Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors has been continuing its regular schedule of activities despite the inclement weather. In fact, its regular activities have motivated the GBS to leave the house and join their friends at the Center. Everyone has been very appreciative of the fact that the parking lot has been well plowed.
The board held its monthly meeting on Feb. 19, during which it planned some upcoming events. More and more members are involved in making sure that the Center is running smoothly. Barbara Barnes has volunteered to delineate the logistics of coffee making.
Following the board meeting time two game tables were set up - one for gin rummy players and one for Bananagram players. There were lots of onlookers and coaches making recommendations at both tables. After the games everyone was ready for the pot luck luncheon, which featured a table filled with delicious desserts as well as another table filled with healthier fare. Robbie Mancuso won the drawing for a gift certificate to a local restaurant.
The amazing group of knitters who meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month has been putting in lots of extra hours knitting hats and mittens, which will be donated this week to the New Beginning Baptist Church Food Pantry. If interested in getting involved with this talented and dedicated group of women, call Marianne Keller at 672-7771.
The GBS is looking forward to David Wendt's visit to the Center on Monday, March 3 at 11:15 a.m. He will talk about the tours planned for New York City and Cape Cod. His power point presentations are always interesting and the question and answers are informative. A special coffee and dessert reception will take place.
Those who are getting tired of the weather and want to start exercising, come to the Center at 9 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and then stay for coffee.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
The Sheridan Happy Seniors met at 1 p.m. on Feb. 14 with 30 members present. Arlene Miller led the prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America" and the "Happy Senior Song."
Shirley Sikorski called roll and Jo Wehust read the minutes of the last meeting. Angie Logan gave the treasurer's report. Both were approved.
The group was honored to have one guest - Patricia Gloss.
Joanne Martin reported there are two trips coming up - Salamanca Casino on March 31 and Broadway Market on April 9.
Anyone interested can sign up shortly. Jeanne McDaniels and Miller won the 50/50 raffle.
Laurie and Ed Newman made Valentine treats for all who attended.
President Martin decorated the table with red valentine plates, napkins, cups, and candy. The result was very colorful.
Gertie Syper read some funny jokes. The Riles & Woolley drawing was won by Jeanne Strawser.
The next meeting will be March 14 at 1 p.m. The food committee will be McDaniels, Enabelle Miranda, and Miller.
Pizza, cake, and beverages were served.
The meeting was adjourned. Those who wished to, stayed and played bingo.
Village of Westfield Recreation Department.
A spring senior citizens' outing to the Maple Tree Inn near Short Tract, NY for pancakes and maple syrup (sugar free available), the Cuba Cheese house and the Cutco Knife Visitors Center in Olean, is scheduled for March 13. The group will leave at 9 a.m. from the Eason Hall and return at about 5 p.m. Telephone the Westfield Recreation Dept. at 326-4243 for more information or to make reservations.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
Reservations are being accepted for the potluck dinners to be held on March 17 and April 30 at 5 p.m. at the Center.
The next meeting of the group is Feb. 26. Carol Kozlowski and Stella Michalak will be on the refreshment committee.
Sinclairville Senior Citizens
The next meeting of the group will be on the Tuesday March 11th at noon in the Sinclairville Firehall Dining room. The meal will be a corned beef and cabbage dinner, and people will bring something to add to the meal. Other dishes of food and desserts are welcome. There will be a program. New members are always welcome.
50 Plus Seniors
A Lenten bus trip is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 with the first stop a visit to Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens where Frederick Law Olmsted's 1899 tri-domed glass conservatory building with Victorian style gardens will be decked out for Easter.
If time permits, the group will briefly stop at Our Lady of Victory Basilica. A guided tour is not possible on this date because the building is available for only half an hour prior to its closure for a wedding and a Mass.
The group next heads to Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant for a family style sit-down luncheon featuring salad, pasta, choice of vegetables and potatoes, choice of two meats, warm Italian rolls and butter, coffee and tea with spumoni, sherbet or ice cream with mint for dessert. The final stop will be the Broadway Market to get those Easter goodies.
