Wednesday, 20 March 2019

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Activities for the week of Feb. 24 – March 2

Monday, Feb. 25: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center gym.

Tuesday, Feb. 26: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim, 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Wednesday, Feb. 27: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., Painter Center gym. Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community Room. Games & Crafts with Pat, 1 p.m., Painter Center Yellow Room. Senior Bowling, 1 p.m. at K&L Lanes in Gowanda, small fee.

Thursday, Feb. 28: Yoga with Donna, 11 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee.

Friday, March 1: Exercises with Pat, 10 a.m., Painter Center gym. Percussion & Exercises with Kim, 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee. Movie Day, 1 p.m. at the Collins Library. This month’s feature, “First Man,” is a bio/drama starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. Popcorn will be served.

*In case of bad weather check out Channel 2 WGRZ and Channel 7 WKBW for closings listed under 50 Plus Seniors.

Seats are still available for the Station Theatre comedy show “Four Old Broads” on Wednesday, May 1. Flyers are available at the Collins Town Hall lobby or the L.K. Painter Center. We will be travelling by comfortable coach bus, dinner, and show all for $89. Call 532-2006 ext. 21 for more details and to sign up.

The next AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held on Tuesday, March 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. 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.

Just announced! 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 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. This show is limited to 35, so sign up early to get a good seat.

Collins Center Seniors News

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, Feb. 25 at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

Payment is due on Feb. 25 for “Vicki Lawrence & Mama” at the Riviera Theater on April 14.

“Murder at Lost Memories Manor” on Tuesday, April 30 is a new “Who Done it” set in a lively retirement community. We will travel to downtown Buffalo’s newly restored 115-year-old landmark The Barrel Factory for a delicious buffet luncheon before the performance. We will stop at the Distillery and Tasting Room to sample some of the finest craft spirits in New York State.

On Monday, May 13 we are going to del Lago Casino for a customer appreciation day. Cost is $32, and we receive $25 in play and a free lunch buffet. Depart at 7:30 a.m., return 7:30 p.m.

Seats available: “Ocean City” May 17-23, 2019. We will spend two nights in Annapolis with a city tour, visits to Fort McHenry, the US Naval Academy, experience an Annapolis Harbor Cruise and more. We will spend three nights in Ocean City, Maryland with oceanfront rooms and enjoy Eco-Cruise aboard “The Explorer” around Assawoman Bay, have a guided tour of Assateague Island’s famous “Home of the Wild Ponies” and more. Our last night will be in Lancaster. This trip is packed full of lots of interesting sights and experiences and beautiful hotel accommodations.

Seats available: On Friday, May 24, we begin the day with coffee and donuts at Kleinhans Music Hall. Then enjoy the performance “An All-American Salute” and celebrate American history through 200+ years of music. Experience our heritage from the Civil War forward, saluting our troops throughout the ages. We will enjoy a delicious lunch buffet at Curly’s Restaurant following the performance. Payment is due.

NEW: On June 11 we are going to Yorkshire Hall for a hilarious show “Don’t Blame the Chef” …for making you laugh out loud, that is! Yes, it is utter gourmet-hem as Old Italian Master Chef Luigi Mancheezi seeks to share his love of cooking with the world. Our first stop will be at Kutters Cheese and following the show we will stop at Northwoods Alpacas.

On Tuesday, June 18, we will head to the Seneca Niagara Casino for “Broadway Tonight Life! – Musical Revue”. This Broadway tribute will take you through Broadway’s greatest hits filling the stage with beautiful costumes, dramatic singing, exciting choreography and dynamic music and dancing. They will be performing hits from shows such as A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Chicago and West Side Story just to name a few. Cost includes seats for the show, $20 in casino play and a free lunch buffet. Depart 8:15 a.m., return 4:45 p.m.

Thousand Islands: Aug. 18-21. We will enjoy a wine tasting at the 1000 Islands Winery, a fabulous “Two Nation Lunch Cruises,” Tours of Boldt Castle and the (possibly haunted) Singer Castle with a tour of the Antique Boat Museum and more. NOTE: This trip is joint with Know How Tours and will fill fast.

For additional information visit our web site at 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 News

Big Bingo will resume March through June, on March 13, April 10, May 8 and June 12 (the second Wednesday of each month). The cost is $5 per person. Doors open at 3 and there is a free “light lunch.”

On Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m., there is an informational program by MaryAnn Spanos, Director of the Office for the Aging. The topic is a discussion of dementia. The program is open to all seniors.

Travel updates for 2019:

Monday, March 11 is a trip to del Lago Casino. This trip is sold out. There is a waiting list only.

Wednesday, April 17 will be the annual Easter shopping trip to the Broadway Market. The cost is $45 per person. Lunch will be at Chef’s Restaurant, with the menu choice to be made at the time of sign-up. Sign-up has begun. A few seats are available and a waiting list will be established.

Tuesday, May 28 will be a Sounds of Summer Matinee Show at the Seneca Allegany Casino. The cost is $73 per person and includes $20 casino bonus and a free lunch buffet. Sign-up begins Monday, March 11 at 9 a.m.

Monday, June 10, a trip is scheduled to see an Elvis Presley Tribute Show starring Terry Buchwald at the Depew Polish Falcons. The $58 per person price includes a buffet, the 11:30 a.m. show and a stop at Antoinette’s Sweets on the way home. Sign-up begins Monday, March 4 at 9 a.m.

Tuesday, June 25, a customer appreciation casino trip is planned for the Seneca Niagara Casino. The cost is $30 per person and includes $30 casino bonus and free lunch buffet. Sign up will begin Monday, April 15.

Tuesday, July 23, a second customer appreciation casino trip is planned for the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca. The cost is $30 per person and includes $30 casino bonus and a free lunch buffet. Sign up will begin Monday, May 13.

From Sunday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 29, the 5 day, 4 night extended trip to Atlantic City at the Hard Rock Cafe Casino has been confirmed. The price is $550 per person double occupancy (and $34 for optional insurance) and includes $60 casino bonus and $80 in food. There is an optional side trip to Smithville for no charge. The single occupancy price is $820 per person and $45 for optional insurance. Sign up begins Friday, March 1, with $275 and insurance due at the time of sign up. The balance is due on Friday, June 28. Call the center at 366-7530 for information.

2019 membership dues ($5) are past due. The year runs Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. You must have an active membership to participate in all 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.

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 the Grape Belt Seniors Facebook page, on her own Facebook page, WDOE and Chautauqua Today. The March luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Center. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.

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.

Trips planned for 2019 FIRST PAID – FIRST RESERVED!

May 13: DelLago Casino. Get $25 slot dollars and free lunch buffet. $32 per person. Pay by Feb. 10.

May 24: BPO “An American Salute.” Includes lunch at Pearl Street Grill. Sign up today. Pay by Feb. 10.

June 3: Murder at Lost Memories Manor. $97 per person. Interactive murder mystery at downtown Buffalo’s newly restored 115 year old landmark The Barrel Factory. Includes buffet luncheon. Check out Lakeward Spirits craft distillery, Pressure Drop Brewing craft brewery, Bar Cultivar, Distillery and Tasting room, and more. A “sweet” mystery stop will be made on the way home. Pay by May 1.

June 9: 1:10 p.m. Yankees and Cleveland Indians game. All you can eat buffet until 7th inning. Club seating!

This trip is full and finalized. May sign up in case there are cancellations.

June 26: Customer Appreciation. Seneca Niagara. Pay $30. Get $30 in slots and free buffet. Pay by May 26.

July 20: Great Wellsville Balloon Rally. $55 per person. See 35 Hot Air Balloons take flight from Island Park, making a delightful rainbow of color that floats over the Wellsville area. Enjoy the entertainment, food and vendors at the Main Street Festival.

July 26: Customer Appreciation. Seneca Niagara. Pay $30. Get $30 in slots and free buffet.

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.

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.

October: “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.

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: David Wendt will be at the Center on Monday, Feb. 25 at 10:15 a.m. to discuss the extended trips.

Mid-Atlantic Rail Adventure: April 24 to 27. Final payment is due immediately. Trip includes motor coach transportation to Pittsburgh and a river cruise on the Gateway Clipper. Rail transportation to Washington, D.C. aboard Amtrak’s full-service Capitol Limited. Monuments and memorials. Baltimore – Inner Harbor. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Arlington National Cemetery. Return trip by motor coach departing from Baltimore.

