 17: Yankees at Pittsburgh with Gateway6 Clipper Cruise on the Three River.

July 7: Niagara Casino Customer Appreciation. Includes $30 slot play and free lunch buffet.

July 15: Day in Cleveland. Luncheon cruise, West Side Market, Botanical Gardens, and Mitchell Ice Cream.

Aug. 30: Yankees in Cleveland. Trip is full but can go on Wait List for cancellations. Depart 9 a.m. Home 8 p.m.

Sept. 28: Corning Museum, with lunch, museum tour, and make our own glass pumpkin.

Oct. 14: Musical comedy at Station Dinner Theater. “Golden Senior Moments.” First stop at Fuhrman’s General Store and Cider Mill. Last stop at Connie’s Ice Cream.

Nov. 3: Niagara Casino Customer Appreciation.

Dec. 15: Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Lunch at Prince of Wales. “A Christmas Carol” at Royal George Theatre. Time for downtown. Proof of citizenship required.

Extended trips for 2020: Flyer is available for Treasures of Quebec by rail. Another bus has been added for this trip to Quebec. Bus #1 travels July 27 to July 31. Bus #2 travels July 29 to Aug. 2. Flyer is available for the Pacific Northwest trip Sept. 14 to Sept. 21. For May 20 to May 22, there will be a trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, which will include seeing Queen Esther at the Sight and Sound Theater, plus more! Flyer is available for this trip.

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. It is a closed group. Those who have paid their 2020 dues are eligible to join.

Collins 50 Plus Seniors

Activities for Feb. 2 to 8:

Sunday, Feb. 2: Pickle Ball at 6 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Monday, Feb. 3: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, Feb. 4: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Wednesday, Feb. 5: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room; Bowling at 1 p.m. at K&L Lanes in Gowanda. Small fee.

Thursday, Feb. 6: Yoga at 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Friday, Feb. 7: Percussion & Exercise with Kim at 9 a.m., small fee; Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym; Movie Day at 1 p.m. at the Collins Library. Popcorn will be served.

** In case of inclement weather, check Channel 2 News or Channel 7 News for L.K. Painter Center / 50 Plus Senior Closings.

** The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the L.K. Painter Community Center in Collins. To reserve a spot, 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.

Check in by 8:30 a.m. Class begins at 9 a.m. sharp.

Dunkirk Senior Center

All programs are back in effect.

There is an upcoming Easter Shopping/Broadway Market trip in the Square trip on Tuesday, April 7 with sign-up beginning Feb. 10. Details can be found in the January/February newsletter, available in the Senior Center office for members.

Membership renewal ($5 per year), dues for 2020 are now being accepted. 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, 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.

Silver Creek Seniors

The Jan. 28 meeting was called to order on the last Tuesday of the month. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with meaning. President Ed Newman invoked the blessing, giving thanks for the friends and the food we share, and the circle of love and prayer. Many thanks to the volunteers who prepared and served the following choice soups with herbs on the side – stuffed pepper, corn chowder with crab meat and cream of potato with ham. Delicious extras included shrimp cocktails and smoked kielbasa sections. Desserts on the menu were next: Hello Dolly and oatmeal cookies with fluffy raspberry gelatin on the side.

The Comedy Corner duo featuring Don Burghardt and Lorrie Newman followed with a variety of funny fables concerning a grandpa’s summons from the IRS, a discussion between a three-year-old and a mom-to-be and a police officer’s encounter with a gentleman who made coffins. Want to hear more? Come visit us at the Silver Creek Center on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Someone once asked, “what is the benefit of combining your mind, body and soul?” The answer was: “that if we do not do so, it takes away our happiness and joy.” Today’s memory songs help ensure us that in 2020 “Happy Days are Here Again” to stay, and that “Joy to the World” remains on earth “Till the End of Time.” In closing, it is now time for body and mind to “Rock My Soul”(in the bosom of Abraham).

50/50 winners were Bob Sutehall, Gene Chesbro and Judy Hahn. Door prizes were won by Ed Newman, Jean McDaneld and Enabel Mirando. President Newman called mind-sharpening bingo. Winners were Ginny Chesbro (twice), Mirando, Jen Zlotnick, McDaneld, Carm Tampio and Joan Suski.

A reminder was made to note that we will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb. 11 and January and February birthdays on Feb. 18.

At the next 1 p.m meeting on Feb. 4 at the Senior Center, volunteers will be serving lunch.