The cost is $33.50 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg, and Persia and $35.00 for all others. The final day for reservations is March 14. Call 532-2507 or use the sign up sheet in the Senior Room to make reservations. Payment must be made by check or money order to Town of Collins and sent to Collins Hall, attention Joan, P.O. Box 420, Collins N.Y. 14034. The final day for payment is March 24.
Transportation will be by school bus with a departure time of 9:15 a.m. from the front parking lot of L.K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins.
Reservations are now being taken for the next AARP driving course on Tuesday, April 15 in the Community Room of the Center. The cost is $20 for persons with valid membership cards and $25 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 532-2507. Payment made out to AARP should be made within a week after making a telephone registration. It must be sent to Collins Town Hall, attention AARP, P.O. Box 420, Collins, N.Y. 14034. Payment must be by check or money order; cash is not accepted.
Participants may bring a bag lunch if they wish. A luncheon made by members of the 50-Plus Senior Program will be available but must be ordered when making a telephone reservation. The cost of lunch is $2.50 per person and should be paid in cash the morning of the course.
Participants are asked to use the Center's back parking lot and to bring their driver's license, AARP membership card and a pen with them.
A reminder: Seats are available for the June 11-13 motor coach trip to Gettysburg, Pa. with a side trip to see "Moses" at the Millennium Theater in Lancaster. The cost is $357. Flyers and a sign-up sheet are available in the senior room. .
On Sunday, Feb. 23, pickle ball will be held at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Collins Center Seniors
The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Mon., Feb 24 at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.
Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome March 19 for a trip to Erie, Pa., to tour St. Patrick's Cathedral and attend Station Dinner Theater for "The Golden Follies," a truly entertaining musical comedy about the funny moments that happen to all in those "later years."
Note: To passengers for the Branson trip April 5-12, the trip is $15 less than the flyer price.
April 21 is the "Dyngus Day Party." The first stop is the Broadway Market before heading to Cove Restaurant and Banquet Facility to enjoy a wonderful Polish Themed Buffet. The group can dance to and enjoy the music of the Fritz's Polka Band. A few seats are available and nonmembers are welcome.
On May 14, a group will travel to "Gooseneck Hill Bird Sanctuary" where over 50 varieties of birds, singing and dancing swans and over 25 rock gardens can be seen. A delicious sitdown lunch at Sprague's Maple Farm is scheduled before a stop at the Ellicottville Brewing Co. and Watson's Chocolate.
"Star Spangled Pops" is scheduled for May 23. The group will see and hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus at Kleinhans Music Hall for a patriotic tradition to honor the men and women who have served our country and pay tribute to the American Spirit. Lunch will be at the Pan Am Grill at the Hotel Lafayette. The day ends at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park.
A Mystery Tour, "Past, Present & Future," will be held June 5. This will not include a casino. Step back into the past, see sights of the present and learn about the future. This trip is packed with interesting sites. A limited amount of seats will be available so it will fill up fast.
June 8-10 a trip to Kentucky for "The Thrills of Louisville" is on the agenda It includes a backstretch breakfast tour at Churchill Downs, a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Louisville Sluggers Museum and an evening aboard the Bell of Louisville to enjoy fine dining and dancing with big band music and entertainment. Before heading home, a stop at the Jim Beam distillery is scheduled.
For additional information, 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
The Dunkirk Senior Citizens' Board of Directors
Potluck dinners are scheduled for March 17 and April 30 at 5 p.m. Interested members can sign up at the Center during regular business hours.
The next Big Bingos will be held March 12 and April 9. All members are invited to attend. The first sixty players will receive a complimentary meal at 4:30 p.m. Bingo will follow at 5 p.m.
The spring travel schedule has been set. On March 11 a bus will take members to the McKinley Mall. They will be free to shop, have lunch, or see a movie. Tickets are on sale now at the Center.
On April 11 a trip is set to Batavia Downs for gaming entertainment and lunch followed by a stop at the Market Place at the South Gate Plaza. The price is $25. Members will receive $25 in free slot play and $5 toward food.
On April 21 the group will celebrate Dyngus Day at the Senior Center. Live music will be provided by the Kokomo Band while members enjoy an ice cream social. The admission fee is $1. There will be no pinochle on this day.