Senior club news

50 Plus Seniors

COLLINS – The final week of February will see a return of tai chi at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the gymnasium of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. This will follow the 10 a.m. Gentle Arthritis Exercises.

Tai chi’s slow graceful movements help to calm the mind and strengthen the body. Practicing tai chi for a few minutes each day can have an impact in the quality of daily life and one that is easily obtained.

The seniors are fortunate in having Elaine McGuire and Bobbie Leisner, two former instructors during a time that tai chi was a weekly class at the center, on Tuesday to explain and lead the group through the exercises.

There is no fee for the class and depending upon the interest, participants shall investigate the possibility of adding a weekly class to our senior activity schedule. Wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes as much of the time will be spent learning the movements.

Seats are available for the April 14 matinee showing for “The Diary of Anne Frank” at SUNY Fredonia. For the elderly, it is wise to keep reminding the younger generations of the horror of World War II when Hitler was aiming to take over the world. Winner of both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize, the story is told through 12-year-old Anne’s diary entries begun just before her family was forced into hiding from the Nazi forces.

Cost is $28 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $30 for all others. We must have a minimum of 20 persons in order to receive the group rate. Final day for reservations and payment is March 8 but earlier sign up would be appreciated in order to obtain good seats. Reservations can be made by calling 532-2507 or on the sign up sheet in the Senior Room during program hours. Checks made payable to Town of Collins are to be sent to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan Byrne, P.O Box 420, Collins, NY 14034.

This week’s activities will conclude Friday with the monthly Showtime Movie at 1 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. Call Collins Public Library or the 50-Plus Senior Program at L.K. Painter Community Center for more information. There are also flyers at both places.

Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. Also Monday is the Informal Euchre Game at 1 p.m., Senior Room. Gentle Arthritis Exercises will be held at 10 a.m. in the gym on Tuesday and Thursday. Quilting with Florence is Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. For further information call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Also Wednesday are Open Crafts with Pat, 1 p.m., Senior Room, and Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Fee is $1.75 per game or three games for $5.

There is no fee for membership in the 50-Plus Senior Program and most activities are free or are otherwise noted in the OBSERVER. Programs are open to all seniors age 50 and up residing in the tri-county area. For information about senior activities, call Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507, or 532-2006, ext. 21. In the event of inclement weather, check TV Channels 2 and 4 for closing information on 50-Plus Senior Program at L. K. Painter Community Center.

Collins Center Seniors

COLLINS CENTER – The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot-luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

Members are reminded that payment is due for the April 1 Dyngus Day Party at Cove Banquet Facility. Seats are available and non-members are welcome as everyone enjoys a Polish buffet and entertainment by the Fritz’s Polka Band.

The seniors have scheduled a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino on Wednesday, April 10, at the request of several members.

“Inside, Outside and Upside-down” is the inspirational, educational and interesting mystery trip May 10.

On May 30, the seniors will head to Tillmans’ Inn in Albion for “Here’s to the Divas and Dames” cabaret-style luncheon show. The group will tour the Medina Railroad Museum and other stops.

Seats are available and non-members are welcome on the trip to Atlantic City and Cape May June 3-6. The group will enjoy three nights at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino on the Boardwalk and spend a day touring Cape May.

On June 26, members will travel to the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs, Pa., to enjoy lunch and the show “Boeing, Boeing.” This 1960’s farce features a self-styled Parisian womanizer Bernard who has three fiancees – Italian, German and American, each a beautiful airline hostess. Chaos and hilarity ensue when unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Bernard’s Paris apartment at the same time.

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.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors did not have regular exercise classes this week but several devoted exercisers still came to the center and worked out with exercise DVDs. Regular class will resume on Monday, Feb. 25, at 9 a.m. Coffee hour will follow class and the monthly pot-luck luncheon will start at noon. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass and their recipe if possible.

Yoga class will meet today at 10:45 a.m. and again for the next four Fridays in March. Carolee Goodman and other volunteers have been doing a wonderful job of leading the class.

If interested in traveling, be sure to come to the center on Monday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. to learn about reasonably priced guided tours conducted by Wendt Tours. David Wendt will be speaking to all interested travelers. Refreshments will be served.

The next knitting and crocheting group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and the next Readers Theatre will meet on Wednesday, March 6.

Sheridan Happy Seniors

SHERIDAN – The Sheridan Happy Seniors celebrated Valentine’s Day with a pizza buffet and valentine cupcakes made by the refreshment committee. After lunch, the meeting was opened by President Ellyn Sutehall with the Pledge of Allegiance, “God Bless America” and the Happy Senior anthem. This was followed by roll call and the previous meeting’s minutes, which were accepted as read. The treasurer’s report was given and also accepted as read.

The next trip will be Feb. 28 to the Allegany Casino. The bus will begin loading at 9:15 a.m. and leave the St. John Bosco parking lot at 9:30 a.m., returning at 4 p.m. The cost for the trip is $25 and the casino will give a voucher for $35. Call Joanne Martin for reservations as soon as possible; space is limited. All are asked to think about suggestions for future trips this summer.

St. Patrick’s Day and Easter will be celebrated together on March 15, when a pot-luck luncheon will be held at noon. Members are asked to bring their best dishes to pass and to wear their Easter hats.

Both 50/50 drawings were won by Marge Fancher. Barb Tower won the Riles and Woolley drawing. Cliffstar donated Westfield Maid grape juice for everyone to enjoy. Members are asked to begin collecting their collectibles for a White Elephant sale in April.

Sinclairville Senior Citizens

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Sinclairville Senior Citizens convened for its February meeting. Table decorations were provided by Fran and Jim Odell. Susan Caster entertained the group with her beautiful rendition of romantic ballads, a sing along and the visit with 18-month-old Isabella Joy, to everyone’s delight.

Marge McIntyre presided, with the treasurer’s report given by Claudia Wittenbrook and secretary’s report by William Wittenbrook. There were 21 people in attendance. Bill Wittenbrook and Fran Odell shared the 50/50 cash drawing as well as 14 others winning gifts.

After the regular meeting, a planning session was attended by the officers.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 12 at the Sinclairville Fire Hall facility, with a tureen dinner at noon. It is not necessary to bring a table service, as that is provided. All seniors over the age of 55 are welcome to join in. Sandy Ahlgren, senior housing consultant with Heritage Ministries, will present a program entitled, “A New View on Aging.”