New York, New York on July 4: July 3 to 6. Includes Hyde Park – F.D. Roosevelt’s home, West Point Military Academy, Hudson River/NYC Harbor Cruise – view Macy’s fireworks from the Capt. J.P. II. Two-night stay at Edison Hotel in the Times Square area. Shopping. Tour of NYC. Broadway musical. Travel is by motor coach. Seats are still available.

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

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. Active members are eligible to join the FB group.

Silver Creek Seniors

President Ed Newman called the Feb. 19 meeting to order on a day of celebrating both St. Valentine and Presidents Day. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and to celebrate the noble services of every president from 1789 to 2017, “God Bless America” was sung as a solemn prayer honoring the office of the United States Presidency. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered prayers of thankfulness for the blessings and gifts each day brings to us. There were soups to sip, to warm every heart and to bring back those “yummy for the tummy” childhood days, thanks to volunteers.

Humor, it seems, is just what the doctor ordered. Open wide and say, “hahaha.” Older people with strong funny bones stay younger longer. Pauline Flitt dispensed just the right dose of chuckles and chortles that reduces anxiety and helps win our battles with stress. Great job, Pauline!

Valentines Day was celebrated with sweet desserts, sweet hearts and loving memories, recalling Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s tender words “How do I love you? Let me count the ways. I love you to the depths and breadth of my very soul.” Wow! How sweet is that? We send Browning’s love to everyone this February and all throughout the year.

50/50 winners were Sue Borowski, Max Church and Miniri. Door prizes were won by Enabell Mirando, Judy Hahn and Borowski. Jan Snyder called mind-sharpening bingo and the winners were Lorrie Newman, Borowski, Ernie Hilliker (thrice), Ellyn Sutehall, Joan Suski, Shirley Sikorski, Flitt (twice) and Miniri.

At the next 1 p.m. meeting on Feb. 26 at the Senior Center, stress-reducing pizza will be served. This report was compiled with loving cooperation associate secretary Eleanor Lemiszko. Thank you so much.

United Senior Citizens news

Members of the United Senior Citizens came together on Dec. 10, 2018 to celebrate the Christmas season and to hold the final meeting of 2018.

Beginning the festivities an appetizer tray consisting of assorted cheeses, vegetables and pepperoni [crackers], in addition to flavorful punch was enjoyed by all those attending. After the hors d’oeuvres, member Wendy Black offered the blessing and the baked ham dinner was served, complete with tossed salad, smashed baby reds, squash and green beans. Ice cream with chocolate sauce or creme de menthe was the dessert for those with a sweet tooth. It was perfect with a nice hot cup of coffee!

Before everyone was afflicted with “fat baby syndrome” (or ‘falling asleep after being fed’), Vice President Linda Riley called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ed McClenathan and’God Bless America’ was patriotically sung by the group. December birthdays were then announced and well-wishes sung to Peggy Pokoj, Sandy Barone and Silvana Bajdas. Member Russell Dalby shared a well-received joke and member Robin Carr recited a few jokes donated by Attendance Taker Genevieve Ludemann. The 50/50 winners for the day were Josie Wierczynski, Joanna Brown, Rosemary Mancuso, David Van Rensselaer and Virginia Nedveski. The Bingo committee had extra prizes to dispense with in addition to the cash prizes to the many winners that chose to stay and play.

The United Senior Citizens meet, greet and eat monthly from March to December at the Fredonia Beaver Club on Prospect Street, Fredonia. If you like to have a catered lunch with friends in addition to shared monthly jokes and the occasional speaker, you are warmly invited to join the group ($5 dues) and come on the second Monday of the month. The catered lunch ($10) is always delicious and includes dessert and coffee. Please join us Monday, March 11 at noon. In lieu of the traditional Irish cabbage & corned beef lunch, we will be served meatloaf, gravy on the side, Redskin smashed potatoes, tossed salad with homemade dressing, vegetable medley, rolls and butter and apple crisp (reminding us ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’!).

Members may renew dues ($5) at this time in addition to reserving lunch. Send ($10/ lunch) check made payable to the United Senior Citizens and send to Evonne Hennebery, PO Box 706, Dunkirk NY 14048 by March 4. Hope you can come!


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